Randy Guru Creepalu
File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong and The Siddhi of PR
For an enlightening rendering of the social politics of gurudom in India, take a look at the comments generated by our two recent posts about Swami Ram Tripathi, aka Kripalu Maharaj. It's a slice o' devotee drama with most folks taking one of two sides: those who know women who have been sexually molested by the dude, and those who have drank so much Kool-Aid that they could justify the guy pulling a gun out and shooting up a room full of babies.
Apparently, the Swami has been getting away with this kind of thing for decades. The sexual hijinks allegedly occur under the cover of Kripalu playing Krishna, with the various, multiple female partners being the Gopis. Such are the perks of engineering his declaration as the fifth jagadguru of Hinduism.
Meanwhile, the Swami has skated away from the recent rape charges in Trinidad-Tobago. We're willing to lay $100 on the line that he never sets foot in that country again, despite the fact that he is still under indictment there. The excuse will be medical... but the truth will be criminal.
When all is said and done, you've got to hand it to the 85-year-old man for having the sexual stamina of a man 60-years younger. It might be icky for the ladies he convinces will be helped in their spiritual lives by becoming a gopi in his naughty adventures, but it's hard to hate a playa' for having that kind of game... unless, of course, you happen to be one of those ladies.