Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Big-Time Gurus Called To The Mat

File under: Gurubusting and The Siddhi of PR

Being in the States leaves us little vantage point to surmise just exactly how people feel about big-time gurus in India. Sure, there are hundreds of fawning propaganda pieces seeded by the likes of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his ilk, but do these really reflect the attitudes of India's clear-minded folk? We certainly would like to think not.

So we were very pleased to encounter this article in India's Organizer this morning, plopped right down in an issue full of the same effusive nonsense that every big-time guru's PR department churns out with a horrifying, mind-clouding regularity in Bharat:
In an age with a plethora of god-men, gurus, preachers, some so popular as to have ashrams in many states and even in many countries, it is an astonishing truth that society is rudderless, adrift on an ocean of hedonism, without spiritual and moral guidance.

The fault lies with Star Gurus who seek self-aggrandisement by building huge cult followings and five-star ashrams where rich Indian and foreign devotees can practice yoga and meditation in comfort, in salubrious, resort-like environs. Justifying the Marxist slander of religion as the opium of the people, they peddle lullabies to frustrated millions seeking release from life’s myriad problems. Such vicarious redemption is totally un-Hindu, and extremely harmful, as it turns a blind eye to festering evils and allows them to multiply under cover of a guru’s benign gaze.
Looks like we just discovered another true hero in India. The turban is on the floor for author Sandhya Jain, who now bears a much closer observation here at Guruphiliac HQ.

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8 Comments:

At 8/12/2008 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jody for this post!

It was precisely the same Sandhya Jain who was plucky enough to reveal the following fact in one of her columns much earlier.

That this ssrs with his assiduously manufactured halo around him , exhorted a lot of his " hindu devotees(idiots)" to sign a petition against antonio maino alias sonia gandhi ( the truth about sonia is replete with murkier treacheries and treason but this is not the forum for it). When the nodders , after dutifully etching their signatures , asked the sohamsoham ssrs , to crown it with his signature, he REFUSED !

When one of his ardent idiots was asked if this was not pusillanimity on the ' mighty sohamsohamguru's part, the idiot shot back:

" So what? Our "jaigurudevji" would make his point at the ballot box" .

Lol...
It is precisely because of such incorrigibly idiotised devotees that such charlatans expand their empires.

If I remember right this Organizer is RSS's. When I presented the facts collated from your blog plus other reports from some people in the know to one of the members of RSS , he replied:

" But such people serve the needs of the time...they come and they go....dharma is in peril..." yadayada clinching his reply with some " quotations ".

A picture of Sun howsoever big and lifelike it may be , can NEVER help plants in photosynthesis or sustain humans.

 
At 8/12/2008 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lest any hindutvahindu kneejerkily brand me a " converted Christian" , let me reiterate , I am very much a Yajurveda Brahmin.

I always wholeheartedly say " God Bless America " in my mind , because only your blog ( and other such blogs that don't belong to Indians) and your country that do not muzzle Truth.

Whatever comments I write about ssrs in indian newspapers including rediff.com , promptly get deleted.
And India shamelessly preens ,calling itself a democracy.

Demonacracy would be more appropriate.

 
At 8/13/2008 9:59 AM, Anonymous Bruce Morgen said...

Unfortunately, there actually is a good deal of truth muzzling going on in the USA -- it's just that "big-time gurus" as such are not as entangled with the social, economic, and political life of the country as they are in India. Here, it's nominally Christian clergy -- especially those involved in the very lucrative "televangelism" and "megachurch" phenomena -- who try (often successfully) to muzzle criticism in the major media.

Perhaps some blogger in India could perform a service like Jodyji's targeting this American breed of phony holy men, many of whom have gotten fabulously wealthy by finagling elderly people with hopes of "heaven" out of what little money they have!

 
At 8/13/2008 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bruce morgen ,

That is really a shocking revelation for me the naive!

As I believed , America which literally was rocked by Swami Vivekananda and welcomed with "... HE, a heathen??? No way, we Americans need more people like Him here..." by a WHITE American, stands for Truth.

Immensely grateful for your candid post.As antonio maino alias sonia ,an Italian,a roman catholic, is at predaciously insidious extermination of Vedic Hindu Dharmam.

Reasons for Pinochet like ruthless press in India:

" NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards
Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan . Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat,
General Secretary of Communist party of India.His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.

India Today which used to be the only national weekly who supported BJP is now bought by ndtv!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates
$800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list:
Times Of India , Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijaya Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. 'World Christian Council' does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne .

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

The Hindu:
English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland . N.Ram's wife is a Swiss national.

Indian Express: Divided into two groups.

The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition)

ACTS Christian Ministries have major stake in the Indian Express and later is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. Kairal TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious".

And rediff.com very much controlled by marxists with a heavy dose of overfeigned 'concern' for Hindus of India too, to appear ohsofair and square.

Varsha Bhosle another fearless columnist of rediff (Bharatiya version of Jody)was held out threats by marxist goons and thus muzzled.

By googling her earlier columns you can get a clearer picture of Hindu maligning by crafty inculturation tactics of evangelicals.

Indian politicians , industrialists , why even the overhyped IITians approach Bhagavad Gita and Sacred Scriptures not for Lord Krishna .

More for "application of Gita" (sic) for corporate management, capturing of votes , economic development yadayada.

It was a poltroonish bunch of indian engineers that alacritously did due diligence and feasibility studies of Sree Ramar Paalam desecration and pulverisation.

I wonder if huge deposits of thorium or barium or aluminium or for that matter diamonds are found beneath Holy Mosques , Holy Churches , Rashtrabathi Bhavan, White House, Indian Parliament and all residences of indian politicians, indian filmstars, indian cricketers , the empires of puttaparthi babas, ssrs,nirmala matajis, etc etc, the same amount of speed would have gone into their total pulverization for the " benefit of Economy , World, Cosmos......Universe...".

 
At 8/15/2008 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.scribd.com/full/4777759?access_key=key-wnoc73hcgrumfl38god

Click on the above link and read about ssrs.

Ah! The somnolent hindu who does Suryanamaskaram after going blind.
And if I say an American with an open mind is far preferable to a stupid us people, I am immediately branded " racist...sucking up to the West..."

 
At 8/17/2008 12:36 PM, Anonymous lacking-devotion said...

If Rediff.com delete your stories about SSRS and his scams, try writing to tehelka.com and other alternative press.

 
At 8/18/2008 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lacking devotion,

That is very kind of you! No indian naalayak ever reaches out offering succour.Only deny or slander with impertinence.

 
At 10/01/2008 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an ordinary human being and I find it really nice to hear that SSRS and other people you write about here are ordinary too. And this is precisely why I admire these very people.They are more close to the reality than a photo of Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Raman Maharishi etc about whom people can say as many good things as they like without any proof. I would rather learn about and from the SSRS, Ramdev & Ammas of the world rather than auspiciously garlanded photographs of Raman Maharishi. These guys are so real. You live with your photo framed historic ideals and your loner Swamis, while I choose these worldly wise teachers from whom I can learn a lot about how to improve my life materially and spiritually by just observing their actions.

 

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