Guruphiliac: Is Amma About To Get Nic'd?

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Is Amma About To Get Nic'd?

File under: Amma All-Over-The-Planet and Gurus to the Stars

Two Australian newspapers are reporting that mega-movie star Nicole Kidman attended a satsang given by Swami Ramakrishna, a member of Ammachi's global infantilization squad. Fortunately, Nic doesn't appear to have been regressed as much as the other Ammabots, according to reports.

Garnering such a famous movie star as a devotee would be quite a pretty jewel in Ammachi's devi bhava crown. Nic would certainly trump other famous Ammabots like the Beastie Boy's Mike D. or the eternally macking Bhagavan Das.

We imagine there are feverish devotee seduction pujas being performed all over the world at this instant to help bring Nicole into the fold. It could mean millions of more dollars for Ammachi's world babyification scheme, as well as more cash to help pay for those goondas when she needs them.

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At 10/01/2007 3:12 PM, Blogger stuartresnick said...

Classic Buddhist teaching says that our fundamental wants (i.e., those thingies that cause suffering) can be categorized into 5 desires: Food, Sex, Wealth, Fame, and Sleep.

Most of us can relate to at least 4 of those. The desire for "Fame" may seem as though it's limited to politicians, atheletes, and pop stars... but it's really universal, in that all of us seek to be praised, to have other people approve of us.

It's hard to imagine how any guru group could become large and "successful" (like Amma's group, like so many others) without being driven by a desire for fame. Probably it's a desire of the guy or gal at the top of the pyramid. Maybe it could be driven by the desires of underlings; usually that'd require at least acceptance from the Person with the most Power.

As with the other wants, desire for Fame isn't good and it isn't bad. Maybe Amma (or her henchpeople) have a desire for fame, and that has resulted in the appearance of this big, rich organization, and that organization has ended up giving lots of money to disaster relief. I'm all for that.

Even when the giving itself is motivated by a desire for fame, I still give it a thumbs up. The appearance of desire is just how it is; if we can use it to get understanding and to help people, then wonderful. It does have that "cause of suffering" aspect too, which we ought to be vigilant about.


At 10/01/2007 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also interesting to note that some of Amma's closest swamis wanted to be in theater, film or some other form of showbiz before joining her show. "Big Swami" wanted to be a famous actor and singer, Swami Dayamrita wanted to be a famous film-maker and there are other swami's who wanted a career in entertainment. Joining Amma was obviously a good way to be part of spiritual show biz, and obviously they are all very hopped up on being spiritual celebs now.

At 10/01/2007 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding what Stuart says about the big time 5 desires listed by Buddhism--food, sex, wealth, fame and sleep:

I can relate to sleep as a big desire.

I am in my forties and suddenly as of this summer, I cant sleep worth s**t.

A pal said, 'When we are young, sleep is an annoying interruption to the things you want to do.

'When you are older, sleep becomes a valuable thing and there's never enough of it.'


At 10/03/2007 7:37 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Anonymous said...When you are older, sleep becomes a valuable thing and there's never enough of it.'
I know what you mean pardner. It seems like everytime I start to really settle in, my mule will snort or pass gas and I am blown awake again!


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