Guruphiliac: Strongman Guru Strokes Out

Friday, October 12, 2007

Strongman Guru Strokes Out

File under: Final Satsang

Famous health nut guru Sri Chinmoy often performed public feats of "strength" with a group of his devotees around him to reflect back his glory just in case the regular folks didn't get how awesome he was. He also messed with Carlos Santana back in the day. And he's been busted with his hands where they didn't belong. Now he's showing off in heaven, or wherever look-at-me-type gurus go when they die:
Chinmoy Kumar Ghose known as “Sri Chinmoy,” died this morning from a stroke at the age of 76.
Not surprisingly, he's turned a few folk off in his time. One of them happens to be famous cult-buster Rick Ross, who isn't very sentimental about the fact Sri Chinmoy is with us no more:
No doubt the guru’s dutiful devotees will want to canonize him or somehow lionize their dead leader. But the legacy that the man has left behind is dubious at best.

There is certainly a residue of sizable assets though, which Chinmoy’s loyal lieutenants will be vying over.

However, wouldn’t the best use of whatever money and property the guru left behind be setting up some sort of fund to help the many people and families he reportedly hurt?
It's all in Rick's farewell to a man he considered a manipulative cult leader. It's hard not to agree, yet we still feel we should take off the turban for a sec to honor the passing of Sri Chinup. He may have been a dirty old man who loved to show off, but he did establish a sizable movement around himself which he promoted effectively. As misguided as this effort may have been at its worst, Sri Chinmoy has surely left an indelible print (some might call it a stain) on the fabric of yoga culture in the U.S. today.



At 10/14/2007 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not sure that one should doff a anything in his direction because of his yoga achievements nor for that matter for his non-achievement. People die every minute of every day, some great some awful, most somewhere in between. As a materialistic in-betweenie his passing is no more no less than the passing of any other "-tweenie".

When Yoga died, no one noticed. With the passing days it simply dissolves deeper into the mire. There are real yogis but they have the wherewithal [focus] to get on with it eschewing the ludicrous temptation which comes when one courts fame and worship. Where is the time or inclination for the true yogi to start organizations. The very idea of teaching yoga en masse is anathematic to the teaching.

So says Yogi Bonsette!

At 10/15/2007 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny Rick Ross's past is dubious at best as well! ;)

I guess all of our past are dubious huh?

At 10/15/2007 4:12 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

I guess all of our past are dubious huh?

Chinup was dubious as a guru. You know, taking advantage of the power folks imbue you with because they believe all kinds of nonsense about you. That's different than merely having a past.

At 10/16/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

I remember when I was still a young redneck pickin up one of Chin's books and readin in it Chin sayin that whenever anyone simply picked up one of his books in a bookstore, he was aware of it! The man looked quite a bit like my cousin Luther---without the face and neck moles---. This resemblance, combined with the fact that he lived in yankee land-- in the city of Babylon where the Red Whore squats over the rest of the world (New York City!)— and was bald as my patooty, was enough to keep me away from the man. Now that I'm also bald as my left rear tire, I realize I was a bit immature in assessin the qualities of the man---- and I thank the good Lord for my immaturity! It paid off for me that time!

At 10/17/2007 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the story by Cynthia Niles Rumford III on Marta Szabo's blogspot: The Guru Looked Good. It gives you a real "up close and personal" look at life as a Sri Chinmoy devotee.
I think it's called, "Is He Orgasming"?


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