Never encourage the commercial God men and Yoga GurusAs a nation, we all need to be very much alive to the dangers from within. We need to work against people who exploit the religious sentiments of others and make huge amounts of money. If they are commercial, they are not God men at all. Even if they had done, or doing, or will do very good things, they are not God men at all.
India has been home to the likes of Ramanamaharishi, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and several others who have only taken spirituality, by leading the most humble lives. Not by showing on, accumulating wealth and doing all sorts of fraud to keep going and multiplying their wealth.
No names need to be mentioned. However, the objective is to identify at least one or two or these hugely commercial Gurus , so that we can discourage them. And also convince others to not go to such Gurus at all.
Around ninety kilometers from Chennai, is a famous God man. He claims to be the reincarnation of some powerful Goddess. For doing what is called Pada pooja ( washing of legs) of this great God man, one has to pay rupees ten thousand. It is so unfortunate that there is a huge waiting list here.
Guess what? This God man has made at least two hundred crore rupees. This cunning fellow has reinvested that money in so many colleges. It is reported that he wanted to convert his empire into a deemed University. IT raids have happened, but no one knows what happened after the raid.
There is this yoga Guru, who talks about Art of Living. This Guru, who peddles common sense, has a flourishing empire. If Members want to learn Yoga, they can do so from someone qualified from their own environment. They will be more sincere.
Worse is the case of another Guru, who literally runs fake campaigns to support the ruling party at the Centre. He has a huge ashram on the outskirts of Coimbatore city. He has eaten away hundreds of acres of land, and has reportedly dug up areas near the mountains as well.
Attend any introductory session on Yoga of this outfit, and you will find a very young girl, who will invariably ask for donations. She will even cry to help us understand how great their Yoga Guru is. Fact is, this Guru has spoiled the beautiful city of Coimbatore, by spoiling the environment. There are cases against him, for encroachment. Nothing happens, because he is so powerful.
Not all Gurus are like the aforesaid Gurus, who should never be encouraged to flourish. There is this small temple called Thapovanam, some three kilometers ahead of a small town called Tirukovilur, on the Tiruvannamalai to Tirukovilur route, in Tamil Nadu. This God man, called Swami Gnanananda, during his life time, never commercialized himself. He merely prayed for his devotees. He would just bless them. Today, his disciplines, who are there even in Germany, attend to simple poojas at the small place. The trust has audit, and for regular devotees, a simple lunch is provided right at 10AM. Dinner is also given for those who stay back. Both in the early morning, and in the evening, regular poojas are conducted, at very nominal cost.
Donations are encouraged, but they go to just maintain the temple and its environs. One has to see the place to believe it. Similarly, Swami Chandrasekhara Swamigal of Kanchi, was a great God man, who was never commercial during his life time.
Members may highlight other frauds done by God men too. We should totally shun them. I do not know if there are frauds going in other religions too. If yes, that should also be apposed, tooth and nail.