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Hindu “gurus” and “swamis” – mostly a bunch of racketeers

Someone asked me a few questions re: Ramdev yesterday. I told him about the low ethics and values that this man has. He constantly engages with and takes money from the corrupt and criminal; he promotes the corrupt and shuns the honest; and there is 100 per cent certainty that he has repeatedly broken the law, used subterfuge, threats, bribery and other methods to grow his empire; further, that his direct family members have benefited inordinately, and amassed vast amounts of black money.

But I also said – and I would like to go on record for this – that almost all (there ARE one or two exceptions to this rule) Hindu “gurus” and “swamis” engage in such ultra-low ethical behaviour, even as they talk about ethics to their followers.

Sai Baba was a lowly magician who fooled his followers through the most ordinary magic tricks. This trickery is 100 per cent proven but there are many other (quite believable) stories about his criminality and deception.

Asaram Bapu ran a racket till he was arrested for rape. Witnesses in his case have been dying like flies. You can make your own deductions.

Sri Sri Ravishankar runs a racket based on deception and cheating. He is once again in the news with his misuse of government funds and other such rackets, including destroying the environment of the Yamuna river.

And in Australia there were these Hindu “yogis” (“Swami” Satyananda Saraswati and Akhandananda) who were involved in criminality.

And while Deepak Chopra is no criminal, his entire operation runs on blatant lies and unproven claims.

And so on.

Hinduism is particularly prone to such racketeers since the concept of ethics in Hinduism is extremely flexible. In Hindu mythology, there is repeated glorification of actions which would be considered immoral according to modern Western standards. The ends justify the means, in Hindu scriptures. Lies, subterfuge, in order to achieve one’s goals, is considered quite acceptable.

Hindu temples like Tirupati receive hundreds of million dollars worth of donations of gold, precious stones, and cash from the criminals and corrupt. Such people, instead, are fast tracked to receive “God’s” blessing!! (Recall the rackets run by the Pope before the reformation?).

Yes, there ARE some exceptions, e.g. Vivekananda, Gandhi and Swami Om Poorna Swatantra. But at least the first two are far more Western in their training than Hindu. Gandhi’s mind was made by the Bible and Thoreau, not by the Hindu scriptures.

I have written a lot about “Hindu” racketeers in various blog posts. Let me compile a few:

“Leaders” of Hinduism: a rogues gallery. Knaves, blackguards, clowns and morons.

Ramdev

Ramdev is a ढोंगी. A fraud. 100% clear now that he DIRECTLY SUPPORTS BLACK MONEY.

Is there something fishy about Ramdev and his “empire”? #1

Is there something fishy about Ramdev and his “empire”? #2

Is there something fishy about Ramdev and his “empire”? #3

Ramdev and Modi only wanted power. The ploy to get back black money was a CLEVER WAY TO DECEIVE India.

Ramdev lied blatantly. On what basis did he claim that Modi will bring back black money in 100 days?

Ramdev was an RSS member even as he lied to me about his NOT directly supporting corrupt BJP

Preliminary draft RTI to Deputy Commissioner Haridwar – for public comment

An ayurvedic doctor says ayurveda is a crime against humanity and is KILLING THE POOR. Wake up!!

Sri Sri Ravishankar

Art of Living’s Sri Sri Ravishankar – con man PLUS enemy of the truth. A total BETRAYAL OF HINDUISM (Advaita and Satyameva Jayate).

Sai Baba

When is this cheap magician, Sathya Sai Baba doing to die?

Mr Sai Baba – that cheap magician – lusted acutely for money and gold

Criminal Australia-based yogis

Criminal Indian yogis: “Swami” Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) and Akhandananda (d.1997)

 

Asaram Bapu

Ahmedabad: Not only rape, Asaram Bapu charged with unnatural sex too

Rampal

Rampal arrested by Haryana police from his ashram in Hisar

Prabhupada (the ISKON man)

“It is not that the woman do not like rape. They like sometimes. They willingly. That is the psychology. Outwardly they show some displeasure, but inwardly they do not. This is the psychology.
(-Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk, May 11, 1975, Perth) [Source]

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra’s gravy train – from duping millions of IGNORANT gullible Americans!

Deepak Chopra, is my fist to your face a ‘normal’ or ‘paranormal’ experience? (cf. his challenge to James Randi)

I don’t have more time to search my writings on this topic, but this should clarify that “Hindu” gurus/swamis generally come with a HUGE ethical deficit. They will readily associate with killers and looters.

And yet, all of them are enormously powerful speakers and highly intelligent. They KNOW they are cheating, and consider it to be quite “OK”, to achieve their goals.

The last thing on their mind is the reform of ethics.

When people like Ramdev start a movement against corruption, they are doing so PURELY for political goals. There is no greater supporter of corruption than Ramdev.

Such is the nature of “Hindu” religious leaders.

You engage with such racketeers at your own risk!

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“GMO Myths and Truths” bogus analysis masquerading as science

I chanced across this book: GMO Myths and Truths (download here).

It is a furphy. It purports to show that the extensive science that backs GM crops is false, a myth.

Two things gave away the book’s approach:

1) Use of “what if it caused harm in the long run-type arguments”, instead of direct evidence of harm.

There is no food in this world that does not harm in excess. Everything has some benefit, and everything has some harm. The question is about the net benefit. Second, EVERYTHING we eat has been “engineered” in some way. Evolution is nothing but long term genetic modification. GM is biologically indistinguishable from any other food.

For harm to be counted, there needs to be immediate (or almost immediate) harm. When testing a cure for cancer, there is a limit of five years used to test efficacy. If you live five years after the treatment, you are declared cured.

We know that every food you eat (GM or no GM) WILL ultimately cause cancer. The question is – will it cause cancer within your lifetime or will you first die of causes other than those motivated by a food you eat.

We must put a hard limit, say, five years, for any adverse effect to show up.

But no! GM skeptics like the authors of this book ask: what if it there could be some harm in the LONG RUN?

They cite: “No exposure assessment [of GM foods] has been done, as far as we know. In the States, where the GM plants have been introduced, no one really knows who is eating what. Without that information, we have to ask what the risk assessment is based on. If subtle changes were being caused to people’s health by GM plants, we would not know.”

So, GM doesn’t cause “non-subtle” harm, so we are told there MAY be “subtle” harm! Pure fiction.

Second, the authors express the view that GM may cause harm in the long run. I rest my case. Such scepticism is baseless; not worth wasting time on.

I ask critics of GM science to provide hard evidence of harm from GM. There is none worth mentioning, that I’m aware of. If GM food had been bad, its effects would have been obvious in the data by now. There is no such data.

2) Support for the bogus Séralini “study”, long debunked. This book thinks Séralini was on to something. I rest my case.

Case closed.

ADDENDUM

Also see a critique of this bogus book here: Look Beyond the Scientific Veneer of a GMO Report By Keith Kloor

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Let the religious “God” be investigated for “his” misdemeanours and crimes against humanity

An innovative approach by a court in India: A Bihar Court Wants Lord Hanuman to Appear Before it.

My FB comment:

This appears to be an innovative and sensible way to deal with “God”’s misdemeanours and encroachments.
More generally, I think it would help if cases are filed with the police against “religious God” for incitement to murder and various other such crimes. There is ample proof against such “God” in most religious books, and in interpretations of his books.

Let the religious “God” (including of Judaism, Christianity and Islam) appear to explain his immorality and crimes against humanity.

That a religious “God” is a bogus concept, invented by man – (God created in man’s image) – will then become obvious to the billions of people who worship a false and dangerous delusion.

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The violence real Muslims MUST use against unbelievers – as prescribed by the vicious Quran

Just a reminder, for those who STILL (!) think that Quran is a “peaceful” book. It is Not!

PRESCRIBED VIOLENCE

1) Directive to Muslims: Put terror (fear/anxiety) in the hearts of Unbelievers

2) The vicious “Allah” will cast unbelievers into the Fire: and as people’s skin is roasted through, a fresh skin is provided and re-roasted

3) Make war on the infedels. Wage jihad in the way of Allah (disabled are exempt: this is all about holy war). Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command.

4) Smite them on their necks and EVERY joint (including finger tips)

5) Slay the idolators wherever you find them

6) Fight the unbelievers till they give jiyzah and are humbled

7) Muslims must be ruthless to the unbelievers

For detailed verses see this.

The problem for the Muslims who claim that Quran is a religion of peace is that the Quran is available widely, free of cost – in multiple translations, today. You can’t hide your vicious manual of violence any more. It is out in the open. Sorry, but you can’t tell lies any more.

So, the solution for honest Muslims is to acknowledge that Islam IS AN EXTREMELY VIOLENT RELIGION, and to then tell the world how they are working to fix this problem (btw, I don’t think it can be possibly be fixed without leaving this vicious death cult called Islam).

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