March 11, 2016
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:
Sri Sri Ravishankar
Criminal Australia-based yogis
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]
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!