Today morning was a shocking one for me when I happened to watch sun news on the TV. The news was about the so called Swami Nithyananda and his immoral behaviour coming to light. (First of all I am totally against the telecast of the obscene scenes on the tv. Certain things should be told in a polished way rather than showing the crude truth. News is something you want your kids also to watch--- thinking they will develop their general knowledge. (These days news is more about swamiji's, actors, actresses, accidents. ) It reminds me of a saying "turn off the television, don't read the newspaper. It is all full of what went wrong yesterday"--Betty Williams.I felt ackward to see the news but couldn't avoid watching it because it was about the so called world known Swamiji.
I know quite a number of people who are ardent followers of him. It must be shocking to them too to hear such a news about their Guruji. He has so many ashrams and followers around the world irrespective of their nationalities(example for globalisation ).This has been his corporate business earning him good returns without any investments.. No wonder he didn't go for IPO!
There is no doubt that his philosophies and discourses are thought provoking. But I believe that anyone who preaches such values to the humanity must also personally follow it . It shouldn't be " Advice for free to everyone other than myself." He does all the possible " vices" on earth and gives good "advice" to others. Many educated people who claim to be in search of their innerselves are his followers. They all are good hearted and they follow every word of his philosophy. In his name they do a lot of charity work and work for the betterment of the society. Now my concern is that, after coming to know about his true self how badly will their beliefs be shattered. U accept a person as your guruji thinking that he is above all other humans in all aspects . There is some super speciality in that person which gives u peace of mind when u totally worship him as a Human God. But does this so called swami deserve such an worship? He has been putting on the mask of a swamiji to accomplish all his needs in life. He preaches about poverty by living in luxury. Why does he need the cloak of a swamiji to live such a disgraceful life??
Don't you think that people who have been his followers will not only loose their faith in him but also question his philosophies too? Hindu religion is the the only religion where we accept whoever claims to be the reincarnation of gods without any hesitation . We accept humans as Gods very easily. We personify them . In all other religions I feel they have strong hold in their Holy books and follow only that. We are so open to all philosophies that we readily worship any human being who says he can heal our worries.For the number of swamijis we have in India and for the number of followers each of them have we should be living in a land of Heaven.
Are we following the philosophies? Most of us just read them or hear them . It is all timely relief we are seeking. In extreme cases in the name becoming a swamiji's follower some go the extent of becoming a "samiyaar " themselves withdrawing themselves from the family and their responsibilities. This I would call "escapism."
How many ever times we learn a hard lesson still we believe in such swamijis. They indulge in all worldy pleasures but their followers give up on all earthly pleasures and go to live in the ashrams . A friend of ours spent three lakhs Rs. to spend a few days with Swami Nithyananda.Till now he was sharing the news happily with everyone about how peaceful he felt while he was in the ashram and how he lived a calm life away from the materialistic world. To attain this peace the price was 3lakhs.While he was enjoying his life in a different way his swamiji was enjoying it in a sophisticated way .Now do you think he will attempt to share the blissful experience with anyone after having come to know about the true color of the cameleon swamiji? Won't everyone make fun of him and his beliefs? This is only the tip of an iceberg.Now, all the swamiji's followers won't even want to admit that they are his followers . Because of his shameful act he has put so many of his true followers under shame and disgrace. They have become target of ridicule and laughter. In any social gathering they will be made fun of for having been the follower of the Swamiji.
Every other day there is a news about fake " Made in China Swamijis.(MCS) . Still there is no end to our ignorance . We can show our anger only by burning his efugee , his ashrams, his books . Do you think anything more can be done? This is the limit for our resentment. At the end he will have a ramp walk after being in hibernation for a few years. And we will forget about him totally because everyday there is one new story to follow and keep us occupied.Intially our reaction is humungous but as days pass by it becomes a trivial matter .You need not be surprsed if he comes again with a new name tag saying he is the rebirth of some God! Again we have ignorant souls to believe in him.Such MCS's use the name of swamiji to carry on with their underworld dealings without suspicion.
First we should believe in ourselves. I don't say not to attend religious or philosophical discourses. They are important to cleanse one's mind and soul. We can attend those but not praise the person who does it and raise him high in a pedestal. It should serve as a guideline for one's religious and philosophical betterment in life. True swamiji's will never look for propaganda. They live a simple life. Undue importance should not be give to MCSs . We should use our common sense and intution while becoming someone's follower instead of blindly following him and becoming a mouthpiece for his popularity.In this way we can avoid the mushrooming of fake swamiji's in our holy land of high ethical and moral values(though day by day we are giving way for other values to take its place----East goes to West and West comes to East!)
Religion is used in our country to make us "like sheep." To save our furture generation from becoming scape goats to such decievers we have to install self confidence and strong religious beliefs in our children from young rather than leave them to be a confused lot later in their life,when they go in search of such false beliefs.Be a true human to yourself and to others. Believe in God and not in human gods.
Have a nice day.