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The stories of many a spiritual Guru in India would make for cracking comedy if it weren’t for the Tragedy of real
masses of converts being swindled in broad daylight, mostly of their own Volition.
The Stringent caste based society, the Multicultural diversity,the cynical attitude towards real problems of our
society and the inherent mental Handicap to accept the reality of life is what gives these Baba's an upper hand
to swindle the masses time and again. This will continue to happen even in future.
These Baba's are no different than Politicians, only the approach is different.
Its time to Educate ourselves on emotional Intelligence, learn some good things from other Cultures, evolve our
mindset while its still not too late and stop believing in Miracles.
Indian Mythology, as well as history, list numerous instances where noble souls have guided people on the path
of Righteousness. Saints such as Kabir, Guru Nanak and others gave a meaning to the Lives of people through
their Teachings. They alleviated the sufferings of people and worked for the betterment of society.
Today, numerous Godmen can be found across the length and breadth of India. But just a few of them have Any
desire to serve Humanity. These godmen live in swanky Ashrams, are surrounded by burly Bodyguards, have
powerful political connections and millions of followers who pay thousands of rupees just to hear their Godmen
speak at Satsangs or Congregations.
A few years ago, vinod joshi, the Secretary of the trust that manages a small Temple and Ashram nestled in a
picture-postcard Valley called Kainchi near Nainital, got a call from Larry Brilliant, an American Physician and
former director of Google's Philanthropic Arm Google.org. "Larry said some Mark would be coming to the Ashram
for a day," recalls the short, bubbly man with Twinkling eyes, who has spent his life in the service of his
Spiritual guru Neeb Karori Baba at the Ashram.Joshi doesn't remember exactly when because he had no idea
Who Mark Zuckerberg was.
Facebook was yet to become a Daily Habit of about a Billion and half people. But he does Remember that
Zuckerberg flew down to Pantnagar, about 65 km from Nainital, and then drove to the Ashram of Neeb Karori
(often called Neem Karoli) Baba, who died in 1973 but Continues to Enchant several High-profile Americans.
The Baba's halo shined bright last week when Zuckerberg mentioned to Narendra Modi during the Indian PM's
US tour that he had Visited a Temple in India during the early days of Facebook on the advice of Apple founder
"Steve Jobs told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed as the mission of the Company I should visit
this Temple that he had gone to India early on in his evolution of Thinking about what he wanted Apple and his
Vision of the future to be," Zuckerberg told Modi at a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters.
"So I went and I travelled for almost a month, and seeing people, seeing how people Connected, and having the
Opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone has a strong Ability to connect Reinforced for
me the importance of what we were doing and that is something I've always remembered over the last 10 years
as we've built facebook."
Zuckerberg spent almost 2 days..
Joshi says Zuckerberg landed up with just a book in his hand without even a change of Clothes. "He was
Wearing a Trouser which was torn at one knee," he told ET. Zuckerberg was supposed to spend only one day,
but stayed for two because Pantnagar was hit by a Storm and Flights could not take off.
The Ashram, located beside a bubbling brook and surrounded by tall pine-forested Mountains, itself is small for
a saint who has an Elite following that includes Hollywood star Julia Roberts. It has 5 shrines, including one for
his favourite Hanuman. Many of the Baba's Devotees believe he himself was the monkey God incarnate.
Opposite the shrines is a white building with square columns where the Sage used to live. "We call it the White
House," Joshi says.
On its verandah, there is a small wooden Platform covered with a dark woolen Blanket sprinkled with fresh
flowers — the Baba used to Spend most of his day seated on it. All over the place there are pictures of the ever-
Smiling Baba sitting or half lying down with his left palm supporting his Head. He is always wearing a Blanket.
Even in the shrine where the Baba lives on in a life-size Marble statue, he wears a Burberry-check blanket. As
the evening aarti (lamp service) winds down at the shrine, I tell Rameshwar Dass standing at the back of a small
crowd of Worshippers that the statue is life-like. "Well, almost," Dass replies with a mischievous smile, his eyes
crinkling up crows' feet on the Edges. "He looked quite Different."
Dass, a former New York-based Photographer, was Jim until the sage gave him his new name. When Jim first
met Neeb Karori Baba in 1970, he stayed by his side for two years.
Baba Spoke about Christ
"The Atmosphere around him was very Powerful." Dass says. I ask him what is it that attracts foreigners to the
sage. Dass Thinks for a moment and then says, "He talked to us a lot about Christ. He used to say that Christ
and Hanuman are the same. That Christ never died." He says when the Baba talked about Christ it was as if he
was seeing him. "Tears used to flow from his eyes." Dass says the Baba never gave sermons or Scriptural lessons
except urging them to be of service to others. "The Idea of service appeals to Christians like us."
He remembers Ram Dass, one of the Baba's earliest disciples, joking with him about a giant statue of Hanuman
at another Ashram of the Baba in Nainital. "Ram Dass said, 'What would my friends in the US say if they saw
me worshipping a giant concrete monkey'," Dass says with a hearty laugh. It was Ram Dass or Richard Alpert
who made Neeb Karori Baba famous among elite Americans.
Alpert, an American psychologist, met the Baba with fellow psychologist and psychedelics researcher Timothy
Leary while on vacation from Harvard. He spent many years with the Sage and wrote an unusually designed
book 'Be Here Now' on him and Hindu philosophy. The book, written like a Graphic novel, influenced many
readers in the US who began to associate with a commune and Foundation Alpert had established in New
Alpert, Jim and Larry Brilliant's Evangelism continues to draw followers to the Baba. As I take Joshi's Leave, he
shows me an Email from Brilliant about Steve Jobs. Brilliant, who is also a Science adviser to Warner Bros. and
president of Skoll Global Threats Fund established by eBay founder Jeff Skoll, mentions that Jobs had kept
Pictures of the saint by his bedside till his last. "I met Steve when we were all Young and the world was full of
promise and so, of course, We went to India as spiritual seekers," he writes in the email. "Girija [Brilliant's wife]
gave him our only Blanket from Maharaj ji when Steve was very ill." Though Neeb Karori Baba is no more, he
Evidently continues to be a comforter to many.
But Underneath all this talk of Spirituality lies a sinister world where Murky dealings, rapes, land grabbing,
Murders and other such Nefarious activities reign supreme. Nevertheless for their blind followers, these Godmen
are saintly figures who can do no wrong. A case in point is Ram Rahim who has been convicted for rape cases.
Just as the Verdict came out his followers went on a Rampage in Haryana and some parts of Delhi setting fire to
whatever came their way. Here we present five controversial Godmen who have indulged in unlawful activities
and still have a huge Blind following.
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Looking for meaning and purpose, people fall prey to the tricks-of-trade employed by wily Godmen and Godwomen!
Each time a fake Godman stands exposed, one is left wondering at the blind faith of followers who failed to look beyond the mask of someone who was a conman at best, and a crook, murderer and rapist at worst!
What attracts people to these peddlers of faith? Why the desperate need to believe that anyone has a quicker channel to God than you do? Those frantically looking for a peg to hang their faith on, are actually more the victims of their own need than of the wiles of conmen. If you have a strong belief in your own self and faith in your thoughts, values and actions, you become impervious to the perceived power of another.
5 Richest Gurus :--
1.Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev
Baba Ramdev is famous as Yoga Guru as he Teaches Yoga and provides natural medicine and Agriculture; he has a great place in the Indian political issues. He comes from very poor family background; his father was farmer in Haryana. He has seen 15 year long struggle and use to teach yoga to the people in Haridwar. He has incredible knowledge of Yogasan that gave him fame and built en emperor of enviable Rs 1,200 crore. He is one of the Indian citizens who raised the black money issue in 2008. He owns Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yogi Mandir trusts and its many branches.
2. Mata Amritanandamayi
Mata Amritanandamayi is a Hindu Spiritual teacher and leader, her followers consider her as a saint. She is also famous as The Hugging Saint’ because she provides Spontaneously comfort to the people who are in great grief and sorrow and the other reason of her being the hugging saint is that she close to 30 million people till date. She runs a trust Amritanandamayi Trust and it has been said that the she owns assets worth over Rs 1,500 crore. She has many school, Colleges, and TV channels in her name and these are also the main source of income.
3. Sri Sri Ravishankar
Sri Sri Ravishankar is one of the most popular and renowned Indian Guru. He has given Art of Living Foundation to the world. According to a report he has an estimated 300 million followers in 145 countries and his follower donate million to the foundation.He has an estimated turnover of Rs 5,000 crore. The main source of income is Art of Living AOL institutes, pharmacy, and health centers.According to India Today he was born in Tamil Nadu and at the age of 6 he took the Vedic studies and at the age 17 he completed his studies in Vedic literature and science.
4. Sant Shri Asaram Ji Bapu
Sant Shri Asaram Ji Bapu is one of the most controversial Gurus in India, he is self-proclaimed saints and right now he is in prison because of the illegal activity like and grabbing in Gujarat and ious other cities and he is accused of evil activities at his ashrams. The Asaram Bapu trusts have a turnover of Rs 450 crore. He owns 350 ashrams in the country and abroad along with it, he also owns 19,000 Bal Sanskar Kendras.
5. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan
The Dera Sacha Sauda organization is run by Ram Rahim Singh Insaan. He is one Guru that always gets into Controversy and more than he accused of ious illegal activities. The Dera Sacha Sauda established in 1948 by Shah Mastana Ji from Baluchistan and this place was famous as a centre for spiritual learning. He ownsassets Over 900 acres of agriculture land in Sirsa, he also owns a hospital in Rajesthan, gas stations in his name, and he is also into the market complex and ious ashrams across the globe. He is accused of raping more than 70 women followers of his Ashram.
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Asaram Bapu :--
Born in Sind in undivided India, today Asaram Bapu has over 460 ashrams and more than 70 gurukuls all over, and a tremendous following both in India and aboard.
Spirituality aside, he has also been courting controversy.
1: Asaram Bapu was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at his Jodhpur ashram even as her mother was waiting outside. He was served a summons in the case by the Jodhpur police at his ashram in Indore. The police had earlier served a summons to his officials at his Ahmedabad ashram. The godman Claimed he was innocent and regards the Minor as his "daughter".
2: Commenting on the Delhi gang rape incident, Asaram suggested that the victim was equally responsible for the Crime. He said the girl could have called her assailants brothers and begged them to stop. His comments invited sharp criticism from across the political spectrum and from women's activists.
3: The ministry of corporate affairs said it had received Complaints against him and his son in an alleged 900-acre land-grabbing case and the serious frauds investigation office is looking into the matter.
4: Asaram and his son were also Investigated in the mysterious deaths of two boys whose decomposed bodies were found from the banks of Sabarmati River near his ashram in 2008.
Swami Nithyananda :--
Popular for his Spiritual Discourses and meditation programmes, Swami Nithyananda was named as one of the 100 most spiritually influential living people in the world by Watkin's Mind Body Spirit magazine.
He claims to be the most-watched spiritual teacher on YouTube.com with more than 15 million views, and the author of more than 450 books published in 25 languages.
1: Nithyananda landed in a Controversy after a purported Video Footage Showing him in a compromising position with an actress was telecast by local TV channels. Nithyananda said the video was morphed and manipulated to misrepresent his personal life but did not deny his Images with actress Ranjita in the film.
The video aired on Tamil TV channels caused a furore, with some Hindu groups and others Protesting against Nithyananda. The Karnataka Government too promised "very strict" action against him.
Lenin Karuppan, who had exposed the alleged sex scandal, was arrested after a complaint by the manager of Nithyananda's ashram that Lenin had demanded money to keep the video secret.
2: Swami Nithyananda was also accused of rape by Indian-born American Citizen, Arthi Rao, in June 2012. Rao went on Indian television accusing Nithyananda of raping her for several years. Nithyananda again denied the allegations.
Baba Ramdev :--
Baba Ramdev is best known for Popularising Yoga and has been very vocal about political issues in the Country.
Who can forget the Delhi government’s crackdown on his agitation at the Ramlila maidan in June 2011, where the baba tried to hoodwink the police by wearing salwar kameez and dupatta after they cracked down on the fast against corruption.
1: Tehelka Magazine had reported financial Irregularities and tax evasion by Ramdev's trusts. Irregularities included sales tax evasion, forceful land grab from farmers and stealing of electricity by using agricultural connection for commercial use.
2: Senior leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Brinda Karat accused the Divya Pharmacy, owned by Ramdev's Divya Yog Mandir Trust, of using human and animal bones in their medicines.
3: The Yoga guru has claimed that regular practice Pranayama Popularised by him has Successfully 'cured' cancer within six to nine months. Cancer of the breast, liver, prostate, uterus, pituitary gland, brain tumour and even leukaemia, can be cured by practising the breathing exercises, he claimed.
4: Ramdev has suggested that yoga was the way to prevent and cure AIDS. "We will prove through clinical tests that yoga can cure AIDS. We will offer the cure shortly, in the next couple of years," Ramdev had said.
"Sex education in schools need to be replaced by yoga education," Ramdev also told reporters. "The government should stop Polluting the minds of innocent young children with sex education. Society's Morality cannot improve with teaching sex education in schools. And AIDS cannot be prevented by talking free sex and by using condoms."
5: Ramdev has Contended that homosexuality is a disease that is curable through yogic Practices. "It can be treated like any other congenital defect. Such Tendencies can be treated by yoga, pranayama and other meditation techniques," he said in a petition to the court.
Swami Agnivesh :--
An Arya Samaj scholar and Social activist, Swami Agnivesh is a former member of legislative assembly from Haryana. In 2011, Agnivesh spent three days inside the Bigg Boss house as a guest, to "use this opportunity to promote and create awareness on social issues including corruption".
Agnivesh joined ‘Team Anna Hazare’ in the anti-corruption protests in August 2011. However, he broke away from the main group claiming that other protesters humiliated and conspired against him.
1: Swami Agnivesh came under attack during the August 2011 Anti-Corruption Protests over a Controversial Video posted on YouTube where he is purportedly telling a person alleged to be a Union minister that the government act tough with the fasting Gandhian (Anna Hazare).
Agnivesh on his part claimed the video footage was "doctored and concocted" and part of a smear Campaign against him. He denied talking to Union Minister Kapil Sibal who was Involved in negotiations during the initial stages of the stand-off between Team Anna and the Government.
2: Swami Agnivesh’s unexceptionable statement that he supported the entry of non-Hindus into the Jagannath Temple at Puri, however raised the hackles of Hindu priests. Priests of the temple condemned his remarks as ‘purely anti-Hindu in nature’ and burned his effigy.
3: Agnivesh, during a trip to Jammu, had allegedly said that he "does not understand why people go" for Amarnath yatra and such pilgrimages and had termed the "Shivlingam" that forms inside the Amarnath cave shrine a geographical phenomenon. The Supreme Court condemned Agnivesh for hurting the sentiments of Hindus. “You cannot take sentiments of the people for granted," the bench said, noting that a large number of people go on Amarnath yatra every year.
Considered One of the most Controversial spiritual leaders to have emerged from India during the 20th Century, Rajneesh or Osho was outspoken in his criticism of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi and institutionalised religion.
He advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality, which earned him the sobriquet of "sex guru".
Rajneesh discouraged marriage and having children. He saw families as prone to dysfunction. His communes in Oregon and England accepted contraception, sterilisation, and abortion.
A former personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, of the Controversial spiritual guru in a bare-all memoir said that “Osho Rajneesh disregarded all laws, ethics and legalities as he wanted to create a society of his own vision with its own laws and rules.” Rajneesh had once, out of the blue, demanded to get him 50 new Rolls-Royces in spite of already possessing 86 brand new Rolls-Royces.
The 1986 Rajneeshee bioterror attack was the first bioterrorist attack in United States history. Around 851 individuals were poisoned through the deliberate contamination of salad bars at ten local restaurants in Oregon with salmonella.
The attack was Orchestrated by followers of Rajneesh to rig the election so that their own candidates would win the 1986 Wasco County elections.
In 1987 high-ranking followers of Rajneesh hatched a conspiracy to assassinate then United States Attorney for the District of Oregon Charles Turner. However, the plot was never carried out and was only discovered later during investigations into the bioterror attack and other illegal acts by the Rajneeshpuram leadership.
Popular Bollywood Personalities who were part of the Rajneesh movement Include Parveen Babi, who joined the movement in mid-1972s along with her boyfriend, producer Mahesh Bhatt.
Film star Vinod Khanna became a sannyasin on December 31, 1977, and received the name Swami Vinod Bharti. He was Osho's gardener at Rajneeshpuram.
1: Increased criticism of his activities at the Pune ashram in 1983 and threats of punitive action by authorities led Rajneesh to move to the United States. However, his Oregon commune collapsed in 1985 when Rajneesh revealed that the commune leadership had committed serious crimes. He was charged with immigration violations and deported.
2: At the Second World Hindu Conference in 1970 he came under criticism when he claimed "any religion which considers life meaningless and full of misery, and teaches the hatred of life, is not a true religion. Religion is an art that shows how to enjoy life."
3: Not only was his therapies questioned, there were allegations of drug use among sannyasins.
His Association with former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao brought Chandraswami -- the controversial tantrik -- into prominence.
Interestingly, the godman’s finances have fluctuated with his political fortunes.
1: Chandraswami has been accused of several financial Irregularities and was ordered by the Supreme Court to pay a penalty in several Foreign Exchange Management Act violation cases registered by the enforcement directorate. The ED has Imposed a total penalty of Rs 10 crore (approx) on Chandraswami in 15 cases of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act violations for acquiring foreign exchange in contravention of the Act.
2: In 1997, he was arrested on charges of defrauding a London-based businessman of $100,000.
3: The CBI has been investigating the suspected role of the self-styled godman in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Jain Commission dedicated a volume to his alleged involvement in the assassination. The Enforcement Directorate is still investigating his alleged role as financier in the killing.
Jayendra Saraswati :--
Jayendra Saraswati is the sixty-ninth Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. Keeping with the Shankaracharya's oft-expressed concerns the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu enacted a law to ban religious conversions and enforced a ban on animal sacrifice in temples.
The Shankaracharya Attracted controversy when he left his mutt in 1990 during the Chaturmasya vrata and was not traceable for a few weeks.
1: Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswati and his junior Vijayendra are the prime accused in the murder of Sankararaman, the manager of the Varadarajaperumal temple at Kanchipuram, in September 8, 2004.
The two seers have been charged under IPC sections for criminal conspiracy and murder. The trial in the case was shifted to Puducherry from Chengalpattu by an order of the Supreme Court on a petition Jayendra had filed before it on October 26, 2005.
2: Another 'attempt-to-murder' case was filed by an auditor, Radhakrishnan, in Chennai. He alleged that Jayendra Saraswathi sent goons to his house to kill him because he had questioned the missing 91 kg of gold meant for the Kamakshi temple at Kanchipuram.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim :--
Leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a socio-spiritual orgnisation, Gurmeet Ram Rahim has led his organisation to several Guinness World Records.
The Dera Sacha Sauda head was in the news recently for announcing that that nearly 2,000 followers of the sect were ready to marry the Uttarakhand women who lost their husbands in the flash floods and landslides that struck the hill state.
The spiritual leader and preacher has, in association with the American Society of Echocardiography, created a world record for most cardiac echo tests.
1: Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted that during the visit of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh on June 25, 2008, his personal bodyguards had allegedly fired at a crowd at Nirmal Lifestyle mall in suburban Mulund, Mumbai, in which Balkar Singh, a Sikh, was killed. Citing lack of evidence, a fast track court acquitted 14 volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda, in the case.
2: The Dera Sacha Sauda chief set off a controversy when he appeared in attire similar to the one worn by the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and distributed amrit (nectar) to his followers at his Dera in Sirsa.
3: The Punjab and Haryana high court issued a notice of motion to the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh of Sirsa seeking explanation for the allegations made against him by his follower for sexually exploiting his wife.
4: A Tehelka investigation alleged that the Dera Sacha Sauda is a den of vice and accused Baba Gurmeet Singh of rape and murder.
Sathya Sai Baba :--
The list will remain incomplete without a mention of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, probably the most famous guru with millions of followers across 126 countries.
Often regarded as ‘Bhagwan’, Sathya Sai Baba, who passed away in 2011, ruled the hearts of his devotees through many social service endeavours like building multi-specialty hospitals providing free treatment, schools and colleges among others.
However, his life and times were also marked by several serious controversies involving allegations of faking ‘miracles’, sexual abuse and even pedophilia -- all of them vociferously refuted by his followers.
Sai Baba has often been charged, both nationally and internationally, over the veracity of his ‘miracles’ -- be it producing holy ash or vibhuti, gold ornaments and rings from thin air -- by his critics. Skeptics and rationalists have alleged from time to time that his miracles ‘were simple magic tricks to woo his devotees’. Nevertheless, such allegations, although never taken on directly by the Baba, have not dented the faith of his followers.
There have also been allegations, sometimes by former followers, that Sai Baba used to indulge in sexual abuses and pedophilia. However, the allegations have never been proven.
The biggest ever controversy to have haunted Sathya Sai Baba’s Puttaparthy ashram Prashanti Nilayam was on June 6 1993, when four persons were shot dead by the police after they had allegedly stabbed four devotees in Baba's bedroom, killing two and serious injuring the other two.
There also have been allegations of misappropriation of funds in the name of donations in running the Rs 45,000 crore Sathya Sai Baba trust. Moreover, even after the Baba’s demise, trustees found cash of Rs 13.5 crore, 98 kg of gold and silver articles weighing 313 kilograms from his private room, which again raised eyebrows. The money and valuables took 42 hours to be counted.
Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljeet Singh):
Nirmal Baba gained much popularity from his show, ‘Third Eye of Nirmal Baba’. He is estimated to be worth hundreds of crores. He even has an app on Facebook called ‘Live Darshan 24/7’. He is into controversies for the donations and the charging of admission fees (Rs. 2,000 per person) to his ‘darbar’ sessions.
Nirmal Baba is a famous spiritual leader on the TV and has many followers. He was slapped with over Rs 3 crore tax evasion charge in February 2014 and the Allahabad High Court has also ordered information and broadcast ministry to probe Nirmal Baba’s TV programmes, which allegedly encourages superstition and black magic.
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