Monday, June 06, 2011

Give me a break!

People, as if it was not enough to watch this man churning his stomach on your TV sets every morning, he is hogging space in all newspapers, tabloids and magazines these days. Frankly, aren't you all tired of the hype around Baba Ramdev? Yet, we cannot ignore the cause he is protesting for. So why do educated people worship these preachers like they are God? The likes of Ramdev Baba, Satya Sai Baba and Sri, Sri Ravishankar come to mind. Satya Sai Baba has been shown materialising objects from his hand and barfing up golden eggs. There are videos which show that this is nothing but magic. We heard stories of Sai Baba engaging in molestation and scam. Yet he had so many people who believed in his divinity. This just goes to prove how easy it is to become god. And now we have Sri, Sri Ravishankar. What is he teaching that people don't already know? His Art of Living foundation goes through great lengths to show what is so special about it. For somebody with a bit of background into yoga or meditation in general there is nothing new that he offers. Their programs promise reducing stress, reduction of depression, peace of mind and serenity, better health and well being, increased energy and stamina, making you more self-aware, harmonious relations at home and work, and so on, you cannot help but wonder in what way do they offer anything different than any other form of meditation? These programs are ridiculously expensive too! And then there is the famous Osho Guru (formerly Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). He tops the fraudulent and hypocritical gurus by owning 96 Rolls Royces. It is a well known fact that neither him nor his ashrams were quite like he pretended. The whole 'free love' idea did not work. Such are the Gurus of yesterday and today. I often come across educated followers who keep persuading me to join one of these programs. After knowing the facts, should I take it up? Give me a break! I think there is only one religion and that is the religion of Humanity.


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