Gurus: the best businessmen of the era

Spirituality Boom

In the recent times many self-declared Spiritual Gurus are born like mushroom amidst us and they are looked upon as great solace by the mass of gullible people, who are more ‘peace and nirvana hungry’, because their stomachs are full and now looking for something beyond, you know it. These self-proclaimed enlightened Gurus have taken many new “avatars” like Corporate Gurus, Instant Gurus, Mobile Gurus, Global Gurus, you name it, you will find them.

One Guru (I don’t want to name) who has overnight become Global Guru, whose only mantra is to “breathe in and breathe out” (great new invention of him!) is now eyeing to grab Nobel Prize for his Peace/Piece work across the globe! This is the height of the mockery of spirituality. As long as gullible people are there, this kind of Gurus can flourish their business to a peak height. They can not only fool the mass of people but also the people at power. I have never heard a spiritual seeker or a spiritual seer hankering after titles and honours and enjoying it like these modern day self-styled gurus.

Second-hand knowledge of the self gathered from books or gurus can never emancipate a man until its truth is rightly investigated and applied; only direct realisation will do that. Realise yourself, turning the mind inward.Tripura Rahasya, 18: 89

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Just today (05 May 2007), I came across a blog on some Sri Sri Sri or She She She! One thing that really pained me there is that the disciples of a so called enlightened soul, reacting in such a “bastardly way”! I doubt, whether they are doing ‘sudarshan kriya’ or ‘rakshash kriya’; they don’t have a simple openness to accept an alternative view. If somebody calls a true monk as ‘monkey’, the monk just laughs with that guy and goes – because the whole world knows that the poor monk is not a monkey! It’s so simple. These so called enlightened souls/gurus are creating another kind of ‘subtle goondas’ around us, it seems! Anyway, hypocrisy is not good for the health of this world.

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39 Responses to Gurus: the best businessmen of the era

  1. lalitha ram says:

    One Guru (I don’t want to name) who has overnight become Global Guru …

    if 25 years of service to humanity makes this one guru an overnight global guru …

    if transforming prisoners, trauma relief work etc. across the globe is PIECE
    work …

    less said, rather written, the better …

  2. Sanjay M says:

    Lalitha Ram has made a good point 🙂

    Everyone has something to say – its up to us how much we listen.

    Often the guru is innocent – as I believe it is in this case. Usually, its the disciples who make more fuss of him than follow his teachings!

  3. Sanjay M says:

    Guru, whose only mantra is to “breath in and breath out” –> that’s not the end by itself, its only the beginning I assume. I’m not his follower, I have only heard occasional speeches/quotes from this guru, some of which I found very valuable.

  4. Sanjay M says:

    When I told U.G. that I wanted to publish a book containing his discussions, he said that I could go ahead and do it, but only as a business venture. “Make money if that is what your motive is. But if you think it will help you or anyone else in any way on their spiritual path, you are miserably mistaken. I have no illusions about it at all,” said U.G.

    ~ Thought Is Your Enemy

  5. brilliant start and I somehow have a feeling this blog is going to be center of Gravity for long time to come.!

  6. Madhu says:

    Let us not hide the things. I think the initial message meant Ravi Shankar of “Art of Living” and Lalitha Ram mistook him as Jaggi Vasudev who is doing rehabilitaion works for prisoners living in appaling conditions.

    I think the latter(Jaggi) one is earnest than the former (Sri Sri).

    Any how certain corporate gurus are looters and amassing money than any other thriving global business ventures.

    I like the new jargon in the starting message: “Instant gurus, mobile gurus …” hahaha…….

  7. Robino says:

    “One Guru (I don’t want to name) who has overnight become Global Guru, whose only mantra is to “breath in and breath out” (great new invention of him!)…”.

    There are two kinds of Gurus: Naturally Charismatic Gurus and Educated Gurus. The difference lies in the fact that Educated Gurus have developed many insights after an encounter with another Guru or other Gurus. Such Educated Gurus are in fact disguised disciples of another or many other
    Gurus. These Educated Gurus are under self-pressure to develop their own, patented devices to leave a historical mark or milestone of their own. It is simply an evidence of their lack of liberation from the “ego”. They may also be under a felt need and pressure to celebratre their so
    called achievements in public places with a massive rally or a great event, often under the disguise of forceful demands and decisions by the mass of followers.

    A Naturally Charismatic Guru is above all these needs and pressures. Such a Guru just is whatever he is, without any public festivals or Awards or organised socio-religious movements, although they may have an original affiliation with some religious or ideological denomination, which is quite normal for all human beings. Almost often, the socio-religious movements are established after the demise of such natural Gurus. Because the Naturally Charismatic Guru does not require or need any public recognition. Instead, the public feel the need that they owe him or her. The Naturally Charismatic Guru is not only a Guru ( Teacher ), but also a “Master”. In literature, there is a thumb rule: If any material produced earlier by any other person is used in a current work, it should be qoted as belonging to that earlier person. Or, at least the source should be mentioned. If…, if…, if any contemporary Gurus do not follow this, it is
    “plagiarism” (A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work, or taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own) or, in simple words, “theft”. Such Gurus who borrow but donot acknowledge are not at all good models to emulate.

    I leave it to my respected readers to follow their own conscience and discretion in choosing to follow any Gurus. But one word of caution: BEWARE!, and please don’t fall for immediate effects or mesmerising shows.
    You may visit me!

  8. sulochanosho says:

    Hi Robino: Your lines, rather lengthy lines, are worth poder over!

  9. Madhu says:

    Most Gurus are parrots repeating already done phrases but addiing new colors and hues.

    Sulochanosho adds: Yes, they may best fit into a category called, “Jargon Masters” or “Recycled Masters.”

  10. Sanjay M says:

    I think if not these notes that I’d written a while ago, atleast the links in them – might be quite interesting for you: fallen heroes?

  11. sulochanosho says:

    Looters:

    Our friend Madhu some where in the comment lines says:
    “Any how certain corporate gurus are looters and amassing money than any other thriving global business ventures. ”

    I fully agree with Madhu. But I further add that: Our so called Gurus are not only looters of Money, but they are equally looters of the Minds of innocent people; and they have no business to play with the life of innocent people, which definetly amounts to a heinous crime on their part.

  12. sulochanosho says:

    Which Shankar, it doesn’t Matter:
    Again our good friend Madhu , some where in these pages, says:
    “I think the initial message meant Ravi Shankar of “Art of Living” and Lalitha Ram mistook him as Jaggi Vasudev who is doing rehabilitaion works for prisoners living in appaling conditions. I think the latter(Jaggi) one is earnest than the former(Sri Sri). ”

    Our friend may be right, but I would like to add: Whether it’s Ravi Shankar, or some other Shankar, it doesn’t matter. The existence just doesn’t care any body (including me!), however “superior” he pretends to be. That’s the way of existence. Truth and order always prevails. Nobody can undo it. Please understand, I have the least or last intention to hurt the sentiments and sanctity of millions of disciples. But I have to speak out the painful reality in my own bit of way.

  13. sulochanosho says:

    Some where I heard:

    “You have to save yourself from so many good-intentioned people, do-gooders, who are constantly advising you to be this, to be that. Listen to them, thank them. They don´t mean any harm — but harm is what happens. You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher. In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher.”
    Osho

  14. Sanjay M says:

    “The Buddha once visited a small town called Kesaputta in the kingdom of Kosala. The inhabitants of this town were known by the common name Kalama. When they heard that the Buddha was in their town, the Kalamas paid him a visit, and told him:

    ‘Sir, there are some recluses and brahmanas who visit Kesaputta. They explain and illumine only their own doctrines, and despise, condemn and spurn others’ doctrines. Then come other recluses and brahmanas, and they, too, in their turn, explain and illumine only their own doctrines, and despise and condemn and spurn others’ doctrines. But, for us, Sir, we have always doubt and perplexity as to who among these venerable recluses and brahmanas spoke the truth and who spoke falsehood.’

    Then the Budhha gave them this advice, unique in the history of religions:

    ‘Yes, Kalamas, it is proper that you have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kalamas, do not be led by reports, or tradition, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, nor by mere logic or inference, nor by considering appearances, nor by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, nor by the idea; “this is our teacher’. But, O Kalamas, when you know for youselves that certain things are unwholesome (akusala), and wrong, and bad, then give them up … And when you know for youselves that certain things are wholesome (kusala) and good, then accept them and follow them.’

    The Buddha went even further. He told the bhikkhus that a disciple should examine even the Tathagata (Buddha) himself, so that he (the disciple) might be fully convinced of the true value of the teacher whom he followed.”

    source: was http://www.cains.com/bucha/kalama.html but this link no longer works hence putting the content directly here.

    Sulochanosho adds: My Dear Sanjay M , your apt and right timed story reveals clarity a lot more in million times folds, than the “high jargon” exchanges that are being done by all of us here in these pages. At the end of the day it’s “action” that speaks, not the “words”! Thank u Sanjay so much, do peep in these pages, once in a while correct us, churn us!

  15. Madhu says:

    Our predicament is that we can get rid of the our guru(s) and our beliefs.

    We can only replace one with the other.

    So enjoy thier teachings and enjoy our beliefs.

    If possible market them and make money.

    sulochanosho adds: Yes, that’s it: “If possible market them and make money.” Why should we deprive one of his livelihood and richhood? At least that’s the hard and hit reality; that works too. They can fill their stomach and feel the happiness concretely. And at the end of the day a few bunch of wise fools like us will be found fooling around. And the world goes on. At least it appears so!

  16. robino in says:

    Being in the Present:

    Recognising that another Guru is replacing the existing Guru is a realization. Marketing the realization is a retrograde effort, and selling the past and securing the illusive future. For this disciples are required, and struggles to establish one’s school of thought becomes inevitable. Thus instead of ‘being in the present’, it becomes starting a stagnant organization or a social movement. The goal becomes enjoying the ‘teachings’, and the ‘beliefs’. Defending and promoting these occupy the life time. Have fun!!!

  17. santosh says:

    Benefit/Profit!
    I think to know the immense benefits of sudarshan kriya one needs to do the basic part I course and practice the meditation and sudarshan kriya. THose who donot have any constructive works to do they create blogs for criticizing the noble man like sri sri.

    sulochanosho adds: Dont focus too much on futility, focus on utility too. Becoz of blogs, because of electronic technologies, U and I can now stand out and speak out load and clear, globally! The Days of the Hypocrites are numbered. They no more can play their good old tone and tune.

  18. sulochanosho says:

    Life is not a Basic part one course:
    If your ’sudarshan kriya’ doesn’t help you take criticism positively without getting perturbed, if it teaches you to cling to a noble spiritual man whose every move specially ‘media move’ is to grab ‘Nobel Prize’ for peace/piece, then we have simply enough pity for you. If your kriya teaches you to indulge in more criticism, when someone criticises you, then your so called ‘kriya’ is just another ‘nishkriya’. If your kriya doesn’t make you know thyself as noble as anyone, as noble or more noble than someone like sri sri or anyone, then the whole world of existence may have nothing but feel sorry for you. Come on dear friend, float with the infinite existence, rather than clinging to some ‘benefits’ and profits’. Our life is much more than that. Never limit your life. It’s your life. You are the master of it.
    We do respect all, including our enemies. But that doesn’t mean that we remain limited and as a respected hypocrite. We do respect all including some sri sri’s , we do respect and understand the benefit/profit/loss of sudarshan Kriya! That just doesn’t mean anything in this vast infinite saga of our existence and life!
    At least our life is never “a basic part one course”! Our life is an ever flowing current of a vibrant river and nobody has any right to define or refine it. Enough of mockery and hypocrisy.

    Do visit this link in Wikipedia

  19. Madhu says:
    You breathe in and Give me Money: Great Constructive Work!
    What do you mean by “constructive work”?
    Selling breathing techniques and making money?
    To breathe is a natural process executed by immensely intelligent organism.
    Any control of that natural process will only create havoc in the body system.

  20. K P Mohan says:

    Football:
    Whether it’ Sri Sri Ravishankar, Jaggi Vasudev or Nithyananda Paramhamsa it does not matter. All they are telling through their course is to get control of yourlsef to know the existence. If you r capable by yourself don’t bother to take any assistance.
    By ourselves we will not stir our of our place. That’s all. To understand football you need to play the game. but we as spectators are waiting to appreciate or criticize.
    sulochanosho adds:
    Life is never an imposed, framed “Football”. Life is just YOU! You are not FootBall. Never allow others to play and use precious YOU as Football.

  21. Madhu says:

    Life is just an adventure like jumping and swimming:
    three kinds:

    Those who play game don’t need any courses or workshops.

    Those who are on the bank can read books which tell them “how to swim”.

    Those who are swimming have no time even to contemplate “how to swim” let alone attending courses to learn swimming.

  22. sulochanosho says:

    Learning to Live!
    Humankind claim that they are the superior and super species on this earth and on top of that why do they need a “How to Live” course, unlike any living species on this earth. All the birds, animals, insects, trees are beautifully living on this earth with far more grace and gaiety. Only the human species need ‘how to live/ how to breath’ course! The more courses they take, the more coarser they go. that’s what we have been seeing and witnessing. For utility purpose we do need training and knowhow, that’s understandable. In the morning mist, a small bud in the nature doesn’t wait for a lesson or two from some gurus to flower and spread fragrance.

  23. gayathri says:

    Minting Money: Divine Way

    These people are minting money. Not only that , the so called GURU says , one person has to bring another person. This is to their paid class. And you are forced to do it, what ever may. Many fools are being fooled everyday by such gurus. Its not the fault of the GURU, he is just a very good business man and a marketing guy. Its we who are fools. As long as people believe then we cant do anythg. just wait and watch , every dog has its day. The most pitiest thing is what would be the state of the people who realise at some point that they were fooled.

  24. gayathri says:

    Remain as Gurus’ Footballs:

    As rightly they teach… in the course… dont be a football of others opinion. But the people never realise that they are the footballs being kicked by the GURU, this they dont realise.
    Its absolutely right that they are teaching us how to live and many things, But that cant be an excuse for pocketing millions of dollars. No one knows where all the money is going. The development programs they undertake can be counted on fingers. Any rich person can do it alone. But here we are talking about billions of rupees. And the government is giving them IT exemption. We dont know how many ministers are involved in this.

  25. Madhu says:

    Very hitting point from Gayatri!!

    I want to ask why prostitution is illegal and the “GURU” business is not only legal but also respectful!? A prostitute has more integrity than the spiritual leaders.

    Yes, Tax exemption, thats an important point. Why do they be given Tax Exemption?

  26. drvacharya says:

    Ravishankar: a Master of Self Aggrandizement

    I have interacted with Ravishankar many times and found him quite shallow and Hypocritical. Initially I was involved in some of his ‘Seva’, social welfare projects. It was all done for his own self aggrandizement. There was some amount of token work done with lots of photographs being clicked for publicity. Why go far look at the village adjacent to the art of living ashram. It is called Udipalya. it is worse of than before. Only difference is the ashram land sharks have encroached the ashram now. His breathing techniques are a rehash of rebirthing techniques and yogic kriyas as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He surely is a master of self aggrandizement.

    Regarding Madhu’s comment on prostitution, UG always used to tell that ‘Prostitutes are the only people who deliver the goods’ and the ‘Holy business is the only business where you can get away without delivering any goods’.

    And Madhu how are you doing. We know each other.

  27. Madhu says:

    Thank you Acharya,

    Sorry that I am not able to recollect when and where we met each other.

    Is your name “VASU??? – My yahoo msnger friend whom I met in Mr. Chandrasekhar’s house?????

  28. drvacharya says:

    Yes Madhu.

  29. […] float with the infinite existence, rather than clinging to some ‘benefits’ and profits’. ~ sulochanosho When the fresh air got into my room I enjoyed it’s freshness and vivacity and suddenly something […]

  30. sulochanosho says:

    Art of Living or Art of Lying?

    A good deal of exchange of views, points, counter points happening there at:
    drvasu.wordpress under the title, Concept of God: Osho, Islam, Zakir Naik and the Acid Test.

    Another interesting link at: blogspot.com: conversation with sri sri ravishankar

  31. Nagarajan says:

    A guru is one who shows the path. it is for you to reach your goal. that is it. if you are able to go thru the path shown by someone then he is your guru. this can be anyone or anything..other things are immaterial.

  32. priyatam says:

    “Shree Ravi Shankarji the guru of The Art of Living called to say he stands with by me through this dark night. Truth triumphs!”
    1:02 AM Nov 19th from TwitterBerry @maheshnbhatt

  33. sulochanosho says:

    An interesting latest research news report there:
    Religion is big business in India: Study

  34. sulochanosho says:

    There’s a new link that may shed some gud ‘contra light’ on the guru business there:
    Beyond the art of Living

  35. sulochanosho says:

    Here goes a video report, in the latest land grabbing there:

  36. ugmadhu says:

    I heard that a social activist named Agni Sridhar has been fighting against the corrupt practices and land grabbing issues of the great beloved (spritual con) master Sri Sri.

    I was irritated and disgusted to see Sri Sri on the same platform with Anna and playing double game between the central ministers and Anna team.

    Any we the people made these misfits and worthless cons as the spiritual masters and submitted ourselves to them.

    We must pay price for it.

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