Hinduism – The Business, The Man-gods, The Devotees

[I would like to make clear that the following article is not meant to disrespect anyone. It is a mere portrayal of the current scenario in India and a means to have a healthy discussion about it, so as to bring more awareness.]
We live in an age where religion seems to be one of the most flourishing businesses. It is third in line after healthcare and education. Swamis, babas, ammas, etc. have been sprouting up by the dozen in various villages across India. The ‘smart’ ones even manage to setup bases abroad and lure in foreign followers.
People are widely faced with suffering and distress in daily life. In their desperate search for a source of relief, they are willing to make any compromises for some peace of mind. This frantic behaviour of the masses makes them easy prey.
The fact that God is the only remedy that can heal all problems is undisputable, and it is this tagline which is used by many of these aforementioned businessmen/women. Many such saints use some “miracles” as their ‘advertisement’ and then let word of mouth do the rest of the promotion. Once the word gets out, it starts to spread like wild fire and can seldom be stopped. What many innocent victims fail to realize is that many of these initial miracles and the people who supposedly got their problems solved due to them, are all part of the scam.
Most man-gods/goddesses start their venture from villages which comprise more illiterate and superstitious people. This facilitates faster acceptance and allows them to have an initial group of victims, who will then unknowingly lure others to the trap. As the appeal grows, the leader spreads his/her business into the cities and then eventually to other countries. This allows for a stable growth pattern and creates a blind group of die-hard devotees at the base. Simultaneously, the religious cult starts to creep into other fields of business such as healthcare and education. They start to have their own brands and establish themselves as the answer to everyone’s problems. Thus, it sets an unlimited flow of wealth into all of their enterprises. I wish to state that I am not including everyone in this group of frauds. However the shameful acts of even one such person ends up being a stubborn blotch over the whole Hindu community. I wholeheartedly agree that there definitely are many people who really wish and work for universal welfare. But, it is beyond doubt that such people are very rare. Even people who start out with good intentions get dragged into malice by the sight of immense wealth.
What is even more intolerable is the status of god inferred upon human beings. Some spiritual leaders like Sathya Sai Baba and Mata Amritandamayi are regarded as gods/goddesses. I have heard of speeches by the two mentioned spiritual leaders in which they themselves advice to chant the name of god. But, the followers eventually end up considering them as gods instead.

People should definitely follow and accept good things regardless of the source.  But, it shouldn’t involve a diversion from the ultimate good – god. Wise people are to be followed and respected as teachers/gurus and not as gods. Hinduism holds great significance for a ‘guru’, but I don’t think any true hindu scripture advices to chant and do pooja only for the guru instead of god. I agree that the blind faith expressed by devotees might be resolving some of their problems. But, I am sure that most of it comes due to the taming of the mind and not merely due to chanting the name of the guru.
There are many people with self-interests who exploit and manipulate such devotees and in the process spoil the name of the spiritual leader and Hinduism. It has lead to large differences among believers and is leading to unnecessary rivalry within the Hindu community. It also gives an opportunity for outsiders to mock at the Hindu community and to destroy Hinduism.  
It is time that we help to spread more awareness to help and unite the Hindus. The undeniable fact that we are all children of the same god should be realized and followed by all. It should make us lend a helping hand to our fellow brothers and sisters. This realization will automatically reduce crime, poverty and war.
We fail to realize that the most basic aim of Hinduism is universal welfare. Hinduism is not a tool to create disparity. It is not a means to gain ineligible wealth or fame. It is the most noble of lifestyles, aimed at peace, love and happiness for the whole world. I end this post with a hope that Hinduism will soon overcome the world’s vices and take the world closer to paradise. 
 
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 The above post has been submitted by Vikas Mohan.

9 thoughts on “Hinduism – The Business, The Man-gods, The Devotees

  • November 10, 2011 at 7:48 am
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    I battled with this problem everyday for a couple of years. I have been taught to believe in God and not in Gurujis and Babajis all my life. In the last two years I came to know of a Guruji who changed my life forever. His website is http://www.gurujimaharaj.com/ . I have seen immense change in my life for the better. I agree with the posting that there are alot of fake Gurujis and Babajis out there. The problem doesnt exist with the Gurujis and Babajis it is the followers who become blinded by their love and forget the God that created them. Whatever you believe make sure to always remember God is the only one that can change your destiny and a Guruji can only guide you.

    Thanks,

    Atul Sharma

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  • November 10, 2011 at 11:44 am
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    Thank you for your valuable comment Mr.Atul Sharma…happy to know of the positive change in your life…yes, as you stated,a guru should only be considered a guide…a guru is the one who opens your eyes and teaches you how to see, but the sights and wonders are all part of the infinite powers of God…It is the followers who have to find a balance between blind faith and proper religion…Om

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  • November 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm
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    i agree with what Atul sharma said….it is the followers who became blind..they are not true so that they failed in seeking a true guru..

    is bhagwan ramana maharishi is not a true guru?? vivekanandha?? ramakrishna?? chaitanya?? and the list goes on.. only difference is..the above said gurus never said they are gurus..

    if the devotee is true in bhakthi..then the god will appear before him in the form of true guru to guide him..

    i believe in ramanamharishi and i respect in those who are all in that state (true state)..he is guiding me in all aspects of my life till now..

    Thanks
    Karthik

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  • November 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm
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    Thank you for your comment Karthik…yes, a true guru is a great helping hand in life…he/she can help us overcome life's adversities with ease and also take us closer to God…again, it is upto the follower to recognize and follow the true gurus…it is time that the people realized that true divinity does not need to exhibit miracles or promote themselves for publicity…Om

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  • November 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm
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    Namaskaar all, This is a ture problem. It is spreading. It also further divides the Hindu communities.

    Onthe other hand it brings anintensity of expression and identity that saves many frombecoming adrift and alienated. This thread of the phenomenon also provides for some arrogance of ssuperiority and, like a convert, diminishes thevaluesof those Hindus who reamain traditional. Someeven feel higlyelevated andsuperior.

    However, one also wonders if this is not facilitated by the nature of our Hindu traditions? If so, what is wrong about it, in what way does it harm spiritually and interms of Hindu as religious phenomenon needing tocontest space for survival and numbers etc?

    raviji

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  • November 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm
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    Thank you Raviji for your comment…It is definitely a problem that is wildly spreading…Hinduism ,unlike most other religions, allows maximum freedom to it's followers…but, this freedom is being greatly exploited by many and in the process, bringing a lot of bad name to the Hindu community…

    there are lots of evil people operating drug and flesh trades in the cover of religious institutions…the poor victims are made to believe that their exploitation is God's will…many illicit rituals are proliferated as part of Hinduism, and the concerned spiritual leaders manipulate the followers to gain maximum profits…all this allows for others to belittle Hinduism and reduce it's strength

    Even among the Hindus, followers are quarreling over which god is supreme,instead of just accepting that we are all created and governed by the same supreme god, whom none of us know of authoritatively…this realization and it's implementation can bring much more peace and love into society…It is not a matter that is only concerned with the survival of the Hindu community or the maintenance of the Hindu numbers…It is a serious issue that needs to be addressed so as to save our poor brethren from being exploited…

    Hence i request all our fellow readers to share this post with every Hindu that you know…Om

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  • November 11, 2011 at 7:39 am
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    There is a Malayalam film on this topic, titled, 'Bhaktajanangulude shradhakku' (ഭക്തജനങ്ങളുടെ ശ്രദ്ധക്ക്).

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  • November 13, 2011 at 1:27 am
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    Thank you 'Anonymous' for your comment…thats nice to know…wish more such eye-openers come from the side of the media…but again, it is the follower who has to be ready to accept change and understand that what he/she is doing is wrong…most people only use films for entertainment value and often fail to gain effective awareness from it

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  • August 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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    Hi,

    Then who is god. There is a confusion in our religion about god. In other religions there is clarity that there is only one god.

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