I agree that this is one way of looking at it, particularly when one does not live in
India. Here we normally think that a Sannyasi is one who has renounced
everything and has no desire for the worldly objects. We have seen great men
like Ramana, Seshadri, Paramacharya of Kanchi and sri Chandrasekhara Barathi
of Sringeri and hence believe that a sannyasi must have eschewed all desires.
That is why people here are indignant.
If anyone else is seen with a woman llike this, people do not bother to look at it.
It is just like 100 passengers who die in an aircrash making news while thousands
die of starvation unreported and unsung !
During the past few days all News Channels were telecasting video clippings of the Guru Poornima celebrations in the Ashram of this "Paramahamsa". In the name of raising Kundalini his male and female followers were made to jump up and down like frogs.
After viewing this spectacle I can describe my reaction to this in one word:
Sri N.R. Ranganathan -
That is an excellent point - there are expectations of a real Sannyasi.
I have no idea who his Guru was and if he is a real Sannyasi. I dont think he is one and should be asked to get rid of his Sannyasi attire
Such people should not be allowed to call themselves Sannyasi. Not sure if that is enforceable.
When I first heard about this scandal first I thought respectable Swamijis informally agreed to a resolution that he go into a 'spiritual isolation' for the rest of his life.
He almost started on this direction. That would have saved our tradition.
However many of the anti-hindu elements want this news alive. With political parties, police and SUN TV each for their own goals want to go after this guy to put him in jail with flimsy evidence and trumped up charges. This forces anyone (I dont think he is a Swami, he is just a person) to fight back which is not good for anyone or to our tradition.
A great resolution would have been for him to disappear somewhere with no connections and the rest of Hindu organizations force the dropping of charges removing this person from being in the news. If that is not possible then he is just like anyone and if he agrees to get rid of his Sannyasi cloth, he can continue with his business.
Please feel free to critique me and this position.
Personally, I am not against any teachers teaching yoga, meditation etc. It is like our physics, chemistry teachers etc. I do not hold them against for teaching their subjects.
How these saffron clad saints who are supposed to have denounced all desires - are filled with greed in all aspects
- to be worshipped like God etc.
That is where the problem arises. When one claims to be a saint, he shouldn't be indulging in these desires. It is sad to see their pictures being worshipped as 'God'. To me it is highly incomprehensible to worship somebody like that who has same bodily functions like mine, suffers with same diseases and dies like mortal.
If they offer yoga and stuff, let them claim fees for it but not make followers to worship them as god.
Look at the way Paramacharya lived, at the way Seshadri swamigal lived, at the
way Shirdi Sai Baba lived. This is what we expect from Jnanis. Sri Adi Sankara
gives a beautiful description of a Jivan muktha in Viveka choodamani.
But, not all sanyasis are Jnanis. Some are genuine seekers whilst others have
converted it into a source of income and luxury.
Alas !. People fall an easy prey to the latter.
Never mind B or NB. It is not the problem and of no concern to us.
He hails from Tiruvannamalai, where Bhagawan Ramana, Sri Seshadri
Swamigal, Gugai Namasivaya, Guru Namasivaya and other great siddha
purushas lived ( some are still living there ). So he has an enhanced
About the role of media, less said is better. Do you know that Economic
Times used to carry his discourses in ' speaking tree' column at least four
to five days a week prior to this episode and suddenly dropped him like a
hot potato !. If they want they praise you sky-high and once you are out
of favour, you are battered and bruised !!!
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