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This article, for a change, will not make you laugh or cry.It will make you think; which is not such a bad thing if done in moderation.
Have you ever wondered why does everyone in this country want to become a Godman or wants to be treated as one? We know that our nation is known as the land of faiths.It offers an eclectic amalgamation of cultures, beliefs, traditions and is one the epitome of secularism. But, the heinous and the macabre acts that are being done by these so called “godmen” is only vindicating that the faith has been overshadowed by ostentation.
Since our birth, we are taught the significance of faith in our lives. This whole concept revolves around the concept of the supernatural (God) and without seeking any logical or perspicuous base behind it. Faith is something that can only be realized if its unpretentious and pristine.But this definition of faith has been gradually aberrate since the arrival of the various dharam gurus or babas, as they are more colloquially called. Barring a few, very few of them, they have taken the concept of faith and religious fanaticism in India to a whole new level.a level, where faith succumbs to money, where religion is defeated by blasphemy.
Its bewildering to see legions of followers to these self proclaimed Godmen, blatantly claiming to have some ‘holy power’ that can cure any ailment. Some even claim to have a third eye that can predict anything and everything under the sun.Herds of followers blindfolded embrace to these tall claims and give a huge dakshina to get appointments from these holy men, who actually con them, not only of their money but more importantly of their faith.
Every bhakt (follower) goes to these gurus in order to seek solace or redeem themselves, but its baffling to see that their sentiments hold no place in the acts or the deeds of these gurus or should I say Guru Ghantals.
A guru is ought to be austere, away from the worldly things and materialistic ambitions but the gurus of this faux pas are more trendier. They crave for cars that cost an apartment, swanky hall for their samagams for the guru- bhakt interaction and plush environs for their pravachans. Well, being a baba is the next ‘in’ thing. It’s very easy to become one in our ghazab country. You don’t need to slog your butt to get a professional degree, or apply for visas to study abroad or appear for job interviews. You just need to tell people that you have some’ kripa‘ from the almighty. and then, you’re a qualified baba, raring to go. And gradually, who knows, not even you (with all your kripa, shakti and third eye) that you might be raking billions. The quintessential definition of a guru or a religious leader has started to change in this country. Mitigating from all laws of religion and divinity, its become a new way of robbing people.
Its high time that people, while keeping their faiths intact, distinguish between right and wrong; between religious and sacrilegious.Otherwise, seeing the ghazab rate at which our country is being converted into a parking lot of such grandiloquent babas, its going to be extremely difficult to revive the core ideals and the true meaning of religion.
Thinking of becoming a baba, if unable to get into a good B-school. Have even got a saffron cloak stitched for myself
Electronics & Communication Engineering
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University