By Shobhaa De – Why are we so bloody gullible? Such monumental idiots?
Why do we need self-styled godmen and godwomen in India?
Most of them are crooks and liars. Murderers and deviants. But we refuse to see through them. We refuse to accept they are out to loot, fool and deceive us.
Even a casual survey will reveal the organised deception that creates these monsters.
Any man or woman who claims a superior spiritual status is an impostor. Anyone who insists he/she has a hotline to God, is clearly a cheat. Anyone who offers to save someone’s soul, is out to financially/emotionally exploit the victim. Anyone who tries to manipulate human frailties and comes up with instant solutions, is talking hogwash. Unfortunately, a lot of that hogwash gets transformed into faux ‘wisdom’ by the media.
The vulnerable fall for the slick hardsell, and overnight spiritual empires get born. Take a look at the egos and assets of the current crop of gurus. Look at their vanities and posturing, their arrogance and intolerance. You call these people ‘spiritually evolved’?
Let’s call them charlatans. Scratch the surface and see what they are made of – don’t be surprised to find nothing more than hot air and bombast. And yet, they continue to flourish and thrive, propped up by their influential mentors and political bosses.
It’s time for India to smoke out all these frauds. There are too many of them preying on suckers/ believers blinded by their so-called ‘powers’ and promises to save humanity.
The power to save yourself wholly, solely and only lies within each one of us. Let’s drive these pretenders out of business and then watch the fun. more>
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