If you read about blind followers yesterday, you may have thought how stupid people are that they don’t even ask who exactly their guru is and what his philosophy is. You think, if they cared enough to know more about him, they would not follow him. There are however also followers who do ask – but still follow. I call these people intellectual followers.
They are doctors, professors, studied and intellectual people. Their guru was smart enough to feed their intellectual hunger with his talk. They are often interested in philosophy and questions about the sense of our being here on earth. These followers were usually lacking something which they could not find in their intellectual world.
In the intellectual world everything has a reason, everything has a consequence and everything can be explained. Sometimes they have the wish to believe in something supernatural. They want to be sure that there is something that they cannot explain with their intellect.
Many doctors turn to masters and gurus because they are frustrated about their helplessness. They have so many bad experiences and feel sad that they cannot save many patients’ lives. Why does God let these things happen to His children on earth? Is there a God at all? They are searching for an explanation and a reason which helps them do their work with full strength again.
More than for an explanation, many people are simply longing for more feeling. They want to come out of their minds and more to the heart. This is in itself a good thing but unfortunately they often end up with gurus who heartily welcome them at first but finally cheat them.
Obviously every guru would like to have such followers. Intellectual followers are very convincing to the general public. If a guru has followers who are judges, doctors, high politicians, professors, top bureaucrats and more people who are equally respected for their intellectual achievements, people trust them. If even those people believe in gurus, it has to be right.
In this way Sathya Sai Baba has gained a lot of followers – with the public approval by several well-known intellectual people. The former chief judge of India, P.N. Bhagwati was a follower of this guru for example. After the guru’s recent death, Bhagwati stated in Indian media ‘every of my decisions has been dictated by Sathya Sai Baba’. This does not fill me with trust in the Indian judicial system but it made many people believe even more in this magician. It is a shame for our country that a former chief judge of India gives such a statement. I have heard a similar statement from a politician who was professor at university and there are many more.
When these intellectual people hear someone speak against their master or guru, they don’t just ignore this criticism. They are open to hear it and consider it but they quickly find logical arguments against any criticism and somehow manage to explain the unexplainable. You know, if nothing else, supernatural powers are always beyond the laws of physics and nature. They are intellectual followers and find a reason and logic even for the fact that they place another person high above themselves.
Tomorrow’s description will be about another type of followers: proud followers.