In the last two diary entries I wrote about two fake gurus: Sathya Sai Baba and Nithyananda. A friend yesterday asked me “I know you wrote about them before but you always kept it more general, talking about fake gurus in general. Now you even wrote their names and made very clear that you mean them. Why did you write in one way before and now in a fully different way?”
I first of all told my friends that the way that I am writing is actually still the same, my opinion has not changed. In that time I was writing in general about gurus and had some particular names in my mind. Now I write about these gurus but with that still want to give a message to the general public and less known gurus. Then and now however the message is the same: don’t run after gurus, they cheat, they claim to help you on your way while exploiting you and they pretend to be something that they are not.
When I started writing this message in my diary I thought I do not reveal exactly whom I mean. I did not want to insult anybody and I knew that many people who come to my lectures and workshops actually also go to some of these gurus’ workshops and retreats. There are several reasons why I now clearly say their names.
Some people said I should be careful, those who go to these gurus also give donations to the children of my school and they visit my workshops and lectures, too. I however openly invite everyone to get to know me and my views on this topic. Whoever likes it is very welcome to be my friend. Whoever doesn’t like it, is very welcome to leave. This is the difference between me and those gurus. I don’t want to hold and bind anybody to me or my projects. If you want to have a master who tells you what to do, don’t come to me. If you would like to have a friend, I would offer you my open arms. If you like what we do with those children in India, we will be happy about your support. If you would rather give a donation to a guru who builds a temple and sends you his questionable blessings, it is really only your choice!
The main and foremost reason for me to write those names is simple honesty. Why would I not say it? I have this name in my mind and it is just honest to write that name, too. I still do not want to insult anybody but I have the intention of warning people of cheaters. I don’t want them to have bad experiences, I don’t want people to waste their money while thinking that they will get enlightened, I want them to go their own way, responsible for themselves and without depending on somehow who doesn’t really care about them anyway.
If I only write in general, it can even be that some people don’t understand exactly who I am talking about. Disciples and devotees of different gurus tend to be blind regarding the faults of their master. They may read my diary and say that they agree but not realize that I directly pointed my finger towards their guru. Now I am doing this even more clearly so that nobody can look away. If you see your guru’s name, you cannot run away anymore from this confrontation: are you following a cheater?