Als ich jemandem erklärte, dass übernatürliches Materialisieren Unsinn ist – und eine überraschende Reaktion bekam – 31 März 13

Ich habe euch bereits erzählt, dass ich 2005 jede Menge Leute kennen lernte und dass daraus auch viele Freundschaften entstanden. Heute möchte ich euch von einem Mann erzählen, dem ich die Augen öffnen musste, damit der die Wirklichkeit über den Guru sehen konnte, dessen Anhänger er war.

Dieser Mann kam zuerst zu einer Einzelsitzung zu mir und bat um Hilfe mit einigen persönlichen, emotionalen Themen. Wir unterhielten uns also die gesamte Zeit, er erzählte mir von seinen Problemen und ich erklärte ihm meinen Sichtpunkt. Da ihm dieser gefiehl, blieb es nicht nur bei dieser einen Sitzung, sondern kam er wieder und auch für Meditationen, bis er mich eines Tages zu sich nach Hause einlud. Wir waren uns näher gekommen und ich war immer froh, noch einen Ort zu haben, wo ich Programm geben konnte, also akzeptierte ich die Einladung.

Als ich in sein Haus kam, taten er und seine Frau alles, um es mir angenehm zu machen und ich fühlte mich auch wohl Ich konnte jedoch nicht umhin zu bemerken, dass sie einige Bilder eines indischen Mannes herumstehen hatten, den ich als recht bekannten Guru erkannte, der im Westen reiste und dort Anhänger sammelte. Mein Freund stellte mir den Mann ihn oder zumindest sein Bild vor und als wir später zusammensaßen, langte er in sein Shirt und nahm einen Anhänger heraus, auf dem das Bild dieses Gurus abgebildet war, und zeigte ihm mir mit den Worten: ‚Diesen Anhänger hat er für mich materialisiert!‘

Oh, das war nun eine schwierige Situation. Ich mochte meinen neuen Freund sehr und hatte nun erfahren, dass er von einem indischen Guru betrogen wurde, an den er offensichtlich glaubte. Was sollte ich denn nun sagen? Einfach nur nicken und so tun, als würde ich auch an solchen abergläubischen Unsinn glauben? Ich weiß, dass diese Leute jede Menge Tricks verwenden, billige Zauberstücke, um Leute anzuziehen und sie dazu zu bringen, ihnen zu folgen.

Um es kurz zu machen, ich begann vorsichtig, meinem Freund zu erklären, dass er betrogen worden war. Zunächst konnte er nicht glauben, was ich da sagte, aber ich konnte ihm viele gute Beispiele dafür geben, wie bereits auf Kamera festgehalten wurde, wie bekannte, falsche Gurus Anhänger aus ihren Ärmeln ziehen, Aschetabletten zerdrücken, um Asche zu ‚materialisieren‘ und sogar goldene Eier ‚hervorwürgen‘, welche sie die ganze Zeit in ihrem Taschentuch gehalten hatten.

Ich versuchte, ihm das sanft zu erklären, weil ich wusste, wie betroffen einen solche Enthüllungen machen konnten. Manche Leute geben sich ihrem Guru mit vollem Herzen hin und sind dann am Boden zerstört, wenn sie erfahren, dass ihre Gurus einfach nur Betrüger sind. Mein Freund war auch sehr fasziniert und die Tatsache, dass er von Natur aus etwas leichtgläubig oder willig war, andern zu glauben, machte das Problem nur noch größer. Ich sprach meine Meinung also vorsichtig, aber ganz klar aus und machte deutlich, was ich von solcher Scharlatanerie hielt.

Die Reaktion war überraschend schnell und schmerzlos. Mein Freund nahm den Anhänger ab, den er trug und legte das Bild dieses Mannes zur Seite, der für ihn ein Heiliger gewesen war. Er war ernüchtert worden und bei den kommenden Besuchen bei ihm sah ich von diesem Mann kein Bild und keinen Anhänger mehr. Später lachten wir viel über solche Zaubertricks.

Ich hatte jedoch immer einen kleinen Gedanken im Hinterkopf: war dieser Wechsel nicht ein bisschen zu schnell? Er kannte mich nicht sehr gut und nach nur einigen Sätzen von mir verwarf er einen Mann, den er für heilig gehalten hatte? Ich beschloss, diesen Gedanken zu ignorieren, da er der Vertiefung unserer Freundschaft nicht gut getan hätte. Später jedoch erkannte ich, dass das das erste Zeichen dafür war, dass mein Freund mental nicht sehr stabil war und sich in ein paar Minuten ändern konnte.

Explaining someone that supernatural Materialization is Nonsense – and a surprising Reaction – 31 Mar 13

I already told you that I got to know a lot of people in 2005 and from that a lot of friendships emerged, too. Today I want to tell you of a man whose eyes I had to open for him to see the reality of the guru he was following.

This man came for an individual session with me first, asking for help with some personal, emotional issues. We thus talked the complete time, he told me of his problems and I explained him my point of view. As he liked it, we did not only do this session but he came back and also for meditations until he one day invited me to his home. We had got closer and I was always happy to go to a new place to do some program, so I accepted the invitation.

When I entered his home, he and his wife did everything to make me feel comfortable and I did. I could not but notice however that they had some pictures of an Indian man whom I recognized as a quite popular guru who travelled in the west and made followers there. My friend kind of introduced me, too, and when we were sitting together later, he reached inside his shirt and took out a pendant, showing me the picture of this guru on it with the words: ‘He materialized this pendant for me!’

Oh, that was a difficult situation now. I liked my new friend very much and had now got to know that he was being cheated by an Indian guru in whom he obviously believed. What should I say? Just nod and pretend as though I believed in such supernatural nonsense, too? I knew that these people use lots of tricks, just cheap magic tricks, in order to attract people and make them follow them.

To make it short, I carefully started telling my friend that he had been fooled. At first he could not believe what I was saying but I could give him many nice examples of how popular fraudulent gurus had already been exposed on camera when they pulled out similar pendants from their sleeves, crushed ash tablets to ‘materialize’ ashes and even ‘regurgitate’ golden eggs which they had in their handkerchief the whole time.

I was trying to be soft because I knew how hard such revelations could hit home. Some people were really very devoted and are devastated when they learn that their gurus are just simple cheaters. My friend, too, had had a strong fascination and the fact that he was by nature a little bit naïve or willing to trust someone easily, only increased the problem. I thus voiced my opinion carefully but very clearly, too, making clear what I thought of such charlatanry.

The reaction was surprisingly quick and painless. My friend took off the pendant he was wearing and put away the picture of this man who had been a holy person for him. He had been disillusioned and in the coming visits that I paid to his home, I did not see this man’s picture or the pendant anymore. We laughed about such magic tricks a lot later.

There was however always a little thought on my mind: was that change not a bit too quick? He did not know me very well and after just a few sentences, he threw away a man whom he had believed to be holy? I decided to mostly ignore this thought as it would not have done any good in deepening our friendship. Later on however I realized that this was the first sign that my new friend’s mind was not very stable and could change within a few minutes.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar schlägt vor, Handys vor seinem Bild aufzuladen – 18 Feb 13

Vor Kurzem stolperte ich online über einen Artikel, der mich dazu brachte, den heutigen Tagebucheintrag zu schreiben. Es ist eine Art Frage-Antwort-Interview mit einem von Indiens bekanntesten Gurus: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, der Gründer und Leiter der Art of Living Foundation. Ich bin mir sicher, dass die meisten meiner Leser bereits von ihm gehört haben und wenn nicht, google ihn einfach, es gibt jede Menge Informationen über ihn. Er ist praktisch dadurch berühmt geworden, dass er eine Atemtechnik unterrichtete, die er ‚Sudarshana Kriya‘ nannte und seine Organisation bietet Yoga- und Meditationskurse an. Sie haben Zentren auf der ganzen Welt und er ist der Guru, der von all denen verehrt wird, die zu ihm kommen.

Der Artikel, den ich auf seiner eigenen Seite gelesen habe, fing mit der Frage eines Anhängers an, die allein mich bereits erschauern lies:

”Von vielen Geschichten habe ich verstanden, dass du allgegenwärtig und allwissend bist. Es macht mir manchmal etwas Angst, dass du alle meine Fehler kennst. Was ist deine Einstellung zu Fehlern? Wirst du wütend, wenn du siehst, dass ich diese Fehler immer wieder mache?“

Diese Frage selbst ist etwas, wie man es blinde Anhänger einer jeden Sekte oder Kults ihrem Guru stellen hört. Angst vor dem allwissenden Guru – das sagt der Fragesteller ja ganz deutlich selbst. Und was macht der Guru? Er wäre verrückt zu verraten, dass er nicht ‚allgegenwärtig und allwissend‘ ist –schließlich gibt diese Angst und Bewunderung, die sie für seine falschen und vorgetäuschten Fähigkeiten haben ihm Macht und eine Stellung, in der sie bei allem, was sie tun, von ihm abhängig sind. Es ist besser, sie in der Illusion zu belassen, dass der Guru alles weiß und alles kann. Noch besser ist es, diese Angst zu schüren, indem man noch eine weitere erfundene Geschichte voll magischer Guru-Macht erzählt! Das ist genau das, was Sri Sri Ravi Shankar macht.

Er sagt, dass es ihm nichts ausmacht, wenn seine Anhänger Fehler machen und sagt, dass sie sogar noch mächtiger sind, als der Guru selbst. Er wollte einmal zu einem Programm in einem Dorf, in dem er noch nie gewesen war. Irgendwie hatte er gespürt, dass es dort drei Menschen gab, die ihre Handys verloren hatten. Als er in seinem Programm nachfragte, wer denn sein Mobiltelefon verloren hätte, standen genau drei Leute auf und er gab ihnen drei Handys, die er in seiner grenzenlosen Weisheit mitgebracht hatte. Er wusste sogar, dass eine Frau am Abend zuvor deswegen vor seinem Bild geweint hatte.

Ein Junge stand auf und erzählte Sri Sri Ravi Shankar seine Geschichte. Vor eineinhalb Jahren hatte er sein Ladegerät verloren und sein Telefon mit der leeren Batterie vor das Bild des Guru gelegt – und über Nacht war es wie von Zauberhand aufgeladen! In der Geschichte heißt es weiter:

“Dieser Junge zeigte mir sein Handy und sagte ‘Sieh, vor eineinhalb Jahren habe ich mein Ladegerät weggeschmissen und lege mein Bild nun nur noch vor dein Bild und es lädt sich auf.’
Er warf sein Ladegerät weg!
Ich sagte, 'Das ist wirklich etwas. Selbst ich brauche ein Ladegerät für mein Mobiltelefon, und meine Anhänger laden ihre Handys auf, indem sie sie vor mein Bild legen. '
Sie, wie mächtig Anhänger sein können.”

Diese Macht seines Anhängers überraschte sogar den allwissenden Guru!

Wenn Sri Sri Ravi Shankar sich mit dieser Geschichte nicht über seine Anhänger lustig macht – und so hört es sich nicht an – so versucht er ganz schlau, ihnen ein Gefühl der Macht zu geben, während die Macht über sie vollständig in seinen Händen liegt. Er selbst braucht ein Ladegerät, aber sie können sein Bild stattdessen verwenden! Magische Kräfte!

Nun sagt mir einmal, auf welche Weise dieser Mann sich von all den anderen falschen Gurus unterscheidet, die die Menschen mit der Vorgabe von magischen Kräften betrügen? Nirmal Baba, der Segen verspricht, wenn man genug Samosas isst, Sathya Sai Baba, der goldene Eier materialisierte und natürlich Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankars eigener Guru, der den Menschen sagte, sie können fliegen lernen, wenn sie so meditierten, wie er es ihnen sagte. Sie führen alle die gleichen Zaubertricks durch, um die Öffentlichkeit zum Narren zu halten. Interessanterweise sagt Sri Sri Ravi Shankar nie, dass er ein Anhänger von Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ist – er scheint nicht gerade scharf darauf zu sein, mit der magischen Flugmeditation seines eigenen Gurus in Verbindung gebracht zu werden.

An alle, die jemals etwas anderes gedacht haben: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar unterscheidet sich in keinster Weise von irgendeinem anderne Guru – die Leute lassen sich von seinen Reden täuschen, von dne überzeugenden Geschichten anderer Anhänger, die sich bereits der Gehirnwäsche unterzogen haben und von seiner großen Organisation mit ihrem Erfolg.

Wenn du mir nicht glaubst, versuche es bitte selbst – drucke dir ein Bild von ihm aus und lege dein Handy davor. Lädt es sich auf?

 

Wir möchten keinen Link zur Internetseite dieses falschen Gurus setzen, wer jedoch diese Geschichte selbst lesen will, kann die folgende URL in seinen Browser kopieren: http://www.artofliving.org/love-can-even-make-stones-melt

UPDATE: Nach diesem Tagebucheintrag entfernten Sri Sri Ravi Shankar und seine Organisation ihren Artikel von der URL, die wir oben angegeben haben, aber wir haben einen Screenshot für all diejenigen, die nicht schnell genug waren, die Seite zu lesen. Klick auf den folgenden LInk – er wird sich in einer neuen Seite öffnen:

http://www.jaisiyaram.com/ravishankar-web.htm

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar suggests charging Mobile Phones in front of his Picture – 18 Feb 13

I recently came across an article online which prompted me to write today’s diary entry. It is a kind of question-answer interview with one of India’s most popular gurus: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder and head of the Art of Living Foundation. I am sure most of my readers have heard about him and if not, just google him, you will find a lot of information. He basically got famous by teaching a breathing technique which he calls ‘Sudarshana Kriya’ and his foundation offers yoga and meditation courses. They have centers all over the world and he remains the worshipped guru of all those people who come to him.

The article that I read on his own website started with a question of a follower which in itself made me cringe:

”From many stories I understand you are omnipresent and all knowing. This sometimes makes me feel a little fearful that you know all about the mistakes I make. What is your attitude towards the mistakes? Are you angry when you see me making these mistakes over and over again? “

This question itself is the kind of thing that you hear blind followers of any sect or cult asking their guru. Fear of the all-knowing guru – it is already clearly expressed. And what does the guru do? He would be crazy to tell them that he is not ‘omnipresent and all knowing’ – after all this fear and awe that they have for his fake and pretended abilities gives him power and keeps them in a situation in which they depend on him for everything they do. Better to keep them in the illusion that the guru knows everything and can do everything. Even better, increase this fear by adding another invented story full of magical guru power! That is exactly what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar does.

He says that he doesn’t mind the mistakes of his devotees and says they are even more powerful than the guru himself. Once he was about to go to a program in a village where he had never been. He somehow had felt that there were three people who had lost their mobile phones. When he asked in his program who had lost their mobile phones, exactly three people got up and he distributed three mobile phones to them which he, in his endless wisdom, had brought with him. He even knew that one lady had been crying in front of his picture the night before.

One boy stood up and told Sri Sri Ravi Shankar his story. He had lost his mobile phone charger one and a half years ago and he had placed his phone with the empty battery in front of the guru’s picture – and it was magically charged over night! The story goes on, saying:

“This boy showed me his phone and said, ‘Look, for one and a half years I have thrown away my charger, and now I only keep my phone in front of your picture and it gets charged.’
He threw his charger away!
I said, 'This is really something. Even I need a charger for my phone, and my devotee charges his phone by keeping it in front of my picture.'
See how powerful devotees can be.”

That power of his devotee even surprised the all-knowing guru!

If Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was not making fun of his disciples in this story – and it doesn’t sound like it – he is just cleverly trying to make them feel powerful while the power over them remains fully in his hands. He himself needs a charger while they can use his picture instead! Magical powers!

Now tell me in which way this man is any different from all the other fake gurus cheating people by pretending to have magical powers? Nirmal Baba who promises blessings if you eat enough Samosas, Sathya Sai Baba who used to materialize golden eggs and of course Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s own guru who told people they could fly by meditating in the way he told them to. They all perform the same magic tricks to fool the public. Interestingly Sri Sri Ravi Shankar never tells that he is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s disciple – he doesn’t seem very keen on being associated with the magical flying meditation of his own guru.

To all who may ever have thought differently: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is no different than any other guru – people get fooled by his talks, by the convincing stories of other brainwashed devotees and by his big organization and success.

If you don’t believe me, please try it – print out his picture and put a mobile phone in front of it. Does it get charged?

 

We don’t want to link to this fake guru’s website but whoever would like to read the story himself can copy the following URL and paste it in his browser: http://www.artofliving.org/love-can-even-make-stones-melt

UPDATE: After this diary entry, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his organization removed their article from the URL above but we do have a screenshot for those of you who were not quick enough with reading it! Click on the following link – it will open in a new window for you to read and see for yourself:

http://www.jaisiyaram.com/ravishankar-web.htm

Der Guru, der die Menschen bewusst um ihr Geld betrügt – 31 Aug 12

Gestern habe ich den Typ Guru beschrieben, dessen einzige Aufgabe es ist, Segen zu geben. Er macht eigentlich gar nichts. Heute möchte ich einen Typ Guru beschreiben, der etwas macht – und ihr habt wahrscheinlich schon zuvor gelesen, dass ich das, was er macht, nicht gerade gutheiße.

5. Der Guru, der bewusst betrügt

Er ist ein solcher Guru, der behauptet, er hätte magische Kräfte, der den Menschen erzählt, er hätte Siddhis, der sie anlockt, indem er ihnen Wunder vorführt oder von Wundern erzählt, die er angeblich vollbracht hat. Er ist einer der Gurus, die fliegen, Statuen bluten lassen, Asche materialisieren, Silber und Gold materialisieren, die Gedanken anderer lesen, die Zukunft kennen, Krebs und AIDS heilen, die Blinden sehen und die Lahmen laufen lässt.

Ich habe vielleicht einige weitere, großartige Fähigkeiten vergessen, die die Gurus dieser Art behaupten, aber ich denke, ihr habt bereits eine recht gute Vorstellung bekommen, was ich eigentlich meine. Diese Sorte Guru behauptet alles, was ihnen mehr Anhänger und im Endeffekt mehr Geld bringen könnte.

Kleine Wunder werden für Menschen mit wenig Geld vollbracht, reiche Menschen sehen die größeren Wunder. Diese Gurus wissen nichts über Schriften und haben im Allgemeinen nichts großartiges zu ihnen Anhängern zu sagen. Wenn sie das hätten, müssten sie keine Zaubertricks zeigen, um andere zu beeindrucken. Sie nehmen ihre ‚Weisheit‘ aus Büchern von anderen, mischen das alles ein bisschen zusammen und präsentieren es, wenn sie jemals etwas präsentieren wollen. Zumeist jedoch machen sie einfach eine große Show und versuchen, Leute zu beeindrucken.

Diese Gurus wissen genau, dass sie ihre Zuhörerschaft betrügen. Natürlich, du weißt doch, dass du andere nur glauben lässt, dass du Gold materialisierst – in Wirklichkeit hast du es die ganze Zeit in deinem Taschentuch versteckt gehalten! Wie könntest du nicht wissen, dass du andere betrügst?

Solche Gurus spielen mit der Habgier religiöser, abergläubischer Menschen. Sie locken sie an, zeigen ihnen ihre ‚Siddhis‘, um sie noch gieriger nach Erfolg, Geld oder was auch immer sie wollen zu machen und saugen ihnen schließlich ihr Geld aus. Sieh dir diese Gurus an und du wirst sehen, dass die meisten eine recht große Anhängerschaft haben. Ihre Show funktioniert am Besten, wenn sie viele Leute haben und so heuern sie sogar Leute an, um zu zeigen, dass ihnen bereits Massen an Menschen folgen. Und so werden sie selbst reich, sammeln tonnenweise Gold an und machen lächerlich viel Geld.

Die Liste dieser Gurus ist lang. Sathya Sai Baba war wahrscheinlich der größte unter ihnen, aber da sind noch viele mehr. Vishwananda, Nithyananda, Kaleshwar und viele mehr.

Diese Art Guru ist die, die man ganz klar und deutlich als falsche Gurus identifizieren kann und ich glaube, dass sie von allen die niedrigste Moral haben. Anstatt das Vertrauen der Menschen dazu zu verwenden, ihnen beizubringen, wie sie Verantwortung für ihr Leben übernehmen können, halten sie sie im Dunkeln, machen sie abhängig und halten sie wie blinde Schaft, die nur das befolgen, was man ihnen sagt.

Nein, diese Art Guru ist nicht die, denen man folgen sollte. Ein solcher Guru hat selbst keine Moral, denn er betrügt seine Anhänger. Bewusst und mit voller Absicht. Nur um sich selbst zu bereichern.

Leider gibt es immer noch zu viele Gurus und zu viele Menschen, die gerne solchen Leuten folgen.

The consciously cheating Guru fooling People for their Money – 31 Aug 12

Yesterday I described that type of guru whose only task it is to give blessings. He is practically doing nothing. Today I will describe one type of guru who does something – and you probably read before that I don’t approve of what exactly this guru does.

5. The consciously cheating Guru

He is this kind of guru who claims to have magic powers, who tells people he has Siddhis, who attracts them by showing miracles or telling of miracles he allegedly performed. He is the kind of guru who flies, makes statues bleed, materializes ashes, materializes silver and gold, reads other people’s minds, knows the future, heals cancer and AIDS, makes the blind see and the lame walk.

I may have forgotten some other great abilities that such gurus claim but I think you already got a pretty good idea of what I mean. This type of guru claims anything that could bring him more followers and in the end more money.

Small miracles are performed for people with little money, rich people get to see bigger ones. These gurus have no knowledge about scriptures and in general nothing great to tell any of their disciples. If they had, it would not be necessary for them to show magic tricks to impress others. They take their ‘wisdom’ from books of others, mix it together a bit and present it, if they ever want to present something. Mostly however they just make a big show and try to impress people.

These gurus know exactly that they cheat their audience. Of course, you know that you only make others believe that you materialized gold – in reality you were hiding it in your handkerchief the whole time! How would you not know you are fooling others?

Such gurus play with the greed of religious people who want to believe in superstition. They lure them in, show them their ‘siddhis’ to make them more and more greedy for success, for money, for whatever they want and actually suck their money out of them. Look at those gurus and you will see that most of them are big. Their show works best when they are big and they even hire people to show that they already have a mass following. And in this way they themselves get rich, accumulate tons of gold and just make ridiculous amounts of money.

The list of these gurus is long. Sathya Sai Baba was probably the biggest name among them but there are many more. Vishwananada, Nithyananda, Kaleshwar and many many more.

This type of guru is the one who can be clearly and easily identified as a fake guru and I think they have the lowest morals of all. Instead of using the trust and faith that people have in them to teach them how to take responsibility for their own lives, they keep them in the dark, make them dependent on them and keep them like blind sheep who can only follow what they are told.

No, this type of guru is not one whom you should ever follow. He has low morals himself because he cheats his followers. Consciously and with full intention. Only to enrich himself.

Unfortunately there are still too many of these gurus and too many people who enjoy following such men and women.

Sex with Gurus – Religious Prostitution – 15 June 2012

Read this article in Hindi

Swami Nithyananda was arrested again. He had been arrested before for being accused of rape and sexual harassment. He was out on bail and now one of his former close female disciples, who had been in his bedroom service for five years, accused him for rape and sexual harassment again. Another disciple, this one male and American, accused him for raping him, too, and harassing him sexually. He calls himself Paramahansa and he likes to sit on a golden throne, wearing big golden necklaces and a golden crown. He also loves to be surrounded by young, beautiful girls.

When I was in America in 2009, I heard of him for the first time and put a video on YouTube, criticizing and exposing him, while being among his followers. This was before he was arrested and before his sex CD appeared.

It is not only Nithyananda, another spiritual person, who calls himself Ikshadhari and who is , I believe, still in jail, was running a high-end brothel, supplying girls. Kripalu Maharaj from Vrindavan, my town, who spent Billions on building a ‘Love temple’ was accused many times of having sex with and raping female devotees. He had been arrested in India and abroad. But he is out because of his power and money and still enjoys today.

Following the steps of his guru, Kripalu’s disciple Prakashananda was accused of sexual harassment of minors and found guilty by a court in Texas. He was given a sentence of more than 20 years and then ran away. It has been more than two years that he is absconding, nobody knows where he is and he is on America’s list of most wanted persons. It was America, so he was sentenced. If it had been India, he would pay a bribe and everything would be okay. Many male and female disciples of these two gurus roam around in the country, exploiting their devotees.

Sathya Sai Baba from Bangalore, who died last year, had been popular among many politicians including chief ministers and prime ministers who regularly went to meet him. He showed lots of magic tricks on the name of miracles, produced ashes for the poor and jewelry for the rich. BBC exposed him in a documentary in which an American boy accused him of sexual harassment. The documentary is available online and worth watching. Because of his political influence, many more of his crimes have been completely brushed under the carpet.

Some years ago there was news here in Vrindavan, a report had been made in police about a preacher who had been to Kolkata and had a sexual relation with the rich wife of his host. This man wanted to get a divorce and took the chance to film them – the preacher had to run away from there.

Some time ago there was news in Vrindavan’s newspapers that the business of prostitution was running high in many Ashrams. There were police raids, many women were arrested. Selling one’s body is easy under the cover of religion and devotion.

We often hear a lot of such dirty business from the ISKCON temple. Local women are connected with this anyway but you can hear more and more often that foreign women get involved in devotional prostitution, too. It is actually very easy for a woman from another country to earn money here because newly rich, Indian men always get attracted to imported items. And here in Vrindavan you can get devotional ones for cheap. It is the same old system of demand and supply.

Have a look into the Ashrams of the religious towns Haridwar and Rishikesh and you will see that the Sadhus, Sanyasis and Gurus there are the owners of enourmous wealth and properties, they live in luxury, have residences that resemble palaces and young female disciples around them. In most Ashrams, the inner circle serving the guru consists of mostly women. Those who come to the Ashram as visitors, those who live there and the disciples around the guru, everyone knows what kind of relation these women have with their gurus. Because you cannot hide this kind of thing for long. Especially those who live around them know it. But nobody calls them wives or mistresses and these gurus show themselves as very religious, pious celibate monks. If at some point any female disciple for any reason gets out of the guru’s control, she starts exposing him, just in the way Nithyananda was exposed. Then it all comes out. How many names should I list here? I grew up in the environment of religion and spirituality and have seen from my childhood on how many big so-called Sadhus, Sanyasis, priests and preachers behave inappropriately and get into definitely sexual relations. Their followers and disciples know all about it but they remain quiet because of their influence and money.

Aren’t you surprised that while a normal middle-class person with a job or in business has to do very hard work to be able to raise his children and build a simple house, these people who do religious business, who are priests, preachers, sadhus and sanyasis, earn lots of money in a very short time and can build palaces to live in? How and from where do they get this much money and so quickly? All these young sadhus and preachers have rich women gathered around them. And I have seen many female sadhus and preachers who are in turn worshipped by rich men surrounding them. They don’t have any lack of money. See how much money these rich people spend to organize their preaching programs with lectures, bhajans and satsang. These preachers pay TV channels to broadcast their advertisement to get more programs and money from the religious audience. Tell me, is this called religion and should this be the business of gurus?

Please ask those millionaires and billionaire, those so-called sadhus and sanyasis, do they know the definition of the word ‘sanyasi’? Preaching and giving lectures is their business and especially in Vrindavan it has become the home industry. The business of selling religion, scriptures, God and blessings. It is a joke that these rich people are called sanyasi. But they don’t feel ashamed. These people are responsible for the loss of moral values in society and have harmed the image of society and the country.

With the case of Nirmal Baba everybody got to know how sellable the media is here. And it is not only Nirmal Baba, there are many more, including Kumar Swami, who are daily shown on TV programs. The media takes money from these male and female gurus and shows their news, pretending to be neutral and showing the dark side, too. In this way the gurus get their publicity and the media cannot be called partial while receiving their money, too. In the last days I saw a religious woman on TV, called Radhe Ma, wearing lots of make-up, doing a lapdance on the lap of devotees with people clapping and singing along. Is this called religion and culture?

I have heard that religious prostitution is now well established in society. So-called religious people, in religious getup, chanting God’s name, go to sleep with their devotees and earn money in this way. These devotees actually got bored from just having normal sex and now enjoy making a new fantasy reality: having sex with a religious wrapper. Devotion to God and the joy of sex – double pleasure! And which difference does it make to those devotees if they spend some money on those male and female gurus? If they went to a nightclub, they would also spend money. Last year Ikshadhari was caught running a brothel but many male and female gurus are involved in the same business. Where are our moral values, where is this society going? Is this our great India?

What I really feel bad about is that there are many men and women who go with an innocent, religious intention to those male and female gurus. The gurus don’t have good intentions for them, either, and those people who are around the gurus, who work for them and know about the bad character of the guru, think they also came with bad intentions, although many of them came with innocent hearts. Don’t you think it is now time to outcast these so-called religious businesspeople? Save yourself and your children, the coming generation, from the robbery that is happening in temples and Ashrams. Don’t waste your valuable time on programs organized on the name of religion and save yourself from other people’s bad intention and blame. If you really want to serve God and devote yourself, why don’t you do this at your home? Why do you run after these corrupt male and female gurus, wasting your time and hard-earned money? Did you ever think why all these sadhus, sanyasis and gurus in India have these enourmous amounts of wealth when a normal person is struggling to fill his stomach?

I live in the religious town of Vrindavan where this religious business is growing everywhere. And when you read my words, you can imagine how angry all those sadhus and preachers are with me. If they could, they would kill me. I have written many articles about those many popular people and organizations named above, exposing them with the result that they are angry. They abused me, wrote bad things about me, tried to bribe me, threatened me and told they would file lawsuits but I continued then and I will continue in future. I do not have any personal problem with any individual person or organization but with this corrupt system on the name of religion and God. I took their name openly and talked against them, that is why they tried whatever they could. These people are big criminals and if tomorrow anything happens to me or my family, these people will be responsible for that. I am actually not anymore a religious person and I believe that religious provides the room for all these dirty crimes. But I want to request even those who believe in religion and want this corruption and dirt to be removed from religion, please don’t be shy to spread the word about these bad, corrupt people.

Gurus pretend to achieve Siddhis in strange Rituals to attract Followers – 7 Oct 11

Yesterday I told about a case of a man who wanted to sacrifice his children in order to get Siddhis. Siddhis are however not only something which crazy religious fanatics try to achieve. No, many gurus pretend to have Siddhis and like to show them off to their followers who believe them instead of realizing that these are only simple magic tricks.

I have written about Sathya Sai Baba many times and explained how he did cheap magic tricks in order to attract his audience. And they believed that he has the Siddhis to materialize ashes, gold and silver. If he has this power, what else might he be able to do? There are so many people who believed this man to have supernatural powers and this is why they followed him and made him grow richer and richer.

When I was in Germany this year, I talked with a German woman on phone who had been involved with another Swami in South India. She admitted that what Sathya Sai Baba had been doing was only fake and wrong. At the same time however she believed that her former guru had real Siddhis! She told me about it and I have heard stories about him of other people, too. He makes statues bleed only by the power of his mind – or so they say. This woman told he did rituals in which he cuts himself in the flesh and throws pieces of his own meat and his blood into the ceremonial fire. Such rituals are described in the scriptures of some traditions of Tantra and are often done for the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Kali. Both of these are related with death which you can often see in pictures of them. One of Shiva’s names is Kaleshwar, which means the God of time and death.

When the woman saw that he does such ceremonies, she was convinced that he must have Siddhis. How otherwise could he hurt himself in this way and take this pain? Why would he do this if he didn’t get anything back?

This woman actually was disappointed by her guru. She had been with him for a long time and had a lot of stories proving that he cheated many people, that he is a fraud, that he had promised many women he would marry them, that he sold artificial jewelry for thousands of Euro to his followers which they later found out to be fake. She nevertheless believes that he has Siddhis! When she left his organization, they threatened her and she was afraid but she kept on believing in his special powers.

Such gurus just impress people with their shows and make them believe with simple tricks that they have Siddhis. Only in this way they are able to exploit them properly because the followers fully believe in their supernatural powers and are afraid of what could happen if they said anything against those gurus.

I asked this woman to write her story and expose this fake guru but unfortunately she did not have the courage to come out and say his name in public. I have received an email from another person who also was disappointed by him but did not want to expose him because he himself was looking for Siddhis. I wrote about this man, too. I still have emails in which the guru’s name is clearly written but I decided not to write it until there is a victim who wants to expose him.

I believe in future there will be someone who will be ready to expose him. I know there are many who understood that he is a fraud, if you are one of them, you know it. Please come out, write and tell your story. You are the ones who have experienced it. I know the name but I will only point it out when I hear from someone who wants it to be revealed. There may be many others like you and by writing, you can save them from making the bad experiences that you made. I was waiting for someone to write me his story until now but as there has been nobody, I thought I post this here to encourage you to post your story in a comment or send it by email.

Don’t be afraid, nothing can happen to you, there are no such things as Siddhis! Speak out without fear and don’t let those gurus cheat more people by claiming to have supernatural powers!

Um Anhänger zu gewinnen geben Gurus vor, in seltsamen Ritualen Siddhis zu erlangen – 7 Okt 11

Gestern habe ich von einem Mann erzählt, der seine Kinder opfern wollte, um Siddhis zu erlangen. Siddhis sind jedoch nicht nur etwas, das verrückte religiöse Fanatiker versuchen zu erlangen. Nein, viele Gurus geben vor, Siddhis zu haben und zeigen diese gerne ihren Anhängern, die ihnen glauben, anstatt zu erkennen, dass das nur einfache Zaubertricks sind.

Ich habe schon oft über Sathya Sai Baba geschrieben und erklärt, wie er billige Zaubertricks verwendet hat, um seine Zuhörerschaft anzuziehen. Und sie glaubten, dass er die Siddhis hat, um Asche, Gold und Silver zu materialisieren. Wenn er diese Macht hat, was kann er sonst noch tun? Es gibt so viele Menschen, die glaubten, dass dieser Mann übernatürliche Kräfte hatte und deshalb folgten sie ihm und machten ihn immer reicher.

Als ich dieses Jahr in Deutschland war, sprach ich am Telefon mit einer deutschen Frau, die einem anderen Swami in Südindien folgte. Sie gab zu, dass das, was Sathya Sai Baba zu Lebzeiten getan hat, nur geschwindelt und falsch war. Gleichzeitig glaubte sie jedoch, dass ihr eigener, früherer Guru wahre Siddhis hat! Sie erzählte mir davon und ich habe auch von anderen Leuten schon Geschichten über ihn gehört. Er lässt Statuen allein durch seine Willenskraft bluten – das sagen sie zumindest. Diese Frau erzählte, dass er Rituale durchführte, in denen er sich selbst ins Fleisch schneidet und Stücke von sich selbst und sein Blut ins Feuer wirft. Solche Rituale werden in den Schriften einiger Traditionen des Tantra erwähnt und werden oft für den Hindu Gott Shiva und die Göttin Kali durchgeführt. Diese beiden sind mit dem Tod verbunden, was man in Bildern von ihnen oft sehen kann. Einer der Namen Shivas ist Kaleshwar, was ‚Gott der Zeit und des Todes‘ bedeutet.

Als die Frau sah, dass er solche Zeremonien durchführte, war sie überzeugt davon, dass er ganz sicher Siddhis hat. Wie sonst würde er sich selbst wehtun und diesen Schmerz ertragen? Warum würde er das tun, wenn er nichts dafür bekäme?

Diese Frau war enttäuscht von ihrem Guru. Sie war lange seine Anhängerin gewesen und konnte viele Geschichten erzählen, die zeigten, wie er Menschen betrog, dass er vielen Frauen versprochen hatte, sie zu heiraten, dass er seinen Anhängern für Tausende Euro künstlichen Schmuck verkauft hat, den sie für echte Edelsteine hielten. Sie glaubt aber trotzdem, dass er Siddhis hat! Als sie seine Organisation verließ, bekam sie Drohungen und sie bekam es mit der Angst zu tun, aber sie glaubte weiterhin an seine besonderen Fähigkeiten.

Solche Gurus beeindrucken die Menschen mit ihren Shows und lassen sie mit einfachen Tricks glauben, dass sie Siddhis haben. Nur auf diese Weise sind sie in der Lage, sie richtig auszunutzen, da die Anhänger vollkommen an ihre übernatürlichen Kräfte glauben und Angst vor dem haben, was passieren könnte, wenn sie etwas gegen diese Gurus sagen.

Ich bat diese Frau, ihre Geschichte aufzuschreiben und die Wahrheit über diesen falschen Guru ans Licht zu bringen, aber leider hatte sie nicht den Mut, öffentlich zu werden und seinen Namen offen zu nennen. Ich habe von einer weiteren Person eine Email erhalten, in der diese Person erklärt, auch enttäuscht zu sein. Er wollte den Guru aber nicht entlarven, da er selbst nach Siddhis suchte. Ich habe damals bereits über diesen Mann geschrieben. Ich habe auch immer noch Emails, in denen der Name dieses Guru deutlich geschrieben steht, aber ich habe beschlossen, den Namen nicht zu nennen, bis es ein Opfer gibt, das bereit ist, ihn zu entlarven.

Ich glaube, dass es in Zukunft jemanden geben wird, der bereit dazu ist. Ich weiß, dass es viele gibt, die schn gemerkt haben, dass er ein Betrüger ist. Wenn du einer von ihnen bist, weißt du es. Bitte schreibe und erzähle deine Geschichte. Du bist derjenige, der es selbst erfahren hat. Ich kenne den Namen, will ihn aber erst nehmen, wenn er von jemandem genannt wird, der ihn enttarnen will. Es gibt noch mehr Leute wie dich und indem du deine Erfahrung aufschreibst, kannst du sie davor bewahren, die gleichen schlechten Erfahrungen zu machen, die du gemacht hast. Ich habe bis jetzt darauf gewartet, dass mir jemand seine Geschichte schreibt, aber da das bis jetzt niemand getan hat, dachte ich, ich schreibe das hier, um alle zu ermutigen, ihre Geschichte als Kommentar zu schreiben oder sie mir per Email zu schicken.

Habe keine Angst, dir kann nichts geschehen, es gibt solche Dinge wie Siddhis nicht! Erhebe deine Stimme ohne Angst und lass diese Gurus nicht noch mehr Menschen mit ihrer Behauptung betrügen, sie hätten übernatürliche Kräfte!

Corruption in religious and spiritual Business – 24 Aug 11

In India the issue of corruption is very much in the focus of attention and Anna Hazare is still fasting in his fight against corruption. Here we talk about political corruption and corruption in bureaucracy which is in everybody’s daily life. Normal things don’t get done without bribing someone and this is what everybody talks about at the moment. What unfortunately does not get seen these days very openly is another area where there is a lot of corruption: religion. Corruption in religion is much worse because the most corrupt people there show themselves as the purest of ideals that everyone else should follow. Additionally it is very difficult to actually prove that someone is corrupt in this field.

In a country like India religious corruption starts because the people of the country have very strong belief. They get cheated because of this belief and corrupt people can take advantage of them in order to enrich themselves.

It can start very small, with illegal acquisition of land. Someone would like to own some land and property which actually belongs to the government or also to someone who is not around very much to guard his property. This someone who wants to own the land just places a statue and a little altar onto that land and makes it a temple. In a country like India, nobody will remove this altar or temple because it is holy! The person can now start building around that place and have a whole house there in the name of making that temple bigger and better.

In general, temples are the reason named for a lot of corruption in India. There are again and again gurus like Kumar Swami who claim that they want to build enourmous new temples and need a lot of money for them. Apart from the question how useful it is to build more and more temples, the question often remains where all the money went? Nobody ever saw a temple really being built or if so, that it would be really as expensive! A lot of money goes in private pockets there and not to the purpose that people gave it for!

A different way to get money out of believers’ pockets is to promise them all kinds of things. Nithyananda says he can make them levitate, Baba Ramdev once said he would heal aids through yoga and Kumar Swami even claims to have healed brain tumors merely with his Mantras. Do you really think any of this worked the way they said? Is that not corruption, taking money for such promises and thus cheating hopeful believers? The best promise that I have heard in this way is that a guru could liberate you from the cycle of reincarnation. Who would prove that? But the guru makes his money…

In this year we have seen the nicest proof of how rich such gurus can really get. When the famous materializing magician Sathya Sai Baba, whose birthday celebration was attended even by India’s Prime Minister, passed away, they found so much money and gold in his private rooms that everyone was amazed to see how rich he really was! And that by making people believe he can materialize gold and jewelry!

In modern times you don’t only see posters and pamphlets as advertisement for such gurus but can also see them on TV channels. They spend a lot of money on getting their face to the best spots on television, so that people see them right after having seen an astrology show in which a caller is told how Saturn will have bad influence onto their future. Creating fear and then promoting the solution through the same channels brings these corrupt people a lot of business, too. And that happens on the same channel on which you can see talk shows against corruption at other times.

All this corruption starts when people have a strong belief and others try to take advantage of that belief. Just have a look at how much money those babas, gurus and temples in India have! And imagine if this money had gone to the support of the needy and poor instead! Corruption can be in many areas of your life and we need to fight it not only in politics, but also in religion.