One of the latest God men controversies, doing the rounds in social media, and being used by many channels to create sensationalism for added TRP is, Radhe Maa. After the recent Bapu Asaram scandal, the MSG controversy and Sant Rampal @ Satlok Ashram, here is a fresh one being brewed up, by our so called social and moral vigilante, who are more concerned about this lady called 'Radhe Maa' wearing a short dress, rather than being concerned, about hundreds of political and corruption scandals and blatant crimes against women rocking India, day in and day out. What surprises me, is that how stupid we Indians are, being concerned about what a small time non entity lady guru wears or how she dances with her followers, as if it really makes a difference. In fact the socio psychological reasons for this are the India's ordinary masses being obsessive compulsively involved with Religion God, and Superstition. TV channels play up to our middle and upper middle classes who thirst for sensationalism, sex, scandal, melodrama and crime.
I am amazed at the double standards and hypocrisy prevailing in our society. I am amazed to see people worshiping stone Penises and stone vaginas but despise the living. I am amazed to observe people pour millions of liters of milk on stone Shivlings in hope of some divine protection or blessings. People go about washing temples and Gurudwara floors with milk, rather than letting the calves or poor children drink that milk. I am amazed to see people believe that putting sindur (vermillion) on Kamakhaya devi's stone vagina is holy. They go about smearing stone vaginas of this goddess with sindur, as a symbol of her menstrual blood, but consider their own women, going thru this natural process unholy. They put their own sisters, mothers and wives, the real women they live with, in separate quarters or even animal quarters, during their menstrual cycles. These are the people who want to hound a living woman for kissing her disciples, and for allowing her disciples to hug her, as if it is the greatest of crimes. Wake up India. If you dance around a statue of stone, that stone becomes a Goddess but if a living woman starts dancing with her devotees/friends/followers/Lovers/ admirers/ or just plain suckers, she becomes a corrupt woman. ROFL.
I am amazed that India of 21st century continues to believe in, Jadu Tona or black magic. In the state of Maharashtra we even have a law to handle this, a modern witch hunt tool. People still stop in their tracks, if someone sneezes, or you will often see them changing their route, if a black cat was to cut their path. India still believes that some stupid tantrik can have power over their life and death, and give them charms potent enough to ward off evil, or attract good fortune, or ward off enemies and even kill them by remote means. LOL. I have seen some highly educated and well placed countrymen thronging these tantriks. There have been Television reports of people feeding all kinds of funny things including human urine or animal dung to other people in order to control their behaviour, making it favourable to oneself and unfavourable to another. Child sacrifice, to ward of bad times, or raping a virgin, to cure impotence, are not things of the past. Even today such incidents are often reported in media and police records. All this is still prevalent because of the greedy, Insecure and foolish masses who are responsible for turning simple outright frauds and simple road side tricksters in to Godmen. This is the result of stupid and foolish beliefs and shallow moral values.
As far as religious and spiritual fraudsters fooling the public is concerned, it is a simple case of 'Demand and Supply'. As long as fools are available to be used, misused or abused, someone or the other will make himself or herself available, to do the honors. LOL. Some people are raising a hue and cry, about this lady named Radhe Maa claiming that goddess durga speaks through her. They find this blasphemous. They are forgetting that in almost every hindu temple there is a priest, who claims that the temple deity (a god or a goddess) speaks it's mind through him. In hills these priests are called Goors. Radhe maa in this case is simply following, or taking advantage of a well established belief system in the Indian masses. Thus rather than blaming her alone, do we not need to introspect our own ill founded and superstitious beliefs? I am surprised as to how people can believe that their local soothsayers can be possessed by their multi headed, multi Armed, elephant headed, miracle performing gods and goddesses they worship. I am surprised as to how people can, in the first place believe in the existence of such gods and end up sacrificing thousands of animals to them. According to them they do so because they have their divinely revealed scriptures, to prove the existence of these gods and goddesses. I'll come to that later, but for now, also according to these folks, If any woman or man claims to be a Devi or Devta, a god or a goddess, he or she should perform some miracle to prove that claim. In other words, if someone can produce a watch from thin air, or produce a pre-swallowed golden egg, as if he is laying an egg from his mouth, he qualifies to be a god. LOL. The major objection of these 'holier-than-thou' men and women of religion to this 'latest controversial sadhvi' is her gross makeup, her western dress and her dancing, with folks who throng her. Nobody seems to be concerned about the legal trespasses by her, if any. This is what is extremely funny to rationalists and humanists.
My questions to these hyper religious folks are, Why raise questions on, what a saadhvi / guru / spiritualist / or just another imposter wears? Why bother whether she dances or not? Why worry about whether she kisses or hugs her friends/devotees/spectators or plain 'Tamasha Viewers'? After all she is in the oldest showbiz on earth, namely religion, and then, she too is a human, who seeks and gives Love. Who are we to decide ‘when, why and whom' she kisses, hugs or dances with?
Our society's judging her over such trivial issues is the result of our misplaced values about sexuality and holiness. This is the reason why fake babas who portray a "so called pious:" image, go about sodomising innocent little boys and raping little girls in our society. Normal, healthy humans as per you folks cannot be spiritual. For you, a spiritualist is one who stitches up her vagina or ties up his penis with a steel chain and hangs a few bricks to it. For you spiritualism can be established by simply being a vegetarian or a miktarian. Many peoples claim to their spirituality is that they only eat boiled potatoes or 7 days old dry chapatis. 'Frigidity and Impotence', that is what morality for you folks is. For many folks OSHO was a pervert, but today I fail to find a single bookshop in India and abroad where Osho does not occupy the place of pride on its bookshelves as well as in people’s minds. Please rise above your stupid morality and let a person eat drink wear and live the way he or she wishes to. No one has the right to call anyone obscene just for wearing a mini dress and long boots. How about Babas painting Haridwar red in their birthday suits? LOL.
As far as your Vedas and Scriptures being a divine proof of the existence of your gods and goddesses is concerned, let me boldly state that, there is nothing divine about any scripture of any religion. All scriptures were written by humans and not by some angels from the skies. If your vedas are not the product of human mind, centuries ago, than I think the muslim claim that their holy book has come straight from Allah, by a divinely intervening angel, should also be true. A holy ghost having impregnated Virgin Mary must also be true. All this is manmade stuff, to ensure that, the opium of religion works. For the masses sedation is more important than logic, because thinking truly hurts, and in any case zombies are not supposed to think. Talking about Hindu holy books, we all know that Gita is a work within a work called Mahabharata, written by Maharishi Ved Vyas. Lord krishna is a characters in the book. He is in fact a creation of Maharishi Ved Vyas ji, Thus Bhagavad Gita in fact is Maharishi Ved Vyasa Gita, and Krishna in fact is, nothing more than Maharishi Ved Vyas Ji's Mouthpiece, a larger than life character of Mahabharata representing an intellectual balance and clear thinking. Same goes for Ramayana, Authored by Maharishi Valmiki ji, in which Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Sita and all are larger than life characters, representing ideally desirable human traits. Going by your formula of the divine origin of scriptures, some sikhs claiming SGGS to be a divine revelation should also be believed, where as we all know that all these are works of enlightened souls. We know that the truth about Shri Guru granth Sahib is that it was first compiled by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan Dev (1563–1606), from hymns of the first five Sikh gurus and 15 other great saints, or bhagats from both Hindu and Muslim faiths. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh guru, added all 115 of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji's hymns to the Adi Granth, and this second rendition became known as Guru Granth Sahib Ji. So all scriptures come from evolved minds and souls.....rather than some divine holes..... in the sky, as it is made up to be, by the clever priestly class.
Our Vedas are works of humans. The so called mythological gods mentioned in them are metaphors for nature's powerful elements and spiritual concepts. It all is mere symbolism and there is no spiritual power in any of these idols or temples. Had this not been true, the Pilgrims going for darshan of these stone idols in stone temples, would never have met with an accident, why mention scores of them dying tragic deaths in such SUPPOSEDLY HOLY journeys every year. The Kedarnath tragedy would never have happened in the first place. How could Shiva who holds the Ganges in his hair not hold a cloud burst? :D The fact is that the hair of Shiva represent The great Shivalik ranges making the catchment area of river Ganges, hence the name Shivaliks...'The hair locks of Shiva'.
So it is beyond doubt that there is no spiritual power in idols or idolised holy books of any religion. Idols are only to remind you of ideals for which the person or concept represented by them stood. Holy books also are to be read and not worshiped. There are very few people who understand the ideals behind the idols and live up to them. Most of them chose to worship them instead. The priestly classes encourage this and run the whole show as a business. Same is true about holy books. They are to be read and understood, to know the esoteric concepts and truths written in them, rather than being treated as objects of worship. It is absolutely foolish when people rather than reading these holy books and carrying the concepts within their heads, go around carrying them upon their heads, because it is easier to do so......Isn't it so ?
As far as realising 'God', 'Self', 'Ultimate Truth', 'Absolute Inner Harmony' 'The great Peace' is concerned, it can only be done, when rather than thronging thousands of places of worship of false gods and false deities, one learns to be with one's own silence, and contemplate within. God can be realised by realising the vastness of our universe outside as well as within one's heart. God can be realised and experienced by getting focused on one's core existence and being free from the cage of one's ego. The way to this is via yogic or other transcendental practices including sitting silent, contemplating on the great beauties and marvels of nature, dancing, singing (For example Bhajan, Kirtan, Qawaali etc.) and some other tools of this game.
Let me point out here that these tools are not means to please any God in heavens, but to find inner emotional happiness, which resides within you, the God within you, the God that is YOU. This is something so precious that, you only can find. No one else can give You to You....isn't it ? This can only be facilitated by a genuine Guide, Master, Murshid or Guru. Let me point out here that those who seek some kind of magical powers in a Guru are the fools who force even a genuine Guide or Guru to play up to their tune just to humor them.A genuine Guru is all about esoteric wisdom, intelligence, patience, deep knowledge of the subjects he commands and above all compassion. A guru is a companion, a guide, a philosopher, a facilitator and not a miracle maker.
Thus dear friends, your asking this lady to show some miracle to prove that she is supposedly divine is outrageously funny? I know a very rich and very famous Baba who died recently. He was famous for his miracles, like producing ashes from his hand, producing jewellery and watches from thin air, which in my opinion any trained magician could have done better than him. His claim to fame as a spiritualist started with miracles, but none of these so called miracles stood good with people like me. He was simply an illusionist, a huge event manager and a glib talker, who amassed a huge amount of wealth and political clout, by showing his roadside magic to some gullible fools, who in turn went all over the country proclaiming him to be God. Rest of the job was in fact taken care of by his well paid managers, living a luxurious life at the cost of devotees. To begin with, the very expectation that a miracle is the key criteria for being divine, is something extremely foolish and unfounded. This attitude of the masses is responsible for making GODMEN out of ILLUSIONISTS. Going by this, to be a Guru, all that one needs to be is a road side madari, rather than being a prudent, rational and contemplating thinker. If to prove a point all that it takes is a miracle, come to me and I will show you one. Let us go a step further. To see a miracle in your own house, just look in to the mirror, thinking about what I just said, carry out some introspection, and you will see a miracle happening in the mirror, an idiot evolving into a wise person in a matter of seconds. :D :D :D :D :D
So rise above your Vedas, Your Gods and Your scriptures. If other than being pure vehicles of ethical and moral messages, they had any miraculous or supernatural power in them, the earth already would have been free of all sin and violence. Undoubtedly, if the lady is found guilty on account of any illegal activity, the long arm of law should, and I assure you it will get her sooner or later, but Rise Above your Holy Bullshit……… and stop defining others as per your idea of holiness or spirituality.
LET ME ADD here that the issue of discussion of my post is not at all to advocate in any way, or to speak in favour of, or against, Gurus or Gurumaas, who are available in india, a dime a dozen. It is also not my endeavour, to certify them as crude, sophisticated, chic or gross. I am also not going to judge, whether they qualify, to be who they are, or who they pose to be. I leave this to the wisdom, faith or blind faith of their followers or critics. My aim is to highlight every body's right to their individuality, No one has the right, to decide the other person's morality, on basis of language, food, dress, lifestyles etc, till it trespasses, over our legal rights, as social beings. In light of this, a woman, even if bearing the halo of spirituality, or so to say bearing its burden, cannot be criticised, for a way of life, deemed fit or unfit by others. If the Monks, of many sects in Hinduism and Jainism, can go about naked in the society, with their 'ding dongs' hanging around for all to see, any spiritual or non spiritual; woman or man, is well within her/his right, to wear what she/he likes. Period. It is for her/him to decide as to how she/he wants to live her/his life, and not for others to dictate. BUT and a big BUT, no one has the right to further superstitious beliefs simply to fool and exploit the semi uneducated or the gullible society by using any means including religious beliefs or taboos. A Guru or teacher's mission should be to enlighten people and to guide them towards living a better life by making better life choices and not to embroil them in baseless, unfounded and uncalled for beliefs simply to control their lives and money by boosting their fears and anxieties about life and its unavoidable troubles and pain.
...........................................................Ahm Brahm Asmi, Tat Tvam Asmi. ...............................................Poet Balwant Gurunay aka Guru Gurunay.