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By: Ganesh Sovani
July 05, 2007
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(The author is an Advocate at the Bombay High Court)
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In the last week, I heard a news that a Hindu swami has been charged
by a twenty-two year old Caribbean women of Indian origin (Guyanese to be
more precise) for committing a rape on her, at Port – of – Spain, in
Trinidad & Tobago, initially I was bit startled. However, when his eighty
plus age came to be revealed, I had a definite inkling, as to who this
charlatan Swami could be.
Now Trinidad Express a highly respectable and responsible newspaper
published from Port – of – Spain, T & T has revealed http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161155562
that the name of the rape accused is Swami Jagatguru Ram Tripathi! But
going by his photograph, which has appeared in its edition dated 1st June,
2007, one realized that he was long haired Krupalu (benevolent) Maharj
Until this news item appeared, no body was knowing his real or legal name
was Ram Tripathi as he was known as Krupalu Maharaj all and sundry. His
figure is quite popular on Astha and Sanskar religious news channels which
have become popular all around the world.
Undoubtedly, a very high profile cult figure from India having thousands
of followers all over the globe, who literally scramble to pay an
obeisance to him. Even the ministers (more so of Indian origin) whenever
he travels those countries having substantial Indian population, queue up
to take his Darshan!
Nearly fifteen months ago, he had faced similar controversy in the Indian
state of Maharashtra. But the matter some how got subsided. One can read
it at length on the recently hosted block by the celebrated journalist
from Nagpur Shayam Pandharipande http://guyanafriends.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/860604972/m/20610617041
Those people, organizers, committees, both in India and abroad would find
themselves in a very piquant position as long as his name is not cleared
by the T & T police.
I have always wondered how, why and for what purpose we Indians (more so
Hindus) literally surrender before the Swamis, Babas Maharajs, Ammas,
Akkas, etc. without checking up their credentials. Are we mentally so
week, that we can"t direct a path of our own life, without their
I literally abhor any such Swami or Baba who claims to be an incarnation
of any God, say for instance Lord Krishna, Lord Shankara, Lord Dattatreya,
etc. Nearly hundred years ago, in India"s premier state of Maharashtra the
people have witnessed three great saints. Shree Swami Samartha (www.swamisamarth.com),
Shree Gajanan Maharaj (www.gajanandarshan.com) and Shree Sai Baba of
Shirdi(www.saibaba.org). Millions of people then and also even now believe
that first two of them were the incarnations of Lord
Dattatraya(www.dattapeetham.com). It is difficult to say anything about
Shree Sai Baba or his roots, but undoubtedly he had spiritual powers.
But, one must notice and appreciate that these three great saints never
trumpeted or proclaimed directly or indirectly, that they were incarnation
of any God. So selfless, simple and humble life they had leaved with and
left heavenly abode, at their own sweet will.
I am literally shattered with the crop of Swamis, Babas or Maharajs which
has spread all over the country and even outside India as well.
If one were to put on any Indian television channel every morning, he or
she will notice that barring a few, practically every news channel beams
across a talk, lecture, Kathasar, discourse of a Hindu Swami or Sadhu or
Babas, or Sadhvi or Swamini (i.e. religious lady) being telecast or aired
relentlessly. However, with the passage of time, these discourses
literally become monotonous and are quickly ignored and even and forgotten
as well, as they turn out to be the repetition of the earlier versions.
However, one must confess that Baba Ramdev"s yoga teachings have brought
sea changes in the lives of millions of people all over the country. A
visit to his celebrated website www.swamiramdevyoga.com would be a
thrilling experience to anyone. He has a credit of curing nearly 2 crore
(20 Million) people who were suffering from bulge diabetes, hypertension,
asthama, bronchitis, arthritis, and all other kinds of ailments, which
were until other day, were labeled as" un-curable" just by means of Yoga.
Undoubtedly, a phenomenal achievement by any standards. He has truly ‘made
New York Times had written an edit on him two years ago, when he had
traveled to US. He has substantially trimmed both the sales figures and
thereby the annual turn overs of many ‘fat reduction" drug manufacturing
companies in India, while simultaneously reducing the flab of his
Just prior to 2006 Deepawali (i.e. festival of lights) he was invited by
the United Nations to deliver a talk on the ‘significance of Yoga". One is
saddened to know that America, rather US, has now secured a patent on Yoga
which has really affronted us in many ways more than one.
Yoga, a neglected Indian health science, has now become popular after it
got the recognition in the West. Though Dhirendra Bramhachari attempted to
popularize it thirty years ago, through then ‘Black & White" Doordarshan
(state owned channel), nobody took it seriously, because its preacher
Dhirendra Bramhachari himself was involved in numerous political and
financial controversies and hence some how failed to impress upon the
people due to the loss of his own credibility.
However, for nearly twenty five years or so, an opportunity was lost to
popularize yoga through an effective medium like television, especially
after the advent of cable television after 1991 in the wake of US led war
on Iraq which saw the flooding of the numerous news channels like CNN,
BBC, etc. apart from our own news channels in India.
Yoga has indeed changed the lives of millions. Yoga makes person first
mentally strong, which subsequently results in strengthening of physique.
It is heartening to note that thousands of males and females have started
practising yoga these days. However, majority of them when they take up
yoga, they are above forty or even fifty as well, when they realize that
none of the allopathic or homeopathic medicines which they were using for
curing their aliments were not able to bring the desired results. However,
the younger generation is still unable to get hooked to it.
If one accepts yoga as his way of life, then he or she need not take any
recourse to any Swami, Baba or Maharaj for achieving anything in life.
Because, yoga makes him or her mentally strong and it gives an ability to
think ‘within", which is a great quality to enjoy with. One can attain
this position in life after great practice, patience and persistence. It
can"t be gained or attained overnight. Mind Well.
But on the other hand, the present younger generation is bee lining before
Swamis, Babas, Maharajs, Ammas, Akkas, Tais, etc. whenever they meet with
frustration in life. This generation does not hesitate to shell out lots
of money or even kind before these so called holy figures, (many of whom
who have now acquired almost a demi God status), in the hope that their
offering would result in eliminating their miseries.
However, with a passage of time, their hopes turn into despair, when they
realize how they have been fooled by these Swamis or Babas.
Quite sadly, today"s younger generation is living an ‘aimless" or
‘goalless" life. This generation has no ‘objective" before them. In
nutshell, they are on ‘unguided path" of their life. When there is no
‘goal", there can not be any planning to achieve it. When there is no
planning, there is no question of execution of the things planned. No
follow up. Hence, no necessity of retrospectively thinking.
Couple of weeks ago, 227 youths were caught by Pune (Maharashtra State of
India) police when they were enjoying a ‘rave party". Amongst them, there
were many girls with good family background who were working in trade &
industry at responsible positions. When their parents came to know, the
‘deed" of their kids, many were initially aghast to know it. Some sensible
parents even tried to disown their kids.
In today"s marketing and business economy culture, though this young
generation is garnering fabulous salaries, the major chunk of their
earning is drained off in various kinds of unproductive vices. In today"s
world the concepts of pleasure, happiness, etc. have considerably changed.
In the present scenario, this generation has lost faith in itself and its
abilities. They do not know how and for what purpose to spend this money?
That is why Sanskaras (an upbringing) by the parents play an important
role in ones life. When both the parents are working during the day, a
child is kept for ‘baby sitting" and it is highly unlikely that it can get
raised in proper atmosphere and good environment. Today"s parents are
unable to imbibe on child"s mind the significance of life. What it should
do to achieve it? What is meant by the sacrifice? How the previous
generation, rather their (i.e. parent"s) generation, scarified many things
first to get stabilized in their life and then enjoy the fruits of the
Unfortunately in the present Indian context, the concept of ‘institution
of marriage" is also waning quite alarmingly. Can any one believe that the
family court at Bandra (Mumbai, India) receives nearly 30 to 40 petitions
per day from either spouse seeking the dissolution of marriage? While the
‘cruelty" is the commonest ground, over a period of time, ‘adultery" and /
or ‘bigamy" grounds too find place in these petitions.
With the advent of BPO and / or ‘call center" cultures, where in the
survey indicates that nearly 35 to 40% employees attract migraine,
sleeplessness within in a short span of six to eight months, after joining
and their marital life gets derailed in the process.
Both the economic freedom, coupled with the influence of Hindi television
‘K" letter serials by Ekta Kapoor are also blamed by many for spoiling the
marriages. Quite surprisingly, no female organization in India has taken
any bold step seeking ban on such kind of serials which have lent an
astonishing credibility to ‘extra-marital affairs"!
All this is resulting in anxiety, frustration, disinterest in life, which
culminates in the person landing in the fold of various ‘cults" thrown by
the Babas or Maharajs. Due to our mental weakness, it is the fortune of
these Babas and Maharajs which prospers, rather than that of ours!
Today"s Swamis, Babas or Maharajs have become an industry in itself. A
sting operation carried by Rajdeep Sardesai"s CNN – IBN (www.ibnlive.com)
in early May, 2007, showed how many unscrupulous saffron clad swamis were
involved in converting ‘black money" into ‘white" in various Ashrams of
the religious places in the Hindi heartland. The leaders of some of the
religious organizations had a torrid time, in defending these Swamis, who
are some way or the other connected with these organizations.
Many Swamis, Babas or Maharajs in India, have also acquired a ‘middleman"
status. Thanks to the proximity which they enjoy with the politicians of
In India, the police are often blamed for their inability to curb
incidents of rape, which have become an order of the day. Unfortunately,
India"s capital Delhi has acquired a dubious distinction of county"s ‘rape
capital"? But, how many women organizations have come forward for
condemning the obscenity or nudity promoted by the models like Mallika
Sherawat or Rakhee Sawant? How many dance bars have been closed down in
Mumbai and other surrounding areas, due to an initiative taken by female
If today"s India"s female young generation is falling into the trap of
sexual assaults, then the root cause of the obscenity which is being
propagated through films and Page 3 culture through press by their female
counterparts can not be ignored. All this has given to a very perverted
concept or thought of ‘sexual pleasure". That is why even Swamis or Babas
too become the perpetrators of sexual acts.
In today"s India, a youth has totally forgotten the ‘purpose or the
significance of life"! What it is meant for? How one can make the best use
of it. What is the guarantee that after our demise, we would be getting
one more or another opportunity to become a human being, so that all that
unattained goals in this life, can be achieved in the next incarnation!
The God is so great, that he has given us, i.e. all human beings, a
tremendous mental faculty, that is why we are able to invent or discover
so many wonderful or beautiful things in our life. However, if he would
have given us an ability to think or recollect about our past, i.e. of
previous birth, then we would have failed to discharge even our daily
chores or rituals, as would be often ruing over the missed opportunities
in our previous life. Similarly, he has not given us any ability to think
about our future i.e. second or subsequent life, whether it would be again
reincarnation as a human being, or as a bird, or as a fish, or a reptile,
any other mind of mammal, etc. Had it been so, then we would have always
submerged ourselves in dreaming, what we would be doing in our future or
the next life!
Which makes me wonder, why can"t a human being decides to believe in his
or own abilities? Why can"t he do an ‘inward looking"? Where he or she has
gone wrong? What he or she ought to have done or ought not to have done?
My own experience is that an inward looking enables a person to trace or
find out his own mistakes in the past, when he or she was on the wrong
track. Moreover, it also enables him to draw up a strategy to mend the
things in his own way. Repentance is the first and best step to reform one
As the younger generation has lost an ability to think about itself, it is
taking recourse to Swamis, or Babas or Maharajs, etc. in the hope of
altering their own life swiftly and that too drastically.
It seems that the twenty – two year old Guyanese girl of Indian origin,
too might have lost a faith in herself and in her own abilities and might
have come into the lap of the controversial Swami Jagatguru Ram Tripathi
for seeking better fortunes, only to find sexually assaulted !
When our younger generation would start looking within ‘itself", for its
own better future?
Perhaps, only The God, and not any Swami or Baba or Maharaj can answer
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