Articoli con tag Sai Baba
Seguaci rompono il muro del silenzio sul caso del guru indiano che avrebbe costretto alla castrazione 400 adepti.
25 Febbraio 2015
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Mass castrations: officers crack code of silence of followers of Indian guru Ram Rahim
Investigators have made a breakthrough in the case of 400 followers of the so-called “guru in bling”, who followed their master’s advice and castrated themselves in an effort to meet God directly
Delhi: Many Indians will tell you that a sage guru can add a measure of potency to an otherwise mundane existence.
Pity the 400 followers of the so-called “guru in bling”, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who have followed their master’s advice and castrated themselves in an effort to meet God directly.
Officers from India’s elite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appear to have made a crucial breakthrough in a long-running investigation into the alleged mass castrations, last week gathering important testimony from victims and other witnesses as they prepare charges of grievous bodily harm against Ram Rahim.
According to the only victim to come forward publicly so far, Hans Raj Chauhan, the castrations began around the year 2000.
“They [the victims] were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet God,” says Mr Chauhan’s lawyer, Navkiran Singh.
Mr Chauhan has said that in addition to fearing retribution from Ram Rahim’s followers, many victims feared being made social outcasts if they came forward with their stories
“CBI sleuths met some old … followers and were, thus, successful in tracing some others who were castrated in the name of God,” one police source told India’s Mail Today newspaper. “Some of the castrated followers, who agreed to record their statements before the judicial magistrate, have left for Delhi where the case has been registered.”
According to witnesses interviewed by police last week, the castrations were carried out by doctors at a hospital run by Ram Rahim’s Dera Sacha Sauda organisation in his ancestral village in the state of Rajasthan.
Whether or not the police will bring a successful case against Ram Rahim, the furore surrounding the castrations certainly appears to have dampened public enthusiasm for the guru’s new feature film MSG: The Messenger.
After a spectacular January opening when a world-record crowd of 157,000 people attended a public premiere in Gurgaon, a satellite city of the capital Delhi, ticket sales have plummeted as the castration scandal makes national headlines.
Despite purporting to show Ram Rahim performing real miracles such as walking on air and tearing tree trunks in half with his bare hands – the film was initially denied a classification by Indian censors who objected to Ram Rahim’s portrayal of himself as God – attendances at the 4000 cinemas where the film is screening have been so low that Ram Rahim has been making bulk ticket purchases in an effort to boost box-office receipts.
Already facing conspiracy charges over the 2002 murder of a newspaper editor who tried to investigate stories of wrongdoing emanating from inside his sprawling gated compound in the state of Haryana, as well as numerous charges of sexual exploitation of female followers, Ram Rahim has proved adept at avoiding conviction thanks in part to his value to politicians as a source of votes.
In state elections held late last year, it is believed that Ram Rahim helped to deliver tens of millions of voters to Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in the crucial central and northern states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab, helping the BJP win government.
Whatever the eventual outcome of the numerous criminal investigations he is facing, Ram Rahim is only one in a long line of Indian gurus to face accusations of scandal and chicanery. Last November, police arrested Baba Rampal Maharaj after a long and violent siege at his ashram in Haryana, when he refused to comply with court orders over a murder case.
Then there is the more bizarre case of the frozen guru, Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared dead by medical authorities on January 29 last year but is being held in a deep freezer by followers in his Punjab ashram who firmly believe their sadhu is in a particularly uncommunicative state of meditation known as “samadhi”.
Gurus play an integral role in daily life for many Indians, offering a pathway to enlightenment, and being the focus of such devotion can bring enormous riches – the spiritual enlightenment business worth about $35 billion a year in India.
In addition to Ram Rahim, who has a personal fortune estimated to be in excess of $50 million, other self-proclaimed saints such as Sathya Sai Baba, who died in 2011 aged 85, and whose most famous trick was an ability to conjure ash from thin air, was believed to have amassed a fortune worth more than $7 billion.
Then there is yoga legend Asaram Bapu, now aged 73, who is said to be worth about $1.9 billion, and Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, who has a built a fortune of nearly $300 million just by offering people “holy hugs”.
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Do not worship Shirdi Sai Baba, says Shankaracharya
Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand said on Monday that Sai Baba of Shirdi is not a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity and should not be worshipped because he was a human being, and not a God.
“Muslims would have had the same amount of faith in Sai Baba if he really was a symbol of unity between the Hindus and Muslims,” he said.
The seer also expressed his disapproval over the construction of Sai Baba temples saying that it was merely a way of making money in the name of the spiritual man. Sai Baba was certainly not an incarnation of God, since there are only 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, as mentioned in Sanatan Dharma. Worshipping Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus, he said.
Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged
New Delhi: A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in Shirdi for instigating religious feelings. Expressing his disapproval on construction of Sai Baba temples claiming it to be merely a way of money making by his devotees, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand addressed Sai Baba as ‘non-vegetarian and a robber’, describing his worship as a conspiracy to divide Hindus. In his new attack on Sai Baba, upholding his previous statement on Tuesday, raised questions on Sai baba`s watchwords ‘Sab ka malik ek hai’ (There is one god for everyone).
According to Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, Sai Baba is neither god nor godman. He further describes a godman is one who is full of virtue but Sai was a non-vegetarian, used to circumcise people and belonged to community of robbers.
However, as per Pandit Manish Sharma, an astrologer from Ujjain that teacher – student relation is a part of ancient tradition of Hinduism. It is believed that without the grace of Guru or godman, one cannot seek the blessings of gods- goddesses. The literal meaning of guru is – the person who leads from darkness to light. Anyone can be a guru and can also be non-vegetarian.
Shankaracharya has also argued against the incarnation of Sai and insisted on the fact that in the ancient scripture does not speak about anyone else other than the incarnation of Buddha and Kalki. Swaroopanand argued that only incarnation of someone and godman is said to be worshipped. Sanatan Dharma considers 24 incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Kaliyuga only describes the incarnation of Buddha and Kalki. Therefore, Sai cannot be an incarnation.
In an interview given to ABP news, he said that Muslims visiting Sai temple is spreading off misinformation. About one billion Hindus are misled. Constructing Sai temples across the country would divert attention from Ram temple movement in Ayodya. Ram Mandir project is very big and creating a similar temple of Combodia`s Angkor Wat requires big funds. Some of the foreign organizations do not want the Hindu community to unite, He added. He challenged Sai devotees not to woo Sanathan Dharam devotees. He advised people to worship god not human, saying what will be the fate of Hinduism if the statue of Mariyam is worshipped.
In accordance with the assumptions of Hindu Sanatan Dharma that God’s descent to earth (birth) is called avatar. As per Hindu believe god is present everywhere, still does makes its present felt when needed.
In various ancient texts there are different numbers of different incarnations. Somewhere its eight, ten, sixteen and twenty-four embodiment but ten incarnations is most recognized.
10 Marzo 2013
Il Vice Presidente venezuelano aveva incontrato il guru nel 2005 con la moglie
Sathya Sai Baba è stato accusato di abusi sessuali da parte di diversi discepoli
Isabel Munera | Madrid | 2013/08/03
Libera traduzione a cura Favisonlus
Sathya Sai Baba èmorto nel 2011 all’età di 84 anni.
Il rapporto di Maduro con il guru indiano risale al 2005, quando il vicepresidente venezuelano e candidato del chavismo gli fece visita in India. Di quell’incontro ci sarebbe una foto in ricordo di un molto più giovane Maduro rigorosamente vestito di bianco
A questa visita, che non fu la prima, seguirono molte altre negli anni successivi. L’uomo forte del chavismo era convinto dei vantaggi che gli potevano derivare dalla amicizia col famoso santone.
In quella occasione, Maduro, che aveva ottenuto la leadership dell’Assemblea Nazionale, partecipò in compagnia della moglie, Cilia Flores, Procuratore Generale, e diverse persone del suo seguito e “soggiornò per due giorni nel residence per VIP” del centro di Sai Baba nello stato di Puttaparthi, come ha spiegato il suo portavoce, A. Anantharaman, e che crede che “la sua fede influenzerà il suo modo di fare politica.”
Il conduttore di metro a Caracas, sindacalista, Presidente dell’Assemblea Nazionale, ministro degli Esteri e vice presidente, Maduro ha sempre unito la sua professione con la fede, e in ciascuno dei suoi uffici non manca mai un ritratto del suo santone.
Anche se può sembrare strano questa venerazione per un guru indiano, il movimento Sai Baba (che gestisce 6.800 milioni di euro provenienti da donazioni) si stabilì in Venezuela nei primi anni ’70 e gode di grande popolarità in questo paese e conta all’incirca 200.000 seguaci.
Infatti, quando due anni fa il guru è morto, il Parlamento del Venezuela ha dichiarò il lutto nazionale, come pubblicato dal quotidiano venezuelano El Universal ‘.
Sai Baba, il cui vero nome era Sathyanarayana Raju, ha milioni di seguaci in tutto il mondo, tra cui politici, attori e atleti, che seguono i suoi insegnamenti basati su “l’universalità dell’amore, della verità e della pace.”
Convinto della sua natura divina (credeva di essere l’incarnazione della trinità del pantheon indù composta da Brahma, Vishnu e Shiva), il Guru è diventato famoso in Occidente negli anni ’70 grazie al movimento ‘hippy’ e il suo stile peculiare: capelli afro e lunga veste arancio.
Si vantava di miracoli e affermava di essere in grado di creare cibo dalla cenere e gioielli dalla bocca.
Anche se diversi discepoli dissero di aver subito abusi sessuali da parte del guru, la polizia non lo ha mai accusato formalmente e anche un ex ministro indiano venne pubblicamente in sua difesa. Al suo funerale non sono mancate importanti personalità indiane come Sonia Gandhi, leader del Partito del Congresso, e Manmohan Singh, attuale Primo Ministro.