Of course, as they say, religion is just a cult with more followers…..but that is a whole other story.
After the triple talaq judgment and right to privacy judgement by the Supreme Court of India, the hat trick we were waiting for was delivered yesterday when the self- styled ‘Sant’ Ram Raheem Insaan (who made a very subtle film called Messenger of God –MSG) was found guilty of multiple counts of rape based on the accusation of a woman who served in the dera (ashram) and was raped by him in 2004. ( Looks like the court didn’t fall for the defence of “I didn’t doing it. God made me.I was just a messenger of God….”). MSG arrived in court with a fleet of 200 cars and left by helicopter apparently.
In response to the verdict of course his followers have burnt buses, rioted and generally wrecked havoc on public property.
No one rioted in the ashram when he was watching blue films, forcing women to have sex with him at gun point. Where was that self- righteous anger and outrage then ??
And in case you were missing Dhinchak Puja here is an absolutely hysterically bad music video of a song called ‘You are the Love Charger’. Yes seriously. If you have even 1 minutes to spare this weekend please, please listen to the opening minute of this video. I could not bear to listen to more so if there is a gem in the later minutes, please let me know.
There have been so many who have taken the foolish followers for a ride. A short list goes like this:
Swami Sadachari was finally jailed for running a brothel, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/top-10-controversial-godmen-of-india/1/13461.html#photo8,
Icchadhari Sant Sawmi of Chitrakoot was arrested for prostitution,
assorted dead bodies were found in the hugging ‘saint’ Amritanandamayi Ma’s ashram http://www.kractivist.org/holy-hell-sexual-abuse-and-corruption-by-hugging-saint-mata-amritanandamayi/,
Asaram Bapu was accused of rape by a 15 year old girl http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/asaram-rape-case-bapu-asked-me-for-oral-sex-says-victim/1/301458.html
Radhe Ma of the orgasmic bliss photos in bridal wear apparently holds naked sex filled satsangs, http://www.hindustantimes.com/tv/radhe-maa-holds-naked-sex-filled-satsangs-dolly-bindra/story-I7d3UyshCYMwj8Cvb9ylHI.html.
Then there is Sant Rampal, whose devotees bathed him in milk and made kheer using that milk. (super double YUK) http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/followers-bathed-him-in-milk-then-used-it-to-make-kheer-prasad/
“The milk falls on him, while he sits and meditates. The fruit of his meditation is present in the kheer,” said Krishan, 29, who is admitted in the hospital with a head injury.
Why does Krishnan he have an injury? Because the bodies of five women and 18 month old child were found in the ‘Sant’s ashram and Rampal was arrested along with 492 of his followers, on charges including sedition, murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, hoarding illegal weapons and aiding and abetting suicide-mongers.
The followers attacked the police with crude bombs and gunfire, hence the head injury.http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/police-confirm-two-deaths-as-hisar-godman-rampal-evades-arrest/
“Everybody knows however that in this sect, where sex is nearly forbidden, people have most sex. There have been a lot of rumors about homosexuality among devotees, both lower and higher in their hierarchy. Lately there has been a lot of talk about prostitution among members of the organization, especially here in Vrindavan.”
The list continues:
the billionaire Sathya Sai Baba: Former Sai Baba leaders such as Swedish psychotherapist and former film star, Conny Larsson, who says the guru regularly performed oral sex on him and asked for it in return. Sai Baba was said to have claimed he was simply correcting Larsson’s inner “kundalini” energy. http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/sai-baba-holy-man-sex-abuser-both
Even before Blue Whale we had plenty of cults urging followers to commit mass suicide. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-the-sinister-moonie-cult-how-1301689
And while Twitter had a field day with Ramdev Baba’s sensational India Today cover
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/07/14/india-today-puts-ramdevs-behind-on-cover-and-twitter-cant-e_a_21432267/ it is he who is laughing all the way to the bank, with Patanjali becoming a multi- million dollar business despite a steady stream of accusations and fines for false advertising. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/nepal-asks-ramdevs-patanjali-to-recall-six-medical-products-4718715/
Eventually it all comes down to the holy trinity of power, money and sex.
The ashrams rake in money in the millions, they have policemen and chief ministers touching their feet, and they live far from celibate lives.
At least Osho Rajneesh was upfront about the role of sex in the meditations and programmes at his ashram…..
Beyond India, in the US, we have the outrageous Creflo Dollar who asked his followers to make his dream come true—by contributing money so he could buy a private jet worth 60 million dollars! Watch John Oliver do an expose here
And of course for the grand finale, that religious order which has its own city and postcode in the middle of another city—the Vatican. For an institution that preaches about sex as the original sin, and pushes for abstinence only education instead of scientific sexuality education, there certainly seems lot be a lot of sex under their own roof, consented or otherwise!
As of November 2013 over ten million Catholic Priest child sex abuse cases have been documented. These 10,077,574 cases represented a mere fraction of total crimes committed. Only an estimated 10% of sex abuse victims were thought to speak out about their sex abuse and just 10% of those cases saw the inside of a court room.
Routinely rocked by child sex abuse revelations and cover ups, here is what one article says :
Ballarat, Australia, where Pell was an episcopal vicar for education between 1973 and 1984, was one of the worst hotbeds of abuse, with sexual abuse by both priests and nuns rife at St. Alipius Primary School, called “a pedophile’s paradise and a child’s nightmare” by Australian television. https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/6/29/15892432/pope-francis-vatican-charged-child-sex-abuse
And the result of being against abortion? Mass graves where unmarried women and their born babies were buried. So far 34 such sites have been found and a total of 350,800 children suspected to be in Catholic child mass graves sites in three countries. https://adoptionland.org/p/3443/catholic-mass-grave-sites-of-350800-missing-children-found-in-ireland-spain-canada/
In Ireland the commission said analysis of selected remains revealed ages of the deceased ranged from 35 weeks to three years old. It found that the dead had been mostly buried in the 1950s, when the facility was one of more than a dozen in Ireland offering shelter to orphans, unmarried mothers and their children. The Tuam home closed in 1961. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/mass-grave-of-babies-and-children-found-at-tuam-orphanage-in-ireland
Sounds pretty much the opposite of pro –life to me…..
One almost wants to look upon this Nagraj- Nagkanya couple fondly and indulgently let them carry on their make believe, almost like one would when one’s child puts on underpants outside her leggings and declares herself Supergirl and you are like Yay cool, now go use your superpowers in the other room to stay really, really quiet while mommy gets this blogpost written….
These are Shree Jimmy Nagraj and Gurumayi Nagkanya.
“Not everyone can communicate properly,” he explained, happy to induct us with his own divine experience first. Telling us that he had experienced “immediate results” after two darshans, the Senior Superintendent at a maritime services company shared, “After I started believing in them, I dreamt that a large golden snake entered my home and I could communicate with it.”
This rung familiar and suddenly we realised why. “You are a Parselmouth Harry. Why didn’t you tell us?” “I’m a what?” “A Parselmouth!” said Ron, “You can talk to snakes.” A real-life (albeit middle-aged) Harry Potter in our own neighbourhood — we were chuffed!
‘Evilty’, was another term that popped up all evening. The pamphlet offered numerous instances of those afflicted with this condition — “Whenever Freddy got an attack of evilty (sic) he would shout on top of his voice late at nights (sic) and start flinging whatever came in his hands, even his plate of food,” it said, citing the example of a little boy, who, it seems to us was more likely afflicted with a case of the terrible-twos.
“What is this, Evilty?” We finally put the question to an emotional devotee. “Bad thoughts?” “Not bad thoughts,” she said, “Evilty.”