Today however, people run after these people as being above even the Devas in their naivety. “Guruji told me something he couldn’t have possibly known!” – but Guruji, like Ravana, Mahabali and Indra the lord of heaven, who all had rajas in their nature, preaches some Vedic philosophy, but also allows a large ashram to grow sound him and a large corporation in his name, for his own glory, which he says is a “Divine mission”, which all you plebes pay for! Again, even the higher Devas in the swargalokas have powers beyond human comprehension – some as Mahabali and others were asuras said to have taken over earth, astral realms and swargas that make your modern Gurus look like idiot children when compared to them in both Vedic knowledge, yoga tapas and siddhis – but were never seen as “realised”! So, my question to humanity today is, where is your viveka? Why do you make your Guru infallible, when even greater examples in higher yugas and average yogis possess the powers they do (most don’t, they fake it and perform rituals to gain power to hypnotise the masses and wealth – which most siddhas do)?
More recently, the Hindu great writer Rajiv Malhotra has criticised those such as Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of the Isha Foundation, while at the same time, has had kind things to say about the controversial Guru Swami Nithyananda. While initially I found this strange, I noticed the difference in the two personalities. First of all, when addressing astrology, both south Indian Gurus have different ways of assessing it – Swami Nithyananda doesn’t slander nor mock the Vedic origin, whereas Sadhguru still buys into the Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) and Aryan-Dravidian Divide as Rajiv Malhotra points out. In his book “Simply Nirvana”, Swami Nithyananda also calls Rishis as “scientists of the inner world“. Unlike Sadhguru, he doesn’t make weird claims of Arya-Dravida divide and such and appears to at least be more educated in the classical shastras or sacred texts.
Now, let me state here that I am not in favour of Gurudom in any shape, size and form and take no form of favouritism towards Nithyananda at all. But, I can start to understand Malhotra’s leaning more towards Nithyananda than Sadhguru, though the latter has made some great statements and also has great teachings. Still, relative to what I said earlier about true Gurus who have yogadrishti (yogic insight) or shastravidya (knowledge of the texts) – either way, they’d be able to discern, via a true lineage even at least, as even Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Yogananda and others did, that things such as the Aryan Invasion and divisions between races are simply outdated western hyperbole!
I’m often amazed at how far Gurudom has one to allow people to waste their lives doing a certain set of kriyas, like a good Christian and not seek out wisdom beyond it. One may fake, but the reality is that if one is born with real yogic samskaras, one will seek out wisdom beyond the box at an early age and continue this. One isn’t stuck in a mid-life crisis where one feels they can now start “studying and learning”. If you were born with it, that would have started in childhood and the viveka would be so powerful as to see through all of the nonsense. For most however, they are happy remaining slaves to stupidity and ignorance, but that isn’t what yoga is about – it is about learning the purna or integral systems. Sadly, even for so-called “advanced” people, I am shocked they even taught anything about yoga, as they don’t even know basic terminology, practices and facts of Yoga 101! And surely, I’m not the only one confronted with these ignorant idiots on a daily basis that need to drop their attitude and start learning a little beyond what their social constructs, as a result of their past (negative) karmas, has taught them!