Jayendra Saraswathi’s arrest – part of spiritual process!

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Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Sarawati’s arrest on 11th November indeed is a feast for the skeptic media to prey upon for some new sensationalism. The 4th estate, which otherwise is busy infusing us with news about 500 and odd culprits sitting inside the parliament, has got some worthwhile news that can shake people’s trust and belief in religion and religious pursuits. The charge against the seer is that he had "played a significant" role in the murder of Sankararaman, Manager of Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Kancheepuram. I somehow wonder at the seer’s dumbness to have asked people to kill him in the temple premises, and leave enough evidences for the police to get him arrested! Any person with average IQ, before planning a murder would think about escaping from the crime, and the same not being followed by the enlightened soul is highly debatable.

Controversies are part of spiritual journey. The ones who never bother about sharing their religious experiences die without controversies in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the one who dedicates his time to help the ignorant faces the final axe.

Osho Rajneesh, considered to be one of the original thinkers of India, was arrested and humiliated by the US government during Ronald Reagan’s reign on charges of rape and murders, which supposedly took place in his Oregon Ashram. He was slow-poisoned and deported to India, later. His arrest of course shook the belief system of 10 million plus disciples he had across the world. The charges were baseless…..

Swami Prabhupada the one-man army behind the formation of the International Society of Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) was not spared. There were charges of homosexuality, child molestations and cases of drug addictions taking place in his ashrams. Swami Prabhupada in fact spread Krishna Consciousness among Hippies to help them come out of their drug addiction, which eventually was misinterpreted as if ISKON disciples were drug addicts!

The most controversial Godman Chandraswamy was held on charges of Bofors. And it took 10 years for the court to prove him innocent. One of the other persons who was charge sheeted along with him died a natural death before the court could come out with its judgement.

Satguru Juggi Vasudev, a Mysore based industrialist who took up sanyas to invent his own ISHA yoga system, and who also formed his own commune in the footsteps of Vellingiri in Coimbatore, had to face charges of murder. He was accused of killing his wife by hitting on her skull - who in fact had died of kapala moksha! One of the few things, which are beyond Indian Penal Code…

‘India Today’ boasted about its report about Satya Sai Baba’s fraudulent activities few years back. And also there were shoot outs in Puttaparthi, a decade back. End result - all the charges were baseless, and there were no decrease in the number of people who believe in Godmen. The moral remains that - Truth always prevails - amidst controversies.

Aurobindo Ghosh never got into any major controversies when he was alive, except for the reason for appointing a French woman (Mother) as his successor!

Jesus was crucified to death, while Socrates and Meerabai were poisoned. Normal mortals can never understand what these enlightened people are up to, and how divine works through them.

Controversies are part of the spiritual journey these Godmen take up. Getting arrested as of today is considered to be the most humiliating thing a man can undergo, and this is how God tests the intensity of belief a sanyasi has in what he is doing.

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This page contains a single entry by kenni published on November 15, 2004 5:42 AM.

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