September 12, 2005

Interesting Observations on Godmen!

Read a probing article - Where have all Brahmin godmen gone? by T S Sreenivasa Raghavan.

"The mutts promoted by Mata Amritanandamayi, Kalki Bhagawan, Bangaru Adigal, Vethathiri Maharishi, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and others in a growing list, are enjoying unprecedented influence today. Meanwhile, the number of mutts promoted by Brahmins since the time of Adi Sankara is more or less the same."

"The most defining difference is the extent of social commitment and the associated visibility of non-Brahmin mutts, particularly Sai Baba’s and Mata Amritanandamayi’s. Sai Baba, while producing holy ashes and gold chains, also created unique drinking water projects, hospitals and educational institutions for the poor."

"Mata Amritanandamayi’s social contribution in Kerala and other parts of the country is enormous. Brahmin mutts have not built such enduring visible monuments for the poor but have poured plenty into dressing up or washing the gods. The Seer of Kanchi recently gifted a diamond studded crown to a temple. Grand, captivating events, but transient and forgettable unlike huge modern hospitals and colleges. "

"Even today, orthodox Brahmins claim to worship only higher forms of god. Lakshman Singh, an ardent follower of Bangaru Adigal the head of Melmaruvathur Mutt, says: "Non-Brahmin worship is different from Brahmin cult. Brahmins worship the higher form of Shiva and Parvati. Non-Brahmins worship them in the lower form of Muneeswaran and Kali."


H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda said...

I was a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba for just over a decade, and made six trips to see him in India. Now no longer a devotee, I use this blog to record memories, comments and muses on the SB scenario and also point out inaccuracies in SB's philosophical and theological presentation.:

Equalizer said...

Funny that "saibabaexposed" (aka Sanjay Kishore Dadlani) is posting a link to his blog, trying to expose Sathya Sai Baba. Dadlani has been fully documented going around the internet requesting (of all things) Jesus Pornography (Ref), stalking innocent teenagers and students with his digicam, taking pictures up their dresses and under tables and posting them on a blog, dispersed to who knows whom (Ref) and telling pathological lies against Sathya Sai Baba (Ref). No kidding!