Friday, July 31, 2015

Grateful on Guru Poornima — A Lesson in the True Meaning of Celebrating the Teachers on Your Journey

I was wrong.

A while ago I wrote a blog post announcing that I would never again celebrate Guru Poornima.

Today I received a message from one of my long-time supporters. This person was never a devotee, but is offended by the long-con fraud perpetrated by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat and the damage it has done. 

Today I received a personal note from this person — and I’m going to share it with everyone, because the words are so beautifully stated and profound. Today I have learned the true meaning of Guru Poornima.
A couple of years ago you had a blog post where you had mentioned that you would never celebrate Guru Poornima again in your life. While I can surely empathize why you felt like that at the time, you could not have been more wrong.

Guru Poornima is one of the most important days of the Hindu calendar. It symbolizes the fact that we are eternal students, who are on a constant quest to learn.

It is a day to recognize the fact that our learning process never stops — from the cradle to the grave, from the womb to the tomb, so to speak.  

It's our duty to seek the right gurus (yes, the use of the plural word here is deliberate). These are the teachers who can unravel before us the countless mysteries of this universe. Teachers who can help in our personal, professional and emotional growth. Teachers who can help us cope with our problems with equanimity. Teachers who can help us with our spiritual growth etc. etc.  

No one guru can fit into all of these roles. So never seek a guru's advice in an area that is not the guru's expertise.

Always Remember the Cardinal Rule: You learn from the guru, but you never surrender to the guru. You seek the guru's advice, but you never let the guru make decisions for you. If you feel that the guru is misleading you, immediately step back and look elsewhere. 

There is some twisted logic in the following — but let me still try to explain. If you realize that the guru is willfully misleading you, he/she may be teaching you something important that you need to be thankful for. This is not the same thing as being willfully misled so the guru can profit from the deception. Understand the distinction.

Be thankful, but never get emotionally attached to your gurus. When you are done with learning from one guru, seek another.

No one knows everything that there is to learn, so this quest never stops. Always remember that no single guru can teach you everything. You will have multiple gurus with non-overlapping roles in your life.

So, Karen, you were wrong when you said that you will not celebrate Guru Poornima again. Go out and celebrate this important day, and show your gratitude to people who have taught you something in order to become a better person (e.g., your 12th grade English teacher). If the gurus are alive, call them, and show your appreciation for what they have done for you. If the gurus are dead, spend a moment in contemplation and remembrance.

I strongly believe that Guru Poornima should be observed by one and all, irrespective of whether or not you are a Hindu.
Thank you to the author of these words. I could not love them more. They are so beautiful. And they have inspired me to once again celebrate Guru Poornima.

I will not throw out a beautiful expression of gratitude because of the exploitative fake gurus in Jagadguru Kripalu Parshat.

Today I want to give thanks to a few of my important gurus since I left the JKP cult.
  • Thank you to the author of this message (who shall remain anonymous for specific reasons), but who has been a staunch supporter since day one.
  • Thank you to Dr. Madhu P. Godsay, who wrote a chapter in my book about the true tradition of the guru-disciple relationship in Hinduism, and gave me my first-ever glimpse of the truth of our eternal existence.
  • Thank you to Mohan Joshi, who has guided my spiritual awakening more profoundly in a few words than my ex-fake-gurus could in a billion words.
I am so very very appreciative of the guidance I have received from these three enlightened beings. 

THANK YOU with deep gratitude!

Guru Poornima Jay Ho!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Warning — The Three “Didis” of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat are Up to No Good

The Greed of the Three Unmarried Crones Knows No Bounds — Now They are Telling New Lies to Trick New People

My favorite Shakespeare play is “MacBeth.” Maybe it’s because I had a wonderful English teacher in 12th grade who really dug into the various characters and their motivations.

For example, he stamped an impression of the three witches in Macbeth into my mind that I’ve never forgotten. He said they were likely “camp followers.” These were women who followed around armies and provided the men with “services,” including cooking, cleaning, and sex.

If you know the play, you know it’s ultimately about human greed — and the destruction created by unquenchable greed for power, name, and fame. While people are murdered so that Macbeth can rise to power, he and Lady Macbeth slowly go insane because they are so evil.

Today this play reminds me of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat — which has been driven from Day One by the unstoppable greed of Kripalu Maharaj for sex, money, and fame. And now that he’s dead, his daughters have taken over the greed game. Their current ONE BILLION dollars in cash and property isn’t enough for them — as they song goes, they want “More. More. More.”

And how are they continuing the greed game? One way is by telling lie, after lie, after lie.

And this brings me back to the three witches in Macbeth. Like them, the three daughters of Kripalu have been camp followers all of their lives — curiously never married — why? Because no one wanted them? Or because they were already “married” to their dad? Or both? They certainly provided all the right services all of these years. 
(The photo above is of the head witch of the threesome — called Bharti Didi or Vishaka — in the middle surrounded by two of her many servants. She's receiving a bogus award that JKP paid to receive.)

Now they have been elevated to beyond camp followers to leaders of the pack. And they can only keep the con game running (out of greed) by telling lies.

Again this is reminiscent of the three witches of Macbeth. As you may recall, Macbeth’s downfall begins when he runs into the witches who drop several hints into his mind about his potential to become the King of Scotland. After he shares their pronouncements with Lady Macbeth, the greed begets a series of murders and mental illness.

Here’s what Macbeth says upon first laying eyes on the witches:
What are these,
So wither’d and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ earth,
And yet are on’t? Live you? or are you aught
That man may question? . . .
By each one her choppy finger laying
Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.

Then they drop a few lies into Macbeth’s ears — which begins his downward spiral toward destruction.

And just like the three hags of Macbeth, the three crones of Kripalu are whispering lies into the ears of their preachers — who are whispering them into the ears of their followers. All for one purpose — to continue to delude people so they can snatch all of their money.

Here are the new lies being propagated by JKP’s three crones and their minions:
  1. Kripaluji had many preachers but he never ever made disciples and he never gave initiation to anyone. After his death, his work is being carried forward by a trust, not an individual
  2. Prakashanand Saraswati is a disciple of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Brahmanand Saraswati (a sanyasi). Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj was a family man and a Vaishnava
  3. Although Prakashanand Saraswati met Kripaluji Maharaj a few times, there was never any formal relationship between them. There were many holy men who came in touch with Kripaluji as they were impressed by his irrefutable devotion towards God
  4. JKP cannot be held responsible if any godman falsely claims that Kripalu Ji is his guru

I can hear them chanting now as they try to dupe more gullible people: 
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble …
Round about the cauldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw.
Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
Here’s the truth (and I have proof of all of it):
  1. Kripalu created his preachers in his image. He gave them a handwritten instruction book to study and told what to say in speeches (I have copies of many of the preachers’ speeches). Each and every one of JKP’s preachers was created in his image. Period! Since his death, his work is being carried out by each one of these people. 
  2. Prakashanand Saraswati was briefly a disciple of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Brahmanand Saraswati in his 20s. When Guru Dev died, he wandered around. Then found Kripalu, who he latched onto. Kripalu was happy to employ the wanna-be workhorse in his “mission” to “make millions of dollars” together — words Prakashanand wrote to Kripalu in a letter I have (in a safe deposit box). Kripalu was a rapist and conman, who let others raise his kids while he gallivanted around India raping girls and women.
  3. Prakashanand Saraswati and Kripalu were thick as thieves for decades.
  4. JKP can and will be held responsible for the damage it has wrought in its 60 years of existence.

Nothing good can come from these three women’s scheming. If I were you — I’d get out while you still have your life and your sanity (oh, and, of course, your life savings).

Here’s a tip to the “didis” — why don’t you just take the billion dollars your dad already stole from people and go away for good? Go live full-time in your big house with the hidden rooms in Mussoorie India — you know the one: where you let Prakashanand Saraswati hide out. The world doesn’t need any more witches like you creating lies, stealing people’s hard-earned money, and just generally creating mayhem wherever you go.