We hear stories every day of so-called Godmen, Spiritual Masters, Gurus, and Healers taking people for a ride. Why do we blame the Godman? Why do we blame these spiritual scamsters? Why look for the mistakes of one person, and turn a blind eye to the one mistake of thousands, including our own? Just think about it.
It is WE who give them the opportunity to take us for a ride. Our blind faith is what makes them what they are. As soon as they realize our stupidity, they can justify the ‘rewards’ they take for their smartness. Their arrogance and liberties grows by leaps and bounds, knowing that their ‘flock’ will stay stupid because they will keep it so.
Why does our faith have to be blind? Why can’t we be mindful? Do we not have minds? Do we not have brains? Or are we just cattle, following the herd. Any faith that calls for blind obeisance is a cult, mind you.
Let’s be mindful of what we invest our faith in. Everyone is not worthy of being respected just because they say something we do not understand. Just as important it is for the guru to choose the disciple, it is important for the disciple to choose the guru. Even our scriptures advise us to do our own research and be mindful of our own experience before believing anything.
This is not a trivial matter. It is one ailment with far-reaching consequences for the nation and each one of us, and the generations that follow!
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