[Advaita-l] Swami Nithyananda
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Mon Mar 22 02:43:47 CDT 2010
Thanks for the crisp and convincing reply.
I agree that these individual instances are not worthy of any
discussion... but as you said, but it becomes imperative that seekers
understand these distinctions such that a true seeker doesn't get
dissuaded even if some partly accomplished yogis fall...
On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 10:03 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan
<svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> This is was a nice and neutral article....
>> Though one thing that has always perplexed me...
>> Why do all these gurus, who have achieved all these siddhis fall into
>> this trap....
>> One of the biggest thing that a yogi is said to accomplish is strong
>> intuition, and a developed third eye, which means he can kindof look
>> into the future.... that is one of the biggest power all spiritual
>> gurus claim..
>> If that is so, why do they fall into such trap...
>> I am very curious to discuss this... any comments are most welcome.
> Without commenting on the particular instance of the scandals currently
> associated with this Swami Nityananda, let me just make a few general
> 1. A person who acquires Yoga siddhis is not necessarily a good guru.
> 2. A person who acquires some Yoga siddhis is not necessarily a master
> of all Yoga siddhis.
> 3. Even a person who has mastered all the powerful Yoga siddhis is not a
> role model if he has not given up attachment to sense objects.
> 4. The powers that gurus claim and the powers that they actually have
> can be very different things! It is up to those who are looking for gurus,
> to check for the gap between what is claimed and what is actually there.
> 4. A person who wears saffron robes, but does not have a time-tested and
> authentic guru-paramparA behind him/her, has to be treated with caution.
> 5. My own thumb-rule: if some person amasses a lot of material wealth and
> fame within a few years of arriving in public as a guru, or if some guru has
> a penchant for being in the news all the time, it is suspicious, to say the
> least. Guru-dom is not a tradeable commodity to be marketed and publicized
> via media outlets.
> I am engaging in this thread not because this topic of is worthy of discussion
> here, but only because this list has a lot of sincere seekers after truth, who
> may have similar questions in their minds.
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