[Advaita-l] Swami Nithyananda
anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 09:55:25 CDT 2010
"A person who acquires Yoga siddhis is not necessarily a good guru."
Who is a good Guru? I would like to know how you certify a Guru as Good,
bad and neutral - both Yogic and otherwise.
On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 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.
> > Thanks
> > Hitanshu
> 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
> 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
> a penchant for being in the news all the time, it is suspicious, to say
> least. Guru-dom is not a tradeable commodity to be marketed and
> via media outlets.
> I am engaging in this thread not because this topic of is worthy of
> here, but only because this list has a lot of sincere seekers after truth,
> may have similar questions in their minds.
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