What is Religion?
Nothing in this world is static. Everything is changing, every moment. So are we. I am not the same person as I was ten years ago or ten days ago or yesterday. Like seasons or fashions things change while resembling similar but never exactly remain same. Similarly our language is also changing. Within the same language the meaning of the words change. What was the meaning of ‘sexy’ in 1912, is not the same meaning in 2012. What was the meaning of ‘stink’ in 1812, is not the same as in 2012.
Similarly the meaning of the words like religion & Karma etc. have also undergone a change.
Religion, Organized Religion, spirituality, Superconsciousness, Karma and myths!
What is Religion?
Religion is something more than mere scruples or ethics. There is one core principle of ethics: ‘Do no such thing to others as we do not want others to do to us.’ All known scruples, morals and ethics are derivatives of this principle. Ethics governs our dealings with others. But religion is something more than that. It governs how we live, think, act or even die.
Religion has three more components: Self conduct, Rituals & Belief, with, without or on vague reasons. Continue reading
Introduction to Gurdjieff:
Gurdjieff newer disowned the religion. He always proclaimed that he was Christian, though he never visited any church nor followed any religious ritual or pursuit. Why? Because he knew that religion has trappings of politics and unless he did not anchor on to something, people will make his strange talk into new religion.
Gurdjieff asserted that people cannot perceive reality in their current state because they do not possess consciousness but rather live in a state of a hypnotic “waking sleep”. All his life he was trying to ‘wake-up’ people.
Click here to read more about Gurdjieff and his teachings called fourth way.
Following is an interesting summing up of the criticism of Radhasoami cult:
“It always bothered me that satsangis [RSSB initiates] often tended to sum up morality as basically:
–don’t have sex with anybody but your spouse
–karma is simply “whatever is done to you, you did to others”
–ahimsa is just about being a vegetarian and not killing spiders
There’s no interest in studying what ahimsa truly is, or any of the other yamas or niyamas. But then satsangis don’t need to study the subtle aspects of eastern (or western) philosophy, ethics, and morality because we are above all that. Just do your meditation and all the virtues will appear.
If you are a vegetarian, you won’t incur bad karma; bad things won’t happen to you. Never mind that you destroy people mentally, emotionally, physically, or financially. Never mind that you are deeply disturbed, because if you’re a vegetarian and won’t even kill a bug, you’re swell!. The rest is just karmic adjustment ‘till you’re outtahere.
I wish I could invent a Crapometer. Or how about a Dogmameter? You know, something that goes ding, ding, ding, flashes bright lights, and has a dial that indicates how much crap or dogma is being dispensed. However, sigh, I suppose it would probably ding incessantly for everyone and we would all have to remain in silence forever.” via More criticism of Radha Soami Satsang Beas – Church of the Churchless.
If I have to criticize I would only say Radhsoami or for that matter all religious groups/cults do not practice what they preach in terms of money. Some of the habits they preach for others, they do not follow themselves. One instance of hypocrisy about smoking is here. What they rob from peter they share a small sum with poor people with freebies like Lungar (food) etc. and attract crowds.
If purpose of this life is pursuit of God and emancipation then why the Guru himself is in accumulation of money? See here.
In the present era of Internet and mass communication why we need to build Satsang Ghar (read Properties) in every city town or village? Why not school or hospital or just a dispensary?
It is just “my temple/church is better than yours” syndrome, everywhere. But who actually bothers for people beyond symbolic way. Therefore it is just another cult existing to exploit people.
Any how these immoral cults can not shake my faith in God.
© Sandeep Bhalla
A shameful tale of exploitation.
If Guru needs to accumulate wealth, to secure him or his family in this world, how he can guarantee security to other people in the next world? Faith in money and faith in God do not go together. While they inspire others to part their money for sewa (service for the cause) their personal conduct is different. A usual religious hypocrisy.
One who is intoxicated with his worldly status, his family, his wealth or its instruments, in the same way as one gets intoxicated with alcohol or narotics , cannot do bhajan. And when he says that he has no spare time for bhajan, this is all a fraud of the mind.
More on parting money service (sewa):
Service to the Master is measured on the scale of love,
not in wordly terms.
Once a satsangi lady told Maharaj Ji that as she had no income of her own, she always asked her husband to give her some money for offering in seva. “Will this sewa be of any benefit to me? Does it have any value?”
Maharaj Ji replied, “Yes if both of you are happy in giving this seva”. Maharaj Ji further explained this by giving an example of a satsangi with one leg who used to come during the bhandaras. “He used to come from the hills of Himachal, and was very poor. Just to save money to give in seva, he used to walk from his village in the hills to Dera, with the help of his crutches, covering a distance of over 75 miles.
“Once he was brought to me during ‘money seva’ by Mr Bolokani. He offered one rupee in seva.
“How can you value this seva? Is it not worth much more than the hundreds and thousands that the rich give?
“The value of seva is not in how much one offers, but in the feelings and love with which it is offered.”
The above passages taken from the web site claiming Radha Soami Satsang info, are linked to their respective page. Now if Guru himself is clinging to money or he can not decide where to stop accumulating, can he ask others to part with their money? Did Guru Nanak built an empire of Religion? Did Dadu Sahib, Paltu Sahib, Kabir Sahib or all those people who are relied in Satsangs, accumulate wealth? They were Masters. These are dream merchants. Read more on personal conduct:
Radha Swami Satsang Beas Expose: Business Dealings.
Sebi nod to Gurinder Singh Dhillon for consolidating Rs.1163/- Crores
Money is garbage. We just acquire it personally.
Now forget about above. Where are the accounts of Sewa? Who maintains it and who audits it? Where are these displayed? No link to it available on Internet. It is public money but appropriated by a private society which is not a public trust! Why public has no right to know?
I have no answer. If somebody has any answer, please let me know.
Radhasoami Faith’s Hypocrisy
Babani Sahib’s Radhasoami Satsang and Interview
Radhasoami Beas Secret History
© Sandeep Bhalla