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The Swami Syndrome

March 8, 2010

Another day. Another Swami. Over the last few days, all television channels have been abuzz with news of the Nithyananda scandal, a sting operation which has captured the swami in a compromising position with a popular actress. As expected, this has incensed the general public who have damaged his ashrams and burnt his effigies. A swami getting exposed is not a new occurrence. In spite of this, why do people fall prey to these fraudsters time and again? To understand this, one needs to take an in depth look into this complex relationship.

A country like India has never been in dearth of religious gurus. From the usual street corner tantrik or fakir to high profile gurus such as Sai Baba, Amrita, DGS Dinakaran etc, the gurus are many. In fact, the gurus would probably outnumber the different gods of all religions put together. Traditionally, their roles were mostly restricted to performing gimmicks such as vomiting lingams and necklaces, giving out oracles (arul vaaku) and spewing out some Sanskrit mumbo jumbo which no one can make any sense of. People like DGS Dinakaran made their riches by organizing miracle gatherings where ‘acts of god’ were performed. This included things like people suffering from incurable diseases being cured instantly, the physically challenged being able to walk etc. In addition to making millions out of people’s misery, these people often wielded powerful political clouts which gave them elite status. Most often, the people who were followers of these gurus were poles apart. They were either the super rich or the very poor. But this trend took a change during the mid 90s. With the advent of globalisation, not only did the society in general begin to evolve, so did the gurus. With a burgeoning middle class, the swamis adopted new techniques to tap this new market.

Though globalisation has been a bane for many, it has also been a boon for some. With more and more multinationals setting shop in various metros, the young and educated middle class benefited the most from the job opportunities created by these new ventures. Though their new careers helped them procure the material comforts which they have always dreamt of, the stressful work life left them burnt out with little time or energy to enjoy those riches. Instead of introspecting into the reasons and system which has led to such a situation, more of these ‘educated and knowledgeable’ people went in search of gurus who will be able to rid them of all these worries. The gurus capitalised on this need and came up with different fancy ideas to make money. Programs such as ‘The Art of Living’ by Ravishankar, ‘LifeBliss Foundation’ by Nithyananda, “Transcendental Meditation movement” by Mahesh Yogi claim to show us how to lead a better life through Yoga and meditation.

A closer look at all these programs and discourses will show all that these gurus preach are basic facts of life known by everyone. But each one claims that their program is the only means by which one can achieve happiness and peace. And these programs do not come cheap. They are specifically designed for the corporate world and cost thousands of dollars. Naturally, the participants feel rejuvenated at the end of the program. If someone is housed in a serene environment with all facilities for a few days and does nothing but relax and enjoy clean and fresh air, they are bound to feel good. There is nothing spiritual or magical about it. But this temporary escape will vanish when reality returns. When these gurus get exposed, it obviously aggravates the followers because all these days they were being fed with crap that ‘worldly pleasures’ are bad and one needs to rid themselves of such ‘pleasures’ in order to achieve ‘true happiness’. When they see the same guy who said such things indulging in those ‘pleasures’, they feel cheated. Their misery is analogous to that of people who lose money by investing heavily in chit funds. They are not angry that they have been foolish enough to let themselves be cheated by someone who only told them those things that they wanted to hear; they are just angry that they didn’t choose the ‘right’ guru.

Even when these swamis get defamed, no doubt some people will still continue to stand by them. Others will continue their quest to find a ‘more effective’ guru. Its almost as if they need one guru or the other to tell them how to lead their lives. Unless they realize that the real reason for their miseries is the capitalist fueled economies and that these gurus are actually encouraged and supported by the very same biggies who exploit them, there will be no reprieve from this syndrome. Today, it is Nithyananda. Tomorrow, it’ll be someone else.

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என்ன கொடுமை இது!!

August 24, 2009

ஜனநாயகம் பொங்கி வழியும் இந்த நாட்டில் ஒரு மனிதன் தனது சொந்த‌ விருப்பப்படி,தனது கொள்கையின் படி தனது திருமணத்தை நடத்திக்கொள்வதற்கு கூட உரிமை இல்லை.பர்ப்பன ஆர்.எஸ்.எஸ் மதவெறி கும்பலின் அடியாள் படையாக‌‌ இந்த நாட்டின் ஜனநாயக நிறுவணங்கள் அனைத்தும் மாற்றப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.குறிப்பாக போலீசு கும்பல் இந்துவெறி பயங்கரவாத கும்பலின் சட்டப்பூர்வமான,ஒழுங்கமைக்கப்பட்ட ரவுடி கூட்டமாக மாறி வருகிறது. தருமபுரி மாவட்டம் ஓசூரில் இயங்கி வரும் எமது புதிய ஜனநாயகத் தொழிலாளர் முன்னணி எனும் புரட்சிகர அமைப்பின் தோழர்கள் பார்ப்பனிய சடங்கு முறைகளை மறுத்து ஒரு திருமணத்தையும்,ஏற்கெனவே பார்ப்பனிய முறைப்படி திருமணம் செய்து அதன் பிறகு அமைப்புக்கு அறிமுகமாகி தோழர்களான பிறகு தற்போது பார்ப்பன அடையளங்களை அகற்ற விரும்பிய‌ பெண் தோழர்கள் தமது தாலிகளை அறுக்கும் ஒரு விழாவிற்கும் இரண்டு நாட்களுக்கு முன்பு ஏற்படு செய்திருந்தனர்.இந்த விழாவை தெருவில் நடத்துவதன் மூலம் பார்ப்பனிய சடங்கு முறைகளை புறகணித்த ஒரு புரட்சிகர மணவிழாவை மக்களுக்கு அறிமுகம் செய்ய தோழர்கள் திட்டமிட்டனர். இதற்காக மக்க‌ள் மத்தியில் விரிவாக பிரச்சாரம் செய்தார்கள்,திருமணத்திற்கு அனைவரையும் அழைத்திருந்தனர். தமது முச்சையே நிறுத்தும் வேலைகளை செய்தால் பார்ப்பன‌ பாசிச‌ வெறி நாய்கள் சும்மா இருக்குமா ? தனது அடியாள் படையான போலீசை ஏவி விட்டு திருமணத்திற்கு ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்த பு.ஜ.தொ.மு ஒசூர் பகுதி அமைப்பாளர் தோழர் பரசுராமனையும் தோழரின் துனைவியாரையும் கைது செய்துள்ளது. பார்ப்பன பயங்கவாத பாசிச கும்பலை அடியோடு ஒழித்துக்கட்டாவிட்டால் அனைத்து ஜனநாயக உரிமைகளும் புதைக்கப்படும். இது மாபெரும் ஜனநாயக நாடு என்று புளங்காகிதமடைபவர்கள் இதற்கு என்ன விளக்கமளிப்பார்கள்? எதற்கும் வாயை திறக்காத ஒரு வர்க்கம் இருக்கிறது, அவர்கள் இனி மேலும் கண்களையும்,வாயையும் திறக்காவிட்டால் நாளை தனது பிரச்சனைகளை,தனது விருப்பப்படி,தனது வயால் கூட‌ புலம்ப முடியாதபடி இந்திய‌ ஜனநாயகம் மேலும் பல மடங்கு அதிகமாகியிருக்கும் !

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Club India’s 62nd Anniversary

August 15, 2009

India is one of the greatest concocted myths of the millennia. The myth that is being promulgated right from 1947 has found many a takers now. The takers have taken this myth beyond anyone’s expectation and there is hardly a need for the scoundrels to do any kind of propaganda to sustain this myth as the barbarians have taken it upon themselves to uphold this foolish myth.
How would this myth hold for more than six decades is quite surprising but not shocking. The druids of this cocktail called ‘Indian’ have cleverly laced this with another cocktail called ‘Hinduism’, a mix of which is sure to get anyone high just enough to render anyone bamboozled for a long time if not forever. This cocktail ‘Indian’ is relished in ‘Club India’ which has a very limited access and is served over the table at a rather affable cost but with a strict condition that no one turns the table on them, the server. People who turn the tables on them, the server would have to face dire consequences which would include being branded (not labeled as ‘branded’ has got a better USP) as outcastes, traitors, minorities, terrorists and so on so forth and result in their expulsion from the lounge to the backyard. So the owners of this ‘Club India’ want the people to shut up, get high and get lost without meddling with their affairs as they go about ravishing and ravaging through the backyards filling in their tills with blood stained ‘Gandhis’. In the past decade the lounge has seen a sharp increase in its patrons. These patrons are more than happy to be inside as they guzzle down their pints of ‘Indian’ and are more than loyal to heap praises for this ‘Club India’ and have rather conveniently forgotten what they have gone through in the backyards. ‘We’ve chandryan’, ‘we’re an atomic super power’, ‘we’re the only humans on earth’, ‘we’re divine’ are the chants of this rather boisterous crowd as they stare through the windows,  millions are being exploited, subjugated and plundered. This cocktail ‘Indian’ is quite a drink as it not only inhibits the mental faculties in a person it also creates hallucinations.
Today is ‘Club India’s’ 62nd anniversary and members at the club are given double shots of ‘Indian’ and things are going to run amuck with the patrons going to extreme ends to prove their fondness to the club. They will come up with stories about the club which would put to shame the greatest ‘paati’ story ever told and of course there will be assertions by those delusional patrons that things will have to get better in the near future so that everyone could be accommodated in the club and there are those simply oblivious to anything and everything having positioned themselves right next to the bar table waiting for the next round.
Meanwhile high above this lounge in the V.I.P room the members (it is a highly controlled sterile environment where its member range in the few hundreds, who are the real stake holders) are laughing their asses-off listening to the patrons. Cheers.