Blind Faith vs Common Sense
The arrest of the self- styled and self- proclaimed godman, Asaram, on alleged charges of sexual exploitation of a 16- year- old girl in the ashram, has brought out the evil misdeeds of fake godmen (“Inside Asaram’s Evil Empire”, September 23). Asaram boasts of 45 ashrams in India alone, wealth worth Rs 8,000 crore and a following of 20- 30 million people across the world. The real and true godmen, who are supposed to be the representatives of God on earth, are expected to live a simple life of a hermit, without pomp and show. But it is painful to note that barring a few, all others are selfish, greedy, power- hungry, fake and controversial, giving importance to materialist world than the spiritual world. These fake godmen who have no respect for the dignity and honour of women should be put behind bars and stripped of all powers.
M. Y. SHARIFF, Chennai The rise of scamsters such as Asaram to the position of a revered godman is a clear reflection of the dangers of blind faith. Even in the 21st century, it is unfortunate to see a large section of Indians blindly following and believing in sadhus, astrologers and the like. The police need to keep strict vigilance over the activities of such self- proclaimed godmen. The politicians must also set an example and not encourage these fake godmen. Also, the followers should use their judgment and discretion and not believe in any ritual or babas blindly.
USHA DESHPANDE, Bangalore