A traditional teacher-student relationship is where the teacher only has few students and knows them very well. The student speaks regulary one -one with the teacher and NOT in satsang with 500 people and the world watching online as well. This in itself is not healthy.
Am starting to think a good term for a guru who attracts large numbers of students and draws lots of visitors would be to call this person a "Destination Guru" or "Tourist Guru"
"(Dude, Mate, Bro, Girl) you gotta take take a look at Guru so and so! The scene around him is amazing!"
Even if a guru has a few students, if that guru attracts a mass influx of day trippers, curiousity seekers, this turns a guru set up hazardous and corrupt:
A guru who has failed to examine and learn from the history of the guru profession, failed to recognize that the guru business on a mass scale always leads to corruption is a guru who is:
* Naive and exploitable.
* So narcissistic as to believe they are immune to temptation.
Lets imagine there exists a guru who is hypothetically, incorruptible by large numbers of students, large amounts of money, and large numbers of cute young students. The guru may be incorruptible, the guru's entourage will be corrupted.
The guru likely has relatives and they are corruptible.
In an area where mass numbers of students and tourists come to visit a Mega Guru, corruption sets in, corruption that a genuinely wise and holy guru
would want to avoid.
A guru who becomes a tourist magnet brings trouble to the locale and in Corboy's opinion corrupts the area.
* The local economy is distorted and stressed. A tourist industry corrupts
the locality. Tourists (long term and day trippers) need bus services, taxi service, housing, they bring money, foreign tourists bring hard currency that has greater purchasing power than the local currency.
* Tourists want alcohol and drugs. Some tourists want to get laid. An large influx of non local punters will bring in trouble.
* Non affluent locals are priced out of property adjacent to the ashram. If the ashram is in a lawless area, local mafia may scare non affluent locals off their property to free it up for real estate development.
* All major pilgrimage sites are renowned for scams and rip offs.
If the guru permits publicity, allows visits from curiosity seekers and large numbers of students and the area becomes a boom town, such as Tiruvannamalai became thanks to the Advaita Tourist industry, local supplies of water may be depleted.
* Tourists erode local culture and tourists attract scam artists. Local children may be tempted to play at
begging money and sweets and get attracted to the scam culture that develops at an ashram boom town.
A genuinely wise guru *would be aware of all this* and avoid ever becoming a destination guru.
The guru risks exhaustion and burnout from large numbers of students and thus
arises need for the guru to put in structural safeguards for his or her privacy.
When a guru/teacher accumulates many students, access to the guru becomes difficult, and competition arises.
Those who control access to the teacher become powerholders and are at as high risk of corruption as the guru.
In front of large audiences, ego comes into play.
We want to impress and we fear being laughed at.
Large groups have a corrupting effect.
This emphasizes what Ananas has written: the traditional student teacher
set up was private, with a teacher and just a few students.
Problems that arise when a satsang teacher gathers a large number of students
and the Q&A is in public in front of that large group:
You want to avoid seeming stupid if your questions are laughed at as elementary.
If student teacher conversations are in public, there's temptation to frame your questions intelligently, so as to impress the audience, along with the teacher.
What if you're in love with someone and hope he or she will like you better if
you phrase your questions "intelligently" or in a witty manner to raise a laugh?
Two, suppose some students dislike each other or are competing for the same
cute girl or cute bloke? If satsangs are large and public, the students may try to come up with smart questions and hide their ignorance so as to out perform each other and win favor.
IMo any guru or satsang teacher who uses the large audience format is set up for trouble.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 05/06/2019 12:59AM by corboy.