I have zero respect for Poonja.
He fired up and unleashed his disciple Andrew Cohen upon the unsuspecting general population of trustful seekers. Cohen turned into an abusive viciously cruel despot. A multitude of his former students have published blogs and memoirs. Andrew Cohens career was analyzed on a television program.
"How I Created a Cult"
Poonja set people on fire and send them out to teach - and by extension publicize him. Then when HWL got harm reports that his ambassador teachers were behaving abusively, Poonja whined and pouted.
He likened his giving people tastes of enlightenment to giving lollipop candies to small children.
A responsible parent gives candy to children sparingly -- and a truly wise parent never gives candy to a child who pesters, nags and demands what is not good for it or others.
During satsangs, Poonja often told students to “go home now and share this with your friends.” He sometimes referred to such people as his “ambassadors.” He is said to have deputized thousands in this fashion. As a result, a large number of people with connections to Poonja are now teaching in the West. For a partial list, see below under Links.
His negative remarks about his ambassadors
In the following excerpt from an interview he talks about his students including the “ambassadors“ he authorized to teach.
David: You used to give experiences to a lot of people. Why did you do it if you knew that the effect would not be permanent?
Papaji: I did it to get rid of the leeches who were sticking to me, never allowing me to rest or be by myself. It was a very good way of getting rid of all these leeches in a polite way. I knew that in doing this I was giving lollipops to the ignorant and innocent, but this is what these people wanted. When I tried to give $100 bills to them, they rejected them. They thought that they were just pieces of paper. So I gave them lollipops instead.
David: Many of the people you gave lollipops to left Lucknow thinking that they were enlightened. Does the fact that they accepted the lollipop and left indicate that they were not worthy to receive the $100 bills?
Papaji: If one is not a holy person, one is not worthy to receive the real teaching. Many people think that they have attained the final state of full and complete liberation. They have fooled themselves, and they have fooled many other people but they have not fooled me.
A person in this state is like a fake coin. It may look like the real thing. It can be passed around and used by ignorant people who use it to buy things with. People who have it in their pocket can boast of having a genuine coin, but it is not real. But it has no value. When it is finally discovered to be a fake, the person who is circulating it, claiming that it is real, is subject to the penalties of the law. In the spiritual world, the law of karma catches up and deals with all people who are trafficking in fake experiences.
I have never passed on the truth to those whom I could see were fake coins. These people may look like gold and they may glitter like gold, but they have no real value.
There are many people who can put on a show and fool other people into believing they are enlightened.
Nothing Ever Happened Vol. 3. by David Godman, p. 366?67.
David: Many people have heard you say, ‘I have not given my final teachings to anyone’. What are these final teachings, and why are you not giving them out?”
Papaji: Nobody is worthy to receive them. Because it has been my experience that everybody has proved to be arrogant and egotistic…
Nothing Ever Happened Vol. 3. by David Godman, p. 362
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