India's very prominent religious destructive cult started by Asaram Bapu and his son and sureshanand has ruined thousands of innocent peoples lifes. They have asaram bapu as leader and ashrams as asaram ashram of asaram pujya. they run a destructive cult by exploiting people to work in ashram and have them promote CD, books, asaram discourses, etc to raise funds. Asaram bapu has grabbed properties of hundreds of people and thousands of people are brainwashed by him.
Hinduism doesn't teaches you to disrespect our religious feelings. But these days some people have made it commercial for making money. Seems like some scammers greed doesn't ends there, besides raping our faith and having us waste our precious time in serving their ashram for their own benefit in the name of spirituality. Well these duo have crossed the limit, and we condemn their philosophy and the way they have used our Hindu religion.
It's a shame and disgrace on us when they call themselves as bhagwan (god)
Details and link to video is at [www.guruashram.com
We are hurt by Asaram and his son actions and using Hindu religion as their saviour to hide their cowardly acts. They are shame on our society. Making fool of people in the name of spirituality by using influence or exploiting innocent people in the name of devotees and guru is not recommended in hindu or infact in any religion. Hinduism is a sacred religion and people like asaram should be exposed for exploiting poor and illeterate people in india who get easily influenced when they see them as public figure. It's a shame and disgrace to sadhu samaj, and on our hindu culture.
It's really a two-part problem. First, Asaram Bapu cult is founded by a single person who retains
a position of exclusive power within the organization, and power tends to corrupt even the most
ethical among us. In the case of The Asaram Bapu, there is evidence that its leader, Asaram Bapu,
is abusing religious beliefs and is involved in forgery, scams, land grabbing, land encroachment,
seduction, mass fantatics protestors. Because Asaram Bapu groups operate outside the mainstream,
there is usually no one checking up on their operating procedures, so a corrupt or mentally
unstable leader like Asaram Bapu is free to exploit his followers to his heart's content. In
addition to this authoritarian leadership structure, some primary tactics or characteristics of a
destructive cult like of asaram bapu uses are ::
[b:c744c088af]Charismatic leadership[/b:c744c088af] --- It is asaram himself who poses himself as god to his followers. and
followers become fanatic in believing asaram as god and they forget in real god or the supreme
[b:c744c088af]Deception in recruiting[/b:c744c088af] ---- Asaram manipulates his new followers by showing he is a religious man
rather than coming in open and telling this is my past and how many people and families i have
ruined for my own benefit.
[b:c744c088af]Use of thought-reform methods[/b:c744c088af] ---- Asaram followers who are manipulated to live in ashram as sadak
are never left open to know whats happening in the world , they are made to listen to his tapes 24
hours /day and think about asaram only.
[b:c744c088af]Isolation (physical and/or psychological) [/b:c744c088af]--- asaram bapu has grabbed lands and built number of
ashrams all over India with small rooms and instructs his followers to lock themselves in room
for hours and think about asaram only, they call it dhayan. Infact in psychology a person is made
to think about asaram only and only asaram. Plus most of his followers are dislocated like Delhi
follower will be sent to work in his Ahmedabad factory and Ahmedabad follower will be sent to Delhi
vice versa. he has number of thikanas to hide his followers if followers family want to take their
son/daughter back to their homes.
[b:c744c088af]Demand for absolute, unquestioning devotion and loyalty [/b:c744c088af]==== asaram will ask for total dedication
from his followers who are living in his ashram, or are new recruits, they are not allowed to pray
to any god except asaram, they are not allowed to belive in or listen to any other religious
[b:c744c088af]Sharp, unsurpassable distinction between "us" (good, saved) and "them" (bad, going to Hell) [/b:c744c088af]======
Asaram bapu has made categories like hierarchy in followership -- like a new follower is seen as a
skeptic, and then when a person leaves his home and starts living in his ashram then he is given
some work, and made to think if he works hard and recruit more people form his family then he is
promoted with in his cult . Followers are taught any one who speaks against asaram bapu is an evil,
and his followers will go to the person who speaks the truth about asaram and will harass him, like
they did to Nana Patekar, to new magazine in Delhi, or to respectable saint in north Delhi.
[b:c744c088af]"Inside language" that only members fully understand [/b:c744c088af]==== Ask any of the family members who are
hurt by asaram what happened to their child, in fact followers attitude towards parents and family
changes , and he sees them as an outsider, and his sect in ashram has their own code words like
satta bazaar has their own words same way asaram followers who are living in Ahmedabad ashram has
their own words which we can't understand. in these words they tell each other we can trust the
third person or be aware of the person because he is against asaram, or if we can make fool and con
the person of his money or can make him a slave for their ashram.
[b:c744c088af]Strict control over members' daily routines [/b:c744c088af]==== Asaram bapu control the daily routine of his
followers who are living in his ashram by not giving them any real knowledge or skill rather than
to emotionally blackmail them and make them speak they were unhappy in this world now they are
happy by ruining their life and family and are happy while working as slaves in un humane
conditions, It's amazing to see some people are working 20-22 hours per days and have been working
in the ashram form last 10 years . asaram in his private meeting with his staff will manipulate all
court cases against him and say these outsiders people are fool they are suing me, they cant do
anything to me.