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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Hold - The psychology of how godmen come to contol the minds of millions of devotees


PTI
No dearth of godmen: Asaram Bapu after his arrest for sexual assault on a minor
godmen
Debarshi Dasgupta
How Devotees Are Brainwashed Into Fandom

  • Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person
  • Control the physical and social environment; control the devotee’s time
  • Keep the person unaware of what’s going on & how he is being changed step by step
  • Manipulate rewards, punishments and experiences to check the expression of the person’s former identity
  • Manipulate rewards, punishments and experiences to promote conformity
  • Set a closed system of logic, a hierarchy permitting no feedback, with top-down orders
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If you for some reason decide to surrender in devotion to Swami Nithyananda, the following anecdote is likely to be part of your initial lessons. It’s one he keeps recounting to the multitudes at his ashram in Bidadi, near Bangalore, curious and eager to have his wisdom rub off on them: A professor happens to visit a Zen master. While the master quietly serves tea, the professor blabbers on about Zen. The master keeps filling the visitor’s cup till it started overflowing. The professor blurts out, “It’s full! No more will go in!” “This is you,” the master says. “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Become empty first. This is one of Nit­hya­nanda’s first commandments. It’s also probably one of the most essential. As devotees drop their critical defences, he fills them with his worldview, his aura to transform them into loyal followers. This model of indoctrination is not unique to Nithyananda. Across India, for that matter elsewhere, one of the first sermons that godmen will drill into devotees is, outsource the thinking to the guru while devotees free their minds in pursuit of the blissful feeling of spirituality. As Bhargavi Hemmige, a research scholar at Mysore University who spent some time at Nithyananda’s ashram out of academic curiosity, recollects, “He kept telling us not to use our minds. It’s a monkey that misleads, he told us.”

Others who have gone through the cycle of recrimination and defence include Satya Sai Baba, the late Osho, and Baba Ramdev
What else but complete control over the mind can explain the ineluctable hold India’s godmen have over their devotees? So much so, grievous accusations of colossal financial transgressions, rape and child abuse, even murder do not seem to diminish their faith. On the contrary, in the case of Asaram Bapu, a godman mired in controversy and recently arrested by Rajasthan police on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, they seem to shore up their belief in defiance.


“For devotees, it isn’t a matter of right or wrong. It’s about protecting the one who protects them. That’s all that matters to them.”Indira Sharma, President, Indian Psychiatric Society


As Asaram evaded imminent arrest, throngs of his followers gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to push for his release and sounded the battle-cry from a makeshift stage. “Our fight will go on until the conspiracists give up trying to tarnish Bapu’s image. We should send a clear message by amassing at the next satsang in such large numbers that there should be no place left for us to sit,” said one, to loud roars of approval from the crowd. “Our victory is certain. Only then will we leave,” exclaimed another devotee. “I have not eaten a thing in 48 hours, but gurudev is giving me the strength to go on and I can for another five days.” At Jantar Mantar, they spend most of their time chanting ‘Hari Om’; in other places, Asaram’s devotees have blocked roads and railway tracks and even assaulted media personnel. Godmen and controversies have been bedfellows for long in India but this poses no threat to their cult appeal (see box for some of our flourishing gurus and the controversies associated with them). At the Jantar Mantar demonstration, an Asaram devotee from Himachal Pradesh began to tell Outlook of his indebtedness. “Even if Lord Shiva himself appears and tells me not to believe in Bapu, I will tell him I cannot give up. I know what I have gained from him. He has saved me from committing suicide. So, even if he kills off the entire world, Bapu will still be god for me. It’s another matter that he will not do something like this,” he says, before he’s whisked away by other followers angry with the media. Asked what was so special about Asaram, Akanksha Bhatnagar, a 20-year-old mca student from Delhi, gushes with a twinkle in her eyes, “You will realise when you come to one of his sermons. I have no words to express.” For his devotees, Bapu is akin a body of water—you can thrash him as much as you want, there will be a few splashes, but nothing that will affect him. “I am sure he will come out shining even brighter after this episode,” Bhatnagar adds. Ask devotees of other godmen, like Sai Baba, Ramdev, Jayendra Saraswati or Nirankari Baba, and you are likely to get the same mix of uncritical reverence that borders on irrationality.

Bad press Women protesting against Asaram Bapu. (Photograph by PTI)


“Swami Nityananda kept asking devotees not to use their minds. He kept telling us that. He said the mind is a monkey that misleads.”Bhargavi Hemmige, Researcher, Mysore University


How is it that godmen manage to win such unquestioning submission? Interviews with devotees, some of whom have fallen out with their gurus, detail an elaborate spiel that gurus have in place to control a devotee’s free thinking capabilities. The initial assault on independent thinking often comes with sleep deprivation: devotees are often allowed no more than four hours of sleep. What is thought of as a part of the frugal character of ashram life actually undercuts a devotee’s critical thinking. This is combined with a heavy work schedule and unreasonable deadlines that overwhelm a person’s routine. “This just doesn’t leave any time for you to sit and reflect. And the moment you do, you fall asleep,” says Anushka Gopal (name changed on request), a Bangalore-based woman who spent five years at the ashram of a popular south Indian guru but chose to walk out after his sexual misconduct was caught on tape. Another cog in the brainwashing machinery is a pseudonym that goes on to become the ‘real’ identity of the person. The change is subtle but its long-term impact is drastic when it comes to erasing a devotee’s past. This is demonstrated effectively in the case of 35-year-old hotel management guru Santosh, now known as Shantimayananda after “great healing and transformation”. His parents unsuccessfully petitioned the Karnataka High Court to have him come back from Nithyananda’s ashram in Bidadi, where he has been living for six years now. “He has no concern for his mother and father, he simply thinks Nithyananda is god,” says Munnur Krishnamurthy, his distraught father.


“As publications in-charge for the guru, I once went to Tamil Nadu and bought and burnt several copies of a magazine that spoke against him.”Lenin Karuppan, Whistleblower on Swami Nithyananda


The next stage is to have older devotees perpetuate the guru’s aura and suppress an acolyte’s individuality. What the group believes is what you should believe, they are told. Meanwhile, the guru does his bit by instilling the ideal of gurubhakti and the fear of gurudroha. “He kept brainwashing devotees by saying all sins can be forgiven—but not guru­droha,” says Hemmige. To add more enigma to their aura, several of them even take to dressing as gods—Nithyananda often pretends to be Shiva-like and Asaram and Kripaluji takes on a Krishna-like get-up. Prabir Ghosh, a noted rationalist from Calcutta who claims to have taken on several hundreds of godmen, says all of them inevitably make claims of possessing some supernatural power—another important component in their marketing strategy. Rationalists argue that what is merely a placebo effect is often touted as a miraculous cure. One devotee at Jantar Mantar said Asaram cured her mother of breast cancer. Devotees also seek to protect their belief (and thus self-interest) by perpetuating the guru’s cult and refusing to buy into accusations of wrongdoings. “For them it’s not an issue of right or wrong,” says Indira Sharma, president of the Indian Psychiatric Society. “It’s as basic as protecting the one who protects you. It’s all what matters to them.”

Photograph by Reuters, From Outlook 16 September 2013
Many followers come from a religious background, exposed to a reverential following of gurus. Then there are some hapless souls who submit to faith afresh. But the well-oiled machinery at ashrams is powerful enough to work on the minds of those with advanced degrees in science (who often possess a fine streak of credulity)  or  even without any of the circumstantial or emotional baggage that makes some people prone to unquestioning submission to a strong guru figure. “To the more sceptical devotees, the guru would say don’t believe what he says. When we realised he was not trying to sell us  his ideas, we became more receptive,” says Gopal, who studied at top engineering institutions in India and the US. “All this while, I had no idea I was being subjected to psychological slavery. It’s a kind of mind trickery,” she adds. It took her six months to realise her guru could be wrong. The revelation of the sex tapes was what finally led her to walk out of the ashram.


“The disciple longs to merge into a powerful, wise, perfect self-object—the guru. The guru is great. Partaking of his power, I am great too.”Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar, Scholar who has studied godmen


There is also the obvious influence that money power can bring for these gurus. Lenin Karuppan, who is now acknowledged as the whistleblower who leaked the sex tapes that allegedly feature Nithyananda and a Tamil film actress, recounts how he himself once helped snuff out dissent as the publications-in-charge for the guru. When Nakkeeran published an article that the guru deemed unfit for the public, he rushed to Tamil Nadu, and along with Nithyananda’s followers, he bought about a lakh copies and burnt them. But even he has words of praise for Nithyananda’s “mesmerising oratorical skills and knowledge of Hindu religious texts”.  Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar, a Goa-based scholar who has studied godmen in India, says devotees often attribute exaggerated positive qualities to their guru—unlike adults in a mature love relationship, who are in touch with their partner’s realistic qualities and failings­. “They deny unwanted characteristics that cause a ‘split’ in the mind. The disciple longs to merge into a good and powerful, wise and perfect self-object­—which is the guru. In other words, the guru is great, and thus, participating in his power, I am great too,” she elaborates. “The violent outbreaks by stern believers in support of their guru, as we have seen in Asaram’s case, are linked to this: accepting that the idealised self-object has failed means also accepting one’s own failure, which might lead to a disintegration of the self, which needs to be fought off by denying any (countering) facts and better knowledge.”
It’s not difficult to imagine that perhaps it is this systematic domination of the mind of the devotee that lay behind a poster at a Jantar Mantar that read, “Nigorey bhi kah rahey yeh baat, bapuji hai paak saaf (Even the most stubborn proclaim that Bapu (Asaram) is squeaky clean).”

http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?287714

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  1. நித்தியானந்தாவை வெறும் செக்ஸ் சாமியார் என ஒதுக்கி தள்ள முடியாத அளவிற்கு அவர் செய்த சமூக புரட்சிகள் அபரிதமனவை..

    1. இன்டர்நெட் கபேக்களிலும், செல்போன்களிலும், மினிதியேட்டர்களிலும் ஒளித்து மறைத்து சில பல பகீரத பிரயதனங்களிற்கு மத்தியில் பார்த்து கொண்டிருந்த பிட்டு படங்களை வீ ட்டில் தாய், தகப்பன், பிள்ளைகள் என அனைவரும் ஒன்றாக உட்கார்ந்து பார்க்க கூடிய அளவிற்கு சமூக புரட்சி செய்தவர் எமது பகவான் நித்தி..

    2. கடவுளின் அவதாரம் தாங்கள் என கூறிக் கொள்ளும் சாமிமார்களிற்கு செக்ஸ் தொடர்பாக பாரிய நாட்டம் இருந்தாலும் கேவலம் அவர்களுடைய செயற்பாடுகளில் வேகம் இல்லாத ஒரு தளர்ச்சி தன்மையே காண படுகின்றது என்பதை உலகறிய செய்தவர் (அந்த படத்தை பார்த்தவர்களிற்கு தெரியும், ரஞ்சிதாவிடம் இருந்த வேகம் ஈடுபாடு சுத்தமாக பகவானிடம் இல்லை)

    3. தென் இந்திய மக்களிடம் குறிப்பாக தமிழக மக்களிடம் வாய் வழி புணர்ச்சி சம்பந்தமாக இருந்த தெளிவுகளை, ஐயங்களை நீக்கியதுடன் அதில் மற்றவர்களும் ஈடுபட ஒரு உந்துதல் அளித்தவர் .

    4. சாமிமார்களின் ஆசிரமங்கள் என்றால் அது ஓலையால் வேயப்பட குடிசை எனவும் , அங்கே மான்தோல் மற்றும் பூசை புனஸ்காரங்களிற்குரிய பொருட்களே இருக்கும் என்ற எமது மனதில் பதிந்த ஒன்றை மாற்றி , சாமிமார்களின் அறையானது ஹைடெக் ஆக சட்டர் லைட் டிவி வரை கொண்டது என்பதனையும், அதிலே குத்து பாடல் வேறு பார்ப்பார்கள் என்பதனையும் வெட்ட வெளிச்சமாகியது..

    5. என்னதான் கடவுளின் அவதாரம் என கூறி காவி கட்டிச் சென்றாலும் அவர்களும் சாதாரண மனிதர்கள் போல உள்ளே உடுத்துவது பட்டா பட்டி அண்டர் வெயர் தான் என வெளிச்சம் இட்டு காட்டியவர் பகவான் நித்தி...

    6. சுமார் பதினாறு வயசு வரைக்கும் செக்ஸ் ஐ பற்றி என்ன என்றே தெரியாமல் இருந்த என்னை போன்ற ஞான சூனியங்களிற்கு செக்ஸ் ஐ பற்றி ஒரு சிறிய விழிப்(புணர்வு) ஆவது ஏற்படுத்திய பெருமகனார் .

    நான் அவதானித்த ஒன்று,

    குழந்தை : அப்பா அப்பா , அந்த மாமா [சாமியார் ] என்ன செயிறார் ?

    அப்பா : அதுவா அம்மா அப்பா விளையாட்டு..

    குழந்தை : ஒ அதுவா இது..

    7. சினிமா நடிகர்கள் , நடிகைகள் என்றால் தேவ தூதுவர்களாக பார்க்கும் நம்மவர்களிடையே அவர்களும் சாதாரண ஜல்சா பேர்வழிகள் தான் என வெளிச்சமிட்டு காட்டியவர் [இங்கே ரஞ்சிதாவைப் பாதிக்க பட்ட பெண்ணாக பார்க்க வேண்டும் என்பது வேறு விசயம்...]

    8. மேலும் ஏனைய சாமிமார்களிற்கு தமது அறைகளில் கேமரா இருக்கிறதா என சல்லடை போட்டு தேட வைத்தவர்.

    என்னை கேட்டால் பகவான் நித்தி கதவை திற காற் று வரட்டும், மனதை திற மகிழ்ச்சி பொங்கட்டும் என காமடி பண்ணாமல் பேசாமல் முழுநேர பிட்டு பட நடிகர் ஆகி விடலாம், ஏனெனில் ஒருவன் தன்னால் முடியும் ஆனதை மாத்திரம் தான் செய்யவேண்டும் என்பது எனது தீவிர நம்பிக்கை .

    மேலும் அவர் மட்டும் பிட்டு பட நடிகர் ஆகினால் பிட்டு பட உலகிலே ஒரு சூப்பர்ஸ்டார் ஆகிடலாம் என்பதும் எனது அசைக்க முடியாத நம்பிக்கை, மேலும் பகவான் சிறிது முயற்சி செய்யும் இடத்து ஆங்கில முழு நீல பிட்டு பட நடிகராகும் பிரகாசமான வாய்புகள் உண்டு....

    ஆனால் எனது வருத்தம், கவலை சற்று வேறுவிதமானது, அண்மையில் நித்தியின் ஆசிரமத்திற்கு [பிடதி] நானும் எனது பத்திரிகை நண்பரும் வேறு பேரில் சென்று இருந்தோம். அங்கே சுமார் 700 இற்கும் மேற்பட்டமிக மிக அழகிய பெண்கள் [பெரும்பாலனோர் டாக்டர் ,என்ஜினியர்ஸ், லோயர்ஸ் ] அந்த ஆசிரமத்திலே நிரந்தரமாக தங்கி உள்ளனர்.. .

    சுருங்க சொன்னால் சுமார் 700 இற்கும் மேற்ப்பட் ட பெண்களுடன் பகவான் மஜா பண்ணிகொண்டு இருக்கிறார். அங்கு இருக்கின்ற பெண்கள் யாவரும் கச்சிதமாக மூளை சலவை செய்யபட்டவர்களாகவும் , கிட்டதட்ட நித்தியை தமது கணவராக ஏற்றுக் கொண்டவர்கள்.



    சத்தியமாக பிடதி சென்று வந்த இரவு அந்த அப்பாவி பெண்களின் அறியாமையை நினைத்து நினைத்து எனக்கு தூக்கம் வரவில்லை.. .

    மக்கள் கடவுளை நேரில் காண முற்படுவதை தவிர்த்து இடைதரகர்கள் மூலம் காண முற்படுவதனால் தான் நித்தி போன்ற புரோக்கர்கள் கடவுள் ஆகின்றனர்.

    கடவுள் என்பவரை தங்களுக்குள் தேடாமல் வேறு எங்கேயோ தேடுவதன் விளைவு தான் நித்தியானந்தா போன்ற கிருமினல்களின் தோற்றமும் வளர்ச்சியும். அன்பு வழியில் நீ நடப்பாய் ஆயின் நீ இறைவனை நோக்கி செல்கிறாய் என்று கூறினார் திருமூலர். நானும் அதனுடன் உடன்படுகிறேன்.

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