You need to read about/study texts about psychopaths to understand RS & a lot of his sick inner circle people. When I say RS is a psychopath, I am not saying this as an insult, I am using the word literally.
Until you understand how psychopaths think & act, you haven’t fully understood RS/AOL. Until then you try to understand & explain everything on the premise of an enlightened master or a fraud master, scratching your head & not getting very far. Conman, fraud etc will fall short in describing this RS/AOL phenomenon.
But when you read & understand re psychopaths, then everything falls in to the place. Psychopaths don’t have normal emotions of human beings, but they are intelligent enough to learn & mimic these emotions. And indeed not having these human emotions gives them huge advantage over normal people who do genuinely have those emotions. Nothing deters a psychopath from any evil course of action. No human emotion, no care or concern for others. Worse still their victims assume psychopaths also do have these human emotions & ethics & try to deal with them in that plane of understanding. Can you understand how unlevel this playing field is?
Once you understand the psyche of people like RS, then you truly understand the whole thing & then you feel completely liberated. Understanding is the key to the full healing.
Until people don’t realize RS is a psychopath, they try to justify all the terrible stuff by him and around him & through his hatchet men & don’t get very far. It is a futile attempt. Some of his devotees even try to blame it on some individuals here & there (as they are trying to do in artoflivingvalues blog)!
The innocent devotee doesn’t understand the reason for some blatantly wrong & inhuman behaviour by RS & his top lackeys (A psychopath attracts others like himself, they do understand each other perfectly well!) The honest devotees with integrity sooner or later comes under attack by RS & his crooked lackeys. The more integrity they exhibit & the more they speak up or question wrong-doings the more vicious the attacks get.
I have seen it so many times in AOL that I have lost the count; it is their standard unwritten policy. When that happens the innocent individuals doesn’t understand why. Their innocence, devotion, commitment, desire to service, attachment to guru, is used against them to their disadvantage. They are strait-jacketed by their faith & RS’s demand of 100% loyalty to him.
The victim usually tries harder to understand or please the guru more, to do more work. Victim tries to justify guru’s behaviour, thinking it is all to make him/her grow, to get rid of small-mindedness, to make him/her strong, to teach him/her to love his/her enemy, blah, blah,….Indeed he/she heard the guru saying so himself!!
Because of the frame of mind of the devotee, he/she is totally a trapped victim. His/her own devotion is throwing the key to understanding & to his/her freedom out. He/She usually ends up justifying the blatant wrong-doings of the Master & his hatchet men.
Even if he/she goes to master for help, the fake guru even encourages him/her further down the same track & may even say few comforting words to please him/her. But the moment the victim is out of the door, the “loving/peaceful” (!) Master will use even what the innocent devotee told him, to backstab him/her further. The innocent victim, goes out, thinking oh, my Guru knows what I am going through & He is with me! He/She will even go back to working even harder to please the master & even takes the personal attacks on him/her as a sign of Master’s love for him/her!!!!Such is the power of the blind faith/devotion! Otherwise any healthy individual would have gone for the exit door on the first tell-tale sign of the wide-spread culture of abuse in AOL, all coming through & originating from RS himself. All his mean & nasty lackeys are simply doing what they have been trained to do under the Master himself. Some of them, have even experienced & have been recipient of the same sadistic behaviour by RS & his top lackeys & now they are doing the same to others, like robotic zombies.
Those who took a long time to get out of AOL , even after observing the unexplainable wrong-doings in AOL & RS ‘ tacit (& often not-so-tacit) blessing/approval/encouragement/incitements , even after the obvious threats & attacks by RS & lackeys, they should not be so hard on themselves.
It shows the depth of their devotion to the image of the guru they had in their mind (the incarnate God he said he was!) & the depth of their desire to do good.
It is exactly because we gave our 100% to this guru & this organisation that our words touch people & they know that we are not lying or making it up.
And it is exactly because of our individual experiences & the depth of our devotion & commitment & the length of time it took us to free ourselves from the clutches of this sticky/evil guru, that we can talk with conviction. Because we know that there was nothing of ourselves that we didn’t give to guru in our total innocence to serve him & his fraud organisations. There was nothing that we didn’t try so that we become a better devotee, a better slave-worker for the guru and for the organisation, etc…
Now this gives us the right & strength to speak of what we know ,with conviction, with real knowing from the heart, mind & soul.
Yes, we could have left after 2 months, after the first time we saw something isn’t quite right here (many do & good on them!), but then we wouldn’t know what we know now. We couldn’t talk with the same conviction we are speaking now & people wouldn’t know we are telling the truth.
Anyone who has been involved with AOL, enough to know a little bit behind the “all smiling/peace/joy/happiness/love/team-work/seva” charade that RS & lackeys try to portray to the public, knows what we have written in this blog & Klim’s blog & Guruphiliac blog is true. Even Ravi Shankar, Mikey, John, Jim, Patti (the AOL US board members, now blogging heavily at artoflivingvalues) know what we have written is true.
That is why they have started two counter-blogs so far. The reality is that they know the truth of what we are saying, otherwise they wouldn’t have even bothered & believe me there wouldn’t be so many people reading our blogs. It just wouldn’t have happened.
So all dear ex-teachers/volunteers/insiders, there was a reason for you to get involved to the degree that you did , to find out the real truth re RS & AOL. What you have shared so far is not only helpful in your own healing & healing of thousands or millions caught in RS/AOL trap , is also very important experience in our collective human consciousness & evolvement. It is not just about RS/AOL, it is about all fake gurus out there feeding on innocence of spiritual seekers.
Your sincere experiences are not only your individual spiritual experiences, warning you to the dark side/pitfalls of spiritual paths, but also it is shedding light for all spiritual seekers out there to be aware of the pitfalls on any spiritual path or anyone claiming to be a guru.
You may find it hard to believe, but I personally believe that in spite of the fact that RS is a fraud, we have all GROWN SPIRITUALLY IN ABUNDANCE & IN HUGE LEAPS. No, I am not referring to RS techniques & knowledge (most of which are stolen from others anyway!). What I refer to is that , exactly because of the depth of our involvement & sincerity & devotion, we know (in a way that reading 100 books wouldn’t help) what spirituality isn’t,what a real guru isn’t, what enlightenment isn’t, what a spiritual path isn’t or shouldn’t be about, etc, etc….
By a series of elimination we are actually arriving at what God, spirituality, love, joy, enlightenment is….And sure it isn’t RS, nor to be found anywhere in AOL, whether you stay there for one year or two, or like some of us for 10 years & 20! Indeed one easy way of showing what a big fraud AOL is, just look at the AOL senior teachers who have been with him for 10 & 20 years. Do you see them as individual thinkers with any ability of critical thinking? The truth is that they are all scared, always looking over their shoulders to see who is backstabbing them to climb the ladders to guru’s inner circle, over their dead bodies! Do you see them full of love & joy? Get to know them from close quarters & see how much anger, hatred, ignorance, resentment, viciousness they carry. Not only they haven’t reached enlightment, they have lost their humanity & have become human robots for RS. It is truly a pitiful sight to see!
When we freed ourselves from Sri Sri, we also have freed ourselves from all false notions of spirituality. Our experiences & sharing them are an enriching experiences to our collective consciousness.
The age of fake gurus is over. Your personal experience, mine & thousands like us, were needed to make us all collectively grow & free ourselves from “untruth”. Not only RS’s untruth, but all the rest of any such fake gurus. By freeing ourselves, we also are freeing others who have been caught in this web of deception. And more importantly we are helping next generation of spiritual seekers & the whole humanity to be aware of these false gurus, who like a vampire feed on our innocence & inner devotion. RS lives off the devotion of her devotees. The devotees give up their own power & give it to him to make him a powerful “guru” who then abuses all that power to gain more wealth, power-base, fame & control over his “hollow” empire!!
As such, none of our experiences are wasted, it will enrich our human collective consciousness & growth. As such it was meant to happen & it is now meant to be shared. Having said that I take my hat off to Jody of guruphiliac.blogspot.com fame that knew what a fake RS was since 2005 & was exposing him as such. And he did so without the benefit of giving a good 10-20 years of his life to RS/AOL!!