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Beware of Imitations

"In an action movie, the don is seen wearing a black suit, dark glasses, with a lean frame and is surrounded by beefy bodyguards, also wearing black suits, and travels in a black car. It is a stereotype of the modern crime boss. Similarly, in a movie, a guru is seen with a long beard, flowing hair, fancy robes as the followers dance around him or her, who is also is seen dancing and singing. That, too, is a stereotype, in the make-believe world of films.
In real life, dons do not look like this, nor do gurus. If you take a look at the pictures of Ramkrishna Paramhans or Ramana Maharishi, you will find that they do not resemble these picturizations in the least.
Gurus are not what you see in movies. They have an aura, a glow about them which is visible even to a naked eye. Gurus have vakshakti, which means what they say happens. They have mantra-siddhi; when they chant, the vibrations and energy can be felt by all present. They have strong and vibrant bodies which exude a glow which is not used for commercial purposes to impress people, nor do they charge for imparting yog. They don’t give you upays or gemstones to wear to ward off your problems. They do not ask you to perform rites and rituals to fill their treasuries; in fact, they do not have treasuries as ‘hoarding’ or ‘parigraha’ is anathema to the very basics of yog. Satya, asteya and aparigraha are the first three yams in ashtang yog. The basic siddhis of yog stem from following them. If someone is building palatial ashrams or acquiring wealth in the name of yog, or following a multi-level marketing system to collect more and more members for the organization, then you can be sure that person is not a yogi or guru. He or she might look like a stereotype filmi guru but actually is a normal person who, seeing an opportunity in the problems of people, has started the business of offering innovative solutions and totkas in the name of yog which of course wouldn’t work."
'Beware of Imitations' Yogi Ashwini 's article in the NewIndian Express today...…/…/01/24/article2632059.ece


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