Thursday, July 15, 2010

Winku Baba


In the land of Sanyasis can Baba s be far behind, nah not really. In the land that has successfully exported software guys, Baba s are a lucrative lot, who have granted immediate global passport to words like Karma, Nirvana, OM..the list is practically endless. To the Indian who stays put in India, the foreign fascination for Na-ma-s-the! Is rather amusing, but what the heck, its India shining after all or so the papers say. Talk to foreigners and they are zapped by philosophies that range from OM to the Oming from the Yoga to Ayurveda, its all exotic and ooh lala time.


While talking to an older friend of mine, he updates me on to the latest gossip on babadom. Amidst talk of retirement plans and benefits I am informed by my rather in your face (like it-laugh it) friend, I’m headed towards babadom. What Dom I ask rather innocently, “arre yaar samjha kar”, it’s the latest fad. You become a Baba and you have the world at your feet plus the moolah raking in. He goes on to talk about hugging babas and their likes, with instant Nirvana services! In an age that sells almost everything instant, from sex to noodles that was but expected I guess. Rather seriously I asked this friend O’ mine, so what exactly are your plans? He says again (the same face mind you) its all in the plan babes, I’m not taking the risk of hugging people you know, what with these confused researchers and AIDS. You never know when they might zap you and say hugging leads to AIDS so am going to be far from it..I shall turn into Winku baba! Jai ho Winku Baba I encore.

Laughs aside the recent influx of Indian philosophers -sadhus whatever you call them is astonishing. To top it all you now have these people fighting amongst themselves, be it the print or the electronic media you have now the fight of the lords. Lord help the go- betweens and the followers who are but mere spectators to these heavenly duels and it’s not long before, they follow the multi party democracy system we have and join hands in their mutual growth. In this rather multifarious growth of Baba s, you have their disciples making everything from ashrams to providing the Benz for such people..depending on of course who’s TRP s are the season’s best!”

Why do we have to be Baba dependent I wonder, why do we need to worship them? At a recent so called ‘satsang party’ in my apartment, I was singled out since I refused to be a part of the Puja that involved giving flowers and showing incense to the portrait of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I simply didn’t see the reason why I should worship another human being. In case someone is a higher soul, I might listen to his discourse, admire him and go home, thank you very much. There are plenty of others who derive a lot of peace and spiritual satisfaction from these discourses too, completely acceptable, but let them remain humans, lets not make them Godlike or perhaps un-Godlike, for too much adulation makes for un-Godliness of what probably started off a God like career path!

Philosophy is something that comes easily to me and so does loving, in loving people in and around me I need no one to teach me nor to imbibe Baba like qualities or to become a half God and expect to be worshipped.




© 2010 Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury

4 comments:

Joker Johny said...

Yes ! Till the renaissance of Indian economy 1991 onwards;India had exported only Dharam Dhatoora ! & Karma Cola ! I pardon Yogaguru's like Mahesh Yogi etc asexcercise coaches; who made money out of MJ's, Beatle's, Maddona etc. But the entire horizon in India & Indian Spritual Guru's are just raking upon the confused mysticness of Hinduism. People fall for them in India as have been taught to bow down without applying any thought and foreigners as you truly mentioned get allured by the Namasthe and other similar things !

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee chowdhury said...

True JJ :)

S.R.Ayyangar said...

Becoming Baba is a thriving business now with lots of follower, people falling on feat, buying slots on prime time on TV, arranging paid discourses and be seated on Gold plated ornamental chair , giving darshan like God's in a mythological film,and what not e-la Nityanada!

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee chowdhury said...

Oh Ya the famous or rather in-famous Nityananda..wt a laugh riot these people are.