Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment*
Ramakrishna was a homoerotic pedophile.His chief disciple, Vivekananda, visited brothels in India.Krishnamurti carried on an affair for over twenty years with thewife of a close friend. Chögyam Trungpa drank himself into an earlygrave. One of Adi Da’s nine “wives” is a former Playboy centerfold.Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh sniffed laughing gas to get high. AndrewCohen, guru and publisher of
What Is Enlightenment?
magazine, byhis own reported admission sometimes feels “like a god.”These are typical of the “wizened sages” to whom otherwise-sensiblepeople give their devotion and unquestioning obedience, surrender-ing their independence, willpower, and life’s savings in the hope of realizing for themselves the same “enlightenment” as they ascribe tothe “perfect, God-realized” master.Why?Is it for being emotionally vulnerable and “brainwashed,” as the“anti-cultists” assert? Or for being “willingly psychologically se-duced,” as the apologists unsympathetically counter, confident thatthey themselves are “too smart” to ever fall into the same trap? Orhave devotees simply walked, with naïvely open hearts and thirstysouls, into inherent psychological dynamics of power and obediencewhich have showed themselves in classic psychological studies fromMilgram to Zimbardo, and to which each one of us is susceptibleevery day of our lives?Like the proud “Rude Boy” Cohen allegedly said, with a laugh, in re-sponse to the nervous breakdown of one of his devoted followers: “Itcould happen to any one of you.”Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t get suckered in. Be prepared. Be in-formed. Find out what reportedly goes on behind the scenes in eventhe best of our world’s spiritual communities. You can start by reading this book.
* The inclusion of any particular individual in
Stripping the Gurus
is not meant to suggest orimply that he or she represents him- or herself as a guru, nor is it meant to suggest or implythat he or she has indulged in sex, violence, the abuse of others, or any other illegal or immoralactivities.