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Godmen, 'tantriks' expose our vulnerability
Why do people flock around Godmen seeking solutions for problems, which are self-created or imaginary? Why do we want instant solutions to all problems? Life is not a magic show, where the magician would snap his fingers and the problems disappear
RECENTLY, IN Mumbai a father raped his two daughters under the influence of a ‘tantrik’. The mother of these girls was also having relations with this ‘tantrik’. It laterally shook my sensibilities, could there be something more heinous, I am still trying to come to terms with the events.

Why do people flock around Godmen, seeking solutions for problems, which often are self-created or imaginary? Why do we want instant solutions to all problems? Life is not a magic show, where the magician would snap his fingers and the problems would disappear magically.

Mrs A goes to a ‘Baba’ because she could not find suitable match for her daughters. B goes to ‘Guruji’ because he wants a promotion. Miss C went to ‘Swamiji’ because she was not able to get a job and D went to ‘Mataji’ because he was suffering great financial loss in business. Life is ridden with problems for everyone. Life is as we make it. How can ‘Mataji’ or ‘Babaji’ solve our problems?

In the first place, you go to them because some acquaintance tells you about their greatness. Then you visit them, consult them and tell others about them. The vicious cycle continues. But why do we accept them into our life at the very onset?

India is a fertile flower bed, where varied religions bloom like colourful flowers. It is also rich in its crop of Godmen. I don’t see how they can shape or improve anyone’s life. The sight of young enthusiastic men and women wasting the prime time of their lives running after such Godmen to attain personal goals leaves me stumped. In my opinion, channelising this energy to concentrate on their personal lives will give them enough insight to sort out their problems.

Does patronising such people fit into our ‘budget’? By ‘budget’ I am not just referring to finance alone. Do we really have the time or energy to indulge in such activities? If you are not getting your promotion, or your daughters do not get suitable matches, why run to a Godman? What can they do? They merely utter some hocus-pocus, divest you of your money and waste your time. In my opinion, nature has made each and every individual a perfect human being. It has provided us with well-developed faculties to face every adversity we meet. It never intended us to use Godmen as crutches to walk through life.

We should, therefore, learn to draw our energy and work towards the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Boost your self-confidence and psyche yourself into believing you are the best. Who can then stop you from getting what you want from life!

Will the society ever be free from the clutches of these so called Godmen and ‘tantriks’? I know the answers to these are as deep rooted as the question itself.

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