They look for one ‘thread’ on which they can hang on for rest of their life and forget their worries. The start identifying the thread by attending course like: Landmark forum, Art of living, Ramdev yoga and then getting associated with them. Other examples include: Kanchi ashram,ISKCON, Saibaba ashram, Aurobindo ahsram, Amritanandamayi etc. In a way all these organizations and courses teach almost the same universal values like: humility, responsibility, community service, treating everybody equal, selflessness, service etc.
In my point of view, its absolutely fine to learn any of these courses. But the problems starts when people go overboard and start indulging themselves. This indulgence turns into addiction after some time and they become mobile sales person for the organization they are associated with. They start forcing their friends, families and relatives to sign up and promise that all their problems will be solved in a jiffy. When such communities becomes bigger in size it results in scandals, murders and controversies.I don’t want to take up any specific examples here as everyone of us has come across some or the other experiences.
Here are my conclusions:
- No course, religion or ashram is bad. Everything is created with a good purpose of making things better for humans.
- It is also OK to get associated with any of these ‘threads’ and learn their courses. But becoming sales person is really dangerous
- No course can bring in ‘transformation’ overnight. It takes years of focus, commitment, dedication and perceverence to even get a feel of real self transformation. For normal human beings it is better to learn a course and start implementing the techniques in real lives.
- Forcing others to take up any course or join a group is not correct.