Godmen-ungodly business

The most lucrative business in India today would either be producing a TV serial or to become a ‘Godman’ with a bunch of trusted buddies posing as devoted disciples. In the first all that the producer, usually an ex-actor needs is some money and contacts with popular channels. The rest of the work is simple; catch hold of some actors who are not in demand and make them weep to their hearts content and let the camera roll.

While in the latter the added advantage is , it requires zero investment. The ‘Saadhu’ just needs outlandish garbs, a deceptive smile and repulsive looks with a hairdo that would put Medusa to shame.
If P.C.Sorkar had used his skills in magic to produce a ‘crystal lingam’ or ‘silver efigy’ from air, he could have done away with advertisements for his magic show and his ‘ashram’ ( an inevitable byproduct of having mad disciples) would be a sought after one.
Most of the Godmen are nothing but soothsayers who cash in on the vulnerability of the people seeking solace.
Some claim to be able to perform miracles and solve just about any problem under the sun — from helping jilted lovers and solving marriage problems, to comforting those with job worries and healing the sick.The list is endless and the main target of these people are the ones from the movie world. They gain the confidence of the famous and slowly spread their influence with the powerful but superstitious politicians. And the atrocities they commit after that , is anyone’s guess.
These public figures are hardly alone in seeking answers from the stars and soothsayers; the persistence and popularity of such beliefs attracts even laymen to these characters like moth to fire. When one has lost all hopes or is not able to draw sympathy from close ones , he/she feels these pseudosciences can help. As for celebrities they are fueled by greed .
Even psychologists agree that all belief systems–astrology, Objectivism, religion–ease anxiety about the human condition, and provide the illusion of security, predictability, control, and hope in an otherwise chaotic world.
As long as fear exists among people such godmen will thrive and as long as there is ignorance , there would be cheats.

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20 thoughts on “Godmen-ungodly business

  1. πŸ™‚ As long as there is no education such people will thrive. Our politicians dont want eduction to be given as they are vote banks – net result is they will live for ever!!!

    Personally I have seen these guys amass wealth which even an highly educated engineer will not get legally!!

    BUt, there are some genuine ones who dont appear in media but do the social work incognito – not all the tomatoes are rotten in the lot.

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  2. There is no connection of education with followers … I personally have seen all sorts of educated people going to godmen, doctors, engineers, lawyers.

    Well we had a 4 hour long discussion about it and final thing was that as a human being, everyone has got some beliefs. These beliefs were there in ancient times and they are still there. A person would follow anyone who supports his belief and make him attain what he wish!! The most common belief in indians is God, thus the godmen!!!

    @gmohanprakash: you are right, not all the tomatoes are rotten in the lot.

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  3. Hi Amit

    @gmohanprakash: you are right, not all the tomatoes are rotten in the lot.//
    after reading Mohan’s comment ,I was wondering if there cld be atleast one genuine godman.
    I guess as far as they stay in temples or their private ashrams , there wld’nt be much harm.
    Only when they try to act as agents for God does the prob start.

    I am yet to see even one good tomato.

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  4. this is kinda ridiculous
    what about all the tv channels that do the same thing? god tv peace tv miracle net etc

    the whole islamic religion is based on godmen or mullahs? they decide on peoples lives and that too pseudo legally

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  5. Ankur and Amit…
    I know what’s wrong with Ankur…he is commenting while he is half asleep πŸ™‚
    but Amit…what happened to u ? the comment was addressed to u and I had copied part of ur comment in it.(the one u addressed to Mohan).

    anyways..as for Godmen helping me , yes…I’d love to have them at my office πŸ™‚

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