A young, arrogant boy comes to the West when the hippy culture is looking for the next step. But it was more Maharaji's mahatmas and a few western devotees who set the whole thing going in the west and got people to believe that Maharaji was the Lord.
It was these super-premies who always paved the way for Maharaji to take control. Without them he would have been nothing in the west.
I don't think Maharaji is bad or evil. He always must have been confused and has often projected that confusion onto his devotees. Yes he is arrogant but it is one of life's laws of the jungle that the arrogant and the blindly audacous, do well, for a while at least until people get wise to them. And yes he has often been cruel. Perhaps he will come to regret that, as we all do in time.
Maharaji probably is very annoyed at the presence of my website on the net. And I have to say that I do not maintain that site out of malace but really because I don't want anyone else to be deluded into thinking Maharaji is
anything other than what he is. I wish I never had to put the site there, it is not a joyfull task.
As a man, Maharaji may have the best of everything but he still shits like the rest of us and sweats when he gets hot. But his striving for ever more money is an endless road that has led him to no greater happiness. He's missed the point of his own message.
He has proven to be too wrapped up in himself to notice what really happened. Therefore, he is to be sympathised with. He is a phenomenon that could only have happened in the latter half of the twentieth century. The internet has now put an end to such delusion.
The fact that Maharaji cannot reach out and make amends with the people who once followed him, shows that he has not felt something, that he may be too involved with his own trip to realise or see the people he affected.
He retreats into his ivory tower when it would have been better for him to move forward and step down. He is unable to communicate with the people who were his
devotees. He does not know how to deal with it all. His advisors lack vision and courage to tell Maharaji what would be the best way forward. He has never got the best advice and is surrounded by 'yes men'.
Maharaji himself will admit that he was a unique phenominon. He was pushed forward into the limelight at a very early age and did remarkably well. But he got lost along the way. Doesn't that just happen to the best of us.
I hope that some day, Maharaji will feel the feelings that he has missed out on and know more what it to be an ordinary human. It is the only way that it is all going to make sense to him. Now I see Maharaji as just an ordanary, extraordinary individual who has tried and got lost in the jungle. As myself, I have been through a lot and can appreciate what he has been through and will still go through.
And for this I say; Maharaji is just a mere human, like us all. He is not a demon but someone who got lost along the way.
Money, power and all of these things amount to
nothing when the chips are down. Perhaps he knows this. But Maharaji, it is sad that it should have turned out this way, isn't it; with half of your devotees baying for your blood. I hope that as the page is turned, the story will take a different course. And then, all of this will have been worthwhile and we all will have learned something from it and be better and closer to each other because of it.