Can there be any comparison at all ?
Hindus can be divided easily. Their trust can be shaken easily. It is the Hindu community that does not keep trust on its saints and gets triggered easily to criticize and even abandon its saints – the true well-wishers. On the other hand, the preachers or top-notch position holders of religious organizations of other communities are dealt with high regard and respect despite their followers being well aware of their preachers’ or leaders’ crimes & offences. But it is worth knowing as to what is right and what is wrong; and any comparison without knowing the truth is vague, hence unacceptable.
Let’s take a look at the reality and compare & contrast as to how two different spiritual leaders – Sant Shri Asharam ji Bapu (hereinafter Bapuji) and so called “Sant” Rampal (the most talked-about comparison, as being made by supposedly “intellectual” media these days) with a different set of follower-base, differ in the manner they got arrested and the way they deal with followers.
Initiation (Mantra Diksha) :
Bapuji has always initiated his followers into Mantra Diksha for free, without charging any fee, with the sole purpose of spiritual upliftment, while Rampal had three categories of initiating his disciples
- Rs 1000/ at first initiation/ registration.
- Rs 10,000/ after 5 years or so, at the initiation.
- Rs 1 Lakh or more – after 15-25 years of regular followership; confirm ticket to heaven/ paradise to his disciples… Wow! A deal never heard of…
Ashram premises :
Bapuji has his ashrams across the world and all these (specifically Maun Mandir, Moksha Kutir etc within ashrams) are meant to facilitate his disciples in their spiritual upliftment. Wherever Bapuji’s accommodation is arranged (be it kutir or something else), it has very basic facilities like bed, stick, umbrella etc. with other necessary arrangements of one’s stay. Unlike Bapuji, Rampal’s staying arrangement was done after spending crores of Rupees by including lat-bath, kitchen with AC and all modern facilities, one may desire in this world.
Additionally, Rampal possessed his own BMW and Mercedes cars, which is not at all the case with Bapuji. If ever Bapuji had to travel by planes for the sake of convenience of his disciples, he always preferred economy class for his travel, as he always selflessly served humanity without pomposity.
Arms and ammunition :
No such things were ever found in the ashram premises in case of Asaram Bapu; though media’s false propaganda was efficient enough to “falsely” prove him a terrorist. However, in case of Rampal – 32 bore -3 revolvers, 19 air guns, 2 DBL, two 315 bore rifles, 32 bore 28 cartridges, 12 bore 50 cartridges, 312 bore twenty five cartridges, 1 China made grenade, 50 sticks, acids’ sealed cans were found (Unlicensed or unregistered). Such arms and weapons were used by his personal force of commandos. Objectionable materials such as pregnancy kits were also reported to have found.
Though, in case of Bapuji, the allegations of illegal sex racket and infanticide, abortion by female ashram-mates were leveled to defame him and his disciples, none of those got proved by any evidence as yet. Instead, Women’s Commission gave a report on girls staying in ashram and Gurukul, quoting that they are safe & secure there. Refer links:
Way of giving Darshan to Disciples :
Asaram Bapu’s Gaadi: Bapuji used to give darshan in movable ‘Gaadi’ i.e. closed glass made movable chamber made by his disciples, so as to access all his disciples present in satsang pandal and there was nothing illusory to tread upon the good faith of his disciples.
Rampal’s Maya: Rampal had a SINGHASAN with hydraulic arrangement and he used to appear & disappear in order to create illusion in the minds that he possess some supernatural powers in order to befool his disciples.
Asaram Bapu is a renowned saint. Every prudent one is very well versed with the allegations made against him from time to time to understand those as fake and bogus. A case of rape with minor was also considered in the same manner. Analyzing the whole event with a very basic common-sense, one could imagine as to how, at the expenses of thousands of his disciples’ faith, he could even leave his satsang session, that too with an ulterior motive to hinder his philanthropic activities which were going on throughout the world through his discourses. It is clearly evident that he was trapped in this case and unfortunately, in worldly terms, conspirators got success in their objective to humiliate such a saint and have him put behind the bars.
Asaram Bapu had filed a letter asking for stay on his arrest, which was not shown by media and he was instead depicted as an absconding accused. Further, he had delayed this process due to sudden demise (due to hearing the news of Bapuji’s arrest) of his son’s father-in-law, who was handling Bhopal (MP) ashram perfectly. In reality, Bapuji himself had requested police to come for interrogation and despite his chronic disease – Trigeminal Neuralgia, he co-operated with police personnel. He delivered a satsang in Indore prior to his arrest and requested his disciples to maintain peace & tranquility and do jap (chanting of God’s name) and keep patience so as to co-operate with administration. His disciples were ready to protect him by encircling him but he didn’t even call for his disciples from all over the world to protect him; instead, he instructed his disciples to keep away from all these legal proceedings as the conspirators might also trap them in any manner, which would create agony for their respective families.
Police personnel took Asaram Bapu along with them at the midnight for which they had no legal right to arrest such a venerable person. They forcibly closed his disciples in the rooms who were taking rest or doing jap and brutally thrashed innocent men & women.
However, in Rampal’s case, he had his own force to protect him in the event of any dangerous situation. For the purpose, he used his followers as commandos to preclude his arrest and in the conflict, approximately 250 police and media personnel have been reported to have died or injured, which was lacking in Bapuji’s case. Rampal’s supporters, in order to obstruct his arrest, did firing, stones attack and threw petrol bombs and used grenades and were also ready for acid attacks. Some of the disciples who were discontented, were kept closed by their allegedly called saint Rampal and his people.
After arrest reactions:
Asharam Bapu said in the state of equanimity that prison is also an abode of God (Vaikuntha) for him. And when he was examined by police personnel, he said as to what you check externally, examine yourself within and you will find God.
Rampal, on the other hand, had negative approach during his arrest, as he was well aware of what he had done and regretting on that replied; ‘Vinashkale Viprit Buddhi’, meaning- at the time of crisis, one’s intellect & senses do not work.
Myths and Facts:
It was a false & fake propaganda that the girls, on whom Bapuji threw the shimmering torchlight on (during his satsangs), were sent to him for his sensual pleasure. But the fact is that, not a single proof or single complaint has been found by Police on this cheap claim of media.
On the other hand, it is so disgraceful, though true that the milk used during bath by Rampal, was used in making Kheer to distribute amongst his disciples.
Media’s concocted tales :
Media is comparing Asaram Bapu with Rampal and ideally, they have no right to humiliate the former – a true saint by comparing him with the latter – a bogus one, who does not abide by the rules and regulation of the state. One of the newspaper published that Asaram Bapu had written a letter to Rampal, which is not true. He had no connection with such a fake person mocking the sentiments of his disciples in garb of saint.It is cleared by a comment given by Asaram Bapu in 2006.
Back then, in 2006, Asaram Bapu had clearly stated that Rampal was indulged in illicit activities in the garb of a saint. The latter used to defame other religious branches of Hinduism like Radhaswami, Gaytri Yug Nirmaan Sanstha, Guru Nanak Devji, Arya Samaj etc. and had published matter against those by paying hefty amounts to media deliberately in order to defame true saints.
Media is spinning money by creating rumors of connectivity and similarity in these two cases, which is prima facie, not correct.
Let all Hindus be united and let’s unanimously resolve for bail of Bapuji and his speedy recovery.