Below is a message from Osho Robbins about how cult'ish meetings of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) devotees have become.
I can relate to what he says, based on my own experience. In the 1990's I was a "security" volunteer at RSSB gatherings featuring the current guru, Gurinder Singh Dhillon. I got carried away with my own supposed importance, just like the person Robbins encountered.
After all, if the guru is God, and the chain of command emanating from the guru instructs you to perform certain duties, then... you're doing God's will!
Sure, that's bullshit, but bullshit is what fuels religions. Read on. Here's a photo of Haynes Park that I got from a Google Images search. It's in England.
You are welcome to use this email on your blog. I went to the Haynes Park satsang today (18th August) and this incident happened before the satsang started.
I was walking along the path when I stopped to talk to my associate who was walking alongside. A perfectly reasonable thing to do in normal day to day living.
The sevadar asked me why I have stopped walking and asked if I was waiting for someone. Just to give him an answer I said yes.
He then asked me to step to one side so I don't obstruct the way. So my associate and I stepped to one side. So far this was pretty reasonable. But then it all changed.
"Can you stand on that side?" the sevadar asked, pointing to the other side of the walkway, but it was clearly not a request but an order.
And on that particular day and time I was in the mood for a little playful confrontation. So I said the magical word, "NO."
The sevadar then pointed out that he was asking me politely to stand on the other side. To which I said that I was politely saying no.
I then pointed out to the sevadar that I was standing on the side out of the way of the people who were walking. I said that I would happily stand on the other side of the pathway if he can give me one logical reason for it.
His response was this: “I have been told to do this and I am carrying out my orders.” I pointed out that his response was not a logical reason, so I would not be complying.
He then goes around the corner and calls for backup. Not wanting to cause a major incident, I left the scene. However, If I had stayed, you can pretty much guess what was going to happen next.
Backup would have arrived and they would have ‘asked me’ politely to comply. 90% of the time, the person would now comply and the incident would end. But just for the sake of argument, let’s say I still refused to comply.
What would happen next? Well, I would imagine that they would ask me to leave the site and if I still refused I guess the last resort would be to call the police and tell them that I was trespassing. And the police would then escort me off the premises.
Now here’s my point.
RSSB is becoming a very authoritarian organization. I can walk into a gurudwara or a Hindu temple or a mosque and I would not get treated in this manner. I would be free to walk anywhere and sit anywhere.
Nobody would be standing around to tell me which way to go. So, the big question is why is RSSB so authoritarian? And when exactly did it become so?
I remember in the previous master’s time – it was nothing like this. There were still sevadars – but they were there to HELP you – not order you about.
Now they tell you exactly where to sit. If you decide to sit somewhere else – they look at you like you are a trouble maker.
Why are the sevadars so obsessed with authority, and who has authorized all this?
It has to come from the top. There is a saying: the fish rots from the head. So I can only assume that the authoritarian attitude comes from the top.
RSSB is no longer a peaceful spiritual organization. Next time you are at satsang take a close look at the ‘sevadars’. They walk around with an air of authority like they are police officers.
They have no compassion and don’t care to help anyone. They are there to follow orders from above. They are not there to make anyone’s life any easier. They just follow orders blindly.
They will gang up on anyone who fails to obey their orders. They carry radios so they can call for backup if anyone fails to comply.
And this is a peaceful, spiritual organization that leads to god-realisation? Give me a fu?*!ing break!
The sevadars are on a power trip. They want to get ‘higher up’ in the organization. The higher up they get – the more power and privileges they enjoy. Forget all about spiritual aspirations, at this point the disciple is caught firmly in the web of ego and his desire is for power and status.
RSSB reminds me more of the type of organization that appears once a master leaves. There is no humility or service in sight. Just as Sikhism is a far cry from the humble beginnings of Guru Nanak, so RSSB is a far cry from the humble beginnings in Agra.
Or course the followers claim they have the truth. But so do the Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and the followers of all other religions.
How does RSSB stand out from other religions?
In the beginning the ‘master’ used to conduct satsang. It was unheard of that anyone not realized could deliver a satsang. Satsang was never considered to be an exposition of theory.
In fact – the story of Vivekananda asking Ramakrishna if he has seen God or is just speaking from book-knowledge clearly illustrates this point.
Giving out theory is not satsang. Bulleh Shah also says “Kaush raulla paya aalmah….” Which means: “The unrealized speakers are just making a noise (talking nonsense)”
That is what RSSB has become. The satsangs are given by those who have no experience and are simply re-citing from scriptures, and giving theory.
Swami Ji would be turning in his grave if he saw what Radha Soami has become today. The focus is on expansion and acquiring property and becoming a wealthy organization.
The followers have clearly forgotten the story of Baba Sawan Singh being told by Jaimal Singh that if he constructed the Dera – he would get bound here and it would one day become just another religion. That day has arrived.
Jaimal singh would not even build a single building – choosing instead to live in a mud hut. What Sawan Singh started has now become a huge business empire and another trap for true seekers.
Any true seeker would run away as fast as they can before they get caught up in the power struggle and rituals of RSSB.
The poor followers are brain-washed into thinking they are the privileged ones and that the master will come and save them at the time of death. This was clearly said at that very satsang at Haynes Park – even though Gurinder Singh clearly says this is not the case.
The followers are so confused – they just hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe.