Here's a clear and compelling video that's based on a Business Today (India) story, "The Baba, Singh Brothers, and the Squandered Rs 225,00,00,00,000," which is $3.2 billion in U.S. dollars.
I've read numerous complicated stories about the problematic financial dealings of the RSSB guru, Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon, his family, and the Singh brothers. But this video keeps things clear and simple in just a bit over 6 minutes.
This is the You Tube description:
"An influential 'Baba' and his family with a weakness for materialism; two young businessmen loaded with nearly Rs 10,000 crore from an asset sale; and a family confidante have together cooked a cauldron that Bollywood potboilers are made of. Their machinations wrecked a flourishing empire and vapourised nearly $3.2 billion (Rs 22,500 crore then) into thin air. Watch BusinessToday.In Editor Rajeev Dubey discuss the fall of the Singh brothers' empire."
I'll use this post as an opportunity to address the many new visitors to this blog from India and other places around the world who are either devotees of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), or sympathetic to the RSSB teachings.
I was a dedicated follower of RSSB for 35 years, 1970 to 2005. I was initiated by Charan Singh in 1971 and did a lot of seva (volunteer work) for RSSB following the succession of Gurinder Singh Dhillon as guru in 1990.
So I know how important the RSSB teachings, also known as Sant Mat, are to those who believe in them. Those teachings were a foundation of my life for over three decades. It was very difficult for me to pull away from them, but I did so after I concluded that I needed to pursue a different spiritual path that made more sense to me.
Here's how I see the current situation with the RSSB guru and the financial dealings involving the Dhillon family.
There are two main issues with Gurinder Singh Dhillon, One is whether the Sant Mat/RSSB philosophy he teaches is true. The other issue concerns the controversial financial dealings he's been a part of since he became the RSSB guru.
I'd like this blog to be a welcoming place for people who are interested in, and worried about, the second issue, even though they still believe in the RSSB teachings. And I see these as separate issues.
Recently l've been focused on the guru's financial dealings, because this is what's being reported on by Indian business publications. I've written a lot about why I don't believe in the Sant Mat/RSSB philosophy any more, but again, this is a different issue from whether Gurinder Singh Dhillon has violated ethical, and possibly legal, norms with the Dhillon family financial entanglements.
Likewise, some people who visit this blog are supporters of Donald Trump. I'm not. But hopefully we could all agree that if the Mueller investigation finds that Trump was engaged in legal wrongdoing, there should be consequences for this.
It doesn't matter whether someone likes Trump, or endorses his policies. Wrongdoing is a separate issue from Trump's policy positions. Likewise, I'm trying to differentiate between the RSSB guru's position as a religious leader, and his involvement in questionable financial dealings.
Lastly, I hope visitors to this blog from India and other countries keep in mind that the United States, where I live, has a strong commitment to free speech embedded in our Constitution as the First Amendment.
So in my country, we're free to criticize or praise religions with few, if any, restrictions. My understanding is that other countries, including India, have different laws.
I mention this because I can tell from comments left on this blog along the lines of, "You can't say that about Baba Gurinder Singh!", that some visitors to this Church of the Churchless are viewing things from their own cultural perspective, rather than from how free speech is viewed in the United States.
But we all live in the same world, and we all are human beings. So what unites us is, really, greater than what divides us. Open discussion and debate is a wonderful thing, because it helps us to understand each other better. That's what I'm trying to accomplish on this blog.
We may disagree at times, but we always can respect our differences. If everybody was alike, this would be a hugely boring world.