Yesterday I got the following email message from someone who has become disillusioned with the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Gurinder Singh Dhillon. The RSSB guru is mired in financial wrongdoing that's been extensively reported on by the Indian financial press.
UPDATE: Originally this post was titled "A Gurinder Singh Dhillon initiate talks about their disillusionment." Obviously since this person was initiated in 1974, it was by Charan Singh, the RSSB guru at the time. My mind failed to register that when I wrote the post, probably because this person speaks about her disillusionment with Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the current RSSB guru. So I've changed the title.
(Click on the Radha Soami Satsang Beas category in the right sidebar and scroll down to see the posts I've written on this subject, along with other issues relating to RSSB.)
Here's the initial message, which this person gave me permission to share. I've made a few edits to delete some personal details, and also fixed some typos. I'm also sharing two follow-up messages from this person. A blog post I wrote about Sheena, who is mentioned in the message, can be read here.
"Haynes" refers to a RSSB center in Great Britain. "Dera" refers to the RSSB headquarters in India. "Shabd" refers to the RSSB teaching about an omnipresent conscious divine power that manifests as sound and light.
I just wanted to personally thank you for exposing Gurinder Singh Dhillon as a fraud. I am an ex satsangi having been initiated in 1974 and was still, until recently, under the misconception that Gurinder was bona fide.
I only saw him twice a year though and had no dealings with Haynes or the Dera. Another, now ex satsangi, alerted me to the hypocrisy going on and the vast amounts of money involved in shady business deals, etc., which led me to investigate your site.
I appreciate your honesty and objectivity in finding out the truth.
I just wish more people would come forward. Sheena did a great service in writing her book, which I read to throw more light on the discrepancies but I get the impression there is a whole lot more that people are keeping quiet about, especially in regard to Gurinder’s personal lifestyle.
What really did it for me was the sheer hypocrisy of a so called ‘spiritual leader’ not practising what they preach.
The last satsang I attended with him, Gurinder distinctly said that no one can acquire vast amounts of wealth without behaving unethically. WITHOUT behaving unethically!
I had no idea of his personal business dealings at that time and in my innocence credited him with integrity and perspicacity.
I sympathise with the barrage of aggressive denials and negative comments you receive. It makes me question why people refuse to accept the facts and prefer lies and denials to support their own delusional belief systems at the cost of truth.
The truth should always be welcome, however disturbing it may be to our preconceived opinions. I congratulate you in your attempts to discover and disclose it. Bravo!
After I replied to this person, asking if they'd be willing to let me share their message in a blog post, I got this response.
Yes, please share if you feel it will help. It's when you fit all the pieces together that you realise the level of double standards going on.
A friend of mine who lives in the UK told me Gurinder's personal residence at Haynes Park was struck by lightning. How symbolic was that?
It caused a fire and the Fire Brigade were called. Gurinder was running in and out trying to salvage his collection of large Panasonic TV sets he had inside. The fireman told him he couldn't go into the building and to please stop. Gurinder took no notice and carried on, retorting, "Just tell them I don't speak English!"
My friend personally knew the fireman involved so it wasn't just hearsay.
How can someone who is supposedly God conscious be so attached to material wealth that he is even prepared to lie? If you read Philosophy of the Masters, Great Master is quite clear on that point and clearly states, "Never tell a lie."
What concerns me is that the young ones with very little knowledge about the original teachings are being duped and misled.
I'm personally struck by Gurinder's contradictions to all the previous teachings. Fortunately, some of the older satsangis will have read the books so they will be able to see the glaring deviations.
Great Master, Jagat Singh and Charan Singh said the complete opposite to many of the things Gurinder is now saying and I have personally noticed that much has been edited from the original editions of Sant Mat books. I could give you examples but don't want to send you too much.
Compare Gurinder's statement that the Radiant Form is a projection of the mind to Charan's, who said the Radiant Form is projected from the Shabd. That's a huge fundamental difference. The Shabd is onmipresent. How else could a Master know the time of a disciple's death and be present?
The physical Master is also aware of that. If he is not, then one cannot say he is a Master.
If you read the original editions of Sant Mat books, examples were given that Great Master knew exactly when his Radiant Form had appeared to a disciple and what had taken place. He was even able to recount in exquisite detail exactly what the Radiant Form had said to the disciple.
In other cases, if the physical Master is not aware of it taking place there is no proof that it was actually the Master appearing. In such cases you could safely assume it was a projection of the mind.
There is a big difference though. A Master is qualified as a Master by being one with the Shabd. Two qualities of the Shabd include omniscience and omnipresence. What I am trying to get at is that those qualities are beyond mind and its projections.
Another point is that the Great Master once said a Master must be a perfect man - if he is not then leave his company.
As you know, great emphasis is placed on chastity. Great Master defined chastity as being chaste in thought, word and deed. I don't see that Gurinder qualifies on that one either. There are so many discrepancies, Brian. It's not just one thing, it's a whole mountain of evidence.
I'm only concerned with the truth, Brian, the rest is of no consequence to me. That's why I say you are performing a great service by revealing it in a dispassionate, objective way. These are facts we are dealing with and people need to be warned of the hypocrisy going on.
To not say anything is to be complicit in the deception.
I have warned the satsangis I personally know regarding Gurinder, but they refuse to even look at the evidence or simply dismiss it. It's too threatening to their belief system.
They believe he is God incarnate and can do no wrong. Personally I find that delusional when presented with the facts. A little basic common sense would suffice but it seems thin on the ground.
History proves that the original teachings of Christianity were radically changed by the Emperor Constantine and Justinian for political reasons. Christians who stuck to the original teachings and were still practising vegetarians had molten lead poured down their throats.
Despite the facts, people prefer their traditions and refuse to acknowledge that the form of Christianity they are now practising is in fact a lie construed by Constantine and the Emperor Justinian. It's the same kind of denial, so it's nothing new but that doesn't make it any less insidious.
Many thanks again, please feel free to edit and use anything I have written which you think is relevant.
Lastly, after another reply from me where I thanked this person for being a truth-teller, I got this response. "Satsangs" are meetings where the RSSB teachings are talked about.