It's not surprising that devotees of a guru who is considered by them to be God in human form, despite any evidence he possesses any divine qualities, are unable to recognize the reality of the massive financial fraud Gurinder Singh Dhillon is deeply enmeshed in.
Reading irrational comments on this blog from people afflicted with blind faith, I feel like I'm viewing a murder trial where a defense attorney repeats over and over, "Members of the jury, his fingerprints weren't on the murder weapon, so you must find my client not guilty."
OK. That one fact is true.
But the DNA of the accused was found next to the bloody body of the murder victim. Video evidence shows the accused entering the victims's home at the time of the murder, and leaving soon after. Witnesses in neighboring homes heard the victim shout the accused person's name, "Derek, stop, put the knife down!"
In any important situation, reasonable people want to look at all the evidence, all the facts, when trying to understand what's going on.
However, religious believers and others with rigid minds start with a conclusion -- like "The guru is innocent of any wrongdoing" -- then desperately search for any information, no matter how feeble, that supports their desired conclusion.
Case in point, a commenter on this blog who doesn't have the courage to use her actual name in comments, but goes by "Anon." She's been frantically trying to excuse Gurinder Singh Dhillon (GSD), the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas in India, from the wrongdoing he's been accused of.
Here's a recent example of Anon's refusal to look at facts that don't support her blind faith that the guru is a Perfect Living Master, so couldn't have committed financial fraud.
Spence I don’t need to reply to your livemint article as dungerees just did. Like he said it’s based on anonymity and an email they received. I have the most recent Sebi report on fortis which came out after this article was written and it makes no Mention of master. End of story.
Another commenter, Amar, demolished Anon's twisted thinking in his own comment.
Anon, you explained away the court's decision. Typical and what I would expect. Keep on keeping on, you have just proven exactly what most people here have determined. Doesn't matter if it slapped you in the face, the truth is meaningless. You don't get brownie points for writing what you're writing.
Anyone with an ounce of selectivity and impartiality would recognize that hmm, there might be something there, might I'm going to have to wait and see what comes next. You can't even do that. So that makes your analysis irrelevant.
In science, you look at all the inputs, make observations, analyze, then conclusions and recommendations.
So we're at the inputs, observations and analysis stage. Conclusions will be forth coming and we can speculate. That's how a normal person evaluates and responds to input. We do it when shopping for the family, to voting in the next leader of our nation. You're doing it selectively.
Again, I'm not trying to change your mind. You're just dismissing everyone except GSD. You're even throwing his own wife and kids and daughter in law under the bus to exclude GSD. That doesn't help your defense of GSD because you're showing extreme bias by not even considering anything.
That's dangerous. It's not about me or anyone else trying to be right. It's about you admitting that it could be. Even if it's just a 5% percent chance, you won't admit it. That's where you lose credibility. You think everything can be explained away.
When the next shoe drops for these people, we'll all wait for your brilliant explanation as to why it doesn't apply to GSD. Spencer has elaborately explained in great detail for anyone to understand. Your bias and blind faith won't allow you to see what's in front of your face. Not even one, single piece of report or finding.
You epitomize the mindset of anyone steeped in blind faith and dogma. Good luck to you, this back and forth with you is futile. Have a nice life and deep down, I wish it were as you say, but most of us live in the real world and we have to look at the facts and rule of law. What you describe goes against that.
Yet somehow "Anon" considers this the "end of the story" because the reports didn't mention the name of the RSSB guru, just the names of Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, the guru's cousins, along with the names of shell companies. Well...
(1) Malvinder has filed a criminal complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police against his brother (Shivinder), Gurinder Singh Dhillon, other members of the Dhillon family, and their close associates. The complaint alleges conspiracy to commit financial fraud and a death threat made by the guru's attorney. (Click here for a blog post I wrote about the complaint.)
(2) Sheetal Talwar, a filmmaker, has filed a criminal complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police alleging that associates of the RSSB guru made a death threat against him after he sought repayment of a million dollar loan he'd made to Gurinder Singh Dhillon.
(3) Religare, a public company that lost money in the financial fraud, has filed a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police against Sunil Godhwani, the guru's right hand man, and others. The complaint seeks tracing and restitution of the fraudulently siphoned money that went into shell companies, and then into the pockets of the Dhillon family and their associates.
(4) One of the shell companies cited in the Religare complaint is Prius Real Estate. A story in the Indian financial press based on several credible sources shows that the Dhillon family were directors of Prius Real Estate at the time the fraud occurred.
Subsidiaries of RHC Holding had lent funds to Prius Real Estate Pvt. Ltd, previously owned by Dhillon’s wife, Shabnam Dhillon, and his close associate Yuvraj Narain Gorwaney, two people familiar with the developments said. The same entity was later owned by Dhillon’s confidants—Rajveer Singh and Gurpreet Sodhi. However, the entity has now moved to two trusts, Jamuntree and Grace Trust.
“When the money went from RHC to Prius Real Estate, it was owned and controlled by the Dhillon family and these decisions were directly taken by Sunil Godhwani as he was running RHC," one of the two people close to Malvinder Singh and his brother said on condition of anonymity.
(5) Sunil Godhwani, who to my understanding has served as the treasurer or financial officer of Radha Soami Satsang Beas and has close ties to the RSSB guru, has been charged with criminal conspiracy by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police, along with the Singh brothers and others.
(6) The High Court of Delhi has ordered that money be recovered from Dhillon and his family members, along with about 50 other people and entities, many of which had been controlled by the RSSB guru, his family, and close associates.
(7) Sheetal Talwar, through his attorneys, has informed the Securities and Exchange Board of India that Gurinder Singh Dhillon and his family were both the major beneficiaries of the fraudulent funds, and involved in the conspiracy to illegally siphon the funds from public companies.
Talwar has told Sebi that even though its Religare investigation via forensic audit firm MSA concluded fund diversion and large scale irregularities and illegalities, the probe did not lift the corporate veil to disclose the ultimate beneficiaries of the diversion.
Advocates & Solicitors Kartikeya & Associates-representing Talwar-have submitted to Sebi on 29 May, 2019 that, "...the persons who have benefitted the most and/or on whose instance the said illegalities and irregularities were and/or have been committed have yet not been identified. Please note that the persons and/or the shadow promoters of REL, RFL and their other group companies is one Gurinder Singh Dhillon (GSD/Babaji) and his family".
This blog is all about truth. The truth about God. The truth about religions. The truth about gurus. The truth about science. In the largest sense, the truth about reality.
Some sources of truth are more valid than others.
When it comes to the truth about the RSSB guru's involvement in financial fraud, it makes sense to trust these sources more than devotees of the guru who are desperate to excuse his wrongdoing: official investigators in India, journalists with Indian financial publications, court rulings, insiders with direct knowledge of the fraud.
Usually, understanding the truth about a complex situation requires the broadest possible perspective. Facts should be collected from a broad spectrum of sources. But as noted above, not all sources are equally valid. So assessing the trustworthiness of where information about a subject you're interested comes from is all-important.
Keep this in mind when you read comments on this blog about any subject. Some commenters, like Amar, are sincerely dedicated to truth. Others, like Anon, are dedicated only to defending their personal views.
Thus trust those who base their conclusions on a wide collection of facts, not on those who present a narrow set of facts designed to support their pre-determined conclusions.