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Some Questions by Swami Shraddanand as to Why Hindu Preachers Make a Beeline for the West

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.

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Introduction

At the outset, I would like to state that I will not mention the name of any of these so-called Holy men who left India. These men set up Ashram's in the USA and England, not forgetting Europe right from 1860, and never returned back. Their names can be gleaned from the internet. All I will say that the reason for their having left a destitute land, riven by caste and poverty and ruled by the British and choosing to go to America or the affluent world and totally ignoring the backward Tribes of Africa is a fact that cannot be denied.

I had the privilege of interacting with Swami Shraddhanand for nearly 2 years. He had his ashram at Nirmal gown a small Hamlet close to Vasai. He is no more, but his words of wisdom are still with me. Many foreigners at his ashram requested him to come to America to spell out his mind but he refused to go, saying that the poor and destitute in India have a greater need than the affluent people in America.

The Swami, I am referring to should not be confused with Swami Shraddhanand the Arya Samaj, Hindu leader, who at the age of 70, I think in 1926, was shot dead by a Muslim fanatic.

The swami's views

There are many things which I learned from Swami Shraddanand but I will concern myself only regarding his opinion about the Godmen who went to America and Europe. He quoted the Gita which says, "Giving is good; and if the gift is given with a good heart, without expecting anything in return is an act of reaching spiritual highness and true humanity. But you must be very careful about how and where your resources or money is spent and whom it reaches.'

The swami never criticized the n number of Babas and Swamis from India who moved to the USA and England and set up their ashrams there. A vast number of them never came back and they died there. The Swami did hint at the fact that this was not the essence of the Gita.

I wonder why these Babas and Saints decided to go to an affluent country where the people are generally well off. They never thought of going, like the Christian missionaries to the backward tribes of Africa and cure them of their primordial beliefs. More so. most of these Babas never thought it fit to go to the Indian tribal areas in the Northeast like the Naga's and the Mizo's and give them the benefit of Hindu thought. This was done by the Christian missionaries and no wonder 90% of the tribes in the northeast follow the Christian faith.

These Babas also could make no impact in the west where 99% of the people continue to follow the Christian faith. All they achieved was setting up some ashrams and get a few followers and getting some rave columns in the local press.

I am intrigued that these people thought it fit to go there and leave the poor and the destitute. I will leave it at that and allow people to think about it on their own.

Last word

Hinduism is a very rich religion in spiritual thought. However, there is a cardinal difference between it and Abrahamic religions. Hinduism does not advocate conversion or spreading as we say in Christianity "the gospel." It is a religion of love and over the 4000 years never fought a religious war. The Baba's who made a beeline for the West, I wish them well. I would've been happier if they had stayed in India or even gone to the destitute areas of Africa or the Northeast than to travel to affluent societies for purposes, they alone know.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 27, 2021:

Ravi, nice of you to have commented. The sad part is that there are many well-known names who left India for good for Greener in the West. They of course never achieved anything there other than a few Motley followers.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 27, 2021:

I have really strong views as far as babas are concerned.99% of babas are fake and just wanted to earn quick bucks and fame. They strut their stuff in the name of Hinduism and spoil the name of a fantastic religion in the process. If one really wants to do god, do it in India, do it for the backward, poverty-stricken people of India rather than going to the west and getting the two minutes of fame.

Thanks for sharing MG.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 27, 2021:

Yves, thank you for sparing time and commenting.

Yves on February 27, 2021:

America has it's share of so-called holy men from the East and wanna be American gurus who are anything but wise. Most of them are tricksters who have learned how to manipulate naïve Americans out of money.

The guru you met, however, is of a different stripe.... an obviously good, sincere and wise man. How lucky you were to have met him and that he left such a strong impression on your heart.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 26, 2021:

YES, Tom, I was to mention this.

tom on February 26, 2021:

swami shradanand was killed by fanatic abdul rashid,

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 26, 2021:

Thanks, TOM, Nice of you to have commented.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 26, 2021:

Tom, thanks, Most of the Hindu Babas going abroad we're going for selfish reasons. There was one Baba who married his own secretary and so many others have set up ashrams that dot the western world. The swami was right, these so-called godmen would have been better off going to areas in India or Africa but obviously, they were not religious.

tom on February 25, 2021:

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