The intention of this post is not a reverse smear campaign; rather it is made with the intention to bring awareness to seekers and new comers, to watch out, do a sanity check, ask basic questions of any system before diving deep in -- to something like advanced yoga. Not feel disillusioned after years like me. I doubt that I will be allowed to post this in AYP.
Please check out the following AYP forum post by Yogani (the anonymous founder and teacher of AYP). This post by yogani, with the title, "Those Gurus......", has brought to attention, to a site called, "Stripping the Gurus". This "Stripping the Guru's" website that Yogani felt compelled to bring to the attention of every one start a new thread on his forum (he says, he just laughed and does not want to become like these Gurus!) demeans, insults just about every guru and tradition in the world. When I clicked the link and read some, I was shocked -- scroll down on the link to the bottom to see the Table of Contents, which yogani says he looked at and "laughed". Please checkout the stripping gurus link and decide for yourself. Ramakrishna paramahansa was called a pedophile. Dalai Lama, Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, J. Krishnamurthi... list goes on, none were spared. Grave insults, humiliation with hardly any facts to corroborate. It does not leave any respectable teacher from any tradition in the past. I understand Yogani did not post the original link. But, he felt compelled to start a new thread with this link, he considered to leave a smear campaign against highly regarded teachers/gurus was acceptable and welcome in AYP Forums. He said he laughs when he read it, he thinks it was funny. I think it is ironic. There is also a pitch for his system in the end of the post, how different AYP is and all...
Link to the post made by yogani in AYP forums: Those gurus -- wheat and chaff
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic Page: of 2yoganiUSA5066 PostsPosted - Feb 13 2007 : 11:51:29 AM Show Profile Visit yogani's Homepage Reply with Quote Get a Link to this Messagequote:Originally posted by Swami VajraCheck out www.strippingthegurus.com and read some disturbing truths about some of the big name Gurus. No one is perfect, we must keep our balance at all levels of knowledge.Hi Swami Vajra:Wow. Thanks for that. The table of contents made me laugh until I cried.But no need to cry anything but happy tears. The secret is out...The guru is in all of us.And for the benefit of all those spiritual teachers and gurus -- without them we would not be where we are today, and where we are today is a vast improvement over where we were a century ago. To a large degree, they were victims as much as anyone. We gave them the power over us, and as the old saying goes, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" ... at least in worldly affairs it can.AYP is bound and determined to be something different ... an entirely written teaching that cannot abuse its readers (hopefully). An exciting experiment!---------------PS: Also see this lesson called, "The Difference Between Enlightenment and Perfection": http://www.aypsite.org/260.html
If such ridiculing of every master in the world in the worst possible way; humiliating them, a smear campaign with no facts to support them as some one pointed in that same post -- this is acceptable on the AYP forums. It seems like, it was subtly even welcomed. But, this same system (AYP) won't even listen to constructive criticism or open questions about it's methods!
If this is not Hypocrisy, then what is??? Apologize for using a strong word, the point here warrants it. Yogani says that he does not want to end up like the gurus on that list. Whatever be the case, the gurus that were smeared on that link, at least came out openly and helped people, their disciples and the world in general. It is easy to hide oneself (may be there is a strong reason he wants to stay anonymous) and laugh at the humiliating insults of gurus from various venerable traditions. His own words, that he does not want to end up like them or on that list, shows clearly, that he want to sit behind a veil and promote his teachings, with the fear that if the world knows who he is, he might get ridiculed!!!
Edited by cauvery, 06 January 2017 - 10:26 AM.