I must say I completely agree with this and feel regret at my choice in ashram. The absolute obsession with status shown by the guru, and his use of students as performing monkeys and entourages at events in order to boost his standing was flabbergasting. If it furthered publicity for him, then anything went. If you objected, you were told you had issues with your ego, and were too western in your way of thinking. Lots of false facts were used to make points, and ‘the emperors new clothes’ effect used - if you were not having outlandish experiences during meditations, you were made to feel you were failing, so you were pushed to pretend you’d had these enormous breakthroughs when you really had not.
I don’t recall one useful pointer on meditation. We were just continually told ‘It was happening’.
There were some great teachers and lovely staff, but his influence tainted things for me and many students struggled or left angry. After 2 months there, I do not feel qualified to teach because of a lack of attention to detail in the course. I also feel pretty depressed, the first time in many years. I’d not recommend.