This is a response to an email I received from “K. Dubash” - I surprisingly receive these types of inquiries often so I am posting the response here for all to see, in an effort to save time/energy in the future.
You make so many statements about other Kriya teachers, proclaiming them false or frauds.
You presume to know Yogananda ji on a personal level, and presume to know why he did what he did. I suspect this is something you read somewhere. No one really knows how and why he altered some of the techniques, or why SRF is doing what they are doing.
I don’t think I proclaimed to know PY on a “personal” level. It’s quite clear that he probably altered the techniques in an effort to make them more digestible for Americans/Westerners.
(Perhaps it’s the American penchant for efficiency and profit).
I think PY had good intentions when he altered the Kriyas.
But one thing is certain. Yoganandaji was a great soul, and, like it or not, has inspired millions, which he continues to do to this day. Judging him is a result of sheer arrogance.
Commenting on PY’s “soul” is a purely subjective endeavor. I as a human being have the right to judge anything I so choose. Proclaiming that judgement is “sheer arrogance” is, again, subjective.
You speak of Govind Marshall and denounce his teachings as ‘false kriyas’. I am assuming you have gone through his initiation and techniques.
He has never claimed his teachings are that from Lahiri Mahasaya. Can I assume you never found his techniques helpful?
Even worse, he claims his teachings are from “Babaji” and has proclaimed to have numerous delusional and/or hallucinatory episodes wherein he believed he was contacting LM’s guru.
And yet I know so many mature and thinking people who swear by his methods.
This is an appeal to popularity, and as such is an obvious fallacy.
But one cannot deny one thing. Govind Marshall is a man whose aim is one and one only. To spread the name of Babaji.
“Spreading the name of Babaji” has nothing to do with being a kriya yogi and is more similar to the Christian idea of ministry (i.e. "Spreading the Gospel, name of Jesus, etc.).
Are you aware of his life, and how and where he spent a major portion of his youth? He has no organisation, just a bunch of acharyas who go around teaching his methods. But you seem convinced he is a fraud. Arrogance again?
Yes, the life story is readily available online.
Were you present when he was accused of ‘sexual advances’? Or did you hear this directly from the victim? (Regarding Shibendu Lahiri)
I heard directly from the victim. In addition, it became common knowledge due to his repeated offenses of multiple women.
Or did you read about it somewhere? Or did you hear about this from someone who heard about this from someone a hundred times removed? Yet you choose to mention this heresy in a note you write on the net, which will be seen and, tragically, believed and repeated by millions.
People are free to believe whatever they want. I am allowed to express my criticisms in a public forum. This is freedom.
You say he seems to be in a virtual trance most of the time, that he doesn’t look you in the eye, that he has copied Jiddu Krishnamurthy’s philosophy.
Yet I have not found any one these in all my interactions with him. He looks me straight in the eye when talking, although it is correct to say that he often speaks with his eyes closed, which to my way of thinking suggests he is talking from the heart.
I didn’t mean to imply he never gives eye contact. I was implying that he doesn’t pay proper attention to whom he is speaking. He talks “at” people, not “to” people. As a consequence of this behavior, Shibendu often reacts to things he “thinks” are happening but in actuality he is just tripping.
Krishnamurthy’s philosophy and what Shibendu says may be somewhat similar. But isn’t that the case of all these teachers ? Shibendu talks of no-mind, stillness, the rejection of all ‘contructs of the mind’. And yet this is exactly what all the books on the theory of Kriya Yoga states, again and again.
Shibendu’s father himself voiced reservations about his son’s involvement with Krishnamurti and Osho philosophy. This may have contributed to the reason his father chose Ashoke Chatterji to write LM’s biography instead of his own “dynastic” son.
You appear to be on some kind of crusade of exposing false teachers and cults. A noble undertaking. False and money making rackets have existed in all spheres of life, so why should religion and spirituality be any exception?
I don’t consider it a “crusade” because “it” is simply a forum post, made years ago at this point. I do not even think about it. Only when I am emailed do I remember it.
But as a practitioner of Kriya Yoga (I am making that assumption) you need to ask yourself why you are doing this? Is it a genuine need to help your fellow man?
Or is it a desire to see your name in print, or for people to look up to you?
My name is definitely not in print and no one looks up to me, so these concerns are irrelevant to the situation.
You need to genuinely determine that is not some ego thing, to build, reinforce and strengthen the ego, something which a Kriyaban sets out to destroy in the first place.
Thank you for your concern. Albeit misguided, I think your intentions are positive. All of those preliminary considerations were validated before I made the original post.