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Indian Spiritual Gurus and Their Empire of Wealth

By SiliconIndia  |   Thursday, 25 July 2013, 00:30 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Asaram Bapu
Estimated net worth: $64,433,100



Asaram Bapu has been more into headlines for controversies rather than spiritual reasons. The self proclaimed spiritual guru has been among the most controversial gurus and it is reported that babaji has an estimated net worth of $64,433,100.



Asaram Bapu’s trust is said to have turnover Rs 350 crore according to official announcement (figures may vary) which includes the multicrores controversial ashram located in Delhi’s Ridge area.



Controversies



The list of controversies for Asaram Bapu seemed to be quiet lengthy. Recently he has been criticized hugely after his comment on the December 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case. He is quoted as saying: "The girl should have taken God's name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said, 'I consider you my brother' and to the other two, she should have said, 'Brothers, I am helpless. You are my brothers, my religious brothers'. Then the misconduct wouldn't have happened."



A former member of the Asaram ashram, Raju Chandak, claimed in an affidavit with the police that tantric rituals were being performed in the ashram, and that he had seen Asaram Bapu sexually exploiting women.



In the year 2000, the Asaram Ashram was allocated about 10 acres of land in Bhairavi village of Navsari district by the Gujarat government. The ashram encroached on an additional 6 acres, leading to protests in the local villages.



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Reader's comments(6)
1: THIS ARTICLE AND THESE TYPE OF ARTICLES ARE ALL BOGUS. YOU DON'T EXPOSE MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN GURUS. YOU DON'T EXPOSE CORPORATES,BOLLYWOOD ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. IT SEEMS THAT YOUR ENTERPRISE IS RUN BY AL QUIDA OR ISI. EVERYBODY KNOWS DAOOD INVESTMENTS IN INDIAN FILMS, HE COULD BE INVESTING IN YOUR ENTERPRISE AS WELL TO INSULT HINDUISM.
Posted by:rocket singh - 03 Sep, 2013
2: There must be strict enquiries on the wealth acquired by these god-men and god-women and the source of crores of rupees especially from outside the country. Under the label of spirituality there must be exploration into what these huge cash flow and revenues are being spent for. A small portion of the wealth and revenue being spent for humanitarian labels, can't justify the multiples of those amounts being used for obscure purposes! Unfortunately authorities are purposefully negleting such demands.
Posted by:Shan - 29 Aug, 2013
3: why don't you write on ISKON
Posted by:kondalaxmanbabu - 26 Aug, 2013
4: i srongly believe baba ramdev,i suggest the authour to cpmment on any person carefully or public will throw this kind of news agencies.
Posted by:kondalaxmanbabu - 26 Aug, 2013
5: Another example of SiliconIndia's poor journalism. Tehelka's (stooge of CONgressi looters) investigative journalism as a basis for this article exposes the hollowness in the whole article. e.g. Baba Ramdev's tax evasion issue was purely politically motivated as he led the aggressive campaign for bringing black money. So far, neither UPA appointed IT officers couldn't incriminate him as his organization maintains all the records and transactions are transparent. He is crusading against corrupt Pharma industries by reviving India's ancient Ayurveda. He has been running several charities for improving the health of people of India. Could anyone organize without money at national level?

Yet, these paid-Sickular media cannot expose lakhs of crores of black money owned by our rogue politicians from fake Gandhi family to rogue Karunanidhi's family.
Posted by:Pal - 17 Aug, 2013
6: It looks like the author never ever had visited the ashram or ahve received the 'so called' hug from her.
One who has ever received her hug can never write such a hollow article on Amma.
Till now 35 million people have received amma's hug. This includes doctors, engineer's, Harvard and MIT passouts, Scientists and many more. Please do the effort of asking anyone of them about her.
This effort is the least thing one can do before writing an article.
Please don't be a parrot or tape recorder that reads and spaeks. have the confidence of going out in the field and then to write.
Respect comes to one who speaks the truth.
Posted by:Truth - 05 Aug, 2013
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