Amidst the debate and criticism of the 'Baba' phenomenon (referring to pseudo gurus), the concept that got tarnished is the Vedic Guru-Shishya tradition of India.
In the present times, the situations are igniting widespread examination of the Babas and their instrumentality. Being infuriated by the shocking revelations unfolding from the fictitious cover of spirituality and religion, almost everybody has jumped in to hold opinions on the subject of faith, belief, and the mode of access to God. The whistle-blowers are on their way to paint every institution and religious leader with the same brush. The westernised intelligentsia has been fast to coin words such as 'Self Styled Godmen' and 'Dera Heads'.
It's true and appreciated that through advanced communication means, falsity and ill deeds throbbing in the garb of fake babas are getting exposed. However, by generalising it for the entire fraternity of Spiritual Gurus and going to the extent of questioning as to why a person needs any mediator between him and God at all, is alarming. The intelligentsia is hell bent on proving that either devotees do not have brains or they don't use it while following the Babas, as in their view all Gurus are fake. However, by mocking and ruling out the very need of Guru and one’s attempt towards seeking refuge of the Guru, a serious damage is being done to the Guru-Shishya Parampara- the age old Guru-disciple tradition of ‘Bharat’.
India is a land of seers and saints like Adiguru Shankaracharya, Maharishi Aurobindo, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Yogananda Paramhansa, Swami Ram Tirtha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Gautam Buddha, Mahavira Swami, and alike. ...Do we have the complete basis to label that ‘Brahmveta Satgurus” (Spiritual Masters established in Brahman, the Supreme) were only an occurrence in the past? However the majority of saints named above belong to the current era. ...
...Swami Vivekananda also exposed fake Gurus of his time, while carrying out his search for a genuine one. What was the basis of his expose?...
To know this and furthermore, read the complete article in October'17 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.