One of the things I some times (but not always) disliked about some (but not all) previous government leaders (especially after Indira Gandhi) was their SAFFRON AVERSION. They were exhibiting, in my opinion, some times explicit and some times implicit aversion towards Hindu saints, even while cultivating leaders of other religions.
It is true that there are some fake swamis and fake Babas in India who were and are taking advantage of gullible Public's belief Systems.
There is need to get educated about the Good and the Bad among the religionists and spiritualists. . That said, becoming a true renunciate, is a great achievement in life. An ordinary person does not renounce any thing.
We are all acquisitive. We want all possible comforts. We want name, fame, recognition, comforts, following and every other darned thing on earth, that we can possibly possess. We are acquisitive and Possessive. Most of us are GREEDY. Some of us are also JEALOUS of what others Possess. Amongst this category, some of us also try to somehow possess what others possess.
Very few of us also know the JOY OF GIVING. But, we can give only when and if we acquire. So, we acquire first; then, we give part of it. This, possibly is second best thing we can do, after people who are just possessive and acquisitive.
But, India can also boast of another class of people who are not only jealous of others' possessions but make all-out efforts to take away others' Hard earned Possessions by hook or crook, by force or threat or by any other foul means. Such people exist among Politicians, among criminals and among Police forces too, to a certain extent. I have heard of some Powerful Politicians who slap even cases of murder, or any other case on some others, to force them to give up their possessions in the former's favour.
So, world consists of all types of Greedy people. In the midst of all of us - also exist the likes of Baba RamDevji, Sri Sri Ravisankar, Jaggi Vasudev and a few like them - for whom, material possessions mean nothing; and material possessions exist only to wipe off others' sorrows;
The Government of India, it appears, offered both baba Ram Dev and Sri Sri Ravishankar - PADMA AWARDS this time. Earlier Governments, anyway, would never have done that. But, this Government recognized their Great Services and decided to honour them with these awards. On seeing this news, i also expressed my happiness through the Blog Post dated 24th, below.
But, today's News Papers report that Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar, who were offered these awards - expressed their THANKS to the Government and politely declined to accept these awards. Well. That is why they are what they are. I offer my respects and Pranams to them once again - for this clarity in their life. Now- please do read my Blog Post dated 24th also.
Blog Post dated 24th,Jan,2015 :
There are News Paper Reports that of many others, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Baba Ram Devji are also being considered for Padma awards this Independence Day.