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Asaram Bapu: “10th Year of Injustice”?

Asaram was one of the best yogic saints in India, along with a select few others, including Satya Say Baba, Ramdev Baba, Devraha Baba, Eknath Eawaran, and Swami Rama. When I was a young child, I could hear the holy song of love almost everywhere in India. Despite the fact that justice has always existed, I have never cared about ...

Asaram was one of the best yogic saints in India, along with a select few others, including Satya Say Baba, Ramdev Baba, Devraha Baba, Eknath Eawaran, and Swami Rama. When I was a young child, I could hear the holy song of love almost everywhere in India. Despite the fact that justice has always existed, I have never cared about it. Since Asaram Babu was one of the most respected members of the Indian public, I had no idea what had happened to him or how the justice system had crumbled. Could this be another nightmare or a yogic saint's planned game? Later, when I discovered this, I was shocked.

However, there is compelling evidence that we should not allow this to happen again in our society or country. I am totally against the brutal act of Asaramji, but I still oppose it. How could this happen? He was born Asumal Sirumalani Harpalani (born April 17, 1941), a well known religious leader and yogic saint known as Asaram Bapu. His words could inspire millions of devotees and be used to deliver great speeches through his satang.
Babu began his prominence in 1971 in Ahmedabad. Motera was the place located near the banks of Sabarmati where his small hut grew faster like a bullockcart to bullet train. Within two years, his hut was no more exist. It was converted into Ashram in 1973 and his beginning with 5 followers.

He used to read religious stories and tell his audience in another form that motivates the people. His narration style differed from that of the other saint. He used to dance and incorporate humor and music in such a way that audiences could consume it all in one sitting. The major followers and the great Indian politicians, including L.K. Advani, Narendra Modi, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Despite being born in Pakistan, his teachings were Hindutva-centric.

Asaram was ahead of schedule, which surprised devotees. His spiritual journey was ruined by his economic assets. The ashrams turned into businesses that earned core rupees, which ruined the empire of Asaram Bapu and his ashrams. In 2008, his net worth was Rs 5,000 crores. Money, it is said, brings power with a cruel mind. Bapu was caught in an illegal land forgery and thus left with a large amount of pain on his head.

Moreover, by 2013, all his Gurukuls (private schools) were shut down due to deaths of the students and wide spread use of black magic. However, one controversial comment about the Delhi gang rape case was never digested by the public. Asaram said, “The victim is as guilty as her rapists... She should have called the culprits' brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don't think so." The comments were criticized and repeated in the news.

After all this, he was still in safe hands. In August 2013, however, one demon act destroyed his entire empire. Following a complaint from the father of a 16-year-old girl, Bapu was charged with sexual assault. As well, three months later, in December 2013, another two sisters from Surat caught both Narayan (his son) and Asaram. They were arrested on charges of rape. This brutal case was happened in Asaram’s Asharam back in mid 2000s.

There are many other things that happened from 2014 to 2015. Do you really believe there is a 10th year injustice?

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