And more will probably be coming.
Many gurus have detractors, and thus far Sri KB does not have an inordinate
number, nor any specific "proven" criminal dirt against him. Nevertheless, i am
devoting some –ve attention to him, as he has come to loom fairly large in the
current spiritual scene and his well-oiled money machine needs to be considered.
Eyebrows are raised at the enormous bucks charged for 21-day enlightenment
courses (guaranteed, with after-the-fact exceptions and reservations), and for private
darshans with Kalkiji and wife Amma, as well as the enormous trust funds
controlled by family members, etc.
Many long-time seekers are appalled by this charging of big money for
"spiritual services." And many others are apparently content to throw
this money at him, as his empire expands exponentially. Caveat emptor indeed.
A correspondent has recently reminded me of his shifting sites, names and
offerings. All have changed or "evolved" over the years. Originally i
was happy to give him the benefit of the doubt, though his "world
transformation" was taking some time and sites kept shifting. Now a name
change to a simpler Sri Bhagavan, and offerings are no longer "Deeksha"
but "Oneness Blessing." These shiftings can also be called shiftiness,
as one has to stay one step of the Spiritual Consumer Protection Branch, as well
as offer something fresh
"Sri Kluckey Bugman": Satirical blog from ex, see especially 10
the Money: News outlets and other folks beginning (2010) to get on the case
of the enormous bucks, and what happens to some of it. Stay tuned.
Modern Rationalist: backgrounder on Indian religious exploitation in general
with a little Kalki history before he became a guru.
Lots of commentary, analysis, harsh and critical, with gossip and newsy input,
particularly the biographical How The Kracki Became A Criminal.
Ever-expanding, first link is to blog search results for "Kalki." Try also
"Kracki," his satirical pseudonym.
Conway's Severe Problems with "Bhagavan
Kalki's" Deeksha Oneness Movement, a wide-ranging and thorough
critique, incl early history, from a prominent guru-ethicist
Rainbow Network: Extended email correspondence with "Janneke," who
did the $5000 [sic!] course, starts with small grouses about details, ends with big
disillusionment, includes emails from Kiara Windrider, a big western Kalki
Money Trail: Indian
taxmen follow some of the big bucks, still fairly inconclusive.
Sri Kalki Times: Biting satire from
Indian blog includes hard look at the money and catastrophe predictions.
Freddy Nielsen (LivingInJoy.com)
was a big deeksha-giver and promoter, now on the outs. Site now down pending
reconstruction (of his life?), home page conveys some regrets and insights.
Also, Deeksha & Oneness Secrets,
Freddy Nielsen's blog. He no longer contributes but there are occasional updates
and the archive has some scathing big-insider criticisms
Hidden Sides of Diksha:
Startup with not a lot of original material so far, some letters from
disaffected, stay tuned, though trippy URL tricks disable "back"
Kalki Bhagavan Warning:
Blog startup from 4-year veteran . . . "an enormous money pyramid based on some truths from the vedas and the destruction of the world for year 2012."
now REMOVED, by persons unknown
Blogs: Register of tons of Blogs kept up-to-date by Google, for thorough
research (WARNING: includes +ve!)
Business?: Experiences of Spanish author, "At the end of the process you have such a
Stockholm syndrome that you will do whatever for the master." Links mostly
as here but one to a Spanish blog.
Mostly on Ananda Marga and Ammachi, but a long para on "Vijayakumar Naidu"
and his early brushes with the law and relocation to Andhra Pradesh where he
enjoys the protection of the former Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu.
English and Spanish blog, extensive articles on Kalki Finance etc, based in S