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Friday, July 4, 2014
It Is Economy, Not Compassion; Moron!
years I had participated in committees organizing empowerment rituals for
various masters, gurus and the like to come to Malaysia for various blessing
and dharma sessions. However, I would shy away now days from organizing or
involving in such activities as I am bored with dealing with money matters.
really think that people come here to really spread the dharma free of charge
like the MagicSEA? Well, think again! It is all about money matters that are
what I can assure you; not great compassion as the good outsiders would like to
think. Let me show you a classical example of how money talks (just ball park
a guru with 5 disciples would cost MYR30,000 including air fares, transport and
logging about a decade ago.
ritual items including making ‘torma’ or ritual cakes, other offering stuffs as
with any standard fire sacrifice rituals and rental of location for the ritual
may cost another MYR20,000.
of advertisement materials and booklets would cost around MYR10,000 or so.
guru would like some donation to bring back to support all his disciples back
home and that would be another MYR40,000 excluding those donated by ceremony
participants. The price goes up if the guru is a famous and much sought after
So you see,
about 10 years ago; an average guru would bag MYR100,000 home in one session!
Bear in mind also that after paying such fees, the participants will not get the
real deal without further involving in the Dharma Center to do voluntary works.
I see families broke up just because the wives wanted to ‘create merit’ and
stay in the Dharma Center to take care of the gurus. One may wonder why…
At one time
there were so many dharma talks and empowerment sessions in Penang that people
just throw out white flags and say they had enough. And I remembered to have
sat in the fund raising committee with the guru in the center with a grimed face.
He kept repeating: “We need more money! Our expenditure is too high! Think how
we can raise more funds!”
assure you that that wasn’t an amicable guru during the compassionate dharma
talk! Perhaps we are really getting poorer that large scale ritual sessions are
getting lesser now days; or perhaps those rituals are still being held.
Whatever case that may be; I am already out of the loops for good. For the
rest, think twice before inviting a guru and so be warned.