My life as an ex devotee.
The good things that have happened to me
and the bad things I have got rid of.
Document date: 11-28-02
From: Åsa Samsioe
It is now more than a year since I took down SB from his pedestal and ceased to be his devotee.
My fears of an empty and poor life without SB have not come true.
On the contrary, I can see that my life today has taken a change for the better.
I would like to share my experiences and infuse courage to all those devotees who are now on their way to change their life from devotee to ex devotee.
I would also like to infuse hope to all those who are still afflicted by the painful treachery, they have gone through.
I am happy that nowadays, I can trust my own discrimination without censorship.
I never wanted to make myself half blind, half dumb or half deaf, as SB wants us to be, when he says: see no evil, hear no evil, and so on....
I prefer to call things by their proper names. For me itīs an evil thing to molest young and innocent boys, even if I donīt want to call SB evil. But his behavior is....
Even if SBīs devotees try their best, to explain his sexual molestations, (when they canīt deny these actions any more, they try to explain them!) my heart, my buddhi, my education and my knowledge strongly protest against all their explanations.
Nowadays Itīs a rare thing for me to be surprised, when I hear things about people, because I have already read the signs a long time before the surprise comes.
When I first heard about SBīs sexual molestations, I wasnīt surprised at all. Some part of me already knew. But it took some time to admit the truth to myself, because it hurts very much to lose your illusions and your hope.
I knew that the allegations were true, but I wanted desperately to find a probable explanation, that would justify his actions. But there is no truthful and probable explanation!
God didnīt only create us with hearts. He also created us with brains. I suppose He also wants us to use them. There is a saying Use it or lose it.
I donīt want to lose mine..
There was an e-mail exchange between David Wolff and Ex Baba on exbaba.com recently.
David Wolff wrote in his answer to Ex Baba: your messages will be permanently deleted from my database before they arrive .....
Thatīs in a nutshell what the whole thing is about!
To be able to continue being a devotee to SB, you have to permanently delete extensive association areas of the cortex in your brain. And you also have to be very effective in censoring incoming stimuli... But of course this leads to fragmentation in the end!
You canīt imagine how glad I am that I escaped from that fate!
It also feels good to release my mind from the thoughts I always used to nourish, when I was still a devotee; if I had or had not SBīs Grace.
Many of his devotees spoil much of their energy trying to get this Grace.
Exactly what this Grace is about, I never understood. And I wonder if anybody does.
I remember that my personal image of Grace from SB would be something like his patting the top of my head.
Today I am thankful that he didnīt caress my hair with his impure paedophile/pederast hands.
That it is a Grace just to visit SB in Puttaparthi, he has told us. He also told us that nobody can come to him without being called by him.
But that doesnīt prevents SB to repeatedly, in his discourses, blame his devotees for being evil and wicked people.
As a mother I would never dream of calling my own children evil and wicked. But SB, who ought to be our father, does!
He is always blaming his devotees and he constantly says that everything was so much better before; the more before - the better... in spite of the fact that God in disguise has been on earth for more than seventy years now!
I always wondered how it is possible that his Avatarhood didnīt have any benign effect on peoples spiritual an moral growth!
I also wondered how these continuous complaints from SB, will affect his devotees and their self-esteem. It was not good for me. Is it good for anyone?
And even if you have the Grace to be among those happy ones whom he called to his ashram, this doesnīt protects you from getting ill or lose your life in his ashram or being lost in a car accident on your way to him, or being robbed, even if he assures you: why fear when I am here.
I always pondered about these contradictions of his and I was always scared when I went to Puttaparthi with car.
Furthermore, the spiritual work that has to be done for your spiritual growth, you have to do quite on your own.
The physical nearness of God/SB will not speed up your spiritual work. Thatīs my experience.
The many hours I have been waiting for SBīs darshan was just time waste and energy waste.
For what use?
Itīs also my experience that his form actually prevents us from seeing God in every being. It blocks out and takes up competition with everything else.
It also prevents us from discovering God inside, to make us trust ourselves and to give us self-respect. It actually prevents our spiritual growth.
So what is this Grace about?
It also feels good to at last have escaped from those constant painful experiences, that God /on my wall, or the smiling picture of SB, was radiating much more love than the living God /SB.
When I came to Puttaparthi, it wasnīt possible for me to maintain the projections of a loving God any more, according to the stern reality.
Certainly there is not much love radiating from SB. Most time I have seen him, he looked very harsh and sometimes he even looked bored.
I donīt remember that I ever saw him smiling in those two and a half months in all, that I visited Puttaparthi.
I always had a bad conscience when I was with him and wondered what was wrong.
It would have been tolerable if this had resulted in my spiritual growth and if he had let me know what it was all about and why he always looked so harsh when he walked on the female side. But he never gave me any such guidance at all.
That SB wants his devotees to be a mirror for his grandiose self is quite clear.
But what did he give to me? Nothing! (if I have to answer the question honestly).
Unfortunately I didnīt dare to ask that question when I was still a devotee, because SB has learned us not to ask anything from God; only to give our love to him (and in a more subtle and indirect way - to give our donations).
You have to be a masochist to go on being a devotee to SB! Whatīs so spiritual about that? Itīs so far from love that it can be...
But there are also good things that I got from my stay in India (even if it had nothing to do with SB).
I learned a lot in India, I met wonderful people and I got the treasure of Indian religion and philosophy.
This treasure is still there and I can use it in my everyday life.
But I am also very thankful that I have escaped from my fixation that God is in Puttaparthi.
I never liked the confusing discrepancy between the very stressful, painful and upsetting images before my eyes, of all those poor and skinny people, in stark contrast to the rich ones, and SBīs assurance that India is the most spiritual developed country in the world, the engine for the rest of the world.
As a westerner I also found the Indian climate very tiring.
Now I am convinced that God is here in Sweden as much as He is in India.
Besides I am not obliged any more to have my image of God chained to that little petty, ridiculous and loveless male chauvinist in his orange rob!
Furthermore how can an universal God be such a local patriot, totally fixed in the Indian society?
I am quite convinced that God is infinitely more; certainly He is all that love, truth and peace that I couldnīt find with SB.
It also feels good to at last have found my own truth about the miracles in my life, even if I never experienced any miracles, personally, that canīt be explained in natural ways.
But there have certainly been some strange coincidences that seem to oppose all natural laws and statistical calculus of probability.
Today I am quite aware of these coincidences as being the results of my own actions. Even as an ex devotee (but still believing in God) I recognize strange coincidences in my life now and then. There is no difference.
I think I exercised my mind when I was a SB devotee, to recognize and ponder over these strange things, that happened to me.
Who is now creating these wonderful coincidences? It canīt be SB, because as an ex devotee, I now belong to the evil and wicked band, that is called the chaff.....
Who is it then?
Actually the whole life is a great miracle and perhaps God (the real God, who doesnīt mind which form or symbol we chose for Him) co-operates with us to create these miracles to make us happy.
The first time I really noticed a positive spiritual development in myself, was when I left SB. Now I have learned to trust myself and my own intuition and ability of discrimination.
I have also been much more inclined to listen to my own conscience - my inner voice- and not to leave the judgement to any external source.
My self-respect has increased a lot, when I dared to look through the illusion, that my longing for God created, and discover what I already knew, from the very beginning.
Åsa Samsioe Sweden