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  • Philanthropy of Mother Teresa and Other Spiritual Leaders - Unreal Blog
    actually dong some harm a disservice to humanity Let s take a concrete if hypothetical example Let s say a guru collects 100 from a million people in the name of charity or spirituality He keeps ten million for himself and for his family s business which is dishonest and deserving of our collective whining Of the 90 million left fifty goes wasted through organizational corruption and misuse Again we will complain about it But at least 40 million gets spent in helping the poor building charity hospitals schools and doing other good stuff Now we have a real dilemma At least I do Should I denounce the guru since he stole ten million and wasted fifty Or should I support him with my own 100 because he managed to help others to the tune of 40 million After all it is something I would never be able to do by myself It gets worse when we dig a bit deeper and unearth other disturbing facts For instance I have read a lot of bad things about Mother Teresa how she believed that suffering is good for the soul how keeping her poor costed more money than letting her be rich etc But she inspired a large number of kind and selfless people to do amazing work for the less fortunate About Sai Baba I watched a BBC program detailing his homosexual misconduct And I have direct experience with the follies of other gurus as well I guess the question we will have to ask ourselves is this is the world a better place because of these philanthropists and their activities although some of them may be self serving Perhaps I should keep my judgements and reservations to myself as the the quote in the title picture advises me to

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  • Gurus of a Disturbing Kind - Unreal Blog
    there are other characters eager to separate you from your money as my Singaporean readers will understand Of all these pursuits spirituality is of a special kind it is a shortcut It gives you a direct path to a sense of belonging and a higher purpose right away Smelling blood in the carefully cultivated need for spirituality whatever spirituality means the yogis and maharishis of our time have started packaging and selling instant nirvana in neat three or five day courses that fit your schedule while demanding vast sums of not for profit money Even this duplicity would be fine by me Who am I to sit in judgment of people throwing money at their inner needs and gurus picking it up But of late I am beginning to feel that I should try to spread a bit of rationality around I decided to come of out my passive mode for two reasons One is that the gurus engage their victims in their subtle multi level marketing schemes ensnaring more victims A pupil today is a teacher tomorrow fueling an explosive growth of self serving organizations The second reason is that the gurus demand that the followers donate their time I think the victims do not appreciate the enormity of this unfair demand You see you have only a limited time to live to do whatever it is that you think will lead to fulfillment Don t spend it on wrong pursuits because there is always something that you are sacrificing in the process be it your quality time with your loved ones opportunity to learn or travel or enjoy life or whatever Time is a scarce resource and you have to spend it wisely or you will regret it more than anything else in life So don t be blind Don t mistake group dynamics for salvation Or charisma for integrity Or obscurity for wisdom If you do the latter day gurus masters of manipulation that they are will take you for a ride A long and unpleasant one Photo by jeffreyw Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Related Comments guru maharishi yogi Post navigation Previous Post A New Kind of Binomial Tree Next Post Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 2 thoughts on Gurus of a Disturbing Kind Manoj says March 24 2009 at 11 19 am See similar thoughts expressed at http www deeshaa org 2006 02 20 a letter from a sri sri ravi shankar worshipper Nada says November 19

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  • Bill Gates Archives - Unreal Blog
    accuse you and me of being part of the system a possibly evil one I have to clarify what I mean by the system Let s start with an example We buy a coffee from Starbucks for say five bucks We know that only a couple of cents of the money we pay will actually go to the farmer in Africa who produced the most important ingredient the coffee Now Starbucks would tell you that it is not just the coffee that they are selling it is the experience the location and of course high quality coffee All true But where does the rest of the money go A large part of it will end up in the top executives compensation And why do we find it normal and tolerate it Of the many reasons the primary one is simple we do it because we can afford to And because we want to feel and show that we can pay five bucks for a cup of coffee A bit of vanity a bit of extravagance some of the vices we don t like to see in ourselves but the soulless giants cynically manipulate The trouble with the system as with most things in life is that it is not all white or black Look at Starbucks again Its top brass is likely to be enjoying obscene levels of rewards from our foibles and the remote coffee farmers helplessness But they also employ local kids pay rent to local landlords and generally contribute to the local economy Local benefits at the expense of remote pains and personal failings that we d rather not see But the remote pains that we distance ourselves from are real and we unwittingly add to them The system that brings about such inequities is much more pervasive that you can imagine If you are a banking professional you might see that at least part of the blame for the coffee farmers unhappiness lies with the commodities trading system But it is not something that stands on its own with no relation to anything else When you get your salary through a bank the money in the account may be used for proprietary trading resulting in huge profits and price volatilities in food prices in the third world for instance But you prefer to leave it in the bank because of the conveniences of credit debit cards automatic bill payments etc and perhaps for the half a percent interest you get You certainly don t want to harm the poor farmers But does the purity of your intentions absolve you of the hardships caused on your behalf The thing is even you see this involvement of yours decide to pull all your money out of the bank and keep it under your mattress it doesn t make a goddamn difference The system is so big that your participation or lack thereof makes no difference at all which is why it is called a system I feel that

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  • guru Archives - Unreal Blog
    it doesn t really help anything except perhaps the teacher s KPIs And the twenty year olds with their laminated name badges and certificates of authenticity also make me uncomfortable because certifiable bean counter that I am I wonder how much it costs to hire and outfit them And who benefits Similar bean counting questions haunted me the last time I sponsored a table at a local charity dinner at 200 a plate 100 to the hotel 50 to the entertainers and so on Who is the real beneficiary Some of us turn to local churches and spiritual organizations to share and help others But I cannot but suspect that it only helps the middlemen not the extremely poor we mean to direct our aid to These nagging doubts made me limit my charity activities to my own meager personal drives two dollars to the hawker center cleaning aunties and uncles gas pump attendants those old folks selling three tissue packs a dollar and the Susannah singer And handsome tips after the rare taxi rides And generous donations to that old gentleman who prowls CBD and strikes up a conversation with Excuse me sir but do you speak English You know the next time he asks me that I m going to say No I don t But here s your five bucks anyway But seriously Take a look at this website I think you will find it worth your time charity guru income pverty Life and Death Gurus of a Disturbing Kind March 23 2009 manoj 2 Comments Perhaps it has got something to do with my commie roots but I am a skeptic especially when it comes to the godmen of India I cannot understand how they can inspire such blind belief Where the believers see miracles I see sleight of hand When they hear pearls of wisdom I can hear only gibberish And when the new age masters claim to be in deep meditation I cannot help but suspect that they are just dozing off Although my skepticism renders me susceptible to seeing the darker side of these modern day saints I do have a counterbalancing respect for our heritage and culture and the associated wisdom and knowledge It is always with thrill of awe and pride that I listen to Swami Vivekananda s century old Chicago speeches for instance The speeches of the modern yogis on the other hand fill me with bewilderment and amused confusion And when I hear of their billion dollar stashes bevies of Rolls Royces and claims of divinity I balk When I see the yogis and their entourage jet setting in first class to exotic holiday destinations with the money extracted in the name of thinly disguised charities I feel a bit outraged Still I am all for live and let live If there are willing suckers eager to part with their dough and sponsor their guru s lifestyle it is their lookout After all there are those who financed Madoffs

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  • Mother Teresa Archives - Unreal Blog
    Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives Mother Teresa Environment Work and Life Philanthropy of Mother Teresa and Other Spiritual Leaders October 16 2014 manoj Philanthropy comes in two flavors One is where you make a lot of money doing whatever it is that you do and then spend a large part of it in directly helping other people Bill Gates is a philanthropist of this kind The second kind is where you collect money from a large number of people and put it to good use Organizational charities do philanthropy of this kind So do spiritual leaders like the god men of India Continue reading Bill Gates guru Mother Teresa philanthropy Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3

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  • philanthropy Archives - Unreal Blog
    Organizational charities do philanthropy of this kind So do spiritual leaders like the god men of India Continue reading Bill Gates guru Mother Teresa philanthropy Corporate Life Work and Life Latter day Robin Hoods February 1 2010 manoj The other day I was watching Bill Gates on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart my favorite TV show Gates touched upon his plans to spend billions of his own dollars on vaccines education and other humanitarian projects through his foundation Clearly passionate about his philanthropic efforts Gates showed a milder side that wasn t visible ten years ago during the corporate battles of the Microsoft kind Perhaps Gates is a naturally passionate guy whether he is writing tiny operating systems that would fit in floppies or behemoth ones that would fit nowhere whether in technical innovation or marketing wizardry whether greedily amassing billions or as now spending it kindly But attributing his philanthropy to his natural passion for everything he does is unfair and diminishes its value After all he could have been spending or at least trying to spend his money on himself just as passionately That s why I think of him as a modern day Robin Hood despite my geeky dislike for anything Microsoft related which is perhaps only a geek covenant now rather than a practical ideology Robin Hood s romantic idea of stealing from the rich and giving it to the poor had a critical flaw He was an outlaw The trouble with being an outlaw is that the full might of the legal system can be brought to bear on you quite independently of the morality of your activity In Gate s case it would be like embezzling billions from Microsoft coffers and distributing it to the homeless for instance What he did instead was

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  • Troubled Conscience - Unreal Blog
    the system as it should be We work with what is likely to happen In an ideal world the two should converge Our job is to make use of what is likely to happen and make profit for our clients It is the job of policy makers to ensure that what is likely to happen is close to what should happen This line of thought was the straw that I was looking for something that I felt would assuage my troubled conscience Right now there is a large gulf between what should happen and what is likely to happen What should happen is prosperity for all and peace and happiness on earth What is likely to happen is obscene prosperity for a select few and misery for the rest Yet by our skewed economic indicators like stock indices and GDPs we are still doing well The party is still on they seem to indicate Now is not the time to worry about the mess we are creating and about the underpaid migrant workers who will have to clean it up Now is the time to eat drink and be merry for tomorrow is not ours It s theirs hopefully What is interesting and really smart about Mr El Erian s observation is how neatly he cleaved the responsibility into two parts his job which is to make use of the status quo and somebody else s job which is to improve it Thinking a bit more about it and recalling the opening scene of every one of those Mahabharata episodes where Krishna says In a battle between the good and the evil those who stand on the side lines are just as guilty as the evil I wonder whether this observation on the way things are for which I shouldn

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  • Mohamed El-Erian Archives - Unreal Blog
    admitting that the system is flawed Are you going to stop what you are doing Of course I m paraphrasing He probably asked it better I loved the intelligent response that Mr El Erian gave You see you don t get to the top of a corporate empire with sub par intelligence much as we techies would like to believe otherwise He said paraphrasing again You asked me about what should happen the system as it should be We work with what is likely to happen In an ideal world the two should converge Our job is to make use of what is likely to happen and make profit for our clients It is the job of policy makers to ensure that what is likely to happen is close to what should happen This line of thought was the straw that I was looking for something that I felt would assuage my troubled conscience Right now there is a large gulf between what should happen and what is likely to happen What should happen is prosperity for all and peace and happiness on earth What is likely to happen is obscene prosperity for a select few and misery for the rest Yet by our skewed economic indicators like stock indices and GDPs we are still doing well The party is still on they seem to indicate Now is not the time to worry about the mess we are creating and about the underpaid migrant workers who will have to clean it up Now is the time to eat drink and be merry for tomorrow is not ours It s theirs hopefully What is interesting and really smart about Mr El Erian s observation is how neatly he cleaved the responsibility into two parts his job which is to make use

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