john wrote:how many actually live their lives through the Yagya money?
And how many would be utterly unemployable outside of the Yagya?
Thanks alladin. You need to appreciate the lengths some of these BKs will go to discredit what we are doing here, frighten off lesser BKs from us, prejudice the organization against us ... and be cautious.
You can be outrageous if you know something is true. There is enough outrageous stuff. No need to make things up.
Personally, I am far more concerned about issues like followers strung up by End of the World predictions being encouraged to take on mortgages to give cash to the organization, incidents of big donations being taken away from small centers and sucked up by senior sisters are large centers, poor followers being told to give gold and women being helped or encouraged through divorce proceedings and likewise encouraged to benefit the personality cult at the heart of the organization that never has worked for its own upkeep.
The organization is so shrouded, cellular and malleable that the biggest difficulty is in actually identifying what is policy, Shrimat or just "wheels within wheels"*. I think your analogy of a mafia, each "family" with its own territory, "one hand washing the other" is one of the best I have heard so far. They are obviously talking to each other in their language but not telling us what they say in ours.
The thing to do is not make things up, not over-react, not jump hastily to presumptions ... but just sit patiently and keep documenting incident and incident until an overall picture emerges of its own, e.g. this mortgage "scam". I call it a scam because we have incidents in more than one country arising where the organization "owns" the building (or franchises the operation out to anyone dumb or ambitious enough to take it on) but a follower pays the mortgage.
Donations to Baba are used to pay that mortgage ... which in essence are actually gifts to the payee of the mortgage ... and at the end, if Destruction does not come again, who will own the building? If the BK dies, it is clear who will own the property because the Brahma Kumaris have written the individuals Will out entirely in favor of themselves. And we have a number of incidents like mr greens where someone is landed with the burden of mortgage even if they want to leave or cannot afford it.
I have no idea what goes on in India but that brother that committed suicide was said to have paid one quarter of a building. How many BKs have any idea about all this stuff and how many BKs are just kept stupified to it all? They probably even have the centers insured so if Destruction comes in a piecemeal fashion, at least they can pull the cash out!!!
* The phrase "wheels within wheels" is of ancient origin and has generally come to mean something that is not easily understood; that there is more to the situation than may appear on the surface. The quotation above, from the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, is part of a mystifying biblical passage.
The phrase denotes complexity, that one must look past the superficial to see deeper into a problem or situation. Like the Russian matryoshka dolls, we open one only to find another, and inside that yet another, etc.
The phrase can also have a more sinister connotation, that there are ulterior motives behind seemingly innocuous actions - all part of a larger and less obvious plan.