I am glad that you brought up this issue, it is one that I wanted to retun back to some time.bansy wrote:Children and marriage are issues of a high standard ... Most of these Brothers are poor that they have no where else to go but to stay on. However, the irony for them is Baba becomes their only salvation from their suffering
Marriage and Gyan, families and BKs ... it raises a very serious issues.
Of course there are the usual hypocrisies; high profile BKs that get sick with the stress of it all but then have to go back to the lokik/physical family to be looked after etc., but what I would like to ask is how fair and realistic is the expectation of the BKWSU for BKs to "die alive" and cut off physically and emotionally from their lokik families in the way that they are encouraged?
Fine, in the old days when Lekhraj Kirpalani had the money to support the Yugya in their palace, fine is the developed nations where there are pension funds and welfare states but what about now and what about in developing nations where there is nothing but family to depend upon for welfare when you become old and/or sick?
The BKWSU demands that you burn your bridge with your "impure" family and surrender your mind. body and wealth to the "pure" spiritual BK family. All the social efforts going into binding with BKs, BK service and the BKWSU coffers. But what will happen when you get old and sick, who will look after you then? Not every one is going to get the 5 star treatment Janki Kirpalani and Kumarka are getting.
And say you are a poor Indian living in a village, loving Baba, going to your local Gitapathshala. You give up love and sex, binding with the other ordinary human beings in your village. You become the celibate server. You give up having any family of your own, you get old, and then older ... who is going to look after?
This is not just a reality for Indian villagers. It is just as true in societies such as Africa, China, Japan, South or even North America where families are what human beings depend on. Having families to tend the land, to feed the family, to look after the old and sick.
What does the BKWSU offer in comparison ... an ever retreating Destruction to clear away all your worries. Don't worry about being old, don't worry about being sick ... the whole world is going to die in 1976 ... 86 ... 2000 ... next January ... Its really serious. Individuals are being walked to the end of a diving board blindfolded.
Now, any scam like this is a sort of a number game. A small number receive the benefits and are held up as a promise for the many ... you too could be a Dadi Janki if you make efforts ... Such systems depends on newcomers keeping coming in to flush the numbers as the tired or desparate leave and fill the coffers. The original Yugya members are well set in their position, do we see anyone else being accepted.
Of course, we do not know what will happen. May be the End of the World will come and save us/them. Have the BKWSU manifestly developed any financial policy to take care of the old and sick that they have encouraged to give up their lives, families and money? Are their any BK old folks homes yet? I don't know. I do know of older BKs in the West going, being dumped in my opinion, into sheltered care homes outside of the BK system. I am thinking about original BKs that carried the burden of the Yugya in its childhood days of World Service when there were no trendy benefit and high powered PR campaigns.
But ... that is all of their karmas I guess is the response. I suppose the Kirpalani Klan just have better karma than the rest of us/BKs?
But, those in the West are the lucky ones. It is their Karma to have been born in a society that has welfare states and is dispassionate enough to ditch the old folk in care homes. To my mind, it underlines a seemingly financially parasitic relationship the organization has with the impure Kali Yugi societies it operates within, e.g. we take your time and money when you are strong but you go back to Shudra society when you are weak.
But, let us return once again the little old men and ladies, the middle age women in the villages that back up the backbone of Baba's Yagya ... who is thinking of them and their lot? Is Madhuban not just another gated and guarded detached community like the rich in America are criticized for living in? I wonder on who and when the gates with shut and the armed guards will turn? Of course, such quite conscious social pressures are useful for keep the lower class BK Brahmins in obedient order ... never mind the "Jam tomorrow" promises of Golden Palaces in Heaven. A bowl of rice a day and a mat to lie on would be quite a good offer to an old villager with no family. Are they even getting that?
I don't know much about the grassroots in India. Anyone care to comment? Its not just a grassroot thing, as I say even folks in countries in the Far East like Japan, where families are still important, must be suffering. But then ... it is there karma so don't worry too much.