Across the world, from time to time, Godmen and sex scandals have become a topic of not just discussion but disgust. Why is it different when a Godmen is involved in sex or financial scandals?
The value of Godmen in society :
Every profession has a certain stature…it is deep seated into our psych knowingly or unknowingly…godmen, saints, priests, doctors, teachers are expected to be noble.
Of course there are ethics and morals for all of us but in this modern world order we expect a businessman to be corrupt, lawyers to be lairs, politicians to be self serving but when it comes to Godmen and priests they are supposed to be spokesmen of God….the moral standard on which a society is build…the one that create a conscience, the difference between vice and virtue…the one standard on which society measures its citizens. They are the noble kind who we have to follow to become human and not remain just people . So when these people undermine their credibility by their actions , the entire social structure loses its moral fabric. It is not one individual who is effected, it is the entire society.
Why is it more than wrong when Godmen are involved?
Most of us (those who believe in god in some form or other which is 90% of the society) do not usually spend our entire time worshiping god. We remember our gods in time of need. We approach god and their Godmen, priests, saints in hoping for answers, support , guidance….right when we are in the gutter of life. And that is when instead of giving us solace, support and direction do these people exploit us….which I say is like kicking a dying man.
Now, who would do that? The worst amongst us….but aren’t these are supposed to be best amongst us in morals and ethics? The one we should imitate? The men in the great good books that dictates social behavior?
The trust deficit
Every woman in her life gets to hear and say these words at some point of time, “they are men, be careful. They only want one thing.”
When we meet a businessman our first instinct is to bargain. why? because we know he/she would be overcharging us...cheating us maybe.
But when it comes to Godmen no one says these things…we trust them. No one thinks of them as mere men they are Godmen…men of god…..far superior than the mere mortals….even the worst skeptic thinks twice before blaming a Godman.
So, it is not just about rape, corruption or self serving behavior that hurts us, it is the breach of the basic human trust. …the kind that makes a child trust it’s parents, teachers, doctors and saints. Like it or not these four category of people everyone learns to trust as we grow….even if we don’t want these people teach us morals and ethics, we carry what we learn from them throughout our life….morals and ethics that dictate our behavior to a large extent.
So when these people screw up they screw up the entire foundation of society…they destroy our trust…our faith in all goodness, our faith is god, our understanding of morality and ethics, our duty and conscience.
It’s not just one rape when a Godmen rapes, it is not just corruption when Godmen are proved to be frauds…..it is the fundamentals of our social order that is raped.
And then the question that comes to the mind is if saints, Godmen, priests, that are supposed to be the moral standard for society, behave like mere robbers and rapists is there a way out for society?Maybe it’s time we found new gods and new Godmen…put our trust in something really great.
P.S:No, I am not including Tantra here which is trying to recreate supreme energy with mutual consent …and has nothing to do with rape and corruption so rampant amongst these godmen.