A Website that Rates Gurus!

Rating Your Favorite Guru

Help for Guru Shoppers or Even Guru Hoppers…

If you are shopping for a guru or simply want to check out your own guru’s “rating,” there is a website you may want to check out…It’s called GuruRatings and it called out to me when I saw lots of my favorite gurus featured. It’s a bit like People Magazine for New-Agers.

Some may find rating gurus offensive. But, is guru rating necessarily a bad thing? In today’s world, we are all obsessed with ratings. We rate everything from television shows, to movies, to cars, to toothbrushes. In fact, it’s hard to find anything that isn’t rated. So, why should gurus be exempt or off-limits to this kind of scrutiny?

We need to know the facts about who we are willing to put our faith in, take advice from, and in a many ways, surrender to.  Just because you get a mega-blast of darshan (a blessing from the guru), doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t red flags you should consider, such as:

  • Don’t you want to know if your prospective or current guru advocates celibacy or a more liberal attitude toward sex? You don’t to commit to a lifestyle you simple cannot live up to.
  • Don’t you want to “follow the money?” Does your guru live in a mansion while advocating others take a vow of poverty? If you are told you have to live in a cave, your guru better be walking his walk.
  • Does you guru have sex with his or her followers? I mean this should be cause for concern even if you aren’t a prude.

Of Course rating gurus is subjective and personal – perhaps we can’t actually quantify or measure a gurus value. And some people may become offended if their guru doesn’t measure up, if their guru isn’t even on the site, or if their guru is debunked.  But, if you keep your attachment to other people’s judgements out of it, it can be kind of fun pursuing this site. You may even find yourself tempted to make a switch, so it may be a good test of your level of devotion to your current guru. A testing of our faith can be a good thing.

The author of the site is positioning himself as the “Guru of Rating Gurus.” He does of course, offer us the chance to weigh in and cast our votes, so if you feel inclined to make yours count, give a thumbs up or down accordingly.

Here is a definition of “guru” from thefreedictionary.com website:

gu·ru  (gr, g-r)

n. pl. gu·rus

1. Hinduism & Tibetan Buddhism A personal spiritual teacher.
2.

a. A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.
b. A trusted counselor and adviser; a mentor.
3.

a. A recognized leader in a field: the guru of high finance.
b. An acknowledged and influential advocate, as of a movement or idea: “In a culture that worships slimness, he was the Guru of Lean” (Erica Abeel).

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October 22, 2012 · 7:28 pm

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