- Maintain sanctity of the blog
- Avoid it from becoming an ordinary propaganda website (like all the others on this topic!!!), and
- Give a conducive environment for people to make their own opinions
We have decided to cut down the negative prophecies in comments that we have been getting. Instead, we have taken up some valid counter arguments verbatim by readers, and prepared a Q&A as below for you guys.
- Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam does not receive ANY financial support, minute or substantial, from any state / center government or NGO or other private or public institution.
- In today's world, the taxes paid by common man do not go into king's treasury and spent wisely on basic infrastructure, let alone spiritual activities and programs for human welfare. Rather, they don’t even guarantee safe drinking water. It could easily be proven that a very major portion of India's population spends significant quantum of money on ensuring clean drinking water - which was available for free in earlier times!
- Free social services and work conducted by Dhyanapeetam such as - Free food (1.8 million people offered food in 2009), Free Medical Camps (including mobile health vans and free healing), Free education, Free life transforming courses - Life Bliss Technology, programs for empowering women and short term as well as long term relief work - can easily cost CRORES of rupees. Let’s take an example: Covering simple food program for 1.8 million people, assuming food provided each time is Rs. 10 is Rs. 1.8cr!
For more details on projects: http://services.dhyanapeetam.org/ourprojects.shtml
- Infrastructure maintained by Dhyanapeetam globally - Ashrams, Vedic Temples, Meditation halls etc. is humongous, and any corporate attempting to maintain similar infrastructure would spend at least thrice as much. Any organization conducting any professional learning programs - be it an academic institute or professional learning organization charges a lot more even for a 3 day course conducted using similar facilities used by Nithyanandam Dhyanapeetam.
- A typical ashramite lives on few pairs of clothes, extremely simple food - 2 times a day and very basic accommodation (Sanyasi hall accommodates 40+ ashramites in one hall). However, even these very basic facilities require money given the current inflationary environment.
- In ancient times, apart from king's support and donations, Brahmins used to receive "Bhiksha" from common men. The principle was to give even the last grain of food to a Brahmin or guest first than to satisfy own hunger. How many of us today spend even a small amount on helping Brahmins - scientists of inner world, carry on their research work for our own use? In fact, let alone helping scientific research, only a handful of people make considerable effort to help the poor, the needy and those below poverty line struggling to survive every second in this world.