The recent arrest of Sant Rampal is likely to be only a blip in his journey thus far. His devotees are sure that he will return, and their logic is sound. He's God, how can he not? Rampal has, like all the others before him, amassed millions of faithful followers who will hear nothing against their spiritual guru.
We're a baba -obsessed country. The sheer number of self-styled godmen and healers and baba s is testament to that. There's one for everyone, and they come with a variety of superpowers, including the ability to heal with a hug, morph into a serpent at will or cure infertility.
But, where these enlightened beings have produced extraordinary miracles, they've also been embroiled in an extraordinary number of controversies. We do a quick recap.
Sant Rampal. His followers clashed with the Arya Samaj religious group and the violence left one man dead. He was arrested on November 21, 2014 from his Ashram in Hisar. That's not all. Six bodies were also recovered from the ashram – five women, one child.
Swami Nithyananda. Former follower accused him of raping her, continuously, for five years. Apparently, there was talk of 'immoral practices' at the ashram. An explicit video was released of the Swami with actress Rajnitha.