Actor Will Smith isn’t punching anyone out these day as he did at the Oscars. Instead, he has flown to India with his family to meet with a Hindu guru to resolve his anger problem. This is a typical Hollywood approach to resolving deep moral issues. Pass the buck to some quick fix of occult spirituality, like Kabbalah, yoga, or the New Age. In recent months, Smith has talked about both he and his wife committing adultery, she with a man half her age. Smith bragged about wanting a sexual harem of 20 women. Considering all this, Smith has gone to the “right” place.
Hinduism has no defined moral code. No Commandments. Nothing is specifically proscribed. Lord Krishna had more than 16,000 sexual partners. Tantric yoga teaches that enlightenment is achieved by mutual orgasm, no marriage contract needed. I have visited Hindu temples in India specifically devoted to eroticism. The entrance to one temple I researched was covered with hundreds of pornographic sexual carvings, some involving bestiality. The scenes were so perverse that I had to avert my eyes upon entry. I questioned the main priest of the temple how a building devoted to religion could contain such immorality. His answer? “We encourage the people to experience all their lusts before they enter the temple so they can be holy inside. Sinning so that grace may abound? Such is the logic of Eastern religions.
The guru whose help Smith is seeking is the yogi Sadhguru, whose real name is Jagadish Vasudev. The controversial Hindu yogi first met Smith in 2020. The yogi told Smith, “Are you suffering life or your memory. What may happen tomorrow you already suffer. You’re suffering your imagination.” Typical Hinduism. All life is illusion. Nothing real ever happens. Only spirit is real and all else is what the Hindus call maya, the illusion of time, space, and matter. And this is supposed to cure Smith of his issues?
Yogi Sadhguru isn’t without controversy. He claims that human suffering is because people don’t know who they are spiritually. No need for objective principles to guide human decisions. There is no place for moral evil in the yogi’s ideology and certainly no devil. And he has other controversial views. As a devout Hindu he worships the cow as a god and has advocated for a ban on slaughtering cows for meat. He teaches that cooked food consumed during a lunar eclipse depletes the body’s pranic energy. (Prana is the Hindu vital life force, like chi to Buddhists, and mana to Polynesians.) He promotes the use of Vibhuti, sacred ash made of burned cow dung and cremated bodies. It is applied with three horizontal lines across the forehead to honor the god Shiva, Lord of death and destruction. Hindus believe that it has the erotic power of procreation and that the ash comes from the ray of the third-eye of Shiva. The real answer to Will Smith’s anger, and his infidelities, can be found in a transformational encounter with Christ. That isn’t likely to happen anytime soon after he returns from India. His bondage to dark, demonic forces will have only gotten worse. Whatever spiritual processes the Sadhguru will engage with the actor are designed to achieve occult enlightenment. Smith was raised a Baptist Christian, but by 2018 he had embraced Hinduism and Indian astrology. Will Smith needs to leave India quickly, leave the Sadhguru behind and make a sharp spiritual U-turn before he gets slapped by the devil.