What are the effects of training a child to be a Messiah? or an Avatar?— as seen in cases such as Krishnamurti or Guru Maharagi?
We confront a sacred cow of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
We ask: Is training a newly chosen “incarnated rinpoche” a form of child abuse?
These children are often extracted away from their primary parental bonds and are conditioned toward a particular destiny.
Their caretakers are their followers . . .
They are treated by these followers as an enlightened being in the body of a little person. Any sensitive child would feel a constant sense of being special and develop no authentic way to gauge their own worth or merit.