As time passes originality of knowledge and information is lost to receiver or followers and there is always easier approach taken rather in full. That is where gap comes in reality and current happenings. We could see more effect of degradation of religion in modern age where people wants to follow religion according to their own way not with what authorized scriptures says. Hence we see situation arises where they stop worshipping God and start worshipping anyone to whom they think as God or if they have some mystic power.
Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 4.2 as follows:
imam rājarsayo viduh
sa kāleneha mahatā
yogo nastah parantapa
Translation: This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.
Without taking shelter under a bona fide spiritual master one can not understand about Krishna or God. Because it comes through disciplic succession where vedic knowledge is transmitted by hearing process to disciple from bona fide Guru and then disciple teaches to his disciple and so on. So on the basis on self understanding we can only be cheated by modern sadhus who run business on the name of Religion by making big propaganda to attract mass crowd. Current situation we see there are tons of follower for Sai Baba which has been renamed as Sai Ram and they also chant his name as Om Sai Ram and they worship as they need to worship Lord Rama but matter is completely diverted and they don’t even consider to worship Lord Rama at all.
Sai Baba never considered himself as God and all the time he said “God is one” or “Sabka Malik Ek hai” and he never said that one is himself but who cares. Now people fast for Sai baba on same day as they do for Lord Narayana. There are two types of blind people one who has no eye but he has a chance to get spiritual eye to know about the real truth of God so in fact he is much better than who has eye but spiritually blind.
Story doesn’t end here as there are many God incarnations are keep coming now days and cheating people on the name of Religion and making big propaganda to cheat people and make big business out of it.
One who is intelligent person search for ultimate truth and try to get to the root of it but you can not expect everyone to do the same. So we recommend to follow proper procedure as Scripture says us to follow so you will be not cheated.