Swami Nithyananda Scandal: The Story that Media never told

Swami Nithyananda Scandal: The Story that Media never told March 18, 2010

When the sex scandal of Swami Nithyananda suddenly erupted on March 2, 2010, I was already in Delhi as part of a group to go toKumbh Mela. I was also finalizing my new book which deals specifically with Tamil Nadu religious politics, and in particular with the role of various nexuses based overseas. So I decided to jump into the eye of the storm of this scandal in order to investigate whether similar nexuses were at work in this case. Naturally, at one level I have seen this scandal through the framework of a civilization encounter in which Vedic culture is pitted against the Dravidian divisiveness that is beingbacked by Christian evangelism. At another level, I found that the sensationalized media reports were too one-sided, and none of them had a single statement to report from the swami himself. Furthermore, there was chaos and mismanagement of the crisis from Swami Nithyananda’s inner circle.

In hindsight, things might have turned out differently had they managed more sensibly and faster which I will elaborate later in this article. Given this, another interest of mine has been to extrapolate important lessons from this episode for other Hindu organizations, which I predict will face similar scandals as and when their weaknesses become understood by those opposed to them. This article highlights my findings at these multiple levels and issues.

During this 2-week investigative period, I have been loyal to my pledge to give Swami Nithyananda’s organization the benefit of doubt and to report their side of the story. Besides wanting to balance out the one-sided media depictions, I wanted access to the ashrams core group for my own research on the broader subject of civilization encounters. I respect the sensitivities of that organization consisting of many decent and dedicated devotees who have sacrificed a great deal and stand to lose a lot.

But I have concluded that the situation is now beyond repair for Swami Nithyananda and that his continued involvement can only damage the broader interests of dharma as well as jeopardize the ashramites. Along withtwo other sympathizers who are not ashramites, I have personally recommended to Swami Nithyananda that the best course at this stage would be for him to resign completely from his organization.

He should turn it over to a small team of senior Hindu mahatmas, so that the assets can be used in the best interests of dharma. Further, under the guidance of these mahatmas he must live a quiet life as a sadhu devoid of any institutional responsibilities. Because the head of any organization must accept responsibility that the buck stops here,only such a move can salvage the organization and the reputation of dharma at large. Over several years, this resignation would hopefully reduce the massive pressure that has built up against him personally, and enable him to live peacefully as a sadhu. It is up to him to accept or reject this advice. The basis for this conclusion becomes clearer once the reader has gone through the rest of this article.

I want to begin by examining some principles about the relationships between siddhis (extraordinary yogic powers), morality, Tantra and sex. This will provide the framework in which to interpret what has happened. Then I will turn to my initial interest in pursuing the challenges facing Hinduism in south India from a variety of forces.

Siddhis (Extraordinary Yogic Powers)and Morality

A few days ago, I had the honor of having a two-hour private conversation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at his ashram in Rishikesh. I introduced myself as an independent researcher who is writing a series of books on Indian civilization in the context of the global challenges and opportunities. One of my volumes will be specifically on the major global gurus since the 1960s including Krishnamurti, Swami Muktananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Pabhupada, among others – as well as living global gurus such as Sri Sri himself. I have been investigating what happened to such gurus, in terms of the shifts in their Western followers over time, their scandals, their Indian followers and critics, and also how each guru negotiated his/her position sandwiched between Indian orthodoxy on one side and Western modernity on the other. The relevance of this in the context of Swami Nithyananda will become clear very soon.

The first provocative question I asked Sri Sri concerned the nature of yogic powers: What is the relationship between siddhis and morality? If siddhis are a scientific phenomena dealing with powers that can be harnessed by all humans then one must bear in mind that science deals with truths that are morally neutral. If Einstein was declared to have lived an immoral life it would not invalidate his scientific theories. A person who designs aircrafts or any other complex technological systems may or may not be moral in order to be effective in his technical work. In other words, rtam (the patterns of the cosmos) which we discover and call science, functions independently of human morality. This is why a scientific principle can be used either morally or immorally, because it is independent of morality. There are moral persons who lack any siddhis or even ordinary scientific competence. Conversely, there are great siddhas (like Ravana) who lack morality. Sri Sri’s Pranayama techniques would also produce results for an immoral person.

Sri Sri seemed impressed by this question, and agreed with my overall position on the independence between siddhis and morality. But he pointed out that the moral dimension, while not determining the siddhis, was also important because it led to receiving the grace of the divine. I agree with him.

So there are two separate phenomena involved:

(i) spiritual technologies that are objective and that allow anyone to harness spiritual energies, and

(ii) morality which is important in itself, not for attaining siddhis, but in order to have a positive relationship with the divine.

Either one can be developed without the other; however, the dharma tradition encourages us to cultivate both.

The reason that meditation systems prescribe things likevegetarian diet, ahimsa, etc. is because an inappropriate lifestyle interferes with the mental tranquility required to advance. This lifestyle change can be appreciated regardless of whether one believes in a personal God. This absence of a personal God is clear in Buddhist meditation. Different Hindu systems place different levels of emphasis upon a personal God for the yoga to function. This is why many secular and scientifically minded persons are also drawn towards meditation techniques. In other words, something cannot be a science if it depends upon morality, because science is objective and stands independent of morality.

The relevance of this question is as follows: Many persons who have learned advanced meditation from Swami Nithyananda want to know if any moral breaches by him would invalidate the whole Hindu claim of achieving higher states of consciousness. When a far worse sex scandal against the legendry Swami Muktananda emerged in the 1990s, involving charges by a large number of his Western female disciples, the Western academy rashly condemned not only one mans morality, but the whole legitimacy of the Indian tradition itself. In that series of debates (with Risa scholars like Sarah Caldwell, etc.), I took the same position then as I am taking now: that Muktananda’s capabilities in harnessing spiritual energies are separate and independent from whether or not he violated any code of morality.

Patanjali warns against getting lured by siddhis which appear along the way when one practices advanced meditation persistently. One is not supposed to indulge in them. This warning is found in various Hindu systems that deal with the body as a vehicle for spiritual evolution, because these energies are very powerful and can get out of control. Another point that is worth noting is that the techniques taught by Swami Nithyananda are not his original ones; he has made it clear repeatedly that they are from the Shiva Sutras which have a long history in our civilization. I feel that he does have the siddhi of being able to transmit these techniques very effectively to others. For instance, I have never before in my life been able to sit still and alert in meditation for the whole night, but he had a few hundred persons in a large hall achieving this. The point here is similar to saying that the mathematics and golf I have learned from someone is not invalidated when the teacher is found to be immoral.
Hence, the issue of his morality must be pursued separately and independently from whether his siddhis are genuine.

Is Tantra a Part of Hinduism?

The second question that I asked Sri Sri could not be completely dealt with in the time available for our meeting. I hope to pursue this some day with him and with various other acharyas for my own benefit. Its significance in the present scandal becomes clear soon. I asked whether the Shiva Sutras are valid, pointing out that among the 112 spiritual enlightenment techniques taught in them, about 6deal with sexual contact between a male yogi and a female yogini. Kashmir Shaivism as well as the Tantra traditions have included exemplars that practiced these techniques. Recently, Osho tried to revive them and nowadays Deepak Chopra has brought some elements of these into his repertoire. Sunthar Vishvalingam, a US based scholar of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism, is one of the voices who brings out the authenticity of these approaches in the tradition, despite the common rejections by society at large. The tradition considers itself not suitable for mainstream society and is meant only for a small subset of people.

Many popular Hindu rituals and symbols have emerged out of the Tantra traditions such as Shiva lingam, etc. The Tantra and Vedic traditions were not separate until recent times. The Vedic-Tantric integration is found in Adi Shankara all the way to Jiva Goswami (the great integrator of Vaishnavism who took Ramanujas ideas further), and even more recently in the life of Sri Ramakrishna.The Bihar School of Yoga has Tantra practitioners, but they do it privately and not publicly.

I have an unpublished monograph that shows the history of this shift in Indian consciousness concerning Tantra. It was under British rule that certain Indian leaders (such as Ram Mohan Roy) started to condemn (as part of their reform of Hinduism) those aspects of Hinduism that bothered puritan Christian values. It must be noted that Christianity has had a very negative posture towards the human body starting with the Biblical episode of Origin Sin. This is why female priests (called witches) got demonized by the Church in its very official genocide of several million practitioners across Europe. This Church prosecution was called the Inquisition and was widespread for a few centuries. The use of shakti and anything concerning the body as a spiritual resource was considered not only immoral but also demonic, and was outlawed with draconian enforcement. The term occult was used to refer to a vast assortment of such practices and was heavily condemned by the Church as the work of the Devil.

This mentality entered India under the British. The Criminal Tribes Act of India was passed by the British in the late 1800s. It listed several dozen tribes that practiced such evil techniques, and they were officially persecuted into extinction. A middle-class whitened Hinduism evolved as the mark of being civilized on British terms. We could be proud of our identity, now that it was cleansed of primitive practices of our ancestors.

In this history of removing Tantra out of Hinduism, some people include Swami Vivekananda among those who undermined Tantra. I disagree with this charge. He was saying a separate set of things to his Western audiences than to Indians. In his Western lecture tours, he presented a Hinduism that Westerners could relate to and appreciate, but he did not ask Indians to shift their practice. It is unfortunate that after his death,the Ramakrishna Mission he started has diluted itself into a sort of pseudo-Christianity. Kali and other related Tantra deities, symbols and rituals that were dear to Ramakrishna himself, have become hidden for the private use by the monks, but are marginalized publicly and considered as an embarrassment. Their lead in this direction has spread across modern Hinduism to such an extent that Vedic Hinduism has become separated from Tantra, and Tantra is now widely condemned by many Hindu gurus. This is also a factor that worked against Swami Nithyananda’s reputation among orthodox Hindu leaders, for he uses Tantric techniques that arouse body energies, such as kundalini.

My own feeling is that Tantra is making a big comeback. First there was Western popularity of distorted versions of Tantra; but this is now being followed by more clinical experimentation by psychologists and others. The whole issue of latent human energies and potentials (both positive and dangerous) is a hot topic of serious scientific investigation. Hindus should reclaim this aspect of their own tradition rather than waiting for U-Turned (appropriated) versions to get re-exported back to India, packaged as Made in USA spiritual science. This requires an attitude of experimentation under the appropriate controls to prevent abuses and quackery.

I just returned from Kumbh Mela where I walked amidst several tens of thousands of naga sadhus who were completelynaked. I did not consider them as either vulgar or primitive. The old guard of Hindu orthodoxy rejects Tantra at least in public, and yet lives in contradictions because they do respect the naga sadhus and also the various symbols and rituals that have their foundations in Tantra. The vacuum left by avoiding the subject of Tantra has created opportunities for the likes of Wendy Doniger to formulate distorted interpretations. I feel thatHindu spiritual practitioners as well as intellectuals must take control over Tantra as an intrinsic part of our tradition.

Sex and Morality

Against this backdrop, I will address the issue of Swami Nithyanandas morality.

Just to recap:

My first point above has been that the morality issue about Swami Nithyananda does not impact the effectiveness of the meditation techniques he has taught very successfully. Their efficacy is best evaluated by the tens of thousands of practitioners for themselves.

My second point was that there is nothing inherent about sex that is rejected by Hinduism across the board, althoughcertain strains of Hinduism do reject sex seeing it as harmful to spirituality.

Here it must be noted that brahmacharya (involving sexual abstinence)is just one of the spiritual paths of Hinduism. The first half of my recent stay in Haridwar was as a guest of the Gayatri Pariwar, one of the greatest and largest Hindu movements, that does not advocate being brahmacharya. Its founder, its present head and its members at large, are householders and not brahmacharyas. But for Swami Nithyananda to claim moral authenticity under this system, he would have to pronounce himself as a householder and not a sannyasin. He has never done that, so we must examine his morality by some other criteria.

Another approach for him could have been to announce himself as an experimenter of Tantra for modern times, thereby making himself transparent of any such charges. This would place him in the same category as Osho. Many times in his public discourses and teachings, he has praised Osho as his greatest teacher and enlightened exemplar. He even said that many of his own teachings were derived from Osho. But he failed to publicly clarify whether he was practicing those techniques that involve sex. Privately, he explained to me in recent days that Shiva Sutras have two categories of techniques.

Most of the sutras donot involve physical contact with another person and only use the four senses of sight, sound, taste and smell as pathways to spiritual experiences. Hence an individual practices these techniques entirely on his/her own. This path is what he has taught thus far to the public. The best pursuit of this path is as a brahamacharya according to him, and he has initiated many followers into it. But for a small number of persons, he feels that the 6 sutras involving sexual Tantra need to be tested and perfected for modern times, before they can be safely taught more widely. This he considers like any R & D done in a lab for developing a product.

My sense is that he did practice Tantra with a very small number of persons, and I believe that he even entered into written legal contracts with them to make sure that both parties were clear about the arrangement. The reason for this Non-Disclosure Agreement wasto make sure that someone who willingly approaches him for Tantra does not later accuse him of physical contact. On March 9 (about a week ago), I did a specific video interview with him dealing with this issue very specifically. But this video was blocked by his ashram leaders even though he personally felt that it was a good idea to show it. I gave up arguing in favor of showing it, because his ashram management took a firm stand against it. I still feel that this was a blunder they made. Swami Nithyananda is very forthright and clear in that interview I felt that it was the best interview of all the ones I did with him, but it was never made public.

I surmise that Rancitha, the Tamil actress in the scandalous videotape, was practicing Tantra with him. He taught her the self-control she had to achieve before any intimacy. I have tried to interview her in order to get her side of the story, but so far I have not succeeded in getting through to her. Based on third party reports from some persons who are in touch with her, and the media reports of her statements, her stance seems to be along the following lines: She took the sexual initiative with him on the occasion shown in the videotape, at a time when he was not fully alert. But this activity did not proceed to intercourse. It was terminated. She has also said that the videos being shown on TV are manipulated versions of what actually happened, because they exaggerate the situation. They do not show portions where he asked her to stop. Different clips from various videos seem to have been turned into a single video by editing. She has not filed any complaint against him. So in the worst case, this was consensual sex between adults, and that too backed by a formal written contract between the parties. Because she has refused to give any statement against Swami Nithyananda, she feels threatened by those who set her up and who did this sting. I hear that she has gone overseas to protect her safety from this mafia-like conspiracy. I have not been able to corroborate this thesis directly from her.

My concern about his morality is, therefore, not based on sex between consenting adults. Rather, my moral issue is about the lack of transparency before the public. He could have openly said that he wants to select a few yoginisto experiment Tantra under mutual consent. At worst this would have upset many followers and pushed them away. In response to my concern over his lack of transparency, he could offer the argument that this was a private activity between adults who areunder no obligation to disclose it to the public. After all, people do not go about broadcasting their sexual lives. So long as this was under mutual consent, he might say, it cannot be an offense. And if it was done under the Tantra portions of the Shiva Sutra, it was also an act within the Hindu tradition despite the controversy surrounding Tantra today.

Having given this best case argument on his behalf, I must say that there could also be the alternative scenario, namely, that this was mere lust packaged as Tantric spirituality. David White, one of Wendy’s Children, has written extensively making the claim that all Tantra is hard core porn that gets wrapped up before the public in metaphysical mumbo-jumbo to appear to be legitimate spirituality, which he calls soft porn coating. Whites latest book takes this allegation to the extreme, and states that all major yogic exemplars in Indian history were basically not engaged in any kind of spirituality at all. Instead, he claims, they were developing personal power for the purpose of exploiting others. I am unqualified to comment on whether Swami Nithyananda’s case fits this notion of soft porn, or whether it was legitimate Tantra. Nor do I have adequate factual data of what happened to pass judgment either way.
This concludes what I have to say about his morality issue as shown in the sex tapes.

My Impressions of Swami Nithyananda Prior to this Scandal

I was introduced to Swami Nithyananda a couple of years ago, by a prominent Hindu leader based in California. This man was so impressed by the young swami that he frequently called me to speak about him in glowing terms. I told him that I had a guru already, and that my present interest in interacting with gurus was mainly as a part of my research for my book on global gurus. He arranged a private meeting for me with Swami Nithyananda which I used mostly to explain the civilization threats facing Hinduism, citing numerous examples, and questioned him on his position in this regard. I found him to be very sharp, a great listener, and in agreement that we must engage social issues rather than pursuing the world negating or escapist paths that are typical of many gurus today.

Later on, I attended a weekend course in USA, where he taught the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. I have read several translations of this great classical work, but I had never before seen it taught experientially. Swami Nithyananda gave the attendees their own personal inner experience of every one of the eight limbs of Patanjalis system, right up to and including samadhi. This was quite an achievement in two days.

Overall, my interactions with him remained centered largely on the geopolitics of religions. I saw him as a prominent swami who was not running away from troubling issues, such as Christian conversions and the Dravidianization of Tamil identity. Given that I have been writing a book on this very issue in Tamil Nadu for three years (now in the editing stage), I was especially impressed by his experimental program of a Hindu temple on wheels traveling from village to village. In each village this mobile temple stops and offers chanting, a talk by one of the leaders, food, medicines, etc.

So it combines religion with social service and thus competes directly against Christian evangelism. Rather than building a temple in every village and needing a purohit in each of the thousands of villages across Tamil Nadu, the strategy was to bring to each village this temple on wheels.What I discovered by my own independent fact finding was that wherever this temple on wheels went, the missionaries were upset because it blunted their conversion efforts.

I attended his 21-day meditation program in December 2009. The various techniques in it are very deep and transformative. The best evaluation of this can be doneby the hundreds of attendees, who were divided roughly equally between Indians and whites from North America.

In several side conversations with him as well in the public forum, I pursued the point that I already have a guru since 1994, so I was not looking for a new guru. Since my guru had left the body a few years ago, I wanted to continue learning new techniques for my practice. I explained to him that I had previously learned and practiced meditation techniques from multiple sources for over 30 years, including: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Yogi Amrit Desai (who certified me as a teacher), Deepak Chopra, Vipasana, and more. Additionally, I had practiced numerous bhakti traditions, as well as formal Vedanta education from Swami Chinmayananda and Ramakrishna Mission. I went through a serious study of the writings by Sri Aurobindo, various Madhyamika Buddhist systems, Kashmir Shaivism, Ramana Maharshi, etc. So I was not seeking a new guru like most others who took his courses.

I have to say that he never pressured me to adopt him as my new guru, and even said that one must remain loyal to ones guru. To be classified as a devotee/disciple of his, there are two criteria, neither of which applies to me. First,there is an optional program one can sign up for, to do paada puja at the gurus feet, in order to develop a special link with him. The second is that one can ask to be given an initiation with a new name, in which case his policy is that the person must legally change his/her name, and use this new name publicly. I did not do either of these steps. So my relationship is not as a devotee or disciple, but more arms-length.

It was a two-way street. While he taught me meditation, I brought to him my scholarship on the geopolitical positioning of Hinduism which I feel the gurus know only superficially. They do not adequately know things like: Western philosophy, neither religious nor secular; or Western history; or Western institutions that have been set up explicitly to spread its civilization; or various global campaigns under way to invade Indian civilization through conversions, education, media, political policy making and more.

He requested that I should present him my findings on such matters so that he and his senior acharyas could learn. I told him that most gurus have little time to listen attentively to a layperson like me, because the gurus like to do all the talking. He replied that he would sit and listen to me seriously. I made it clear that I was disinterested in giving a short talk of a few minutes, because my findings required considerable time to be examined seriously. I told him that I would need two full days of undivided attention, so that I could present 300 Powerpoint slides.

Swami Nithyananda sent me an invitation when I was in Delhi to visit his ashram and present my research. I was delighted to have such an important audience. I was very impressed by the fact that he sat through two long days of my talks, about 12 hours per day. He asked his 40 top acharyas and various thought leaders in his ashram to sit and listen to me for both the days. The interactions were intense, and I explained many points from my forthcoming books. I felt that he and I had a peer relationship, each side being an expert in his domain to teach the other. After my two days of talks were over, he asked me to help him incorporate my core ideas into his curriculum, so as to make sure that his teachings helped position the Vedic civilization properly.

No other guru in the world has invested so much time with me to try and learn these global issues so deeply. (The only other prominent guru I know personally who understands these issues about the external challenges is Swami Dayananda Saraswati.) Most gurus tend to either be dismissive by resorting to spiritual loftiness, or imagine that they already know whatever there is worth knowing. Thus, my primary interest in Swami Nithyananda was as a vehicle to spread greater awareness of the kinds of issues that I was researching. (For instance, he bought a couple of hundred copies of the book, Invading the Sacred at the full price, and made it required reading for all his ashram residents.)

I must balance this praise with criticism. In my 2-day talks, I had explicitly discussed that many gurus were falling prey to sex scandals, often with women planted as part of sting operations, or women in the inner circle who got too close and let things get out of control. Despite these warnings, it seems that nothing concrete was done to prevent or at least anticipate the crisis that was to follow.

My Approach to this Investigation

When the scandal broke out I was in Delhi. I called the Bangalore ashram management and found them confident but confused. Probably they felt that the matter would soon get forgotten if left alone. But exactly the opposite happened,as each day brought fresh allegations and sensational media coverage. After several days had passed I was invited to go to Bangalore tostudy the situation for myself. At that time I had no clue about his Tantra practice with any women. Whatever I knew was based on what his followers told me, because he was personally inaccessible for several days even after I reached Bangalore. I spent many hours daily with some of his ashrams top team.

What I wrote earlier in this article actually comes later in the chronology of my investigation. But I presented it up front because most readers are obsessed with getting my answer to only one single question: did he or did he not have sex? Nothing else seems to matter to them, whereas my investigations emphasis has been about issues broader and more consequential than any one mans morality.

Until I concluded my fact-finding 2-week period recently, I was unable to discuss the sexual acts shown in the videotapes. I had to respect the policies of his people as part of the trust being placed in me to gain access. They also needed legal clearance on what can and cannot be said by them. Their policy on the sex tapes was that Swami Nithyananda would directly explain his acts. The Tamil actress lawyer was also in contact with them and her sensitivities had to be respected. The sensitivities of the 140-strong ashramites had to be protected also. Given this set of circumstances facing me, I feel that it was unfair to demand that I should hound him with the one critical question. People have assumed that it was up to me to decide what would be within the scope of each interview. As I have mentioned earlier, even after certain interviews were recorded by me, the ashram leadership used its discretion not to air them.

In response to my critics on how I conducted my interviews, I would also like to explain why I chose to focus on the criminal charges being made against Swami Nithyananda. Besides the sex-tape being off limits as mentioned in the foregoing paragraph, the criminal charges became my focus for two reasons. These charges could be ascertained with objectivity such as asking for documents on the land ownership, the medical reports on the death of one meditation participant 2 years ago, and so forth.

The evidence was more clear-cut than the evidence on what exactly happened in the videotapes between two persons none of whom were willing to talk with me about it. Secondly, the consequences of criminality would be far more severe than mere moral fallibility. While immoral conduct is a big concern for the devotees, it is not enough grounds by itself for the state to confiscate the entire property that runs into very large sums of money. Also, as a matter of principle, regardless of whether or not he is guilty of the morality charge, I felt opposed to spurious criminal charges being piled up by the irresponsible media just to create sensationalism.

The Conspiracy against Swami Nithyananda

Since I had arrived at the scene while writing my book on the conspiracy in Tamil Nadu religious politics, it was natural to start with that as my emphasis for the investigation. But in this short article I have decided to focus on the matters surrounding his conduct and his organizations conduct, because these have assumed a more urgent nature. The details of the conspiracy belong in my book as corroborating evidence for my thesis there. The types of parties reported to be behind the conspiracy, both foreign and India based, were remarkably similar to the ones I have written about in the book. So for now I shall merely summarize some of the main points concerning this conspiracy.

First one must understand why Swami Nithyananda became such a target. He was virtually unknown 7 years ago, but once he appeared in public his popularity catapulted at a dramatic rate. For example, last year, YouTube wrote to him that he was the most watched of all Indian spiritual leaders on the Internet and proposed a closer collaboration for their viewers. This letter also stated that among all spiritual leaders worldwide (not just Indian) he was the second most popular one, the Vatican being first. His meditation programs have become very popular in USA and in certain Indian states. The main factors are that participants almost invariably report experiencing higher states of consciousness, and he has healed a large number of persons of a variety of diseases. His healing powers are what brought together his core inner group of devotees from around the world doctors, businessmen, IT professionals, corporate executives. Many of them have explained their personal healings from terminal illnesses as the turning point in their lives. His meditation programs sometimes bring up to a few thousand attendees for periods ranging from a few days to several weeks.

While the funds come mostly from upper strata participants in India and USA, a large portion of the expenses have been allocated to develop grass-roots social and spiritual programs focusing primarily in Tamil Nadu, his native state. This is where he is seen as a threat by Dravidian as well as Christian forces. For instance, in December 2009, about 600 villages across Tamil Nadu sent their local Nithyananda leaders for a celebration and planning session in his main ashram near Bangalore. I happened to be present for the event. These common folks, mostly from the lower strata of Tamil society, had walked 300 kilometers for this journey which they saw as a spiritual pilgrimage. The reason for the anger of Christian and Dravidian forces is that his activities have put a dampener to conversions in many districts, and several Christians have return to Hinduism by getting initiated formally into his organization. The swami himself has spoken against conversions, and has also stated that the Dravidian movement had made Tamil people unspiritual in their lives, and that this had caused social decay. His Tamil language publications and courses have become his most popular ones, far exceeding the numbers in English. Also he is a very big threat because he is not a Brahmin. Because he cannot be targeted using the classical attack on Brahmins, and because the masses in Tamil Nadu were rising to swell his ranks, the threat he posed to the existing political power structure had to be stopped one way or another.
The attack against Swami Nithyananda has consisted of two prongs, image and legal. At first a highly sensational sexual charge was broadcast in order to devastate his credibility and create an atmosphere in which any and all kinds of outlandish allegations would be taken at face value. Once the media and popular sentiments had been turned against him, there was one amazing allegation after another in rapid sequence. It was clear that none of this was spontaneous but was being centrally orchestrated under a systematic plan.

What became evident to me was that there was cooperation in informal and unofficial ways among the media, police and lower level judiciary. In fact, many third parties were aware of the attack in advance and had warned his people before it happened with specific details of the plan. For instance, one of his top devotees got a phone call from someone based in New York describing the media and police attack that was to come. His predictions turned out to be accurate but at that time the ashramites did not take the threat literally. He said that for the right sum of money he could be helpful in preventing such an attack. He claimed that the planning for this attack had started a year ago. He mentioned that a budget of Rs 200 crores was allocated by some overseas groups to demolish Hindu gurus especially in south India, and named two south Indian churches as the nodal agencies to coordinate this strategic plan. (I am presently pursuing these leads as part of my book investigation.)

There was another concrete extortion effort about eleven or twelve days prior to the scandal breaking out. A lawyer contacted them and claimed that his client had compromising videos, and that the client was seeking money or else they would get released. The same intermediary later sent a letter containing a variety of unsubstantiated criminal allegations against Swami Nithyananda, and this letters distribution list included India’s Prime Minister, President, Sonya Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, various Chief Ministers and police heads, various national criminal investigation and security organizations. I have a copy of this letter, and it makes the Nithyananda organization seem like a terrorist outfit that needs to be attacked for the sake of public safety. This letter along with a DVD of the sex video was delivered to the Chief Minister of Karnataka state two hours before the videotape was first aired. Clearly, the attack was well planned and executed across many locations, and was persistently carried out over several days. This is not the work of some isolated individuals.

There were warnings given to individuals in the ashram that their phones were being tapped and that they better leave to save their own lives, because something horrible was about to happen. One friendly man based in Pune who runs a magazine and is a devotee of Swami Nithyananda, told the ashram a week in advance of the attack that some such catastrophe would happen. He named his source as a man in Bangalore press club. Another publisher in Hyderabad who distributes Swami Nithyanandas books in Telugu, called three times to warn that a graphic video would be released and gave a precise time for this to happen. It was also reported that an American devotee who had fallen out of the ashram was working in association with Jody Razdik who specializes in guru bashing at a prominent web site. He was being helped by an Indian based in San Diego, who was once very deeply involved inside the Nithyananda organization but had turned malicious. The only man who has openly come out as the main accuser was an ashramite who had a falling out when he got demoted due to his conduct. It was recently reported that he had a prior criminal record against him but nobody in the ashram had checked out his background before admitting him.

There were constant threats received to harass the ashramites and scare them away, with claims that narcotics will be planted to cause arrest warrants. The actions by the police were being leaked to the media ahead of time and even to the opposing side, leading to numerous tips received by friendsasking the ashram dwellers to run away before the attack comes.

But even after a couple of weeks since the scandal has erupted, the lawyers for Swami Nithyanandas ashram have failed to get copies of any concrete charges filed with the police, except a few trivial ones. Each time they approach for specific details they are told that there is no formal charge, except relatively minor ones. So the intimidation has been carried out mainly through media reports, without any legal due process starting where facts and arguments could get cross-examined. This lack of formal charges has enabled an atmosphere of intimidation using rumors and threats that cannot be pinned down officially.

It is important to contrast this with the manner in which Indian media treats scandals facing Islamic or Christian groups. The numerous scandals occurring overseas often get blocked by Indian media entirely,or are given mild treatment with tremendous sensitivity, in order to be seen as secular and not communal. By contrast every kind of allegation against any Hindu group gets clubbed in one homogeneous category and treated as a social scourge equivalent to terror groups.

The medias hounding mentality and mafia tactics deserve to be condemned. In the Swami Nithyananda case, they have used carrots and sticks to lure and threaten, using whatever would get them more sensational footage. Several TV stations and journalists camped out in Haridwar and sent me emails requesting my help in arranging an interview. When I failed to deliver (because it was not up to me to deliver any such thing), some of them turned nasty against me. One TV woman promised the swamis people positive coverage if she got an exclusive. But after the interview, she betrayed and turned it into more distortion and smut. This led Swami Nithyanandas handlers to give interviews to more stations in orderto counteract this distortion. But the more they said before TV cameras, the worse the scandal became. One station was blatant in its threat to the swamis assistant: If you dont give us an interview right away, we will show you the power of the media to destroy you. At one point a major TV station also wanted to drag in Ramakrishna Mission with similar allegations, but someone was able to stop that.

Failures of Swami Nithyanandas Organization

Hindu tradition separates three kinds of varna (skills), each representing a form of social capital,and these three were never supposed to be concentrated in a single person, thereby preventing too much concentration of power. I use the terms Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya not as birth based caste, but as merit based social capital and areas of competence. The Brahmin job description focuses on spirituality and research; Kshatriya ongovernance, politics and leadership; and Vaishyas on commerce and financial capital. Swami Nithyananda had persons with Brahmin qualities performing duties that demand Kshatriya and Vaishnav skills. This was counterproductive. The ashram leaders were selected and trained for skills and roles that are very different than this situation demands. Too often their bhakti and spiritual practice substituted for professional competence in managing a rapidly growing global enterprise. The sole emphasis was placed on traditional Brahmin qualities, and none on what would be considered Kshatriya qualities.

For example, there are a large number of white devotees who do have Kshatriyata – leadership expertise, courage and commitment. But even after this attack the ashram organization has blundered in its failure to leverage and deploy them.I met some of these Westerners at the Kumbh and found them remarkably willing to stand up for their guru, but nobody had bothered to organize them and take advantage of the fact that Swami Nithyananda has a global following. Instead of such initiatives to deal with the crisis, his organization was in utter chaos, reacting to each hit by the other side. Its leaders were running scared, driven by one rumor after another. Decisions were being made in desperation and panic. The group was cognitively disoriented and many of its members were psychologically breaking down.

The organization was too much of a one-man show with the leaders operating like children dependent on the swami for every decision. The swami had become the iconic object of the ashrams inner circle. Their proximity to him became their measure of personal power and identity. This is classical cult-like behavior that cannot survive the onslaughts that are inevitable nowadays. Such a concentration of varnas into one man not only makes an enterprise incompetent, but it also can also get into the leaders head and make him power hungry. Especially when the guru has siddhis, this power can easily become co-opted by his ego into a dangerous mixture. The result is that he surrounds himself with psychopaths who tell him what he wants to hear, and this feedback loop of self glorification turns into group delusion.

I noticed this in the form of the inner circles inability to make common sense judgments, and their misrepresenting the facts to their leader by giving him too much good news. The result was that the honest truth did not come out fast enough to allow pragmatic and realistic planning. I had a difficult time to get dependable information, and the stories kept changing not only over time but also between one person and another within the group. I could not tell if there was a cover up and if new lies were fabricated to cover prior lies. In such an atmosphere one cannot tell which individuals might have a separate stake and vested interest from the group. Lacking competent Kshatriyas, the swami had not anticipated that such a crisis was ever possible, despite the fact that outsiders (including myself in my 2-day talks at his ashram) had explained to them the threats facing every prominent Hindu mahatma today.
While on the one hand I blame those in positions of responsibility at the ashram, ultimately Swami Nithyananda bears the responsibility as he selected them, defined their roles, evaluated their performance, motivated and supervised them very closely. In this regard, his spiritual capabilities hadfailed to evaluate those very close to him as well as the external reality. An enlightened master must do better than this, or else he must not try to control everything so personally.

I acknowledge that being a global guru is very demanding today, given that one has to represent a very old tradition authentically and yet in a manner that appeals to modern people. This is why Hindu leaders need a crash course on matters that are well beyond the traditional education in their own sampradayas (lineages).

Hindu Chaos

Swami Nithyanandas own support base in India has started to distance itself out of self preservation amidst all the rumors and slander. His closest supporters were not approached soon enough with his side of the story, and by the time they were approached the damage to his credibility was already irreversible. They did not want to risk being associated with a fallen guru. Many Hindu gurus have started to publicly lash out against the fallen godman;others became silent or neutral publicly, while offering private sympathy but refusing to stick their necks out.

One factor is that the swamis approach was too conservative for some and too liberal for others. It is too filled with deities, symbols and rituals of a very orthodox kind for the aesthetic taste of modern global gurus who propagate a whitened, Westernized clean Hinduism that is abstract and metaphysical but devoid of imagery associated with primitive paganism. At the other end of the spectrum are orthodox Hindu leaders who find his idea of youthful dancing, celebration, and liberal atmosphere to be not real Hinduism. A couple of shankaracharyas interviewed on NDTV lashed out against falsegurus and claimed that only the shankaracharyas had the authority to certify who was qualified to be a guru. So Swami Nithyananda fits neither end of this spectrum.

Many of the gurus I met have told me in confidence that they fear that similar attacks are coming to more Hindu gurus, but that there is no central Hindu mechanism to deal with these episodes along the lines of various church mechanisms that intervene when Christianity faces a scandal. I sent feelers to the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha as to whether it should offer to step in and take over the ashram and itsrelated organizations, thereby bringing new management to clean up matters and bring stability to the enterprise. I was told that while this was a good idea in principle, it was not practical because HDAS is simply not set up to deal with this.

The Way Forward

My overriding concern throughout this investigation has been to find a way to do damage control in order to protect the broader interests of dharma. This requires a pragmatic approach. Given the state of affairs, it seems that the mess cannot be created without the swami leaving the movement and going into a strictly private life of meditation and self inquiry. I worry for the young ashramites who I feel are amazing individuals but in need of proper mentoring. They have a solid commitment to the cause and their personal spiritual paths, but they lack the sophistication and maturity to deal with what they face today.

Swami Nithyananda should resign immediately and hand over all his organizations to senior spiritual masters, preferably Shaivites practicing the Shiva Sutras and related traditions. He told me in an interview hat I recorded on March 9th that he was willing to leave everything and become a wandering sadhu again. I wish that interview had been aired.

The new spiritual leaders would give the ashram a new life and chance to revive itself. It could either remain a place for spiritual training or turn itself into a Hindu social service organization. Either way it would be a better outcome thanthe likely alternative of the government stepping in to take over the ashram and turn it over to administrators who are not positively disposed to Hindu spirituality as has happened in numerous similar cases of government takeoversof Hindu temples and organizations despite claims of being secular.

Besides giving up the organization, Swami Nithyananda should return to his personal sadhana under their guidance. Let them evaluate him and his organization, and issue their independent report to the public. Swami Nithyananda should fearlessly and humbly submit himself to their judgment of what happened and what the remedies ought to be.
Hinduism has survived for many millennia and faced many kinds of crises, just like all the other major religions of the world. It has its own internal resources and mechanisms to deal with such situations. These need to be put to use and they need to become modernized. This is not the last such scandal Hindu groups are going to face in the near future.

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  • Desh

    This is by far the most pragmatic and serious account of the scandal that I have read since the thing broke out.

    Thanks for taking your time out to go behind the scenes and bring out what was necessary.

  • Desh

    This is by far the most pragmatic and serious account of the scandal that I have read since the thing broke out.

    Thanks for taking your time out to go behind the scenes and bring out what was necessary.

  • Nith bala

    Very good work Rajiv sir.Hats off to u for giving such a matured outlook on the whole issue.As being followers of swamiji,we had been in tremendous pressure and shock for the past 15/16 days since the video was aired in the media.This article has given a better outlook on the whole issue and relieved us from lot of ideas which we had been carrying for sometime now.With ur pure neutral judgement u had written this article with lots of morality which we have been expecting from the organisation itself.Our heart weeps for swamiji who have given many great knowledge abt spirituality and devotion in the modern times and no doubt he was too straightforward in many issues concerning the threats to hinduism(Sanatana dharma).We were too overjoyed to see swamiji making a renissance in the wake of a time where only aethism and anti-hidu elements were dancing everywhere in Tamilnadu.Definitely,he has been thrown out of his character and respect in just a 2-min video and people making judgement of their own.i pray to the ultimate energy (PARASHAKTHI),that swamiji who has such a beautiful inner space and had a great vision for the traditional revival of sanatan dharma in our own motherland,comes out of all these problems and have peace.

    I PRAY TO THE ULTIMATE DIVINE ENERGY THAT LET THE WORLD NOT MISS AND ABUSE THIS GREAT MASTER PARAMAHAMSA NITHYANANDA IN THE FOLDS OF CONSPIRACY AND BAD INTENDED INDIVIDUALS.HE IS A GREAT GEM NOT TO BE ABUSED BY THE MEDIA AND POLITICAL POWER.
    IT IS VERY RARE THAT AN ENERGY LIKE HIM DESCENDS ON THIS PLANET EARTH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
    With tears in eyes for the great master!!!!!!!!

  • Nith bala

    Very good work Rajiv sir.Hats off to u for giving such a matured outlook on the whole issue.As being followers of swamiji,we had been in tremendous pressure and shock for the past 15/16 days since the video was aired in the media.This article has given a better outlook on the whole issue and relieved us from lot of ideas which we had been carrying for sometime now.With ur pure neutral judgement u had written this article with lots of morality which we have been expecting from the organisation itself.Our heart weeps for swamiji who have given many great knowledge abt spirituality and devotion in the modern times and no doubt he was too straightforward in many issues concerning the threats to hinduism(Sanatana dharma).We were too overjoyed to see swamiji making a renissance in the wake of a time where only aethism and anti-hidu elements were dancing everywhere in Tamilnadu.Definitely,he has been thrown out of his character and respect in just a 2-min video and people making judgement of their own.i pray to the ultimate energy (PARASHAKTHI),that swamiji who has such a beautiful inner space and had a great vision for the traditional revival of sanatan dharma in our own motherland,comes out of all these problems and have peace.

    I PRAY TO THE ULTIMATE DIVINE ENERGY THAT LET THE WORLD NOT MISS AND ABUSE THIS GREAT MASTER PARAMAHAMSA NITHYANANDA IN THE FOLDS OF CONSPIRACY AND BAD INTENDED INDIVIDUALS.HE IS A GREAT GEM NOT TO BE ABUSED BY THE MEDIA AND POLITICAL POWER.
    IT IS VERY RARE THAT AN ENERGY LIKE HIM DESCENDS ON THIS PLANET EARTH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
    With tears in eyes for the great master!!!!!!!!

    • Rahul Verma

      Its no surprise you also among the brain washed and blind beliver of the sex swami nithyananda, but feel sad this bastered sex and fake swami will be kicked out soon, he is spoiling th hindu relgion and culture, he is a such a bastered not onoy in sex but a greedy money earner by fooling inocent people and he uses gods name and cheeting people and fucking youg girls, they day is no long when he gets kicked off , i wish all get together and beat this cunning sex seeker and a gready swami beaten so much till he forgets again to take such dirty plans in his life

    • SEX Swami Nithyanad,s Expose

      He is not a great Master he is a GREAT SEX MASTER, this bastered should be kicked out so soon that if he stays in this country then the days are not so far he destroy the whole hindusium and tradition, by now he is kicked out fro his own home place fro tamilnadu, why dont he set up his ashram in hisn home state rather then in karnatka state, he says he is a god and this he used to brain wash and fuck young girls , and this foolish people worship him, if he was a god why did he ran away when police were searching hi, and recently in a press media this sex swami lied that he had no any summons from Vinay bharadhwaj, and when the media showed the summons he sent his devoties to ake him out and made a big fight among them and this god man ran away leaving them in problem saveing his life, this cheater and fake swami should be beaten in chappels in the middle of the street and chase him as fast as all can, he is a bad name for all hinds and for all kannadigas

  • Kumar Swaminathan

    Rajiv’s narration makes sense. However I fail to see a reasonable case being made for the call for Nithyananda’s resignation. What will it do? If Nithyananda continues to be the spiritual leader of this organization how will it affect the Dharma?

    Rajiv, towards the end comes across as someone who is letting his ego take over and influence his assertions. He certainly is ensuring that his forthcoming book gets the maximum publicity.

    I wish people like him stop judging others.

  • Kumar Swaminathan

    Rajiv’s narration makes sense. However I fail to see a reasonable case being made for the call for Nithyananda’s resignation. What will it do? If Nithyananda continues to be the spiritual leader of this organization how will it affect the Dharma?

    Rajiv, towards the end comes across as someone who is letting his ego take over and influence his assertions. He certainly is ensuring that his forthcoming book gets the maximum publicity.

    I wish people like him stop judging others.

  • SS

    Dear Mr. Malhotra,
    Thanks for presenting a nice study of this situation.

    I started researching the toxic blogs against Swamiji about five months ago and I had come to the conclusion that powerful organizations were behind it. Specifically, Jody Radik who has been a parasite on all Hindu gurus caught my attention. I found out that others had researched this individual’s modus operandi and documented them (see link http://guruphiliac-jody-radzik… ). The organization never took such threats from the blogosphere seriously. To the contrary, my simple research indicated a synchronized operation between several other blog sites that collaborated on a larger scale.

    On a different note related to your suggestion that Swamiji resign from the organization, I feel that no other organization has the breadth to manage such a varied enterprise. As you pointed out correctly, organizations that teach jnana (meditation) are very different from those who practice bhakti (rituals and temples), not to mention healing, yoga, etc. Very very few have merged these teachings and never globally. So without separating these components (such as in bankruptcy proceedings) suitors may not be ready or capable to lead. However separating these components is impossible because they are integrated in Swamiji’s teachings. I frankly want Swamiji to continue leading his organization because there is no organization without Him.

    The other point that is often made by scholars is protection of Hindu Dharma. Hindu dharma has faced much more serious challenges over the past and no one event has affected it. Case in point is your mention of other similar scandals which have not really impacted Hindu Dharma. Likewise this too shall pass. Let the professors of Hindu Dharma leave it to the guiding force that has protected it forever.

    I still hope and wish that Swamiji comes out of this mess relatively unscathed and turns the table on his maligners. If it is not Swamiji, no one else will be able to take on the Dravidian-Christian forces that started in Tamilnadu sixty years ago and is creeping up slowly to the north.

    Let the higher power that has guided Swamiji to build this organization and bring in millions to Him to guide Him during this period.

  • laurent

    I like your article for its neutrality.

    You may have experienced this after a powerful meditation with N : sudden sickness or depression and then, suddenly, it’s gone. Your old patterns trying to survive the huge change.

    It feels like we are going through the same … at a massive scale : the old western thought pattern trying to remain despite the big changes happening everywhere.

    (oh and I disagree, N = Dhyana Peetham so him leaving = organization disappearing, beside this whole drama is also about strengthening Dharma, you don’t want to give that cabal strength by retreating, in fact this may be the signal to encourage all Himalayans masters to go public)

  • SS

    Dear Mr. Malhotra,
    Thanks for presenting a nice study of this situation.

    I started researching the toxic blogs against Swamiji about five months ago and I had come to the conclusion that powerful organizations were behind it. Specifically, Jody Radik who has been a parasite on all Hindu gurus caught my attention. I found out that others had researched this individual’s modus operandi and documented them (see link http://guruphiliac-jody-radzik.blogspot.com/ ). The organization never took such threats from the blogosphere seriously. To the contrary, my simple research indicated a synchronized operation between several other blog sites that collaborated on a larger scale.

    On a different note related to your suggestion that Swamiji resign from the organization, I feel that no other organization has the breadth to manage such a varied enterprise. As you pointed out correctly, organizations that teach jnana (meditation) are very different from those who practice bhakti (rituals and temples), not to mention healing, yoga, etc. Very very few have merged these teachings and never globally. So without separating these components (such as in bankruptcy proceedings) suitors may not be ready or capable to lead. However separating these components is impossible because they are integrated in Swamiji’s teachings. I frankly want Swamiji to continue leading his organization because there is no organization without Him.

    The other point that is often made by scholars is protection of Hindu Dharma. Hindu dharma has faced much more serious challenges over the past and no one event has affected it. Case in point is your mention of other similar scandals which have not really impacted Hindu Dharma. Likewise this too shall pass. Let the professors of Hindu Dharma leave it to the guiding force that has protected it forever.

    I still hope and wish that Swamiji comes out of this mess relatively unscathed and turns the table on his maligners. If it is not Swamiji, no one else will be able to take on the Dravidian-Christian forces that started in Tamilnadu sixty years ago and is creeping up slowly to the north.

    Let the higher power that has guided Swamiji to build this organization and bring in millions to Him to guide Him during this period.

  • I like your article for its neutrality.

    You may have experienced this after a powerful meditation with N : sudden sickness or depression and then, suddenly, it’s gone. Your old patterns trying to survive the huge change.

    It feels like we are going through the same … at a massive scale : the old western thought pattern trying to remain despite the big changes happening everywhere.

    (oh and I disagree, N = Dhyana Peetham so him leaving = organization disappearing, beside this whole drama is also about strengthening Dharma, you don’t want to give that cabal strength by retreating, in fact this may be the signal to encourage all Himalayans masters to go public)

  • krishna dasa

    Rajuvji, you have done an excellent job in getting an interview and getting this article published.
    Hindu was a name gives to us by British. So I would request you to be more grammatically correct. It is a sanatana dharma which is India’s strongest base. Nithyananda has gives many meditation techniques and beautiful teachings, but at the same time there were many flaws that one should understand as one should go beyond his teachings.One should understand his teachings not blindly but intelligently. His meditation techniques have always worked on me. But at the same time, I learnt from many other spiritual masters in india to get a breadth of knowledge. He has manipulated the temple worship to replace GOD and his payers by his prayers. He is not a GOD. One should certainly understand the GOD’s characteristics as said by Bhagavd gita. He has manipulated the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali yoga sutras to adopt to his teachings. He changes many mantras such as Brhamananda to Nithyananda. Surya namaskra mantras to have the prefix of Nityha —Namaha. He is certainly a self styled spiritual master.
    He claims himself to be a Swami and Paramahamsa. he neither have any qualities if you look at it.
    A Swami wearing Saphron cannot get service offerings by a woman according to Santana dharma. As you rightly said, he cannot indulge himself in Tantric sex and experiments. After all that is sex. he should have gotten married to do all such experiments, but not with a PARA STREE. A great tantrik and kali worshipper , Ramakrishna Paramahamsa although he was married, never had sex. He never approached any woman. We should follow great spiritual masters such as Chaitanya Maha Prabhu, Adi Shankaracharya, Madhva Charya, Prabhapada, and many…so that we can learn a great deal from them as to how a Swami’s life should be lead. They never had any woman in their lives nor they were accused of any sex indulgence as they had tremendous will and commitment towards the real GOD.
    Nithyananda neither come into any of these lineages nor he has any guru to trace his lineage. So the authenticity is zero. Answers will come when we approach supreme Lord.

  • krishna dasa

    Rajuvji, you have done an excellent job in getting an interview and getting this article published.
    Hindu was a name gives to us by British. So I would request you to be more grammatically correct. It is a sanatana dharma which is India’s strongest base. Nithyananda has gives many meditation techniques and beautiful teachings, but at the same time there were many flaws that one should understand as one should go beyond his teachings.One should understand his teachings not blindly but intelligently. His meditation techniques have always worked on me. But at the same time, I learnt from many other spiritual masters in india to get a breadth of knowledge. He has manipulated the temple worship to replace GOD and his payers by his prayers. He is not a GOD. One should certainly understand the GOD’s characteristics as said by Bhagavd gita. He has manipulated the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali yoga sutras to adopt to his teachings. He changes many mantras such as Brhamananda to Nithyananda. Surya namaskra mantras to have the prefix of Nityha —Namaha. He is certainly a self styled spiritual master.
    He claims himself to be a Swami and Paramahamsa. he neither have any qualities if you look at it.
    A Swami wearing Saphron cannot get service offerings by a woman according to Santana dharma. As you rightly said, he cannot indulge himself in Tantric sex and experiments. After all that is sex. he should have gotten married to do all such experiments, but not with a PARA STREE. A great tantrik and kali worshipper , Ramakrishna Paramahamsa although he was married, never had sex. He never approached any woman. We should follow great spiritual masters such as Chaitanya Maha Prabhu, Adi Shankaracharya, Madhva Charya, Prabhapada, and many…so that we can learn a great deal from them as to how a Swami’s life should be lead. They never had any woman in their lives nor they were accused of any sex indulgence as they had tremendous will and commitment towards the real GOD.
    Nithyananda neither come into any of these lineages nor he has any guru to trace his lineage. So the authenticity is zero. Answers will come when we approach supreme Lord.

  • KH

    Thanks for this well-researched and well-written article. It presents many aspects of this situation that aren’t being mentioned elsewhere.

    Your interviews with Swami Nithyananda that have been made public seemed unsubstantial. With this article, I have a new respect for your study of these events and their context. I wish the other interviews that you mention would be shared.

    Your article led me to a different conclusion about the way forward. You mention many factors that indicate the unique value of Swami Nithyananda and his work to individuals and society. You mention other factors concerning his reputation in the context of society, religion and politics. IMHO, the first set of factors far outweighs the second, and the way forward is to set aside petty socio-religious concerns about morality and conformity, and support a global guru who is offering teachings and experiences of real consequence.

    But my conclusion is just one more judgment; it doesn’t matter.

    We shouldn’t presume to know the best interests of Dharma, whether we are laymen or scholars, devotees or the religious establishment. It is Life itself, and it sustains us, not the other way around. Swami Nithyananda can transmit an experience of it beyond our normal capacity, and I hope matters settle such that this gift becomes more, rather than less available.

  • KH

    Thanks for this well-researched and well-written article. It presents many aspects of this situation that aren’t being mentioned elsewhere.

    Your interviews with Swami Nithyananda that have been made public seemed unsubstantial. With this article, I have a new respect for your study of these events and their context. I wish the other interviews that you mention would be shared.

    Your article led me to a different conclusion about the way forward. You mention many factors that indicate the unique value of Swami Nithyananda and his work to individuals and society. You mention other factors concerning his reputation in the context of society, religion and politics. IMHO, the first set of factors far outweighs the second, and the way forward is to set aside petty socio-religious concerns about morality and conformity, and support a global guru who is offering teachings and experiences of real consequence.

    But my conclusion is just one more judgment; it doesn’t matter.

    We shouldn’t presume to know the best interests of Dharma, whether we are laymen or scholars, devotees or the religious establishment. It is Life itself, and it sustains us, not the other way around. Swami Nithyananda can transmit an experience of it beyond our normal capacity, and I hope matters settle such that this gift becomes more, rather than less available.

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  • Anonymous

    You are a know-it-all idiot. Nobody asked for your advice. Swami Nithyananda should not resign. YOU should. Stupid man.

    • sachin

      This Nityananda is such a bastered who used females in
      enjoying his sexual needs in the name of god ,and lead a luxury life in earning
      huge money and cheeting poor people who are in blind belief, he is said that he
      cure many desease and he himself need a feemale to take care of him when he was
      sick,he is said he did lot of miracles, and why did he ran away when police was
      in search of him and why could he show his miracles when police arrested him,
      if he was a god many why dint he know when a hidden cam is placed or he never
      been caught in a hidden camera, when he was arrested he was in a hotel room by
      name S.k tiwari is this god man not a lier, if he was not guilty why should he
      change his name of a great swami to a ordinery name,? why do he need only a female
      to take care of him when there are several male follwers in his ashram,in some
      interview he said that he was a sanyasi and in some hesay he never said that,
      this bastered is a big fraud and a lier, and in hindu a swami or a sanyasi
      should be away for females, most of the time he is surrounded by females and
      his satsang are with dance of enjoyment with songs specuall with girls as if in
      disco fuction, when in a press meeting he adviced his followers to chase the
      media and most of them were females whom he put them in troube and ran away,he
      is from tamilnadu and why he wants to put his ashram in karantaka state, he
      visit mostly travel abroad why is so?if he like to search there are so many
      hospitals and needy persons in lot of places and orphans here itslef in india,
      but he goes abroad to enjoy sexual needs and holidays where its out of publice
      eyes, and his origienal name is Rajsheker why he has changed his name in to
      Nithyananda this itself mean that Every day Enjoyment in kannada language,

      • sachin

        swami
        and sanyasi in hindu should sacryfy their life to poor and needy and preach
        right path but this bastered enjoys sex with females in secret and have a
        luxurey life cheeting peoples, he was caught in hinden cam that too with a
        famous tamisl actress ranjitha who herself is a highly paid prostitue and a
        actress, she knew nithyandand from her collage days and when she came to know
        this fake swami interested in sexual needs in secret she became her follower to
        earn a easy income becoming his devotie ,as she knew he was a weatly man,
        nithayanda needed a wife in secret to take care of him and for sexcual
        enjoyment in bed at night , he kept her as his keep in secret in the eyes of
        his devoties as his persaonly care taker , but time once dint faver with him
        and caught red handed in a hidden cam, when this actress cum prostiite did not
        get chance in movies after the sex scandel she thought of filing a case on this
        , to prove her fans she was inocent and said that she was not in that sex
        scandle cd, just to fool the people she was inocent and the Sex cd was morphed,
        everything was said fake and even the sex caught, also siad fake, there are
        lawyers when they are paid well to prove it fake as nithyananda is a wealth man
        who earned with poor peoples money, now whats left, if some one say that they saw them in their own eys then no wonder
        they say their eyes are fake ,after all truth is truth

  • Anonymous

    You are a know-it-all idiot. Nobody asked for your advice. Swami Nithyananda should not resign. YOU should. Stupid man.

    • sachin

      as far as blind beliers are there such fake swami exists, its not thier fault, its the people who enourage such stupid swami,s who belive in them and they take advantage to fool and cheet people and use inocent poeple for secual needs sayingn they are god, its a easiest way to earn thier liveing in a posh way and enjoying the poor peoples money in a modern way

    • Kiran

      Any person who interested In this fake sex swami Nithyanada they can keep them in thier house and go with him, and this fake sex swami who tells himself that he is god and fucks girls and ran away leaving his devoties and follwers in trouble when police was searching him, that time where were this godmans powers, this lier and cheeting swami also hide in a hotel room useing some others name in a hotel when caught, this cheeter swami Nithyananda is cased from his own native place in Tamilnadu, then why we the kannadigas in karnatak state allow him Here to make the holy ashram a sex enjoyment place,is this his fathers place?, this Bloody Bastered should be made nude and beaten in streets

  • counterpoint
  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

    • sachin

      First of all in
      Hindusium the the swamis and sanyasis
      should be away from females, and secondly
      why this nithyananda swmai need females
      for taking care of him,when there are so many
      males in his ashram to take care of him, he said she did it valountrily, but
      why she should do it in a closed and pvt room if she wants to take care of him,
      people belive and he say he is god and shiva to female then how can a god man
      can be sick , this nithyanada swami can treat and cure others but why cant he cure himself he was also saying the
      some parts were morphed in his vedio, but he dint say which part are morphed in
      it and even though he say surely no doubt he say the sex parts are morphed,any
      way let considered that too, but once this vedio is leeked out why did this god
      man and ranjeetha ran away i mean missing,? did any one kidnap them?and it also
      proved that this vedio is a real one in the research lab,and more over why this
      ranjeetha filed a complain after so long time after she is exposed in sec
      scandle, this is becuase she then came to know if she is silent then it amy
      prove and add reality to her sex scandle, and this fake swami knew there are
      lot of bliend blief people in karnataka that why he being a tamilian put an
      asharaam in karnataka, and thsi Actress Ranjeetha known to pepple she is a
      highly paid prostitue as she is an actress, and she came to know this fake
      nithayananda was wealthy looting inocent blind belief peoples money, she became his followr and
      then he kept her as his keep for sexual needs in secret,this was going from
      long time,since every day is not sunday it was a unlucky day they were caught
      in hidden cam, before this he use to have sex with many girls in secret as he
      himself was brainwashing girls mind saying he is god shiva and if he has sex with
      them thier sins are washed out. to be clear this nithaynanda is a illitrate
      guy, nothing else, if he was a godman then why did he ran away when police was
      searching him, whre were his god power that time, if he has god pwer there was
      nothing to file complain or have to answer to defend he can do it with miracle,
      just because of blind belief people he become godman or else who is he?such
      fakes shlould be kicked out away from the country for cheeting people

  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • counterpoint
  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • Dr. Deepali Jaju

    Dear Rajeevji,
    We were with you in Inner Awakening Program in Dec 2009. If you remember Moushami, one of the small children sitting in the front rwo, I am her mother.

    I sincerely and whole heartedly appreciate your efforts to investigate, draft and publish boldly and with utmost purity and for the welbeing of humanity.

    You have certainly gave big relief to our questioning hearts.

    The expereince of Inner Awakeing was phenominal and it has certainly made tremendous changes in my being’s software. This was the first ever program I attended with Swamiji and I feel nice to be part of that divine phenomenon. Programing is so strong that, inspite of this shocking news, I was unshaken and deep corner of my mind always told that remain unjudgemental and time will unfold. Nothing can go wrong with Swamiji. He had delivered the best.

    As you have written in the blog, we had noticed certain organisational flaws in the ashram and also during Kalpataru program in Mumbai. Being novice, did never talk about it.

    I again offer deep gratitude to you for writing this and making it available for us to read. Wish you all the best for your further studies which will help humanity at large.

    With deep love, gratitude and surrender to the existance,
    Deepali

  • Anonymous

    1. I have seen so many comments discussing – what is really immoral about having a sexual relationship with another man’s wife. Here’s my take on it:
    First and foremost people are forgetting that this is not the only woman he has molested. There any MANY other man’s wifes that he has abused. There are SO many victims of Nithyananda inside and outside of the the organization. How many of these girls is he plannign to marry? All of them! And then live like a polygamist. Wow! thats a great step from being a brahmachari.

    2. ‘consenting’ adults – That again is a big misnomer when a cult like Nithyananda is in question. The press, media, police – none of these are able to understand that this is a cult. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M… From link above. these are the tactics cult uses:sleep deprivation, partial sensory deprivation, psychological harassment, inculcation of guilt and group social pressure. etc etc. The idea of ‘consenting’ adults changes when cult is in question. Ranjitha and others have been brain-washed into doing the sexual activities as is seen in the video.

    3. As far as feeling sympathy for Ranjitha and others is concerned. Its for you to decide. If you want to blame a brainwashed victim for the act.

    4. There are many girls especially in Bidadi who are under-age and uneducated too. He just makes them believe he is krishna and forces them to behave as his gopikas. Did you personally meet any of the Gopikas and interviewed them for their views on this subject?

    5. Nithyananda calls it “experiments that society did not agree with”. So Nithyananda, you are agreeing it was YOU in the video. You are also agreeing that you DID something that the society does not agree ith. “Experiments”, I loathe at your choice of words. What book did you get this experiments from – that Kamasutra and what did you think your ashram was – a Brothel!

    6. Rajiv Malhotra says no-one asked the western devotees if they still support Nithyananda and they replied -no one asked us. Rajiv Malhotra, I am telling you there are so many of us who have left the foundation. Why has the press not come to us to ask why we did? We too have lived in close proximity with Nithyananda – both men and women. Forget the press, why dont you come and talk to us and we will tell you the inside stories and our “experiences” with nithyananda. Nithyananda’s foundations PR is not trianed, but you are a trained man in researching. Why are you not seeing the other side of the story.

    7. “nothing illegal between 2 people with clothes on”. The clothes were NOT ON in exactly the needed portion. Rajiv Malhotra, what other proof do you need. You need a blue film from Nithyananda to believe the activites that could have gone by after the lights were shut. “clothes on”. sexual relationship is not just the intercourse. The kissing, smooching and the oral – everything is sexual.

    Go get a good dictionary to see the meaning of words and get a brain too to understand the meaning of unwritten words and unshown scenes.

  • Anonymous

    1. I have seen so many comments discussing – what is really immoral about having a sexual relationship with another man’s wife. Here’s my take on it:
    First and foremost people are forgetting that this is not the only woman he has molested. There any MANY other man’s wifes that he has abused. There are SO many victims of Nithyananda inside and outside of the the organization. How many of these girls is he plannign to marry? All of them! And then live like a polygamist. Wow! thats a great step from being a brahmachari.

    2. ‘consenting’ adults – That again is a big misnomer when a cult like Nithyananda is in question. The press, media, police – none of these are able to understand that this is a cult. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_control From link above. these are the tactics cult uses:sleep deprivation, partial sensory deprivation, psychological harassment, inculcation of guilt and group social pressure. etc etc. The idea of ‘consenting’ adults changes when cult is in question. Ranjitha and others have been brain-washed into doing the sexual activities as is seen in the video.

    3. As far as feeling sympathy for Ranjitha and others is concerned. Its for you to decide. If you want to blame a brainwashed victim for the act.

    4. There are many girls especially in Bidadi who are under-age and uneducated too. He just makes them believe he is krishna and forces them to behave as his gopikas. Did you personally meet any of the Gopikas and interviewed them for their views on this subject?

    5. Nithyananda calls it “experiments that society did not agree with”. So Nithyananda, you are agreeing it was YOU in the video. You are also agreeing that you DID something that the society does not agree ith. “Experiments”, I loathe at your choice of words. What book did you get this experiments from – that Kamasutra and what did you think your ashram was – a Brothel!

    6. Rajiv Malhotra says no-one asked the western devotees if they still support Nithyananda and they replied -no one asked us. Rajiv Malhotra, I am telling you there are so many of us who have left the foundation. Why has the press not come to us to ask why we did? We too have lived in close proximity with Nithyananda – both men and women. Forget the press, why dont you come and talk to us and we will tell you the inside stories and our “experiences” with nithyananda. Nithyananda’s foundations PR is not trianed, but you are a trained man in researching. Why are you not seeing the other side of the story.

    7. “nothing illegal between 2 people with clothes on”. The clothes were NOT ON in exactly the needed portion. Rajiv Malhotra, what other proof do you need. You need a blue film from Nithyananda to believe the activites that could have gone by after the lights were shut. “clothes on”. sexual relationship is not just the intercourse. The kissing, smooching and the oral – everything is sexual.

    Go get a good dictionary to see the meaning of words and get a brain too to understand the meaning of unwritten words and unshown scenes.

    • sachin

      Hello All

      First of All let me tell you something about this

      Nithaynanda And Actress ranjeeta which many people who are
      not aware of it.

      Actress ranjeeta is a Tamil actress, who usually act as a
      hot bomb in movies,

      as she is a highly paid prostitute and a actor, she has a
      innocent face and a

      Cunning sweet smile to attract males, she knew about swami
      Nithyananda from her

      School days that he is a sexual lover, and when she came to
      know that swami nithyanda is a wealthy man being a fake swami, she started to
      become his devotee and follower in order

      To earn money in a easy way here. As both knew each other
      and this Nithtyananda

      Needed a female wife in secret and to take care of him, he
      appointed her as his

      Personal care taker in front of his other devotees and
      followers and kept her

      As a keep in secret. But unfortunately every day was not
      Sunday. one fine day

      They were caught in hidden cam, and the truth came out of
      this God man, after

      This was watched with all his followers and devotees both
      say they are not in

      That video, some paid devotees and followers dint agree, and
      even now if they

      know truth they don’t admit it ,saying its fake, since this
      ranjitha was

      Silent with same first, but after she lost roles in the
      movie and many asked

      Her about it, she raised a complain to pretend she is
      innocent. or else the

      People may suspect her that it, she can do anything for
      earning money and a big

      liar too, and this fake nityananda,s real name is Raja
      sheker ,he is a tamilian , put his ashram in Karnataka as he know there are
      blind believers and teen girls believe in swamis

      , if he is true why he change his original name, its already
      lot of proof found

      About his crime so far and also proved, the only solution is some should be hanged to teach the lessons for such fake sants,swami, and babas, so any other who try to attempt this think 2wice before they do this

  • Kirby

    When I met Nithyananda the first urge I had was to protect him from his followers. He is the real thing. And part of what that means is that the intellectually contrived Dharma will always be challenged by his like.

    He should follow his own bliss and inspiration, not those of others. Both his followers and the rest of us need to realize that our tidy world views will always be challenged by true inspiration. Nithya had two major problems; he had no peers to guide him, he had many competitors who were losing influence to his organization.

    We, and all categorizations such as Dravidian/Christian, Vedic and the most deadly of all, enlightenment, all these can be enhanced by the inspirations of Nithya and others. And we can learn even more as we watch them fall and rise again.

    Thank you for your time.

  • Kirby

    When I met Nithyananda the first urge I had was to protect him from his followers. He is the real thing. And part of what that means is that the intellectually contrived Dharma will always be challenged by his like.

    He should follow his own bliss and inspiration, not those of others. Both his followers and the rest of us need to realize that our tidy world views will always be challenged by true inspiration. Nithya had two major problems; he had no peers to guide him, he had many competitors who were losing influence to his organization.

    We, and all categorizations such as Dravidian/Christian, Vedic and the most deadly of all, enlightenment, all these can be enhanced by the inspirations of Nithya and others. And we can learn even more as we watch them fall and rise again.

    Thank you for your time.

  • Dr. Vijay Mehta

    http://vmehta.conforums3.com/i

    I am impressed with Rakesh Malhotra’s impartial analysis. While I am not as well informed about the topic as he is, my view is from the perspective of average Hindu/Jain.

    Whenever a prominent figure is embroiled in such a controversy general tendency is for people to be polarized. Those who come to his defense no matter what versus those who pronounce him to be the biggest scum on earth. In the cyber-age we live in the information or disinformation spread quickly, more based on the ability and tenacity of those who are driving them rather than the actual value of the information. This becomes a cliff hanger everyone eagerly anticipating the next chapter. However those who are interested in our culture or dharma have a difficult task of staying objective and approach the situation with a long term rather than a short term. The real victim is our Dharma.

    Hinduism is highly Guru-centric rather than God-centric. Even though everything is taught in Gita or Ramayan is a basic message to be the good human being in actual practice we put the interest of humanity and dharma behind those of our personal interest or our organization or Guru’s interest. Herein lies the biggest threat to our dharma – it is from within not from outside such as Christian conversations or Islamic attacks.

    In the current age of organized religion it is common for a Guru to gain the momentum and amass a lot of wealth and political power. Consolidation of power quickly follows, Guru surrounds him/herself with loyal followers. As Rajiv pointed out the inner circle is not chosen based on talents needed but loyalty that can be guaranteed.

    Guru also behaves like a Mughal emperors. History is full of tales of the Mughal emperors whose demise came in the hands of those who wanted to follow him (his sons)! So Guru is also looking for another trait – one who would not be able to succeed me! This leaves a very powerful organization vulnerable to chaos and disintegration in case of death or disability or disintegration of Guru. Suddenly the powerful organization becomes an orphan.

    Those of us who are more focused on long term prospect of our culture – tradition and religion need to put our collective energy to gather and come up with possible solution to this inherent problem. Since none of us have any authority to execute any changes – our power lies in our rational arguments and if we can get even a small percentage of us join this mission it can have the same momentum that salt march by Mahatma Gandhi had.

    Basically the religion is a powerhouse. Once a given Guru develops a notoriety he becomes invincible. There are so many examples of this. What needs to happen is a process by which we can take down this scamees without destroying a part of Hinduism that goes with it.

    Once upon a time exposing the Guru was not possible because no one will believe you. However thanks to technology it is not difficult to document their misdeeds. We are no more dependent on a given media to publicize the evidence. Thanks to internet and You tube you can go to the global audience and let them decide.

    “He is seen as a threat by Dravidian as well as Christian forces.” and the fact that he was most successful Hindu Swami to come to global stage in last decade are great arguments for conspiracy theory. But, every successful person owes to him/herself to watch for those traps where a human being can fall rather than use them as an excuse when he is caught.

    I definitely disagree with the notion of using ‘tantric garbage’ to carry on sexual exploits. The Guru gets his power from his ‘siddhi’ but any ‘siddhi’ without character is dangerous.

    Let us all agree that our devotion is to God/Humanity and not to the Guru. If Guru is caught ignoring the God it becomes easy for you to move on.

    Thank you Rajiv for an excellent analysis. Hope you can help us start this movement.

  • Dr. Vijay Mehta

    http://vmehta.conforums3.com/i

    I am impressed with Rajiv Malhotra’s impartial analysis. Rajiv is an academician who is trained to objectively analyze a complex issue. I am not as well informed about the topic or as educated as Rajiv but here is my perspective as an average Hindu/Jain.

    Whenever a prominent figure is embroiled in such a controversy instantaneously the public at large is polarized. Those who come to his defense no matter what versus those who pronounce him to be the biggest scum on earth. While the real story may be somewhere in the middle. In the cyber-age we live in the information or disinformation spread quickly, more based on the ability and tenacity of those who are driving them rather than the actual value of the information. This becomes a cliff hanger everyone eagerly anticipating the next chapter. However those who are interested in our culture or dharma have a difficult task of staying objective and approach the situation with a long term rather than a short term. The real victim is our Dharma.

    Hinduism is highly Guru-centric rather than God-centric. Even though everything is taught in Gita or Ramayan is a basic message to be the good human being in actual practice we put the interest of humanity and dharma behind those of our personal interest or our organization or Guru’s interest. Herein lies the biggest threat to our dharma – it is from within not from outside such as Christian conversations or Islamic attacks.

    In the current age of organized religion it is common for a Guru to gain the momentum and amass a lot of wealth and political power. Consolidation of power quickly follows, Guru surrounds him/herself with loyal followers. As Rajiv pointed out the inner circle is not chosen based on talents needed but loyalty that can be guaranteed.

    Guru also behaves like a Mughal emperors. History is full of tales of the Mughal emperors whose demise came in the hands of those who wanted to follow him (his sons)! So Guru is also looking for another trait – one who would not be able to succeed me! This leaves a very powerful organization vulnerable to chaos and disintegration in case of death or disability or disintegration of Guru. Suddenly the powerful organization becomes an orphan.

    Those of us who are more focused on long term prospect of our culture – tradition and religion need to put our collective energy to gather and come up with possible solution to this inherent problem. Since none of us have any authority to execute any changes – our power lies in our rational arguments and if we can get even a small percentage of us join this mission it can have the same momentum that salt march by Mahatma Gandhi had.

    Basically the religion is a powerhouse. Once a given Guru develops a notoriety he becomes invincible. There are so many examples of this. What needs to happen is a process by which we can take down this scamees without destroying a part of Hinduism that goes with it.

    There are many more horror stories of these Gurus who apparently must not fear God as evidenced by their total disregard for the basic human decency. Kripalu and Prakashanand feel it is ok to grope the women. Didi feels it is ok to swindle millions of Rupees and orchestrate murder of anyone dissenting. Or that Swami from Delhi how is caught running a prostitution ring. Here in lies our challenge. The reason these crooks are able to wear a saffron rob and act like they are the walking God is because we let them.

    Once upon a time exposing the Guru was not possible because no one will believe you. However thanks to technology it is not difficult to document their misdeeds. We are no more dependent on a given media to publicize the evidence. Thanks to internet and You tube you can go to the global audience and let them decide.

    “He is seen as a threat by Dravidian as well as Christian forces.” and the fact that he was most successful Hindu Swami to come to global stage in last decade are great arguments for conspiracy theory. But, every successful person owes to him/herself to watch for those traps where a human being can fall rather than use them as an excuse when he is caught.

    I definitely disagree with the notion of using ‘tantric garbage’ to carry on sexual exploits. The Guru gets his power from his ‘siddhi’ but any ‘siddhi’ without character is dangerous.

    Let us all agree that our devotion is to God/Humanity and not to the Guru. If Guru is caught ignoring the God it becomes easy for you to move on.

    Thank you Rajiv for an excellent analysis. Hope you can help us start this movement.

  • http://vmehta.conforums3.com/index.cgi?board=lifestyle&action=display&num=1267660695&start=15#1269960353

    I am impressed with Rakesh Malhotra’s impartial analysis. While I am not as well informed about the topic as he is, my view is from the perspective of average Hindu/Jain.

    Whenever a prominent figure is embroiled in such a controversy general tendency is for people to be polarized. Those who come to his defense no matter what versus those who pronounce him to be the biggest scum on earth. In the cyber-age we live in the information or disinformation spread quickly, more based on the ability and tenacity of those who are driving them rather than the actual value of the information. This becomes a cliff hanger everyone eagerly anticipating the next chapter. However those who are interested in our culture or dharma have a difficult task of staying objective and approach the situation with a long term rather than a short term. The real victim is our Dharma.

    Hinduism is highly Guru-centric rather than God-centric. Even though everything is taught in Gita or Ramayan is a basic message to be the good human being in actual practice we put the interest of humanity and dharma behind those of our personal interest or our organization or Guru’s interest. Herein lies the biggest threat to our dharma – it is from within not from outside such as Christian conversations or Islamic attacks.

    In the current age of organized religion it is common for a Guru to gain the momentum and amass a lot of wealth and political power. Consolidation of power quickly follows, Guru surrounds him/herself with loyal followers. As Rajiv pointed out the inner circle is not chosen based on talents needed but loyalty that can be guaranteed.

    Guru also behaves like a Mughal emperors. History is full of tales of the Mughal emperors whose demise came in the hands of those who wanted to follow him (his sons)! So Guru is also looking for another trait – one who would not be able to succeed me! This leaves a very powerful organization vulnerable to chaos and disintegration in case of death or disability or disintegration of Guru. Suddenly the powerful organization becomes an orphan.

    Those of us who are more focused on long term prospect of our culture – tradition and religion need to put our collective energy to gather and come up with possible solution to this inherent problem. Since none of us have any authority to execute any changes – our power lies in our rational arguments and if we can get even a small percentage of us join this mission it can have the same momentum that salt march by Mahatma Gandhi had.

    Basically the religion is a powerhouse. Once a given Guru develops a notoriety he becomes invincible. There are so many examples of this. What needs to happen is a process by which we can take down this scamees without destroying a part of Hinduism that goes with it.

    Once upon a time exposing the Guru was not possible because no one will believe you. However thanks to technology it is not difficult to document their misdeeds. We are no more dependent on a given media to publicize the evidence. Thanks to internet and You tube you can go to the global audience and let them decide.

    “He is seen as a threat by Dravidian as well as Christian forces.” and the fact that he was most successful Hindu Swami to come to global stage in last decade are great arguments for conspiracy theory. But, every successful person owes to him/herself to watch for those traps where a human being can fall rather than use them as an excuse when he is caught.

    I definitely disagree with the notion of using ‘tantric garbage’ to carry on sexual exploits. The Guru gets his power from his ‘siddhi’ but any ‘siddhi’ without character is dangerous.

    Let us all agree that our devotion is to God/Humanity and not to the Guru. If Guru is caught ignoring the God it becomes easy for you to move on.

    Thank you Rajiv for an excellent analysis. Hope you can help us start this movement.

  • rama

    Mr.Malhotra:

    Sir you are an elderly gentleman so I am going to refrain from using any words against you. But it pains me to see that even an educated person like you has fallen trap to Tantra Bullshit. Sir look at the video from what angle do you think R & D was being conducted.
    it was pure lust. For tantra and to experience the climax one can even masturbate and during the peak take that energy to their higher chakras.
    Sir in what way sex with a married women is correct.
    Please do you think people have no other work than to collect 200 cr to bring hindu guru down. What rubbish?
    All this tantra, people conniving is humbug at he end it was just lust.
    Person like you should know better…
    Not once does Nithyanada mention God. I really dont think this man is enlightened.
    We were all cheated into believing that he is.

  • rama

    Mr.Malhotra:

    Sir you are an elderly gentleman so I am going to refrain from using any words against you. But it pains me to see that even an educated person like you has fallen trap to Tantra Bullshit. Sir look at the video from what angle do you think R & D was being conducted.
    it was pure lust. For tantra and to experience the climax one can even masturbate and during the peak take that energy to their higher chakras.
    Sir in what way sex with a married women is correct.
    Please do you think people have no other work than to collect 200 cr to bring hindu guru down. What rubbish?
    All this tantra, people conniving is humbug at he end it was just lust.
    Person like you should know better…
    Not once does Nithyanada mention God. I really dont think this man is enlightened.
    We were all cheated into believing that he is.

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  • Manjunath Rao

    Malhotraji,

    I am indeed impressed by the depth of your arguments. They do make sense.

    But here is another perspective you have not touched upon. WHAT ABOUT THE DRUGS THAT WE SEE NITHYANANDA taking in the video? Do you think that was just Asprin?

    Why do these Hindu swamy’s have such large western following? what is the source of their funds? Don’t you think it is drug money? What about the sense of elation and bliss they get in meditation and other practices? Is it not possible that they are on drugs and enjoying their “highs”? (Quote: Nithyananda put some sort of seeds in the yagna fire and that gave an elating experience…….)

    This whole swamy, godman and saadugiri business appears to be a front for growing drug trade. Sex and drugs all in the name of HINDU religion!!!!!

    All these things started in 1960s when hippies thronged east in search of “Nirvana” and “freedom”. In east they found the freedom laced with drugs. The Hare-Krishna movement is today rampant with scandals involving child abuse, guns, drugs, thievery and factional bickering.

    These are hard facts you cannot overlook in the name of tantra.

    I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation and I have watched tapes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I have read Gita umpteen times. But still I cannot but give benefit of doubt to the naysayers. They have a point here. A sanyasi indulges sex with prettiest women clandestinely and we allow him to escape in the guise of Tantra? If it was really a tantric practice, he could have indulged with any ugly girl- why hook prettiest cine actress? Not one but umpteen? Why lust for fair skinned western girls?

    If “Dravidians” and anti-hindus did arrange this massive sting operation, they had every right to do it. I appreciate their spirit and courage.

    Manjunath Rao

  • Manjunath Rao

    Malhotraji,

    I am indeed impressed by the depth of your arguments. They do make sense.

    But here is another perspective you have not touched upon. WHAT ABOUT THE DRUGS THAT WE SEE NITHYANANDA taking in the video? Do you think that was just Asprin?

    Why do these Hindu swamy’s have such large western following? what is the source of their funds? Don’t you think it is drug money? What about the sense of elation and bliss they get in meditation and other practices? Is it not possible that they are on drugs and enjoying their “highs”? (Quote: Nithyananda put some sort of seeds in the yagna fire and that gave an elating experience…….)

    This whole swamy, godman and saadugiri business appears to be a front for growing drug trade. Sex and drugs all in the name of HINDU religion!!!!!

    All these things started in 1960s when hippies thronged east in search of “Nirvana” and “freedom”. In east they found the freedom laced with drugs. The Hare-Krishna movement is today rampant with scandals involving child abuse, guns, drugs, thievery and factional bickering.

    These are hard facts you cannot overlook in the name of tantra.

    I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation and I have watched tapes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I have read Gita umpteen times. But still I cannot but give benefit of doubt to the naysayers. They have a point here. A sanyasi indulges sex with prettiest women clandestinely and we allow him to escape in the guise of Tantra? If it was really a tantric practice, he could have indulged with any ugly girl- why hook prettiest cine actress? Not one but umpteen? Why lust for fair skinned western girls?

    If “Dravidians” and anti-hindus did arrange this massive sting operation, they had every right to do it. I appreciate their spirit and courage.

    Manjunath Rao

  • Manjunath Rao

    Malhotraji,

    I am indeed impressed by the depth of your arguments. They do make sense.

    But here is another perspective you have not touched upon. WHAT ABOUT THE DRUGS THAT WE SEE NITHYANANDA taking in the video? Do you think that was just Asprin?

    Why do these Hindu swamy’s have such large western following? what is the source of their funds? Don’t you think it is drug money? What about the sense of elation and bliss they get in meditation and other practices? Is it not possible that they are on drugs and enjoying their “highs”? (Quote: Nithyananda put some sort of seeds in the yagna fire and that gave an elating experience…….)

    This whole swamy, godman and saadugiri business appears to be a front for growing drug trade. Sex and drugs all in the name of HINDU religion!!!!!

    All these things started in 1960s when hippies thronged east in search of “Nirvana” and “freedom”. In east they found the freedom laced with drugs. The Hare-Krishna movement is today rampant with scandals involving child abuse, guns, drugs, thievery and factional bickering.

    These are hard facts you cannot overlook in the name of tantra.

    I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation and I have watched tapes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I have read Gita umpteen times. But still I cannot but give benefit of doubt to the naysayers. They have a point here. A sanyasi indulges sex with prettiest women clandestinely and we allow him to escape in the guise of Tantra? If it was really a tantric practice, he could have indulged with any ugly girl- why hook prettiest cine actress? Not one but umpteen? Why lust for fair skinned western girls?

    If “Dravidians” and anti-hindus did arrange this massive sting operation, they had every right to do it. I appreciate their spirit and courage.

    Manjunath Rao

  • Anonymous

    Lets understand about our media first before analysing about guru.
    Lets support our dharma and we are not that intelligent to judge any spritual guru. Nobody denies his spritual teaching and his meditation techniques.The way he has presented the bhagavad gita, astavakra gita, jain sutras, yoga sutras, shiva sutras.. WOW, he delivers with so much of charmisa and his mere body language tells you the truth about his autheticity..
    I dont know why so calld intellectual idiots still could not understand his multi dimension

    WHO CONTROLS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN INDIA?

    NDTV:

    Funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain. Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because the Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, Gen Secy of Communist party of India.

    CNN-IBN:

    Funded solely by the Southern Baptist Church in the US. It has branches in all over the world with headquarters in the US. The Church annually allocates 800 million dollars for promotion of this channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

    TIMES GROUP LIST:

    TIMES OF INDIA, MID-DAY, NAV-BHARTH TIMES, STARDUST, FEMINA, VIJAYA TIMES, VIJAYA KARNATAKA, TIMES NOW (24 hour news channel) and many more.

    Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. Eighty per cent of funding is done by the World Christian Council. The balance of twenty per cent is equally shared by an Englishman and an Italian. The Italian Roberto Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

    STAR TV:

    Is run by an Australian who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church in Melbourne, Australia.

    HINDUSTAN TIMES:

    Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in collaboration with Times Group.

    THE HINDU:

    An English daily started over 125 years by a Sri Vaishnava Hindu family. It has been recently taken over by the Joshua Society in Berne, Switzerland. Edited by the Communist Sinophile N. Ram. He also edits the newspaper’s fortnightly Marxist magazine FRONTLINE. THE HINDU is known in Chennai (Madras) variously as “The Sapper” (because it supported the British during the struggle for Indian independence) and “The Old Widow of Mount Road” (because of its lugubrious, cliche-ridden style of writing and incomprehensible editorials). More recently it has aquired the title “China’s National Newspaper in India”.

    INDIAN EXPRESS:

    It is divided into two groups. THE INDIAN EXPRESS in North India and THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS in South India. Founded by the Hindu freedom fighter Ramnath Goenka. Controlled by Acts Ministries who has a major stake in the INDIAN EXPRESS. THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS is still with its North Indian counterpart.

    EENADU:

    To date this Hyderabad newspaper is still controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. It is under concerted attack by the Christian Church, the Andhra Pradesh Christian chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy and the Congress Party.

    ANDHRA JYOTHI:

    The Muslim Party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.

    THE STATESMAN:

    It is controlled by Communist Party of India.

    KAIRAL TV:

    It is controlled by Communist Party of India (Marxist).

    MATHRABHOOMI:

    Leaders of the Muslim League and some Communist Party members have major investments in the newspaper.

    ASIAN AGE & DECCAN CHRONICLE:

    These popular newspapers are owned by a Saudi Arabian company. Its chief editor was M.J. Akbar until early 2008. New chief editor unknown. These papers are aggressively pro-Christian (Roman Catholic) anti-Hindu newspapers.

    DOORDARSHAN

    India’s national TV network broadcasting in all corners of the country. Since Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party has come to power, all DOORDARSHAN stations carry Christian missionary programmes dubbed into the regional languages.

    Courtesy: Intellibriefs at http://intellibriefs.blogspot….

    ——————————————————————————–

    THE USURPATION OF CONTROL OF THE INDIAN MEDIA HAS BEEN DONE BY THE AMERICANS

    By Gautam Sen

    India happens to be one of the very few major countries in the world whose dominant media is controlled directly or indirectly by foreigners. The usurpation of control has actually been by Americans, much of it through surrogates of evangelical organisations that are in fact quasi-government agencies. Paradoxically, Leftist Indian political parties supposedly hostile to a US presence in India have been subdued with alacrity by these quasi-state religious agencies, which have been operating effectively in other parts of the world as well. In Latin America, where liberation theology offered succour to the poor, the very same neo-fascist, American evangelical organisations, working in conjunction with the US State Department and intelligence services, ousted them. In India, most English language media outlets, are, in effect, vying with each other to accelerate the fragmentation of India in consonance with Anglo-American goals.

    Viceroys to India in the decade before independence, Linlithgow, Wavell and Mountbatten are destined to prove prescient about its innate fractiousness. The alleged oppression of minorities is the political bridgehead that modern evangelical organisations have entrenched in the public consciousness, relentlessly distorting its reality and using it ruthlessly to fuel discontent within India. By deliberately misrepresenting the Godhra communal riots as genocide, though both communities suffered, the media has gleefully incited Islamic terrorist attacks against Hindus and harsh international condemnation of India. As a corollary, the rise of the BJP inspired them to equate mundane nationalist aspirations with the oxymoron of Hindu extremism. Yet, there is resounding silence on the role of the minority community in providing succour to Islamic terrorism through vote bank politics and concealment from attention.

    Courtesy: India-Forum: News and Analysis at
    http://www.india-forum.com/str

  • Anonymous

    Lets understand about our media first before analysing about guru.
    Lets support our dharma and we are not that intelligent to judge any spritual guru. Nobody denies his spritual teaching and his meditation techniques.The way he has presented the bhagavad gita, astavakra gita, jain sutras, yoga sutras, shiva sutras.. WOW, he delivers with so much of charmisa and his mere body language tells you the truth about his autheticity..
    I dont know why so calld intellectual idiots still could not understand his multi dimension

    WHO CONTROLS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN INDIA?

    NDTV:

    Funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain. Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because the Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, Gen Secy of Communist party of India.

    CNN-IBN:

    Funded solely by the Southern Baptist Church in the US. It has branches in all over the world with headquarters in the US. The Church annually allocates 800 million dollars for promotion of this channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

    TIMES GROUP LIST:

    TIMES OF INDIA, MID-DAY, NAV-BHARTH TIMES, STARDUST, FEMINA, VIJAYA TIMES, VIJAYA KARNATAKA, TIMES NOW (24 hour news channel) and many more.

    Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. Eighty per cent of funding is done by the World Christian Council. The balance of twenty per cent is equally shared by an Englishman and an Italian. The Italian Roberto Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

    STAR TV:

    Is run by an Australian who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church in Melbourne, Australia.

    HINDUSTAN TIMES:

    Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in collaboration with Times Group.

    THE HINDU:

    An English daily started over 125 years by a Sri Vaishnava Hindu family. It has been recently taken over by the Joshua Society in Berne, Switzerland. Edited by the Communist Sinophile N. Ram. He also edits the newspaper’s fortnightly Marxist magazine FRONTLINE. THE HINDU is known in Chennai (Madras) variously as “The Sapper” (because it supported the British during the struggle for Indian independence) and “The Old Widow of Mount Road” (because of its lugubrious, cliche-ridden style of writing and incomprehensible editorials). More recently it has aquired the title “China’s National Newspaper in India”.

    INDIAN EXPRESS:

    It is divided into two groups. THE INDIAN EXPRESS in North India and THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS in South India. Founded by the Hindu freedom fighter Ramnath Goenka. Controlled by Acts Ministries who has a major stake in the INDIAN EXPRESS. THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS is still with its North Indian counterpart.

    EENADU:

    To date this Hyderabad newspaper is still controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. It is under concerted attack by the Christian Church, the Andhra Pradesh Christian chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy and the Congress Party.

    ANDHRA JYOTHI:

    The Muslim Party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.

    THE STATESMAN:

    It is controlled by Communist Party of India.

    KAIRAL TV:

    It is controlled by Communist Party of India (Marxist).

    MATHRABHOOMI:

    Leaders of the Muslim League and some Communist Party members have major investments in the newspaper.

    ASIAN AGE & DECCAN CHRONICLE:

    These popular newspapers are owned by a Saudi Arabian company. Its chief editor was M.J. Akbar until early 2008. New chief editor unknown. These papers are aggressively pro-Christian (Roman Catholic) anti-Hindu newspapers.

    DOORDARSHAN

    India’s national TV network broadcasting in all corners of the country. Since Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party has come to power, all DOORDARSHAN stations carry Christian missionary programmes dubbed into the regional languages.

    Courtesy: Intellibriefs at http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2006/12/why-eenadu-etv-is-under-siege-in-ap.html

    ——————————————————————————–

    THE USURPATION OF CONTROL OF THE INDIAN MEDIA HAS BEEN DONE BY THE AMERICANS

    By Gautam Sen

    India happens to be one of the very few major countries in the world whose dominant media is controlled directly or indirectly by foreigners. The usurpation of control has actually been by Americans, much of it through surrogates of evangelical organisations that are in fact quasi-government agencies. Paradoxically, Leftist Indian political parties supposedly hostile to a US presence in India have been subdued with alacrity by these quasi-state religious agencies, which have been operating effectively in other parts of the world as well. In Latin America, where liberation theology offered succour to the poor, the very same neo-fascist, American evangelical organisations, working in conjunction with the US State Department and intelligence services, ousted them. In India, most English language media outlets, are, in effect, vying with each other to accelerate the fragmentation of India in consonance with Anglo-American goals.

    Viceroys to India in the decade before independence, Linlithgow, Wavell and Mountbatten are destined to prove prescient about its innate fractiousness. The alleged oppression of minorities is the political bridgehead that modern evangelical organisations have entrenched in the public consciousness, relentlessly distorting its reality and using it ruthlessly to fuel discontent within India. By deliberately misrepresenting the Godhra communal riots as genocide, though both communities suffered, the media has gleefully incited Islamic terrorist attacks against Hindus and harsh international condemnation of India. As a corollary, the rise of the BJP inspired them to equate mundane nationalist aspirations with the oxymoron of Hindu extremism. Yet, there is resounding silence on the role of the minority community in providing succour to Islamic terrorism through vote bank politics and concealment from attention.

    Courtesy: India-Forum: News and Analysis at
    http://www.india-forum.com/strategic_security/impending-dangers-to-india-political-survival-678.html

  • Hari

    1. Bull shit. There is no tantrik etc. in sex. Hinduism says sex is for procreation. If one indulges in sex other than for procreation, it is merely gratification, self or otherwise.

    2. I do not know about Nithyananda’s teachings. I came to know about him only after this sensational news broke out. But if what he was doing was contrdictory to his teachings, then he has cheated on his followers.

  • Hari

    1. Bull shit. There is no tantrik etc. in sex. Hinduism says sex is for procreation. If one indulges in sex other than for procreation, it is merely gratification, self or otherwise.

    2. I do not know about Nithyananda’s teachings. I came to know about him only after this sensational news broke out. But if what he was doing was contrdictory to his teachings, then he has cheated on his followers.

  • Desh

    Hari – are you the spokesman for entire spiritual spectrum of Hinduism? Sex or any other act is not just as act – but for the use of energy that such things create. Anyways..

    .. were you his follower? So, what the heck is your issue with him? Its his followers who should be worked up then! Why are you so bothered?

  • Desh

    Hari – are you the spokesman for entire spiritual spectrum of Hinduism? Sex or any other act is not just as act – but for the use of energy that such things create. Anyways..

    .. were you his follower? So, what the heck is your issue with him? Its his followers who should be worked up then! Why are you so bothered?

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  • Siva

    Dear Rajeevji,

    Now more than 2 and half months passed since the scandal broke. More facts have come out. I would like to know whether you still hold to the above views? I am asking this because, some things bothers me.

    1. Since, I know you, I know that you are a powerful and popular man (at least in US Hindu community). It is easy for you to get an interview from Nithyananda and in turn, he has a chance to impress and be impressed by you. Such, a situation is not necessarily available to a common man.

    2. Like you, I am following Nithyananda as well. He has millions of devotees world wide. Unfortunately, most of them are enamored by his presence and he is the most powerful person. Moreover, these devotees might have some spiritual experience, but not intellectual clarity. I am following their group in Columbus,OH. Consistantly, I observed that these devotees saying “Swami knows everything”. “No need to read”. “In Swami’s presence, I dont see the time”…and so on. The main draw back in such an approach is that they communicate through their heart (out of love/fear/respect) than pure reasoning. Further, some books of nithyananda (mainly books focusing on Q & A) which I happened to read clearly discourages rational thinking. When a devotee puts a rational question, his answer tends to be…”I am your master & I will take care”. When, a Guru shuts the intellect of the devotee, there is a danger of lemming like followers.

    3. Mutual agreement: Ranjitha is a popular film actress who joined the industry very early in her age. Moreover, she was popular enough that her film assignments certainly might have kept her away from earning a college degree (If she has one, I appreciate her). As per media reports, she met Nithyananda during one of her troubled days. Nithyananda’s courses might have helped her. But, I strongly believe that she might not have the intellectual clarity as you do (with years of your thoughts dwelling in Hinduism). Like her, there are so many others who might have relief from their yogic practices, but not necessarily intellectual clariy (esp. when they have certain awe/trust/fear/love). At that state…what ever Guru says, Sishya does/ Any quasi-legal agreement has no meaning with such Sishyas. It is essential, that Tantra, has to be either practiced with right individuals or with certain openness or both. It seems Nithyananda gets this agreement with anyone who joins the ashram, esp. when they were at awe. With trust, these devotees sign this huge document without even reading it. Further, modern day hinduism (barring Osho) hardly involves Sex. A common man, take this for granted and believes that his wife and his children would be safe with the Guru (as he is considered asexual). If Nithyananda proclaims that he is a sexual being upfront and if men still leaves his wife and signs those documents, then it is understandable. However, the situation is different. Even the senior monks in his ashram were taken aback when this news broke out. With this I cannot help but to conclude that he used his theoretical Tantra knowledge for his own pleasure but not for educational purpose. He should be punished for cheating Ranjitha’s (and similarly misused girls), their husband, their family and the public in general.

    4. It is unfortunate that mondern hindus who has interest in spirituality jump to criticize Swami Vivekananda or Sri Ramakrishna Math. I am glad that you left Swami Vivekananda but jumped on Sri Ramakrishna Math (SRKM( . I consider it as an unfortunate ashram. If SRKM is guilty of the above crime you proposed, then even Adi Shankara and his ashrams also hold the same crime. Please visit one of the Shankara Math. You will be surprised to see that minimal deity worship would be practiced and that too would be for the acharya’s penance (though opened to a small group of public/volunteers). Their main ashram is to present Varnashrama Dharma and Para Vidya). SRKM may not be primarily involved in Varnashrama Dharma, but certainly involved spreading para vidya. SRKM make sure not to just give away crucial tantric views to the untrained mind. This is not their weakness, but shows the responsible position they take in the modern trend. Look, what happened to the cults of Nithyananda and Osho. It is not the weakness of these great ashrams which behave responsibly. It is their strength. In my humble view, they should not be criticized as catholic influenced.

    5. We all know that SRKM and Shankara Math are involved in various vedic and charity services. Unfortunately, in my personal opinion, Nithyananda hardly involved in charity activities. I urge you to find this truth. So, what is the point of collecting huge amount of money. Adi Shankaracharya gave this knowledge to the true seekers free of cost. But nithyananda charges anywhere between 5000 – 10000 dollars. Is enlightenment so cheap? Is it money driven? Do you want to propagate such a Hinduism for establishing Vedic Dharma. Rather, I stick with SRKM’s version, which was practically free… I just paid Rs.5 as my Guru Dheeksha. The only quality they looked for me is whether I show mumukshuthwam or not.

    6. On one hand, you wanted Hinduism to be practiced with all the multitude with all conflicting ideas. On the other hand, you want an integrated system of hinduism to stand against religions such as christianity or during Chaos. When SRKM or simillar ashrmas found on Vedantic views with attempt to unify hindus, you criticize them as Christianity like organization. (please dont pick on this statement as that SRKM has this ulterior motive as it is not. All I am saying is, if all are starting to follow SRKM, then it is possible, else, it is not). In reality, the beauty of Hinduism lies mainly in the multitude with constant evolution. This is the religion which withstood Buddist and Muslims. It will evolve further. I would like to be a hindu of that type. I appreciate and I will be ever thankful for your efforts towards hinduism. But, I would like to point out that it is and it will remain as one more small effort for your personal satisfaction or maximum…a temporary fix. But hinduism will always be grateful with her strong concepts.

    Love,
    Siva

  • Siva

    Dear Rajeevji,

    Now more than 2 and half months passed since the scandal broke. More facts have come out. I would like to know whether you still hold to the above views? I am asking this because, some things bothers me.

    1. Since, I know you, I know that you are a powerful and popular man (at least in US Hindu community). It is easy for you to get an interview from Nithyananda and in turn, he has a chance to impress and be impressed by you. Such, a situation is not necessarily available to a common man.

    2. Like you, I am following Nithyananda as well. He has millions of devotees world wide. Unfortunately, most of them are enamored by his presence and he is the most powerful person. Moreover, these devotees might have some spiritual experience, but not intellectual clarity. I am following their group in Columbus,OH. Consistantly, I observed that these devotees saying “Swami knows everything”. “No need to read”. “In Swami’s presence, I dont see the time”…and so on. The main draw back in such an approach is that they communicate through their heart (out of love/fear/respect) than pure reasoning. Further, some books of nithyananda (mainly books focusing on Q & A) which I happened to read clearly discourages rational thinking. When a devotee puts a rational question, his answer tends to be…”I am your master & I will take care”. When, a Guru shuts the intellect of the devotee, there is a danger of lemming like followers.

    3. Mutual agreement: Ranjitha is a popular film actress who joined the industry very early in her age. Moreover, she was popular enough that her film assignments certainly might have kept her away from earning a college degree (If she has one, I appreciate her). As per media reports, she met Nithyananda during one of her troubled days. Nithyananda’s courses might have helped her. But, I strongly believe that she might not have the intellectual clarity as you do (with years of your thoughts dwelling in Hinduism). Like her, there are so many others who might have relief from their yogic practices, but not necessarily intellectual clariy (esp. when they have certain awe/trust/fear/love). At that state…what ever Guru says, Sishya does/ Any quasi-legal agreement has no meaning with such Sishyas. It is essential, that Tantra, has to be either practiced with right individuals or with certain openness or both. It seems Nithyananda gets this agreement with anyone who joins the ashram, esp. when they were at awe. With trust, these devotees sign this huge document without even reading it. Further, modern day hinduism (barring Osho) hardly involves Sex. A common man, take this for granted and believes that his wife and his children would be safe with the Guru (as he is considered asexual). If Nithyananda proclaims that he is a sexual being upfront and if men still leaves his wife and signs those documents, then it is understandable. However, the situation is different. Even the senior monks in his ashram were taken aback when this news broke out. With this I cannot help but to conclude that he used his theoretical Tantra knowledge for his own pleasure but not for educational purpose. He should be punished for cheating Ranjitha’s (and similarly misused girls), their husband, their family and the public in general.

    4. It is unfortunate that mondern hindus who has interest in spirituality jump to criticize Swami Vivekananda or Sri Ramakrishna Math. I am glad that you left Swami Vivekananda but jumped on Sri Ramakrishna Math (SRKM( . I consider it as an unfortunate ashram. If SRKM is guilty of the above crime you proposed, then even Adi Shankara and his ashrams also hold the same crime. Please visit one of the Shankara Math. You will be surprised to see that minimal deity worship would be practiced and that too would be for the acharya’s penance (though opened to a small group of public/volunteers). Their main ashram is to present Varnashrama Dharma and Para Vidya). SRKM may not be primarily involved in Varnashrama Dharma, but certainly involved spreading para vidya. SRKM make sure not to just give away crucial tantric views to the untrained mind. This is not their weakness, but shows the responsible position they take in the modern trend. Look, what happened to the cults of Nithyananda and Osho. It is not the weakness of these great ashrams which behave responsibly. It is their strength. In my humble view, they should not be criticized as catholic influenced.

    5. We all know that SRKM and Shankara Math are involved in various vedic and charity services. Unfortunately, in my personal opinion, Nithyananda hardly involved in charity activities. I urge you to find this truth. So, what is the point of collecting huge amount of money. Adi Shankaracharya gave this knowledge to the true seekers free of cost. But nithyananda charges anywhere between 5000 – 10000 dollars. Is enlightenment so cheap? Is it money driven? Do you want to propagate such a Hinduism for establishing Vedic Dharma. Rather, I stick with SRKM’s version, which was practically free… I just paid Rs.5 as my Guru Dheeksha. The only quality they looked for me is whether I show mumukshuthwam or not.

    6. On one hand, you wanted Hinduism to be practiced with all the multitude with all conflicting ideas. On the other hand, you want an integrated system of hinduism to stand against religions such as christianity or during Chaos. When SRKM or simillar ashrmas found on Vedantic views with attempt to unify hindus, you criticize them as Christianity like organization. (please dont pick on this statement as that SRKM has this ulterior motive as it is not. All I am saying is, if all are starting to follow SRKM, then it is possible, else, it is not). In reality, the beauty of Hinduism lies mainly in the multitude with constant evolution. This is the religion which withstood Buddist and Muslims. It will evolve further. I would like to be a hindu of that type. I appreciate and I will be ever thankful for your efforts towards hinduism. But, I would like to point out that it is and it will remain as one more small effort for your personal satisfaction or maximum…a temporary fix. But hinduism will always be grateful with her strong concepts.

    Love,
    Siva

    • Gunzo

      Man, those who have black money are his devotees.

  • sachin

    Actress Rajithas sexy Posters of fims and her movie shots should be put up inear and besided his/her nithyanandas ashram as she can be noiw called as M/s nithyananda as she had changed her name along with Andana which usually a females a Sir name added with her husbands name, now can be called and (Nithyanada Andanda mai) Nithyananda = Nithya+Ananda = Everyday Enjoyment now?

  • Rahul Verma

    This nithyananda has almost enjoyed with many females, done a lot of crimes which are countless, i am surprised why blind peoples are in india so much asfter they know and find him as a fraud and fake still worhip and encourage him its no wonder this bastered if he exists in same way can destroy hindu religion and tradition, almost spend so much for proveing the reality into false by many ways after all truth is truth and remain truth,so these days the blind followers of his ashram and manyu other supported and himself claimed that the sex scandel was a fake and the vedio of his sex was morphed, even when its proved by the foriegn search lab its real and genvine ,and now we can make out there is no dount its a real, becasue Actress ranjitha her self admitted when she took dheeksha from Swami nithyananda that she was a follower and devotie of his and will remain the same for ever and she cant apart from him,when she became sanyasi as a gift for his birthday,that too in his asharam and this fake swami had given her his SIR name as ANANDA and now she is ANANDA Mai, is not not now clear they had affiars??? and how can a sexbomb actress allowed so easily to be a sanyasi from a fake sex swami and be like a couples in the same ashram, with a sexy bomb actress Sanyasi ?is that any one can do anything and play with hindu tradtion and culture? why are they peoples quite, and why no action have been taken on this, more over both belong to tamilnadu and why they should be here in karnantaka state? is any political infulence help them and spoil the hindu tradition??? if action not taken then there is no wonder these fake sex swami ans sex sanyasi can destroy peoples, and he use many of young firls for his sexual needs in the name of god, most of them now beeing fake sanyasi day by day as this is a easy way to earn and enjoy life and sex where we can see these days

  • SEX Swami Nithyanad,s Expose

    First of all all have to gahter together and chase out this fake sex God man Nithyananda, now he has his sex actressRanjitha lover in the ashram who had sex with him from long time, finally caught and exposed too, its already proven that the sexcandle is real and genuvine in the resaerch Lab, the Actress ranjitha has made it clear of her affairs of this sex swami saying she was a devotie and remain his devotie for ever taking sanyasi as a git on his birthday,so there is no doubt about thier affairs now,more over this fake god man has given a name of his own as Ananada mai to her, after all thios dirty pranks played, if still he is left to continue and people consider him as god man then its no wonder that any one can take sanyas as they like and play with religion,even tomrow a prositute say she is a sanyasi after taking dheeksha by the fake man,it will be a shamefull for hindu culture, i request all who feels this is a bad name for hindusium get together and teach him a lesson so that there may be no fake swami or sanyasi to repaet and continue this drama, he should betaken action and kicked out from the country

  • sachin

    Why this sex swami needs karnataka state only if he wants to make a kurkul instution school for childrens? this sex swami is from tamilnadu he is himslef kicked out from there, now he felt that the karnataka state people and govt are easy to fool thats why he takes advantage, there are many greedy lawyers,police, and even Kanrnatak Govt surrenders just for he is a wealthy sanyasi, its so shamefull to kanndaigas to have such a sold out Govt to a sex swami after they also know he is criminal,this shows how the karnatka Govt can allow any criminal to have illigal sex and any crimes if he has wealth and who can them, so shame full on the Karnataka Govt,and the tamilnadu Govt are much wiser and better that they themself chased this fake sex swami from his own state

    • Gunzo

      Guys, It is not Karnataka govt or Tamilnadu govt etc. IMHO, there seems to be a very innate desire on the part of people to “worship” something! These guys simply take advantage. Asaram bapu. Read his story. It is the samething in USA! Same thing with a lot of Christian priests. In my honest opinion, all the Godmen are false. They are in it for money and woment. Period.

  • Guest

    these days life is very tough and income source are less without a good job and incomes, so i want to let and tell peoples who are suffering, its Easy and good way to earn and enjoy life being a swami these days, because there are countless blind believers and they believe in swamis and sant these days, lot of fake sant and swamis have made a millions and leading a posh and luxury life, just you need to wear Kavi and impress peoples that you are a very devotional swami or sant and have sathsang and moral of gods that’s it, people start believing you, once you have a good donation and huge wealth then the Govt and political ministers also will be under you,in these period even if any crimes or sex caught your followers will have trust on you and believe you, even they protest against your crimes, specially in Karnataka as you already aware of Sex swami Nithatyanda, he is from tiamilnadu, he was so famous that he was a selected in Madurai adeenam, but unfortunately tail Govt and the peoples were bit wiser then Karnataka state, they chased him from tamilnadu, and the Govt of Karnataka state encouraged hi, so nest place is Karnataka state to build a ashram,the blind belief devotees and followers are very much in Karnataka state, even educated peoples are also his servant,and now he even controls the Karnataka State Govt, and the Govt and people there are scared of this swami,he even kept his sex partner Actress ranjitha who was caught in sex scandal and made her sanyasi with his name as Andanda, people and the Govt encouraged hi, he also run a school for children s illegally without govt permission and grabbed lands also , this Tamil swami even challenged the Govt,of Karnataka,and the Govt scared of him, so just imagine is it not a good way to become a swami, sanyasi or a sant????? just think and plan if any one wish so.

  • Guest

    FAKE SWAMI AND SANTS SPECIALLY COME UP AS FAR AS THE BLIND BELIEVERS AND THE BLIND FOLLOWERS ARE THERE,EVEN QUALIFIED ALSO THESE DAYS BRAINWASHED AND AMONG THEM ,THESE ARE THE PEOPLES WHO SPREAD FAME AND ENCOURAGE THESE KIND OF CHEATER, FAKE AND SEX SWAMI,S , OR ELSE HOW CAN THEY BE A SWAMI, THIS IS THE EASY WAY FOR THESES UNEDUCATED PERSON WHO WEAR KAVI AND SANYASI DRESS AND SAY THEY ARE GOD AND CAN DO MIRACLES AND HEARINGS AND THE CIVILIZED,UNEDUCATED AND BLIND BELIEVERS PEOPLES TRUST THEM AND MAKE HIM GOD, THESE SWAMIS LOOK AND NOTE WHERE THESE PEOPLES ARE IN MAJORITY , SO THEN PUT UP A BASE AND THEN CONTACT THE MINISTERS AND POLITICAL LEADERS TO GET CONNECTED FOR SUPPORT AND OCCUPY GOVT FREE LAND TO PUT UP THEIR ASHRAMS, AND THE MINSTERS AND POLITICAL LEADER AGREE TO DO THIS IN A CONDITION FOR THEIR VOTE BAND AND TO HIDE THEIR BLACK MONEY SO THERE ARE NO INSPECTION AND DOUBTS FROM CBI IN ASHRAMS AND THEIR BLACK MONEY ARE SAFE, AS THE NUMBERS OF FOLLOWERS RISE THEN THE SWAMI MISS USE FEMALES AND OTHER LUXURY BENEFITS,AND THEY KNOW WELL ANY CASE FILED AND IF FIR FILED THEY WILL BE PROTECTED FROM THE MINSTERS AND POLITICIANS , THESE SWAMIS ALREADY MAKE GOOD MONEY BY CHEATING AND FOOLING PEOPLE AND LOT OF DONATIONS ARE ALSO GATHERED, THEY HIRE LAWYERS ,AND POLICE HIGHLY PAID AND THEY PROTEST OF THEIR DEVOTEES ARE COMMON, MEAN WHILE MANY DEVOTEES AND FOLLOWERS ARE ALSO PAID HIGHLY TO BE IN HIS FAVOR ALSO, THE SAME CASE IS GOING ON WITH SEX SWAMI NITHYANANDA, AND ITS ALREADY CLEAR THAT HIS CRIMES ARE CAUGHT AND PROVED STILL THERE IS NO ACTION TAKEN AGAINST HIM BY POLICE, COURT OR THE GOVT, SINCE KARNATAKA IS A STATE WHERE THERE ARE COUNTLESS BLIND BELIEVERS THIS SEX SWAMI CHOOSE THIS STATE AS ITS WELL KNOWN THAT THIS SWAMI IS KICKED OUT FROM HIS OWN PLACE FROM TAMILNADU WHICH IS HIS OWN PLACE AND ALSO DISMISSED FRO MADHURE ADEENAM MAT ALSO, BUT ONLY WITH HIS FINANCIAL AND BLIND BELIEVERS AND FOLLOWERS HELP HE IS IN KARNATAKA STATE ASHRAM NOW

  • ninamishra2014

    Swami Dev Prakash
    Maharaj ji is the symbol of simplicity and have a heart filled with mercy and
    affection for the poor and needy ones. He is a universal well wisher in true
    sense as his mercy and blessings showers alike on all human beings
    irrespective of religious path followed by the person.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIHnfAg6Jw8&list=PLYY0ZxyONfxX-yPEPP1FAOy2Y8LaZz_QK

  • A collection of
    pearls of wisdom, by Bandhu Triputi
    Pujya Shri Jinchandraji Maharaj is a Jain monk and dynamic orator who travels
    throughout the world spreading the message of Jainism and the cultural
    heritage of India. Pujya Jinchandraji initiated monk-hood over 55 years ago
    at a tender age of 8 years along with his parents, two brothers, and sister.