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Kalki Bhagavan's Very Tangled Web of Cult Ownership

2016-06-08T14:28:30.094-06:00

Today we received this dissection of the obtuse and complicated structure of the companies which comprise Kalki Bhagavan's Oneness Movement.1) Kalki’s ashram and its associated constructions like Nemam campus, Satyalokam campus and Oneness temple falls either under the bracket of “Golden Shelters Pvt Ltd., and Prajit Foundations Pvt Ltd.Proofs:a) Official website: http://onenessuniversity.org/contact-us/b) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/GOLDEN-SH…/U70101TN2002PTC050097c) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/PRAJIT-FO…/U91990TN2001PTC047740d) http://onenesuniversity.blogspot.in/…/program-schedule-for-…e) OA 269 of 2010 in CS 243 of 2010 at High Court Judicature of Madras--à Golden Shelters Pvt Ltd was initially registered at Puri (Orissa) by Badri and Anandagirihttp://www.mycompanydir.com/…/golden-shelters-private-limit…2) Kalki’s ashram is neither an ashram nor temple or trust as per law. It is merely a real estate company , be it; Golden shelters pvt ltd., or Prajit foundations pvt ltdProofs:a) Official website: http://onenessuniversity.org/contact-us/b) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/GOLDEN-SH…/U70101TN2002PTC050097c) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/PRAJIT-FO…/U91990TN2001PTC047740d) OA 269 of 2010 in CS 243 of 2010 at High Court Judicature of Madras3) Kalki’s binami Badrinarayana Chowdary and his daughter in law (Preetha) and his disciple (Anandagiri) are the present directors for these companies.4) Anandagiri and Preetha are running a separate spiritual organization by name One World Academy and each of them are identified to have several more companies on their names.Proofs:a) https://www.zaubacorp.com/director/ANANDA-GIRI/00685675b) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/RAMABAGAVADDASA-KRISHN…/00277655a.  https://trademarks.justia.com/…/one-world-university-778958…5) Badrinarayana Chowdary again is having so many other companiesProof: https://www.zaubacorp.com/di…/BADRINARAYANCHOUDHARY/006856066) Badri along with Ramesh are the owners of Studio N and Gyana Yogi TV channelsProofs:a) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/NARNE-NET…/U92111TG2007PTC056169b) https://www.zaubacorp.com/director/RAMESH/067982587) While Kalki has been collecting money in the name of courses, darshans, cds, cassettes, books etc. since 1989; all the above said companies orginated only after completion of Nemam, Satyalok and Varadayapalem ashrams that too after 2001.8) While Kalki himself made a statement that Krishna, Preethaji, Anandagiri and others left his organization, till date they are still there and enjoying the ownerships of his ashrams (Golden shelters and Prajit companies).Proofs:a) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDQladC2e4Ab) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs71o5xylkw&feature=sub9) Badri and Uday are found to be the owners of Bangalore bulls Prokabaddi team.10) Kalki’s key disciple Lokesh also is owning so many companies including Studio N and Gyana YogiProof: a) https://www.zaubacorp.com/director/LOKESWARA-/02165213Lokesh along with another disciple Ramesh are the owners of Kosmic studiohttps://www.zaubacorp.com/…/KOSMIC-ST…/U92114TN2003PTC050336Also see the list of companies owned by this Lokesh https://www.zaubacorp.com/director/LOKESWARA-/0216521311) And yet all these people pretend as though they lack money and take loans from banks and mortgage ashrams and invest the loan amount for their selfish gains.Proofs:a) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/GOLDEN-SH…/U70101TN2002PTC050097b) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/PRAJIT-FO…/U91990TN2001PTC047740c) https://www.zaubacorp.com/…/NARNE-NET…/U92111TG2007PTC05616912) Highest loan amount borrowed is Rs. 112,149,000 (more than 112 crore rupees). What is the need to borrow loans when devotees are constantly giving donations from India and other 152 countries?13) Other Oneness Guides like Madhuri, Namitha, Smitha, Prasanna and Bhavani also own several companies and they were caught red-handed by registering those companies on the following address pertaining t[...]



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2015-03-11T17:20:43.277-06:00

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When a Goddess Falls Back to Earth: Ammachi and the publication of "Holy Hell" in India.

2014-03-08T14:55:30.848-07:00

File under: Amma All-Over-The-Planet and SatscamsThe world has a lot self-loathing and revulsion in it. We imagine we all harbor at least a tiny bit, and most of us, probably a bit more than that. This is the shale oil which fuels the engines of self-indulgent new age spirituality, which is itself largely a slightly modified version of traditional Hinduism. Those who frack this oil are called spiritual gurus. The good ones help you to dispose of yours in a safe and controlled combustion. The bad ones burn it in a rocket ride to fame, riches and glory, leaving a wake of psychologically scorched devotees in their exhaust. In the last month, one of the greatest of these has begun to crash and burn. We are currently in the midst of the fall of the beloved "Hugging Saint," Mata Amritanandamayi, "affectionately" known as Ammachi, or Amma, which happens to mean "mother" in India.It all began over 30 years ago, before Amma was known to the outside world, before she had amassed hundreds of millions of dollars stashed away in foreign (to India) banks, before she became the darling and queen of the Hindu militant right. Just a girl who lived in a village in a swamp in Kerala. What made her different were her performances as the goddess Kali, one of the most fearsome of the Hindu pantheon. As it turns out, Sudhamani (as she was known then) had quite the talent for portraying the equally beloved and feared goddess, leaving some of the more superstitious village inhabitants to believe they had actually been in the presence of Kali Ma herself. And thus, like medieval priests collecting indulgences from their guilty and/or greedy parishioners, Sudhamani's parents soon learned they could profit off that guilt and greed in exactly the same way.As Ammachi got a bit older, she simply took over her own business, her parents rendered powerless by the fact of her burgeoning popularity as a divine goddess. (But not to worry, Ammachi has made her family very wealthy since.) Soon, folks were hearing about her across India, and more and more came to visit the teenage girl who was by now manifesting "miracles" like turning water into milk, etc. [The et cetera being the standard amplified coincidences and projections of meaning which are common among those who follow so-called "divine" incarnations.]In the midst of those flocking to see this newly-minted "saint" was a young Aussie gal from the suburbs of Brisbane. She wasn't looking for the "light" before she left for India, but like some Westerners who've travelled there, she caught the spiritual enlightenment bug and landed in an ashram in Tiruvannamalai, which has since become the Disneyland of spiritual gurudom for Westerners in India. Hearing about the new luminary in Kerala, Gail Tredwell made the journey with a few others, all of whom fell into the inner circle of Ammachi, who soon after became known as Mata Amritanandamayi. They eventually helped her build her satsang (spiritual community) into the global multi-million dollar enterprise that it is today.As you'd might expect by now, it turns out that Ammachi is even darker than the goddess she portrays. While there are millions who believe she is saving the world with her signature marathon public hugging sessions, Gail consistently saw another side, and in a tale that reads like a spy novel at the end, her book "Holy Hell" has obliterated the loving mother image that has been so carefully cultivated over the last 30 years.And now, they know all about it in India.It's not like this is unusual by any means. One or two famous gurus pop in scandal there in any given year. However, Ammachi has been the least assailable of these, mostly due to the fact she's been extremely successful in the West. It's likely that among the friends of those who are reading this, there is at least one person who could be considered a follower. They may not live at the ashram or even ever attended an Ammachi event, but if they subscribe to the morass of superstition, mythology and folk theory known as non-tradit[...]



Busted Again, Amma!

2013-11-19T20:14:49.924-07:00

File under: Amma-All-Over-The-Amma, Satscams

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The Queen of the Holy Hell

2013-11-14T15:33:56.681-07:00

File under: Amma-All-Over-The-Planet and Satscams

We admit we've been remiss [Ed.note: blame Facebook] in our delay to announce and review what's sure to be an instant classic of anti-cult literature, Gail Tredwell's "Holy Hell." It's hard to put into words just how mind-blowing this book is in light of the popular mythology of Ammachi, the "Hugging Saint" who tours the world pouring millions into foreign banks to do who knows what with.

But we tried:
I have an overwhelming desire to begin this review with the words "holy hell," because that's how I felt after I reached that point in the book where the exposed hypocrisy just keeps piling up like a Arunachala-sized mountain of dung. While none of it really surprised me, all of it was surprising to read, as well as funny, heartfelt, and sincere. Gail is a true modern spiritual hero, so much more than the one she served, who in the end has always only been the scheming beneficiary of the popular idea that she is God. As much as the dark side now lies exposed in the blazing light of public opinion, the real lesson of the book is how Gail's sincerity and inner strength carried her through years of abuse. Some may say she was ill-advised, or even stupid to endure it, but I suspect that it was worth every second to her now. Amma's cruelty and spite have hammered Gail into an outstanding example of triumph over one of the world's most pervasive cults of personality. Hopefully she will serve as an example to others that their "goddess" can at times be little more than a stunningly entitled brat with an apparent personality disorder who essentially spreads lies about nondual realization by her completely fabricated persona. This book will undoubtably become one of the great works of anti-cult biography.



Update: 85-Year-Old Swami Up On Rape Charges

2013-11-14T16:26:20.456-07:00

File under: Gurus Doin' Time and Hands Where They Don't Belong

Apparently, many are all a'flutter in India over the arrest of Swami Ram Tripathi, aka Kripalu Maharaj, in Trinidad and Tobago, accused by a 22-year-old Guyanese woman of rape at the ashram:
In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that she was raped on Saturday night when she had gone to seek spiritual assistance and guidance from the swami.
As much as we love to bring news of the humanity of the allegedly divine, we just can't seem to get on board with these charges. The dude is 85-freaking-years-old, for Ma's sake! Why would he suddenly decide to try to tear off a piece of unwilling ass? It just doesn't add up... even to our jaded, mud-dwelling little mind.

This situation is developing, but we're gonna go out on a limb and back the Swami on this one. Hopefully the authorities in Trinidad and Tobago will see past the PR value of bagging a major religious figure and allow justice to prevail here.

Update: A reader with firsthand knowledge of the Swami spills the beans:
You don't know this guy it seems. He was already charged with rape a couple of decades ago in India, where the newspapers were headlined 'Bhakta Bhalaat ke'. I have the old news clipping and I know a bunch of people who he's made sex advances to over the years, which is why I'd like to see him pay for his crimes. One woman... told me he tried to rape her... last year. 85? How does anyone know how old he actually is? Seen his birth certificate? The guy's a fraud through and through, he'll tell any lie to get his ends. He fakes language difficulties, he may be faking his 'aged frailty' too.
Well! Once again, the contents and the cover don't match. We guess there's no age too old for a swami to be tryin' to get some.

Special note: Those Kool-Aid drinkers looking to show their support for the Swami should go elsewhere to express it. We're not going to publish the parade of sycophancy that's been coming through here today.



Sex-Crazed Swami Tries Gets To Skate

2013-11-14T16:25:12.359-07:00

[Ed.note: The top three posts here were actually published previously. They were temporarily removed by Google in response to a DMCA take down attempt by the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, the organization behind Kripalu and Prakashanand. When I republished the posts with pictures and videos removed, they lost their place in the post stream.]

File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong and The Siddhi of PR

Sexed-up Swami Ram Tripathi, being held in Trinidad and Tobago on rape charges, pled for the return of his passport today:
Some 50 of his followers prayed and cried for the guru, who, dressed in a traditional saffron-coloured robe, spent several minutes in a courtroom dock with other men charged with robbery, burglary and murder.
Duh! That's where you end up when you're accused of raping a 22-year-old woman.

The 85-year-old swami is apparently quite the horn dog with a long history of sexual escapades with his female devotees, as well one who has a few unresolved rape cases back in India. Many are not surprised these charges have been made.

Nor will we be surprised if the swami never sets foot in Trinidad and Tobago again if he gets his passport back. Such an act would be tantamount to proclaiming him innocent for all the justice that would be left unserved.



Two More Old Scammijis In the News: Kreepalu and PrakashakaBOOM

2013-07-11T12:13:39.014-06:00

File under: Backroom Gurudom and Gurubusting[Ed.note: We fear this fine effort by our Barsana Dham correspondent about yet another two gurus in trouble with the law, Kripalu Maharaj and Prakashanand Saraswati, might get lost in the haze of exploded guru mist floating over India right now.]By a former resident of Barsana DhamIs it karma, or kaliyug, or simply the tipping point of a growing intolerance for the overabundance of fake Hindu gurus?My bet — and hope — is that it is the tipping point: And that the intelligent people of the world will rise up and kick these fake holy men to the curb — that is if the cowards don’t run into hiding first, as is the case with the dastardly duo: Kripalu Maharaj and Prakashanand Saraswati. Along with all the other intriguing scammiji scandals making the headlines these days, it’s interesting to find that these two partners in crime hit the news within hours of each other (Kreepalu in a BIG way). We’ll start with Prakasha-boom. Prakasha-Boom Gets Criminal Trial in Texas Delayed — AgainIt was never a question of IF Prakashanand would pull a last-minute health crisis to evade justice for 20 counts of indecency with children in Texas: It was always a question of WHICH “health crisis” he would choose. Now we know. “Back surgery.” As reported by the Austin American-Stateman, a “doctor” in India claims that Prakashanand “shouldn’t sit for more than a half-hour at a time.”As such, his lawyers asked the Hays criminal court for a delay, which was granted Wed. Awwwwww. Poor guy. Darn the luck. And all he’s ever wanted was his day in court. But, seriously, I don’t understand the problem. It’s not like he ever SAT for very long anyway. He does most of his work lying down (if you get my drift). Also, the guy flies first-class. I never have, but I’ve seen photos. Don’t you like get a bed and five-star treatment in first-class? Sounds pretty comfortable to me. Also, I’m sure the Hays County Court would have no problem bringing a bed into the courtroom. I’m just saying, there are ways around this “health problem” if you just think outside the box a little. Curiously, for 20 years Prakashanand received the vast majority of his medical care in the United States — from dental care to neck surgery. Call me skeptical, but it just seems a tad strange that now, at this time, he would receive such major medical care in India. I mean, his “doctor” didn’t even have the wherewithal to say it was “emergency” surgery. Hmmmmmmm.The fact is, this guy is never coming back to U.S. soil. I know it. You know it. He knows it. So let’s just end the farce: Let the Hays county court collect its $10 million bond, let Prakashanand be labeled a fugitive from justice, and let the world know he’s a lying coward. Kripalu Shows the World His True Colors — He’s an Orange-Bellied Coward, TooSpeaking of cowards, they must run in packs: Because Kripalu showed himself to be the jagadguru of pathetic cowards. This is actually a very sad story. If you haven’t heard, approximately 65 people died and dozens more were injured in Kripalu’s main ashram in Mangarh India this past week. They were all women and children who had gone to receive free food and handouts. The ashram had announced the event to all villagers in the surrounding area. The turnout was huge, as expected. News reports conflict a bit, but the bottomline is that Kripalu and his people did not plan for proper crowd control. Something happened to scare the crowd (either the gate collapsed or an electrical wire fell), creating a stampede. Dozens of people were crushed and some killed.While the world’s heart was breaking for the innocent victims, Kripalu and his organization, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP), were blaming the victims. JKP-Barana Dham in Austin Texas released a statement on Friday saying: “unruly cro[...]



Kreepalu's Protegé Busted!

2013-07-11T12:10:23.360-06:00

File under: Gurubusting, Gurus Doin' Time and Hands Where They Don't Belong

Remember "Jagadguru" Kripalu Ji Maharaj, aka Kreepalu, the gopi-grabbing Krishna impersonator who skated rape charges in Trinidad/Tobago last year? His main man at his Texas temple, Prakashanand Saraswati, just got busted for the same sort of thing, but this time with underage girls:
A Hays County grand jury indicted Saraswati, also known as Shree Swamiji, on 20 counts of indecency with a child/sexual contact earlier this month. The investigation began last August.

According to the Associated Press, Saraswati is accused of groping two girls were under 17 on several occasions between 1993 and 1996.
Get ready for another barrage by the Kreepalu Kool-Aid Brigade, a sizable force of shallow-minded followers who are sure to flood the net shouting about an imagined anti-Hindu conspiracy, the better to distract you from the possibility that these rather creepy-looking old men may have been raping and molesting in the name of Krishna for years.



Seeking The Old TM™ Master Raghvendra

2013-03-21T10:10:40.410-06:00

File under: Lost and Found Gurus Today we received this email: Hello,I'm a fan of your website, and was wondering whether you could assist me with a search as outlined in this article.I met Paul Saltzman when he was in Rishikesh, and I'm keen to help him if I can. As that journalist notes, there's no trace of Raghvendra here - as he apparently fell out with the Maharishi's people and left town.Might someone among your network still remember where he went, or is there someone who might know someone who might know something?I've attached a few lines of context, which refer to a second guy whom Paul is trying to trace - an American called Al Bragg, who'd be roughly 70 by now. Any pointers on either of them would be gratefully received.Thanks for your help. I look forward to hearing from you.Best wishes,Daniel SimpsonThis passage describes Paul Saltzman's first meeting with the man he and Daniel are seeking, Raghvendra:As I hung around New Delhi, not knowing what to do, I was desperate for relief. A new American acquaintance, Al Bragg, asked me if I wanted to come along to hear the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi give a talk on transcendental meditation. "I'll try anything." I said, jumping at the chance. That night, the large auditorium at New Delhi University was jam-packed, overflowing with foreigners and Indians as we squeezed in against the wall at the back. On stage, a low dais was festooned with flowers. After ten or fifteen minutes, a short, curious little man draped in white cotton, with long scraggly graying hair and beard, entered at the rear of the hall and walked down the center aisle. Close behind, twenty Westerners followed, each of them wearing colorful Indian clothes and garlands of red, white, and orange flowers around their necks. They were, it turned out, part of a group of meditators on their way to At the entrance stood a faded, yellow, wood picket-fence gate. It was locked and a man in a slightly tattered, dark blue Nehru jacket stood guard. He spoke no English but motioned to someone inside and a short young man in his early thirties, with a lovely light-brown complexion and a short, dark, trim beard came to talk to me. He introduced himself in a quiet, warm voice as Raghvendra, a disciple of the Maharishi, and asked if he could help me. I told him I had seen the Maharishi speak at Delhi University a few days before and that I'd come to learn meditation. Raghvendra was kind, but firm, "I'm very sorry but the ashram is closed because the Beatles and their wives are here, and were doing a meditation teacher's course." I had nothing to lose: "You have to teach me." I said, " I'm in a lot of emotional pain." He considered this for a moment, then said, "I will ask the Maharishi. I will send you a cup of chai, but I may not be back for two or three hours." I thanked him, dropped my backpack to the ground, and plunked myself down. I had no idea the Beatles would be there and, at that moment, it was not good news. I spent the afternoon resting there by the gate and wrote a letter to my parents and one to my girlfriend, hoping she would reconsider. A few hours later, Raghvendra returned. Again, he was soft-spoken and kind. "I'm sorry," he said, "the Maharishi says 'Not at the present time'."Apparently, at some later point, Raghvendra did in fact admit Saltzman and teach him meditation. While y'all know what we think of TM™ (a laughable global domination pyramid scheme that has folks selling sand at the beach to other folks), we'd like to see Saltzman contact his guru, Raghvendra, if he is in fact still alive.If anybody has any clues, either about Raghvendra or the American, Al Bragg, please leave a comment or contact Daniel Simpson here.[...]



Another Sleight-Of-Hand Scammiji

2013-02-15T11:48:37.440-07:00

File under: Satscams

Another flimflamming Hindu guru, riding along on the Sai Babaster bandwagon along with Swami Vishwananda, has been exposed by a sharp-eyed observer who didn't let the wool be pulled over his eyes. The new scammiji on the block is one Swami Atmachaithanya, who is duping unsuspecting marks with the usual boatload of superstitious Hindu guru shtick. Behold:

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According to our eyewitness:
this guy is a total fake...he goes around the world collecting donations for his so called charity projects.. why i call him a fake...i caught him palming a small locket and than later "materialise" it....obviously inspired by sai baba...
Needless to say, we are inclined to agree.



Reasons To Leave Ammachi

2012-08-27T20:03:15.469-06:00

File under: Amma-All-Over-The-Planet and SatscamsThese are the reasons Gail Tredwell, Amritananda Mayi's (Ammachi's) closest personal assistant for 20 years, felt she needed to escape the ashram:Loss of faithNot happy for yearsNo harmony amongst seniorsNo manners from the seniorsToo much politics between the seniorsNo love between the seniorsI felt extremely unlovedAnd unsupportedAnd untrustedAbsolutely worn out on every levelToo much stressRoutine too gruellingNever any concern given for physical well being nor emotions which are also a very important part of spiritualityPartiality shown between the men and women, east and west, rich and poorSwamis arrogance, back stabbing, cruelty, hatred, power struggles.Amma's obvious favouritism towards themGiving too much money and gold to her family members and at the same time denied Suneeti private hospitalisation.Too many secret things going on.Too much scheming, plotting, planning and suspicionNo sweet spiritual feeling of love or compassion from amma behind the scenes only anger, gossip, criticism, revenge, suspicion, business, violence or secret meetings with the swamis.Terrorism - in a subtle sense not with guns or anything.Violence (mental, emotional, psychological and physical.Horrible yelling and shrieking like a demonConstant accusing me of being a good for nothing and always angry at me which always would make my guts cringe and constantly putting me down.Not allowed to feel happy, if you do you should be guiltyGuilt if you rest, laugh, take care of your bodyMoney, money, money that is the main aim and you are good if you try and make as much as you can for the ashram even if you squeeze. Amma used to praise people for thisLying, cheatingCopying from other writers and books then using amma's name on them and calling it her teachings. Also none of the speeches which were made at U.N. or Chicago were her own, they were Swamijis from some books or possibly his head that I don't know.Having to tell untrue miracles in talks, she herself would make them up for us.Worn out from heat and crowds and the culture of India, also the jail like lifestyle in the Indian ashramSuppressed and oppress and even hit and abused constantly by the swamis.Too many institutions and projects but not enough capable people to run them, therefore endless problems which would then fall on my head.Never been understood, or acknowledges for any participation which I had in the ashram. Never been considered in any major decisions to be made even if it was which girls should get yellow. Even that swamiji would try and decide, until I would put my foot down.Not enough protection given to girls sent to branches. Just go! Whether they have a place to stay or not no problem, whether they are by themselves in a huge school overnight, no problem.No questions allowed. Just shut your mouth or you will be considered for treason, betrayal and a cheat, you are unloyal to amma and the ashram.Scandalous the way the flats have been built, so much money charged, no maintenance even though the people pay the same. D block has been built right in the face of A and B. The buildings were not even finished properly with cracks everywhere and sloppy cement everywhere. Plumbing stinks and leaks all over the steps. Try and maintain and keep clean the existing ones before starting more skyscrapers.The residents i.e. Indian are not fed properly. They are also overworked. Even amma would criticize that some girls were drinking milk, she would tell to sell all the fruit and not to give the residents. I would still give it now and then. They all look so anemic.Amma's obvious revenge and hatred towards anybody who has left the ashram. Getting even with them, not allowing them to move on or get a job `let them suffer for a while' her fam[...]



Ammachi Thinks You're A Bug

2012-08-21T21:51:44.448-06:00

File under: Amma-All-Over-The-Planet and The Siddhi of PR

There's a great article in Rolling Stone about Ammachi. As it turns out, if you don't care to believe she is God, she thinks you're a mosquito or beetle:
"A mosquito will never get milk from the udder of a cow, only blood. The bee draws honey from the flower, but the beetle only drubs through the dirt."
Cult psych-ops, in our opinion, right out of the cow's (or flower's) mouth.



Mckayla Does Not Approve

2012-08-10T22:22:00.513-06:00

File under: Gurubusting

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Oh Rajiv!

2012-05-31T23:47:54.652-06:00

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Today a member of the Guruphiliac Facebook page turned up with this:
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.
It's in an article by Rajiv Malhotra, who's been trying to be the pope of American Hinduism for like, forever.

Well, Mr. Malhotra, we'd like to offer a few corrections. While it's true that I know a former member of Nithyananda's inner circle, he was not from San Diego, although he was in California while Nithyananda was in Los Angeles. What is absolutely untrue is any accusation of maliciousness on the part of this former devotee. He never spoke ill of Nithyananda to me, not once. He was, however, acutely disappointed to see his former hero and mentor turn into such a showman. In fact, his refusal to speak any ill about his former master was a considerable display of honor and dignity, considering the circumstances.

Also, just to make it clear, I bash gurus who use they idea they have magic powers to make themselves famous. Nithyananda is a completely clear and pure example of this. It is this fact, and only this fact, that has been the impetus for my writing about him as I have.



Fellatio-On-Video-With-A-Movie-Star Is A Bitch For A Guru.

2012-05-04T22:40:50.596-06:00

FIle under: Hands Where They Don't Belong, Satscams and The Siddhi of PR

Oops! Looks like Swami Nithyananda didn't throw enough money at his fellatio-on-video-with-a-movie-star problem:
For a self-styled ‘godman’ who was himself at the centre of a scandal that revolved around video footage of him allegedly disporting sexually with a Tamil actress … the karmic deeds of a past when kundalini forces—and the hormonal urges to which all men are susceptible—played havoc with a spiritual practice aren’t proving so easy to bury.
The brouhaha this time involves Nithy's infiltration and attempt to usurp a vaunted position in a venerable Hindu order. Seems only the truly celibate qualify:
A controversy has erupted over the appointment of Nityananda as the 293rd pontiff of the spiritual order, with heads of other Saivite spiritual orders taking strenuous objection to his appointment, citing the criminal cases still pending against him.

On Thursday, the Madras High Court ordered notice of admission on a writ petition seeking a direction to the State government to declare Nityananda’s appointment as illegal and to prevent him from acting as the guru.

The petition claimed that Nityananda, who had several cases (including case of sexual abuse) pending against him, was “absolutely incompetent” to hold the post that was venerated by Shiva devotees worldwide.

A second, PIL petition has been filed by M Solaikannan, a local politician, claiming that Nityananda had appointed himself the spiritual head after taking the previous (292nd) pontiff into his illegal custody by deploying “henchmen” from Karnataka. The petition sought a direction to the State government to take control of the Madurai Adheenam.

Solaikannan alleged that Nityananda “does not practice celibacy and is not a sanyasi”—in the sense that he had nor relinquished worldly pleasures—and was therefore ineligible to head the spiritual order.
It's nice to see that not everyone in India has been cowed, steamrolled, and/or hoodwinked into believing the Nithyananda sex tape was a special effects job rather than the plain old blow job it clearly depicts the swami receiving.



Mohan Singh's Sex Racket Screwed Him

2012-03-07T20:04:26.585-07:00

File under: Gurus Doin' Time, Hands Where They Don't Belong and The Siddhi of PR

Mohan Singh, of the "I can empower you with some tantric energy transfer, Baby" school of enlightenment, (see Swami Nithyananda, Swami Muktananda, and so many others), is going to remain in jail for the misdeed.
The court heard Lyons, who adopted the name Mohan Singh, preyed on women who came to him for spiritual guidance. He had created a tight-knit group, described as a ‘cult’, made up predominantly of female followers …

New women were invited to Lyons’ gatherings with offers of communal food and enlightenment. There, they would be given treatments and assaulted …

Lord Justice Toulson dismissed the application for permission to appeal against conviction…
It looks like Mr. Singh will now have a lot more time to devote to his meditation.



She's Not Perfect, World Still Turns

2014-07-24T16:14:05.635-06:00

File under Amma All-Over-The-Planet, Hands Where They Don't Belong, and The Siddhi of PR

You didn't know this, because Amma's little helpers are very efficient at disappearing the truth:
Rishi Taavi Kassila, top promoter, tour organizer, meditation instructor and ashram resident of the Amma Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Hugging Saint cult [in Finland] has been accused of sex addiction, abuse and dishonesty. Embarrassing testimony, posted by authenticated witnesses, challenged Kassila to defend himself in court. Publicly, the Amma cult responded with a single online statement denying their connection to the accused, Taavi Kassila. Secretly, Amma's helpers were scrubbing their internet servers, erasing all evidence of Taavi Kassila's long history of public service within the Amma cult.
While it maybe not be the fault of the hugging devi herself that her org's leader in Finland allegedly got handsy with the devotees, it's certainly her fault to order a coverup. What does this prove? That Amma is a businesswoman first and foremost, and that she and her org went into high gear to protect their source of revenue. The truth, meanwhile, gets hacked to death and left in a ditch to die.



Handsy Guru Pukes Gold

2011-12-08T22:07:21.717-07:00

File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong and Satscams

Sai Baba copycat fauxru Swami Vishwananda had to dissolve his spiritual organization in 2008 after it was discovered he was using his brahmacharis (novice renunciate monks) as a personal sex slave service. But pretty much like any other guru caught with his hands where they don't belong, he has managed to stay in business, and indeed, seems to be thriving. Because now, he miraculously vomits gold on YouTube.

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Sri Sri Called Out As RSS

2011-11-07T17:40:15.702-07:00

File under: The Siddhi of PR

(image) The RSS is the Indian equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan; its founder admired Adoph Hitler and emulated the methods of the Nazi party of WWII Germany. Now, guess which popular guru in India has been called out as a prominent supporter… [Ed.note: correct answer: pretty much all of them.]
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday fired a fresh salvo at Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, saying the spiritual guru is the "C grade worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)".
While we realize this is just politics, let us point out that this is just politics, not spirituality in any form that we care to recognize. It's just another par on the course for the famous fauxru on his seemingly insatiable charge for more money, power, and influence in Bharat.



Very Little Enlightening, A Lot More Mad

2011-10-02T18:18:03.969-06:00

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Andrew Cohen's "truth," by a kind and talented reader. (click to enlarge)

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The Continuing Decline of the United States

2011-09-12T18:45:38.929-06:00

File under: Satscams

The evidence:

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I sincerely hope this car's driver doesn't step in my lunch, which I was involuntarily compelled to deposit on the curb.



This Is Not Holiness

2011-09-08T12:54:44.537-06:00

File under: Satscams

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This morning, a particularly astute reader ("you're doing a great job") sent a link to this Tehelka article, revealing that the great scammiji, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is squatting on land he could probably buy with his laundry money (it takes a lot—a WHOLE lot—to keep those robes white):
THE ‘GURU of joy’ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been found guilty of encroaching more than five acres of government land worth Rs 50 crore in Karnataka. The land meant to be distributed to the poor and landless has been illegally acquired by Sri Sri, who has constructed an Art of Living meditation centre on it, violating the law.
The law? What law can guide the behavior of such an exalted holiness like this? A living "god" can choose to take whatever he wants from whomever he wishes. After all, it's all his, right? You know Sri Sri thinks so.



On Ammachi

2011-08-30T20:17:53.544-06:00

File under: Amma All-Over-The-Planet

Amma is a symbol of the Shakti, but she herself is nothing more than a woman who seemingly cares about others and found a way to do that. The idea that she has special powers is what draws the most people to her; their faith is based on the belief that being in her presence is being in God's presence, and that their problems might be solved as a result. It's on her website. You could call it a crass manipulation, but even if she honestly cares about these people, their folk ideas of enlightenment—endorsed and enjoyed by Amma—translate into occluding notions that kill understanding rather than promote it.

The fact that she hugs so much is no proof of her divinity. There are folks who can run a hundred miles in a day. Amma's talents as a hugger are comparable to those of any leading athlete. We may treat them as gods, but nobody in sports is actually thought of as God. Is a simple white dress, good endurance, and a smile for most all it takes for a talented human being to be seen as God? It actually takes much less … just look at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. ;)



The Highest Loka An American Criminal Can Hope For

2011-03-25T09:20:21.719-06:00

File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong and Gurus Doin' Time

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is still on the run, but we have a feeling the U.S. marshalls are closing in. Enjoy it while you can, Swamiji. You are now one of America's Most Wanted.

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