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Criminal Indian yogis: “Swami” Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) and Akhandananda (d.1997)

A concerned Australian has written to me to comment on these criminal yogis about whom allegations are now emerging in the Australian newspapers. These criminals are (or, rather, were, since both criminals are now dead) part of the global range of Satyananda Saraswati ashrams. I'm informed that: "apparently there is another Indian spiritual group to come before the Royal Commission that will eclipse the Satyananda hearing". 

I assured him that India is FLOODED with criminal "yogis" and "godmen" who cheat the whole country all the time. This is not news. I EXPECT a good proportion of all "swamis" to be mega-criminals or cheats.

Deepak Chopra is more sophisticated, so he only operates on your pocket (extracts your money). Others are much worse.

I have come across only three "yogis" in my lifetime:

a) Satya Sai Baba, whom I once saw as part of a public group (when I was around 20 years old) in Whitefield near Bangalore. He was an absolute crook who plied his customers with cheap magic tricks to bilk them. I've written extensively about him on this blog. There are many believable allegations about sexual abuse by him. But since he managed to fool "eminent" Indians he was quite safe from prosecution.

b) "Swami" Shuddhananda, whom I came across a few years ago in Melbourne. I even attended 4 of his lectures, and invited him to my home. This man, very soon, turned out to be a scoundrel, involved in sexual misdemeanor.

c) "Swami" Ramdev, whom I came across in late 2012 and interacted till mid-2013. I've now heard very strong and, I would argue, confirmed reports from very reliable sources (who have known him for many years) about rampant sexual abuse in his ashram. But his support for black money is now more clear than ever. I'm further investigating.

I've, of course, come across many yoga teachers (including at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration). I believe yoga teachers are (generally) quite good, and have nothing to say against them.

But there are too many criminal "swamis" in India. A recent case involved severe sexual abuse by one "Swami" Asaram Bapu. He is now in jail. Then, there was the more recent "Sant" Rampal in Haryana, who was involved in murder and has been recently arrested by the police, at great cost of life and money (many people died in the process).

There are strongly documented stories about sex abuse by Indian "gurus". I'd strongly warn people to stay away from these crooks.

By all means attend a yoga class or two, but DO NOT STAY AT THESE PLACES. AND DON'T GET DEEPLY INVOLVED IN SWAMIS/ YOGIS OR THEIR 'LECTURES'. AND AT ALL TIMES KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM ANY "SWAMI".

===Satyanand Ashram==

See its website.

More news:

Child abuse royal commission: Woman admits having sex with boy, 14, at Satyananda Yoga Ashram

Global yoga guru was a violent sexual abuser, royal commission told

Yoga handmaiden had sex with boy

Brutal initiation ceremony at Satyananda yoga movement 'saw seven-year-old girl sexually assaulted after leader licked her blood' 

Yoga guru may have raped seven year old, royal commission told

'Violent discipline' part of yoga culture, royal commission hears

Sexual abuse rife at yoga group, royal commission hears

Yoga ashram didn't consider sex abuse a crime, royal commission told

ADDENDUM

I should not fail to mention Swami Om Poorna Swatantra, about whom I've written elsewhere. Swami Swatantra is not really a swami in the sense commonly understood. He does not run an ashram, but lives like a farmer. He doesn't teach any yoga nor (unless I'm mistaken) much spiritual stuff. He is more like Thoreau, living a quiet life by himself, but engaging with nearby farmers. He is an outstanding man, and I would therefore like to add that there may be SOME outstanding gurus or swamis, and people ought to take responsibility for their own choices and decisions.

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There are plenty of other such cases. Some examples here.

Another one: Swami Nithyananda

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A commentator reminded me of Sri Sri. He writes:

Sri sri's followers strongly believe that his photograph can charge their mobile phones,  their vehicles can run without petrol, their guru can appear in different places at the same time, his sudarshan kriya is a cure for all diseases including cancer and sudarshan kriya is a definite ticket to Moksha, he can bring back alive the dead and their followers can get rail/air tickets even last minute and so on so forth. Our IITians, IIMs and Harvards are his followers and they all believe in all these so called miracles without any iota of doubt. 

I agree. Sri Sri is a small time magician (not much magic, though). I've written about him. However, I've never heard any perverted thing about him, so he is otherwise OK.

 

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Two Indian Muslims strongly dissociate themselves from Pakistani blasphemy laws/ punishments

I had discussed the blasphemy issue in Islam here, earlier. There is no evidence that Islam, per se, permits any prosecution/ punishment for "blasphemy".

In relation to killings by Pakistani Muslims of "blasphemers", I had asked on FB whether this is justified. Two Indian Muslims have clarified.

I'm publishing here both my record and to ensure that Hindutva fanatics and Muslim fanatics take heed. Note that I don't defend any organised religion (for religions are often more political than spiritual and often do more evil than good), so this is not a defence of Islam as a religion. But I believe in strongly supporting the underlying elements of liberalism in all religions. 

1) 

There is no rule anywhere sanjeev that prohibits freedom of speech in islam. Blasphemy laws of pakistan is a disgrace. Let pakistan bring out a proof from quran as a proof. They will find it tough to find an answer to the most basic tenet in islam – There is no compulsion in religion.

2) 

The culture of pakistan need not to me – and in most cases it is not – implementation of islam / Quran. When people themselves are far away from Quran – how can they claim to be implementing Quran. Just ponder over following points:
1. Quran says that biggest abuse against GOD is to say that GOD has begotten a Son (Quran 19:88-91), but not for once Quran says that such people should be punished. There is absolutely freedom for belief.

2. A believer should not abuse Non-gods (things that are not god) – Quran 6:108. Though non-gods are not god yet one should not speak ill-will against them.

3. Though Quran disagrees with 3 gods concept, god having son, worship of non-gods but nowhere it prescribes any wordy punishment for such beliefs. 

4. Only case when capital punishment is prescribed in islam is when
A> someone KILLS someone innocent 
B> Someone DISTURBS peace of the land (Refer 5:32)
There is no 3 rd scenario for capital punishment.

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For mysterious reasons God imprints “his” image/ symbol on toasts and chappatis

It is a mystery to me why "God" prefers to send "his" symbols to us on perishable bread. Why can't "he" directly appear before us and answer our 1000s of questions.

Today I was blessed to come across an Om Chapatti. This is a sign (from "above") for me to compile all such symbols. This post will remain a placeholder for such symbols.

Please send me links as you come across them. Let's get all these symbols together and analyse God's message to mankind.

Om Chappati

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141129154928-46771699-symbol-om-appears-on-chapati-god-consciousness-lordkrishna

Om chappati discoverer's Linkedin profile:

TOASTED CHRIST

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1189188/The-Marmite-messiah-How-mother-Jesus-ja.html

TORTILLA CHRIST

MANY OTHER FOODS CONTAINING CHRIST

This has 22 of them.

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ANOTHER RECENT APPEARANCE OF CHRIST ON TOAST

Here.

And this video as proof:

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Parents, you teach religion to your children at your risk. Religion can kill them and/or their children.

Religion is not harmless. I strongly recommend that parents NOT teach it to their children. 

Get out of your personal brainwashing and don't brainwash your children.

The other day, a Sydney woman lost FOUR SONS to the Islamic State. They are now helpless to get them back

Similarly, if you teach your children religion, they could reject medical science in favour of mumbo-jumbo and quackery. These Christians allowed their child to DIE rather than get properly treated.

Religious teaching is harmless for 98 per cent of the population. Most people don't take religion seriously, or merely go through the motions to "fit in" with others.

But in 2 out of 100 cases, your chidren can take religion seriously. It can then KILL. Then don't complain if your children (or their children) die out of their religious stupidity.

Best remedy: DON'T indoctrinate your children in religious garbage. Teach them to THINK.

==ADDENDUM==

Sanjay Gadhalay has written this and I fully agree. This is what parents should teach:

Teach and learn this instead: The 6 core lessons of my Guru prof Indiresan. Which I am guided by in all I do …and share with all of you for your own adoption as deemed fit ::

1. Being Principled is everything. He taught me to examine my beliefs and values, and then to remain centered and never give upcoming on those examined principles.

2. To speak one’s mind without fear or favour. I was taught by example to articulate my views clearly and logically, uninfluenced by the possibility of adverse reactions from others.

3. Disagreement does not mean being disagreeable: Even when one has radically divergent views from others, one can articulate and debate with others and even disagree. However, it does not mean that we have to be offensive in our manners. Civil discourse is the mark of a civilized mind.

4. Catholicity of taste: He was a voracious reader and would devour books on almost any topic. All reading was to educate the mind and provide food for further thought.

5. Social Awareness: An engineer by background, he constantly sought solutions to the problems of society. He encouraged thinking about social problems and was tireless in his search for solutions to them.

6. Zest for life: Through his abundant energy, the multiple projects & causes he associated himself with, he taught me that life is for the living. He taught me to live it fully.

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Theory of evolution is a misnomer. These are atomic/chemical laws, like the law of gravity.

In this day and age, I wasn't expecting to come across anyone who denies the 'theory' of evolution, but Javed, a commentator on this blog, has asserted that this is a mere 'theory'.

I politically brushed aside his arguments given shortage of time, and referred him to standard text books. Once he has done his homework we could discuss further.

But today I had a minute so I thought I'd compile any notes I had made on this trivially basic topic. So here goes;

a)  The Facebook page on this topic that I created in 2011.

b) A blog post I wrote entitled in 2011, entitled: The theory of evolution survives turbulence

c) Another in 2014: Rapid artificial evolution (genetic modification) of wolves into 400 types of dogs: man-made selection.

The key point is that evolution is a misnomer. It implies slow and steady change. But genes can mutate/ change DRAMATICALLY in just one generation. So this is not about the speed of change, but about the underlying genetic process.

As we get to know the underlying molecular transmission processes involved, we can directly take control of these processes and speed up 'evolution' by a factor of thousands. That's what genetic modification of crops does.

Even simple things like:

a) the banana we eat is NOT found in nature. We have evolved (selected) a fruit without seeds.

b) the tomato we eat is NOT found in nature. We have bred out poisonous elements through selection

c) cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are the SAME species that we have totally and radically changed from what is found in nature

d) carrots are NEVER found in nature the way we have created/ evolved them.

e) there are no dogs in nature: we have evolved them through man-made selection

f) etc. etc.

With the knowledge now known to us, we will evolve 'designer babies' that have all the qualities we seek in them, and later, we will merge with the machine (augmented memory, etc.).

It is the understanding of nature at the atomic and sub-atomic level that matters, not broad-brush 'theories of evolution'. This (including life) is a mere bio-chemical process. It is THAT combination of atoms which – conditional upon its success in dealing with the environment (whether natural or man-made) – survives into the future, that is visible to us. All other combinations are invisible. This is a self-selection issue: only the successful combinations can be observed. These form a miniscule proportion of actual combinations "attempted" (either by nature/man). 

The great difference between science and religion is this: that science does not demand that you "believe". It keeps testing and exploring till the underlying truth is found.

Books like the Old Testament are pure mental concoctions – of no value to mankind's future. 

When Modi says that Ganesha was created by plastic surgery, we know how utterly foolish and stupid he is. So also those who believe in ancient books without demanding PROOF.

Show me the detail. Prove everything to me, including things like Heaven, God, etc. Show me the underlying molecular dynamics. EACH STEP of the process.

That's what this is all about. 

Religion will soon be history as NONE of its findings provide any value in the future. Christianity is rapidly dying. So also Islam and Hinduism will rapidly die, as the rays of truth shine on these unproven dogmas.

Mankind is best advised to live off the TRUTH, not beliefs.

When Javed has learnt something about evolution, he will be forced to discard his mindless beliefs. But the truth ALWAYS triumphs. The Islamic world has fallen on the wayside because of its deep distrust of science. That's a sure recipe for the failure of the Muslims as a viable society. And Modi's Hindutva fanatics also have nothing of value to offer anyone in the world. They, too, will fall off by the wayside on the future journey of man.

Only the truth matters.

ADDENDUM

Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? – this is merely a debate about the wide range of processes involved in evolution. These arguments do not, for a moment, take away from the foundational concept (that well preceded Darwin) of natural selection. Only those traits that allow a creature to survive are ultimately passed on. The rest is a matter of detail.

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