Re: Theos-World KASHMIR SHAIVISM
Jan 11, 2003 08:18 AM
by Suzanne " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
--- In email@example.com, samblo@c... wrote:
> Years ago in L.A. I met Muktananda, his shaktipat has energy!
No doubt about Muktananda's Grace of God in his hay day. His books
left quite an impression on me, however, since reading the following
article (see the snippet below), I can't seem to get the same feel
for him as I did before. What a shame that fame is such a corrupting
The Secret Life of Swami Muktananda
To most of his followers, Muktananda was a great master. But to
others, he was a man unable to live up to the high principles of his
own teachings. "When we first approach a Guru," Muktananda wrote, "we
should carefully examine his qualities and his actions. He should
have conquered desire and anger and banished infatuation from his
heart." For many, that was a warning that was understood too late.
Some of Muktananda's most important former followers now charge that
the guru repeatedly violated his vow of chastity, made millions of
dollars from his followers' labors: and allowed guns and violence in
his ashrams. The accusations have been denied by the swamis who took
over his movement after the master died.
In the course of preparing this story, I talked with 25 present and
former devotees; most of the interviews are on tape. Some people
would only talk to me if promised anonymity, and some are bitter at
what they feel was Muktananda's betrayal of their trust. All agree
that Muktananda was a man of unusual power. They differ over the ways
he used it.
"I don't have sex for the same reason you do: because it feels so
IN HIS teachings Muktananda put a lot of emphasis on sex - most of it
negative. Curbing the sex drive released the kundalini energy that
led to enlightenment, he said. The swami himself claimed to be
Members of the guru's inner circle, however, say Muktananda regularly
had sex with his female devotees. Michael Dinga, an Oakland
contractor who was head of construction for the ashram and a trustee
of the foundation, said the guru's sexual exploits were common
knowledge in the ashram. "It was supposed to be Muktananda's big
secret," said Dinga, "but since many of the girls were in their early
to middle teens, it was hard to keep it secret."
A young woman I am calling "Mary" said the guru seduced her at the
main American ashram at South Fallsburg, New York, in 1981. Mary was
in her early twenties at the time. Muktananda was 73.
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