Re: Theos-World KASHMIR SHAIVISM
Jan 11, 2003 09:00 AM
by Suzanne " <email@example.com>
If you read Muktananda's 'Play of Consciousness' you may find this
web page interesting.
I apologize to everyone for being alittle off topic here.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Suzanne <gddsssuze@y...>"
> --- In email@example.com, samblo@c... wrote:
> > Suzanne,
> > Years ago in L.A. I met Muktananda, his shaktipat has energy!
> > John
> Yes, John....
> No doubt about Muktananda's Grace of God in his hay day. His books
> left quite an impression on me, however, since reading the
> 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
> Most sincerely,
> 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
> own teachings. "When we first approach a Guru," Muktananda
> 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
> the guru repeatedly violated his vow of chastity, made millions of
> dollars from his followers' labors: and allowed guns and violence
> his ashrams. The accusations have been denied by the swamis who
> 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
> he used it.
> "I don't have sex for the same reason you do: because it feels so
> good." -Muktananda
> IN HIS teachings Muktananda put a lot of emphasis on sex - most of
> negative. Curbing the sex drive released the kundalini energy that
> led to enlightenment, he said. The swami himself claimed to be
> completely celibate.
> Members of the guru's inner circle, however, say Muktananda
> had sex with his female devotees. Michael Dinga, an Oakland
> contractor who was head of construction for the ashram and a
> 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
> 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
> in her early twenties at the time. Muktananda was 73.
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