Guruphiliac: Will The Cult Of Tilak Rise Again?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Will The Cult Of Tilak Rise Again?

File under: Satscams and Gurus Clockin' Dollars

As we got up to go to work today, our little mountain king snake sang us a song. It was all about our old friend, Tilak, the harem-building purveyor of transmitted "enlightenment" (with the help of a tiny light in his mouth.) The little snake sang that Tilak has established a base in Las Vegas, and is operating there and in Los Angeles now. Her song told of Tilak's recent success as an exploiter of spiritual naïveté, as common in L.A. as a fire in the Santa Ana winds.

In service to those looking into Tilak, we offer this except of an article published in New Yorker magazine on June 22, 1993. It's called "The Cult of Tilak", written by Stephen J. Dubner:
Former students of Tilak, a Sri Lankan guru on the west side of Manhattan with a devoted following of some thirty painters, writers, real-estate brokers, psychologists, administrative assistants, indeed, a wide variety of educated and professional people—say he is a spiritual charlatan who uses hypnotic techniques and mind control to sustain a group whose sole purpose is to exalt him. They say that he has had sex with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of female students; that his “explosions of light”—beacons on the path of enlightenment—experienced in his therapy are mere magic tricks, and that he wrings hundreds of thousands of dollars from students while keeping a cash-filled briefcase at the ready for frequent trips to Atlantic City.

Tilak's “sessions,” lasting 90 seconds and costing $100, consist of the student lying on a bed with his eyes closed while Tilak blows on to the student's face in a flurry of loud, short breaths; the students see first a small, steady light, then flashing lights. For $1100, Tilak conducts “intensives,” which can last through the night. He has followers all over the country and has given thousands of sessions. (It all began in his native country when this son of a physics professor was hit by a bus and began, he says, to emanate a special energy and was sought out as a mystic and healer.) His inner circle of followers has worked hard to promote him throughout the country and he frequently tours, courting new followers.

Former Rajneesh follower Swami Virato (Joseph Banks), publisher of New Frontier magazine, says about Tilak—who he says is adept at performing siddhis, feats combining physiological and psychological processes to produce paranormal results—“when you have those abilities and mix them with fraud or sleight of hand, you have a very powerful package.”

Despite their variety, Tilak's typical student is a vulnerable woman, often with a psychological or physical ailment, an addiction, or a history of abuse. “He finds your emotional hook,” says a former student, “and then it doesn't matter how intelligent a person is.” To one student, a masseuse, Tilak explained that his sex with her was really “a sacred transmission of the light.” The masseuse tracked down other women who had left Tilak and found that he had told them what each wanted to hear: that sex with Tilak would make her attractive to other men; or that sex with Tilak would heal the scars of an abusive past; or that sex with Tilak was the way to achieve enlightenment.

Although a number of close lieutenants have become disillusioned and forsaken him, Tilak carries on, filling their places with new devotees. (From “The Cult of Tilak,” by Stephen J. Dubner, New York, 6/22/93, 33-39)
As we rubbed the sleep from our eyes and headed for the bath, the sweet little snake added that the rest of the article can be found in any large library, just in case anyone wants to further explore the shady history of this longtime satscammer.


At 10/26/2005 8:41 AM, Blogger Bhakti said...

Why aren't you getting any comments from your readers anymore?

Could it be because you've lost your sense of humor?

Or is it because you state the problems over and over, but no solution?

I still love reading your blog, but I miss the comments. Especially about your dog's ass.

At 11/10/2005 2:49 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Listen, it's quite transparent that you are a hurt and disappointed individual who did not receive the goodies you felt were promised to you by Tilak. But doesn't this little vendetta of yours smack just a little of say a scorned lover? Do you report on other blogs how your ex-girlfriend wronged you so? Your feelings of being betrayed are sadly being channeled into a campaign against someone whom you obviously still consider to be quite important in your life. It's kinda like the guy who can't quit talking about what a bitch his ex-girlfriend is. Perhaps you need to get laid, get rich, and get a life (not necessarily in that order).

At 11/10/2005 2:57 PM, Blogger jody said...

You are a hurt and disappointed individual who did not receive the goodies you felt were promised to you by Tilak.

Tilak didn't promise me anything. I went into my session with no preconceptions other than I would see light. I did. It was a tiny flashlight in his mouth.

Doesn't this little vendetta of yours smack just a little of say a scorned lover?

I like to think of it as exposing a con man's game.

You obviously still consider [this] to be quite important in your life.

Using grandiose gurus who make ridiculous claims as a way to highlight the occluding ideologies they generate is paramount in my life.

Perhaps you need to get laid, get rich, and get a life (not necessarily in that order).

We are in total agreement on this point.

At 11/10/2005 3:13 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Okay, but why do you want to "expose a con man's game?" Is it a simple altruistic gesture on your part? Perhaps you are sharing your investigative insights with the stupider of us so that we may "see the light." (wouldn't a flashlight be a more useful tool?)After all, what might befall our ovine feeble minds were we deprived of your profound wisdom and cautionary tale of a man who is, by the way, in the public arena and whom I therefore assume you could actually call out directly on these accusations (I mean, it's not like he's the President) - unless you find that too intimidating? After all, a dog's ass is far easier to converse with.

At 11/10/2005 3:23 PM, Blogger jody said...

Is it a simple altruistic gesture on your part?

It's exercising my deep need to expose occluding ideas about self-realization. Tilak contributes to these by claiming to have magic powers which enlighten by transmission. This is one of the worst ideas polluting the culture of self-realization today, in my opinion.

Perhaps you are sharing your investigative insights with the stupider of us so that we may "see the light."

I'm just trying to convey the idea that ideas about self-realization, including the ideas we have about purportedly self-realized gurus, contribute much more to self-realization prevention.

You could actually call out directly on these accusations... unless you find that too intimidating?

Why should I do that? I have the blog. Tilak isn't the only guru full of bullshit, and he's not my only target, obviously.

At 11/10/2005 3:41 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

"Why should I do that? I have the blog?" Um - well, I guess so that you could have an actual dialog rather than a soapbox, in order to get to the bottom of what I assume to be a true concern of yours. Especially if you really think there are people out there who would simply drown in a sea of ignorance were it not for your enlightening blog? Sounds just a little grandiose to me, but I've always figured people get exactly what they're looking for in life - even when they're incapable of being honest enough to admit (especially to themselves) what it really is they are looking for.

At 11/10/2005 3:56 PM, Blogger jody said...

I guess so that you could have an actual dialog rather than a soapbox.

If Tilak feels I'm treating him unfairly, he can come here and use the comments feature like everyone else.

Especially if you really think there are people out there who would simply drown in a sea of ignorance were it not for your enlightening blog?

They've been drowning since time immemorial. The culture of self-realization has been beset by Hindu superstition since before the Vedas were written. It's a miracle that anyone has gotten realized in the midst of all the mythological nonsense that has constellated around it.

Sounds just a little grandiose to me.

You bet'cha!

When they're incapable of being honest enough to admit (especially to themselves) what it really is they are looking for.

You mean my desire for name and fame? Don't worry, I'm well aware of that. But if and when I am famous, it's going to be for telling people that self-realization comes with nothing extraordinary outside of the simple knowledge that we are always the Self, and that all the bullshit magic powers are just that.

Do you think it will get me laid?

At 11/10/2005 4:06 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

One can always hope...however, you may have to fall back on the tried and true method of 'breathing-on-the-forehead-while-at-the-same-time-shining-a-flashlight' seduction technique. Heard it drives the chicks CRAZY and in no time will have them spread-eagled or face down in your lap. Good luck with that.

At 11/10/2005 4:12 PM, Blogger jody said...

I may be a name and fame-seeking wannabe with an infantile need for positive mirroring due to the fact that mommy didn't give me enough of her tit, but I hope to never, ever stoop so low as to front magic powers as a way to get chicks.

You can't get any lower than that, in my book.

At 11/10/2005 4:16 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

How do you think Copperfield got Schiffer? You're not actualy holding his magic tricks against him - are you?

At 11/10/2005 4:21 PM, Blogger jody said...

Huge difference.

As far as I know, David Copperfield isn't claiming to be God or have God-like powers as the result of his being self-realized.

Plus, I don't think all the magic in the world would get me a supermodel, I'm too short.

(Hey! Another reason I'm writing this blog. A Napoleon complex!)

At 11/10/2005 4:42 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Tilak has NEVER claimed to be God (or even claimed a belief in one). You will lose all credibility if you insist that he has. And please don't say you went into your session with NO preconceptions. Being human, we ALWAYS have preconceptions. I'd be happy to refute any other false claims you may want to make about Tilak.
By the way, supermodels don't care how short you are (take the late Dudley Moore)only how rich and famous you are. So there's still a chance....

At 11/10/2005 4:59 PM, Blogger jody said...

Tilak has NEVER claimed to be God (or even claimed a belief in one). You will lose all credibility if you insist that he has.

Er... I've never claimed any credibility to begin with.

I haven't said that Tilak claims to be God, but he clearly claims to have God-like powers as the result of his self-realization. And it is clearly others' beliefs in his God-like "powers" which drives his enterprise. In other words, if Tilak didn't claim to have magic powers, he'd be out of business.

Being human, we ALWAYS have preconceptions.

And I told you what mine was, that I would see a light. That was it, honest injun, etc.

By the way, supermodels don't care how short you are (take the late Dudley Moore) only how rich and famous you are. So there's still a chance....

I don't want a supermodel, anyway. Just a reasonably attractive woman who can follow me down the "K" chutes on Kachina Peak at Taos.

At 11/10/2005 5:04 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

When you say that Tilak claims to be "self-realized" and to have "magic powers," I'm assuming this is something you have INFERRED and not something that Tilak himself has ever verbalized(which he has NOT). And if your only preconception prior to entering the session room was that you would see light - well, you saw light right? So what's to complain about?

At 11/10/2005 5:16 PM, Blogger jody said...

When you say that Tilak claims to be "self-realized" and to have "magic powers," I'm assuming this is something you have INFERRED and not something that Tilak himself has ever verbalized(which he has NOT).

From Tilak's website:

students will be given a personal transmission of the Light...which will be received as transference of energy rather than information and knowledge.

In my book, that is a claim of magic.

in this session what matters is not only the very pleasurable mystical effects that you may experience, such as seeing different colors or an experience of weightlessness and timelessness

And these are the preconceptions installed by Tilak and the primary means of getting people to believe in his magic.

you saw light right? So what's to complain about?

Er... because it was caused by a tiny flashlight in his mouth.

At 11/10/2005 5:30 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

So you're complaining it was a flashlight? Then you must have had a preconception that the light would originate from some other source? Sounds like you were ready to believe in magic. And as far as the "mysterious" transference of energy you refer to - what do you think happens between ANY two people or things in this Universe? Transference of energy.That's physics, my friend, not magic. No one has ever been forced to be with Tilak. If they are with him it's because they want to be with him. I'm not sure why you have a problem with that. And perhaps people should be a little more inquisitive in these matters, rather than simply listening to and buying outright your rantings about Tilak's immorality (which he could give two shits about - as that's YOUR arena, not his.)they should have a taste for themselves. Sapere aude.

At 11/10/2005 7:29 PM, Blogger jody said...

Then you must have had a preconception that the light would originate from some other source?

Of course, courtesy of the cult of Tilak. The idea that the "light" is something magical and good for your spiritual welfare was provided beforehand.

Sounds like you were ready to believe in magic.

Yeah. I was a bit more stupid then.

Transference of energy. That's physics, my friend, not magic.

If what you are talking about is fantasy physics.

I'm not saying that unexplained things don't happen. Weird shit happens to everyone. But it's just weird shit. It has as much to do with our truth as the Self as my dog's ass.

Neti, neti to any kind of experience that appears to be a manifestation of supernatural power. It's just as rooted in delusion as anything else in the world.

Tilak is using the idea of his supernatural powers to attract devotees. And it works. Not because of any real power Tilak has, but because there's three born every minute.

People want to believe in supernatural spirituality because it confirms the myths they've accepted as their spiritual ideology. Tilak's mythology hands them a confirmation of that.

So, delusion continues at the expense of Tilak's "magic."

people should be a little more inquisitive in these matters, rather than simply listening to and buying outright your rantings about Tilak's immorality

Being morally corrupt myself, I suppose I don't have a leg to stand on. But they've got to be at least 25.

(which he could give two shits about - as that's YOUR arena, not his.)

Well, yeah, yet it's something folks might want to know about Tilak beforehand. Who could you blame them for that?

they should have a taste for themselves.

Do you mean, they should be prepared to believe that Tilak has magic powers that can help them in their spiritual life, or that Tilak is a playa and stone cold pimp?

Sapere aude.

Caveat emptor.

At 11/10/2005 8:21 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

If you really believed everything you've written about the "spiritual" life (as if there were such a thing), then nothing regarding Tilak ever would bother you. You haven't yet convinced yourself of your own arguments. Also, you may want to go back to your U.G.Krishnamurti literature to self-medicate - now THERE'S an angry and disappointed man - and probably very POOR since he eschews capitalism! That dude needs to relax, maybe smoke a doobie.

At 1/03/2006 12:41 AM, Blogger Cloe said...

I have seen it with eyes open. It is NO flashlight!

At 6/05/2006 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen it with one eye slightly open, and what I saw was not a flashlight, it appeared to be a miniature strobe

At 8/23/2006 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cult of Tilak is alive and well. I've experienced many many sessions and I can tell you without a doubt it is no flashlight or strobe light. It's totally unconventional and Tilak has women around him all the time. But over the years, I have experienced a sweet playful soul when I'm with him so hey... C'est la vie!

At 8/23/2006 8:54 PM, Blogger jody said...

C'est la vie!

Sure it is... rube.

At 9/28/2006 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone direct me to other news articles regarding Tilak? I'm curious about this person and would like to read any other articles.

At 10/03/2006 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also wanted to mention that one time the flashlight? looked like a small light bulb with a black plastic encasing in his mouth. Has anyone seen anything like this? He seems like a genuinely nice person but I wonder after reading these comments. Any remarks from students, cynics are greatly appreciated.

At 11/01/2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was an article in yogitimes or the other free LA yoga mag on tilak a while back
Tilak reminds me of SHYAM BHATNAGAR
another creepy indian conman whos been in europe/ usa for 30 or 40 years some
people are so quick to believe a riff from some indian
ive been around Tilak...he wants $$$

At 1/25/2007 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wanna hear a sad story about tilak? for more than 15 years someone i know has been a sucker, literally and otherwise. she's been giving her life and everything else away to tilak. there's been sex, as far as i know, and lots of $$$ thrown away. she used to be a smart woman with a great job and a family--granted nothing's perfect. that's all gone--her new family is the tilak family now. the phenomena, the lights, etc. don't mean a thing. who cares about lights. what matters is love--family, people, having a sense that your life is in balance. tilak is the wrong person to turn to for love. nothing's there.

At 1/29/2007 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the statement "nothing is there". All you must do is look at the people who have been around him the most and see what their lives have become. cancer? alcoholics? relationship failures?

At 9/20/2007 6:07 AM, Anonymous An admirer said...

I met Tilak quite by chance in 1987. I did not know what he did, and was interested in chatting to him because he was the father of an infant who was around the same age as my baby.
When I discovered what he did, I jokingly asked him to balance my energy, and he agreed.
He stood up in front of me and said something like "ZZ""
I thought he was quite funny, being very much a sceptic at the time, and quite honestly I didnt feel a thing at the time he did that.
About 10 hours later, when I was relaxing in bed, I suddenly felt a SURGE of energy coming down my arms in pulsating delightful thrusts..
I could hardly move. I could see luminous colours (light energy?)
coming out in streams through my fingers
The waves surged 3 times, the first one was the strongest (WOW what an excellent feeling) and the last one was sadly the weakest

I was totally amazed and wanted to call him the next morning, but I did not have his number

I live in Australia now, it is 20 years later, and I stumbled on this site and am aghast at all the rubbish people are saying about him

There was no artificial light attached to any part of his being, and how impossible is it to create such a luminous spectacle 10 hours later, with waves generating from within me?

I can see he has many detractors

This is very sad indeed

I am sad that a being with such genuine powers can be trashed on this site.. how easy it is to trash someone.

Anyway, some background on me, I do not belong to that neurotic female category that has been described in this site I hope. At the time I met him I was in my twenties, had just graduated from George Washington University, and had become a mother for the first time. I was, and am still in a stable marriage.

Tilak, here in Australia, you have an admirer who knows that your powers are genuine ..

By the way, he charged me nothing for what he was done in our lounge room, and my husband and his wife and our babies were present at that time as well.

Could someone enlighten me??
I would like to know what this experience meant, why did I release so much light?
I do hope Tilak reads this...

At 1/24/2008 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy wrote the book on covering your butt. All I can say is that his rap gooses people into giving him tons of money. I watched a friend throw thousands at him. She bought me one of those portal sessions (on the bed, in the dark, the light in his mouth) as a ""gift" and I know he makes that light show with chemistry of some kind. It sounded like he cracked a capsule in his mouth while I had my eyes "closed, please." He's charming, smooth, and has no conscience. He knows how to play guilt-ridden, unhappy rich people. Vegas is the perfect place for him.

At 3/12/2008 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call his clients guilt ridden or unhappy, but more rich and eccentric. He has a lot of extremely rich contacts that seem to wholeheartedly trust him. Don't know what to think. Adults can make their own decisions on how to spend their money even if it's for hocus pocus. When you manipulate someone that is weak for more money that's something else. Don't know where the truth lies.

At 11/08/2008 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had quite a few paranormal experiences since I was a child, and heard about Tilak in the early 80's from a bodyworker I respected I respected. I had a "session" with Tilak because I thought it might be helpful with a health condition. The "gold lights" I saw with my eyes closed can be easily replicated with a small hiking flashlight. I felt no energy with him, only a sense of caution. My friend who recommended him had been asked to put her lips to his breast, so that he could make her "disappear." She told him she did not want to disappear. Another two friends went to him, and the "young pretty" one was asked to be his apprentice. She turned him down. I feel I wasted my money and was duped. There are many powerful healers in the world, but he misused his gifts, and unfortunately, has been continuing this path for more than another decade.

At 3/21/2009 5:35 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Apparently not everyone feels the energy - there are those who don't see the light either.

MOST DO, however - and I do NOT know where you get off trying to explain it as a flashlight.

I had sessions in BROAD daylight with my friend and watched as he touched her with nothing on his fingers or in his mouth (and I saw no light coming from him) but she saw the lights inside her - just as I did when he did that on me - and it was all in BROAD daylight.

Also - in the end, the lights don't mean anything - what counts is what happens afterwards. I had sessions where I got filled with light and my whole body vibrating and my energy expanding and like I was on some energetic high - connected to everything.

Then as it all integrated a week later or so (and this was after I got back home), I felt my heart open so powerfully and a sense of peace like I've never known. Its simply amazing.

I know many of the people working with him who are very successful - and many became that way AFTER working with him.

Also - one last thing. I know a gal who called him over the phone thanks to a referral. She didn't know him from Adam or what to expect and she was in the Air Force, no less so she certainly did NOT believe in that 'mumbo jumbo' (as cynics like to call it - and she WAS one).

Over the phone he blew into the mouthpiece and she saw lights streaming out her eyes and ears from it. She was blown away and had not been expecting that.

Now explain the 'hidden flashlight' with that one!

I've also seen of him turn down thousands of dollars because he didn't feel that person was ready - seen him do plenty of sessions for free and also give away so much.

Just because money is involved for working with him, then people want to make it mean its a scam. PLEASE - its an exchange of energy. Money is energy just like his 'transmissions' are energy.

Or the fact that he IS human and likes the ladies,people will then distort it and make it mean he's a charlatan. He will flirt, yes, but he respects if a woman isn't intersted and he's up front with how he is around that-including with the ladies he sees when he's dating them. So I don't think that's firm ground to stand on.

ANd he CERTAINLY doesn't purport himself as a guru - lol - he constantly talks about how the presence is within us and around us - he doesn't put himself out there as a 'god'. He may be a gateway - just like a great book or a great insight can be a gateway for our growth but in the end it ALWAYS comes down to ourselves taking responsibiity for our spirituality and our growth, period - even when working with TIlak (and he encourages that).

So, hope that is helpful perspective. There's so much more that has happened too and that I've experienced that can't be explained away as 'magic tricks' and they've happened in association to the work with Tilak but aren't with Tilak physically there.

Plus, his fantastic sharing of his perspective on life is told in such a way that you get it on a deeper level. Even if you never did sessions but just listened to him, it would be so rewarding and elevating for people.

Its good to be cautious in this world where people will take advantage of others but frankly the people I know that I see Tilak working with are the opposite of weak and vulnerable - they're already doing extraordinary things on the planet, are strong and grounded - and through their working with Tilak they're only opening up even more.

So, I'm sorry to say that the perspective you're purporting is unfair and is one that's seen through eyes that wish to see that way.

To each his own but anyone who has questions about it - hopefully that sheds some 'light' on the other side of it.

All the best!

At 3/24/2009 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently had a session with this guy, saw the lights etc. had a bad feeling about the whole thing, however, seeing the heavy-handed proselytizing and outrageous requests ($300 for 10 min session). I also made the mistake of giving them my phone number. Now the guy keeps calling me trying to entice me to "continue the best journey of my life'. It's basically become harassment and I am considering legal help. We're dealing here with a professional con man. A guy who is after people's money and their personal power. Caveat emptor!

At 2/11/2010 10:46 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

The light is no flashlight. Tilak is no trickster.

He is also certainly not a saint and has never claimed to be be. He is just a man with very special abilities.

As with all people who dare to express their special gifts, he becomes an easy target. But if you look beyond his flaws, you will find a gentle and loving soul just enjoying the hell out of life.

I have seen him do far more good for far more people compared to the few poor souls who want to cry foul because he did not meet their expectations.

Flashlight? You gotta be kidding me...

At 2/20/2010 9:33 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

Meeting Tilak was an opportunity to experience a professional spiritual con man. Smooth operator. Expert at finding the weak emotional spot. Ruthless. Knows what he is doing.

A good learning experience, that.

At 8/03/2010 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an experience with Tilak.
My wife who fits the victim scenario perfectly (searching for spiritual meaning, abused as a child, has some money) went to a couple of his classes. She ended up being seduced by him as well.
She then was asked to gather other potential spiritual seekers in our town.
Tilak came to our house and did his thing in dark rooms. He had my wife and friends put black trash bags on our windows.

He offered me a free session to thank me for the use of the house.
I saw nothing.

I was such a fool to let this charlatan in my house.
My wife carried on her "spiritual search" in his bed for two years, flying to Las Vegas regularly.
She had to cook for him, help him with his erectile disfunction. Disgusting.
When he almost strangled her she finally "saw the light" that she had been looking for. She realized she had been with a sexual predator.

Don't know if this is the nail in the coffin of our marriage.

At 12/03/2010 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I "studied" with Tilak over the course of 2-3 years, getting a "session" when he was in LA, or going once to an intensive retreat in Las Vegas. (I'm a man, and this was around late '90s to perhaps 2001.)

And if I was broke, then when he was in LA, I'd come hang out at the house he was at and not have a session, but have dinner with the "groupies" and him, or he might decide to do a talk.

I will say this. His talks were generally powerful, potentially enlightening.

But with all the sessions I did, and the $1000 intensive in Vegas, I cannot say they had any real, serious impact on me. It did seem like I felt just a bit lighter about life, but that's all I could say.

Yeah, I did see the lights during sessions, but never could decide if they were a trick or not. And I surmised, that whether the lights were fake or not, the proof in these sessions would be in how I felt afterwards or over time.

Ultimately, I never had any profound experiences, no energetic epiphanies, nothing described by some others.

Whenever I would have dinner with him and others, there was never any deep discussions -- and I always thought this was odd. For a guy who supposedly is deep or beyond the "normality of life," and could have good talks, the dinner table chats were devoid of anything significant.

I think I asked about this once, and one of his inner circle said that outside of the work (sessions, lectures), Tilak didn't want to always be teaching. Granted, that made sense at the time, but you know... if someone is a truly a teacher, then they're always teaching, one way or another. It's not something a true teacher just "turns off" because they're tired. It's innate, and they can't help it. So this was another "yellow flag" for me.

The red flag?

(cont. in next post)

At 12/03/2010 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(cont. from previous post)

In the 2+ years I'd been doing stuff with Tilak, I never saw him being romantic with any women, or involved with anyone. There were 2 women who ran or helped run the Tilak business, but he wasn't involved with them sexually/romantically. At some point early on, one of his inner circle (or one of these 2 women) said Tilak did not have sex, that it wasn't his path, or that he was platonic with any women who came to him through his work. I thought that was noble, and respectable. After all, any man with "powers beyond the norm" can easily take advantage of plenty of women.

Well, I started dating a woman I'd met at one of Tilak's visits in LA, around 2001. Her and her roommate had started doing some work with Tilak (sessions). At some point, she and her roommate quit going to Tilak. When I asked why, she confided to me that Tilak hit on her roommate, who wasn't interested in having sex with Tilak.

Well, my half-closed, half-open eyes were now opened fully. Fairly direct knowledge that the professed celibate Tilak was not as integrous as his inner circle proclaimed.

I think what I read either here or somewhere else may be true... Tilak perhaps does possess some gifts, and may have some abilities. But mix that with inauthenticity, and behavior that is out of integrity, and perhaps dishonesty -- and you have a recipe for someone who can take advantage of many many people.

One of the most telling things to me about this man? He'll build or nurture a group of "devotees" in some city, who will be with him for a year, or a few years, but eventually they all (or most all) will leave or gravitate away. Why would this constantly happen, if the man was of the highest integrity, and really had something to offer people? What real "guru" always loses people over time?

I think the answer is fairly obvious.

A former Tilak student

At 1/18/2011 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy Tilak is simply a complete charlatan from my experience. I met his people in the 90s and being keen at the time to experience/seek out spiritual enlightenment, paid for a 'session'. I went into a dark room, laid down. He told me to close my eyes and keep them closed. He did the breath thing. I didn't feel anything spiritual, although I was hoping to. At a certain point I opened my eyes and was shocked to see he was holding a flashlight. He looked embarrassed and said 'close your eyes'!

I was wary of saying anything as in a darkened room with a man and his cohorts next door. Just got out of there, a little wiser.

Be assured, nothing spiritual, just a con-man. Lots about. All that nonsense - pretending a torch is actually something mystical is just plain old deception for money! Clear as day!

Didn't realise he was still going! Please don't get involved people. You don't have to pay anyone for true spiritual enlightenment! Always felt bad for not speaking up at the time so glad to contribute!

That's all.

At 1/28/2011 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, my husband and myself ran into Tilak, and realized -- but not before stupidly squandering over $5000 on him, that he is a false prophet and a manipulator of those spiritual aspirants who are "desperate" to awaken. He has convinced many of the people around him that they will get rich as he "pulls them through the gap". So far, I just see his groupies getting broker...although some of them have more to play with, sre very successful, and can play that game for a while. He has high-priced weekends in Las Vegas and other places and then spends a lot of money on the high stakes tables. Does he have a gambling problem that he feeds by fleecing everyone?

He also uses high-powered strobes and laser pen-lights. (I saw it.)

Please don't be fooled by him or ANY of his magical fairy dust promoters, however charismatic they seem to be. They are bedazzled.

He is a magician and an adventurer. Just because one has "siddhis" - seemingly miraculous powers - does not mean that one is all the way there. Indeed, I see Tilak as a profoundly stuck individual, who has not evolved and is not transparent, he just tells you what you want to hear to get something from you. His discourses are not clear. He phones you on a "campaign" to have you sign up for another uber high-priced weekend---he needs the money.

If you are seeking a shortcut to enlightenment, wealth or sex, don't go to Tilak, or anyone else for that matter. The truth is that in the end, one must solve one's own spiritual problem.

The most direct way is by direct inquiry. Tilak's mumbo jumbo (which, if you read old articles about his exploits, has really changed very little since the 80's) is NOT direct OR inquiry. (He is saying HE can do it for you.) It is pseudo-spiritual "entertainment". If you want the truth, go the direct route, don't make the same mistake that we did of looking for phenomena. I am actually thankful to Tilak for helping us SEE the futility of the game of "going outside the self".

Here is a book that we highly recommend: It is filled with emarkable TRUTH that works to unwind the "impostor self". Do this, rather than going to another impostor like Tilak.

Unfortunately, he is a dime a dozen. Don't bother, go within.

Blessings to you on your path!

At 2/21/2012 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I opened my eyes during the session. He was holding a flashlight. I kept my eyes open, he continued to use it. Wasn't trying to hide it. He talked to me of being his apprentice to be infused with the "blue light". I spent a weekend with his tribe. Tilak is a nice man. As an energy worker myself, I felt some mojo. But not to the extent of being willing to pay $1000 for a weekend "journey healing", which ultimately he kindly offered to me for free, but I refused sensing there may be unspoken expectations. That was in early 2003-4? 5? not sure. I didn't contact him again. It wasn't so much because I felt he had nothing to offer but more so that quite a few of the people around him were fairly neurotic and unhappy, especially for being longtime students who would get up on stage before his talks and speak of how happy they are now that Tilak has changed their lives.

At 10/10/2012 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately i was a victim of Tilak's coerced rape. I wish i could talk freely about what happened to me but for fear of being identified i can't.I would just like to warn people not to be taken in by this man.He may or may not have spirtual powers but he is not someone to trust.
listen to my warning or not.. i just wish this information was avaliable to me before i had my 'experience'.. it changed my life alright....but not for the better

At 4/24/2013 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited a few years ago. I saw the lights. Since I didn't open my eyes I couldn't tell you whether it was real or fake.

I later heard one of his talks. It was a shocking mess of warmed-over Buddhism, very low on the bone to fat ratio. Since I'm neither a good-looking woman nor rich, there was no further relationship.

What I kept wondering about was the people around him. Why aren't they sitting in meditation? Why aren't they in some kind of formal religious training? My conclusion is that Tilak is a spiritually lazy person for spiritually lazy people who need a guru to flatter them. Flattery is what they get. There is never a challenge, or a redirection. Only the breezy message that You Are Blocking The Way To Your Deepest Desires.

At 11/27/2013 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

***TILAK IS A CHARLATTAN. HE IS AN OLD CREATURE FRAUD who runs away from FBI hid whole life. Thats why he moves around so much and does his shit around everywhere specially in his concupied heram in Lasvegas. He hypnotizes and tricks innocent specially naive girls who have been abused and are helpless and are desperately seeking for help. He abused and took advantage of many many innocent people sexually, mentally, physically,.... Jody is the one who counts the money he rubs out of people day and night. He hypnotizes people and takes advantage of people by misinterpreting his fire and misery with light. He is a dead entity and with out sucking out innocent peoples energy he is a nothing. He has to breath throgh the oxygen tank that he has during the whole night inorder to survive since he is so corrupted, dark and his liver is a coal. Thats how Satan and Malicsious he is. And Nobody knows only his victims know who he took advantage of them sexually and mentally! And they can not say anything because they are afraid of their reputation and shame. He is a crook and sooner or later this old viscious Moslem pakistani creature will go to his place in hell or he will ask Satan to end his life and be vanished!Tilak is a dead creature and without sucking people's lifeforce energy he is dead coal. Tilak is a dead coal. Sooner or later the ones who work for him will be arrested by FBI which they deserve to be put in jail so no more of this happens to the innocent helpless young victims. EVEN IF NOBODY SAID ANYTHING SO FAR BUT GOD IS AlIVE. The person who calls himself Tilak is a dead coal. SO BE IT SO IT IS. Amen.

At 9/23/2014 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WARNING especially to women and children. Tilak is beyond what one can comprehend. Run you have been warned. He is methodical and has worked many years to lure people in; he knows what he is doing. If he has worked with you, he has your soul and has probably made you to believe something. He is a liar and behind the scenes has had his own sex cult he puts on a front. I never believed in dark forces until I met him and I tried to leave. My innocence is gone, evil exists Even he does not understand what he is or why he has power he sold his soul to darkness. He is a sick old man who needs to feed on purer souls for energy. Once he has you he will not stop and will rape you night and day till you are weak on the ground. Its about him getting ahead and getting money and energy he needs to survive. He knows what he is doing and no one is well is Vegas. He can not liberate you only mess with your energy field and you cannot get rid of him. He has over taken many women and has them basically trapped. Satan has the power to heal just as Christ, but Satan loves magic tricks to lure you in and he can alter your state. Do not let him do mantra on you he has mastered them and will alter you to trap you in. He will rape your children for energy if he has to. His day is over and many people he has raped for money and women of their creative force. He plugs into a women’s womb permanently and has mastered a dark art for power. The only way out is to pray for a pure source to come. Someone who had first hand experience.

At 3/30/2015 9:52 PM, Blogger Full of wrath! said...

Tilak is dangerous He talked an amazing man off of his meds. My friend was clinically depressed and taking prescribed meds, Tilak convinced him that spiritual healing was all that was needed. Not long after consulting with Tilak my friend killed himself. The evil of a man like Tilak can easily be missed. Don't be fooled, Tilak Is a dangerous charlatan!

At 3/30/2015 10:01 PM, Blogger Full of wrath! said...

How is it legal for a "man" like Tilak to talk a person out of taking prescribed meds? My friend was clinically depressed and on medication. Tilak the fraud convinced my friend to go off of his medications, not long after, my friend lost his battle with his personal demons and committed suicide. Tilak is dangerous! Yes my friend should not have allowed himself to be duped, but depression is a relentless enemy and Tilak enabled this evil to destroy my friends tenuous grip on hope. Life and love are daily decisions and Tiak is a predator who preys on the weak and the hopeless.

At 7/13/2016 8:30 PM, Anonymous M. J. said...

Full of wrath!,

I too am full of wrath. My father also took his own life after being convinced to stop taking his prescribed medication by Tilak.

Please, I am still searching for answers and would like to hear more about your story and your friend. Tilak is a dangerous man and I desperately want these injustices to be brought to light, it could save someone else's life.

At 1/25/2017 5:56 AM, Blogger Lauren Thompson said...

Jody contact me, I need your help. Need to complete my research about this cult of tilak, chalanda Sai Maa and sai baba. These sexual predator criminals should not get away with this fraud and be charged criminally. In I dia they have already got a guru police. So these people come to the US lookout g for idiots.

At 1/25/2017 5:57 AM, Blogger Lauren Thompson said...

Send me a link to your emails I want to keep in touch. Perhaps bring about some actions against criminals like these.

At 1/25/2017 6:00 AM, Blogger Lauren Thompson said...

Tilak is NOT from Pakistan nor is he Moslem. He is a Hindu and Indian.get your facts correct.

At 1/25/2017 6:02 AM, Blogger Lauren Thompson said...

You should all press charges.

At 6/28/2017 9:05 PM, Blogger jesse michaels said...

Your blog is Great. You don't have to respond to this troll. Tilak is a manipulator a ConMan and the predator so obviously it is important for anybody with the correct information to expose him as much as possible so that he doesn't manipulate and harm more women than he already has. Great post and please ignore these koolaid drinking idiots you were doing the right thing.


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