Saturday, August 12, 2006

Nithyananda's Admission

File under: Real True Gurus

We really want to like Swami Nithyananda. First because we really like one of his students, Antarananda. But also because he seems like a really fun guy who has a great perspective on his being a guru and what that means for folks. For example, Antarananda reveals in a comment on a recent post here that:
My Guru is very candid in speaking publicly thus: "Frozen into one frame, Mother or Lover, I am easy for you to capture and retain. I am then easier to market. It’s good business for me, not good business for you!" Once, during a yatra in the Himalayas, he was asked about the nature of the Guru-disciple relationship. He joked that it is all a psycho-drama! I think the bliss-bunny types there must have been pretty shocked at that reply! He obviously doesn't seem to take the whole Guru role too seriously.

While Nithyananda does play the role of "Ishta Devata", especially to the large throngs that go see him in south India, with the ones who are ready for the simple truth, including his closest disciples, brahmacharis and brahmacharinis etc, the relationship is refreshingly innocent and relaxed. In such an environment, it is remarkable how each person is able to grow and flower in the context of their own unique inclinations. I am sure many Gurus like him must exist.
It almost makes us forget the time Nithyananda was advertising his special brain waves for a devoted neurologist. Then there was the time he promoted the supposed manifestation of viboothi (sacred magic ash) on one of his pictures in Indonesia. While that was probably just one devotee's hysterical discovery of incense ash on the photograph, the fact that they put it on the home page still troubles us. We realize it's just marketing, but it was done so with the aid of the occluding ideas we seem to have such a problem with. We pray that this was just a momentary aberration and not a pattern.

Perhaps one day we'll run into Nithyananda down the road somewhere. Until then we're going to consider him a real true guru and wait and see what else turns up about him.


At 8/13/2006 11:08 PM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

Jody, i am no expert, but i suspect that Guru's may reveal the truth to a disciple at the right time, but not for the general public who are not ready for it.
If someone who has just started on the bhakti path (some say it does help to crush the ego, which aids in self-realization), was to hear UGK saying there is no God, or that bhakti is rubbish, he would give up before reducing his ego, perhaps such knowledge would only increase the ego.
But take someone who has, through bhakti, lost ego and desire. The Guru feels he now needs to shed his attachment to the Guru/God, and at this stage reveals the shocking truth that bhakti is illusion, or psycho-drama. At this stage, this knowledge can have a 'devastating' positive impact on the seeker.
Thus, to criticize a guru for his general statements (as occluding) may not be appropriate.
In one program, Nithyananda shattered my principle beliefs (attachments) with some statements, however, if i am not wrong, He doesn't make such statements in public.
At this point, i understand that there are various levels to 'the truth' and that there is a time for each to be revealed, and that the earlier levels may seem to be 'occluding' by some.
regards, ananda

At 8/14/2006 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check this out Jody

At 11/25/2007 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jo, this above said antarananda here had quit Nit's, with a bitter taste in the mouth, is the news. I think you can probe into this more than what we can.

Also jo, the many links you suggested in the 'Liked' column dont seem to be functional or stopped long ago. Check it out !

At 11/25/2007 12:16 PM, Blogger jody said...

Jo, this above said antarananda here had quit Nit's, with a bitter taste in the mouth, is the news. I think you can probe into this more than what we can.

As far as I know, Antarananda is now Nithya Tattwabodhana and is training to be a key swami for Nithyananda.

Also jo, the many links you suggested in the 'Liked' column dont seem to be functional or stopped long ago. Check it out !

I only found two that didn't work this morning. They have been removed. If others aren't working for you, I'd suggest checking your own browser/proxy/server situation.

At 2/15/2008 10:41 PM, Anonymous A former devotee said...

Yes, indeed, I left Nithyananda's ashram and organization in the Fall of '07.

-- Formerly Antarananda / Tattwabodhananda

At 2/19/2008 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just antarananda but many other insiders have left the Nithyananda camp leaving us really curious regarding the reasons of their departure. Something is going on. keep us posted on your site if you find any info.

At 3/23/2008 1:59 AM, Anonymous taodancing said...

I very much like to know the reason why some of Nithyananda's most devout followers are leaving. I have been a fervent devotee. I am not an ashramite.

At 9/26/2008 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Antarananda leave Nithyananda? just above he is giving big things on the swamiji. Antaranada? Can u explain why? is this swamiji bogus ?

At 6/30/2009 3:29 PM, Anonymous Rational person said...

Nithayananda Remixing (stealing) cinema songs to get people’s attention

At 11/18/2009 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3/07/2010 10:03 AM, Blogger Rajeshkumar said...

Nithyanada is in sex scandal... lot of video's on the web .
and many more site. today he hiding and local police are searching for this fellow

At 3/10/2010 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is much more hidings in many other Ashrams as well.

One Ashram is the one in Penukonda - Swami Kaleshwar is doing same things like Nityanada!


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