Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Math Wiz To Cook SYDA Books?

File under: Gurus Clockin' Dollars

A sharp-eyed reader passed this along today:
Rani Doyon ’08 [is] at the SYDA Foundation in South Fallsburg, N.Y. [as an intern], through the generosity of awards from the Monica Odening Student Internship and Research Fund in Mathematics.
What would a math wiz be doing as an intern at the SYDA center? According to a number of comment-leavers here, Gurumayi and her minions have a lot of stashed cash. Maybe Rani will be tapped to find creative ways of keeping the loot safe from marauding bill-collectors and the like.

Update:A former member of SYDA comes up with a few suggestions for the new accounting intern:
Gosh! There are SO many things that Rani could focus on: Gurumayi's Swiss bank accounts...how big have they gotten by now and will that be "enough" to satisfy the fashionista guru's very extravagant taste, the golden parachutes given to former CEO's, now living happily on the dakshina of poor dupes, where to put the money from the sale of Sadhana Kutir, how to find ways of asking for even more dakshina for projects, once promised but never even begun...hey, how about that bridge over the road from the yoga center? She can track the "Capital Improvement" fundraising scam..that resulted in A LOT of capital but no "improvements". The list is endless...the internship not quite long enough. As SYDA seems to slide into cyber-space, what's the use of all that land in upstate NY? And how to unload it as profitably as possible? with no taxes? and still scarf up the daksina....

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At 7/12/2007 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh! There are SO many things that Rani could focus on: gurmayi's Swiss bank accounts...how big have they gotten by now and will that be "enough" to satisfy the fashionista guru's very extravagant taste, the golden parachutes given to former CEO's, now living happily on the dakshina of poor dupes, where to put the money from the sale of Sadhana Kutir, how to find ways of asking for even more dakshina for projects, once promised but never even begun...hey, how about that bridge over the road from the yoga center? She can track the "Capital Improvement" fundraising scam..that resulted in ALOT of capital but no "improvements". The list is endless...the internship not quite long enough. As syda seems to slide into cyber-space, what's the use of all that land in upstate NY? And how to unload it as profitably as possible? with no taxes? and still scarf up the daksina....

a former duped syda sheep

 
At 7/13/2007 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like she's an outsider. Just google her and find her website. She and 3 of her friends prominently list either SYDA, Siddha Yoga, Ganeshpuri, or South Fallsburg as important items to them (two of whom are scary-looking guys). Most likely this is a SYDA staffer's or a local devotee's kid whose parents used connections to get a summer internship for her. She's attending a small college very close to SYDA HQ.

Which would lead one to wonder: Why would a math major (a seemingly marketable field of endeavor) need to settle for a summer internship at a has-been, cultic, seemingly-not-for-profit entity?

Seems to me this "internship" might become work experience as read on a resume that might more likely lead a prospective future employer to raise uncomfortable questions, rather than answer any that employer might have about the marketability of her work experience at this "internship".

 
At 7/13/2007 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Title of article:
"Math Wiz To Cook SYDA Books?"

Hi Jody,

The books were "cooked" long ago. There are those who are quite sure that the purging of documentation to this effect has long been a standard practice of this organization.

Sy has also had some recognizable names in the world of accounting associated with it. But then we all can remember Enron, World Com and the big Anderson accounting firm. They all went down together.

Historic accounts of some former members have stated that smuggling from the US into India, for SY, was a common practice.

News broke on-line to validate stories of Muktananda's sexual abuse scandals, something SY and its on-line goons have long tried to suppress, but could no longer.

Did Syda, Sy then send more and more money out of the US, to offshore accounts and India? Some stories have indicated that there has been recent activity in a long on-going legal battle in India between Gurumayi and her brother, Nityabnanda, Jr., who is also a guru (long story, read the New Yorker article on LSY, Leaving Siddha Yoga, if you need a refresher). Reports seem to indicate that Nityanada Jr. has won a recent victory in the India court system, in one of these long and protracted legal episodes between these two siblings.

So, if money was transferred to India by Syda, Sy, it may once again have been transferred to off shore accounts, or even into Swiss bank accounts. Muktananda had a Swiss bank account, with a reported $5 plus million dollars, even in his day.

Millions and millions rolled through the doors of Sy since Muktananda died, and the siblilings took over. Gurumayi and George Afif threw Nityananda Jr. out, and the cash flow became theirs from that time forward. Afif was eventually distanced publicly from Sy, due to multiple debacles and scandals, but some stories have indicated that he and Gurumayi never lost contact with each other.

This poor math whiz young adult really has no idea the sharks who have swam in the waters before him.
Hopefully he will have a seva/job which does not involve anything to do with finances. I would not want to see any harm come to him, if he should discover something he should not.

Thank you for your site, Jody. Your really rockin' it out in this month of July 2007!

 
At 7/21/2007 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. I knew intuitively that SY was corrupt... I just knew but I had to drop big bucks on at least one intensive in AUgust 1998... this place really took so many people over- I know folks who spent their life savings believeing SY, GM, etc. Unfortunately, many were survivors of sexual abuse. SY is typical of organizations in the world a wolf in sheeps clothing. Yuk

 
At 7/23/2007 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. I knew intuitively that SY was corrupt... I just knew but I had to drop big bucks on at least one intensive in AUgust 1998... this place really took so many people over- I know folks who spent their life savings believeing SY, GM, etc. Unfortunately, many were survivors of sexual abuse. SY is typical of organizations in the world a wolf in sheeps clothing. Yuk


I hope they only fleeced you for one intensive. You are so right, your intuition was on the mark. So many people ended up losing their life savings to this corrupt organization and its leaders.

I hope you made it out OK, before the brainwashing took over your natural intuition.

I hope you are doing well now.

 
At 2/08/2008 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humans handle SYDA foundation...  Who is behind the messages and the readings that make me contemplate to be a better person?  Is there a special energy more sublime than the critics and Gurumay?  What is the point to complain if complaining gives you ulcers...? Maybe they are all corrupted, maybe is up to each individual to get the best out of it. Perfection..?  even Jesus cryed,  and where is he? dead? or alive in the teachings . Wining  waste energy.  If you do not like  my writing.... sorry,,,, for you . maybe nest time

 

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