Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Criminal Trial Of Prakashanand Saraswati Delayed — What A Surprise!!

File under: Gurubusting, Gurus Doin' Time, Hands Where They Don't Belong and The Siddhi of PR

[Ed.note: Our Austin correspondent and former member of the tainted temple in Texas where little girls allegedly got groped and diddled, comes through with another fine report on the ongoing legal saga of the God-faking Kreepalu protegé, Swami Prakashanand, known fauxfectionately to us as Swami Prakashaka BOOM!]

By a Former Barsana Dham Ashram Resident

October 6th, 2009 — As Eric Cartman on “South Park” might say: “Well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well” — if he heard that the trial has been delayed in the case of The State of Texas vs. Prakashanand Saraswati on 20 counts of indecency with a child. Originally set to start on November 2, 2009, the trial was reset today to commence on January 11, 2010, as reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

Truth be told, many who know Prakashanand are not surprised. We expected the trial would be delayed all along.

I’m mean, after all, if you were an 80-year-old man who has had hundreds of people licking your heels and kissing another body part for the past several decades, would you be looking forward to standing trial for crimes you knew you were 100 percent guilty of committing?

Before you answer, consider the fact that you most likely would have squirreled away a significant amount of cash in places law-abiding citizens would never think to look in a country half a world away. I know that I would much rather live off-the-map in some remote village in India for the rest of my days on earth than in the Texas State prison system (where, if I were a “guru,” the other inmates might not treat me with the respect to which I’ve become accustomed).

A great deal of legal paper filing occurred over the past couple of weeks preceding today’s notice of the trial delay as stated in the Statesman. Here’s a little more insight:

  • Prakashanand’s high-priced lawyers motioned for, and were granted, discovery evidence in the form of the testimonies of the two female witnesses in the case. This, presumably, is the first time his legal counsel has had a clear view of the victims’ side of the case. I can only imagine the laundry bill after that shoe dropped.

  • Next Prakashanand’s lawyers requested to subpoena another person whom they claim “is material to the pending criminal prosecution” and without whom they claim “the Defendant in this pending criminal prosecution will in all reasonable likelihood be denied his rights of compulsory process.” Meanwhile, the lawyers had not yet seen this particular person’s personal report to the Hays County Sherriff’s office. Once they did read that report I can only imagine it was another “spit-hit-the-fan” moment.

  • Finally, yesterday the Hays County Public Access Website reported that the District Attorney for the case filed an application for 14 (yes, that’s fourteen! subpoenas). The motion cited eight people from the Barsana Dham ashram, located southwest of Austin, including four members of the five-member JKP-Barsana Dham management team.
The only member of the management team not on the subpoena request list is Prakashanand himself. After all, he doesn’t need to be subpoenaed. He’s the Defendant. He’ll be there on January 11th, 2010, to have his day in court and prove to the world that he is innocent of child molestation. Right? I mean he will, won’t he? (I kind of like the reporter’s commentary: “If the trial does get underway then …”)

Perhaps Prakashanand will even perform a few divine miracles for those of us in the courtroom to prove once and for all that he really is a God-realized Saint. Lord knows, he hasn’t performed any miracles yet surrounding his arrest and the nearly year-and-a-half drawn out legal battle!

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At 10/07/2009 12:15 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Someone should just lynch the bastard and get it over with!

At 10/09/2009 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story disgusting about BoomBoom going BoinkBoink but when a Father in the church can bastardize a eleven year old boy besides baptizing, BOOM getting some BJ in his backyard is no serious crime.

Your mission statement is to expose only gurus who think they more divine. Then BOOM saeaswati does not belong to that category. He is just a shady dirty bas***d like any father in any church.

At 10/09/2009 1:02 AM, Blogger jody radzik said...

Then BOOM saeaswati does not belong to that category.

Of course he belongs! The whole reason those women submit to the abuse is because they are told they will be rendering "service" to God.

At 10/09/2009 7:50 AM, Anonymous betty said...

They used to call him His Divinity, Prakashanand Saraswati. Now some devotees refer to him as "one of Kreep's preachers.

At 10/09/2009 7:26 PM, Blogger Darin said...

Of course he belongs in the category what he is doing is telling people that by following his way they will gain whatever they are searching for, in reality he set a trap to do some pervert shit with kids.

At 10/19/2009 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He called me in to his room once. Was lying on the bed, and tried to kiss me. Told me that I'd spend all future lives as a bug if I told anyone.

At 1/26/2010 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend that is still living at the ashram. She got in touch with me after many years. Somewhere inside I think she wants out but won't give up Pervertananda. Any former insiders willing to talk to me about this? I just picked up the story so I'm playing catch-up. I am an expert in cult dynamics however so I don't see this as a coincidence.

At 3/11/2010 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a conspiracy by the American govt. to defame Hindu gurus. They deployed the same strategy against Osho 20 years ago. If any of u have heard his discourses You would not say such things about him. Accusing of sexual crime is one of the best strategies to defame a man.

At 1/24/2011 6:39 AM, Blogger Shukadev said...

Namaste !
i am really interested to know what the ultimate verdict was in this case. Please will you tell me ?

At 3/08/2011 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy to Blame and cruse....What do we know of Him?..what do we know of Divine message he is giving?what do we know of intentions of complainer?..I think thats what court will decide..lets wait..anyway how do you know court knows all about spirituality..have we not made mistakes in past with spiritual figures...Jesus is the example..Cross is the reminder..just be observer and lets not comment of things we are not aware of..

At 3/08/2011 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are lot of false Swamis in India , they want to make money and fame in name of religion. Everyone should believe only the God and religion which is taught to you by your parents and society. Let Indian pray to their gods and Americans pray to Jesus and Arabs pray to Mohammad. There is no need to convert anybody as God is one in the world. Please do not get cheated by Swamis and fake Gurus. Love your family and society and live in self respect. If you like the Great teachings of other religion just read the ancient books like Bible , Gita and Quran. Get the knowledge and try to love the mankind. Help people around you and be active . Do not spent your time in Ashrams by wasting your time for meditation. - A true Indian.

At 3/08/2011 5:49 PM, Blogger Vijay Mehta M.D. said...

Jury has spoken. Guilty on all 20 counts of child molestation. Each one to carry 14 years of prison and 10,000 dollars of fine.

Swami miraculously disappeared with his Dasi on Sunday evening, day before the sentencing hearing.

FBI now has two arrest warrants against him. If you see him please call 911 and tell them that he has a warrant for his arrest.

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