Saturday, November 21, 2009

Prakashaka BOOM!'s Latest Legal Bust

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

[Ed.note: Once again, our valiant Austin correspondent has the scoop on the continuing legal saga of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati of the Barsana Dham ashram and temple in Texas, who is accused of molesting underage females in his room.]

By a Former Barsana Dham Ashram Resident

Nov. 19th, 2009 — At the junction of Darden Hills Road and Rural Route 1826, you can see the 90-foot high tower of the 35,000-square-foot temple built by Swami Prakashanand Saraswati (not with his own hands — or money — of course: it’s just an expression) rising above the hills and trees two miles away to the east.

Less than a mile to the west of this intersection, Mr. Saraswati resides in a home that looks to be about 2,000 or 3,000 square-feet on maybe one acre of land. To get to Austin and all points east, he has to be driven right past his 220-or-so-acre Barsana Dham ashram, which abuts RR 1826.

By Texas law he has not been allowed to enter his ashram since May of 2008.

Despite multiple requests made by his lawyers on his behalf to return him to his kingdom, Saraswati has been told “no,” not just once, but a total of four times — twice by a Hays County judge, once by the Texas Third Court of Appeals, and Wednesday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

You KNOW that has got to bite the big one for him.

If you’ve ever followed a “guru,” you understand that “No” is not a word he or she hears very often. Certainly not from his or her groveling minions.

Having lived in his ashram for one and half decades, I'm pretty sure I can guess the party-line Prakashanand and his inner circle are feeding the others to explain his inability to bend Texas criminal courts to his will. Terms like “kaliyug,” “evil,” and “demons” have likely been thrown around like cheap pieces of candy at a celebration.

And lest you think that the State of Texas is just being mean spirited or simply doesn’t like his face, please note that the reason Saraswati is not allowed back into this ashram is that he AGREED to this condition at his first hearing after his arrest on April 24, 2008, on 20 counts of indecency with a child. All he wanted then was his passport back so he could return to India. He got what he wanted. He said he agreed. He signed on the dotted line. And he happily flew back to India to make love to or whatever he does with his master, Kripalu Maharaj (aka, Ram Tripathi).

That was fine and dandy until he flew back to the U.S. a few months later and realized (ooops!) he might have been a bit hasty in giving up his freedom to enter Barsana Dham. Unfortunately for him he signed a contract with the State of Texas, and in this state they expect you to uphold your agreements.

But, as the experienced historical recreationist that he is, he set out to make up a big bogus legal case about “religious freedom,” which his lawyers claimed he was “being denied.” Luckily, Texas State legal officials were not born yesterday, nor are they stupid enough to be conned by a fake guru. So he has been SOL on convincing them to adopt his warped worldview.

I know it’s hard, Saraswati; but it’s time to face the facts: The answer to your request to return to Barsana Dham (the scene of your accused criminal acts of children molestation) have been and are always going to be, not just “No,” but “Hell, NO!”

It’s time for you to take it like a man! (Get used to it — you’ll be in jail soon enough!)

[Ed.note: two updates soon followed this dispatch:] Late breaking development -- JUST learned that Prak's trial date has been changed from January 11th to April 4th. Also, just learned today that he bolted back to India yesterday.

10 Comments:

At 11/22/2009 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slightly off topic, did you know that wikileaks has recently released a bunch of TM documents? Crazy stuff, if you care to look.

 
At 11/23/2009 11:18 AM, Anonymous Nitya Bose said...

Just my thinking..
The southern India seem to be the epicenter of all spiritual aggrandizement. Check out the list

1. sri sri
2. nithy
3. ammachi
4. jaggi
5. kalki
6. karunamayee
7. man amma (as jody calls)
8. sai baba
9. maha avatar baba


all neighbors, whats important is whilst they remain the apple of discord, still they have not drowned in the deep waters, keeping their good times still rolling. But the Gurus that came from up north India brushed with US law big time, Check out this list

1. muktananda
2. rajneesh (osho)
3. kripalu and now
4. prakash


But south india also produced some mavericks

1. ramana
2. j.krishnamurti
3. u.g krishnamurti

then the regular missionaries from south

1. chinmaya
2. dayananda
3. parthasarathy

The one more prominent state in the north which sent gurus to west is bengal

1. vivekananda
2. prabhupad (isckon)
3. aurobindo
4. chinmoy

I am from bengal but live in the south and inevitably became a guru watcher. Not sure if I left out anyone in the list. They keep trespassing my life anyways.

 
At 11/26/2009 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So: Nitya Bose,

do you think it's something in the water? lol.

It's funny, what you are saying. Yesterday I was having tea with my daughter and we were talking about the very same thing...the current mass of peculiar gurus arising from the South of India...like a dark spider's web. And there, sitting in the middle of it, Ramanashram, fast becoming a mecca for the Awful Western Advaitans with their workshops and "experience tours".
I guess India has survived alot worse than this.

old timer

 
At 11/27/2009 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

India has survived alot worse and is itself the Mother of these fake gurus, Indian and western.

 
At 12/12/2009 12:29 AM, Anonymous hippie said...

Hi Nitya Bose,

Sri Aurobindo didn't come the west for his mission. He was educated in UK from early age, returned to India as a young man. He never return to west. He settled in Pondicherry (now Puducherry). He had a French woman as his partner.

Since you are from Bengal, there is a cult from there called Ananda Marga. It was actively recruiting on American Campus. It often disguise itself as some kind of Yoga Club. The founder pass away in the 1990's.

 
At 12/12/2009 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - Indians fighting over which region produced the maximum number of fake guru's! As long as they are busy fighting amoung themselves, fake gurus will thrive and survive.

 
At 12/21/2009 2:00 AM, Anonymous Pisachi said...

Nitya Bose,

Muktananda was also from the south. He was originally from Mangalore in Karnataka. But finally settled and built his empire in Ganeshpuri near Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 
At 1/25/2010 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY JODI NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU TRY TO DEFAME A DIVINE SAINT YOU CANNOT. HIS FAME HAS RISEN EVEN MORE SINCE THEN!! I STILL ALLOW MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER TO BE HUGGED BY HIS DIVINITY SWAMI SHREE PRAKASHANAND SARASWATIJI. SHAME ON YOU FOR LYING TO PUBLIC ABOUT SUCH A GREAT SAINT.

 
At 3/01/2010 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/investigative/entries/2010/02/25/swami_lawyers_ask_for_another.html?cxntfid=blogs_focal_point

 
At 3/01/2010 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

new development...check this out at:
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-
gen/blogs/austin/investigative/entries/2010/02/25/swami_lawyers_ask_
for_another.html

 

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