Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Buddhist "Monk" On The Town

File under: The Siddhi of PR

This guy is showing Swami Nithyananda how it's done:
With his heavily lined face and thin graying hair brushing his shoulders, the guru didn't quite blend with the Cielo scene, though he did his best, boogying down with a young Chanel-clad Russian girl. Erin Vaughan, another yoga teacher there that night, was shocked. "He was on the dance floor, and there was nothing enlightened about it," she says.
It's amazing how far down the path of the ridiculous one's grandiosity will carry one. There, but for the grace of the fact that most folks think we're full of crap, go we.



At 5/04/2010 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the "Nithy Break", Jody.

I am Tired of the Nithy Business.

At 5/05/2010 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jody ! what exactly you are trying to say with this? Do you mean nithy got lessons to learn from this dude? Or you equate both same?

At 5/05/2010 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a New York Times articleon Geshe Michael in which Geshe Michael and his lover claim celibacy:
There have been serious sacrifices, of course. When she agreed to join his life, two years before the spiritual partner vows, she accepted the rigors of his training, including, at the tender age of 24, celibacy. (He had been celibate, he says, since age 22 when he became a candidate for monkhood.) Even though she now considers sexual touching a “low practice,” she said, she still clearly remembers the July day when she gave it up.
In a more recent article in the New York Post Geshe Michael says:
"We are not allowed to have sex, but in yoga there are practices that involve joining with a partner,'' he explains. "They are secret, and you are not allowed to disclose them. You might think of them as sex, but their purpose is to move inner energy. It takes very strict training. There would be penetration, but no release of semen."
Uh...those secret practices are called sex. Duh. He gets hard and penetrates her and goes almost to climax but then doesn't ejaculate and that qualifies for celibacy?
it's called using linguistics to justify your behavior.

At 5/05/2010 12:22 PM, Blogger jody radzik said...

what exactly you are trying to say with this?

That from the allures of Mother Maya there is no escape.

At 5/05/2010 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's escape from mother Maya, but you gotta pace yourself!

At 5/06/2010 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now the chick who dumped him has now emerged as one of the world’s first female Lamas.



Wow. Just wow.

Jody, you're right. Nithy should have hired the trio as consultants :)

Here's what the inimitable UG Krishnamurti had to say back in the day:

"Q: So there is nothing to Tantric sex?

UG: Call it a fucking club or a Tantric center - it doesn't really matter. You run a brothel because there is a demand for that. There are so many people who are doing this kind of thing in the name of enlightenment. That is detestable to me.

They are not honest enough to admit that they are using that [the lure of enlightenment] for fulfilling their lust.

At 5/06/2010 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If we don't make it fun and healthy, Buddhism will die out"! This is hilarious...I was laughing so hard when I read this, the cat jumped off my lap and ran downstairs...fun AND healthy! Whoah!
If you take Steven Segal, combine him with the worst of Trungpa's later ideas about creating a mock-Tibetan "kingdom" in Colorado, add a little gurumayi-style hobnobbing with the stars dressed in silken robes and gold jewelry, then some "I did it but it was Tantra" by way of swami rama or muktananda or all those other guys who can't keep it under wraps...hey, it looks alot like "geshe" Michael...too funny!
Will folks EVER wake up? thanks for continuing to hit us over the head with a hammer, Jody.

seen too much (geez! it's getting boring. can't they come up with some new ideas?)

At 5/06/2010 3:50 PM, Blogger Duff said...

Hahaha, great stuff there. Spiritually justifying one's mid-life crisis--I've seen that one before!

At 5/07/2010 9:13 AM, Anonymous rogue buddha said...

Its because you blokes dont know that in "buddhist tantra" there is sex involved. Not the sex "wham bang" american style but little subtler...

check out this image


At 5/10/2010 2:41 AM, Blogger Anandh said...

Another crap!!!


At 5/10/2010 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>"Its because you blokes dont know that in "buddhist tantra" there is sex involved. Not the sex "wham bang" american style but little subtler...

check out this image"<<

No, Rogue Buddha, it's because YOU don't know that we DO get it...alot of folks here have had years of Buddhist study, Hindu study and, yes, Tantrik study plus enough real world experience that we DO know: what passes for Tantra is total bullshit. The higher forms of Tantra (both "Hindu" and "Buddhist", coming from a common root) may employ "sex" in some very rare instances but it has nothing to do with sex...american style, hindu style, tibetan style or any other kind of style you might describe. The ignorance that leads to the kind of abuse described here is appalling. Educate yourself!

seen too much crap

At 5/10/2010 11:17 AM, Anonymous Clint said...

I'm so weary of all these slick magazines with their stupid laughing lama pics and institutes and foundations and all the rest. You go to a TEMPLE to be changed, to grow out of yourself, to find a safe place to practice. If you don't want a religion and don't want to be religious, then don't be religious, Gawd help us, but quit making yourself feel better with such contentless words for your organization, and stop taking up space with all these smiling shaved heads! All that ridiculousness leads to this right here, that we're reading about. How about pictures of sanghas at practice, of symbolic and transformational art, of sacred and numinous landscapes?

Second of all, if people had fulfilling sex lives, the whole world would be a happier place, and because of contraception and excellent medicine, most sensible sexual activity comes without harm, and most people get out of bed to do something else eventually. Spiritual people, I've noticed, tend to have the greatest sex drives of anyone, and I know when I'm doing spiritual work, or have taken an initiation or something, I'm usually horny as hell afterward and then have a smiling partner drifting off to sleep about an hour and a half after I get home. LET THE GURUS HAVE SEX, and then maybe there wouldn't be so many exploitative relationships to make the papers and the Guruphiliac blog.

It really is about the quality of relationships, not some woo woo bullshit about how dirty we are, or how much "energy" we've wasted, because we had some great sex. Promiscuity fixes itself; it either gets old or pathetic, or both, and if that's not the case, then there's something else wrong with a person that the sex is merely manifesting.

At 5/10/2010 5:21 PM, Blogger yomamma said...

because you blokes dont know that in "buddhist tantra" there is sex involved. Not the sex "wham bang" american style but little subtler...

that picture you linked to wasn't that subtle we get it, but any way it's very important for these egoless Tibetan buddhists to make themselves feel important, and above it all by having special tantrik nookie. Of course all the bling, thoroughbred bred horses, phony english accents, smokin hot broads, saville row suits, thats all just to enhance the purity and subtlety of it all.

At 5/10/2010 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From their lineage or empowered somehow by geshe Michael and "Lama" Christie:


At 5/16/2010 11:42 PM, Blogger seetha said...


you are doing a great job no doubt but you should not forget that the great job also involves some positive criticism about Indian gurus and philosophy, Indian philosophy is not all about these fraud nithyas and amma bhagvans there are so many Ramanas also apart from this start some some positive criticism as you know energy follows thoughts and if our thoughts are only negative certainly our energy is converted to negative and if it is positive it is positive let us channelize our thoughts towards positivity moving away from these bull shit nithyas, amma bhagvans and AOL

At 5/24/2010 5:01 PM, Blogger rick springfield said...

Jody, Nithy still is the Macdaddy of the guru business. I mean if you go on youtube under the lifebliss.org channel. you will still see disillusioned disciples stick up for him. My favorite disciple is the English or Scottish guy whos bald with the beard and bad teeth lol.

At 5/28/2010 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's Canadian :) Nice guy, although he needs a course of thorough cult deprogramming.

At 9/17/2010 2:29 PM, Blogger Crooked Knight said...

"While we understand that gurus are held sacred by many, they are also public figures deserving of scrutiny. Our primary aim is to inject a little humor into what can be an excessively self-righteous enterprise, and to illustrate the primary truth that no matter how divine their devotees believe them to be, gurus poop on the same pot we do."

How about some scrutiny on who you are Jody? Let me start by asking which Church pays you to write this blog?

At 9/18/2010 12:41 AM, Blogger jody radzik said...

Let me start by asking which Church pays you to write this blog?

I began this blog to vent my anger at how commercial gurus mangle truth to market themselves. Nobody prompted me or has ever paid me to do it. It has been an entirely one-man enterprise.


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