01 January 2006

Swami Vishwananda


"Swami Vishwananda is a spiritual teacher and yogi from Mauritius. He is dedicated to the spiritual upliftment of people of all religions and cultures in order to bring them to Self-realisation, which is to realise the Divine within. He is here to inspire and to awaken the divinity within, and to assure us that mortal consciousness can no longer restrict us, if we instill in our hearts and minds the Truth, and know that we are of God.He spreads and radiates warmth and love throughout the world and has opened the hearts of many people.

Bio: Shri Swami Vishwananda was born in 1978 in a Hindu family, on the Island of Mauritius. At that time, he was given the name 'Visham'. From an early age he showed a keen interest in Spirituality. At the age of 15, He went into/experienced the state of Samadhi. From that day forth he has dedicated himself to the spiritual upliftment and transformation of mankind by guiding people to focus on love and forgiveness, through Patience and Unity to reveal and experience our Divine Reality.

Websites:

Vishwananda.org
Vishwananda.Us

Read about the Hiranyagarbha (Golden) Lingam: One - Two: "Swami Vishwananda kept the Lingam only for three days. On Monday, 7th November he dematerialised it and 'brought it back where it came from'."



Photo Gallery: Google cache

Sathya Sai Hater?: Unknown.


Copyright © Sai Baba: Copycat Watch 2006.

61 Comments:

At 5:02 pm, March 15, 2006, Blogger Sheen said...

Hi,
Thanks for your comments on my blog!
http://thequestionofgodmen.blogspot.com/

Regarding Vishwananda - I do know people who have been to see him and reports are authentic. Infact, felt it was serious enough to bring to light, hence created the blog.

As for Sai Baba - very interesting that you were a devotee for 6 years...would be interested on hearing more. Would you say you were staunch or a general follower?
Love the hair on your photo by the way!! Just shows how easy it is to get away with nonsense.

Regarding my opinion of Sai Baba, many of my relatives continue to be followers. I was a staunch follower until a year back until I began to feel that things were not as they seem. However I do still believe that he is who he says he is, although I think that even avatars etc have a right to be questioned (if they are taking human form). It's quite a radical drift from my past perceptions but I strongly believe that no spiritual path should make us complascent (especially in matters of justice) and we do have a right to come to our own answers.

Currently building a website and included 'the question of godmen' as well:
http://www.geocities.com/sharewithsheen/Share_all.html

Will be happy to chat more.

 
At 2:00 pm, May 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAVE YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS GURU'S SEX LIFE IS HE STRIGHT,GAY,BISEXUAL,OR CANNOT HAVE AN ERECTION,PLEASE FIND OUT AND LET US KNOW,AFTER ALL HE SEEMS
VERY HIGHLY RECOMENDED-PLEASE TRY A STRIGHT GURU THIS TIME,MUST BE SOMEONE MANLY I AM FEDUP OF GAY GURUS SEEMS INDIAN GURUS ARE ALL SEXUALLY CONFUSED

 
At 2:04 pm, May 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ITS OK IF YOU RECOMEND THIS GURU
JUST CHECK OUT THIS ONE DONT HAVE SECRET SEX LIFE,I AM FEDUP OF CLOSET GURUS WITH HORNY SEX LIFE
please a stright guru please who can have great sex like krishna

 
At 10:38 am, November 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest and most beautiful people
People will interpret the wordl in accordance with their own vsion for we can nto step into another mans shoes for that which is beyond our comprehension
Find the Light within your heart , no one need defend Sai Baba or anyone else for you have free will to find your way
Sri Satya Sai Baba healed me and stepped into my life through visions and dreams and put me back on to the path of the spiritual self. I am not devotional about anyone but I always felt his purity and always this will get knocked down by other people with their own expectations and limited understanding.
Light messengers will also be knocked down as the dark side of our egos does not want to step into it
Guru's attract addicts ( drink, sex, money etc ) and addicts are still in their shadow so they can not see the light although they think they can
I do not judge , they are attracted to spiritual people as they need healing and so that is natural.
Pray and find your own answers in your heart through meditation and you always will if you are willing to listen
In love and Service
Arabella

 
At 3:32 am, November 22, 2006, Blogger H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda said...

Thanks Arabella, but your characterisation of Sathya Sai Baba's critics as drunks and drug addicts (etc., maybe I am reading you wrong?) is rather far from the truth. They number several hundreds of morally upright people in good standing within their respective fields of profession, and a large number of them held positions of high office in the Sai Organisation. This is no motley crew.

I respect your advice to pray and seek answers within, but this does not satisfy the number of people who have legitimate concerns about anomalies in Sai Baba's thought, behaviour and practice.

 
At 1:05 pm, February 12, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

I went to a meeting in Camps Bay, Cape Town on Friday night to listen to a talk by Swami Vishwananda. I found the whole event interesting and definately left there feeling that 'something' had happened to me. He blessed us and I know that however you want to look at it, I feel better. Was it him or was it me? Does it matter? I have started on my journey. That's what matters. Melody

 
At 2:35 pm, May 22, 2007, Anonymous Sheen said...

Thought I should post this comment here from my blog:

Vishwananda Update - WARNING

OK, so things have definitely become very serious regarding Visham over the last few months and everyone following this should heed a serious warning after his proven connection to Premananda.

The other seriously questionable connection that he has is to one Sri Padma Ananda or Vishnudeva Sarasvati (alias the Sex Guru). This is genuine as a UK media article once interviewed. Incoming information is that Vishwananda is very friendly as well to this 'guru' who is reputed to have slept with countless woman and (as one of his articles suggests) may also condone rape. Website is:

http://siddha.loka.tripod.com/biography.htm

Please consider carefully any dealings with Vishwananda to those of you who follow him.

Also adding comment:
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous said…

Hi Sheen,

Thank for the Warning Info,
I'm from Us,visit Vishwananda many times,there is something kind of strange with this Guy.
He is definately imitating satya sai baba in terms of miracles.
He was closed to Sai Baba for a long time,i did some research in Mauritius.
He visited Premananda and now another sex guru...
I'm trying to convinced my family and friends not to fall into the trap of this fake Guru.
I've been at his Mudra workshop wich is not worth the money you have to pay.(the mudra poses which he teaches is easily available on the net and many books).
His talk are childlish,coying completely on sai baba's teachings,love all serve all stuff.
If is was so easy to reach god without effort as he tells,why are we here!!!

http://thequestionofgodmen.blogspot.com/2006/03/sai-baba-vishwananda-etc-question-of.html

 
At 12:41 am, June 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister is creazy about him. She is inspired with him, she is enthusiastic because of him , she is spiritually growing, she is glowing when she is aruound him, and it seems that they have deep love relationship. She is serving him, and he is smiling at her and from time to time he says: "you know that I love you just as you are.... "

I said to her: "Dear, he has no teaching, he speaks like a child. Yes, he is cute and sweet but if you listen to him you must notice that he is not wise, he is not deep, he is not profound, he is shallow. Sometimes he looks confused, he is making mistakes and when he speaks it sounds like cheap spirituallity : "God is in a heart." "He loves you." Halloooo? you are smarter than that.....

There is certain atmosphere on his darshan, but it is not necessarily created by him and his divine personality. It is created by all this people who wanted to be loved, and who wanted to give love to god. It is sweeet, nice, warm, ordinary human sentimentalism. Nothing is wrong with that, but it has nothing to do with silent witness of our consciounsness.... with deep truth of awerness. That will not make you closer to God but it makes you closer to wishvananda, it makes you in love with him, but you can not awake. He is handsome and warm but you can find a warm lover who is not claiming to be avatar. After all that is what are you really after, my dear sister. Guru has nothing to do with falling in love with sweet young man with long hair. Nor path has anything to do with cheap jewelry, and singing 108 names of god Vishwananda."

(if you want hear him talking just type in "you tube" Vishwananda and you will listen that childish lesson he was giving.)

But, what can I say, she is in love. She wants to be deceived because she feels nice, and special and good and saved and secure. He is god for her. And from time to time god personally as avatar says to her: you know that I love you. It is enough to her. And for now it is all she needs.

She is happy with that.
She will wake up soon . And then I will be there to explain to her again that it was a dream, that she was chasing a shadow of her animus, sentimental dream of perfect lover, or lost childhood and compasionate father or whatever. It is her right to give the heart to whatever she wants and it is her right to make mistakes. After all: all stupid things we done, if we learn from them, they become part of our wisdom, so nothing is lost and in universe everything is just fine

.... even that my sister is in love in fake guru....

 
At 7:14 pm, July 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very concerned about my daughter who has been taken in by this cult. Visham has given her a "sapphire" ring to wear on her marriage finger. He tells her that she is one of his "special" people.

 
At 4:37 am, August 28, 2007, Anonymous margaretha said...

hai , me again, first excuses for my simple englisch i living in Belgium an speek nederlands.Often i use a textbook for words.
I want reakting to you personaly, to say i understand you disapont in Sai Baba. i dont know him. But one him a feel a dark energie.
I want say i be always a christian katolic raise, be qauker, 7e day adventist and Whitness off Jehovah. i understand the feeling of dispoint. Whenn i was only 5 my grandvfather try to molestred me. Formy mother i was second choise always was my brother the best. i hat i live whitout chances. Today i am 52 years; not i young chicken. I have badly astma an a next attack can kill me. I can not permitt myself to loose. Know a lot from different religions and even also deifferent worlds. Evrywhere i see great souls. I dont know what you beleive what a avatar is. i believe it is a peace from the God whitt direkt kontakt. Notting more as a profet and high priester from the old testament. God is to great to fitt in a human boddy. This body is just a form.
For me its make no different that a avatar or swami or priest or Rabbi is married whitt 1 or 2 whoman. Whenn she are happy. Sex can be divine it is the ultimate action to change and mixe energie on al the level off existent from the human. from the fiesiek body to the lichtbody. that vortex can not only create i new body but a compleet new soul. Rouls one aerth are different from part to part and country to country and even from familie to familie and from religion to religion. In al they things whe must vind ore own way.
Let be yous experient whit sai baba be a step to an positive choice. think waht is go wrong and what you can used one yours way.
I shall appriciete whenn you mail to me margaretheverbraeken@hotmail.com.
For me is sawmi vishwananda the highest soul whos can incarnate in a human body. Just like Adam whass the perfect first mann. He is a answer for the aerth. But i have learn their are others worlds whit his own christ, and avatars. but how great the universum is in this materie and others the begiingin is whit ONE who i calling my father and creator. who give my live, lett me breathe and thake care off my soul.
i whiss you peace and hope that you find your road to the God you like. remember 1 human can not cromprehence the trut. even a avatar not. But a avatar give whatt the people need. ans Paulus say first milk tot the children and leater the deeper truht.
greeting margaretha

 
At 5:21 pm, April 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the last comment;
"For me is sawmi vishwananda the highest soul whos can incarnate in a human body"

This is the confusion of most people in search of God or a true Guru.

"The Blind Cannot lead the blind,
Christ"

I'm pradeep from US,been in connect with Swami Vishwananda for some times now.
He made a quite good impression on me on my first darshan.
One thing i have learn in India is that there are many Fakes Gurus and Swamis and real Genuine ones, and it is a duty of every balanced person to test the Guru.
So i decided to engage myself for searching solid proof about his credibility.
I have done some research and got many evidences about Vishwananda being a Cheater and Charlatan.

Lets start form the beginning, most of his disciples know about his biography advertised everywhere on his websites.

Most of you do not know what his biography has been changed and modified for the simple reason that Vishwananda since his young age was an ardent disciple of Satya Sai Baba.

"At the age of 14, Sri Swami Vishwananda, experienced the state of Samadhi, literally meaning, experiencing intense union and direct communion with God. He soon realized that he was gifted with Yogic powers"

At the age of 14, vibhuti started appearing in his house and on Satya Sai Baba Pictures.

"He soon realized that he was gifted with Yogic powers."

These so called Yogic Powers was his ability to do the same trick like Guru Satya Sai Baba.
At that time, Vishwananda proclaimed to his disciples and family that Satya Sai Baba was God Incarnate and rings or other jeweleries, he was materializing( sleight of hand) was in the image of Satya Sai Baba.

"Sri Swami Vishwananda began his mission by erecting a temple in his birth place, Rose-Hill. He soon established a calendar of ongoing spiritual activities to be accomplished. Volunteers heartily co-ordinated projects at both the Spiritual Level and Community Service level which included Human Moral Value Classes for children and adults, Study Circles, devotional singing, support and visits to orphanages and homes for the aged, blood donations and the organization of multi-faith programs."

This temple was a Satya Sai Centre registered with the satya sai baba organization in Mauritius.
And there some more persons in Mauritius and else where n the world doing the same jewelery trick like Sai Baba.
People must be very careful with Vishwananda and His Organization as the truth has been changed and manipulated to cover his past.

 
At 3:02 pm, April 22, 2008, Blogger iuiu said...

i go to the darsam to meditate,to be honest i don't care about the guru sexual life,is up to him,i am not interested,some friend of mine have sex with 100 diferent women,and nobody critisice him,if you are a guru doesn't mean that every body has to know about your sexual life.

 
At 2:30 pm, July 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Vishwananda bramacharini who has recently questioned my spiritual teacher, Swami Vishwananda.
Besides my love for his beautiful singing, dancing and kirtans, other issues have surfaced which concern me.
Last November, I began writing Vishwananda about all of my concerns which I outline in this letter...And even though Vishwananda promised to respond to my concerns by email, he has not done so. Consequently, I feel these issues are important enough to bring to light.

Recently, a blog appeared on the private Bhakti Marga website, sponsored by Vishwananda. The article was entitled, "Just like Eklavya," written by Hariananda, a close devotee, of Vishwananda. This article was written during Vishwananda's trip to India in March of 2008.
In the blog, it explains that Eklavya was a devotee who was completely surrendered to his guru, even to the point of self-mutilation…(cutting of his thumbs at the request of his guru.) The article even implied that all of Vishwananda's followers should be as surrendered to this degree.

But my question was, how can we surrender, when we don't even know who we're surrendering to?

The fact is, no one knows who Vishwananda is...
and I think his recent trip to India, visiting different ashrams and gurus, was an effort to validate who he considers himself to be in the eyes of the public.

Right now, there seems to be a lot of speculation
among Vishwananda's bramacharis about who Vishwananda
is. Some think that Vishwananda is
Yogananda, some say Nrishrimadev, and others say "Babaji" or have been told other names which they "cannot mention." One would think he would come out with a statement for everyone, but all you hear is
whisperings of conflicting reports which he has told a
select few.

Being initiated as a bramacharini, of course, I wanted
to know who my guru was.
So I wrote Vishwananda and asked him myself,
"Who are you?"

Since Vishwananda does not come from a bonifide
sampradaya, he is not acknowledged by a lineage of
gurus who can tell us who he is, and will not answer
our questions about who he is, we are left with
speculate.

Many of Vishwananda's close followers claim that he is
Nrishrimadev, some say Babaji, some say he is Yogananda. But when I checked with the Self Realization Fellowship about this, they said that Vishwananda couldn't be Yogananda because Yogananda said he would not reincarnate for two hundred years.
Could Yogananda be wrong??

One bramacharini from Germany said that the "Divine Mother herself asked Vishwananda to descend prematurely, because their was a shortage of saints in the earth..."

But when you examine the comments Ammachi, (Mata Amrtianandamayi) who is considered the divine mother incarnate upon this earth, her warnings to me and others do not indicate that Vishwananda has a favorable relationship with the Divine Mother. I will mention her comments below.

But first, let's look at what other gurus said about Vishwananda. He is always recieved well by Swami Nityananda, and has also been received well in ISKCON temples throughout the world.
Some German bramacharis say that Vishwananda has a
good relationship with Mother Meera, and has reported
to have sent some of his female disciples to her.
But Mother Meera does not speak.
What would Mother Meera say about Vishwananda if she
could speak?

In fact, the women who Vishwananda seems to get along
with the most, do not speak very much at all…, they do
not seem to have a voice of their own. Many women
around Vishwananda, give the impression that they have
been stripped of their power or in some way,
suppressed. For example, recently, reports came back
from India that Vishwananda insulted a close bramacharini named Meenakshi in front of a large audience in India. When I asked her how she felt about this, she replied, "Oh, I feel so much love around Vishwananda."

But is it love or emotional/psychic dependency?
Is this a gopi or a stepford wife?

The Beatles once had a saying…"all you need is love."

But later, John Lennon changed his tune to
"Power to the People." Why?

Because according to the Ascended masters,
Love is not "all you need."
In order to become liberated, you need balance of the
threefold flame of love, wisdom and power. Or in
Vishwananda's favorite language, French,
the flore de lis, the threefold plume.
From an Ascended master's perspective ...only love is not enough… You need the threefold flame of love, wisdom and power.
If your only acting or operating on love, or the emotions, they can be seduced or manipulated.
And in the shastras, even demons can love.

For example, Ravana had many wives and concubines.
But none of them were treated fairly by him. In fact,
Ravana stole Sita from Ram because he wanted to
control Sita, outwardly, not because he loved her,
but because he wanted to add her to his collection of
women.

Why would men want to collect women? Some recent examples of gurus accumulating women around them for the power were Osho and Swami Nityananda. Osho was also very popular in Germany. He collected a lot of women around him and got a few underage pregnant. Swami Nityananda (successor to Muktananda) was ousted by his own board of trustees for having both astral and
physical affairs with disciples. And now many women around Vishwananda are reporting increased sexual energy, and even astral sex.
Why is this?

Carlos Casteneda in his book, "The Ring of Power".
describes how male sorcerers derive much of their
power by collecting as many women around him as
possible to increase the shakti.

In India there have been many examples of yogis mis-using mystic powers. In the book the "Seventh Goswami" sold at ISKCON temples, it mentions that there was a very powerful yogi with mystic powers named "VishwaSena" (coincidentally it sounds quite like Vishwananda.) This yogi impersonated Lord Krisna and the Rasa Lila with the women in his villiage. He called the women "his gopis," which is what Vishwananda calls his female devotees. (His male devotees are gopas).

Consequently, Vishwasena, through using his mystic powers, was able to seduce many of the women in the villiage. He was arrested by Bhakti Vinod Thakur, a spiritual master in the line of the Hare Krisna lineage, and taken to the magistrate. His sentence was to have his hair cut off. It is well known in India, that mystic powers are often stored in a yogi's hair, (aka: Sampson and Delilah) Vishwasena was said to have left in tears...without his hair or his yogic powers.

Similarly, it was reported that Vishwananda was very sorrowful and upset when several of his long hairs were damaged by paint and chemicals while painting his beautiful icons in his ashram. The German bramacharini who mentioned this said that he made a fuss about his hair and was very sad.

And why has Vishwannada ordered his male bramachari's to be "shaved up" while he runs around with long hair?

Perhaps a clue could be found when Vishwananda came out completely "cross-dressed, in a full sari" with make-up, nails, ...everything...according to a bramacharini in America. When I asked a friend who is a Vaisnava about this behavior, he said that it was "sahaja" which means someone trying to impersonate Krisna, as well as enjoy his passtimes with vulnerable followers.

During the last retreat in December Vishwananda openly talked about Krisna and the gopis in the Rasa Lila. According to Vaisnava circles the Rasa Lila can only be discussed once among persons who have studied the Vedas for at least 30 years. But for some reason, Vishwananda was discussing it among new spiritual beginners.

It appeared that Vishwananda was comparing himself to Krisna during the retreat. And even though the emotions were very high there, I questioned if he was really "channelling Krisna" or simply manipulating the emotional bodies of so many people, as did the mystic, VishwaSena.

Also at the retreat last December, Vishwananda spoke of Krisna (with strong implications in terms of himself) and how Krisna played the "game of love" and would bring the "gopis close, and then cast them out."

A bramacharini who accompanied
Vishwananda to India this last March characterized Vishwananda's relationship with women as "reeling them in (like fish) then dumping them."

She mentioned that Dasi, a famous Krisna singer, recently joined Vishwananda in India. She was
invited to sing. Once she began singing, Vishwananda
decided to humiliate her in front of a large audience.
Vishwananda and his friend, Hariananda overpowered her singing and began laughing at her during her performance.

This inflicted pain upon her emotional body…

Vishwananda has been demeaning towards women, and favorable towards men in many circumstances.
For example, at a recent retreat, he called a thin, petite woman a "cow" for nibbling on a granola bar.
(I couldn't even hear her and I was sitting just near her.)

So my question is, is Vishwananda
trying to "feed off of women's pain?"
Some of us are wondering if he is feeding off the emotional pain of women, which is a technique used by demons.

Vishwananda leads great kritan and can "pump-up" the shakti, when he wants to…but where is he getting the energy from? And how does he decide who will receive it? It seems his friends like Hariananda, are always happy, while the women around him, seem very repressed and "stony faced and sad" as Vishwananda has even mentioned himself.

Is it possible that Vishwananda is gleaning energy and
shakti off of the chakras of his more vulnerable
followers (women)? And instead of giving it back to
them, he's "pumping up" his friends (usually male)
with the very same shakti??

It appears to me that Vishwananda is attempting to
duplicate the formula for manipulating women's
emotions in the name of following the Rasa lila, a
story about Krisna and the Gopis, as he mentioned at
the last retreat. But instead of giving it back to the "gopis" in the form of love, he seems to be giving that shakti to the men as well as using this energy to producing yogic siddhis.

There are a few woman who have been brave enough to
speak to Vishwananda about the way he has
treated women. While in India, a devotee named
Chandanni from Los Angeles asked Vishwananda "why it
can't be equal between men and women?" In response,
Vishwananda took Chandanni aside and threatened to
slap Chandanni if she ever asked "a stupid question
like that again…"

Why does Vishwananda not want any of his women to
speak about important issues like this??

Another bramacharini, who refuses to wear
brown asked:
Why should we surrender to a guru who "sits up there
like a proud peacock wearing every color of the
rainbow while we all are forced to wear brown…?"
(brown being the lowest color on the vibratory
spectrum.)

And another devotee asked, should we surrender to a guru who is only 29, who thinks love is a "game" and reportedly "likes BMW's, Armani suits, and has a girlfriend in Germany? (Past tense? We don't know. We're not allowed to ask any personal questions about our guru…) But why not? Why is there so much secrecy around Vishwananda?

And Is he really Yogananda?
How could I, and so many others have seen
Vishwananda turn into Yogananda, when Ammachi says
that he isn't? A Vishwananda bramacharini, Brindavani, in the United States asked Ammachi if Vishwananda was Yogananda.
Amma replied emphatically:
"Vishwananda is NOT Yogananda!"

I visited Ammachi myself to verify her opinion of Vishwananda last month. Ammachi said:
"Beware, Vishwananda is dangerous like a black addar
(a viper)".

Why would Ammachi warn against Vishwananda?
Is it because Vishwananda is a shape/shifter?
Or is it because Eastern men in general attempt to
disempower women?

After discovering the conflicting dates in Yogananda's
prediction about his rebirth, I thought that perhaps
Yogananda was "overshadowing" Vishwananda , to help
him with his mission. But, with Ammachi's comments, I
realized that there could be another reason.

Recently, an older bramacharini who accompanied
Vishwananda to India last March said that Vishwananda was using mind control on those around him. For example, he played jokes on his waiter in an effort to demonstrate his ability to control the mind of the waiter, making him place the wrong plates at the wrong tables... The bramacharini said she didn't approve.

Using mind control on a waiter may sound childish, and
doesn't appear to be so bad… but my concern is that
Vishwananda also seems to be using mind control on his
bramacharis... In India he called his male bramacharis
using "snake sounds". In turn, these male bramacharis
would "turn on their heels" and come to his beck and
call. Is this why Ammachi warned against him using the analogy of a snake?

Could it be, that Vishwananda is so powerful, he is
using mind control on all of us??
Could the sexual experiences so many report around
Vishwananda also be the result of mind control?

Many female devotees who I've spoken with say that
Vishwananda has directed sexual energy towards them.
Several women have reported that he has attempted
astral sex with them. One of these women, a counselor
in Sedona whose spiritual name is Amara, was a close
devotee of Vishwananda for around two years. She
claimed that Vishwananda attempted "etheric sex games"
with her. She also said that Vishwananda was a "shape/shifter". She also mentioned that both Vishwananda and his people suffer from "implants of supression..." She finally left. She is now engaged to someone who she loves and conducts her own spiritual journeys to Egypt.

A yoga teacher and devotee of Vishwananda from Colorado said that many women have commented to her about Vishwananda directing sexual energy towards them.

Another yoga instructor, Saraswati mentioned that she
thought it was "very unusual that Vishwananda would
hold her hand for over a half an hour and speak with
her looking directly into her eyes … especially when her boyfriend was sitting right there…" She was surprised when she realized that Vishwananda was a swami…She told me recently she will not return to see him.

But what happens to the women who stay?

Recently, Jyotirananda, in Germany, wrote a letter to
all the new bramacharis in the US. The letter
contained expectations that Vishwananda has for
bramacharis including, what to wear, devotional
practices and money. The letter also cited a
Mauritian woman, who gave her entire inheritance or
life savings to Bhakti Marga and implied that
Vishwananda expected all of us to do the same. The
letter even went so far to describe how Vishwananda
ignores this poor woman, scolds her, and basically
treats her like a school girl… And somehow we should
all want to be as "surrendered" as she is??

And what happens to bramacharis once they give up
their inheritances or life savings to Vishwananda?

A older German bramacharini, whose name I will not
mention, said that when she gave over her life savings
to Vishwananda, she did not receive medical care or
even "her own room." Some bramacharis in Germany say
they feel like "worker bees" sponsoring extravagant
trips and excursions for Vishwananda and his friends.
And one bramachari mentioned that she didn't
understand how Vishwananda never seems to be able stay
in one place for more than a few days…even while in
Germany, he's bouncing off to France every couple of
days or making so many trips.

A recent trip, which I went on with Vishwananda
included a jaunt to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city of
gambling and prostitution. Upon entering the Westin
Causarina Hotel, we, his devotees, were greeted with
large billboards of naked women and gambling taking
place in the halls…I was shocked. Why would a guru want to us to waste our hard earned money on a place like Las Vegas??

During that trip I had an interview with Vishwananda.
I asked Vishwananda about his "relationships" with
women. I asked him to explain why women feel so strongly towards him. Is it him or is it them??
He didn't make any specific comments, but said that
men also feel the same way about him.

A few days later, I was invited by Vishwananda's staff to the Del Fina for dinner with Vishwananda.
After I was seated quietly with some friends who I
drove to the event, Vishwananda asked me to leave the
dinner table in front of a large group of people.
I felt he was angry with me because of the line of
questioning I took with him a few days prior.
Chandanni, a devotee who was also sitting at the same table, mentioned that after I left the table, Vishwananda said that everyone should be sitting on the floor. But at the retreat just attended, Vishwananda proclaimed that the "guru should be lower than the disciples..." It was very hurtful and confusing to me.

Many have said they've felt demeaned by
Vishwananda. Several more close disciples have said he is "indifferent" and "hard."
Could these behaviors be an indication of an imbalance
between the male and female energies within
Vishwananda? Or is it something more difficult to
conquer?

There's a saying that one person's pain, can become
another person's power. One has to ask themselves
about Vishwananda why is he going out of his way to
hurt people, women in particular? Is he attempting to
"feed off of their pain? or give them "liberation?"

I wanted to gain an objective picture of Vishwananda,
from a professional who did not know him personally.
So I enlisted the help of the world's greatest
astrologer, Chakrapani. Based upon the time in the
evening given to me by his secretary, Pritalananda,
Chakrapini revealed that Vishwananda was capable of
great extremes of light and dark, almost as if he was
two separate people (he is a Gemini). He also said
that he was polygamous and ruled by Saturn, the planet
of non-love. He said that because of this overbearing
Saturn aspect, that practicality and material matters
would always take precedence over love.

Echart Tolle, author the new best seller, "A New
Earth", explains that there has been a suppression of
the feminine principle over the last few thousand
years. What is it, he asks, that make men feel
threatened by the female? "It's the ego. The male ego
knows that it can gain full control of the earth only
through the male form, and to do so, it had to render
the female powerless."

I believe, like all of us, Vishwananda has a light
side and dark side. In fact, in Rancho Mirage,
Vishwananda confirmed this. A similar teaching was
also relayed by Srila Prabhupada, of ISKCON who
explained, that in the dark cycle, the demon and
demi-god are within one person. That goes for
everyone. So even if it was true, that Vishwananda
claims to be a partial incarnation of Nrishrimadev, he
would also have to be Ravana.

Evidence of an imbalance of power, is seen, according to one bramacharini, with his issues with power.
She became angry with Vishwananda after he had stolen
relics from a church, and asking bramacharis to steal
more for him… Why would anyone do that? If one reads
the book, "The Spear of Destiny" it may have the
answer. This book describes how Hitler tried to
confiscate the relic, or the spear that pierced the
side of Christ which contained his blood, to gain the
power from that relic. She felt that he craved this
power.

So where is Vishwananda getting the powers he has?
Recently, Vishwananda was seen consorting with Satya
Sai Baba, "on his veranda" in India. Some devotees
are now speculating that he may have received many of
his powers from Satya Sai Baba, even though his staff
emphatically denied any connection between the two
over the years. I asked Craig Robinson, Vishwananda's tour manager in the US if Vishwananda was affiliated in any way with Satya Sai Baba. He replied, "Vishwananda is not fond of Satya Sai Baba..."

And before I even entered my first satsang with Vishwananda, I asked Beata, a staff member, if he had any ties to Satya Sai Baba. She replied, "no, and he also does not believe that Satya Sai Baba is the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba."
I was relieved and based upon this misinformation, I entered my first Vishwananda event.

Now, during Vishwananda's recent trip to India, I discover,much to my dismay, that Vishwananda was in India consorting with him. And not only that, he grew up with him, and may have been one of the young boys who Satya Sai Baba molested. Who is responsible for this gross misinformation?

Satya Sai is a pedophile and a misogynist. According to an Indian woman from Canada who had been his devotee for 27 years, she said that she would never return because she witnessed a murder in his ashram. Other devotees in ISKCON tell stories of how they were lured by Satya Sai in dreams to come to India, and he ended up molesting their sons. Often times, their passports were confiscated and they could not leave with their children. Satya Sai proponents claim that this is a smear campaign by Christian fundamentalists, but these complaints are heard from people from different religions.

Satya Sai Baba's followers alsojustify his molestation of young boys and young men. They claim that by massaging the genitals, he's trying to relieve them of their sexual karma…But thenwhy isn't he massaging the genitalia of old men?
Krisna saw all things equally, a rock, a plant, and
all people. Why would Satya Sai Baba only choose to
molest young boys, and not old men?

I wondered if Vishwananda could have been one of the young boys Satya Sai molested...and I worried about this. So I investigated the teachings on pedophelia by the Ascended Masters, to find out why this happens.
According to the Ascended Masters, children and the youth, hold the light for the planet. They have the most energy retained in their chakras. Pedophiles try to steal that shakti. They are sexual vampires.
this is why false gurus focus on children and take their shakti. Also, shakti is power. Shakti can be mis-used to display yogic powers or siddhis.

According to Dharma, Yogi Bhajan's assistant for 15 years, Yogi Bhajan confronted Satya Sai Baba to his face about the mis-use of siddhis.

Yogi Bhajan went to India, and in a commanding tone,
asked Satya Sai,
"What are you doing?
Showing off your miniscule yogic powers?
Manifesting objects, a little ash, a little lingam?
All you are doing is stealing objects, and moving them
from one place and another!"

In his youth, Yogi Bhajan developed many yogic powers,
and used them often to change the weather. This he
called, the "power over water", also known as the "water tatva". It is the power where
a yogi can make people cry, make people pee, make it
rain...anything to do with water. (hum…Vishwananda
can make anyone cry also.)

One day, Yogi Bhajan was washing the floors of the
Gudwara in Armistar and his guru Ram Das appeared
before him. (Ram Das incarnated physically many
centeries ago and was the enlightened guru for the
Sikhs.) But when he appeared to Yogi Bhajan, he
commanded Yogi Bhajan to cease and desist from using
his yogic powers. He warned him that he would have to
pay for any unauthorized use of powers.

And sure enough, through the years, Yogi Bhajan and
his disciples had to make up for their guru's karma
for indulging in yogic powers earlier in life.
According to Yogi Bhajan, both he and his disciples
had to pay for his earlier misuse of powers. During
his lifetime as guru, he was always having plumbing
problems at his ashrams, ladies camp, men's camp, and intensives. A few years ago at his ashram in Espanola there was a severe drought and all of his disciples suffered.

I bring this up because recently, on your trip to
India, almost everyone contracted dysentery. (from
eating fecal matter in food.) One would think that Vishwananda could have protected his devotees from this fate…but perhaps it was the other way around. Perhaps it was his disciples who needed to "hold the balance" for him and "pay" for his unauthorized use of powers….

The ascended masters have said,

"In the economy of the material universe, Nothing is free."

Even Yogi Bajan had to pay for the unauthorized use of
these powers, and he had a much larger following than
Vishwananda.

Prabhupada, who also had a huge following and was
leader of the Hare Krisna movement. He also warned
his disciples about this and warned them never to go
near Satya Sai Baba for the same reason. He said
Satya Sai Baba is a "cheater."

But most of Vishwananda's disciples would not know this because according to Sura Das, an ISKCON devotee in Los Angeles, who knows Vishwananda well, most of Vishwananda's people were "neophytes"
(spiritual beginners.)

One new bramachari asked me, "when are we finally
going to receive the 'meat' (the real teachings) of
this path? We're being told is what to do, but not
being educated as to why, how or what…"
I think spiritual beginners should be educated about
this, don't you?
Most spiritual beginners believe that spiritual powers
are an indication of enlightenment. They are not...
neophytes should be educated about this.

So what about the stigmata, which appeared on
Vishwananda last "Good Friday?"
Could this have been a display of yogic powers??
Most people know a yogi can "will" himself to bleed in
any part of his body.
But I wanted to get a clearer perspective on this…
I asked a friend of mine who is a priest, Monsignor Jerome, about the stigmata…who gets it??
He said that some people can "will" the stigmata, and
that it's no sign of devotion to Christ. He also
reminded me that the "anti-Christ" will also be so
powerful, that he will be able to raise the dead and
bring stones to life…He also mentioned what Jesus said: "not by signs and wonders will you know
them…but by their fruits…"

So my question is, when the guru "shows off" siddhis
(powers) is this accruing karma…not just for him, but
for his disciples? Last December, Vishwananda
mentioned that if I had any concerns, I could email
him and that he would answer me. He has not, so I am
writing this.

It also concerns me that Vishwananda does not have a
bonifide guru from a lineage or sampradaya to warn him
against doing this, as did Yogi Bhajan…All he had as a
youth was Satya Sai Baba, (not from a bonifide
sampradaya).

Other recent gurus have used powers over people.
Osho was also popular in Germany. He ended up getting
a lot of young girls pregnant because he had no
control over the shakti. He took millions of dollars
from people.

During Vishwananda's last trip to India, he visited several ashrams. According to a bramacharini from Northern Europe, he also attempted to visit
Aniruddha, who has millions of followers and is revered as the re-incarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, (which flies right in the face of Satya Sai Baba, who also claims this).

Vishwananda had hoped to visit this grihasta (married) guru, Aniruddha, to gain his darshan and blessings.

However, Aniruddha refused Vishwananda's calls. The bramacharini from Northern Europe who heard this decided to leave Vishwananda's India tour half way through and visit Aniruddha herself. She asked Aniruddha why he refused Vishwananda. Aniruddha said, Yogis like Vishwananda who misuse their yogic powers, and who are only concerned with gaining followers, prestige and money, are going to burn in hell for misguiding people.

The bramacharini, who heard these words of Aniruddha, decided never to return to Vishwananda...

And so, there are long time devotees, noticing these errors which Vishwananda is now making, who are deciding to leave.

Vishwananda once boasted on his private blog site, "that if you leave, ten more will take your place…"

And it appears that for now, this is true. His center in Germany is growing and many more spiritual beginners are coming to take the place of the older, wiser ones some of whom are leaving...

It is my prayer, on this Guru Purnima, both for Vishwananda and his devotees, that Vishwananda cease misusing his yogic powers and instead, give them back to God. Perhaps a sign of this, would be to cut his hair, as he requests all of his male bramacharis to do.

Vishwananda possesses the youth and charisma to bring sincere people to God. But I fear that by giving into his dark side, which I believe has links to Satya Sai Baba, that he will forsake his lighter side, which is inspired by the great acharya, Ramanuja.

We all have a light and dark side. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vedar are in us all. By doing kirtan and following his light side, he may be able to forsake the temptation to seek out more yogic powers, as well as use them on others. He's still young, and can bring many people to the light.

As for me, my personal relationship with him, which was one of great love, seems to have ended.
A personal relationship with him has been sacrificed in favor of prayers and fasting in hopes that he will remain in alignment with the will of God.

I love you Vishwananda.
Rajesvari
A former bramacharini
in the United States

 
At 12:59 pm, July 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck you visham...
ur bitch mom got eloped wiz some other man..
wat a slut family....
u look kile a drug dealer

 
At 4:42 pm, July 29, 2008, Blogger Sheen said...

Very informative comment by Rajesveri, the former bramacharini (comment no: 13) and in line with previous reports on Visham/Vishwananda.

 
At 4:44 pm, July 29, 2008, Blogger Sheen said...

P.S Have posted link to Rajesveri's comment on my blog:

http://vishwanandawarning.blogspot.com/

 
At 9:52 am, August 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So regarding rajeshwaris extensive letter...
if we psycho analyse this.. its a very simple case of frustration and anger of an individual that didn't get what they wanted. i.e. their expectation or desires weren't met. obviously this woman had many hopes and dreams ... the whole letter seems a bit too extensive... almost obsessive?! so imagine what the obsession must have been like when she was a devotee? one can only have that much hate should one have had that much "love" or maybe just "desire" or "hope". I dont know why the desires weren't met or if they were appropriate to be met... however i hope the pain within this woman heals...

It's a sad but true reality...

 
At 6:39 pm, September 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attracting More Flies with Honey: How ‘Love’ and ‘Oneness’ Teachings Are Used to Disempower

By Bronte Baxter

“Love one another.” “We are all one.”

Such beautiful sentiments. Love is the balm that heals the heart, and oneness the reality that joins us. But spiritual teachers with an agenda use “love” and “oneness” teachings to keep the lid down on their disciples’ spiritual development.

Let’s look at these teachings one at a time and see how they are used to manipulate. When a teacher or religion preaches love, at first glance that seems to be a good thing. It encourages people to be selfless and to help their fellows. Because of “love” teachings, religious people give to the poor, volunteer their time, and bite their tongue a lot. They say the right thing and don’t do things that other people won’t like. They put their desires on the backburner and focus instead on doing what they think will make others happy. Whenever sentiments of discontent or rebellion arise, they quash them with the stern heel of conscience. They know such feelings are from the dark side, and that they must be vigilant against them.

Years go by, and these well-meaning people become frustrated and repressed. The rebellion in them grows, because they are not listening to themselves. Their soul cries out for experiences, for learning through experience, but they have been taught that personal desires are selfish, so the cries of their soul go unheeded. They grow depressed or angry, because their purpose of embodiment in human form has been thwarted. The frustration comes out in negative ways: short-temperedness, jealousy, vindictiveness, gossip, judgmentalness.

The sincere people who faithfully follow “love” teachings typically live in a box with the lid down, able to express but little of themselves because instinctual wants are considered suspect or evil. Repressed, their souls turn miserable or spiteful, like a dog chained for years to a stake. “See, it’s a bad dog” people say when the animal snarls and nips, convinced by such nasty behavior that they were right in chaining that animal all along.

Telling people to be unselfish creates a shadow personality inside them, the very “ego” that religions decry and that wouldn’t exist without religion. It’s ego, teachers preach, that makes the spirit discontent and rebellious. The vices their followers find in their private hearts are proof that the soul is a tainted thing, needing to be risen above or controlled.

So people redouble their efforts to be kind and loving. They volunteer more time, give more money to their church or their guru, and bite their tongue so hard it hurts. But their “wicked” spirit only becomes sulkier, their negative thoughts stronger, their suppressed rage greater.

The spiritual teacher has, of course, the solution to all this. The Christian struggling with wicked thoughts is told to surrender his soul to Jesus. The disciple plagued by negativity is told to surrender her ego to Oneness Consciousness. It amounts to the same thing. Spiritual aspirants must make an oblation of the will (the soul’s chief attribute and mode of expression) to something perceived as greater and purer than themselves. If they do this, God, they are promised, will destroy the evil in their hearts. Oneness, or Brahman Consciousness, will dissolve their selfish cravings and negative mental chatter. The soul will melt away into the wholeness that is their true cosmic nature, or into the love that is Jesus. The troublesome entity they have fought with for years, their inner self, will be gone. In its place will come a peace that surpasseth understanding, the presence of the Divine alive in their heart.

People who succeed in going the final steps to such surrender do indeed experience peace, but it is the peace of spiritual death. Gone is the cry of their spirit for expression, for freedom to live and do things in the world. Gone is the frustration of the heart that lived in a box all its life. All noise is silenced. The soul has been snuffed out. All that exists in the shell called the body is the presence of something else: a new, holy or cosmic consciousness.

But the consciousness that takes over when we surrender our souls only claims to be divine or of the Source. It is a consciousness that hates life, that abhors uniqueness and diversity. It wants to wipe out the creative spark whose expression was the purpose of creation. That spark, individual consciousness, burst forth from the Source Consciousness in a brilliant firework display at the beginning of time. We are those sparks, children of the Infinite, and our play and display is the reason for the world.

The play has been thwarted for millenniums. The display has been forbidden. Any original impulses that don’t align with institutionalized spiritual programming, in religions of East or West, are judged egoistic or evil. While a few people in society break free from these fetters (becoming our artists, our inventers, our thinkers), most of mankind lives under the yoke of spiritual repression, judging their deepest instincts as suspect, selfish, and wrong. So we live in miserable marriages, work at miserable jobs, go places we don’t want to go for the “happiness” of our families, and do things we don’t want to do to help the less fortunate. Religious people work so hard to make sure everyone else is happy, but no one does anything that makes anyone happy, because happiness is a luxury they’re told they have no right to expect or experience.

I remember as a girl, how Sundays my family would sit around asking one another how they’d like to spend the day. “Would you like to go to the park?” one person would ask? “I don’t know, would you like to go to the park?” would come the reply. Everyone was so busy being unselfish, trying to do what the others supposedly wanted, that no one ever answered honestly about what they thought would be fun. So we went to the park or museum, never knowing if even one family member really wanted to go there. We were that intent on being good Christians, on sacrificing our personal desires for the sake of everyone else. We thought that made us moral and pleasing to God.

I often think of this sad and ridiculous scenario that was acted out so many times when I was growing up, and what a metaphor it is for all decisions that are based on repressing our inner spark for the supposed higher good. What if instead we all listened to the promptings in our hearts, without judgment? What if we stopped calling those promptings “ego” and considered them messages from the divine within us, messages there to guide us through life?

Those who have succumbed to the teaching that the ego is a self-serving, antisocial, anti-spiritual entity that lives inside waiting to undermine, can never free the creative spark and do the things that truly bring happiness to themselves and to others. When we trust our desires and stop judging them as selfish, the nastiness that once accrued to our inner spirit strangely disappears. The soul isn’t repressed anymore. It is free and expressing, fulfilling its divine promptings. Gone is its envy toward others, its anger and resentment. The soul fills with its own innate joy, and wishes no less for everybody else.

Egoism is not born of this entity; it is born of repressing this entity. Left to itself, unjudged and uncensored, the soul desires good things for itself and for all creation. Where is the selfishness?

Spiritual teachers tell us to love, but true love is never born of an edict. Love is not biting your tongue, doing what someone else wants, repressing your desires, giving money to charity or doing prescribed service. All those things come from an effort at love, not from having love. When you have love, you need no mandates. Love is a tenderness of feeling, an empathy to what another is going through, a perception of the beauty in another.

Not only is a mandate not needed for real love – a mandate is useless in bringing love about. How can a spiritual rule make you feel tenderness or empathy, or appreciation of beauty? Only an open soul can experience those things. A soul shrouded in judgment of itself as egoistic and selfish cannot feel tenderness, empathy or appreciation. It is way too hurt and closed for such delicate feelings. Expecting a judged soul to bloom forth in genuine love is like expecting a seedling you poured drain cleaner on to sprout forth in beautiful, new, green shoots.

Any spiritual leader who makes love the core of their teaching or who talks of dissolving the “small self” or “ego” leads mankind further into the dark. A truly awake person knows that love cannot be achieved through effort and that egoism is the product of self-flagellation. The truly awake don’t tell people to be loving, they suggest people be true to themselves. They advise self-trust. They are also aware of the nature of religion and its destructive role in the world. They speak out against it in all its forms.

Truly spiritual people recognize that religions use teachings of love and oneness to manipulate humanity into first judging and then surrendering their precious, unique souls (in the form of the will). They perceive that someone stands to gain from this, those who stand at the top of religions, those who call themselves God, gods, or gurus. They know that the true God, the Source Consciousness, has no need for worship and never mandated such. They know that anyone asking for adulation is less than Infinite, less than divine – an imposter pretending to be those things.

The truly aware know that Source Consciousness wants only that its purpose in creation be fulfilled: the play and display of happiness, in a myriad expression of souls, unique in their wonderful forms. They know that religion’s teachings of mandated love and dissolving ego thwart the Infinite’s purpose by destroying those souls.

People who know the truth encourage free expression, independence, individuality. They cheer for things like questioning, dissent, and nonconformity. They never codify “truth” and they never set themselves up as “teachers.” They don’t allow others to put them on a pedestal. They never appear on the rolls of “the holy” or “the Self-realized.” They are simple, confident people going about their lives with the light on inside.

No one turns to them as gurus or quotes them as spiritual authorities. They bring light to the world by being who they are and living freely and differently. Their joy and originality inspire those around them to re-evaluate the shrunken, judged personhood inside themselves, to consider whether it, too, might be capable of such luminosity. The truly awake inspire envy and anger in many, whose first reaction to the possibility of freedom is outrage, because it means they may have been traveling in the wrong direction all their lives.

Love is the sweetest expression of life, the flower of God’s creation. Oneness is our deepest nature, the place we all join with God (to quote the poet, Matthew Arnold) like islands “linking (our) coral arms beneath the sea.” Love and Oneness – what could be better?

But teachings that tell us to practice love and surrender to the Oneness are quite another thing. There are those who would twist mankind’s natural spiritual instincts to serve their sinister purposes. Love and Oneness are their calling cards.

(For more about these sinister purposes, see my other articles in the “Blowing the Whistle on Enlightenment” series.)

Bronte Baxter

 
At 2:58 am, September 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to say that the crazy woman who supposedly didn't have her needs met was accurate and thank God she had the guts to find out what was really going on. The truth is out...Vishwananda has not kept his own principles, the principles he demanded of his Bramacharis. He violated these principles with his own. His response to all this...he has dissolved Bhakti Marga and states that he sincerely apologizes and that he never meant to hurt anyone. It was never his intentions but intentions are not the same as actions. His actions hurt others and may have done some major psychological damage to those spiritually just beginning on the path. All said and done, the only question for anyone to ponder is: "Are those at the top of the BM organization in integrity with their word/preaching?" If the answer is no, then the decision to walk away and remain in integrity is the only spiritually intelligent decision to make.

 
At 11:43 pm, September 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vishwananda is an evil man who used the vulnerable and innocent to fill his greed. He should be behind bars and I am sure in a few years he will try and set up again somewhere else but be warned - he is not to be trusted.

As for those who have been left hurt and dissolusioned by him, please keep your faith in the Lord - he will heal.

 
At 6:57 pm, September 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Visham said, he had met Mahaavatar Babaji.In June he made 8 Swamis and in August two of them left.(they were 2 month Swamis!!!!!!
If Mahaavatar Babaji is his Guru, he will be responsible for Swami Vishwananda.
He made 400 Bramacharis in 3 years.
about 200 are now gone.
Mahaavatar Babaji will loose his authentizität, if he is responsible for this made game.

 
At 8:19 am, September 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for anonymous (September,13)

Jesus said:
don't judge... if don't want to be judged!
I think that you have been one disciple of him (Vishwananda).... to say so bad things I would be ashamed!
Think rather to the good things that has left you and taught!
You are not him and ... he is not you!
Learn to go over the facts and the actions and learns to listen your heart and not to observe and to judge the actions that would be able or could not make a teacher!
Speak badly in this way don't do anything else other than to get heavy and to mar your Karma!

God Bless You

 
At 5:57 pm, September 16, 2008, Blogger H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda said...

This is the latest message from Vishwananda. Make of it what you will:

Dear brothers and sisters, dear friends

I decided to dissolve the Bhakti Marga order.

I hereby release all Brahmacharis/inis and Jal-Brahmacharis/inis from their vows. People often get caught up in positions and titles. If someone really wants to live for God, one doesn’t need a title.

My love is always with you.

I feel sorry from the bottom of my heart if someone feels hurt. This was never my intention.

People saw many things in me in the past, and expected me to be many things. And they had great expectations of who I am and how I have to be. I just want to say: I am Swami Vishwananda, with my whole being.

For each one of you who wants to stay connected with me and accepts me how I am, I continue to be there. I know, that there are many of you, who want to continue to lead a spiritual life. This will also be possible in the future, however, there will no longer exist an organisation like until now.

Who would like to write to me, can send an email to swami@bhaktimarga.org.

Springen continues to be and you are very welcome to visit.

Love & blessings,

Swami Vishwananda

Posted by anshulananda at 14:47

 
At 6:55 pm, September 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

emailed to me.....not proved...rumor at this point


Friday, 12 September 2008


Message from Guruji
Dear brothers and sisters, dear friends

I decided to dissolve the Bhakti Marga order.

I hereby release all Brahmacharis/inis and Jal-Brahmacharis/inis from their vows. People often get caught up in positions and titles. If someone really wants to live for God, one doesn’t need a title.

My love is always with you.

I feel sorry from the bottom of my heart if someone feels hurt. This was never my intention.

People saw many things in me in the past, and expected me to be many things. And they had great expectations of who I am and how I have to be. I just want to say: I am Swami Vishwananda, with my whole being.

For each one of you who wants to stay connected with me and accepts me how I am, I continue to be there. I know, that there are many of you, who want to continue to lead a spiritual life. This will also be possible in the future, however, there will no longer exist an organisation like until now.

Who would like to write to me, can send an email to swami@bhaktimarga.org.

Springen continues to be and you are very welcome to visit.

Love & blessings,

Swami Vishwananda

Vishwananda

The cause of this dissolution? According to anonymous tipsters, it went down something like this:
Emails were being sent out about Swamiji having illicit sex with his Brahmachari’s (the boys), which prompted a conference call last night lead by the national coordinator, Shrihara, and the US Brahmacharis.

Well, the “rumors” are true. Swamiji has been having sex with his Brahmacharis for years. Questions that were asked were was it consensual? Yes, in some cases. Anyone under age? No, as far as anyone knows. Were any Brahmacharis tramatized? Yes. Hari, who became a Swami recently (Swami “VK”) renounced his vows and ties to Vishwananda and is now living back with his family in London. No one knows what happened with him. Was he having sex with Vishwanada? And if not, he surely must have known what was going on.

 
At 9:38 pm, September 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When trying to assess Gurus, I think it important to pay attention to what some well recognized past Gurus have said. I would like to quote from the book I AM That, by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Q: "Is there no way of making out who is realized and who is not?"
M: Your only proof is in yourself. If you find that you turn into gold, it will be a sign that you have touched the philosopher's stone. Stay with the person and watch what happens to you. Don't ask others. Their man may not be your Guru. A Guru may be universal in his essence but not in his expressions. He may appear to be angry or greedy or over-anxious about his Ashram or his family, and you may be misled by appearances, while others are not."
Q: "Have I not the right to expect all-round perfection, both inner and outer?"
M: "Inner-yes. But outer perfection depends on circumstances, on the state of the body, personal and social,
and other innumerable factors."

I highly recommend this book to all those in confusion about Gurus and the spiritual path. It is a treasure trove of guidance. Its not exactly an easy read, but persistence will uncover nuggets of gold.

Also, Karunamayi is a Guru who can soothe the troubled soul. She is an incarnation of Saraswati, and is soft and sweet and full of wisdom. She was my Guru before I met Swami Vishwananda, who remains my Sat Guru.

Maharaj writes on Gurus: " One does not become a disciple by conversion, or by accident. There is usually an ancient link, maintained through many lives and flowering as love and trust, without which there is no discipleship.

 
At 10:49 pm, September 29, 2008, Blogger Sheen said...

NEW VISHWANANDA BLOG UPDATE:

http://vishwanandawarning.blogspot.com/2008/09/uk-sources-confirm-collapsing-of.html

This blog brings to attention UK sources confirming allegations of homosexuality regarding Vishwananda as recent comments have highlighted, as well as other information.

 
At 3:41 am, October 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This letter was written by a former brahmacharini in response to recent events concerning Swami Vishwananda:

From, "My Guru My All":
“The Guru is one whose consciousness has merged and become one with the pure higher consciousness of the Divine” “There is no room for ‘I’ or ‘my’ or ‘want’ anymore. His will is Divine will.”

“A true guru leads you, leads your soul to its final destination…and this can be granted only by the grace of the Master.”

If it is true that Swami Vishwananda is a Guru, then, in my professional opinion, he ‘should’ be abiding by the same ethical standards of those (clergy) in a ministerial role of “community trust, charisma, and patriarchal privilege and power.”

The following are some quotes regarding ethical standards for clergy (this, in our opinion, includes ‘Gurus’ too which we have put in parenthesis throughout…)

“The characteristics of clergy (or Gurus) who violate sexual boundaries are as diverse as those of persons who sexually abuse or harass and are employed in other occupations. Characteristics more closely associated with the ministerial role are ascribed community trust, charisma, and patriarchal privilege and power. The clergy person (or Guru in this case) is often accepted as God’s representative whose authority is not to be questioned. Trustworthiness ascribed to the ministerial role (or Guru’s role) is readily transferred as a character trait to those who fulfill that role. Charisma is a personal attribute that pulls the admiration of the church (or ‘Ashram’) community as well as those who might serve the minister (or Guru) as sexual partner. The minister (or Guru) who enters into exploitive sexual relationships may do so because of situational circumstances or because he or she (most frequently “he”) chronically disregards the welfare of others in order to meet their own needs. Frequently, more than one person is targeted for sexualized contact.”

“You are not having an affair with your pastor (‘Guru’). These are improper words to describe what happens in this situation. The “relationship” between a pastor (Guru) and his congregant (or counselor/counselee, etc) (or Bramachari) is NOT an “affair” – it is ABUSE. Due to the imbalance of power in the relationship between Pastor/Congregant (Teacher/Student, Counselor/Counselee, etc) (Guru/Bramachari), there can be NO mutual consent to any type of intimate behavior or sexual activity.”

“When a Pastor (or Elder or anyone seen as a spiritual leader in the church) (or ‘Guru in an Ashram’) betrays his sacred trust, it is spiritual abuse as well, spiritual adultery, if you will.”

“A quote from Sex in the Forbidden Zone by Peter Rutter, M.D. states, “A sexually abusive pastor (Guru) can easily exploit his authority by telling the woman (or man) that their “sexual relationship” is part of a divinely ordained plan.”

“The person with the power, whether it be the pastor, a teacher, a therapist, a guru, etc…, is ALWAYS the one with the highest responsibility and accountability.”

“It is an abuse of power and often of trust by someone who exploits their power over you for their own sexual pleasure.”

“…one type of sexual misconduct is sexual abuse that happens when clergy (teachers/counselors/gurus) use power to gain sexual access to vulnerable people.”

Dr. Richard Irons has been involved in the assessment of impaired professionals including medical doctors, psychologists and clergy. Irons has formulated an archetypal categorization of sexual offenders.

One of his categorizations is The Dark King. “This clergyman (Guru) is best described as charming and charismatic, exploiting his power for personal gain. He is grandiose and needs to control and dominate. They can usually find a vulnerable adult to meet their sexual needs. The charisma of this type usually creates devoted followers who will remain fiercely loyal even when sexual misconduct is exposed.”

From Ethics For The New Millennium by His Holiness the Dali Lama:

“Some people may wonder whether the injunctions against sexual misconduct are really necessary in these times...” “However, as human beings, we are naturally attracted to external objects, whether it be through the eyes, when we are attracted by form, through the ears, when the attraction arises in relation to sound, or through any of the other senses. Each of them has the potential to be a source of difficulty for us. Yet sexual attraction involves all five senses. As a result, when extreme desire accompanies sexual attraction, it has the ability to cause us enormous problems. It is, I believe, this fact that is recognized in the ethical directives against sexual misconduct articulated by every major religion.”

…”Given that wholesome ethical conduct entails considering the impact of our actions not only on ourselves but on others, too, …”

“So rather than seeing strictures against sexual misconduct as a limit to freedom, we do better to see them as commonsense reminders that such actions directly affect the well-being of both oneself and others.”

“…Another example of the way in which negative actions harm the one who indulges them can be seen in the context of an individual’s reputation. …if we engage in activities which harm others, despite the temporary satisfaction we might gain thereby, people will at some point begin to look at us askance. They will become apprehensive of us, nervous and suspicious on account of our bad reputation…”

“Ethical conduct is thus not something we engage in because it is somehow right in itself. We do so because we recognize that just as I desire to be happy and to avoid suffering, so do all others.”

And finally…
From Man’s Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda:
“Men of God-realization…are devoid of the ego-principle (ahamkara) and its uprisings of personal desires; the actions of true masters are in effortless conformity with rita, natural righteousness.”

“Except for the purpose of procreation, and the expression of mutual true love in the holy state of matrimony, the creative urge is intended by God to be transmuted into energy and divine realization. Insofar as you can absorb the sexual power, you can develop great mental powers to write, paint, or express yourself creatively in a thousand other ways. As you ultimately control and spiritualize the creative energy, you will feel great peace and love and bliss in God. Saints who have thus spiritualized the sexual energy are very powerful, able to demonstrate wonderful achievements in the world and in the interior search for Truth.”

“Thus the highest use of sex is the sublimation of its power in order to manifest spiritual thoughts and ideals and wisdom. It is detrimental to your mental and physical well-being if you concentrate on sex apart from the expression of marital love or the procreative purpose of married life. One should not dwell on sex thoughts or act promiscuously on sex thoughts. When you can exercise this restraint you can develop the right attitude toward sex and its wholesome divine purpose.”

“The universe and man were immaculately created by God’s will. In the beginning, man also was empowered to create immaculately by will, as God did. Man lost his power when he was tempted to concentrate on sexual rather than spiritual expression of the divine creative power. To be enslaved by sex is to lose health, self-control, and peace of mind – everything that man needs to be happy.”

With all of the above stated, we will no longer choose to follow Swami Vishwananda. Through his inappropriate actions he has not demonstrated to us that he is a true Guru and worthy of our trust, respect and devotion.

We suggest that anyone read the book Forgiveness by Dr. Sidney Simon. This book may help on the path of healing.

Blessings of Divine Love to All.

 
At 2:50 pm, January 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vishwananda in Dubai...

Recently, it's come to light that Vishwananda has lost not only devotees and fans, but also lost money in the stock market. It also came to light that
on various travel excursions, Vishwananda has gone out
of his way to go shopping in the city of Dubai, otherwise known as the "Las Vegas Of the Middle East" often to purchase rings containing "blood diamonds" otherwise known as conflict diamonds from the Saudis.

It pains me as a former devotee that some of my donations went to
sponsoring Vishwananda's extravagant trips to Dubai to
give money to the Saudis (who sponsored 9/11) so that
he could adorn his body with "conflict diamonds" off the backs of poor Africans.

This is not the bahavior of a renunciate or someone
who is at all sensitive to the environment or world
situations.

So my question is, is there any way former devotees can get donations back? When I sent my
donations, I didn't realize that he was spending my
money like this. All we were ever told was
about things like "medical camp," etc...but now, so many issues are coming to light...
I sent a copy of this letter to his ashram in Germany and received no reply.

 
At 2:59 pm, January 10, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will advice you to file a law case against him & his org.

He misued our money too for his own.
comforts.

some of my friends who were very closed to vishwananda told me
that he went to thailand several times before to enjoy himself for male massage & sex!!!

he should be behind the bars right now

cathia
ex german bramhacharini

 
At 9:41 am, January 27, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having read all above, i can’t understand one thing: well, the scandal went out in a moment, “facts” and “evidences’ started to come out simultaneously from various “reliable” sources claiming to be close to Swami and spread about in geometrical progression. These accounts refer to certain events that have been taking place for years.

So, why for God’s sake had these ‘close” devotees kept silent, why hadn’t they remove our illusions before the autumn scandal or may be they’d just pretended not to see and hear anything…It looks a bit suspicious to me.

And finally the accusations here are....just a bit exaggerated, you haven’t accused Swamiji only of provoking global financial crises, you know! Why don’t you use you own head, dear ex-devotees before falling in with such “evidences”? And think over the meaning of the word “devotee” before stepping on spiritual path!

 
At 6:12 pm, February 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the last comment!!!

This person is still fooling himself and contributing in a great sin by still following vishwananda.

Let me remind this person that there are lots of evidence of vishwananda's malpractice since a very long time....He/she can check this blog or other testimonials of ex devotees.

I did lots of research and finally found this
Firstly Vishwananda's biography which is published everwhere is completely a lie.Many devotees from maurtius ,switzerland,uk & other countries have been fooled by vishwananda many times before.
Some years ago he was proclaiming satya sai baba to be the real god on earth.Then he changed and got baptized into christian and got several problems and finally now his own business.

He is still fooling people with his cheap sleight of hand miracles,his childish knowledge about spirituality.Vishwananda is only a showman, who manipulates spiritual beginners.

There are police records of him stealing relics from churches in switzerland.

He had sex with most of his male bramhacharis while teaching people to live in complete celibacy.

He lives in luxury and keep traveling around the world to sell his products and market his name and fame.

He goes against Mahamuni Babaji Sacred teachings of making an organization.

It is quite horrible to see that there are stills some fools following this cheap and disgusting guy.

Many devotees kept silent because it was quite a traumatic experience.

I personally have been abused by vishwananda several times and thank God i left him last year.

I feel quite sorry for some people who are still convinced that vishwananda is a saint.

 
At 10:57 pm, February 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you guys really would know Swami Vishwananda, you would never talk about him in such a bad way!
He is pure love!

 
At 1:58 pm, February 05, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For becoming a rightful swami, one has to take the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to the guru. Since Vishwananda obviously has broken those vows, he is not a rightful swami.

He has made a business out of letting innocent people believe that he is a divine incarnation. To believe that he is, is naiv.
Vishwananda i a yogateacher. Don't fool youself in believing otherwise.

 
At 6:10 pm, February 08, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, why for God’s sake had these ‘close” devotees kept silent, why hadn’t they remove our illusions before the autumn scandal or may be they’d just pretended not to see and hear anything…It looks a bit suspicious to me."


I was thinking on going on silence for all the years and not to speak about this, but this last phrase made me think otherwise.

I was a former devotee of sv from 2004 to the last year, when i got out of the organization even before the so called "autumn scandal".

I can say that i was very close to sv. He used to come to my house and be with me, and i often went to steffenshof when i had the time, and several times to london. I usually went there to attend darshans.

I have to say that i had sex with him on several times, when he came to my house when he could find some time to visit me, between the darshans going in my country at that time.

We also had sex in steffenshof and london.

Sv is a gay man and he should accept that, instead of pretend that he is straight and that he loves and has sex relations with the bramacharinis. That´s a lie.

He don´t abuse small children and he is not a pedophile, as some are publishing .

Everyone must know that he is not a bad person. He is full of love and brings hapiness and joy to everyone attending the darshans.
But he is human. And as human he has human needs. Everyone has human needs.

The thing that i want to say is that you are not the only one guy with sv had sex. And that is perfecttly normal. I don´t think i was abused.
I also wanted to have sex with him. I really don´t think that he abuses anyone. The thing is what happened to me: we think that we are the only ones with whom he is having sex and that he likes, and when we realize that the number is much bigger, we become disapointed... that´s life...like being inlove with someone else and get betrayed...

I am not going to tell about anything else and you can trust me or not. Regarding his biography, i cannot say if it is really or not. I met some of his london family on my journeys to meet him at the darshans.

I only want to say that i left him and his monastic order because of personal reasons (he was going out with almost all his bramacharis and non bramacharis, and that hurt me profoundly) and non-personal reasons (he preached one thing and was doing another).

If anyone desires to know more i can give an email for you to write to.

Please learn one thing: ALL THAT MATTERS IS INSIDE YOU. DON´T LOOK OUTSIDE YOURSELF. DON´T ACCEPT OTHERS TO TEACH YOU WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW: THAT YOU AND GOD ARE ONLY ONE. WHY PUT OTHERS IN THE MIDDLE?

 
At 12:25 pm, February 10, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi - i was a devotee for several yearsand am spurred to write this following the comment on why these close devotees held their silence for so long. The thing is i was one of those ppl that held their silence. I knew it was happening but he made out that it had to be this way and to ask questions was not a form of devotion and surrender. He had us at the point where we would have died for him, really im not kidding. To think back on it now it looks and feels almost like a brain wash - even tho ppl suggested it at the time i was like you guys are all just carzy but really now when i look back it kind of was...i think the real question here is, are ppl getting hurt? Yes they are. I know several boys (all over the legal age, interetsing he kept it all legal)whose lives have been utterly destroyed by what he did. He made them think that it was ok for him to do those things to them because that was what SURRENDER was...WHAT THE ****???!! AND his devotees compare it to what Krishna was doing tot he gopis...my question to these devotees are HOW DO U KNO WHAT KRISHNA DID WITH THE GOPIS!?!? WERE U THERE?? IS IT IN THE BHAGAVATAM?? NOOO!! Its a bunch of bull that ure swami has fed u, WAKE UP!!! there was even a campaign to destroy the poeple who were in actual fact just reciting the truths about him. He got huffy (trust me i was there) and demanded they be destroyed...did he do this himself NO...he got his mignons to do the dirty work for him. He didnt even get his hands dirty he asked these young boys and girls to do it for him. only urge those left with him to ask themselves a question...do u stand by someone who hurts ppl like this? Do u think this is a divine way of acting?? Is it loving?? Clearly his actions during the whole scandal were not loving or divine!! I personally heard him call those involved in sperwdding the truths s "bitch! and a "bastard" ... so im sorry is this DIVINE?! My god.. wake up people. i have personally heard him bitch about people after darshans and anwayone that leaves him is bitched about as well...i just dont think this is how the saints of the old days behaved. I dont think Jesus went round bitching about people nor did he crucify those who didnt believe in him. He looked on them in the same light as he held his own devotees. Ok i may not know that for sure but it stands to reason that Gid should look favourably on those who love him and dont right?? So ppl who are with him....observe his actions ...the sex... the stealing of relics...the bitching...the whole saying one thing and doing another....the whole destroying people campaign...does this sound divine to you .....all im saying is ASK YOURSELF ...think...think for yourself and i think you will see him for what he is. Yes He may have been divine at some point in his life but when he started hurting people i think it all went down the drain.

 
At 5:34 pm, February 15, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The disgusting and fake guru Vishwananda.

Vishwananda is the biggest liar and the totally false guru i know.

A true Guru DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH HIS DISCIPLES.A true guru is like a spiritual father who guides us towards self-realization.

A true Guru DO NOT CHANGE RELIGIONS AS IF HE IS CHANGING HIS UNDERWEAR LIKE VISHWANANDA DOES.

A true Guru DO NOT GIVE THESE SO CALLED DARSHANS(VISHWANANDA ONLY SELL AND MARKET HIS NAME AND PRODUCT WHILE DOING THIS)

False Guru - by far the majority of Eastern gurus to the west, as well as home-grown gurus, are false. They either are deluding themselves, deluding others (con artists), or both. While some fake gurus are harmless, many are abusive, even dangerous, and should be steered well clear of. Such is the nature of lack of spiritual discrimination that many seekers believe that fake gurus are genuinely enlightened. This shows how easily people are fooled by superficial appearances.A false Guru have sex with disciples and take their money for own comforts.

 
At 5:18 am, February 23, 2009, Anonymous The Pilgrim said...

I have lost my best friend to this Bhakti Marga cult. I was surprised one day to hear him tell me that he had joining a spiritual community and had taken some vows of celibacy and had been made a Swami. He is a very disciplined man and as far as I can glean he is teaching Shakti Yoga. I have found some of the things mentioned in this blog to be quite alarming and I am deeply concerned for his sanity as well as his well being. I pray for him often and I trust God (being a spiritual person myself) that my friend will wakeup from this rather dangerous god-man delusion.

I am encouraged to hear from the people who have left this movement and that they have taken the option to think for themselves. Not following blindly devoted to delusions by the deluded. I hope and pray that my friend will do likewise.

So does anyone actually know what the state-of-play is with regards to the Bhakti Marga cult this year? What are their plans, and what's actually going on within this Hindu/(Pseudo) Christian / syncretic cult?


As an aside have you read Tal Brookes book about how he was a Western disciple of Sai Baba, who eventually saw through what was going on there, and left to find his True path of Salvation. (There are some stiking similarities between Sai Baba and Vishawatnot - the later being somewhat a clone of the former).

See: http://www.amazon.com/Avatar-Night-Special-Millennial-Brooke/dp/193004500X

 
At 4:33 am, February 25, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank several people for coming forth with honest revelations about their experiences with Swami Vishwananda. It is only through such information that we can come to the know truth about this unusual person. I really don't find outbursts of hatred with no facts to support these feelings very helpful. My opinion is that Swami V. is a spiritual person who has taken a wrong turn and developed mental illness.

There is some information about the current state of the Bhakti Marga Organization, at www.BhaktiMarga.org. It looks like Swami V. has resumed his travels and Darshans, and the establishment of the new Springen center is moving along.

I would encourage everyone who feels they have been injured by Swami to come forth and share the facts. Also I would like to hear from people who are still supportive of him and the reasons for this.

If Hari Ananda-the former Swami V.K. is out there, please let us hear from you! You don't have to give your identity, we just want to hear your wonderful words!

 
At 6:02 pm, May 09, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth is beginning to be told here, by people who were very involved with Vishwananda:

http://tellthetruth123.wordpress.com/

 
At 9:07 pm, May 09, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is interesting to read all of these posts. I went to see Swami Vishwandana in the U.S. for darshan several times over the course of a couple of years. Irregardless of the allegations against him, I can only say that I personally had very positive, consciousness-expanding experiences as a result of the darshan. I tend to be prone to peak experiences anyway (with or without anyone's darshan), but it is true that I also had profound peak experiences at the U.S. events with Swami.

Now, I was never close to Swami personally, or involved directly in his organization, But I would like to offer some observations that I made about the entire movement in general. So this is coming from the point of view of an "outsider looking in."

One thing I saw that really disturbed me was not anything Swami ever did or said himself. It was more the attitude and behavior of all his close devotees that troubled me. I noticed right away that the people who surrounded Swami seemed kind of closed off and emotionally dependent on a falsely idealized-image of how they think a guru is supposed to be. It was somewhat neurotic in nature.

This really troubled me right from the start. Supposedly, Swami's teaching was that he didn't want people to depend oh him. Rather, devotees were to tap into their own higher self and move towards self-realization that way (by connecting personally to God- Souce and not relying on the guru).

Yet, that is not what I witnessed his devotees doing. They seemed to act like a bunch of delusional groupies chasing after a rock star. And they were always talking about "surrendering to the guru completely." But they were identifying the ultimate guru to be Swami V. (the human), instead of god-source as the real guru within oneself. This was very contradictory in nature and did not match what I heard Swami saying in his lectures. It was as though his devotees were not hearing anything he was saying.

Furthermore, I didn't find his core group of followers to be very "friendly" towards ousiders either. They seemed really self-involved and competitive with each other in terms of being a part of Swami's "inside circle." And there also seemed to be a lot of ego surrounding who was close to Swami, who was a Brahmachari, what positions they held....etc.

All of this was red-flag behavior for me. So I never really got close to people in the organizition. The final turn-off for me was at the last Bhakti Kriya course in Palm Desert. I saw several of the Brahmacharis very sternly avoiding and denouncing physical contact with other people.

One female Brahmachari refused to stand in the darshan line next to my husband. She made me stand between her and him. I found that to be totally neurotic and ridiculous. Was she afraid that being near my husband's energy would somehow pollute her almighty spiritual purity? I overheard another male brahmachari saying that they had been directed "not to touch other people" because it would spiritually pollute them. Again.... totally ridiculous and false, as far as I am concerned. I am a full time bodyworker and have touched thousands and thousands of people from head to toe for the past 10 years. And I can assure anyone that you don't get "spiritual cooties" from touching others unless you are very, very weak yourself. Swami touches people's forehead during darshan. And that is ok? But the brahmacharis cannot? I'm sorry, but you can't function like that in the real world. And most of us live in the real world.

Again, seeing this behavior from the brahmacharis concerned me. They were walling themselves off from the real world and seemed to be really out of touch. Also, there was a preoccupation with rules regarding what they were supposed to wear, how to behave, etc.

Just on a pure psychological level this reminded me of lost little children looking for a god-like parent to tell them all the rules, which they were ever so eager to follow blindly.

And once again, I have to go back to this notion of the idealized-guru image. Personally, I value any positive impact I can gain from a spiritual teacher. And even if a guru is considered a "saint" by many, I always think it is a mistake to hold them to the standard of a perfected god-like deity.

In my opinion, there is no such thing in this day and age. Even if an enlightenened soul incarnates into a human body and is supposedly "self-realized", so what? They are still in a human body. And the human body, by its very nature and existence, is nothing more than solidified karma. So anything inhabiting it will be under the influence of this karma, no matter how high the soul. There are few (if any) swimming amongst us in the mud who can ever be 100% pure and free of the distortion that is inherent within that mud. And anyone who thinks there is, is only fooling themselves. Yes, there are those who are clearer and less distorted than others. But to find 100% clarity is indeed rare, even amongst the most adept and gifted. Look at any guru in the present day, or even historically and you will see that there are shades of truth to this.

When I went to see Swami Vishwananda, I did so with this very attitude. I expected nothing of him and I did not expect perfection either. I just went there with an open mind and curiosity to see what is. During each and every darshan what I experienced was my heart chakra busting open and expanding wide, and endless, infinite grace pouring in. Was this because of Swami? If I didn't know better, I would say yes. But actually, the answer is no. From my perspective, Swami did have the ability to transmit a tremendous amount of Shakti in a healing way. But the way I recieved it, experienced it and acted upon it was entirely up to me. Yes, my experience and behavior as a result of that Shakti, was entirely my responsibility.

In the same way, it is the responsibility of each and evey devotee to seek clarity, autonomy, truth and behave like responsible adults. Instead, I witness Swami's devotees perpetuating dependency, victimization, blame, and turning Swami into a manipulative perpetrator.

So what if he had sex with men? I could care less if anyone is gay or not, even a "guru." What got Swami into ethical trouble is the fact that he chose to have these relationships with his devotees. This would be like a therapist having sex with their clients. In the U.S. that would be considered unethical, and the therapist would lose their license. So that was a major judgement error!

As far as I know, based on history, many saints and gurus were householders. And it is not for anyone of us to judge whether those relationships are of the same gender or not. As a human culture, we have way too much judgement, shame and blame surrounding sex in general. We cannot mature within ourselves and face the realities of our own nature and our own Karma. And what's worse, we project all of our own darkness and shortcomings onto our idealized image of the human guru (who we expect to be sexless.. by the way). I think someone should right a book about this very dysfunctional phenomenon.

I do feel compassion for anyone who feels they were somehow "victimized" or hurt by all of Swami's doings. But I also think there is a time to stand up and empower oneself. Take responsibility for the nature of your own perceptions and experiences and actions! Get out of this shame-guilt-blame game. It is not constructive and really does not serve anyone's higher good. But hopefully, someday, it will serve their growth. If there is any beauty in all of this, it lies in the hope that all of Swami's devotess have grown from it. And in finding their autonomy, they will find God-Souce within themselves... finally.

As for Swami Vishwananda, if I ever had the chance to go to a darshan with him again, I would do so without giving it a second thought. I find beauty and magic and endless inspiration where other people only see a big mess.........

 
At 8:49 am, June 08, 2009, Blogger Marky Malarky said...

I read a lot of these posts. I spent several years with Osho in india and Oregon. I've attended several of Vishwananda's Darshan's in Southern Ca. As compared to Osho's Darshan, I felt very little with Vishwananda. He has some Sidi's and say's all the guru type things to say, the chanting is nice but I felt there was something off with the group. A kind of depedence and worshiping of him, by the devotes. This same sort of behavior happened around Osho and people became blind followers. They called it being surrendered, I call it being sucummed.

Around Papa-Ji in Lucknow this behavior was ignored. Papa didn't let people get too attached. He would send followers away and say they needed to go back home and be with their families. He was a disciple of Ramana Maharshi. All of the teachers I've met from that linage seem to be very pure and the Advaita teachers don't dangle a carrot of bliss and everlasting joy and happiness in front of you.
In fact, they say nothing may happen for you. All the effort in the world may produce no results.

Some individuals have expectations that somehow having a Guru is going to save them and give them unending happiness and bliss. That somehow it will speed up one's evolution. Maybe that's just the guru marketing ploy. Join up and forever be saved.

If you fall in love with a guru, or just because you feel good and have a warm feeling in your chest, and lights in your head, doesn't mean the dude is going to save you from your suffering if you stick around long enough.

And if your stupid enough to give all your money to him, then you deserve what you get.

The true teachers never ask for all your money. He should at least give you a receipt, so you can write it off on your taxes.

I've been with about 30 teachers in my 30 years of seeking and what I've come to is, no one is going to save me or you or anyone.

That was a rude awakening for me. I thought that if I only could find the right teacher then I would progress to enlightenment.

The enlightenment is always there. There's nowhere to go and nothing to get. That's the joke of it all.

So Swami has played the ultimate joke on you. He got you to give him your money and surrender to him
even when he says bad things to you, and gets you to have cosmic sex with him Now he's spending all your money on jewels and prostitutes.

You now say he's bad because he didn't live up to your expectations of how an Avatar is supposed to behave.

It sounds like he's got a good gig going for himself. Did he promise you he would behave and treat you special when you joined the club?

And unfortunately there are many wounded beings who are begging for attention and to be saved by his grace and miracles.

Some of us have so many unresolved issues with are parents and childhood we look outside of ourselves for the answers and end up feeling taken advantage of, just like when we we're younger.

That good feeling we call love is just a feeling and there are drugs that can create the same illusion.

So what to do. Spring comes and the grass grows by itself.

Love,

Swami Marky Malarky

 
At 10:41 pm, July 22, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rajesvari has been repeating this same verbal diaheria on blogs all over the world. Basically, she's frustrated because Swami wouldn't succumb to her sexual advances.

Her arguments are always the same 1.) He had astral sex with me 2.) He fucks his bramacharis 3.) He holds Yogic powers in his hair. 4.) He steals energy from his devotees 4. He adorns himself with Jewelry 5.) Other gurus blow him off.

Bla bla bla. Same shit, different blogs.

Let it go, Rajesvari.

 
At 3:06 pm, August 11, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially for Rajesvari-Why Swami chose brown for his devotees clothing:
There is a nice little story which took place at the courtyard of the Church of Claire in Assisi. A small group was visiting the impressive churches in Assisi with our Swami. During a small break Swmi was mentioning for the first time that he really likes the colour of brown for clothes as the Franciscan do. He explained to us it´s a colour which doesn´t have any effect on the person wearing it and also there is no attraction for the other people seeing brown clothes. So in these special place in Assisi the idea of wearing brown clothes was born.

 
At 12:18 am, September 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hum…

Haven’t checked out this webpage for over a year now, But a friend of mine, an ex-disciple of Vishwananda Told me that a gay lover of Vishy Just wrote an untruthful comment about me…

so I must make some clarifications.

Two comments prior to this one, an anonymous person believed to be Babaji Linham accuses me of all sorts of untruths which I must take time now to refute.

Of course, he is too cowardly to state his real spiritual name here in this blog…but it’s obvious to me from corresponding with him from another blog, who he is…

http://tellthetruth123.wordpress.com

In this blog, he’s concerned that my blog comments
Reached all around the world…

I can’t help that, but perhaps it was a blog whose time had come…

I only posted my concerns about Vishwananda again because my friend from Germany lost her life savings to Vishwananda and requested that I repost it.

The question is, why would Babaji’s Lingham (penis) have against ex-devotees establishing a support blog site such as this one to help heal each other.

Why insist upon bashing people on the website designed as a support group for Vishwananda’s victims?

Why don’t you “let go?”
It’s not your website!
Why not get your own website???

Oh yeah, …forgot…
In a Gestapo-like move, Bhakti Marga
Dissolved its own website…

Because that’s what BM was all about.

Lies, deception, untruth and most of all, censorship…

I know, all of Vishy’s stepford wives and gay lovers would

Prefer censorship to their nefarious deeds…but it’s a free world.

I did not post my blog all over the world, as you have stated,

but only originally, only on this one…

Perhaps it was a blog whose time had come.

As John Lennon once said, Power to the People!

 
At 12:18 am, September 01, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about disempowered…do you ever look at yourself?

What kind of guru would name you after someone’s penis anyway?

Didn’t you ever question this?

It’s disrespectful.

You should take care who you are serving…

and also what you are saying about others…especially about me who you don’t seem to know anything about.

Do I know you? Why don’t you be a man,

Instead of a whimp and sign your name, like I did?

Who are you that you’re accusing me of making sexual advances towards Vishwananda?

Unlike you and those little boys he seduced, I was never alone with him.

So when did I make this sexual advance?

I’d really like to know about it…sounds entertaining…


The point is, Vishwananda uses his tantric siddhis on EVERYONE.

Not just me, but you as well.

It’s backwards…don’t you get it?


Many people left because they felt violated by his tantric siddhis and ability to manipulate and control people’s feelings.

Vishy then turns around and has the nerve to accuse the people he violates of making sexual advances towards him… …

Don’t you see how insecure he is??!!

He engineered those perverted lilas to begin with…through his tantric siddhis…

Wake up!!


Vishwananda is a very powerful tantric magician. He can make you feel anything…even that you are experiencing sex with him… It’s like that with most of the younger, more attractive devotees, who he singles out, but not the elderly.

I’ve talked with several older women/men who have not experienced sexual advances by Vishwananda…

As one of his favorite disciples who accompanied him to India confessed to me, “he probably doesn’t come on to me because I’m old…”


The elderly no longer have the light or shakti stored in their chakras for him to steal…as most fallen yogis do, they get their power horizontally from people, rather than vertically from God…

You also have trouble with the concept that a fallen yogi can store powers in his hair.

Yes, of course, Vishy demands that all of his male bramacharis “shave up” while his hair remains long and flowing in the wind…

Hum…wonder why…

Just read the “Seventh Goswami”, Or the story of Sampson and Deliliah in the Bible. Or read about how the Sikhs kept their hair until their last Breath and were even martyred for not cutting their hair. The Sikhs believe the hair stores the magnetic energy of the body.


And unlike you, Babji Linham, I believe in the warnings issued Against Vishy by Ammachi, Anniruddha and Dr. Shyam, who Are all considered veteran enlightened beings.


And unlike you, Babji Penis, I’ve been celibate for many years, but I lead a very full life as a school teacher. I am happy, and unlike you, and I have a nine year old son. Jesus, Krisna and Amma fill my heart to the brim, and I have no need for Vishwananda’s deceptive practices any more.


It’s better that way because while I was with Vishy, I was always looking around my shoulder worrying about What he would do if he got a hold of my nine year old son.

I had heard about fallenYogis like Vishwananda using their tantric siddhis to seduce young boys in hopes of getting them in bed and stealing their light…their shakti.

It’s obvious to me and everyone else…why isn’t it obvious to you?

Maybe you’re still pumped up by his light

Which he’s stolen from so many people…but

Don’t worry, once he gets bored of you, you will also feel ripped off.


Anyway, Babaji Penis, it may take you a few lifetimes,

But maybe you’ll figure it out in your next lifetime…

That he’s ripping you off also…

Take care,

Rajesvari

 
At 12:51 am, January 01, 2010, Anonymous Sheen said...

Blog Update:

"Mother" Meera's connection with Vishwananda....

http://vishwanandawarning.blogspot.com/

 
At 4:06 am, April 14, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonomous
fake guru visham or visvananda has taken advantage of my sister who is stuck in the so call German ashram . Who has not eaten or drank anything in last four days. So call. Visham Jack of all religions but master of non has brain washed my vulnerable sister. As I write this she is being rescued by her two sons n my brother trying to convince her to come back to her family. She was on a brink of committing suicide in the name of merging with visham. Where is so call master n jack of many religion when devotees are suffering or need his guidance. He is a user .The truth is moving faster than his organization n is about to catch up with him. He will be running for his dear devine life ,when we r done with him.?he is about to be exposed soon , even his siddis r going to fail him as super ravana fell.

 
At 12:39 am, March 28, 2011, Blogger Suven said...

A message came to my attention recently regarding Vishwananda and him indicating that there would be the end of this world very soon!

His presence however on the planet may have caused the surge in natural disasters made worse by his inability to refrain from making suspect statements.

 
At 11:19 pm, April 06, 2011, Blogger Sheen said...

There has also been info that Vishwananda has been instrumental in getting some blogs deleted - the 'tellthetruth123' blogsite is the main one it seems.
Also not sure as yet if there are any kind of real threats being made to individuals to scrap a blog.

 
At 6:43 pm, May 09, 2011, Blogger Suven said...

Would be interested to know if there any comments, questionable or otherwise from vishwananda and/or his friends on the somewhat unexpected passing of Sathya Sai Baba in April?
May the unwise become wise!

 
At 8:07 am, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone I had no direct contact with Swami but my sons father did and had sexual relations with him which later came out. My family has never been the same he preys on the weak who need something to believe in and bottom line he is still doing it just not in the states anymore I think if we all band together we could put this to an end cause this is unjust and sick. Does anyone know of legal action that can be taken?

 
At 4:05 pm, May 25, 2011, Blogger Suven said...

To the above comment - this is something that for some years I have been hoping for on taking legal action and/or a police investigation on vishwananda and circle (see comments also on the blog by 'Sheen')!
Agree that if people join together and are not afraid to talk about their experiences etc, it will be possible. I do also believe that God has a great plan for justice.
Feel free to contact!

 
At 2:18 pm, June 03, 2011, Blogger Suven said...

The blog which was apparently deleted by vishwananda and/or goup is now back (date Feb 2011):

http://tellthetruthswamivishwananda.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/hello-world/

Also there has been a lady who has been in contact over recent months who has been under a great deal of stress owing to her partner having left her for vishwananda, it would seem at vishwananda's request. Would advise people to not be afraid and talk about their experiences and God will ensure justice.

 
At 4:24 pm, August 15, 2011, Blogger Suven said...

This is the blogsite regarding the lady who lost her partner owing to the interference of Vishwananda -

http://www.jaisiyaram.com/blog/fake/8056-is-swami-vishwananda-responsible-for-separating-a-loving-couple-18-may-11.html

 
At 7:59 pm, September 05, 2011, Blogger Sheen said...

Article brought to our attention on the from the 'jaisiyaram' site on Vishwandanda and his interference.
http://www.jaisiyaram.com/websitepublisher/articles/92/1/Swami-Vishwananda-told-my-boyfriend-to-leave-me/Page1.html

 
At 4:53 pm, January 25, 2012, Blogger Suven said...

Once again it has to be stressed on not going to see false guru Vishwananda and his friends such as Vishnudeva Saraswati and Meera - Ammachi may also be supporting them as is certainly the case with the swami who travels with her so be carful here too!

This is a blogsite that came to my attention on a woman who died at Vishwananda's service -
http://vishwananda-blog.blogspot.com/2012/01/darshan-of-swami-vishwananda-was-given.html

 
At 2:33 pm, July 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swami Vishwananda would be great if there wouldn't be desire to take Sathya Sai Baba's place.Sathya Sai Baba's teachings are complete and every try to copy Him is just a small dust in a desert.The best is to spray all Baba's teachings and then more people would come to meet Vishwananda. Baba is very high in vibrations,He is not a yogi,but God Himself incarnated. Yogis are many,and majority knows that Baba is Divine.He is Purity. Talking ill about Sathya Sai Baba will not bring more devotees to Wishvananda. Also going to Sathya Sai Baba nobody asked them to donate.Only those who wanted gave donation for hospitals,education.People could come to see Baba without any donations. Baba spread so much Divine Love around that nobody can achieve that level.

 
At 7:27 pm, November 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man with name Vishwananda is the daemon of the Kaliyuga - Kali. He is full of the knowledge of this thruth. He speaks about the beeing Kalki, which will destroy this daemon. But, there is no mans power to destroy him. The Mother self will do it.

 
At 9:47 pm, February 28, 2013, Blogger Sai Loves Julia said...

I am a Sathya Sai Baba devotee. He has taught me & continues to teach me to LOVE ALL & to SERVE ALL. I was born in California & was in search of GOD many years ago after going through some hardships in life. Miracle after miracle started to happen to me which led me to Him. I must say that I was never influenced by any person and/or group who followed Baba. In fact, I never knew any devotee during that time nor did I ever hear or see His name. Honestly, the most incredible things started happening days after I NEEDED GOD! I can't put them into words here but all I could share is that since that time, my life has changed for the better. I have no interest in what people have to say, good or bad. All I can say is that He has changed my life for the better & I am much more peaceful than ever before. Although, Baba has left His physical body, He continues to demonstrate His Omnipresence/Omniscience & Omnipotence in my life. He never sought devotees. He never asked for money. His only mission was & still is is to help us realize who we truly are: LOVE/GOD. This world (His Play) that we're in has millions of actors...each playing his role perfectly. It's important to be a witness to everything & to realize that LIFE has many lessons teach. If we're wise, we will take nothing personal. Just TRUST in GOD...whatever name you choose, God/Allah/Krsna/Baba/Jesus/Jehovah/Guru Nanak/Shiva/Kali etc...God is there, helping us along the way.

I encourage all to be good to one another. To be loving. And, to see God in all.

Omsairam/Namaste/Satnam/Amen

Om xox

 
At 9:48 pm, February 28, 2013, Blogger Sai Loves Julia said...

I am a Sathya Sai Baba devotee. He has taught me & continues to teach me to LOVE ALL & to SERVE ALL. I was born in California & was in search of GOD many years ago after going through some hardships in life. Miracle after miracle started to happen to me which led me to Him. I must say that I was never influenced by any person and/or group who followed Baba. In fact, I never knew any devotee during that time nor did I ever hear or see His name. Honestly, the most incredible things started happening days after I NEEDED GOD! I can't put them into words here but all I could share is that since that time, my life has changed for the better. I have no interest in what people have to say, good or bad. All I can say is that He has changed my life for the better & I am much more peaceful than ever before. Although, Baba has left His physical body, He continues to demonstrate His Omnipresence/Omniscience & Omnipotence in my life. He never sought devotees. He never asked for money. His only mission was & still is is to help us realize who we truly are: LOVE/GOD. This world (His Play) that we're in has millions of actors...each playing his role perfectly. It's important to be a witness to everything & to realize that LIFE has many lessons teach. If we're wise, we will take nothing personal. Just TRUST in GOD...whatever name you choose, God/Allah/Krsna/Baba/Jesus/Jehovah/Guru Nanak/Shiva/Kali etc...God is there, helping us along the way.

I encourage all to be good to one another. To be loving. And, to see God in all.

Omsairam/Namaste/Satnam/Amen

Om xox

 
At 9:48 pm, February 28, 2013, Blogger Sai Loves Julia said...

I am a Sathya Sai Baba devotee. He has taught me & continues to teach me to LOVE ALL & to SERVE ALL. I was born in California & was in search of GOD many years ago after going through some hardships in life. Miracle after miracle started to happen to me which led me to Him. I must say that I was never influenced by any person and/or group who followed Baba. In fact, I never knew any devotee during that time nor did I ever hear or see His name. Honestly, the most incredible things started happening days after I NEEDED GOD! I can't put them into words here but all I could share is that since that time, my life has changed for the better. I have no interest in what people have to say, good or bad. All I can say is that He has changed my life for the better & I am much more peaceful than ever before. Although, Baba has left His physical body, He continues to demonstrate His Omnipresence/Omniscience & Omnipotence in my life. He never sought devotees. He never asked for money. His only mission was & still is is to help us realize who we truly are: LOVE/GOD. This world (His Play) that we're in has millions of actors...each playing his role perfectly. It's important to be a witness to everything & to realize that LIFE has many lessons teach. If we're wise, we will take nothing personal. Just TRUST in GOD...whatever name you choose, God/Allah/Krsna/Baba/Jesus/Jehovah/Guru Nanak/Shiva/Kali etc...God is there, helping us along the way.

I encourage all to be good to one another. To be loving. And, to see God in all.

Omsairam/Namaste/Satnam/Amen

Om xox

 

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