I recently got in touch with a former devotee of Nithyananda. She wrote her experience in an article which she published as author on our website. Her name is Bawaani and she is from Malaysia. She described her story with Nithyananda, how she first believed in him but with the sex scandal last year lost all faith in him. She had been very engaged in the Ashram activities in Malaysia and had brought her family to attend programs and engage themselves there, too. She has seen the truth and reality and broke away but her family is still devoted which makes her feel guilty. There is a turmoil of feelings for people like her, who had a strong belief and who were disappointed.
Since the scandal broke last year, many of Nithyananda’s followers have left him. They were mainly upset about his sexual engagement with many women although he claimed to live in celibacy. With some distance they realized however that his claims of being able to perform miracles were not based on reality but only fake.
Some time ago I wrote about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who fooled the world with his claim that people could levitate if they followed his meditation technique, the Transcendental Meditation. And just some days ago I saw the video which you see below where you can see Nithyananda trying to sell the same idea to his followers! This trick is really very old and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has made a lot of cash with it. Now Nithyananda also makes people levitate. Didn’t he find anything new to make cash with?
I have read before that he always used to take bits and pieces like wise words from other gurus and made his own wisdom out of it. What he is doing in this video however, trying to make others fly, seems to me like a street magician failing in his tricks. I remember the street magicians in my childhood, who were standing on the way to school. They always had a little crowd of maybe 20 people gathered around them, watching as they did their tricks, shouting ‘Abracadabra!’ They always got a few rupees for their entertainment and because people knew that they were poor and had to do this for a living. Nithyananda waves his hand and blows some air to the other person as if he would put a spell and ‘Abracadabra’, the other one should fly. Unfortunately they don’t. The difference is that he is not standing on the street for his magic show but is sitting on his throne. You might wonder however if he had to start doing such tricks for a living.
The media took these videos and made fun of them, calling it ‘Nithyananda’s flop comedy show’. He and his followers thus went and sued them for defamation and making fun of these holy techniques. At the same time they sued the TV channel that published the video that led to his scandal in the last year, saying that it is morphed although forensic reports already proved that it is really Nithyananda in the video.
Of course having sex does not make a Guru fake but what about lying and manipulating several women and changing statements when asked about it? Once I was in Samadhi, once I was experimenting, another time I was ill, then I forgot what happened, I have erectile dysfunction or I am celibate and this all cannot be real. This hypocritical person teaches celibacy and at the same time makes followers sign a sex contract on the name of Tantra.
Many people have left him like the girl who wrote her experiences to us. Others however are still there and I just don’t understand why they stay with him. After seeing this drama, how come they can still sit there and believe in him?
I actually had pity with him last year and advised him to leave this fake guru business, to go and get married, lead a normal life and enjoy it. Then he wouldn’t need to care about public opinion anymore, just lead an honest life and be happy. The point is however that he cannot leave this life. He is a cheater. You can see this from his faked birthdate until his recent levitation attempts. Maybe one woman is not enough for him and as a guru he can have many. Or it is the money in this business that attracts him. Be that as it may, he will not come out of this illusion and will keep on trying to attract people to follow him.
At the moment he is still out on bail and his trial will continue. We hope he will get the right treatment for his actions and wrongdoing. I am writing about these things again, just to spread the message and to make people aware so that innocent people won’t be cheated anymore. When searching for a picture for this purpose, we were at a loss as to what to put. This is how I volunteered to dress up as a magician to illustrate our point. The picture above is the result.