Famous Saints/Spiritual leaders or “God-men” (as they are derogatorily called by the Indian Media) have always been a subject of huge controversy in India.
As a teenager I had grown up listening to Satya Sai Baba bhajans from my neighbor’s house. Although I used to hum those lovely tunes, I never particularly believed in the Baba (if anything I had a negative opinion about him – thanks to the media reports of his magic tricks).
It was not until years later when I chanced upon “living” books like Autobiography of a Yogi, Living with the Himalayan Masters and Linda Johnsen’s magnificient Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism, that I became a bit more open minded to spirituality and in general, all possibilities in this Universe including scientific, social and more mundane day-to-day as aspects like family, economics etc
What amazes me is how subjective Truth or Reality is, and how adamantly people (including me!) objectify it as the Absolute and Eternal. It could be both positive and negative. By subjective I mean the attitude “If I have a certain experience with a person/organization/thing/place then that is exactly how it is always for everyone”. Or as Alx says in her beautiful experience below “Divine beauty — just like everything else — lies in the eye of the beholder.”.
I feel blessed to have been able to meditate with some of the famous, living Spiritual Leaders in the world today including Eckhart Tolle, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Swami Nithyananda, Ammachi amongst others.
While I can’t say that I felt touched or had amazing experiences with every Spiritual leader I came across, I did feel intense, unconditional Love and a Presence (difficult to properly put in words) bursting or intensely emanating from most of the Beings named above.
I have no clue if my experiences with these Spiritual leaders were hallucinatory. The only thing I know is that I had no control over these experiences. They came and left on their own accord, and they rarely happened when I expected or wanted them to happen. I was usually caught by surprise when they happened. I could never “will myself” to these experiences.
This is what makes the whole Swami Nithyananda sex video controversy so intriguing.
While I am not qualified to judge the spiritual attainment of Swami Nithyananda or anyone for that matter, I have to admit that I had some of the most intense and astonishing spiritual experiences while meditating with him (on one occasion he was able to transmit the experience from thousands of miles away, catching me completely off guard – and this was much after the controversy broke out).
Below is an amazing experience of a lady (Alx) in Swami Nithyananda’s Ashram near Los Angeles.
Four things that make this experience even more interesting for me are:
- The Lady was not a devotee of Swami Nithyananda before/during her experience.
- She did NOT “convert” into a Nithyananda devotee after her experience. This is very important, as it eliminates the agenda of marketing. In fact, none of Swami Nithyananda’s devotees have any clue about the below experience.
- The Lady has her own Guru (who has nothing to do with Swami Nithyananda), and she was already an advanced spiritual adept through some intense spiritual practices before she had her below experience in Swami Nithyanada’s Ashram.
- She never met Swami Nithyananda in person.
I am not trying to prove that Swami Nithyananda is a true Saint or a false Saint, but I just want to bring to attention, how subjective all experiences in life are.
The original source (from the lady herself) can be found in the below link. I formatted it below to make it more readable.
I did want to respond to this statement of yours:
“I am sorry to say it, but I did not get a good vibe from the guy (Nithyananda). I really do think he (Nithyananda) is a fraud and a bad guy.“
I haven’t met Nithyanananda directly, in person, but I do have friends who are ardent devotees of Him.
I have met Him & His energy on the subtle, especially when I visited His Ashram in Southern California with an Indian friend who is deeply in with Nithyananda.
For me, having read a few things He said and seen a few videos, it was evident that He’s a remarkable high Divine soul.
It’s just an inner feeling thing; I’ve been blessed to be around some top saints and after a while, you get a clear resonance of what a character like that feels like.
His ashram was super-simple, nothing at all fluffy or fancy, mostly Indian students there. I was struck by the HUGE photos of Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Ma (RK’s wife), and Viveikananda in the common area. these were really the only adornment.
I went to visit — of course out of some curiosity — but to check out the statue of Venkateshwara, Balaji, a remarkable saint who turned Himself to stone by an act of Divine Will at the beginning of this yuga. I have seen the original statue in South India a few times – it is in the most powerful Temple or holy spot on the planet, a place called Tirupati.
In America most people don’t know about Venkateshwara — but every saint has to stand in front of Him sooner or later, during their lifetime on this planet, in this yuga. I’m sure Yogananda had that experience while traveling in South India but left it out of the Autobiography. The idea of a living person becoming a black stone statue might have been too far off the beaten track for Western people to deal with, in the 1940s. <*grinning*>
Anyway — I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a more High Divine place that Tirupati, in South India, in front of that Living statue. He is a Vishnu avatara — and it feels as though the entire structure of Divinity is available in that moment, all around and within you, when you stand in front of Him.
It’s an astounding Experience. I’ve been Blessed to have His Darshan several times.
Anyway, I’d heard that Nithyananda has created the largest statue of Venkateshwara in North America. That really got my interest high, and I wanted to visit with the statue and see what there was to see.
I have to be honest — I wasn’t at all prepared for the magnitude of energy that the statue (installed by Nithyananda in California) carried. For a split second, it was like being back in South India. STUNNING!. It’s about a 9-feet tall statue, identical in form to the one in South India. It had as much Shakti flowing through it as the original Statue in Tirupati!
My husband and I shot a look at one another, of complete shock and surprise and delight, and promptly sat down on the spot to do our Sadhana for the day, in the presence of such Divinity.
Any doubts I had about the authenticity of Paramahamsa Nithyananda were pretty much erased there.
It was obvious that He’s carrying a huge High Divinity, had imbued the Statue with a pristine Divine energy, and is contributing that spiritual blessing to help America out of its spiritual darkness.
The guys at the Ashram were super-kind and, I think, moved that we just plunked down and started doing sadhana. <*grinning*>
They invited us for Arathi in the inner sanctum of the ashram, where there is a HUGE Shiva Lingam.
I was a little surprised, because that inner place is reserved for serious devotees, and neither my husband nor myself are, in fact, devotees of Nithyananda.
Anyway, we went in — and they started the Arathi — and I spent the whole time trying to figure out what kind of energy was contained in that Shiva Lingam.
It was SO POWERFUL, I nearly fell over. A-MA-ZING HIGH Divine.
The Arathi was long, maybe 20 minutes, so I allowed my consciousness to go into a huge trance, and from there, to start identifying the Energy of that Shiva Lingam. It felt to me, clearly, like every Divine soul in creation was there — all the great Masters, including Yogananda, Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, etc., Jesus, Buddha, Ammachi (“the Hugging Saint”), Muktananda, Mohammed, Shirdi Sai Baba, ALL of them.
After a while, I concluded this must be the Adi Parashakti Energy — no other energy in the Divinity could contain ALL of the Saints and Rishis like that. It was overwhelming.
I was in such a lightning-bolt-struck buzzing state of bliss I could hardly walk straight, or stay in my physical body. completely drunk on the Parashakti energy. It was a most unexpected blessing.
As we walked out of the arathi, looking like stunned deer in the headlights of God, one of the young Indian devotees (of Nithyananda) giggled and whispered to us, “Master told us He put the Adi Parashakti’s energy in that Lingam for the next six months.”
Suffice it to say I nearly fell down. The generosity of Nature, of the Mother Divine, to confirm what I’d figured out internally on the spot, was overwhelming. I just nodded, couldn’t even speak.
We left that place immediately — still buzzing with the energy — and went back to our friends’ home, where we were staying, and shared the energy by giving Shaktipat and Healing to all the people who lived in the home. It was such a HIGH Divine boon!
I write this not to aggrandize my own experiences at Nithyananda’s ashram, but to let you know that He is indeed in touch with some super-high Divine energy, the Shakti of the Mother Divine, and the Highest form-formless of Her, the Adi Parashakti.
Whatever you think about Nithyananda personally, doesn’t matter — the Divinity is for sure there.
It’s really important to recognize that we may not appreciate the personality of a particular Master or Avatara — indeed, they may rub us the wrong way — but the Guru is like a cow. He may eat newspaper and garbage on the street, but is always giving the sweet, nourishing milk. it’s better to focus on the milk than the garbage.
Not everyone who met Yogananda fell in love with him, or saw the Divinity in him, you know.
There’s that great story about the guy who came to kill him because his sister had become a nun in Yogananda’s order, and the guy was super-angry with Yogananda. hated Him. came to kill Him at Mt. Washington. Yogananda knew, and asked the Mother what to do. She replied, ‘let him have it!’ so when the guy came in, Yogananda said, eyes blazing, “I know who you are and what you came to do here. if you enter this room with even one more step, I will have to let you burn!”
well, the guy was angry and came another step into the room, and the Mother said, ‘do it!’ so Yogananda let the man feel as though he was, literally, on fire. the guy starts screaming “I’m on fire, I’m on fire!” rolling around on the ground……. and finally ran away, never to return again to try something so foolish as to attack a saint.
As with everything, the Divine beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
But for myself, humbly and honestly, I did see the Divine energy that Nithyananda is bringing into this world, and was super-impressed.
He is NOT my Guru — I have a Guru already who is profound, and taught me how to perceive/experience Divine energy channels, particularly relating to the Mother Divine — but I have an enormous respect forNithyananda and what He’s bringing to this world.
I just felt I had to say this, and not to leave this thread hanging in a negative judgment about a Divine character.