The self-proclaimed paramahamsa, Swami Nithyananda, caught on video and in full colour with a Tamil actress recently, has released the following statement, announcing his “resignation”.
“Dear one and all
“In view of the developments in the last three weeks following the media reports on me as the head of Dhyanapeetam, I had met some of the leading acharyas of Hindu dharma at Hardwar.
“Briefing them about what is fact and what is fiction, and candidly discussing what had happened, I had sought their spiritual and moral support, guidance for me, and their views on the future course of Dhyanapeetam.
“I had also undertaken that I would act entirely in accordance with their counsel.
“I have decided to live a life of spiritual seclusion, for some indefinite time, to which the acharyas have agreed in principle.
“In view of this, and to enable the Dhyanapeetam to function with such amended agenda as may be necessary, I am resigning as the head of the Dhyanapeetam and from all the trusts associated with it. A board of trustees consisting from sadhakas of the Dhyanapeetam who are non-controversial, will henceforth manage the Dhyanapeetam.
“I have also requested the Acharyas to help the newly constituted trust reorient the activities of the Dhyanapeetam increasingly to undertake spiritually oriented service activities and to guide the trustees. I have also directed the new trustees of Dhyanapeetam to seek the counsel and go by the advice of the Acharyas.
“I sincerely thank all those who I had the good fortune of being associated with and guiding in the last decade and more. I request all of them to pursue the sadhana they had been initiated into, for, the sadhana is more important than the Initiator.
“The recent media reports do not in any way affect the validity or the success of one’s sadhana. Whenever, if required I will return and talk about all that had happened as an independent witness to my conduct with a clean heart and pure soul, and also in a less prejudiced atmosphere.
“I thank you all.
Ashram insiders say the move is aimed at staving off class-action suits on foreign soil, especially the United States, where a bunch of complaints have also come to the fore.
As it is, Nithyananda had been unable to make much headway after the videos surfaced on March 2.
Despite the best efforts of self-appointed soldiers of Hinduism like Praveen Togadia and Pramod Mutalik seeing the controversy as an attempt to defame Hinduism, Nithyananda was unable to get the Karnataka high court to entertain his petition for anticipatory bail.
More recently, the Karnataka CID said “all those affected and victims of Nithyananda” were welcome to depose before it.
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