Nithyananda, the sadhu who reads Cosmopolitan
Nithyananda isn't your garden variety swami. He flips through glam magazines, chit-chats with the powerful, and beds the pretty and gullible.
"God's will is always good, acceptable, and perfect. Let's trust God to show us the best and most bountiful way to experience His blessed gift of sex." --Kay Arthur, author of 'Sex According to God: How to Walk with Purity in a World of Temptation'.
They say luck favours the brave. Sometimes it also favours the horny!
Sex swami Nithyananda must be thanking the IPL for saving him from the media gaze. His Indian Sex League (ISL) is juicer than the IPL, but the TV channels were obsessed with the latter.
All kinds of people come to Bangalore. It has all kinds, from saints to sinners. And sinners in the garb of saints.
When Nithyananda landed in Bangalore eight years ago, he was totally unknown. The booming city allowed him to prosper. In three to four years, Nithyananda had become one of this city's many godmen.
Nobody outside his circles really cared about him. But to his devotees, as Karl Marx famously said, religion was opium. Before those hidden cameras caught him in action, he must have had a good time with several of his devotees.
His life was truly "daily bliss" (nitya-ananda) till the channels started airing his exploits eight weeks ago.
I first saw this swami 30,000 feet above ground level two years ago. I was flying from Delhi to Bangalore, and he was in the business class. What caught my eye was the magazine he was reading, and not his saffron robes.
He was fllipping through the glam magazine Cosmopolitan!
What is wrong, you ask. Nothing, I say.
The ancient Rigveda says, "Let knowledge come to us from all corners of the world". So what does it matter if he were reading the Cosmopolitan or the Katopanishad!
According to Hinduism, anything can lead to redemption. Some find truth by sleeping, and some by walking naked. Some find it between the sheets!
Like the now disgraced Lalit Modi's IPL, Nithyananda's ISL was an instant hit. Politicians, film stars, businessmen and well-heeled NRIs were thronging his ashram.
He started to believe he was god. Lalit Modi had the same delusion. He really believed he was the god of Indian cricket.
Perhaps for the first time in the world a godman has slept with his women devotees after making them sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
Who should be blamed here? This alleged sex maniac in the garb of a holy man or his blind followers? I say both.
Nithyananda was very close to the RSS and other right wing Hindu outfits. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had received a princely Rs 2.5 lakh from him in public. Nithyananda was also hobnobbing with political leaders like S M Krishna, B S Yeddyurappa, Dharam Singh, Rameshwar Thakur and even a gentleman like T N Chaturvedi, the former Governor of Karnataka.
Why is nobody asking them tough questions? What were they doing with him? Did they know what was happenning in his bedroom? We must demand explanations.
I once again quote from the Bible because this self appointed protector of Hinduism had thousands of Western devotees who follow Jesus Christ.
As Kay Arthur says, let's go back to the very beginning, to Genesis, the first book in the Bible, to see what God says about sex:
- God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
- God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Nithyananda now has all the time in the world to read everything about our basic instincts. Instead of just rotting in jail, he can concentrate on studying sex and religion. He may find many passages to justify what he did. I will religiously send him a reading list. As our Vedas say, "This body is for the service of mankind."
More about D P SatishD P Satish has been a journalist for the past 14 years. Born at the picturesque Jog Falls in Shimoga district of Karnataka, Satish did his graduation in English Literature. He is a post-graduate in Journalism from the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Bangalore (now in Chennai). After a brief stint with the Indian Express Group, he shifted to TV. He also worked for an American news magazine called ' Image '. He has widely travelled and covered some of the biggest events from South of Vindhyas in the first decade of the 21st century. He is passionate about English literature, classical music, cinema, history, photography, jazz and Cricket. A self-proclaimed centrist, Satish keenly follows major political developments from across the World. He blogs regularly and spends hours searching for readable material from the Internet! He belives that journalism is a calling and a person meant to be a journalist, can't escape from it. A hillman at heart and by birth, Satish lives and works in New Delhi. But, loves Bangalore more than Delhi!
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