Thursday, August 2, 2018

Warning - Swami Vishwananda unworthy of his title

First of all it has to be mentioned that this text is not directed against homosexuality whatsoever. The article below is based on facts and experience of a big number of young men who came in contact with a gay guru, who acts as a spiritual father of monks and nuns. It was not written as revenge but to provide information and freedom to choose beforehand whether somebody wants to visit an ashram/ guru or not. We thank this forum for allowing critical information to be voiced, as it is key in our societies to share experiences to show up possible offenses.

Warning - If you are a truth seeker, want to mediate, learn yoga or in search of a spiritual guide and consider to visit the ashram of Swami Vishwananda from Heidenrod-Springen in Germany, which is situated 1 hour west of Frankfurt/ Main, beware of visiting the ashram and please be mindful of the following information. It is then up to you to proceed with your aspirations or to stay away from this ashram and guru.

Swami Vishwananda who was born in Mauritius

We wish to make you aware of a so-called Bhakti Marga organisation in central Germany which is run under the homosexual guru Swami Vishwananda. His homosexuality is well known and was confirmed by so many visitors of the ashram in Heidenrod-Springen in the past and present. Already in the year 2008 many devotees (followers), amongst them hundreds of Brahmacharis (Hindu monks or nuns who live in celibacy), left him. Some of the brahmacharis who left were even Swamis (priests). The reasons of leaving were obviously his harsh treatment of his followers and his homosexual interaction with a large number of monks at the same time (other articles say that V. maintained a list of up to 15 monks whilst living in his first small ashram in Steffenshof). It is well known that a Swami (abbot) who oversees monks and nuns in an ashram or monastery is supposed to be the most experienced monk living a life of purity and celibacy practicing true love and humility. There can be no exceptions, as only the ones who went through a life of monasticism can show up dangers of it to others and be qualified guides. V. is a self-proclaimed Swami who bought his Hindu title Mahamandaleshwar in India. You can read on the Internet that Mahamandaleshwar means 'Superior of great and/ or numerous monasteries'. It says: 'Mahamandaleshwar (or Maha Mandaleshwar) is a title used by some Hindu monks of the Dashanami order of renunciates (swamis) founded by Shankaracharya'.

V. is seen with many pictures of Sai Baba in the background

V.'s biography and development as a guru contradict and changed a lot since he started his career as a guru. Devotees are aware that he followed Sai Baba since childhood having seen him over 30 times in Puttaparthi, India. It was also witnessed and reported by various Sai Baba devotees that Sai Baba banned V. from his ashram who showed disrespectful behavior acting bigger than his guru. He was trying to make Sai Baba devotees as his own, where we know he was successful with. Once he arrived to Europe, he would copy Sai Baba fully by preaching unity of religions and rephrase Sai Baba's teachings. Very soon he declared that Mahavatar Babaji is his guru, known from the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda. Later V. started copying Yogananda's Kriya Yoga, calling it first Bhakti Kriya Yoga, which people would not want to learn initially, until he changed the name to Atma Kriya Yoga. He is also claiming to be a Sri Vaishnava but at the same time says that his guru is Mahavatar Babaji who has nothing to do with Sri Vaishnavism ( One cannot check with Mahavatar Babaji whether V. is his disciple, since Mahavatar Babaji is a mysterious and mythical figure. Therefore it is easy to be a self-proclaimed guru and fake a lineage from Mahavatar Babaji. Besides, for Vaishnavas it is regarded as the most severe guru aparadha (highest guru offence) to leave one's guru and talk bad about him. During the process of establishing or searching for some kind of Hindu teachings of his own, he was trying to become a Christian bishop. He started off by being baptized into a Catholic Christian, but eventually changed to Orthodox Christianity some years later, to be able to become a Bishop of the Apostolic Orthodox Church in Moscow (a small church with a small number of members). The Apostolic Orthodox Church of course would not mention Bishop Michael of Bihar (his Bishop name he received) anywhere on social media, since he mainly represents himself as a Hindu guru. Some of his Russian devotees must have helped him in obtaining his bishopric. It has to be added here, that this guru celebrates both Hindu and Christian religious festivities at his ashram. It seems that the guru was neither questioned by the two Hindu branches, namely the Self Realization Fellowship established by Yoganada and Sri Vaishnavism, nor by the Christian Orthodox Church. One would also ask why a guru would want to collect all of these titles. After the incident of 2008, it is of big surprise that the German authorities or church still tolerate this sect, where sexual abuse happens.

V. as a bishop during a church service

There are cases of former male brahmacharis who still suffer spiritually and are traumatized after having seen V. in private. All of the cases show similarities. V. calls them often during the night to come over to massage him or spent time with him. Over a period of time he wins their trust, to then seduce, kiss, touch their genitals and eventually, against their free choice and will, has sex with them. It is important to understand that those individuals are young male God seekers (often new to spirituality) who are very naive acting out of respect to a guru who knows his ways. It can be said with certainty that most of the males have never been homosexuals but because of the influence of the guru would accept it. The state of brainwashed devotees of this organisation is shown in the example when some abused monks approached one of the Swamis at the ashram with a question. They asked the Swami why V. would have sex with them. This Swami responded something similar to the words that whatever a guru does is always for the better of the devotee. In other words, one had to show full surrender and blind faith. It shows the conditioned minds of a typical sect where a guru controls the minds and emotions of the followers, where freedom to choose and self-development are taken. After devotees decided to leave, they reported that even though the rape was traumatizing, V.'s psychic attacks and mind control on them afterwards have been equally hurtful, because it would happen frequently. Some still seek for healing and ways to get rid of his heavy spiritual influence on them.

Monks who have taken vows of celibacy in this sect don't know of the consequences. If you are a male Brahmachari living in the ashram, you are under this teacher's direct influence and therefore destined to have sex with him, especially if you are good looking. After a while in the ashram one will go through a brainwash and start worshiping this guru as god. V. builds up a connection with a monk who starts feeling a big dependency and control by him. This is very dangerous if you don't know of the true nature of a guru. It is very harmful, if a spiritual teacher starts abusing his devotees emotionally and psychically. It now comes again to light that V. is a tantric guru (Tantra is an ancient Hindu technique, often misused for sex unification) who constantly seeks gratification in sexual interaction with his monks and possibly other male guests. Many devotees described that V. has the ability to manipulate thoughts and emotions, and has done so to get his pleasures with them. This should be a warning to all and also a call to use discrimination.

Does Swami Vishwananda practice spiritual energetic vampirism?
V. taps into your energy source in the solar plexus (stomach area), some former devotees would share, and drains you off your life energy. During the process one can feel and understand that this is some alien energy which connects with one. Depending on the intensity, heavy breathing can be experienced as if he or she would be doing heavy physical work. The result is, one doesn't have as much energy as one should have during the day to accomplish daily duties. This is called spiritual energetic vampirism. People on the Internet call V. a black magician. He is not rarely referred to as a very powerful tantric guru as well.
Those who do not believe of the existence of psychic vampires should do some research online. Be knowledgeable and don't shut yourself to things which you might not understand in the beginning. Books have been published about the topic. Albert Einstein said all matter is energy. Even science has proven that everything is made of atoms which are energy. Now there are charlatans who have developed certain skills, or rather have undeveloped skills, know how to tap into the life force and steal energies of mere humans being (devotees) to empower themselves as gurus. Experience of former devotees has not only shown that V. steals your life energy, but also unloads heavy psychic energy on them, using them as some kind of garbage cans to help himself. There are ashram visitors in Springen who confirmed to see a big number of residents who are drained of life energy and happiness. Would you not say that is is extremely dangerous and life threatening? One can fall into chronic depression (especially in combination with mind control), feel chronic fatigue, have bad concentration, loose self confidence and willpower, or even die. More than a few commented that they had decline in health, just because they would be constantly drained by their former guru. Our life and health depends upon having enough life energy flowing throughout the body.

Call to educate and start prevention work:
It is important to learn to differentiate between a real spiritual teacher who leads a life in purity and humility, and the so-called boda gurus (false spiritual teachers) who, e.g. try to accumulate followers for their own gain and glory. False gurus try to bind people by false promises and spiritual sensation. Once somebody is in it, it can be difficult to rid oneself from the control and influence of a false guru. It can be that they want your life energy, money or gratify their desires. Boda gurus attach followers to them and mislead them because they don't have divinely inspired intentions. Because of shame, fear or other reasons most of the former followers would stay silent, even though they were sexually abused. V. has clearly not respected the choice of individuals whose choice it was to leave and often keeps harassing them spiritually afterwards. It could be that you are not designed to lead a life of a monastic, but would be attached by this guru to follow him and become a monastic.

It is hoped that those who live in or visit the ashram regularly find this information on time and question the guru once again. There are indicators which show up which qualities a spiritual teacher should exhibit. Do you really want to follow a guru who initiates monks and nuns in his ashram but at the same time has sex with his monks and has hurt a large number of devotees in the past? Do you think the guru will not hurt you in the same way he did hurt others, only because you think differently? Is surrender to a guru as such not spiritual slavery and forgetting to use your own mind? Do you really believe the guru can give you what you came there for considering the information given in this article? Find your own questions and answer them, these are just examples. Don’t take the truth the guru suggests you in your mind. It is you who wants to grow as a human and not your guru through you. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Be inspired by great teachers but don’t get attached to them. If you seek god, find him through your soul and not through attachment to a trickster. What benefit it would have if V. changed himself and realized that his skill set as a spiritual guide is not enough and that his spiritual aggressiveness has harmed too many.

This article was written to educate you about possible wrong turns on your spiritual path and to keep you on the right track of your life journey. Don't follow spiritual teachers blindly and ask questions before committing. If you were considering to visit the ashram, don't take these words lightly and stay away from the ashram for your own safety and well-being. Find out for yourself, google and be informed about other cases. If you have experiences of your own, have courage and share them. It will help others to know the truth and stay safe.

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    Check out what Miles Witt experienced at the ashram.

  2. The purpose I am contacting you is to share a personal story that I experienced in 2016 that shows the importance of vulnerability and gives hope to the many who have lived through a similar experience. To make a long story short, I got affiliated with a popular cult in Germany and was raped by the leader.

    My name is Miles Witt and I am not the typical person who would fall into the category of victims of rape. As a 6’5 rugby player, I have felt very shameful about my experience because what can be more damaging to my masculinity? I suppressed my trauma by ignoring it’s existence for about a year until a lady named Nicole Braddock Bromley came to my College as a guest speaker and did a 2 day workshop based off of her life story and book, Hush. The book was about sexual abuse and reaching out to those who have been abused. The core message was how vulnerability is the best medicine for life traumas, especially sexual abuse.

    The organization known as Bhakti Marga is led by the famous mahamandaleshwar Swami Vishwananda. His movement is very similar to Osho if you are familiar with the mini Netflix series Wild, Wild Country. There are a lot of parallels between that show and Bhakti Marga. His message seems powerful and moving, but what is coexisting amongst his “love and light” teaching is very sickening. I am fed up with hiding this from the world, and everyone at the very least deserves to know what is happening.

    The beginning of me finding Vishwananda was ironically a result of one of the best decisions I have made in my life, becoming sober. I was an alcoholic, but also regularly using heavy drugs; cocaine, LSD and MDMA… I was so addicted it became a lifestyle and crutch to lean on for the pain I endured through my childhood. After I stopped using, I started searching. I was unsure what I was searching for, but I looked hard! It all began with yoga which then led to meditation. As I grew to grasp a liking to this new hobby, I reached out to family friends, which eventually pointed me in the direction of the US country coordinator of Bhakti Marga. It is insane how something so dark can be right in our backyard. Within 3 months of getting sober and then hearing about a spiritual teacher, Swami Vishwananda, I decided to fly over to Germany because I honestly had nothing to lose.

    At first, Vishwananda was so nice, personable, and bright. He treated me very kindly by inviting me to his ‘bungalow’ for dinner very frequently. He gave me a lot of words of encouragement, and was really pulling me to stay. From my understanding, this doesn’t happen to everyone right off the bat, but when it does, they seem to be young males. In hindsight, the scenes at the bungalow were very patriarchal; there was never a woman at the lunch or dinner table with us, only males.

    One key aspect of this story that I cannot emphasize enough is the extent of which people who live in the ashram believe Vishwananda is God. I was told stories of him healing, bringing people back to life, manifesting statues out of his chest, and the list goes on and on. He knows everything you are thinking. Followers believe Vishwananda is the incarnation of Krishna, Christ, Buddha, and then some. He. Is. God!

    Before I knew it, I went through the initiation process for this cult which included spiritual ceremonies and being branded on both of my shoulders. I would like to make it clear that it was completely my choice on becoming initiated, and I truly believed by doing this I would be saved and protected by God himself.

    (For part 2 of the text, see next comment)

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    Here is a brief description of what it was like during the moment without being graphic.

    One evening during dinner, Vishwananda was demanding a few people to leave at a time. The next thing I know it is just him and I. He then brought me back to his room claiming he wanted to show me something. He went to the bathroom and came back only wearing a bathrobe. He put his hand over my head, murmured a ‘blessing’ in a different language, then claimed that I now can “touch him everywhere”. He was very insistent on where he wanted to be touched and at this point, I was so fearful of not doing as God wishes, I must. He then turned me around and had his way. Never have I been sexually attracted to a man nor wish this to become true. I was brainwashed and manipulated. So, out of fear I did not protest against God himself.

    On the flip side, people within the organization would say, “everything he does is for the betterment of you, even if it is inappropriate.”

    After doing some research, I found there to be a huge fall that occurred in 2008 all due to his sexual relations with his so to be ‘celibate devotees’. Once it went public amongst the Organization, Vishwananda released all of his followers to leave if they wished. What does not add up is that there never came to be any legal action done, which I am unsure on the reasoning. And for those who stayed through that time now know and accept what Vishwananda does with his devotees. These followers are perceived as ones who show ‘true devotion’ towards the master (I will leave links on the bottom with a brief description of the blogs/experiences other people have gone through as well.)

    My story is raw, real and has a way of relating to those who have gone through some horrific experiences in life. And by putting it on a stage that is so widely heard, I think it would make it possible to stop this from happening to others in the future.

  4. Read 'Avatar of the Night' book about same practices with Satya Sai Baba. It is about the young male seeds which are than used for black magic. He must have learned this from him as teenager he was with Satya Sai Baba often.

  5. Thank you for sharing.I have found this on the Internet:

  6. This blog talks about rape which Vishwnananda committed:

    Part from the blog:
    Additionally, Swami Vishwananda has denied having had actual sex with anyone; however, several of his victims refer to what he did to them as “rape”.

    He is really dangerous, a very powerful psychic guru who will also rape your mental and emotional world, the longer you stay there.

  7. Since the Beginning of Religious Institutions, Homosexuality has always
    been lurking in the Back Ground Since Lott What were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah? Swami Vishwananda Would Fit Right in? Bhavananda gosvamine
    and the Fishcon Crowd.

  8. Let's keep some perspective here. Vishwananda seems to have the support of at least a few orthodox and traditional Hindu renunciates. For example, he has traveled with Chaitanya Vaishnava scholar Satyanarayana dasa Babaji, who has shown his support by lecturing at events where Vishwananda "materialized" rings and vibhuti and other gifts for devotees.

    2014 Travel

  9. stop hating a sex, after, will no more existing a rape, harassment or others what i dont like :-P ..sexual energy is the most powerful energy, so start to us it for pleasure, stop hate....

  10. Acts 20:29-31
    29 I know that fierce wolves will come to you after I leave, and they won’t spare the flock. 30 Some of your own men will come forward and say things that distort the truth. They will do this to lure disciples into following them. 31 So be alert!