Aussie Swami had sex with up to 40 women
Yoga Guru Swami Shankarananda screws at least 40 disciples tantrically,
Guru sex scandal at Melbourne yoga retreat
Distressed former members of the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga claim Swami Shankarananda, 72, had sex with up to 40 women, and say a number have since sought counselling.
“Swamiji now accepts that this is not appropriate, and he must be transparent both personally and in the teachings.”
The letter goes on to say that while the board has been advised there is no basis for criminal complaint, the activities in question raise a number ethical questions, and free counselling is available.
“Swamiji has asked us on his behalf to reiterate his message for the year of holding the feeling – that is, stay away from enmity, and keep returning to love.”
“I am open to a dialogue about the role of the guru and the sannyasa in the modern West and also the place of sexuality in spiritual life … we are pioneers, after all, and getting it all right isn’t easy.”
A longtime member of the ashram – who did not have sexual relations with its director – said members felt “absolutely shocked” and “aghast” that the swami remained in his role.
The source described it as an abuse of power from someone who held “huge sway” over a number “impressionable” people.
Fairfax has contacted the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga and is waiting for a comment from a member of the management committee.
There is no current Victoria Police investigation and Fairfax is not implying that there is any evidence of sexual abuse. Swami Shankarananda established the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga in 1992.
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