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Another Yoga Scandal

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the latest via Yoga Dork on the John Friend/Anusara scandal… wicca, adultery, and money — oh my!

Sex, tapes, and scandals: yes, another guru

Swami Resigns Over Sex Tape Scandal (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03-30-10 12:24 PM
The Huffington Post

Paramhamsa Nityananda, the popular Indian Swami who faced protests after a local television played a video that appeared to show him in bed with two women, has announced he’s resigning as head of a religion organization.

“I have decided to live a life of spiritual seclusion, for some indefinite time…,” he said in a statement on his website.

The 32-year-old Swami had been under siege due to the sexually suggestive tapes earlier this month. The Nithyananda Mission ashram released a statement calling the video “a mix of conspiracy, graphics and rumours”, but followers attacked the building.

A Hindu holy man, Swami Nityananda was reported to have over 2 million followers and has over 11 ashrams in India and 26 in different countries around the world.  click for full article.

Day in the life: Sex, suits, and enlightenment. Just another Guru.

from the ny post

Monk-y Business: Controversial NYC guru Michael Roach

Michael Roach, a controversial Buddhist monk, lost his “spiritual partner” to another man—and started partying and dressing in Armani suits. Now his flock is struggling to keep the faith.

[NY Post Page Six Magazine by Beth Landman]

Last November, Mia*, a comely thirtysomething yoga instructor at a studio downtown, got a strange phone call. Geshe Michael Roach, an ordained Buddhist monk and guru to many in the Union Square spirituality scene, was in town. He wanted to hang out that night with her and some of her other yogi friends, but he didn’t want to talk chakras or do vinyasas. He wanted to hit the clubs.

Later that evening, Mia met up with the 57-year-old monk at Cielo, a hip club in the Meatpacking District known for its house beats and tough velvet rope. He wasn’t wearing his usual flowing monastic robes. “It was the strangest thing,” recalls Mia. “He was in this Armani suit and with a model, and he was now saying that everyone should dress up”—strange indeed, given that thousands of years of tradition dictate that Buddhist monks live spartan, celibate lives.

With his heavily lined face and thin graying hair brushing his shoulders, the guru didn’t quite blend with the Cielo scene, though he did his best, boogying down with a young Chanel-clad Russian girl. Erin Vaughan, another yoga teacher there that night, was shocked. “He was on the dance floor, and there was nothing enlightened about it,” she says.

With an unorthodox approach to finding enlightenment—Geshe Michael encourages his followers to couple up with spiritual partners and never stray more than 30 feet from each other—he has always moved to his own beat. But after his own spiritual partner left him last summer for a younger man, he started to behave oddly, and now even some of his most loyal devotees are having trouble following his moves.  read full article