The Times of India, Mar 30 2010
resigns as Dhyanapeetam head
BANGALORE: Self-styled godman Swami
Nityananda, who was purportedly caught in sleazy video footage, on
announced his decision to resign as head of his Dhyanapeetam ashram and
trusts associated with it, living a life of "spiritual seclusion" for an
"I have decided to live a life of spiritual
seclusion, for some indefinite time....and to enable the Dhyanapeetam to
function with such amended agenda as may be necessary, I am resigning as
head of the Dhyanapeetam and from all the trusts associated with it," he
addressing his followers on his official website.
"In view of the
developments in the last three weeks following the media reports about
me as the
head of Dhyanapeetam, (located at Bidadi near Bangalore), I had met some
leading acharyas of Hindu Dharma at Haridwar Kumbh Mela," Nityananda,
criminal cases, including that of rape, said.
He said he had briefed
them about what was fact and what was fiction. "Candidly discussing what
happened, I had sought their spiritual and moral support, guidance for
their views on the future course of Dhyanapeetam."
"I had also
undertaken that I would act entirely in accordance with their counsel,"
swami, whose purported sleazy acts in company of a Tamil actress were
TV channels on March 3, said in the message, also telecast on Youtube.
"I have decided to live a life of spiritual seclusion, for some
indefinite time, to which the acharyas have agreed in principle," said
swami, whose plea for anticipatory bail and quashing of the cases
has been turned down by the Karnatka High Court.
"In view of this,
and to enable the Dhyanapeetam to function with such amended agenda as
necessary, I am resigning as the head of the Dhyanapeetam," the 32-year
"A board of trustees consisting of sadhakas of
Dhyanapeetam who are non-controversial, will henceforth manage
Urging his devotees to continue on the path of spiritualism,
he said, "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
soul and also in a less prejudiced atmosphere."
The swami, whose
whereabouts are not known, has claimed that the images in the video have
morphed and he had not done anything illegal.
In his petition in the
high court, he alleged that one of his former disciples and driver Kurup
(who he has claimed to have leaked the sleaze video) conspired to defame
his ashram by levelling such charges against him.
The court termed
as "unfounded" Nityananda's apprehension that he could be arrested and
him to approach the proper forum to seek bail.
Karnataka CID police
had on Monday sought information from "victims" of the godman against
has launched a probe.
Nityananda has been booked under various
sections of IPC relating to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to
religious feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs,
unnatural sex, cheating, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.