, TNN | Jun 3, 2011
CHENNAI: A European cult that mixes yoga with sex and pornography has been found to be operating out of Chennai.
Training nearly 100 youngsters in yoga and 'tantric love' at a rented
house in Chokalingam Nagar, Teynampet, for more than two years now, the
Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (Misa) is trying to spread across the country, investigations by TOI have revealed.
A team of seven Misa teachers, nationals of Denmark and Romania,
is now in the city for a special camp, titled 'Tantra — The Path of
Love'. A majority of them, including the lead couple Mihai Stoian and
Adina Stoian, have starred in porn movies produced by Copenhagen-based
production house Sublime Erotica, which the Misa group has close ties
with. Misa operates under different names in different countries. It is
Natha in Denmark, Tara in the US and Satya in India.
TOI is in possession of videos that show the yoga teachers, now in India, in explicit sexual acts. Misa's supreme guru, a Romanian called Gregorian Bivolaru, has been jailed on several charges, including pornography, and is now said to have taken political asylum in Sweden.
When asked about the videos, Mihai, the 42-year-old Romanian national
who heads Misa activities in the absence of Bivolaru, said it was an
experiment in spreading the group's philosophy and practice. "For many,
sexuality stems from desire. We want to spread the message that it is a
divine integration of masculinity and femininity to attain
spirituality," he told TOI at the camp being organised at a private club
Other Misa teachers who figure in porn videos
and now in Chennai are Ulrik Lishoj (Denmark), Simona Colesniuc
(Romania) and Nicole Markus (Romania).
The foreigners' regional
registration office said that as these people were on visit visas, they
are not allowed to teach yoga or do any such job, but the 'teachers'
have an argument. "We are only volunteers. The yoga centre is registered
under a trust represented by Indians," said Angela Oestergaard, a
35-year-old Danish woman who manages Chennai Satya Esoteric Integral
Yoga at Teynampet.
'Tantra', as an ancient philosophy and
practice, has different definitions. The blurb of MISA's controversial
guru Bivolaru's unpublished book The Secret Tantric Path of Love
has this to say: Have you ever dreamed of or aspired to make love
intensely, profoundly and frantically with your beloved woman for even
ten hours in a row? This book reveals a host of such secret methods in a
clear and accessible language, if you allow yourself to be guided by
the personal experience of the author.
Mihai, with a
salt-pepper beard and dressed in a yellow cotton shirt and trousers,
doesn't quite look a yogi. But, for his disciples — he claims there are
40,000 of them in 30 countries — he is much more than that. He is a
scientist (a nuclear scientist-turned-researcher in artificial
intelligence, he says), philosopher and guru who teaches sexual
continence as the panacea for all relationship problems. Don't mistake
this continence for abstention-Misa believes sexual continence is the
ability to have orgasms at will, minus the ejaculation. "It's perfect
for India." Stoian says, "You can bring down the population growth
without any contraceptive!"
But that's not what he teaches at
the Satya Yoga centre. It's about the coming together of the masculine
and the feminine, Siva and Sakthi to attain supreme spirituality.
Do their Indian students know about their other life? Yes and no. "I
don't know if they have done such videos, but what they do in their
country doesn't bother me," says Rajesh Shah (45), a manager with an
engineering firm in Chennai. "Two years of learning here has made me
more energetic, creative and innovative in all spheres of life." Another
student, Sanjai Jain (42), a jeweller, says he has heard of the videos,
but not viewed them. "Every famous person faces such allegations," he
With such confidence in their students, Satya Yoga has
ambitious plans in India. "We are blending ancient knowledge with modern
science. The Indian potential is big. There is a big need for such a
comprehensive approach on spirituality. In five years, there will be
hundreds of thousands of our students in India," says Mihai, who will be
flying out of the country next week. His team of seven teachers will
accompany him abroad, while a few other foreigners would stay back to
train Indian students.