Saturday, 23 April 2011

Guru Sangamam: Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev to float confederation of spiritual movements to check bogus babas, swamis and gurus

By Syed Akbar
Hyderabad, April 21: Spiritual bodies in the country will soon be governed by a set of ethical guidelines to check proliferation of fake spiritual gurus, swamijis, and babas.
As many as 350 spiritual organisations in the country have agreed to follow ethical guidelines proposed by eminent yogi and mystic Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev. The move is aimed at preventing fake spiritual leaders from cheating gullible devotees.
"We are setting up an umbrella organisation for all spiritual bodies in the country. The Guru Sangamam will serve as a confederation of spiritual organisations. Those fulfilling the strict criteria of meeting ethical guidelines of Guru Sangamam will be eligible to become members of the confederation. Devotees will be able to know whether a particular spiritual organisation is genuine or bogus," Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev said.
The Sadguru was in the city to meet some of his devotees. He told this correspondent that spiritual gurus will meet at regular intervals. One such meeting was held in New Delhi where the proposal to set up a confederation of spiritual organisations or Guru Sangamam was discussed at length. He said 350 and odd spiritual bodies in the country have qualified to be the members of Guru Sangamam.
Stating that India is a "gateway of spirituality", he said about four lakh people search internet everyday for the word, "spirituality". "Unfortunately, the search results they get are mostly of bogus spiritual organisations. We want the world to look at India for spirituality and spiritual solace. Once the confederation of spiritual movements is fully set up, we will ensure that there's no place for bogus bodies. They will simply stand exposed," Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev said.
He said his organisation, Isha Foundation, has taken up spiritual movement to as many as 60,000 villages in Tamil Nadu. "We have named the movement, `one drop of spirituality in every person'. Spirituality has no religion," he said.

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Anonymous said...

The following is the Indian Express report as appearing on October 12, 1997 about Police registering a case of murder by Jaggi Vasudev: Coimbatore, Oct, 11: Close on the heels of scandals relating to fake godmen getting exposed, yet another ashram from Coimbatore is in the limelight with Jaggi Vasudev aliash Jagadeesh of Isha Yoga ashram at Poondi near Coimbatore, being charged with the murder of his wife Viji alias Vijayakumari.

A team of police personnel recently visited the premises of Isha Ashram at poondi and interrogated the inmates of the ashram. Godman Jaggi is away in the US.

According to police, T. S. Ganganna of Bangalore (father of Viji) had preferred a complaint with the Bangalore Police suspecting foul play in the death of his daughter Viji. The complaintant had stated that his daughter left him last on June 15, 1996. He reportedly received a message on January 23, 1997, from Jaggi Vasudev, stating that Viji was no more.

Ganganna said that Jaggi Vasudev had hurriedly completed the cremation on Jan.24 even before they could rush from Bangalore, raising suspicion about the nature of death. He suspected death due to poisoning or strangulation.

According to him, Jaggi Vasudev could have caused the death of Viji to facilitate his illicit relationship with yet another inmate of the ashram. Based on the complaint of Ganganna to the Bangalore City Police on Aug. 12, a case was registered.

The Bangalore City Police transferred it to the Coimbatore Rural Police.

The Coimbatore Rural Police have registered a case against Jaggi Vasudev under Section 302 of IPC (murder) and IPC 201 (suppression of evidence).

Later. Isa Yoga Foundatrion has denied reports that Jaggi Vasudev had fled to USA to avoid investigation of ashram. Authorised Signatory of Ashram Kiran stated that Guruji had gone for giving lectures . ENS

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