man who always claimed extraordinary things, the one who always spoke his mind without diplomacy or trying to be politically correct, he stuck to his Dharma and religion. He is one of the best personalities who is not ashamed of anything. His Leelas (acts) are absolutely amazing; his range of popularity is always at peak. No matter you like him or not, you can’t get away from him. Let it be the social media trolling or transformation as a silent disciple, one gets glued to his videos. It is very easy to make fun of such personalities who are not following the routine life and whose prerogatives are not monotones like any other spiritual Godman. Maybe, this is the reason he had to go through a lot of controversies. He is the favourite target of media and state management; but on the other hand, he is highly regarded by his gurukul (academic institution) students and his followers. They differ with general opinion about him because they have witnessed his declarations and they have reasons to believe him. People in the virtual world are the ones who have never seen him in person or never witnessed his capacities. I am one of them; I have not met him personally and had trolled him a lot on social media. He literally blocked me on Twitter; I commented on the Facebook making fun of him but when I got tired of doing so, I realised that there are people right in that comment section who are not only praising him but have high regards and they ignore all the trolls like me. The journalist in me got into the probe; during the process what I understood is that while trolling, I ignored the good things he is doing for the society, religion, and mankind. I chose to be a selective attacker like others. Without knowing a person, without seeing him in person, without knowing his abilities, and without understanding his path, I was judging him, which was uncalled for.
I remember, when he was accused of rape, a few years ago, and the media made big headlines; however, when he was released, no media bothered to publish the truth. I am no one to decide whether he was guilty or not, but the court can. If we believe in our judiciary, they must accept the fact that he is bailed out of all the charges made against him. The video went viral on social media, he received a lot of humiliation after that but his followers were his concrete supporters and they are growing day by day. Moreover, the court dismissed the case when the FBI forensic experts ruled the video fake. Later, the COO of now-defunct Sun TV admitted on trial that they aired the video knowing it was morphed. Actress Ranjitha (who was the part of fake sex CD) spilled the beans about ongoing media trials. But no mainstream media ever had the audacity to control the damage done to them. Nithyananda is the only man in the history to be arrested for a crime with no victim, no witness, and no evidence.
Again, I am no one to question the integrity and intelligence of the people who worship him as GOD. Some people hate him because the media has declared him self-styled Godman, despite the fact that he is traditionally raised Adishaiva initiated by multiple Sampradayas into Sannyas, whose slogan is, “I am not here to prove I am God, I am here to prove YOU are God.” Nithyananda gives so much clarity and honest experiences of Hinduism that those got converted to other religion are coming back to Dharma. Every human has the right to protect its religion and its essence. He is just calling them back to the fold that they gave up for various reasons. Go to his social media pages and see which population is an avid critic of his speeches. I am not dividing anyone by saying so, but unfortunately, the so-called liberals, leftists, and rationalists are playing a major role in misguiding the practicing of Hinduism. They are uprooting them for their own motives and agenda. In such a scenario, if spiritual leaders like Nithyananda take on them, he is attacked by all means. Let’s come back to his scientific claims; do we have any solid arguments to refute what he said? Can we prove him wrong, other than just making fun? Has anyone ever challenged him and proved him wrong and for that matter, we have examples like Sant Dnyaneshwar making the he-buffalo repeat Vedas and the other of bringing to life Sat-chit-Anand Baba. Let me tell you, those who reside permanently as volunteers in his ‘adheenam’, 90 per cent of them are educated with Master level degrees or higher. Who is scientifically challenged? Balaji Srinivasan of Silicon Valley fame, which innovated the medical diagnostic industry by inventing the machine that can accurately measure diseases at a fraction of the cost of what was being used before, uses his 4 degrees from Stanford and Harvard? Or maybe you’re talking about Anupama Deshpande, once among the inner circle of Microsoft sitting as the head of its marketing department or perhaps, Dr. Srilekha Kartik, the pediatrician in Bangalore?
Nithyananda is neither scientifically challenged nor followed by fools; He is an intellect and his devotee base is a who’s who of the intelligentsia, also including Rajiv Malhotra, bestselling author and the modern voice of Hindu India, Narendra Giriji Maharaj, the president of the Akhada Parishad, the oldest governing body of Hinduism, etc. Now don’t call them saffron bigots just because they are the followers of Swami Nithyananda. You follow him or not or believe him or not is your personal choice, but without having any substantial grounds, one should not haunt him with attacks and display your oddity. He is believed by his disciples to be an avatar – a reincarnated deity (named Mahasadashiva). He is the founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam which is based out of India but has devotees on a broader international scale, with temples, gurukulas, and ashrams in many countries. Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, a religious organisation founded by Nithyananda, regularly hosts cultural events related to Hinduism in the United States. They have also set two Guinness World Records, one in rope yoga and one in pole yoga (Mallakhamba). Swami Nithyananda’s organisation initiated spiritual powers in their disciples, including kundalini awakening and third-eye awakening. There are 400 extraordinary spiritual powers that can be expressed by humans and has claimed to initiate his disciples into 60 such powers. There are people who have witnessed these powers and believe him to the core. Let the legacy live!
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