Swami Nityananda - Time For Truth
From The Editor's Desk
(Hinduwebsite Editorial - Exploring Truth Amidst Illusions and Distortions)
We do not know clearly what happened in case of Swami Nityananda and whether it was a conspiracy or a fact. However, we know that in a human body all souls are subject to certain limitations and temptations and that even the most advanced souls cannot escape from its tight hold completely. When you are in a spiritual mode, you are in a serious confrontation with Nature and trying to transcend it. It is like swimming against the tide. Nature, being an automaton, works tirelessly to enforce its laws, against which we do not always succeed.
There are however certain issues, which Swami Nityananda failed to answer clearly or consistently and it is where we would like to focus and draw his attention. What happened in his case was not an allegation or a rumor, but a visual presentation of very private and intimate scenes in graphic detail. What we saw would remain in the memory of people for a very long time to come. No evidence has so far come forth to prove convincingly that what was shown in those videos was fabricated or false. The swami said they were fabricated, but he did not explain where and what exactly was fabricated and which part of the videos were true and which were not. He did not explain clearly and convincingly why and under what circumstance he allowed himself to be in those situations which gave rise to the controversy.
The swami further claimed that he was in a trance. To those who watched the videos, he didn't appear to be in trance and he did not show any signs of being in a trance. He was wide awake, at times watching the TV and at times reading some book and at times simply gazing into the persons who were serving him. He did look tired and sick at times but not in trance. He did look uncomfortable and lost in the presence of the women, but he was not entirely unresponsive or inattentive. The swami ought to explain his actions in their presence and what made him cross the line of decorum. If he was in trance, he should let the world know what type of trance it was. Was it sabija or nirbija, savikalpa or nirvikalpa? Was he aware? Was he utterly and totally lost? Is he saying that it was all the fault of the women who were serving him?
Secondly he said he was experimenting. He did not clearly explain what experiments he was doing and who gave him the right to experiment (play) with the lives of poor women whose names were tarnished forever? Now, experiments are for ordinary people, people who are ignorant and who want to ascertain truths or test their hypotheses through experiments. The swami is known to be an enlightened person, a knower of truth. He is even worshipped by some as a deity. So if the swami claims that he was experimenting, it logically follows that he does not know truth and he is not enlightened to the extent his followers want others to believe. If he is prone to experiments, then he has no right to guide people because only a knowledgeable and enlightened master can guide people, not those who are still experimenting with truth.
Thirdly what is noticeable is that the swami never showed any real signs of repentance.He was appalled by the vitriol and shocked by the reaction people showed, but failed to accept responsibility for what happened. He tried to defend himself and protect his image, which is actually against the spiritual tenets of Hinduism and which goes to prove that he is still attached to certain aspects of his present existence. In several words he presented himself as a victim of some big conspiracy, which may be even true, but failed to show compassion and apologize to his followers for letting them down knowingly or unknowingly. Finally, in one of his speeches available on the YouTube, he claimed himself as having a clairvoyant vision and the ability to see things in 360 degrees. In the same video he narrated how he was able to know what was happening behind his back, without even turning his head. It makes one wonder how he failed to see the cameras hidden in his room so many times and how he let the recordings happen. Probably God played a major trick upon him and his witness consciousness was lost amid distractions.
We believe the swami is a spokesperson for Hinduism, whose voice is heard and respected by millions of Hindus. He has a responsibility to restore the faith people lost in their religion because of what happened. Even if we assume that there was a conspiracy against him or against Hinduism, the swami allowed it to happen in no small way. He ought to have been careful and shown exemplary character, knowing that people were plotting against him. He has a responsibility towards all those who feel shattered by the whole experience and whose faith in the religion and the ideals is thoroughly shaken. It is not important whether the swami will be able to gain respect among people. If he is a true sanyasi, he wouldn't and shouldn't care. He should rather spend the rest of his life serving the very people whose faith he has damaged, in some cases beyond repair. He must forgive those who hurt him and accept personal responsibility for what happened. Finally he should clarify and clear the position of the women whom he implicated indirectly by claiming himself to be in trance and innocent.
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