Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Salon: SYDA's response

From online magazine Salon: the original can be found here:

The SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees emphatically rejects the grossly false picture drawn by magazine in its recent article about Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Swami Muktananda, and the Siddha Yoga path. The Siddha Yoga path is an authentic path of self-knowledge and thousands of Siddha Yoga students can attest to the beneficial effect it has on their lives. For almost three decades, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, the spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path, has guided students through her teachings.

The purpose of the SYDA Foundation is to disseminate the Siddha Yoga teachings. The SYDA Foundation does not engage in activities unrelated to its purpose and has done nothing whatsoever to capitalize on the film or the book "Eat, Pray, Love."

Tens of thousands of people around the world have chosen Siddha Yoga as their spiritual path. Over time, some people have decided not to continue on this path. A few of these former practitioners have become critics. and writer Riddhi Shah chose to focus on a handful of critics rather than the thousands of Siddha Yoga practitioners who are living active and productive lives in their communities.

Shah relies heavily on what she herself acknowledges as rumors and accusations from articles written in 1983 and 1994. She then insinuates there is currency to those claims by falsely stating that Gurumayi disappeared from public view amid the allegations. In fact, Gurumayi actively continues to teach and guide Siddha Yoga students from all parts of the world.

It is unfortunate that the writer has used the release of the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" in an attempt to discredit a path that has enriched the lives of so many.


Anonymous said...

">> In fact, Gurumayi actively continues to teach and guide Siddha Yoga students from all parts of the world."...

well, here's your answer embedded in Bernie's official syda letter: gurumayi is guiding students from all parts of the world...she, being "god" does not have to teach and guide students from one particular body/mind location (i.e: from her body/mind in South Fallsburgh or GSP). Instead she can teach and guide from "all parts of the world" simultaneously..appearing here, appearing there. oh, wait a minute, nobody has seen her. So...she can invisibly appear simultaneously in all parts of the world in order to teach and guide her students...Or, wait a minute...maybe he meant STUDENTS from all parts of the world, not the guru. Oh........never mind.


Anonymous said...

Good take Emily, goes with Trusty's response:

"First, let me say that of course we are aware of the film. The SYDA Foundation is aware of many things most things everything."

Everywhere and all knowing = God. Malti still rockin the narcissim.