Horny Gurus and Gullible Devotees

Horny Gurus and Gullible Devotees

by Shakti Mhi

I am not even sure how I stumbled upon “Pamela Dyson” declaration, where she declares and describes, under oath, that she was sexually abused by her Guru, Yogi Bhajan, the Master of the Sikh Kundalini Yoga institution.

The above specific story is not the subject of my article, since I have no details about the story except reading the declaration. However, when I read her story it brought up all the claims and blames of spiritual females who were sexually “abused” by their so called teachers/Gurus through the 36 years I am involved in the “yoga world.”

I am actually not here to condemn all the male yoga gurus that abuse their power and took and still take advantage of their female disciples. This would be too easy, too simple, too predictable and totally futile.

What I would like to discuss is the issue from the point of view of the female “victims” that often, after years of voluntarily serving their so-called “Gurus” sexually, they suddenly have a story to tell. I need to ask: why did you stay there in the first place!?

After reading the declaration of Pamela Dyson about her relationship with her Guru Yogi Bhajan I can only say: if this is a true story, then it is more embarrassing for the female gender than for the yoga male “GURUS.”

In general, spiritual seekers seem very liable to lose their sense of self-knowing when in the presence of a male with long beard and a turban on his head, or just a bald male that declares he is realized.

It is quite easy to understand (understand… not justify!) the male gurus, who using their superior status, are quite happy to entertain their second chakra. Many of these “Gurus” declare they are celibate because it sounds good, and I guess this is what is expected from them in the “pretend” spiritual/yoga world. The problem is that just becoming celibate is far from enough. If a male yogi does not know how to master his sexual energy and channel it to his higher chakras, the increased powerful prana as a result of the intense practice keeps stimulating the first and second chakra and you end up with a permanently “Horny Guru” with a constant fire between his legs. Add to this already poor situation numerous beautiful female disciples (they are beautiful because they sincerely practice yoga :-) , and here we have, predictably, a “Guru” that all too easily will fall to the temptation.

But my wonder is about the women that fell into the “spiritual sexual trap.”

What the hell did you think when your Guru told you he will help to open your heart chakra if you take off your bra?

Where the hell was your brain when your spiritual teacher said that he could awaken your Kundalini if you will take your underwear off?

Where did you leave your intelligence when your Guru told you that serving him sexually is Karma Yoga?

It is one thing if we dealing with rape, or with vulnerable minors… then it is a totally different subject… but we don’t! Most of the guru’s sexual abuses involve mature women that, along with their underwear, they dropped their ability to judge between right and wrong. Where is the responsibility?

Horny Gurus and Gullible Devotees

Why would a woman in a yoga class accept her “Master” rubbing his genitals on her body as demonstrated above? Is this because he is Mr. Iyengar and he is considered an enlightened being? I am sure she would not allow anyone else to rub himself against her body.

Horny Gurus and Gullible DevoteesWhy any woman in the world would allow her teacher to park his fingers in her vagina as shown above, and pretend this is a usual thing to do for spiritual awakening? Because he is Pattabhi Joise, an enlightened Guru?

Every now and then you hear about another Guru that slept around with his female disciples and everybody is shaking their head from side to side with disgust, condemning the “GURU.” I found the fuss around these predictable stories such pretension. Why would he not sleep with his students?

If he has low consciousness and his awareness is mainly between his legs, why wouldn’t he feed his sexual hunger by devouring his lovely female disciples?

After all, they are all falling at his feet so easily, willing to satisfy his sexual needs as if this were the thing to do.

You may argue that he is a spiritual teacher and he should walk his talk. No one is a spiritual teacher until he/she has students that take him/her as spiritual teacher! The students are the ones that make the teacher! So if one day you “wake up” to find out that your Guru / Master is the opposite to what you perceive as a Teacher, what does this say about you?… your choices?… your intuition, and your desperation to have a Guru at any price?

I refuse to take the side of the female disciples that often appear as victims (taking in consideration that no physical or other threats were involved). What does it mean about us as women if we keep taking away the female disciple’s responsibility and keep defending them as hopeless victims? It means women have no brains, intuition or any self power!

Choose your teacher wisely

The aspect of surrendering to your Guru/teacher is very deep, important, and sincere on the spiritual path… if you are full of yourself and your ego, the teacher cannot pour her/his wisdom into your cup… BUT!!!!… surrendering to your teacher does not mean you need to lose your sense of self or your power of discrimination. Choose your teacher wisely…otherwise do not complain! ;-)

Shakti Mhi
Prana Yoga College

14 Responses to “Horny Gurus and Gullible Devotees”

  1. manoj vashistha

    yoga practice is the path of the attainment of nirvana ,is taught by every practitioner.The trainer or the so called gurus are in fact, general people with a mindset of Indian subcontinent whereas the disciples also do not do yoga merely for the attainment of peace or the state of Nirvana.They do it mainly for materialistic achievements like health and physical beauty .Advances and the appreciation of their physical charms that in most of the cases first come from these gurus and turn into physical intimacy.some practical unawakened brains enjoy it till they are shown their true image while the other victims probably do it until their better sense prevail.Thus the guru and cheli both are biological creatures.

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  2. becca

    Anyone in a position of power who abuses the trust and vulnerability of others is accountable for the suffering they cause, regardless of their label: guru, teacher, clergy, parent/family . . .etc. And we who give our power away, (whether others understand this pain or not), always have the choice to wake up. We must do so for our own healing and the healing of others.

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  3. antwerk

    @becca;
    As consenting adults in a yogic practice, is the guru (or ‘guru’, or Guru) really ‘in a position of power’?
    On a slightly smaller scale, is Shakti Mhi in a position of power over you by virtue of the fact that you read it, or by virtue of the fact that it elicited a response? (since vulnerability is required for honest communication of any kind)

    Are you, in fact, in a ‘position of power’ over me because you now have elicited a response from me?

    We have done too much damage by teaching how to continually shift blame/shame, and I feel that we’ve done so many people the disservice of believing that they no longer have to be aware of even the most basic principles of expressing themselves honestly through self respect.

    When the ‘hard line’ of what is acceptable and what is not is based in constantly shifting perceptions, only to be shouted out when someone ‘takes a stand’, it’s no wonder that it moves ever closer, until even seeming to have exerted power over someone is an issue larger than the people involved.

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  4. Daniela

    Der Shakti, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts – this is exactly what I was thinking at a certain yoga school on Koh Phanghan (I am sure you know which one I’m talking about:) As much as I’ve learned to appreciate the tantric philosophy, a lot of every-day practice between students and teachers surely had nothing to do with sincere tantric practice but a mere release of an energy-overload in the second chakra on the side of the teachers, and maybe a desire of the students to take a shortcut to realization..

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  5. nash

    we should start to reform the way in assisting student during yoga class. I dont blame them. Its our mistake not improving yoga world. those are our responsibility. we still have a time to change, Namaste

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  6. Nuala Ward

    I really don’t believe that Mr BKS Iyenagar is “rubbing his genitals on her body” as described by writer. He is more likely to be bending his RIGHT knee onto her spine to facilitate her upward lift. This is why he has his arms around her legs to further facilitate her lift up.

    I don’t think that his ” genitals ” are touching her body at all.

    See how easy it is to perceive differently from a photograph?

    We would really need to be there to see what was truly happening.

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  7. Art Noble

    Gurus are humans with a paraventricular nucleus in the hypothalamus: the seat of sexual desire. The fact they are not disciplined enough to respect the female body is a key.
    On the flip side, many, and I might say most, women in todays culture are extremely shame based and are used to being conned by male authority. Few have the self esteem of which you are critical. So, let’s bring it back rather than criticize.

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  8. Shankar

    Believe it or not, as someone who has some experience of the inner workings of the pelvic region, inhibition asive, the “adjust” vaginal area, oe in men the perenial area would be most helpful… like when my wife was to give birth… BUT, one sees what one likes, It just gotta be sexual, look where he’s touching her…

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  9. Maria

    I think this blog article is incredibly misogynistic. I am appalled that you would simplify the issue so much as a matter of women simply “taking off their bra” to open their heart chakra or whatever. The kind of sexual assault that occurs in these “guru” situations are not cool and they are NOT THE WOMAN’S FAULT. They also happen in all sorts of cults, not just yogic ones.
    I suppose you don’t believe in date rape either. How forward-thinking. This backlash to feminism is depressing.
    You might benefit from reading this article: http://jezebel.com/female-purity-is-bullshit-493278191

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    • shakti mhi

      Go back to the article and you will see that very clearly i am NOT talking on cases where a force or a rape were applied, this is a total different issue!!! I am talking about women that no force were applied against them but manipulation of their mind. My point is if you support women that easily believe any stupidity some Gurus may tell them is like saying women are stupid and need to protected. As i do not perceive women as stupid gender, the opposite,I do call women to use their brain and know from right to wrong. If you like to know my perception about raping please check out this link The act of Raping from the point of view of Yoga http://www.pranayogacollege.com/blog/2013/04/13/the-act-of-raping-from-the-point-of-view-of-yoga/

      Thanks
      Shakti

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  10. Art Noble

    Shakti, I pointed out above the souce of sexual desire. Consider that, “sex is the mental and/or physical stimulation of nerve endings that may result in pleasurable sensations in the genitalia and other sexual responses.” (My definition) Further, sex is also “an intimate mechanism for transmitting love.”

    The so-called gurus who use any of their fields (Yoga, or other mind techniques) for their own pleasure should be stopped. Based on thousands of years of conditioning, women are vulnerable! Vulnerability is good, in the proper atmosphere. Student-teacher relationships is not one of them.

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  11. Aces

    Quoting: “If a male yogi does not know how to master his sexual energy and channel it to his higher chakras, the increased powerful prana as a result of the intense practice keeps stimulating the first and second chakra”.

    ”Kundalini” as i understood from your other post “Practice Can Become an Obstacle”:

    The aim of Hatha yoga (the physical aspect of yoga) is to create a powerful, strong and flexible body which will be capable of containing powerful prana (energy). This powerful energy (also known as Kundalini shakti), pierces the deluded mind and unfolds enlightenment within the practitioner.

    I was confused for a while but after comtemplating became clear. Kundalini shakti is different from sexual energy that gets channelled up to higher chakras. Am I correct?

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    • shakti mhi

      Kundalini Shakti is the most powerful feminine sexual energy we hold in our bodies. Think about this, sexual energy creates human beings, so it must be a powerful energy. The yogis, instead of using this powerful sexual energy for sex, they manipulate the energy so it flows up to the higher chakras, when it gets to the seven chakra and unite with Shiva, the ultimate male energy, this union of Shiva Shakti energies manifests awakening stats in the yogi or yogini. So yes! kundalini Shakti is a sexual energy in its essence.

      Shakti

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