Swami Nithyananda Controversy: Rajiv Malhotra’s Take

Well-known commentator Rajiv Malhotra on why Swami Nithyananda is very valuable for Hindus and why cases against him were hit jobs. Under the rule of Sonai Gandhi, a rabid Christian, all Hindu religious leaders came under attack one by one and faced arrest on charges which are yet to proved in any court. They were based on mere allegations. You have to go through the case details to actually realize how flimsy the charges and evidence are.

The idea seems to be to raise some wild allegations (usually of a sexual nature), create a stink in the media through paid hacks, and make Hindus lose faith in their religious leaders. Once they lose their faith in religious leaders, it is a matter of time before they lose faith in Hinduism too. I think it is the church behind this drama. It has been trying to take over India for 500 years, and most Hindus act as useful idiots in this game.

Rajiv Malhotra writes:

My criteria for evaluating Swami Nithyananda matter

I already gave my initial impressions on Swami Nithyananda’s Persecution 2.0 in this write-up. Now I wish to explain my methodology for reasoning on these matters. There are multiple factors to consider. Following are the criteria I use to evaluate where I stand:

Criteria 1: Impact on Hinduism
Criteria 2: Future benefits versus harm caused to society
Criteria 3: Legal merits of the case itself
Criteria 4: Should the media be encouraged with a victory?

I will explain each of these briefly.

1) Impact on Hinduism:

I have already explained the devastation caused each time anti-Hindus manage to bring down any Hindu icon, ritual, festival, guru, ideology, etc. Other religions (including Leftism) close ranks and deal with internal issues without letting opponents intrude and divide them. Hindus must learn to do this quickly. On this very important criteria alone, I support Swami Nithyananda against his opponents — all of whom have a very anti-Hindu track record. Hindus must send the message of solidarity.

2) Future benefits versus harm caused to society:

I personally know a large number of individuals receiving great benefits from his teachings. Those who are not his students are entitled to their opinions, but they are unqualified to evaluate his teachings with competence because our tradition is all about experience. Those who have received benefits will not get swayed by critics, and the final proof of benefit is in such voices of the practitioners of his techniques. Of course, this must be weighed against any harm being produced. But there is only one isolated complaint against him in court now. That too is very unconvincing as the item below explains. So going forward, he is likely to offer huge benefits to large numbers, and the argument that he will cause harm is unsubstantiated. Huge numbers of people who benefit are speaking out, but media is muzzling their voices. One lone complainant gets massive media support. This is nonsense.

3) Legal merits of the case itself:

The original Persecution 1.0 that happened in 2010 was 100% based on video clippings claiming to show Ranjitha in sex with Swami Nithyananda. That was played 1000s of times to sensationalize and push police into trumping up charges. But that case collapsed. The videos were declared morphed by forensic labs in USA.
Ranjitha lives as a devotee in his ashram. She has spoken out denying all the alleged events. Her lawyers have filed cases in court to this effect.
A US Federal Court ruled in favor of Swami Nithyananda, and fined half a million dollars to a person who had smeared his name on false accusations. So now the media has stopped mentioning Ranjitha. Why? Because their entire sensation is declared a false accusation. First you accuse, and when proven wrong, you don’t have the decency to make public apologies.
Why do they feature Ranjitha on TV, given that it was her alleged “victim hood” that was used as fodder in the first place? Alternatively, her video testimony could be recorded by an independent interviewer and posted on Youtube. Her side of the story matters.
Now the arrogance of the police has been stirred up recently, because Swami Nithyananda’s lawyers petitioned the Indian Supreme Court that the matter was dragging endlessly without merit. No concrete evidence of the charges had been supplied. The SC reprimanded them for being lazy. This is why the police suddenly swing into action against him. Should the police be driven by revenge and vendetta?
Now a different woman has emerged with allegations. She is the only one complaining now to the police. I was shown some papers on this matter. The charges look fraudulent to my novice eyes. Earlier she had complained of being raped. But when asked why she continued to travel with him on his talks for almost a decade (during the time period when she was supposedly being raped), she changed her story. Her latest story is that it was not rape, but consensual sex.
So if was consensual sex, why is that a sex-crime?
Most important: Her medical records from USA doctors were produced in court. These show that she had a STD (sexually transmitted disease) for the past 10 years — which is incurable and highly contagious. So if she was regularly having sex with the accused man, he would have certainly acquired STD from her. But medical tests of Swami Nithyananda produced in court show that he has no such disease whatsoever. She has zero credibility as the accuser.

4) Should the media be encouraged with a victory?

The media selectively cut-paste factoids and rumors, add their own speculations, prevent any opposing voice a chance to speak, and reach sweeping conclusions. Most of Indian media lacks not only intelligence but also integrity. I do not wish to hand them a moral victory. Just the opposite – this whole matter is mainly an ideological war between media and the institution of gurus. Thankfully, we now have social media to denounce the mainstream media’s behavior. They have not yet learned their lesson and are still living in the arrogance of old school pomp.

Each of you must do your own analysis and draw your own conclusion. Mine is never a simplistic evaluation. Many factors must be considered.
Issues like “he teaches x or y ideologies” are irrelevant to the matter. Some people are against him on irrelevant grounds. Whether you like his rituals, meditations, dress, etc. – this is your choice but it has no bearing. I personally like our symbols and rituals. I like to understand them as yajna – enactments of cosmic theater in one’s own self. Many of the arguments I read by those opposing him show their ignorance.

Rajiv Malhotra



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4 responses to “Swami Nithyananda Controversy: Rajiv Malhotra’s Take

  1. nparamasivam1951

    Yes, Sir. I agree. There is a systematic campaign going on to malign Hindu preachers and saints by false accusations. In this case, the person Lenin, is a christian and inpersonated as a Hindu and joined the Bangalore Ashram. As Hindus, we should unite first and fight against these tactics. Both Islam and Christianity are eyeing Hindus for their rock solid support to Hinduism. But of late small cracks are observed. Let us unite and solidify.

  2. I have visited his Ashram prior to the scam several times and I have heard Swami several times after that. I have to pass his Ashram once a month while going to mysore. I feel that it is the media adopting yellow journalism

  3. Its about time you STOP calling yourself a ‘Hindu’, which you are not!!! What is ‘HINDU’. This word Hindu/Hindustan was created by the British. Hindus are inhabitants of nearby Hindukush mountain. So, you are not Hindu. You are either of four casts where you are born, which applies across the all human race. Birth is the first requisite of your recognition, then your liking to work will determine your cast in your society. So, if you are born in a Brahman Family you shall be Brahman but later life if you choose to peruse a deterrent life ie. a marine you shall become Ksatrya or if become a professional singer or a professional doctor you shall lead a Sudra life. Its all very clearly described in Shrimad Vhagabat Gita by Shri Krishna Himself. Why it is relevant here?
    Time is a cycle. It comes and goes. Both Bibakananda and Gandhi miss interpreted Bhagbat Gita. Gita is revered and being Studies in the US and Germany rigorously.
    We had over 500 princely state in India before and during British rule. They have all gone underground in complacency. Indians need money and power of mass media and stop disinformation spreading. So called ‘Hindus’ had their time that ended with Mourya family (Ashoka) at the time west was barbaric. Now India is not real India, its just the remnant. Time is now favoring the ‘corporations’ that control mass mind by money and fear of false man made Gods. They are at their pick at this time. So, wait your time will return. More you jump greater danger you are in. Satya Yuig is inevitable after kali and this is Ghor kali. I might not see it in my lifetime but it will come.

  4. Doorvaasa

    Mr. Rajiv Malhotra!
    I liked your approach to the truth.

    We do not know the truth in regard to Sri Nithyananda Swamy allegations. US forensic reports and all unknown to me. Just now I am reading on your writeup. Thank You.

    One thing is certain. Possibility of ‘wrong’ could be with the presence of ‘right’ only. Either Indian Scriptures or Western Scriptures – mostly they preach the same. Bible say Lucipher seems and sounds like angel. Indian scriptures also say the same, i.e. truth seeker should be prepared for the death. The same is with Swamy Vivekananda teachings.
    A true Sanyasi always prepare for such allegations, threats… even for death.

    A true God’s person is hated and haunted by all equally. It has nothing do with Religion.

    The menace on India’s head is untouchability and its bitter fruits. It is against our scriptures. The privileged are reluctant to accept this fact. Until and unless they address this to eradicate from their hearts there is no way out to throw the evils India is suffering from.
    In my opinion there is struggle going in regard to the practice of our own Scriptures by our own
    I write this to you in brief. May be my English is poor. At a glance my remarks seem irrelevant to the subject topic. Being a learned person you may understand the gist of my expression and it’s relevance to the subject.

    Since there is this problem of discrimination by caste, there is a room for other nations, religions etc. to intervene in our home issues.

    Let me reiterate that without addressing the question of untouchability and casteism by the privileged, there is no salvation for the Indian Nation. Swamy Nityananda’s issue is a drop in the ocean.

    Thank You.

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