Trees, Other Tall Stories, and Fraudian Slips from the Cult of Nithyananda
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, do you get confused often? I’m sure you will say “No way”. And, perhaps it is just me that gets confused for it is hard to understand some of your logic. Take for instance, that old banyan tree in your Indian ashram in Bidadi. In page 73 in your book ‘Formless in Form', you mention that three to be 300 years old. But, on your website, you, Sri Nithyananda, claim it to be 600-year-old banyan tree. Is this a case of fraud or does being around you, Nithyananda, make someone age very rapidly? OK, I should cut you some slack. After all, you, Sri Nithyananda, are only human. Is this correct?
Sri Nithyananda, another interesting tree in your Bidadi ashram is next to the ‘Laughing Temple’. In page 72 of your book, ‘Formless in Form’, you have a picture of the Neem tree that sprouted from a Bilva tree. In your visit to the United States in 2003, you, Sri Nithyananda, declared that tree as the second most holy spot on the ashram (next to the big 300, I mean 600-year-old banyan tree). In a visit in 2007, that poor creature (both the Neem tree sprouting from the Bilva tree) was dead as a doornail. Maybe it was just hibernating. Now, this is strange. How can the second most holy spot on the ashram just die with you, an enlightened healing master, present? Does anyone bother at your ashram to take care of holy things? Is anyone at your ashrams qualified to take care of holy things? Did you, Sri Nithyananda, make a mistake in discerning what is holy and what is not? Or did your healing powers just take a break? I sure hope this isn't another case of fraud, but I'm sure that it is not a case of fraud, because Paramahamsa Nithyananda is embedded in the truth.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, do you ever exaggerate your stories? Just a bit? You will answer ‘never’. Sorry to contradict such a truthful man, but sometimes your stories just do not add up. Take the story about your panchatapas (fire meditation) while you still claimed to be a renunciate. Sri Nithyananda, during that time, you said that you wandered India by foot for nine years (or was it just for four and a half years) with a strong vow to never touch any money. In order to get the supplies (lots of wood) to do the panchatapas, Nithyananda, you said that some rich man gave several monks a gold pendent that you sold [understand] for money to purchase [understand] supplies which you then paid [in wages] to some local boys to keep the fire going. Nithyananda, did you wear gloves during all of these monetary transactions so technically you could say that you never actually touched the money? I know you must have done so, otherwise this story could be seen as fraud. You would never commit fraud, now, would you, Sri Nithyananda?