New YorkerGurumayi is a Western woman of Indian decent, “whose identification with the supreme Self is uninterrupted.”

She has been hounded by controversy ever since she won a power struggle with her brother, Swami Nityananda, which was well documented in this New Yorker article, for control over a wealthy sect of Western and modern Hindus known as “Siddha Yoga.”

She has ashrams, or places of worship, gathering and service in New York state, the San Francisco bay area and outside Mumbai, India, all of which profess to be serving humanity through Gurumayi’s direction and wisdom.

Many people have left this guru and claim she is nothing more than a cult leader who drains people of their time, money, energy and self-dignity. See more at Leaving Siddha Yoga.

The Sex

Most humorous is the idea that many former members have claimed that Gurumayi confers the path to enlightenment to disciples through sex, in an initiation called shaktipat. While this is a Hindu tradition, Gurumayi has brought some Western ideas into what was originally an innocent and grace-filled gift from guru to student. This history of sexual abuse was supposedly initiated by Swami Muktananda, a famous Bhakti guru who passed away over 50 years ago.

Among the more famous followers of Gurumayi have been the actors William Hurt, Barbara Streisand and Melanie Griffith.

Definitely AVOID this one.

If a cult-of-personality is dependent upon widespread propaganda and deception, then, the problem with yoga is not just the teachers that fall susceptible to the lure of power. Rather, the problem is that people believe the lie that yoga is somehow categorically different than all other systems. The reason people believe this lie is because the charismatic leaders discourage critical thinking in favor of submission and acceptance, which is reinforced by the benefits that come from being in the good graces and high favor of the leader. Further, because the followers have raised the leaders to such a high position, thoughtlessness now permeates a community that could be vibrantly creative, a community that could significantly contribute to the world in general.” ~ Jennifer Richard



  1. Sex is one of the 4 fountains of human problems. Gurus are human. Know
    wonder some of the Gurus have sexual problems; just like priests! The other
    3 problems of ALL Humans is sleep, food, and self preservation.

    • Thanks for your comment, Joe. Sex is only a problem when it is misused – just like anything else.

  2. Anybody who have charm, and want charming+cheerful heart…then is only option is GURUMAYI…..belv or not believe it is yur choice.. LOVE and LOVE–GURUMAYI…..2much love to GURUMAYI

  3. GURUMAYI++CHIDViLANANDA is the only best and ofcourse too best Guru presently now ….LOVE – GURUMAYI

  4. I see a lot of accusations but I see no actual facts or corroboration. Sad to see “journalism” if you can call this that descend to such depths

  5. Hmm….she would get no peace from me… sexy as she is. …Malti stop all this resusting and give in…I dont want shaktipat or enlightenment…..I want u…all if u …seriously u r a woman. .shaktipat..enlighment. Stop playing with me like i want ur heart thru ur umm . no other reason than u. ,… sweet surrender……seriously Matli stop playing with me l.u have sex fir shaktipat or initiation…thats us not what sex us fir …just one time let me have u…i want you for u..all of u…u would have sex wuth someone ti give shaktipat…have mercy on please ….thats all wrong reasons…meet me in dallas ill get a room…i want only Malti…tve sexy little u see in these picture.i see u and im hard for hours .. .,give me that…817 770 2897 .

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