During a large impromptu email debate yesterday in response to Shiva Yoga’s offer of mediation, the general consensus emerged that mediation was putting the cart before the horse. Some important points were raised, in particular:
1) None of the facts are actually known yet, to name a few:
- How many women were involved, and what exactly has taken place?
- How long has this been going on for?
- What were the so called tantric practices and how were women initiated into them?
- What was the criteria for entry into these practices, and how were the women asked to participate?
- Who else at the ashram knew that these practices were taking place?
- Have any Australian laws been broken?
2) Mediation is seen as seeking resolution between two equal parties, where as the relationship between the guru and the disciple is not at all an equal relationship (the furthest from), so the potential abuse of power here is not addressed.
3) If there is a conflict of interest between the ashram boards duty of care towards those visiting or staying at the ashram and the gurus wishes, how do they manage this?
Any real investigation into these questions will begin to show the “tantric practices” claim for what it is, as we state here.