Monthly Archives: January 2015

Debate

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.

 

 

 

 

Independent Mediator

Today Shiva Yoga sent out the following email (below). For those confused about what mediation is we recommend reading this page, and in particular note this:

“Mediation is a structured negotiation process in which an independent person, known as a mediator, assists the parties to identify and assess options and negotiate an agreement to resolve their dispute. Mediation is an alternative to a judge imposing a decision on the parties.”

And:

“If the matter is not fully settled there may be discussion about what needs to be done to prepare for trial and the file will return to the judge. The mediator will notify the judge of the outcome but not the content of the mediation. Even when a matter does not settle clarification of the issues often occurs. Mediating a dispute does not mean there will be a delay in it being heard by a judge.”

But essentially, mediation is meant to try to resolve the issue by discussion rather than by a legal battle or legal investigation into criminal wrong doing.

Shiva Ashram’s email below:


Dear Ashram community member,

For the benefit of the Ashram community, the Shiva Yoga Management Committee has engaged an independent mediator, Callum Campbell (CV is attached). We have asked him to conduct a Mediation Process regarding any issues referred to in our “Statement to the Community” issued on 22/12/2014. This email is asking for expressions of interest to participate in this Mediation Process.

To register your interest to participate, please call 1300 633 428. Registrations will close on Tuesday 27 January 2014 at 6pm EST.

We would like to reassure you that this process is entirely voluntary and will be handled with the utmost confidence. Specifically, all your communications will be within the independent facilitator’s office or with the independent facilitator directly and you will not be identified to Shiva Yoga Inc. or your participation shared with anyone, unless specifically requested by you.

Upon receipt of all relevant information, Mr Campbell will then report back to the Management Committee with recommendations as to how best address the issues raised. Please forward this email to any person for whom you believe it may be relevant.

We are very committed to this process and once again we thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely, Stephen & Vani

on behalf of the Management Committee, Shiva Yoga Inc.

Mediator Profile Callum Campbell