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“What now for the Guru Model?” article online

The full article that featured in Australian Yoga Life Magazine has been re-printed on the Elephant Journal website. For those that missed it, you can read it here:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/10/what-now-for-the-guru-model/

“The list of gurus accused of sexual misconduct is like a roll call of the who’s who of the yoga community…”

How, we ask, in yoga communities built on the tenets of non-violence (Ahimsa), truthfulness (Satya) and sexual ethics (Bramacharya), can abuse still occur, let alone remain hidden for decades?

 

 

New article in MP News

A new article appeared yesterday in MP News that hints at a possible reassessment by the ACNC of Shiva Yoga’s tax free status:

http://mpnews.com.au/2015/07/27/devotees-heading-back-to-ashram/

The article states: “A former member of the ashram has previously told The News that when filling out an application form seeking tax exemption “we all looked at each other when it came to filling out the marked religion, and then someone said Hindu, so that’s what we put”.

Many old-timers reading this might recall the “what religion shall we be?” discussions that were the main topic at the dining table before the group decided that it was going to become Hindu. Undoubtedly this was done to achieve the appearance of legitimacy to organisations such as the ACNC in order to maintain it’s tax free status following the audit that preceded it.

What now for the Guru Model?

The Shiva Ashram features in this month’s edition of Australian Yoga Life as Melbourne’s Alice Williams looks at the recent investigations into ashrams in Australia.

Australian Yoga Life

“How, can we ask, in yoga communities built on the tenets of non-violence (Ahimsa), truthfulness (Satya) and sexual ethics (Bramacharya), can abuse still occour; let alone remain hidden for decades?” (Australian Yoga Life Issue 47, pg 34).

Another interesting article also appeared this month on the Maddypap website entitled  “Swami’s secrets dividing opinions of yoga but not the Mount Eliza name.” – You can read it here:

https://maddypap.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/swamis-secrets-dividing-opinions-of-yoga-but-not-the-mount-eliza-name/