Today news.com.au released a follow-up report to Background Briefings investigation into the sex scandal at the Mount Eliza Ashram. You can read it here:
The Shiva Ashram (now calling itself the Sri Nityananda Ashram in Mount Eliza) has started marketing itself on the internet again with no less than 3 new websites seen here:
Naturally there’s no mention of the on-going legal case against the ashram / Kruckman or any hint of an apology or responsibility for the many people harmed by this abusive group. Their method, as always, is to act like it never happened.
Yesterday Shiva Yoga made the following public announcement which was forwarded to us by a member who received it:
Shiva Yoga public announcement
In light of the criminal investigation that is being conducted into Swami Shankarananda, the Management Committee has asked Swamiji to retire from Shiva Yoga. Shiva Yoga will now consider its options for the future and we will let you know as soon as we have more information. Devi Ma will be giving Satsang tonight and we will be publically making this same announcement.
Shiva Yoga Management Committee
Whilst this is seen by many as a positive step, others have expressed concern that this doesn’t yet address what possible involvement that senior staff members and the management committee had in this whole affair. Are they now attempting to distance themselves from Swami Shankarananda?
Documents exist that suggest that the management committee had been “challenged” to come clean about their knowledge of what was going on as far back as December 19th 2014 and even many months before, so what level of accountability do they have?
These are just a few of the issues that have been raised by the community in recent days and show the complexity of the case.
A third testimony has been sent in and added to the testimonies page and the person has bravely chosen to sign her name to it rather than remain anonymous. You can read it here: