In India Paramhamsa Nithyananda, the popular Indian Hindu holy man with a reported 2 million followers, over 11 ashrams in India and 26 in different countries around the world has decided to live a life of spiritual seclusion after being filmed in a sex tape.
Today the holy man is officially missing from law authorities, unable to sort out his holy man status from a growing number of legal cases against him.
Nithyananda’s problems all began with a mildly compromising sex video, shown on TV all over India in early March 2010.
The Nithyananda Mission ashram released a statement calling the video “a mix of conspiracy, graphics and rumours”, but followers attacked the building. The revered spiritual leader says he was the most watched guru on YouTube.
A former disciple Nitya Dharmanada alias Karuppa Lenin, has claimed he filmed Nithyananda’s sexcapades ‘to unmask the man masquerading as a spiritual leader’. The videos showed Nithyananda in compromising positions with actress Ranjitha, who served as Nithyananda’s personal attendant during her frequent visits to his ashram.
Last week in Bangalore the Karnataka high court, on Tuesday, ordered the state police to produce all documents relating to the cases, after Nithyananda petitioned the court to stop the proceedings against him.
The 33-year-old godman said he was ”in a state of samadhi (trance)” when the video, showing him in a compromising position with an actress, was taken.