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Materialization is among the “Powers” that Nithyananda calls “Shaktis” allegedly provided by him to the
Therefore, surely it is reasonable to argue that if any of these “powers” are faked it seriously calls into question that Nithyananda is the Avatar and arguably nothing more than a cult leading con-man.
Of course, from time immemorial there have been ones who faked such “powers
I hope you are brave enough to analyze some of these alleged “manifestations of power” for yourself. Of course, the one Nithyananda devotee regarded as having the greatest “manifesting” power is Maha (meaning greatest) Yoga who “manifests” diamonds and gemstones. She claims that her body has this power of materialization. Also, they have allegedly taken x-rays to “prove” the authenticity of this manifestation. However, these are done in environments the senior members of the sangha can control and it’s not difficult in India to bribe a test lab to provide a “requested” result.
Ever wonder why the jewels she has “materialized” are not in their raw state, but come out in their man-made forms, ready to use?
Even if you believe that she may have somehow been gifted with the ability to fashion carbon into a diamond in her body, surely even for the most open-minded trusting person, cut diamonds and ready-to-wear jewelry are a little too much of a stretch? Or do you believe it is teleportation, in which case it brings forward a whole new variety of questions (the most basic ones where is it being teleported from? Is there a stock of these somewhere? has anyone counted how many disappear and appear?)
Thus the true tests come down to what you personally can evidence. Now Maha Yoga might be experienced enough in the art of deception and parlor tricks but not everyone at the ashram is as competent. So if we can prove an instance of such a “manifesting” of precious stones as a simple parlor trick to you, would you not consider it is necessary to reconsider any blind faith belief in the honesty and integrity of the followers of Nithyananda? And in turn the possibility that you are also being tricked in other areas?
In this regard, I invite you to watch the video below. It has since been taken down by the two members of the sangha that placed it on their youtube account, however, fortunately, one person has saved this. Please look at this without bias, and consider the ramifications for yourself.
I am not sure about the current status of Amritashraya & Devanatha as they are no longer at the ashram, but they took down the video very quickly (and conspicuously silently) once the extremely obvious parlor trick was exposed to them in the comments on their channel, notably by those not devotees of Nithyananda. It is not surprising that it took outsiders to point this out, as our minds have the ability to not see what we do not want to.
Notice how zealous the ashram is with censoring anything that is not complimentary of them. Note what MrNoobophile says in regards to the bogus copyright claim that caused his critique video of the event to be flagged by YouTube and taken down.
And to make matters worse, it seems this boy from the video did not get kicked out of the ashram, and he is in fact now regularly seen walking next to Nithyananda in pictures.
If Amritashraya & Devanatha were sincere they would have posted about this expose instead of silently taking it down. However, this is not uncommon for devotees. Indeed even if they had tried to speak sincerely about it, others at the ashram would have taken them aside and insisted that they keep silent about it for the “reputation of Swamiji”.
Coverups are par for the course at the ashram.
UPDATE: The full video without commentary or edits is now available here: https://pewtube.com/user/Noobophile/UPtw3k6? You can see the jewel insufficiently hidden between the middle and ring finger of the left hand, at least three times during timestamp 4:05 – 4:10. It is the same jewel he later “materializes” in the video.
Notice that he does not splay open his left hand to separate the fingers, when requested to
Whereas Amritashraya splays both hands without hesitation. It is easy to see that Amritashraya was a gullible victim to a deliberate deception of fake manifestation by the senior
Mr James III has covered several of the Nithyananda Super Powers or Shaktis in his video to the left:
- How to Roll Coconuts with your Third Eye
- How to Manifest Diamonds & Pearls
- How to Read Blindfolded
There are numerous contradictions in what is said by Nithyananda from one lecture to another or from what he says and what his followers do. Another contradiction is in regards to what can “manifest”. For he has said that only the precious stones can survive the intense heat in the process of manifestation (teleportation perhaps would be a more suitable word going by his descriptions). However, objects are reported as manifesting that clearly could not survive any of this alleged “intense heat”. The pendant in this video is one such example. Not
For some background to what is claimed by Nithyananda and his devotees, Nithyananda makes a big deal of saying his powers are not Siddhis, but Shaktis. He says that Siddhis promote ego because the applicant has worked to attain that power, but to the contrary, powers given by him don’t create ego because work has not been required. From our experience with sannyasis and adheenavasis at the ashram those that “think” they have some power given to them have both an elevated ego because they are “blessed” to have power from their Avatar and a diminished sense of
Let us use the wiki definition, which we find accurate. Siddhis:
Siddhis (Sanskrit and Pali : सिद्धि; Kannada: ಸಿದ್ಧಿ; Telugu: సిద్ధి; Tamil: சித்தி; Tibetan: དངོས་གྲུབ, THL: ngödrup,) are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural, or otherwise magical powers, abilities, and attainments that are the products of spiritual advancement through sādhanās such as meditation and yoga.
“Shaktis” as a plural is a concept coined by Nithyananda and only have a tangential relationship to their usual meaning. “
Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति, IAST: Śakti; .lit “power, ability, strength, might, effort, energy, capability”), is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism and Shaktism.
Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism. As a mother, she is known as “Adi Shakti” or “Adi Parashakti”. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Hindus believe that Shakti is both responsible for creation and the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force.
Nithyananda claims that his concept of Shaktis is derived from a set of specific Agamas, but for the past year or so that he has been using the word, he has not released any of them whether as originals or in translation, apart from an ebook on his website that is entirely self-serving. His other “translations” and revelations involve heavily quoting the Vignana Bhairava Tantra, a work that is already very well known and has numerous translations (better ones, in our opinion).
In this case, it may not even be necessary to go down to the level of scripture. Nithyananda’s badly veiled attempt to subvert a well-established yogic tradition of indifference towards siddhis with his own incoherent concept of shaktis will not go unnoticed to most educated Hindus. It gives the feeling he is simply attempting to make excuses for his unacceptable goals. He is fooling people who do not care to find information outside of nithyananda’s words. Why the rules and warnings of the past regarding this matter were in place? They were in place to prevent the very things Nithyananda is now engendering: egoism, self-absorption, false hope and spiritual stagnancy.
And most importantly, even if shaktis were as real as siddhis,, if those you look up you are faking them, there is no point in it, is there?
You can also read about the blindfold reading here.