Isha Yoga – just another scam

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A friend of mine wanted to visit this dhyanalingam temple of Isha Yoga (@coimbatore).I have heard a lot of good things about Isha through some of my friends, relatives and they are all over the media, naturally i was curious. so i accompanied him.

Now these are the things i have learnt about Isha through the people who have been there,

  • You go there to get enlightened, people respect each other more and be very compassionate, even towards plants.
  • Isha yoga is not based on any religion
  • Sathguru claims that his methods are scientific

So these where the expectations i had, when i entered their ‘temple’,

my first shock was when i noticed that the volunteers and residents there who are supposed to be enlightened showed clear signs of frustration.

There is this one kid who is running here and there and these guys are giving a death look to his parents asking them to catch hold of him.

Another instance,within the temple there is this another kid who strays away from the line and starts inspecting the walls, and some isha guy comes and threatens him! mind you the kid was just touching the walls nothing more.

There was this other supposed teacher who was preching a couple of guys, so i mingled in the group wanting to know more.

He was saying how great sathguru is, how his energy levels are in a dreamy eye like how a small kid talks about his imaginary super hero.

we were all sitting in the grass, so all this time he was casually plucking the grass to keep his hands busy! where is the supposed compassion towards even plants? Also i saw so much wood work everywhere , from beautifully decorated wooden doors to ornamental objects, i didnt expect to see this in an organization which supposedly promotes itself as tree loving.

This guy continues saying that because dhyanalinga traps so much bad energy they have constructed this new bhairavi temple and he claims its so powerful that nothing wrong will happen within 13 kms! Wonder how they found it is 13 km may be because Coimbatore is 20 km away and for 13 kms around the temple there are only very small villages and mostly forest.
And he continues saying that It is because Tamil nadu has all these temples that it is free from many major disasters and that it is safe (tsunami?). He also claims that the US people wanted sathguru to build something like this in their country in a meeting and he said very boastfully that a lot of people stood up and objected to this. Tamilnadu will always be awesome, he told it with so much pride!! Now hold on for a second, aren’t people supposed to be treated equal? Shouldn’t they be struggling to have this everywhere so everybody in the world are happy ? Racial Discrimination is a virtue of the yogis now?

Then he started talking all abstract ridiculous stuff like vibration and energy levels, that’s when I decided i have had enough and went to the bhairavi temple.

Now isha claims it is non religious and meant for all religion, but trith is except for a small marble stone in the entrance where they have symbols of all the religions, every other place screams Hinduism!

  • A huge nandhi sits outside the isha building.
  • Behind the dhyanalinga building they have a huge marble with lord shivas face etched!
  • The bhairavi temple has a trishul where people tie yellow ropes after praying!
  • They give kum kum !
  • Within the temple they have chantings praising lord shiva.

Now tell me this isn’t Hinduism!

I am not saying Hinduism is a bad thing per se, but why should they hide it? what do they gain by hiding it, so they can attract more people?

The other thing i noted is how they demand money for everything. they say a red rope when tied around your hand will improve your ‘vibration’ but you have to pay 5 rs for it! its just a very small piece of rope, if enlightening people is your objective shouldnt you be giving it away for free? or atleast for a nominal fee? why would you sell it for a profit?they also sell a red handkerchief sized cloth for 20 Rs.
Before entering the dhyanalinga you are asked to go to theerthakund where you can wash your feet or get a bath, guess what each person has to pay 10Rs for that.
Outside they have a store selling isha merchandise, they sell everything from isha branded soaps to night pants at a very high price.
The building and temples were far from being modest, they are very fine pieces of art with so much attention to details. It would have costed a fortune.
Sathguru himself has a very luxurious accomodation.
I find it hard to accept this is a foundation which preaches modesty and simplicity.

See where they are building their next ashram, in the United States !! Is it because of all the countries in the world, people in the US are suffering the most and in dire need of enlightenment?

As usual whenever we raise these questions, people will say they they do this good thing and that, but to me it looks like a front for all their bullshit so that people can defend them if something leaks out. Because honestly do you think these are the practices of a foundation which preaches enlightenment?

All their behaviours clearly point them towards being a cult, please read through the following link which show some characteristics of cult’s.

http://www.prem-rawat-talk.org/forum/uploads/CultCharacteristics.htm

After seeing all these things, i was pretty upset by the time i reached my home. I looged on to the internet to see if anybody else has found anything suspecious with Isha, guess what i am not alone! even ex ishaites have blogged their problems.

here is a very length discussion on Isha and Jaggi,
http://guruphiliac.lefora.com/2009/03/17/sadhguru-and-the-isha-foundation/

the user Velliangiri of that forum has summed it up very nicely,

  • Was Jaggi accused of killing his wife Viji by her parents? Yes
    Was there another women involved in this matter? Yes
    Did this women divorce and leave her family? Yes
    Was she the closest disciple of Jaggi in a previous life time? Yes
    Is she a Brahmachari/Sanyasi now? No
    Is her life opulent in the ashram just like Jaggi’s? Yes
    Did Jaggi initiate his young daughter into Brahmacharya? No
    Is he initiating other young girls/boys into Brahmacharya? Yes
    Did his daughter ever do volunteering? No
    Did she ever go through long term/permanent ashram life in her teens like Samskrithi kids? No
    Is there any objective proof/witnesses of Jaggi solidifying mercury? No
    Is there an objective proof that he learned and practiced yoga from Malladihalli Swami? No
    Is there an objective proof that he was student of Rishi Prabhakar for more than a year? Yes(1)
    Is Jaggi and his colleagues are teaching the same yoga, meditation and BSP with minor differences? Yes
    Did Jaggi ever gave credit to/confessed about Rishi Prabhakar? No
    Did Jaggi’s contemporary/colleague Ravisankar Mysore Ramakrishna commented about Jaggi’s plagiarism and lies? Yes(1)
    Is there an objective way to confirm Jaggi’s enlightenment before taking his programs? Yes(2)
    Is he a self confessed liar? Yes
    Does Jaggi have political tie-ups? Yes
    Does he shadow celebrities and crave media attention? Yes
    Did Isha ever disclose their social outreach program details/numbers to public? No
    Is Isha a 100% volunteer run organization? No
    Did Isha use/is using immoral tactics to usurp land? Yes
    Are Isha fanatics waiting for an utopian mass enlightenment never explicitly promised by Jaggi? Yes
    Are they dangerously delusional/hypocritical? Yes

1.http://harmanjit.blogspot.com/2007/10/sadhgurus-lineage.html

http://www.blogger.com/profile/17667691388665612640

Ravisankar Mysore Ramakrishna

the arguments and counter arguments about Jaggi and his life are interesting. One fact I wish to share is we both got trained by Guruji Rishi Prabhakar in the years 1984-86. e both took SSY teachers training together in Gommatagiiri near Mysore. We did SSY classes together and westarted the Hyderabad center of Rishi Samskruti Vidya Kendra under Guruji. then he was sent by Guruji Rishi Prabhakar to Coimbatore to start center there. there he slowly left the organization and started his own. He renamed himself as Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and became popular. His Guru Rishi Prbhakar will not cclaim him to be his student as Jaggi has not lived upto his word. there is no secrecy in these matters. Jaggi himself will accept it(I still believe he is truthful). I have not contacted him so far after he left Guruji Rishi Prabhakar.

2.Jaggi ‘Jatti’ test (aka) Red underwear test of enlightenment.

Jaggi’s biography(Sadhguru by Arundhathi) says he saw his kinder garden teacher’s red underwear and asked her about it when he was 6. She freaked out. He always could see inner organs and garments. So ask the color of your underwear when you get a chance. Before sucked into his direct/subtle claims of spirituality give him this test. This is for your benefit and everybody around you. If he passes then you can be sure of your fast forward enlightenment.
/s

more reading:

http://www.priyankawriting.com/2009/10/my-life-isha-yoga-center.html

http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?12,59190,page=1
http://expertdabbler.com/2009/04/08/isha-yoga-my-perspective

For tamil readers:

http://www.savukku.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1777:2013-03-10-10-05-51&catid=1:2010-07-12-16-58-06&Itemid=19

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26 Responses to “Isha Yoga – just another scam”

  1. Colonel Zaysen Says:

    I had the same feeling like you have when I visited the Ashram as early as 2007. I have posted all that I felt of Sadhguru at http://zaysen.blogspot.com
    Zaysen

    • Yogi Says:

      That was an interesting read thank you. It’s horrible to see all these people sacrifising their lives for somebody to get rich.

  2. SWAMI Says:

    You are absolutely right. Even I felt the same when I visited Velliangiri. I felt it like a theme park.This person is cheating the people in the name of Yoga and God. He says that they work for the upliftment of rural people and running a hospital for them. But in reality ,they sell everything for high price and the uplift themselves. I feel very pity for the poor souls who follow him.

    • R.sundaresan Says:

      People an easily be prejudiced with what they see in the ashram like the shop selling books and other merchandise. The books are not expensive as they hardly meet the cost and the videos and other publications are relatively cheaper than similar products outside. The handicrafts are meant for foreigners who visit the Ashram and generally not for the local public and the prices are related to Us$ price for similar products available in USA or Europe. The Local public can buy similar products in any local shops in their places at a much cheaper price. One must know thousand of visitors flock the Ashram out of reverence for sadhguru and providing even basic amenities like parking, electricity, food at subsidised rates all cost money that does not grow in trees. Further Ashram has built lot of amenities for program participants and these facilities are not occupied throughout the year. But they need maintenance through out the year. The only person who could mobilise funds for running the Ashram is sadhguru and no one else can do that without him. But what people get back in return is something the words cannot explain. There is no compulsion for any one to visit the Ashram or attend any programs or pay donations. It is all voluntary and hence to cast aspersions is nothing but frustration on the part of those who suffer from a big ego in themselves. please dont analyse the physical aspects of sadhguru but look beyond that and listen towhat he says. I am yet to come across any one who can speak with such clarity on spiritual matters. If such clarity has to come it requires extraordinary understanding of the cosmos and it does not happen to every one.

      • Yogi Says:

        Hello Sundaresan thank you for putting your thoughts on this. I apologise for the late reply i procrastinate a lot and it was exam time so it took me some extra time to get back to you.
        I always believe in hearing both sides of the story. Assuming you are not some
        Public relations guy for Isha from mumbai, let me try to address some
        of your points, not as eloquently as you but let me try.

        Regarding selling books and some stuff for a relatively normal price
        yeah i side with you. Maybe they aren’t as overpriced, my memory is poor,
        i don’t remember the cost very well and i will give you the benefit of
        doubt. But that’s about the only thing i can agree with you.
        Saying things like the products are meant for US people in a place frequented
        mostly by Indians doesn’t make any sense to me, also like you yourself
        said they can be bought for a cheap price elsewhere, so in effect you
        are agreeing they are fleecing foreigners?

        Regarding the amenities, Now i agree money doesn’t grow in trees ,
        keeping that in mind if you have ever visited the ashram you would
        have noticed that every material they have used for building the
        ashram are exquisitively crafted high quality stuff. I just cannot
        imagine somebody who is enlightened spending money on vanity! When
        there are poor mouths to feed ,especially when it is other peoples
        money. I assume you will agree that there is a difference between
        basic necessity and luxurious need.

        There is no compulsion indeed to visit the ashram, but you know how
        easy people can be brainwashed , hell even Hitler had followers. Also you guys conduct programs regularly in rural areas. Even i
        asked my dad to attend the program before i knew better.
        I have listened to what he says, he is a good speaker i will give him
        that, but you saying that he understands cosmos better than anybody is just
        goddamn ridiculous. One time for instance director Bhagyaraj asked him
        a simple and direct question , you say there are 7 lives, how do you
        know? Listen to his answer if you haven’t already. People in politics
        have especially mastered this craft, for a question they will say some
        unrelated answer, at the end of which we will be confused as to what
        the hell did we ask in the first place.

        You guys throw around the word ego for every thing, if people question
        your belief you people say those with ego wont accept. How convenient!
        One more thing I have to add is, I felt personally that the people at Isha are smug elitist (at least most of them I saw) people who think they are better than others from the way they talk and behave with the normal people who visit their ashram, so may be the ego you talked about is the other way around.

        Saying you should not look at what he does, but only listen to what he says is hard to accept. Wont this make him a hypocrite then? and what kind of enlightenment is that?

  3. Samrithi Says:

    I visited the IYC in this past month for the first time and with no background with the organization other than viewing some talks of sadhguru online. I just wanted to say that I found the experience to be very beautiful. Every volunteer at the ashram treated my husband and I with kindness and respect. Sometimes they even went out of their way to help us and if they could not provide what we were looking for, they tried their best to give whatever they could in a lovely spirit of giving. Being in the ashram was very peaceful and touched my heart. Sadhguru was not present at the ashram but still the atmosphere was very spiritual and disciplined. I do not mind the prices of things as long as profits are being used for essential things for the betterment of all. Such a space and many of the service projects being conducted by Isha do need money to work. As far as I could see many of the local communities seem to have been helped by the ashram in terms of employment and education and other services. When it comes to whether Sadhguru can lead people to a higher spiritual state, I think it is for the individual to explore and decide on that. By listening to others we can only choose to believe or not believe but if something stirs your curiosity, self exploration will give you the truth.

    • Yogi Says:

      Hi Samruthi, I am very happy to hear that you had a positive experience with ISHA, good for you!

      I see where you are coming from, if i had the same experience may be i would say the same thing as you.

      However aren’t we morally obliged to reject things which might hurt others even if it might be beneficial for us personally? Lets say a company hires children and forces them to work 20 hours a day and produces a beautiful dress, magnificent it may be but would you support such a business? is it morally justifiable? wont that make us selfish?

      Lets see what organizations such as Isha promote,
      -Inequality ->hierarchy and belief that some people are better than others.
      -Promote the notion of personal salvation as opposed to happiness for all through political and economic reform.
      -Accustom people, especially children, to lies.
      -Blind faith, make people believe whatever a person in authority says, discouraging people from thinking for themselves
      -The families it damages because one person decides to forego his life and family, believing something which may not be even true. Problem is once you get inside, even if the evidence that something is not right stares right at your face, psychologically you cannot come to accept that (Google backfire effect and confirmation bias). take the Nithyanandha`s fiasco for instance, he still has ardent followers.
      -Read about JonesTown Massacre if you don’t know already, that’s what happens if people believe everything they see or feel is true.

      If ISHA is really such a good institution ,why cant they be more open with their spending’s? why cant sathguru give proper explanation for accusations against him, if he really did solidify mercury at room temperature (he claims so), why not show it in front of scientists so we can all recognize his magnificence? why do they have to lie about being no crimes around the temple? why does a honest organization be shrouded in mystery?

      There are real institutions, NGO`s where people work day and night for the betterment of all people, if people would join such institutions wont it be better for everybody?
      Of course such kind of thing almost always require hard work on our part, we would rather sit comfortably and meditate, give money to some company, get content that we helped the society and feel all elated about ourselves. Sadly it is but human nature.

  4. V.L.Natarajan Says:

    Dear sir,

    Find below a mail sent to MOEF,Govt Of India , which is self explanatory.

    Through your media and friends circle, I request you to educate people on danger of Mercury in cultural, spiritual & other applications and ask them to do away from such inhuman rituals, to make our environment a safe place to live at least to our future generation.
    Should you need any further information on Mercury, please feel free to write to me.
    Regards,
    V.L.Natarajan,

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Natarajan V.L.
    Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM
    Subject: Mercury Hazard from cultural and spiritual applications.
    To: jayanthi.n@sansad.nic.in, mosefgoi@nic.in

    To : Minister for Environment & Forest, Govt. Of India,N Delhi : 110001,

    Respected madam,

    I work with United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP ) as Partner for reduction of Mercury from all applications.

    Mercury is highly neurotoxin and is dangerous to mankind and environment.If it enters body through inhalation or oral dosage, it can cause dementia/lassitude/brain damage/alzheimers disease/ even death. Mercury is in liquid form at room temperature and even slight temperature rise in the surrounding can make mercury to become vapor and it can easily get into human body through inhalation. Mercury in water can become Methyl Mercury, which is again a dangerous substance to human and surrounding eco system. If a person is exposed to even 4-5 minutes in a very low level of Mercury environment, it can effect.Mercury is odorless and it is difficult to say if one is inhaling Mercury lased air/water. Mercury is more detrimental in children and pregnant women since it easily gets absorbed in them.

    Study has been done by University of Calgary,Canada how Mercury can damage brain and see web link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6uCw2ztxw to understand the problem associated with Mercury.

    Mercury is used in health care sector, dental amalgam, chlor- alkali industry, CFL lamps, batteries, paint and coatings, etc. Huge amount of Mercury is let off from thermal power plant/cement plants while burning coal which travels along with air and gets deposited far away places and hence, a trans border problem.There has been some awareness about the Mercury Hazard in these sectors and lot has to be done in these sectors for mercury free/reduction programs.

    In India another major source of Mercury Hazard is from cultural and spiritual applications,which is being done out of belief, which has no scientific evidence. I believe usage of Mercury in this sector in India may surpass usage of Mercury in all other sector put together.Use of Mercury is rising in this sector.

    1) Isha Foundation, Coimbatore : This is run by Jaggi Vasudev and the receipient of “Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar ( IGPP )” for the year 2008 from your ministry for Significant and measurable contribution in the filed of Environment protection and improvement.As per THiNK 2012, Jaggi Vasudev is mentioned as voted 100 most powerful Indian for his contributions to the field of Environmental protection and Ecological concerns.
    They have a pond in which 700 Kg Mercury based idol is immersed and they recommend visitors and discipline to have bath inside the pond for better spiritual enhancement ( see their web link : http://www.dhyanalinga.org/theerthakund_qa.htm and explanation ).Their main idol Dhyanalinga and Lingabhairavi has also Mercury in it in large quantity ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzDujHZEO7o ( see at 1.3 minutes and 2.16 minutes where they are handling Mercury by hand ).Recently they have opened another Pond in the name of Suryakund in which again 3 large Mercury based Idol for men for spiritual receptivity ( see their web link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YykjJ8jJDc4 ). Also see link : http://blog.ishafoundation.org/inside-isha/happenings/suryakund-live-blog/

    They also say to have bath in these ponds if having any ailments,so that they will be cured.

    Jaggi Vasudev receipient of IGPP award is supposed to be a role model to the society and if such a person resort to such activities,what would happen to others which are unnoticed.

    2) Yogiraj Siddhanath’s Forest Ashram,Pune:They have 1000 Kg weighing Mercury Idol.Also, refer their link Alchemy of total transformation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQZxp2TXpNc&feature=relmfu for explanation.See their link:http://www.panoramio.com/photo/34886948

    3) Siddha Ashram, Ujjain by Swamy Naradanad : It has 2500 Kg weighing Mercury Idol.See their link : http://www.siddhaashram.net/paras_shivalinga/index.htm

    4) Mahamerupeetam,Bilaspur: See their link: http://mahamerupeetam.in/about_swamiji

    5) In Andhra Pradesh : See link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lll7ioBMIBQ&feature=related

    6) In Tamil Nadu : How they make these Mercury idols in crude way and explanation :

    See link : http://www.gurudevar.com/2011/03/12/rasamani-making-in-kalvam/

    http://www.gurudevar.com/2011/04/02/every-information-about-rasamani-steps-test-how-it-works/

    http://www.gurudevar.com/2011/03/12/rasamani-lingam-statue-made-from-hand/

    http://www.gurudevar.com/2011/03/12/rasamani-filtering-and-shaping-into-balls/

    7) There are many more Mercury idols in Delhi, Haridwar, Maharashtra,etc,which I can send you the details.

    8) There are innumerable Sky shops in internet and spiritual/cultural outlets in India, which sells Parad Mercury idols/cups/beads/rings.They claim spiritual receptivity increases, if one is surrounded in Mercury pond or idol. If they do pooja every day or drink milk/holy water from Parad cup, then all their problem would get solved and they achieve what they desire such as wealth, fame, health, etc.

    Just google” Parad idols” in internet, then so many sites would pop up selling all kind of Mercury based prducts for spiritual applications.

    Refer United Nations policy on Mercury in cultural applications : http://www.chem.unep.ch/mercury/awareness_raising_package/G_01-16_BD.pdf for you to understand problem with Mercury.

    I am enclosing herewith a file “Creating Networks & Information for Mercury Policy in India and Europe” done by Toxics Link, which has done Leaching behaviour of Parad Mercury idol in milk and water( see page 43 to 56 ) and indeed it is leaching and harmful.

    In early 80′s Hindustan Unilever Ltd (earlier Pond’s India Ltd) dismantled their Mercury Thermometer plant from US( due to Mercury legislation and local protest in US) and set up the unit in Kodaikanal,T.Nadu. In short time people working in the plant and neighbourhood realised danger associated with Mercury.At least 45 Mercury related death and innumerable Mercury related diseases are reported and finally this unit was closed and still compensation litigation is going on.See attached file Basel Action Network on Mercury.

    What would happen to people and environment near by these sites and also to people visiting these sites?

    In many countries Mercury is banned due to its problem associated with human kind. Industry is going away from Mercury to safer methods. Even in health care sector, WHO has come out with Mercury free policy, looking at the danger associated with mercury: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/medicalwaste/mercurypolpaper.pdf

    By way of this mail, I request government to bring in some legislation in use of Mercury for these unscientific ways. Or request Pollution control board/government to step in to enact law for banning use of Mercury for spiritual and cultural application.They can educate people on Mercury hazard by putting up information in mass media (print/visual, hand outs, posters etc).

    I also request you to withdraw withdraw Indiran Gandhi Paryavan Puraskar( IGPP ) awarded to Isha Foundation immediately and ask them to do away with Mercury from their surrounding and once they do away with Mercury, then IGPP can be given back to them. This would act as deterrent for others, not to do such things in future.

    I can send you further information on Mercury, please feel free to write to me

    Request you to take up necessary action to ban/reduce of use of Mercury in spiritul and cultural areas.Also, withdraw IGPP award from Isha Foundation and give back IGPP to them, once they are Mercury free.

    Kindly acknowledge receipt of this e-mail and awaiting your immediate reply.

    Thanking you,
    Regards,
    V.L.Natarajan,
    natarajanvaidyanathapuram@gmail.com
    .
    ” Basel Action Network:

    Room > Press Releases

    Hindustan Lever admits to dumping of mercury-containing wastes
    New Delhi, 22/03/2001
    By Toxics Link

    Hindustan Lever, which had earlier denied charges levelled by citizen groups in Kodaikanal against its thermometer factory of illegal mercury waste dumping, has admitted that the mercury-containing glass wastes, now ascertained to be 5.3 tonnes, lying at the Munjikal scrap yard in Kodaikanal originated from their factory. In a letter to Greenpeace India, the company has also agreed to track and retrieve other such shipments, which have been sent to various locations outside the factory, and to having cleared the wastes that were found to be dumped in the watershed forests behind the factory wall.

    The Tamil Nadu Alliance Against Mercury, while welcoming these admissions is irked that Hindustan Lever has not yet apologised to the community, and is downplaying the extent of their bad practices evident from the fact that several shipments of potentially-mercury contaminated wastes sent over the last 17 years of operation may now be untraceable and spread out over various parts of Tamil Nadu and beyond.

    “HLL’s admission of their dumping is a good first step, but discussions with the company cannot begin in earnest, until the company offers a public apology to the community,” said Navroz Mody, TAAM member and Greenpeace India’s campaign director. “HLL should realise that this matter goes beyond mere financial compensation and remediation which can never fully make up for the damage to the quality of life and environment. More importantly, they should realise that if such dumps were found in London or Amsterdam, where Unilever is based, the company would be in deep trouble.”

    Hindustan Lever has said it has employed an international consultant, Dames & Moore to provide them with advice on assessing and remediating the environmental consequences of their waste dumping. The Indian representatives of this company have submitted a protocol to clear the 5.23 tonnes of mercury-contaminated wastes lying in Munjikal.

    At a press conference held in Chennai today, TAAM stated:

    Our concern extends beyond the Munjikal dump. The fact that this company, which vehemently denied all charges of wrongdoing, now admits that such wastes may be lying in various locations outside the factory fuels our concern of the long-term impact to the water bodies in those areas.
    The Alliance appeals to the Tamil Nadu public and to the Government to look out for any stockpiles or dumps of glass or thermometer wastes and report the same to the Alliance and/or the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.
    Despite the company’s assurances that their production practices pose no risk to the workers, statements from workers and ex-workers recorded by the Alliance indicate that mercury was handled casually in the factory shop-floor lending weight to allegations by many workers of occupational exposure to mercury and associated health effects.
    “Workers tell us that mercury spillage on the floor, and intentional and accidental handling of mercury is routine within the factory. Workers were certainly exposed to mercury vapours, more in some sections than others,” said Dr. Kolhatkar, a medical doctor and member of the Kodaikanal Consumer Action Group.

    “If big companies like HLL practices such dangerous working conditions, then one dreads to think what small mercury thermometer factories around the country are doing”, said Madhumita Dutta, a TAAM member and activist with New Delhi-based Toxics Link.

    Incidentally, two months ago 118 tonnes stockpile of used toxic mercury from a closed down US based chlorine-caustic factory was destined to be shipped to a secret recipient in India. The toxic trade was stopped due to huge international opposition from environmental groups around the world which includes Greenpeace, Toxics Link-India, Srishti-Delhi, Basel Action Network, All India Port and Dock Workers’ Federation, Penobscot Alliance for Mercury Elimination, Maine Peoples Alliance, Mercury Policy Project and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

    “We strongly urge our government to take proactive measures and frame rules and policy with the ultimate goal of eliminating mercury and encourage adoption of safer alternatives to the limited application of mercury in the production processes and products”, said Basel Action Network spokesperson Ravi Agarwal in New Delhi.

    NOTES

    1. On March 7, residents of Kodaikanal, HLL’s ex-workers and environmental and human rights activists exposed from HLL’s recently discovered 15-ton mercury waste dumpsite to the factory gates to demand an immediate end to the mercury pollution. Mercury, in the presence of water, readily converts into methyl mercury, a deadly poison, which is persistent in the environment and moves through the food chain magnifying up to 100,000 times in quantity by the time it reaches the top predators in aquatic ecosystems.

    2. Hindustan Lever’s entire production from the thermometer factory is exported to the United States, for sale in Germany, UK, Spain, USA, Australia and Canada. The mercury for the plant is imported, mainly from the United States. The factory, set up in 1977, was a second-hand plant imported from Cheseborough Ponds from the United States, after the US factory was shutdown for unknown reasons. Hindustan Lever is a 51 percent owned subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever.

    3. The Tamil Nadu Alliance Against Mercury comprises local, national and international environmental, worker and human rights organisations.

    4. Owing to the extreme toxicity of some of the mercury compounds and the practical difficulty in keeping pollution to harmless levels has resulted in various national and regional initiatives to eliminate all releases of mercury into the environment. In India, mercury is still classified as a low-level hazard according to the Ministry of Environment.

    5. Health warnings have been issued in 41 states in the United States advising people to reduce or avoid consumption of fresh water fish and certain seafood due to mercury contamination. Goals have been set to virtually eliminate mercury releases from human activities in the New England states, the Great Lakes region and other states and provinces

    6. Faced with growing environmental concerns surrounding the toxic metal, many US cities, states and hospitals are phasing out mercury thermometers as a first step towards eliminating mercury releases into the environment. Boston, San Francisco, and the US state of New Hampshire have outlawed mercury thermometers. In September 2000, 11 leading retailers and manufacturers in the United States, including Walmart, Kmart Corporation and Meijer’s Supermarkets, announced that they would terminate sales of mercury fever thermometers.

    For details, contact:
    Dr. Kolhatkar, Kodaikanal Consumer Action Group, Tel: 04542-41315.
    Navroz Mody, Greenpeace. Mobile: 09820194022. Tel: 044 4462401.
    Toxics Link, New Delhi. Tel: 91-11- 24328006, 24320711; Fax: 24321747.
    Ravi Agarwal, Basel Action Network (India). Tel: 011 4328006/4320711.

    For information on international mercury status:
    Visit the websites of the Basel Action Network and Mercury Policy Project.

  5. shannu Says:

    We are direct victim of isha s land grabbing,manipulative villans in kaavi dress,using their immense money and political power they bought media(if any media we call to cover the process they use to buy the land from poor farmer in that area with absolute proof they ll cover it but not be published coz they d be stopped by huge negotiation)police its been 6 times we have lodged complaint but it went in air we went to alandurai si,perur dsp,coimbatore sp every thing in vein. Normal people like us won’t get any justice in this country? Who’s the right people we need to contact?

  6. Mr killer Says:

    Thanks I hope this isha gets f’D over , cuz it’s kind of all fishy too me about how this guy is a spiritual master when all he does is ramble about random shit

  7. rajam Says:

    pl contact newsavukku@gmail.com. the will expose and help you

  8. Sam Says:

    They charged us Rs500 per head to attend a prayer. Once the ticket holders to the prayer were in the temple, they shut the temple doors – those that didn’t have a ticket were not able to join the prayer.

  9. Chander Says:

    Why don’t you try Isha yoga for 48 days and then write an article, that way it will be objective, Lot of things what you say may be true may not be true, in the end is he spritually helping people or not is what matters.

    Having gone through the course, it has helepd me a lot and he is helping a lot of people. I see some petty accusations here nothing else

    • Yogi Says:

      What i have mentioned here are based on my own personal experiences when i went there and based on my friends who have attended programs there. Personally i don’t want to encourage charlatans by giving them my money. That i think is my moral responsibility.

      A woman is dead under mysterious circumstances, acres of fertile forest is being destroyed to expand the ashram, do these things sound petty? Personal satisfaction is above all these things??

      Please do read about cult behaviours, of course it feels good, but what are we willing to sacrifice for the feel good factor?? Are we that selfish and blind??

  10. Rathika Says:

    Very interesting,

    Money seems to have taken precedeence over everything..when what we should seek is experiences in life. If we wish to drive a luxury car or live a fancy life, why not? But why put a clause of money in there when it the experience we seek ? A car could come as a gift, lucky draw, possible? So can holidays. Money too has become a reason to jugde. Isnt money, just a mean to experience our hearts desire?

    But who said, if u r enlighten or lead a spritual life that u r not allowed to enjoy luxuries. Did god say that? Who said u cannot keep money under ur bed? How do we decide that money is being used for greater good or evil.isnt it all perception, based on experinces in life?

    Why do we jugde and spend time, focusing on so called weaknesses of others or for the matter of fact, why the need to even point out the strengths? are we happy? Truly happy every moment of every day?..then why doesnt our heart tell us to strive to make ourselves happy first. When we ourselves arent there yet, how can we direct n guide others?

    Do u make a bad parent, just cause u scold and correct ur child to prevent disaster? Does it then make the parent selfish or self centered? Who made us feel that being spritual means u are rid of all emotions? When did we come to a conclusion that noone should be corrected or disciplined in a spritual place?. Arent conditions necessary for us to live? Heartbeat, the breath..isnt it all conditions to be met.

    And why do we feel the need to defend n impose onto others what we feel is right n good. On one side defending n protecting by “enlightening” the poor, perceived brainless, gullible society and on the other hand,speaking on behalf of the silent guruji, trying to set things straight..defending his innocence.

    Maybe, just maybe, all we need to do is a self check to see where we r and just be happy.

    • Yogi Says:

      You know what? you sound eerily like jaggi himself, lot of complicated seemingly profound statements which appear correct in the surface.

      I agree with some of the things you said, for example i reflect your opinion about the experiences in life, about their importance over money.I remember reading a psychological study that confirms this, But i will have to disagree with you on the other things.

      You mention that who cares what you do with your money, a person is entitled to do what he wants with his money.
      To some extent, yeah why should i bother? But lets just ignore ethics?? How convenient, if everybody just wants to maximise their happiness do you think world would be a better place?? lets start justifying selfishness?? No religion tells you to maximise happiness or live life lavishly. Almost every religion places emphasis on being modest and humble. Why do you think that is?

      To you spending money lavishly might bring happiness, in the same context i derive happiness from hearing songs at full volume. So by your argument why should i care about my neighbours, its my happiness that matters right? Why should they care? They are just being nosey? Till people dont realise how globalization has intertwined everybody’s lives they wont know how their shiny new diamond earring affects some poor kid in africa.

      Of course it is difficult to determine if the money is being used for good or bad, but you dont decide to ignore it just because it is difficult, its always easy to look the other way. Shouldn’t we do at least what we can? Confronting the inequality around us, concern about our fellow beings, is what makes us human.

      There are countless people who have sacrificed their personal lives to give us 40 hour work days, our freedom and the life we have now is the fruit of their sacrifice. If they had just said fuck it all, let me just be happy. We wouldn’t have this life today.

      Scolding a kid for their own wellbeing does not make them bad parents, but if the parent/s think they are doing good for the kid when they in fact are spoiling him/her in reality, then of course it is bad parenting.Can all parents understand how their actions will affect their kids? If they did, we will only be surrounded by great people. good intentions alone does not produce good results. In our case the so called good intention is itself questionable. To correct a kids mistake threatening is not the only solution, why would you threaten a kid, cant you reason with him? Cant you talk kindly. And what was the mistake? Kids playing? Kids being kids?

      You contradict yourself, in one paragraph you say we should all just take care of our own lives and should not impose our beliefs on others and in the next paragraph you are defending jaggi saying he is only trying to correct our mistakes!!?? If he does it, it is correct, but if we do its wrong?

      • GurusBeKickinIt Says:

        Yogi wrote: “…you sound eerily like jaggi himself…”

        That’s EXACTLY what I thought after reading the post of “Rathika”.

        Here’s a tip for anyone who attends one of his 2 week sessions. When the day arrives on which he instructs each attendee to stand before a microphone and declare “I am a parent to the universe”, instead do as I did and say, “I am *apparent* to the universe.” No one can discern the difference, so you don’t have to decline approaching the microphone and risk the potential psychotic wrath of the scores of hysterical, wailing attendees.

        Why was I unwilling to say “I am a parent to the universe”?
        Because I’m a parent to 3 teenage boys, and parenting them is as much as I can handle.

  11. Thomas Xavier Says:

    Probably somebody should mention what Catholic missionaries did all these hundreds of years all around the world in the name of Jesus Christ!!!!!!

    • Yogi Says:

      Yeah, i think all these people are using the name of religion and peoples general curiosity to find meaning in their life to their advantage. Wish the governments wouldn’t support them like they do now.

  12. Saahi Says:

    I was reading a book gifted to me by my sister Mystic Musing bu Sadguru, I was simply mesmerised by the book. I was literally pulled to vist Isha Aashram.

    I have been into awareness that something is wrong within me. I was so restless that thought Isha is an answer to my restlessness. Thanks to my past deeds, I felt still restless with that decision.

    I just am awake now. I being myself NLP practitioner never knew how I got hypnotized by the book. But I would say its a beautiful example of conversation hypnosis.

    • Yogi Says:

      You are spot on. Thanks for your comment.

      Since you knew NLP you knew how we can control people, hence you were able to stop and question back. But how many of us are aware of our brain, our thinking?

      These people are just using our insecurities for their benefit. In my opinion i think people are drawn by his speech, he is a good speaker we have to give him that, he mixes real science with pseudo science very well that people without a scientific background ( not the science we learn in schools btw) mistake everything he says for science and so they begin to trust him.
      Media is another big factor, those guys are all over the news, magazines, everywhere, even yesterday i saw an isha van selling their merchandise in a nearby village.

      These people misuse our trust or may be we are misplacing our trust.

  13. Aditya Says:

    Yup! He is a fraud. One person (or at least I) can easily find out if a person is truly a sanyasi by the vibration you get or that instant attraction to them. The first time I saw this dude, he looked like a wasted (high) man! He had no tejas in his eye and his philosophy is nothing new!
    I haven’t seen Maha Periva of Kanchi Kamakoti (He died the year I was born) but I was instantly attracted by his tejas just by looking at his photo. That is the real vibration , not like the fake one this dude boasts of!
    and back to the point.
    My Mom and GrandMom accidentally bumped into their restaurant in Luz Church Road, Mylapore to have a quick lunch. And Damn them Dosa is Rs.350 Upma is Rs.400!
    I don’t want to abuse that dude, but Karma will take care of the rest.
    Satyameve Jayate

  14. Kelvin Tan Says:

    We are trapped in this world of illusions and delusions and takes everything we hear and see to be real. Not attaining, not knowing. Nothing needs to be understood or acquired. Free yourself from belief systems. Use your common senses and free from all the nonsenses. My Truth is “I don’t Know” that set me free.

  15. Rajaganapathy Says:

    Jaggi is a classical example that one can successfully make spiritual as corporate level business. Two important aspects can be seen in the foundation. Firstly-Isha foundation is marketing its products worth crores of rupees but, they issue only donation receipts not bills for their sales. Secondly, you can find an add in Isha foundation calling for his devotees to become partner with Isha foundation. Evading tax and Public issue of shares. What else needed to be a successful corporate man.

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