Yes, it was me in the video: Swami Nityananda – Interview with TIMES NOW


TIMES NOW | 13 Mar 2010 | 1449 hrs IST

SriNithyanandaSwami After facing political heat and wide protests over his alleged sex tape, TIMES NOW managed to track down Swami Nityananda. The man admits – though reluctantly – that he is in the sleaze video, however, adds that parts of the video were morphed. Speaking to TIMES NOW’s Dhanya Rajendran, Swami Nityananda clarifies he is not running away from the law.

Excerpts from the interview

Dhanya: The last two weeks we have seen a lot of controversies. How difficult has it been for you?

Swami Nityananda: In 33 years of my public life, I have seen the peak of the name and fame, have been the most watched guru in youtube and last few days the most watched scandal on the internet. I have seen both. I can say that both highs and lows has taught many things about life to me. I am just learning different dimensions of life. Only thing that has shocked me is that I never thought there will be so much of enmity against me. I never thought that people would see me as an enemy. But one good thing even in this situation I am feeling is that I am getting millions of emails, phone calls and flood of support from different corners of the world. People who are not my devotees are also saying that they feel so bad that someone’s personal life is misrepresented and brutally abused.

Dhanya: What created the entire furore was the video. Was it you in the video?

Swami Nityananda: Surely there is a lot misrepresentation, manipulation, conspiracy and morphing. Now only we are studying about, which part is recorded in a conspired way, morphed, misrepresented and manipulated. I do not want to make any big comment, but apart from this I can say many things about the whole situation. My personal life has been completely misrepresented and there has been a definite intrusion of privacy. Some of the magazines are publishing photographs of me changing clothes after taking a bath. What is it has to do with me? Some videos are being published to defame my character. I don’t know how much is morphed in this and whatever we have got is being sent for further research. We are working on it and before that I want to be very patient before making any comments.

Dhanya: You’re saying some of the video could be morphed. But was this actress serving you because they say this video was taken in December, was the lady there in the aashram then?

Swami Nityananda: She was serving me for a long time. She was volunteering, serving and taking care of me whenever I was sick for a long time. The whole family is devotees for a long time. There is no denying that the actress was a devotee, is a devotee and will remain a devotee.

Dhanya: So were you sick in December 2009?

Swami Nityananda: Yes. I was sick for many days. Consciously I was in a very deep samadhi and physically I was not feeling well.

Dhanya: There is an overwhelming feeling that perhaps that you betrayed all your followers because you are someone who talks about abstinence. Have you advocated abstinence in celibacy?

Swami Nityananda: Please understand I always said that it is the individual who should decide. I never promoted the celibacy for everybody. I have always said you should decide. If you are bio-memory is more with consciousness and less with the need of the other person, you lead a celibate life. If your bio-memory is in need of somebody else, live a happy married life. I never promoted one side or the other. I always said individual should choose and live the life they want.

Dhanya: What do you believe for yourself?

Swami Nityananda: I believe that in life I do not have any lust. I do not have any need for the other person.

Dhanya: Going back to the December 2009 incident, you had said that you were in trance that time. What do you have to say?

Swami Nityananda: I can say some of the things can be misinterpreted by an onlooker or a person who want to misinterpret it.

Dhanya: Do you think there is some kind of conspiracy behind shooting of the video:

Swami Nityananda: Surely there must be a conspiracy or else why will someone enter into my personal space and do what they did.

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20 comments

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  2. Jai

    hi,
    Swami has not stated that it was he in the video in the interview. Unless the writer put two and two together to come up with 10 and a sensationalized headline. If TimesNow fails to live up to the journalistic credo, the republication of it’s inaccurate news does equal harm. Most of the comments are going off by news ‘reports’ that are highly inaccurate, some fabricated and sensationalized. Is that the purpose of your blog too?

  3. Prasad

    Hi,
    I did not know Nityananda until this scandal broke out. First thing I wanted to do was to listen to Nityananda’s past preachings and read his comments during his q&a sessions.
    Honestly, I credit him for his understanding of Hindu puranas and sastras. He must have put real efforts to learn what we never cared to spend time and learn on by ourselves.
    I believe learning, teaching can be different from DOING. We can question ourselves, are we doing 100% of what we learned and telling our kids and others? I do not believe the answer is “no” for most of us. So I believe, learning and teachings of Hindu puranas and sastras are never BAD. It is our responsibility to take the Gnana from the teachings and leave the rest. This episode tells us that Gurus like Nityananda can fall back while practicing too.

    May be it is time for real enthusiatic devotees to look at famous gurus like Ramana Maharshi, Rama Krishna Paramahamsa or Gandhi who never failed to keep their doing and teaching in coordination.

    God bless all.

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  5. sagar

    The homeopaths and vaidyas who practice alternative medicene usually have big photos of their maharaj in their clinic.

    I fear that when I pay them to cure my illness i am in some way helping their maharaj in torturing innocent people.

    So I will be prohibiting the visit to such doctors in order to prevent the exploitation of innocent people.

  6. Madhu

    The news about Nityananda’s commerce was given in a daily news paper on last sunday.

    The Nityananda’s Dhyanapeetham’s so-called spiritual and healing programmes like “Inner Awakening” and “Exprience living enlightement” which were discontinued recently were costing $6000.

    Here are the list of holy gadgets from Nityananda which were sold online till recently before the scandal news broke out:

    Rudraksha Beads named as energised jewellery are priced $12, two lotus seed malas are priced $25, banyan leaves cost $35, a pure silver “guru puja’ set costs $550, a copy of a statue of Patanjali, described as a “father of yoga” costs $2,340, an antique Vishnu statue is priced at $882, a 36-inch Radha Krishna marble statue costs $2,880, a ‘baby Buddha on lotus’ costs $18.

    There are, ofcourse, more such items the online store sells in the name of “Nityananda sacred arts”.

    Just like the IT industry and manufacturing industries were hit recently due to recession, his spiritual business was hit badly after the sex scandal news of Nitty guy was broke to the public.

    But the Cd’s of sleaze videos are in very demena d are selling like hot cakes in the Janatha Bazaar of Bangalore. Right now those sex videos of Nityananda are in more demand than Nityananda’s holy gadgets sold online.

    His shivlingas and and rudrakshas and other gadgets are supposed to be having healing powers. But the man who created and sold such healing gadgets said to media that he was helped by the actress when he fell ill and was ailing and the actress was doing massages to him to rejuvenate him and restore his health.

    Massages for him and malas for his followers??????

    • V SEKHAR

      Hi Madhu!
      Your comment is informative and I think it deserves place among main posts on my blog. I’m going to make it a post. Let your information be an eye-opener to those who closed their eyes before Nityananda with bowed heads and joined hands.

  7. Madhu

    Someone said here ” I think this Swamiji is courageous to face cameras with such sincerity. ”

    Unfortunately, nowadays in our country crooks like Nityananda and also corrupt politicians and fraudsters are coming out and making public statements with any remorse or introspection.

    This sort of shamelessness cannot be dubbed as sincerity and honesty or fearlessness.

    The Nitty guy has no guts to come back to any of his ashrams. The answers which he giving are worse than his teachings. Recently he had agreed that he was video.

    I am not against his sex with that woman. After all he is a human and he has urges and itches. But these spiritual crooks have talked endlessly about morality and immorality and created divisions in the consciousness of their followers and thus made their followers to live with the feelings of guilty and inferiority complexes throughout their life.

    I think Nitty guy should stop running ashrams and start brothel houses if he is really honest.

    He should stop selling high cost energized spiritual gadgets like shivalingas and rudrakshas and start selling sex toys.

    That makes him more honest and sincere.

  8. Madhu

    The actress who lsept with Nityananda says that he has cured her from respiratory disease and he has healing power.

    On the other side, Paramahamsa Nityananda says that the actress was helping when he was not well and fallen ill. He also told media that she was doing massages for him when he was not well.

    But who was actually not well and who was helping whom?

    ALL IS NOT WELL !!!!!

  9. yogi

    ha ha ha ha..sex is no crime with any being.. in this bringing and being process , individuals like nityananda with limitless potential(if had) actually dealing with the strength that causing one.. lets stop getting fooled by our selves through speculating this man`s caliber that says ” oh!i got the sole strength with which any being can stay strong. come to me if wanted for the way to obtain it with out minding what im doing with it”.
    him or his kind were only for impotents.. rest has nothing to do with him… ha ha ha ha again….

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  11. Rudy

    I think this Swamiji is courageous to face cameras with such sincerity. Honestly, would you be able to do this having been exposed this way?
    I’ve seen him in the past, and can attest he is a powerful presence, amazing healer, and undoubtedly genuine spiritual Master who miraculously healed some people i know from cancer. These people are very happy with him… There are no complaints from his followers… So why so much of fuss around him?

  12. Rudy

    Some things in teh above transcription have been added and removed- changing the meaning of what the Swamiji told… See under the correct transcription, as the Swamiji delivered it.
    “After facing political heat and wide protests over his alleged sex tape, TIMES NOW managed to track down Swami Nithyananda in Haridwar. The man admits – ‘though reluctantly’ (not present in the journalist introduction)– that he is in the sleaze video, but that some parts of it has been morphed. Speaking to TIMES NOW’s Dhanya Rajendran, Swami Nithyananda clarifies he is not running away from the law.
    Excerpts from the interview
    He is the man in the eye of the storm. Media reports from two southern states Karanataka and Tamil Nadu claim that Swamiji Paramahamsa Nithyananda is Missing, but the Swamiji is very much in Hardwar, attending the Kumbha Mela, and speaking to Times Now.
    Dhanya: The last two weeks we have seen a lot of controversies. How difficult has it been for you?
    Swami Nithyananda: In 33 years of my public, my life, I have seen the peak of the name and fame, have been the most watched guru in youtube and last few days the most watched scandal on the internet. I have seen both. The peak of the name and fame, and peak of abusal. I can say that both have taught, many things about life to me. I am just learning different dimensions of life. Only thing that has shocked me is that I never thought there will be so much of enmity against me. I never thought that people would see me as an enemy. But one good thing even in this situation I am feeling is that I am getting millions of emails, phone calls and flood of support from different corners of the world. People who are not my devotees and disciples, are also saying that they feel so bad that someone’s personal life is misrepresented; abused and brutally abused.
    Dhanya: What created the entire furor was the video. Was it you in the video?
    Swami Nithyananda: Surely there is a lot misrepresentation, manipulation, conspiracy and morphing. Now only we are studying about, which part is recorded in a conspired way, morphed, misrepresented and manipulated. Before i come to any conclusion, I do not want to make any big comment, but apart from this I can say many things about the whole situation, about the whole atmosphere. My personal life has been completely misrepresented, misinterpreted, and there has been a definite intrusion of privacy. Some of the magazines and media are publishing photographs of me changing clothes after taking a bath. What is it has to do with me? Some videos are being published to defame my character. Some videos are being published, changing clothes. I don’t know how much is morphed in this and whatever we have got is being sent for further research. We are working on it and before that I want to be very patient before making any comments.
    Dhanya: You’re saying some of the video could be morphed. But was this actress serving you because they say this video was taken in December, was the lady there in the ashram then?
    Swami Nityananda: She was serving me for a long time. She was volunteering, serving and taking care of me whenever I was sick for a long time. The whole family is devotees for a long time. There is no denying that the actress was a devotee, is a devotee and will remain a devotee. There is no denial she was taking care of me when i was sick.
    Dhanya: So were you sick in December 2009?
    Swami Nithyananda: Yes. I was sick for many days. Consciously I was in a very deep samadhi and physically I was not feeling well.
    Dhanya: There is an overwhelming feeling that perhaps that you betrayed all your followers because you are someone who talks about abstinence. Have you advocated abstinence in celibacy?
    Swami Nithyananda: Please understand I always said that it is the individual who should decide. I never promoted the celibacy for everybody. I have always said you should decide. If you are bio-memory is more with consciousness and less with the need of the other person, you lead a celibate life. If your bio-memory is in need of somebody else, live a happy married life. I never promoted one side or the other. I always said individual should choose and live the life they want.
    Dhanya: What do you believe for yourself?
    Swami Nithyananda: I believe that in life I do not have any lust. I do not have any need for the other person.
    Dhanya: Going back to the December 2009 incident, you had said that you were in trance that time. Do you say something could have been misinterpretated, you were not in your senses when that happened? What do you have to say?
    Swami Nithyananda: I can say some of the things can be misinterpreted, could have been misinterpreted by an onlooker or a person who want to misinterpret it.
    Dhanya: Do you think there is some kind of conspiracy behind shooting of the video:
    Swami Nithyananda: Surely there must be a conspiracy or else why will someone enter into my personal space and do what they did.”

  13. Dhanda

    Swamiji is trying to escape telling all lies but damage is already done that he cannot rebuilt. Why should women work in his private quarters? Person in abstinence should not allow women to serve them…..

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  15. sulochanosho

    I have great respect for all, including young Swami Paramhamsa Nityananda, whether he is a priest or prostitute – I don’t care.

    My simple, humble doubt or question is, can Nityananda has the guts to preach sexuality in it’s pure form without tainting or painting with ‘vedanta’, ‘moksha’, ’samaddhi’ like kinds of stuffs or shits? After all sex is a simple innocent biology of procreation, it is not an entertainment industry, even though the whole mankind has turned it into a perfect entertainment/ enlightenment industry – to the extreme extent of no return point.

    I am ashamed to read his (Nityananda) statement:
    ‘I believe that in life I do not have any lust. I do not have any need for the other person.’

    Then let him stop preaching his (un)holy sermons and perversions and fooling the gullible people from this very moment.

    He is really sick that he ie relating even his ’sickness’ to ’samadhi’.

    God, religion, liberation are purely subjective versions (perversions) – evolved under some impulses or needs over the generations. Nothing to harvest on it, nothing to ecash on it.

    To use the coarse or gross language: body knows only two things: survival and procreation. And all the rest is our perversions and versions.

    Stating that the videos or pictures are the ‘morphed’ ones is just a cunning politician’s strategy to escape. Let him face it ’straight’ – only if he has guts. Good luck.

  16. sulochanosho

    I have great respect for all, including young Swami Paramhamsa Nityananda, whether he is a priest or prostitute – I don’t care.

    My simple, humble doubt or question is, can Nityananda has the guts to preach sexuality in it’s pure form without tainting or painting with ‘vedanta’, ‘moksha’, ‘samaddhi’ like kinds of stuffs or shits? After all sex is a simple innocent biology of precreation, it is not an entertainment industry, even though the whole mankind has turned it into a perfect entertainment/ enlightenment industry – to the extreme extent of no return point.

    I am ashamed to read his (Nityananda) statement:
    ‘I believe that in life I do not have any lust. I do not have any need for the other person.’

    Then let him stop preaching his (un)holy sermons and perversions and fooling the gullible people from this very moment.

    He is really sick that he ie relating even his ‘sickness’ to ‘samadhi’.

    God, religion, liberation are purely subjective versions (perversions) – evolved under some impulses or needs over the generations. Nothing to harvest on it, nothing to ecash on it.

    To use the coarse or gross language: body knows only two things: survival and procreation. And all the rest is our perversions and versions.

    Stating that the videos or pictures are the ‘morphed’ ones is just a cunning politician’s strategy to escape. Let him face it ‘straight’ – only if he has guts. Good luck.

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