Allegations against Mata Amritanandamayi’s ashram serious: Pinarayi Vijayan

Amritanandamayi's ex-aide Gail Tredwell in her memoir had alleged sexual exploitation among senior ashram inmates.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:February 22, 2014 12:29 pm
Amritanandamayi's ex-aide Gail Tredwell in her memoir had alleged sexual exploitation among senior ashram inmates. Amritanandamayi’s ex-aide Gail Tredwell in her memoir had alleged sexual exploitation among senior ashram inmates.

CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said the allegations against spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi’s ashram were serious in nature.

Amritanandamayi’s ex-aide Gail Tredwell alias Gayatri in her memoir “Holy Hell” had alleged sexual exploitation and promiscuity among senior ashram inmates. Although the content of book had become viral in social media, political parties in Kerala maintained stoic silence on the issue until Saturday.

Addressing media at Kalpetta in North Kerala on the sidelines of his state-wide political tour, Vijayan said the government should explore legal action. “the revelations were made by a person who had been at the ashram for two decades. She had disclosed her personal experiences at the ashram. It shows wrongful things are happening at the ashrams,” he said.

The CPI(M) state secretary said the government has the responsibility to look into the huge funds reaching many ashrams. It should be probed whether anti-national activities are happening at spiritual centres.

Earlier, the ashram had stated that the revelations were baseless and defied logic.

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    gr_ind
    Feb 22, 2014 at 7:37 am
    This would be a common occurrence in all Ashrams that have cropped up today. When a human plays GOD and a lot of gullible people follow, this is the prime mover.
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      Sunny
      Feb 22, 2014 at 9:09 am
      all Hindu religious gurus, ashrams will be demonized slowly and false cases levied upon them so that the christian missionaries can easily convert all Hindus. Hindus extinction is just a matter of time now...
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        India
        Feb 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm
        Thousands of people are living in the ashram, and only one person is accusing one swami. Why are you writing : alleged ual exploitation among senior ashram inmates.Unfortunately this just show the biased frame of mind of the journalist...I read the book and had a clear feeling that it is non sense and with a clear purpose of revenge or the like. To let one fiction book damage such an incredible giving person (just watch her!!!), one who has done for the world as a single person more than anyone else, would be the shame of our civilization!!! That Gail is like a new Hitler! Beware! Wake up!
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