Christianity taking over Yogda Satsang

published on May 22, 2012

Self Realisation Fellowship,’ (SRF) Church has managed to take over the Yogda Satsang and influenced many changes in the autobiography of Swami Yogananda, founder of the organisation. Many pages of the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, which is the centrepiece of his spiritual legacy, has been changed so that people do not come to know about Hindu mythology,” said Motilal Gupta, an active member of Yogda Satsang at a press meet on Saturday.

“These things have been done in a silent and deliberate manner. The pictures of Hindu God and Goddess and pantheon have been replaced. Instead the picture of Jesus Christ and Christianity is promoted in the organisation,” he said. Under the influence of Self Realisation Fellowship the daily prayer Brahmanandam (Prayer of Spritual Guru) has been stopped. Even decades’ old established tradition of hawan has been stopped, he said. He also produced evidences to show that the original picture of Swami Yogananda has been tempered in the revised edition of his book. “In the original picture the Yogi is sitting in Yogic posture with sacred threads which has been changed. Now the followers are asked to take oath on the name of Jesus Christ,” he said.

Raising questions on the utilisation of funds of the organisation, Gupta said, “In the year 2002, Swami Sadanand and Swami Shivanand sent me a letter regarding the need of washrooms for girls in Purulia. I sent two drafts of Rs one lakh for this purpose but that money was never sent to Purulia. Likewise in 2006 when I asked about the accounts of money used for construction of Noida Ashram, but I never got it.”

“Yogda had invested five crore rupees in shares and mutual funds which is apparent in the balance sheet of 2010. The ashram is being controlled by SRF. Most of the board members are American and they are controlling the ashram from there itself. The secretary of the Ashram never visited India since past 45 years,” added Gupta.

Rebuffing the allegations of Gupta, Swami Nishthanand of Yogda Ashram said, “The methodology of the Ashram is transparent. These allegations are a part of conspiracy. The Ashram is running in Jharkhand since past 95 years. Those who want to know anything can visit the Ashram and collect any kind of information anytime.”

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