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Sri Chinmoy


Indian-born spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy died at his Jamaica, NY, meditation center in October at the age of 76. Mikhail Gorbachev, who met and corresponded with Chinmoy, said the guru’s passing was “a loss for the whole world” and that “in our hearts he will forever remain a man who dedicated his whole life to peace.” [csr 7.1 2008)

Indonesia is successfully destroying internal terrorist networks and winning the public battle against radicalism not simply by force but by employing former jihadis in a program of de-radicalization, with the promise, to those who cooperate, of reduced sentences or family assistance. The co-opted radicals go into prisons and other places to persuade would-be terrorists that Islam cannot be used to support attacking civilians, that such action actually alienates people from religion. Government agents also try to exploit antagonisms among terrorists and turn them against one other. Saudi Arabia has reportedly had great success in suppressing terrorist acts since 2004 using similar methods, and many other countries in the Muslim world have launched de-radicalization initiatives. The Saudis employ “deprogramming,” which resembles techniques used by cults, and psychologists then try to determine whether or not the subjects are likely to return to extremism. The Netherlands, meanwhile, recently said it will spend $40 million to launch similar programs, train imams and other religious leaders, and promote intercultural dialogue. A British government official said last year, “Our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly toward those organizations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremism. [csr 7.1 2008)

Accused of Sexual Exploitation
Queens, NY-based guru Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose), who preaches celibacy to some 4,000 followers worldwide, is being accused by some of them of sexual abuse. One reports in an online discussion board that the guru “summoned” her for sexual encounters in 1991 and 1996, and in 2000 asked her to have sex with another female disciple while he watched. ”I had never kissed a woman or touched a woman. It was not something I fantasized about. . . my mind was completely blown. It was so hard for me, but not only did I do it but I acted happy about it.” Another woman claims to have become pregnant by Ghose, and says he paid for her abortion. [csr 3.3 2004]

Sri Chinmoy’s attorney said: “You’re going to have disgruntled people. His philosophy attracts many people, and some of them are deeply troubled, some in a sexual way.” [csr 3.3 2004]

The guru’s former attorney — a longtime member — says disciples went into debt supporting him. “Their whole existence is saving enough money to go on the [annual three-month] Christmas trip. Celebrities attracted to Sri Chinmoy include Olympian Carl Lewis and guitarist Carlos Santana. (Alex Ginsberg, New York Post, Internet, 5/32/04) [csr 3.3 2004]

Sri Chinmoy
Accused of Sexual Exploitation
Queens, NY-based guru Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose), who preaches celibacy to some 4,000 followers worldwide, is being accused by some of them of sexual abuse. One reports in an online discussion board that the guru “summoned” her for sexual encounters in 1991 and 1996, and in 2000 asked her to have sex with another female disciple while he watched. ”I had never kissed a woman or touched a woman. It was not something I fantasized about. . . my mind was completely blown. It was so hard for me, but not only did I do it but I acted happy about it.” Another woman claims to have become pregnant by Ghose, and says he paid for her abortion. [csr 3.2 2004]

Sri Chinmoy’s attorney said: “You’re going to have disgruntled people. His philosophy attracts many people, and some of them are deeply troubled, some in a sexual way.” [csr 3.2 2004]

The guru’s former attorney — a longtime member — says disciples went into debt supporting him. “Their whole existence is saving enough money to go on the [annual three-month] Christmas trip. Celebrities attracted to Sri Chinmoy include Olympian Carl Lewis and guitarist Carlos Santana. (Alex Ginsberg, New York Post, Internet, 5/32/04) [csr 3.2 2004 2004]