Recent headlines in
Kerala newspapers have hit on one single person; a young man with some
spiritual background; Santhosh Madhavan alias Swami Amritha Chaithanya, the supremo
of Santhi Theeram Ashramam.
When a middle aged
woman from Dubai disclosed his cheating and fraudulent nature, police
started enquiry on this Sannyasi. At last, he was arrested, ending
all the debate. Before that there was news about him when Interpol published
a picture of Madhavan after receiving complaint from the lady. But police
was not ready to question him in the beginning.
Santhosh appeared in a Malayalam TV channel for stating that he was not the
person Interpol was searching. But the lady from Dubai underscored that he
was the same person. She could identify him easily when she watched TV
channel interview. When questioned, he revealed some shocking crimes he has
done for many years. Rape cases, Blue film production, cheating, hawala
dealings, etc. List of his multiple crimes goes on. Police do not even rule
out his connection with underworld king Dawood Ibrahim.
Spirituality had been
a curtain for his criminal deeds. He had maintained good relationship with
top police officials, politicians, and cine stars etc. He had been
collecting crores of rupees from people from different walks of life. He
started some voluntary institutions for covering up his secret motives.
From an ordinary
astrologist and temple priest, he has grown to become a multi millionaire
within a few years. He stayed in five star accommodations. He traveled in
most expensive luxury cars. He had possessed acres of land and expensive
flats. Police have seized many blue films CDs that were kept in a bank
locker. ‘Swami’ himself is said to be the hero of the films.
For this, he sexually
harassed tender girls of destitute homes, under his ownership. One of
sexually harassed girls filed a petition against him with Kochi police and
explained his criminal nature to police. During his Puja ceremony, he
gradually compelled girls and many female devotees for sexual exposure. He
pictured all the bed room scenes and nude postures of girls in his hidden
Santhosh used the
same tactics in his Ashram guest house where many VIPs including film stars,
politicians, and police officials had stayed. Police said he had recorded
some VIP persons also in his video camera. The most notable thing was a
uniform of a top police man that had kept in the Ashram guest house.
Alapuzha DYSP Sam Christy was suspended in connection with Swami. This is an
instance of police-criminal nexus
Himaval Badranada, another criminal Swami exposed:
Another young Swami (Himaval
Badranada) has been in the news more off late by shooting from Aluva police
station while he was being interrogated. He was carrying a pistol with him.
Police called him to police station when a complaint was registered against
him for using red beacon on top of his private vehicle. Since then he had
been threatening to shoot himself. When media persons assembled at the
police station, he shot the gun and threatening all who were present. One
media person is said to have got injured in the incident.
despite of their education and knowledge are addicted to Swamis. Middle
class and rich are competing to be true devotees of spiritual men for
fulfilling their dreams. Many have been misguided by the criminal Sannyasis.
According to many
philosophers, spirituality needs no mediator at all. One can practice
spirituality by devoting to pure meditation, yoga and prayers. Every one is
searching for peace of mind and well-being. But when depending on spiritual
leaders with self motives and profit, the devotee may lose what he or she
can be attained by practicing strenuous devotion towards the supreme soul by
practicing Yoga. Communication with the "atman" is also possible without any
mediator. Many common men proved this. But anyone who can't attain spiritual
attainment without the help of swamis should at least try to discriminate
good and the fraudulent.
True spiritual men
never go behind money or self gain. They devote their lives to the universal
well being. Their lives are self-less flow of ocean with love, divinity,
meditation and simplicity. There are many examples of such spiritual men and
women. Until meeting such a real spiritual leader, one can continue his
God looks after his
true devotees if he or she has truth, faith, and devotion in heart. Mediator
has no special role there.
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