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Mar 21 10 10:39 AM

New here, but glad to finally see critical discussion of Isha and it's methods/motives.  It's been years coming.  Feel it's time to share some experiences as perhaps they may serve to confirm doubts that others may be feeling/intuiting and cause one to step back & re-evaluate.  One thing Isha does very well is persuade you convincingly to question your inner guidance, your inner voice, your own connection with the divine (however you may have experienced this in the past), and jump onto their bandwagon of spiritual-correctness.
So...
First course was originally called Sahaja Sthithi Yoga, SSY, 13 days...late 90's...USA
Second course Bhava Spandana Program, BSP, long weekend residential course, USA...a week later
Third course Samyama, week-long residential course at Isha Yoga Center outside of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, early 2000's
Repeated Samyama years later, volunteered extensively, numerous trips and stays at the ashram
Gave up everything...
Thought I had found, "The Way"...
Warned along the way by others who'd been "inner-circle" about what I was choosing to get involved with...
Freely chose to continue along that path...
Discovered along the way many contradictions...
Some subtle, some glaring...
Deceitfulness, outright Lies...
Intentional breaking up of family relationships...
Seduction, adultery...
Scare tactics...keep silent or else...not only will you devolve, but those around you also will devolve as a result of your mistakes...
Don't even think of leaving the ashram...you will NEVER leave...you will Die here...
Discovering that numerous ones before had in fact left, usually under cover of darkness, covertly...
Discredited by those that remain, actually treated as non-existent...never discussed again...
...not evolved enough for the teaching...did not surrender completely...
Inner circle actually believes he's the ONLY truly enlightened human on the planet earth right now...

Come on...really?  Enough already...
Should be noted that you'll never "believe" these things as a new Isha meditator...why would you?  I wouldn't have...
I would have thought if you told me these things that you just weren't "willing"...that's the Isha lingo...
It took years to discover the seedy side of this movement...to penetrate the outer layers of candy coating...
If you feel so inclined, though, go ahead, give it all up and join...
find out for yourself...delve into the depths of the Isha machine...
but realize that once in deep, if you step out of line...there are consequences...
You might be placed into "Silence", for your spiritual benefit, of course...
duration...unknown...until "he" releases you...
You will be spied upon by the devotees, unbeknownst to you, then made to feel as though "he" has supernatural psychic powers by the way he "knows" what you've been up to, especially if it is contradictory to the organization...

There is so much more...
My Hope is that some will learn from the mistakes and pain that another has endured in their honest quest for understanding that which is beyond understanding, and not make the same mistakes, not have to endure the same pains.  If you are from the West, you have a discerning mind...it is not your enemy...do not fight it...do not give it up...it is a tool which can be utilized to pierce the veil of illusion.  Go ahead, try Isha if you like, but don't give up your decision-making ability...realize ISHA is not the ONLY way...it is one of innumerable ways and you will maintain perspective and balance as you practice the ancient practices shared by the organization. They do not hold a patent on them...realize that.

Shared humbly by a fellow seeker