If you were wondering what rape-accused Nithyananda has been up to, besides making regular appearances in videos even as the police search for him, the answer is – Kailaasa.
In a bizarre development that is eerily similar to the Netflix documentary series on Osho, Wild Wild Country, Nithyananda has apparently “founded” a new “country” called Kailaasa. “Kailaasa is a nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries,” reads the introduction on the website. The website itself seems to have been around since at least April 2019.
The website oozes praise for Nithyananda and has the details of this new country; however, it fails to mention where it is located. According to a few reports, the “country” is located on a private island that he has allegedly bought from Ecuador. He is apparently also trying to petition the United Nations into recognising this country. (TNM could not verify this independently).
A detailed look at the website shows that the word Kailaasa is being used to denote all of Nithyananda's organisations, and it is unclear if there is really a 'new country' or whether that's more fiction.
What is Kailaasa
According to the website of Kailaasa, the movement was founded in the US, spearheaded by members of the Hindu Adi Shaivite minority community. This so called country claims to provide “a safe haven to all the world’s practicing, aspiring or persecuted Hindus, irrespective of race, gender, sect, caste, or creed, where they can peacefully live and express their spirituality, arts, and culture free from denigration, interference and violence.”
Complete with a flag, its own passport, and apparently a cabinet, the Kailaasa claims it stands for universal free healthcare, free education, free food, and revival of “temple based lifestyle.” The languages of the ‘country’ are given as English, Sanskrit and Tamil.
The flag of Kailaasa called Rishabha Dhvaja, features Nithyananda himself, along with Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva. The website encourages Hindus to download and print this flag to show their support to Kailaasa.
Kailaasa is also set to have several government departments including education, treasury, commerce, and so on. But what stands out is a ‘Department of Enlightened Civilisation’ which will work on reviving Sanatana Hindu Dharma.
This 'country' also claims to eventually have a 'Dharmic Economy', and a Hindu Investment and Reserve Bank, where cryptocurrency will be accepted.
The “mission” of Kailaasa is to share with the world the “practical applications of Sanatana Hindu Dharma and its science of enlightenment”. The “services” under this section include a temple based ecosystem, a gurukul education system and “science of the third eye”.
The 'science of third eye', has been debunked repeatedly by rationalists and doctors as a fraudulent practice. However, this so called skill that makes children see in spite of being blindfolded continues to be taught in all Nithyandanda gurukuls in India and abroad. One of his former devotees, Sarah Landry, had alleged that the kids had no such skills and they were tortured to lie in front of crowds.
The country apparently comes with a Nithyananda University and Global Digital Library too.The University is described as the “world’s largest Hindu University for intense consciousness-based education”.
It is ironic that the website advertises its prowess in education at a time when Nithyananda faces accusations of minors being manhandled and tortured in his school in Ahmedabad.
One can also apply to be a citizen of Kailaasa. The citizens will be given a Kailaasa passport which, “by the grace of Paramashiva, the holder of this passport is allowed free entry in all eleven dimensions and fourteen lokas, including Kailaasa.”
“Paramashiva accepts the passport holders devotion and Integrity to Paramashiva and to His Avatar on Planet Earth, His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Nithyananda Paramashivam,” the website adds. The website also has a space for making donations to the “cause of reviving Sanatana Hindu Dharma and building the world’s greatest Hindu nation.”
Self -styled godman Nithyananda is accused of raping his former disciple under the garb of spirituality. The trial for the case which was registered in 2010 began in 2018. Nithyananda has been booked under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 420 (cheating), 114 (criminal abetment), 201 (disappearance of evidence, giving false information), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and other sections under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In another case which took place in Gujarat, two of his associates have been arrested, and Nithyananda is booked under sections 365 (abduction), 344 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act.
(All screenshots from Kailaasa.org)