From the fb page of The International Yoga Alliance for Ethics:
Kaushub Desikachar, a teacher accused of sexual offences has returned to teaching and is now running courses aimed at women.(course listed below) Do you belong to a tradition where your teacher, without prosecution, sincere apology and re-dress, is up and running? How do you feel about this and what pressure for re-dress can we bring on these situations?
Yoga therapy in trauma care
An Intensive Training Program | january – december 2015
The word ‘trauma’ is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s ability to cope, leaving them powerless. For some people trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience. In addition to terrifying events such as violence and assault, there are also relatively more subtle and insidious forms of trauma—such as discrimination, racism, oppression, and poverty—which are pervasive and, when experienced chronically, have a cumulative impact that can be fundamentally life-altering.
Trauma when left unresolved, has severe negative effects on one’s life. Hence it needs to be addressed in a respectful and careful manner. The impact of trauma pervades all the different layers of our human structure. It also needs a heartful approach that fully understands the complexity of its origin, impact and constant presence in daily life, so that tangible solutions can be found to slowly change its influence on the care seeker.
The approach of Yoga Therapy has understood trauma (paritapa) and has explored it in great detail. Hence Yoga Therapy provides an excellent way of addressing this need, as its approach is holistic and individual centric. Yoga Therapy offers potent solutions that need to be implemented in an individualized and context sensitive manner.
The approach of Yoga is sensible as it allows each individual to engage with varied tools that can slowly change the momentum of our lives. This integrative and holistic approach is becoming very popular in the modern era, and is not only being embraced by care seekers, but also it is being accepted by different health care providers.
“We are dedicated to the promotion of right practice and justice in yoga for all those that have suffered bullying, stalking, emotional and physical abuse. We seek to raise awareness and offer support. Our aim is to restore dignity to yoga through a Charter of Ethics in order to promote safety whilst learning yoga.”
Please visit their homepage at: http://www.internationalyogaallianceforethics.com
and also their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/internationalyogaallianceforethics
Radha Sundararajan was one of the Senior teachers at KYM. She was a teacher at SKY for short period of time, but she has resigned. She is a very knowledgeable person and many students have enjoyed studying from her, and is know for her no no-nonsense approach.
Here is her message
This is Radha Sundararajan
Please be informed that on and from 1-12-2014 i have resigned from SKY-Sannidhi Of Krishnamacharya Yoga
I am not and i will not be directly or indirectly responsible for any misdeeds of SKY management in using my name on and from 1-12-2014 in whatever form whatsoever and i reserve my right to take proper actions to protect my interest in the event of any misuse by Sannidhi Of Krishnamacharya Yoga.
Looking forward to your confirmation
The purpose of the blog was to reveal to people what was not known in public about the psychological and sexual abuse of many women by Kausthub Desikachar.
Enough has been posted here to bring to light what has happened. We hope this helps people make the right choices for themselves and help set their moral and ethical compass.
The blog has run its course, and we have done what we felt needed to be done. Now it is time for a break.
So many people have helped to provide the information for the blog and we are grateful to these people who stepped forward either publicly or anonymously. Thank you.
From a blog reader commenting on http://kausthub.com/discover/2013/4/8/who-are-the-kapalikas
From Kausthub’s website…..disturbing to say the least……and totally in alignment with the rumors of what he has been up to recently….
The Kapalika-s (Sanskrit कापालिक) are one of the two main sects of Siva follows, who follow a non-Puranic or tantric form of Saivism. Some of their members were considered to have written the Bhairava Tantra-s, including the subdivision called the Kaula Tantra-s.
They are called Kapalika-s literally meaning the ‘skull-men,’ because, they carried a skull-topped staff and a cranium begging bowl. Differing from the more respectable Brahmin householder of the Saiva Siddhanta, the Kapalika ascetic imitated his ferocious deity, Lord Siva, and covered himself in the ashes from the cremation ground, and propitated his Gods with the supposedly impure substances of blood, meat, alcohol, urine and sexual fluids from intercourse unconstrained by caste restrictions. Flaunting such rules that were considered impure by the more orthodox Brahmin-s, the Kapalika-s went against Vedic injunctions, and hence were considered a Tantric sect. Their main aim was power through evoking powerful deities, especially the Goddesses.
They also have had a significant influence on Yoga, especially Hathayoga. Evidence of this can be found through texts such as Hathayogapradipika, which list some of their eccentric practices. This apart the main texts of their lineage the Bhairava Tantra and the Kaula Tantra offer many Yogic practices as part of their teachings.
Bhairava Tantra is a key text of of Kashmir Saivism. It is presented as a discourse between Lord Siva and his consort Sakti. The text talks about 112 meditation methods, known as dharanas, which include pranayama, concentration on energy centres of the body, non-dual awareness, chanting, visualisation and contemplation through each of the senses. A an important aspect discussed in these texts is the prerequisite to success in any of the 112 practices, which is a clear understanding of which method is most suitable to the practitioner.
Kaula or Kula describes a kind of Hindu Tantrism, more associated with the Kapalica sect of ascetics. The concepts of purity, sacrifice, freedom, the spiritual master (guru) and the heart are core concepts of the Kaula tradition. Similar to other tantric schools, the Kaula-tantra adopts an approach of positive affirmation, rather than prescribing self limitations and condemning of various actions. Thus it embraces acts such as sexuality, love, social life and artistic pursuits as important domains of spiritual evolution. The main approach of Kaula-tantra is practical methods for attaining enlightenment, rather than merely engaging in complex philosophical debates. The main means employed in the Kaula practice are spiritual family, initiation into rituals, sexual rituals such as maithuna, spiritual alchemy, controlling or energy through mantras and other mystical methods, and the realisation of individual and universal consciousness .
The Kaula lineage is closely linked to the Siddha and Natha traditions. Owing to this fact, their influence on the Yoga tradition was quite significant, as the Natha lineage is an influential lineage of Yoga teaching. It is highly possible that Svatmarama and others in this lineage belonged to the Kaula tradition, and perhaps even to the Kapalika sect. It is perhaps the reason for some of the mysterious practices that form part of texts such as Hathayogapradipika.
Many conservative Yogin-s were disapproving of their methods, and shied away from their practices. Yet the Kapalika-s and their mysterious methods have endured till the current day. Visitors to Varanasi, the ancient and holy city on the banks of the river Ganga, can very often come face to face with such ascetics.
See below from Wikipedia on the Kaula tradition…. If you look at the wikipedia you will see that Kausthub’s website and Wikipedia have very similar descriptions of Bhairava and Kaula…so either he wrote the Wikipedia descriptions or he copied almost word for word certain sections.
I am sorry to say, but I don’t think he is done abusing people sexually….just found a convenient way to justify it…..I really hope that his family can get their heads on straight and take him to a mental facility so that he can get the help he so desperately needs.
Yamala – the tantric couple
Abhinavagupta: “The couple (yamala) is consciousness itself, the unifying emission and the stable abode. It is the absolute, the noble cosmic bliss consisting of both Shiva and Shakti. It is the supreme secret of Kula; neither quiescent nor emergent, it is the flowing font of both quiescence and emergence.” (Tantraloka)
The sexual practices of the Kaula schools, also known as “the secret ritual”, are performed with a so-called “external Shakti” (sexual partner) as opposed to the purely meditative practices which involve only one’s own spiritual energies (the “interior Shakti”). The role of the sexual Kaula ritual is to unite the couple, yogini (initiated woman) and siddha (initiated man), and induce one in the other a state of permanent awakening. This achievement is made possible by the intensity of their love.
In their exalted state, the two become absorbed into the consciousness of the Self. Becoming united on all the levels, physical, astral, mental and even in their consciousness, they reconstitute the supreme couple of Shiva and Shakti.
The Kaula sacrifice is reserved for the few, the elite who can maintain a state of Bhairava (spiritual illumination) in sexual union. Other couples, even if they reproduce the ritual to the letter (as perceived from outside), if they do not attain Bhairava consciousness, are merely engaging in a sexual act.
“Initiation by the mouth of the yogini (yoginī-vaktra)”, is a method by which the adept unites with a purified yoginī and receives the unique experience of the illuminated consciousness. He is to see her as both his lover and guru.
The energy generated during the tantric sexual act is considered a form of “subtle emission”, while the act of ejaculation is considered a form of physical emission. In Kashmir Shaivism, the energy of emission (visarga śakti) is considered to be a form of ānanda (bliss).
What do you all think/make of his most recent public statement? http://kausthub.com/14apr2013
Please feel free to quote and comment. He or his supporters can read and reflect.
For me it sounds so very typical Kausthub. I have suffered. I am healed. I have emerged as wise teacher. Come learn from me.
A healed person, are you? When are you going to accept and state an apology to the women you have abused? Repent in actions not in words.
“I realise that some of the decisions that I have made in the past…” Decisions? decisions? I wonder what the women who have been mishandled and their families have to say about your ‘decisions’? Go to Austria and talk to the police about the ‘decisions’ that you talk about. Let’s see what you are really made up of and how far your healing has come.
Updated: April 13th
Before the site was taken down, this is what was on it:
The top of every age had a large picture of a ring with a dark stone in the middle. The ring has featured in some of the stories of women who have been affected by him.
There were articles about
- The Yoga Makaranda
- A CV
- And a list of services, which included classes and education directly from the teacher in various forms.
April 14th: Seems the is site up and ready for business again