US paper claims Sri Chinmoy had a darker side than met the eye

Daily India/October 14, 2007

Late Indian philosopher and teacher Sri Chinmoy Kumar Ghose has been accused of running a "cult" and ordering his female followers to engage in sexcapades.

A prolific author, composer, artist and athlete, Sri Chinmoy was known for holding public events such as concerts, meditations, and races on the theme of inner peace and world harmony.

He passed away on October 11 at the age of 76 in the US, where he had migrated to in 1964.

According to the New York Post, the 'guru' had a much darker side than was known.

Back in 2004, a former longtime follower of Chinmoy revealed to the paper that the leader summoned her for extended sex romps, and also ordered her to have sex with another woman while he watched.

Over the past years, the paper claims that other women have also recounted similar stories, and one even revealed that Chinmoy had paid for her abortion after getting her pregnant.

Even more famous celebs have seen a not so congenial side of him.

When rocker Carlos Santana, a former follower, parted way with Chinmoy in 2000, he told Rolling Stone that the guru was "vindictive".

"He told all my friends not to call me ever again, because I was to drown in a dark sea of ignorance for leaving him," the Post quoted Santana as telling the mag.

Sri Chinmoy was nominated by several college professors and political figures nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which went to Al Gore and the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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