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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yoga Teacher Murders Yoga Master

In keeping with my time-to-time observations of the clash between eastern spirituality and western culture, here we have the story of an 11-year yoga student and 9-year yoga teacher murdering a 40-year yoga "master" in New Berlin PA last week. The murdered "master", Sudharam, was an ex-navy SEAL who was initiated into the Integral Yoga path of Swami Satchidananda in the early 1970's. He had recently broken away from the bureaucratic machinery of the IYI and it is conjectured perhaps this is what angered the murderer, who was still an IYI loyalist. Further astounding is that fact that another (female) swami, name of Karunanda, received e-mails from the murderer 1 month in advance of the murder, containing direct threats against not only against Sudharam, but (of all people) Andrew Cohen. It was her information that broke the case for the police, but is begging the question of why she didn't step forward earlier.