July 2011. Amma Amritanandamayi's spin doctors try to distance Amma from a sex scandal involving Rishi Taavi Kassila, an Amma organizer who lives and tours with Amma.
Rishi Taavi Kassila, top promoter, tour organizer, meditation instructor and ashram resident of the Amma Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Hugging Saint cult has been accused of sex addiction, abuse and dishonesty. Embarrassing testimony, posted by authenticated witnesses, challenged Kassila to defend himself in court. Publicly, the Amma cult responded with a single online statement denying their connection to the accused, Taavi Kassila. Secretly, Amma's helpers were scrubbing their internet servers, erasing all evidence of Taavi Kassila's long history of public service within the Amma cult.
Until the Amma cover-up, Taavi Kassila was the honorary president of Amma Center, a registered organization, which like all Amma groups recruits and takes money. Taavi Kassila's position allowed him access to thousands of vulnerable young women as he toured the world with Amma. Kassila publicly preached celibacy but privately hired prostitutes, seduced teenage girls and infected women with herpes - prosecutable crimes.
Amma counseled Taavi Kassila to employ a lawyer. Lawyer Kirsten Pettersson, an Amma organizer, provided Kassila with free legal services. Pettersson tried to suppress internet discussion by threatening forum hosts, a bluff which backfired when her emails were made public.
Amma Amritanandamayi Taavi Kassila Sex Scandal Cover-up publishes evidence of a determined cover-up to hide the stench of a sordid tale of seedy sexual abuse emanating from the very heart of the Ammapuri Ashram in Parayakadavu, Alappad Panchayat, Kollam District, Kerala.