Sunday, June 30, 2013

Amma Rishi Taavi Kassila Legal Case Is Flawed

Taavi Kassila's legal case is flawed. This does not matter to Taavi Kassila. Kassila is committed to pursue legal action even if it fails because cult leader Amma Amritanandamayi has ordered it. Amma Amritanandamayi claims to be God is simply and some Indian government officials believe it. Amma cannot imagine that she will be defeated in any court anywhere in the world. Unfortunately for Sudhamani Idamannel (Amma's real name), the world does not believe that Amma is God - but this fact is inconceivable to the megalomaniac Amma Amritanandamayi.

Taavi Kassila wants to make two contradictory arguments in his legal persecution case: defamation and privacy violation.

For Taavi Kassila to argue that his privacy has been violated he will have to admit that what has been alleged about him is true. If he admits what has been alleged is true then he cannot argue libel since he has admitted that the statements are true.

Taavi Kassila is a public figure. He preaches celibacy to the media. Exposing 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila and Amma Amritanandamayi as religious frauds is a public service and not a privacy issue. Any citizen may expose "the natural defects of a public figure".

Taavi Kassila has strategically taken a herpes test in India (where Amma's hospital is accused of fraud) but  by so doing has unknowingly waived any claim to medical privacy (because he can now be accussed of fraud). The herpes test result will be positive only if the herpes virus moves from a dormant to active state. A negative result does not prove the absence of herpes. The fact is that Kassila's girlfriend's medical records will show that she developed herpes only with 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila.

To avoid public ridicule and ruining his own libel prosecution case, Taavi Kassila does not want to publicly admit that:
  • his former girlfriend developed herpes after he forced unprotected sex upon her
  • he eventually admitted having herpes
  • he eventually admitted having a teenage mistress
  • he confessed to sex with prostitutes
  • he wants sex with young women but not mature women
  • he is a religious hypocrite and celibacy preacher
  • his guru Amma ordered him to initiate a frivolous legal case
  • he tried to seduce a teenage girl with an Amma video when visiting her mother's home
Taavi Kassila's will have legal difficulties because evidence exists to support the above claims. In general it can be shown that Taavi Kassila is sexually promiscuous, heartless and dishonest.

Any court will have difficulty believing Taavi Kassila because he has a reputation of being a compulsive liar. Kassila lied to his ex-girlfriend, the media, Amma Center Finland, Amma and the public. covered up Kassila's behavior by deleting over 35 webpages which described Kassila's activities as their representative.

Taavi Kassila is embarrassed by witness testimony about his herpes-spreading teenage girls seducing secret lifestyle. He is worried that statements he made to the media will show him to be a hypocrite. The evidence is that just before the court date Taavi Kassila media articles were suspiciously removed from their webpages. Kassila is frightened that his nasty verbal attacks upon critics will be used in evidence against him, he therefore had a two year old Taavi Kassila forum discussion suddenly deleted to avoid weakening his legal case.

Kassila has financial motivations to lie.

Kassila made claims to an audience, which he was trying to recruit to a controversial colostrum MLM business, that he earns $9,250 per week from the pyramid selling scheme. The scam went bust after the mysterious death of the owner.

Kassila makes money from his association with Amma through books, courses and India tours. Of course he wants us to believe that Amma is good but he hides the violent nature of Amma and her prison-like Amritapuri ashram. Amma's devotees believe that Amma is God and must be blindly obeyed. The devotees falsely promote Amma as humanitarian and saint. None of these are true because Amma and her devotees are associated with violence, murder and fraud. 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila is about to be revealed as fraudster too. Amma is being exposed in the media and on the internet, as they do Taavi Kassila's reputation will suffer. Kassila has already ruined his reputation by pursuing teenage girls in his yoga classes, by taking an unnatrual interest in their bodies and asking them to 'friend' him on Facebook.

When Taavi Kassila realizes that his legal case will fail he may try to settle out of court by paying his former girlfriend for her court costs. The costs will be nothing compared to how much Amma makes in a single minute. Amma is India's biggest earner in her sector of foreign revenue for India.

Taavi Kassila has never apologized for his actions.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Amma Rishi Taavi Kassila Destroys Forum Discussions To Avoid Legal Entanglement

Acting on the orders of cult leader accused of multiple homicide, Sudhamani Idamannel (aka Amma), disciple 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila has destroyed two public internet forum discussions about his potentially criminal activities.

60 year old Kassila has been following Sudhamani Idamannel (aka Amma) for 20 years. Amma Amritanandamayi religious enterprises conglomerate has been accused of using violence, political corruption, internet censorship, harassment and murder to further its huge business empire worth billions. No media agency has been able to assess Sudhamani Idamannel's vast wealth because of the octopus-like nature of her semi-legal charities which act as businesses.

By the wish of Amma Amritanandamayi several websites and forums have been completely destroyed. Bronte Baxter's informative was taken down. A YahooGroup which had 900 Ex-Amma members was destroyed without a trace. The new Ex-Amma group was threatened with bogus copyright claims for portraying a legal photo of a privately purchased Amma Doll. Amma has urged her own followers that they must destroy their private photos of her. Amma tried to sue ex-policeman Sreeni Pattathanam whose investigation revealed that Amma's brother Subhagan (alias Sunilkumar) was beaten to death after Amma threatened that he would die within 7 days (as recorded in Amma's official biography).

Just 2 days ago (June 26th, 2013) several 'hot topic' discussions were deleted from media website Suomi24 (Finland24) after a flurry of desperate and revealingly hateful comments in support of Taavi Kassila. The first discussion "Taavi Kassila ja sensuuri" was 2 years old and contained over 255 posts. The second discussion contained over 35 posts about Taavi Kassila's court date "Taavi Kassila oikeudessa 9.8".

A similar court date discussion thread had been deleted as soon as it had been posted even though it had contained no controversial information.

Amma Amritanandamayi's PR team have been working around the clock to suppress all eyewitness testimonies proving that Amma is a criminal fraud. The wife of Rob Sidon Amma's ex-Disney PR head was caught using an alternative name as she tried to besmirch the reputation of Gayatri (Gail Tredwell) who was formally Amma's closest disciple. Gayatri testified in to Rolling Stone magazine article about the dark side of "Amma The Hugging Saint" including violence and financial corruption.

Taavi Kassila was Amma's publicly listed media contact and honorary chairman until deleted 35 webpages which mentioned 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila.

Two interviews in which Kassila made bogus claims about permanently emigrating to India to become a celibate monk has also been suddenly deleted from media websites after 4 years. It looks like Kassila and the Amma organization are deliberately removing embarrassing evidence which would prove that Taavi Kassila is a nasty religious fake. Kassila goes to Helsinki District Court on August 9th, 2013 in an attempt to refute the idea that Sri Mata Amma Amritanandamayi Devi's representative, monk and ashram resident is a cheating herpes-spreading seducer of teenage girls.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another Suicide From The Amma Amritapuri Ashram Kali Cult Slaughter House

Suicide and suspicious deaths are a regular occurrence for those who stay at Amma Amritapuri Ashram where occultist Sudhamani Idamannel aka Amma Amritanandamayi becomes possessed by 'Goddess Kali the Dark Mother'.

Every month in India children, adults and especially young virgins are murdered as human sacrifices to the Goddess Kali during age old rituals reports Time magazine in Killing for 'Mother' Kali.
Ex-policeman Sreeni Pattathanam has written a book documenting 5 suspicious deaths connected to Sudhamani Idamannel (Amma) including her brother Subhagan (Sunilkumar) who he alleges was murdered by Amma followers for opposing Amma's activities.

A French Amma woman committed suicide on the 9 th of May after suffering at Amma's ashram. She was buried a few days ago in Paris. She was just 26 years old! Sudhamani Idamannel (Amma) gave her the name Premamayi although her real name was Anne-Claire. Sudhamani Idamannel sent Premamayi away when she had no use for her. Amma claims to help her devotees but the reality is that she sucks them dry and throws them away like a used tissue.

Ex-Amma members are shocked.

What will you do to warn others about the real dangers of involvement with the Amma cult?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

26 Year Old Amma Devotee Commits Suicide Following Amritpuri Ashram Horrors

26 year old woman commits suicide after experiencing unimaginable horrors at Amma Amritpuri ashram. She had so much to live for before being sucked into a cult that bled her dry and robbed her of her sanity and peace of mind.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Amma "On Trial" In The Helsinki District Court

"Amma is God. She knows everything and protects her devotees."

On August 9th, 2013 Sri Mata Amma Amritanandamayi Devi will teleport into the Helsinki District Court to defend her devotee 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila. Cult leader Amma (real name Sudhamani Idamannel) has indoctrinated her followers to believe that she is responsible for everything that happens to them and is always with them. Tragically this includes the misery which the Amma followers must suffer at Amma's Amritapuri ashram in Kerala, South India and suicides and suspicious deaths.

Amma's closest devotee Gayatri (Gail Tredwell) has testified that Amma used extreme violence including breaking a devotees ribs with a powerful kick. Gayatri's interview with US Rolling Stone magazine was never challenged by Amma's legal department (although her US PR department used unethical tricks in a failed attempt to discredit her).

In India Amma wants to criminally prosecute her critics. She tried to harass ex-policeman Sreeni Pattathanam who wrote a book connecting Amma to many suspicious murders. The book alleges that Amma's brother Subhagan alias Sunilkumar was beaten to death for opposing the cult activities of Amma. Amma and her devotees claim that Subhagan committed suicide.

The frightening implication is that those who oppose Amma will suffer divine retribution. However the true cause is physical not mystical. Amma's devotees assaulted residents of Green Avenue, New Delhi with iron bars because they removed an illegal billboard from their own property which had advertised an expired Amma event. Ironically the billboard promoted the slick concept that Amma is a "Hugging Saint" -- even when Amma's hugs lead to broken ribs and crushed skulls!

The most recent murder connected to Amma was 25-year-old Satnam Singh Mann who allegedly was beaten with a cable wire and had his head smashed against a wall. Amma's devotees deceptively and falsely claimed that Satnam was a Muslim who tried to attack Amma. In fact Satnam was a Hindu resident of Amma Amritpuri ashram who was caught up in religious hysteria as he waited to receive a hug from Amma. Religious hysteria is common among Amma's sleep deprived slave workers known as Ammabots.

Amma herself regularly acts as if she is spirit possessed. Amma's act is to roll in the dust, eyes rolling into the back of her head, making strange noises and frothing at the mouth. This supposedly proves that she was in touch with the God. Later Amma claimed to be God herself.

Corrupt gurus in India frequently escape justice for their crimes. We in the West never hear about these crimes. Foreign language slows down the flow of information. Sreeni Pattathanam's important book "Matha Amritanandamayi: Divya Kathakalum Yatharthyavum (Matha Amritanandamayi: Sacred Stories and Realities)" has never been translated.

For the first time in the West, Amma will be on trial when 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila, her representative for 20 years, stands in Helsinki District Court on August 9th, 2013. Amma devotee 'Rishi' Taavi was ordered by Amma to prosecute his former girlfriend for exposing him (and the Amma Math) to accusations of religious hypocrisy. Rishi Taavi preached celibacy but had paid prostitutes, spread herpes and kept a teenage girlfriend. A woman testified that Kassila had tried to seduce her when she was a teenager with an Amma video in her mother's home.

60 year old Kassila believes that Amma is protecting him – but she never protected his female victims! Kassila can escape justice at any time by flying away to Amma's Indian ashram (where he claims to permanently reside). But on August 9th, 2013 in the Helsinki District Court Taavi Kassila will expose Amma to important media criticism (which she has so far escaped). Kassila's legal action is vindictive and flawed. We predict that Kassila will try to settle out of court rather than place Amma on trial.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Religious Cult Boss Amma Orders Taavi Kassila To Fall On His Sword

An incompetent Roman centurion was expected to commit suicide by falling on his sword to avoid disgracing the rule of the Holy Emperor.

Self-styled celibate holy man 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila is committing PR suicide by prosecuting his secret girlfriend at the request of cult leader Sudhamani Idamannel (also known by the pompous name Sri Mata Ammachi Amritanandamayi Devi or Amma).

Corrupt billionaire Amma is considered God by her brainwashed slaves known as Ammabots who she treats with utmost contempt and cruelty.

Amma continues to escape charges of murder, violence and fraud because of rampant political corruption in India. However Taavi 'Pontius Pilate' Kassila will not be helped in Finland's legal courts by his minor celebrity status or the fact that he commands a legion of Ammabots. Kassila will eventually discover that the free legal counsel which he receives from Amma Center Finland volunteers is a curse rather than a blessing. Amma organizer and lawyer Kirsi Pettersson has already embarrassed Kassila when her secretive and unethical threats to forum owners were exposed. Kassila threatened our blog to no avail.

Preparing for Taavi Kassila's very public disgrace, Amma Center Finland have already cast Kassila adrift by issuing a public joint statement together with Amma Amritpuri Math India which dishonestly claims that Kassila is unknown to Amma. At the same time they secretly deleted over 35 webpages and media articles from their website which proved that Kassila held various positions of power within their organization including honorary chairman, media contact, Amma 'IAM' meditation group leader and tour organizer.

Suspiciously, two media articles in which Kassila claims to have emigrated to India in 2008 to spend his life as a celibate world-renouncing monk in obedience to Mata Amma Amritanandamayi have been removed from the internet prior to Kassila's court case.

It is obvious that Amma Amritanandamayi, and Taavi Kassila are hiding evidence which would invalidate Taavi Kassila's spurious legal challenge. Ironically if Kassila continues with the court case then he will unwittingly expose vindictive cult leader Amma Amritanandamayi as well.

Taavi Kassila's legal case is PR suicide, even if Kassila wins he will be exposed as a fraud and attract unwanted media attention. This will be highly embarrassing for Amma Center Finland and Amma Amritanandamayi who have benefited from Amma evangelist Kassila's previously unchallenged faux image as a Hindu philosopher, yoga teacher, world-renouncing monk and celibacy preacher.

It is widely known in yoga circles that Kassila is a fraud and a womanizer although it was taboo to publicly state it. Kassila's public purity bubble was burst in 2011 when one of his secret girlfriends revealed that Taavi Kassila had bought prostitutes, given her herpes, had an 18 year old mistress and is a religious hypocrite who leads a selfish double life. The girlfriend's case is strengthened by the signed testimony of a teenage girl who Kassila tried to seduce when delivering an Amma video to her mother's home. Accounts of Taavi Kassila abusing women have started appearing on the internet.

Neither Kassila, Amma Center Finland or Amma can remove the stories although they are trying.
Taavi Kassila will create even greater problems for himself when he stands in the Helsinki District Court on August 9th, 2013. The world will learn the truth about the Amma cult.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Revealing Taavi Kassila Media Articles Suspiciously Removed Before Legal Sex Case

Suspiciously timed with the Taavi Kassila sex scandal legal prosecution case, two Finnish media articles in which Taavi Kassila claimed to have renounced the world, sex and his home country of Finland in 2008 have been removed from the Internet.

The articles titled "Taavi Kassila: Selibaatti kohottaa tietoisuuden tasoa (Celibacy Raises Your Level Of Consciousness - Studio55)" and "Taavi Kassila: Tämän vuoksi selibaatti kannattaa (That Is Why Celibacy Is Worth It - MTV3)" can still be found on search engines. A copy of "Taavi Kassila: Selibaatti kohottaa tietoisuuden tasoa" exists on an Internet forum - but could be removed at any time by Kassila's enablers. Taavi Kassila seems to be covering his tracks and shredding evidence which could be valuable to the criminal investigators.

In the articles, Taavi Kassila claims that he is celibate and left Finland in 2008 to live in the India in the ashram of controversial billionaire guru, Amma Amritanandamayi. Corruption and violence within the Amma worshiping cult has been exposed by the media including "Amma: The Hugging Saint" by famous investigative journalist, David Amsden in Rolling Stone magazine

Amma and 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila are involved in threatening actions against individuals who have exposed the fraudulent, hypocritical and abusive nature of the Amma cult.

Kassila, who has used Amma cult lawyer, Kirsi Pettersson, is executing a threatening legal action against a former girlfriend who revealed that Taavi Kassila is not celibate but is instead an unfaithful liar who seduces teenage girls and is suspected of spreading herpes. Her blog "Tarina rakkauden apostoli (Story of Love's Apostle)" published the testimony of teenage girl who Taavi Kassila attempted to seduce while visiting her mother's home on the pretext of delivering an Amma video. Kassila has not denied this claim but is fighting the herpes accusation (herpes lives forever inside its infected host but can only be detected when open sores appear).

Taavi Kassila is not celibate. He appears to merely visit India but not permanently reside there. Have the "celibacy" articles been removed because they prove that 'Rishi' Taavi Kassila is dishonest?

The Amma cult removed over 35 webpages which named TK as their lifelong honorary chairman, media contact and main meditation instructor within the Finnish Amma branch. Amma then made a public statement which deceptively implied that she did not know the Kassila, the man she named 'Rishi', who made a documentary about her, arranged her visits to Finland and followed her on tour around the world. Deception and cover-up typify criminal activity and the controversial cult of Amma Amritanandamayi.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Taavi Kassila Sex Scandal In Helsinki District Court On August 9th, 2013

On August 9th, 2013, the media and public are invited to watch Taavi Kassila in the Helsinki District Court fighting a desperate and futile campaign to defend his fraudulent self-created image. The fake religious holy man was finally been exposed as a 60 year old man who seeks sexual relations with teenage girls.
In 2008 Taavi Kassila claimed to the media that he was renouncing sex, business and Finland to live as a celibate monk in the Indian ashram of billionaire cult leader Amma Amritanandamayi.
Businesswoman Amma is worshiped as the man-eating Hindu goddess Kali during occult spirit possession séances. She has been working her disciples hard to promote herself as saint and humanitarian through a chain of charities which have been accused of fraud.
Taavi Kassila is no less honest with the public. He has not renounced the world but is living a very material life - which he seeks to hide through by suing his victims.
One teenage girl testified (name verified) to a sickening sexual seduction which Kassila did as representative of Amma Amritanandamayi. Kassila has not publicly denied these shocking charges.
But Kassila has conducted a secret retributive campaign against a girlfriend who reported that Kassila has been unfaithful and infected her with herpes. The girlfriend's private email address received harassing emails from an internet address believed to be connected to Kassila. When the email harassment failed, Taavi Kassila employed an Amma lawyer and organizer, Kirsi Pettersson, to threaten forums which discuss Taavi Kassila's unethical activities.
Taavi Kassila is sending a clear threat to his victims as he attempts to prosecute his girlfriend for writing about him. Her blog "Tarina rakkauden apostoli", which does not directly name Kassila, is intended to protect other girls from Kassila's disturbing sexual predations by giving factual accounts.
In a legal counter-claim Taavi Kassila has been investigated by police for assault by knowingly spreading a sexual disease. Also the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation has been investigating a tantra cult, with which Taavi Kassila had been involved. Natha ry, is suspected of human trafficking young women for guru Gregorian Bivolaru and associated yoga VIPs (of which Kassila fits).
Natha have removed a webpage which shows the religious names and photos of their main teachers, while (Suomen Amma-keskus ry) removed over 35 webpages from their website which proved that Taavi Kassila is their honorary president, media contact, meditation group leader and tour organizer in Finland and India.
Suspiciously, two Finnish media articles in which Taavi Kassila, claimed to have renounced the world, sex and his home country of Finland in 2008 have also been removed. The articles named "Taavi Kassila: Selibaatti kohottaa tietoisuuden tasoa" and "Taavi Kassila: Tämän vuoksi selibaatti kannattaa" can still be found on search engines. A copy of "Taavi Kassila: Selibaatti kohottaa tietoisuuden tasoa" on an internet forum might be removed at any time by Kassila's emablers. Taavi Kassila seems to be covering his tracks and shredding evidence - evidence which would be invaluable to the police investigators.
Taavi Kassila has made himself a minor celebrity through his association with Amma Amritanandamayi, a rich and powerful businesswoman who is accused of harassment, violence and financial impropriety like converting donations into gold for personal use and carrying across international borders.
Taavi Kassila introduced Finnish Minister of Culture and former Miss Finland Tanja Tellervo Karpela to Amma as he cleverly but ridiculously told the media he would protect her if she traveled to India.
Another Amma Finnish follower is musician Mikko von Hertzen who has lived in Amma's Amritapuri ashram in Kerala, India.
Amma's group uses physical intimidation and lawyers in India to prevent free speech notably against Sreeni Pattathanam, a former policeman who investigated five suspicious deaths related to Amma.
Amma's PR war now comes to Europe as Amma's representative Taavi Kassila fights in the law courts. Who is funding Taavi Kassila, who once claimed to be a monk, as he defends his piece of Amma's financial kingdom?
We hope that the Finnish media gives the public some answers when Taavi Kassila reveals his true nature in the Helsinki District Court on August 9th, 2013. Please send legal advice and media support to the courageous girl which Kassila is hounding. Her special email address as listed on her blog is Kulttuurielli(AT)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taavi Kassila and Human Sex Trafficking Police Investigation

Taavi Kassila preaches celibacy, claims to live in an ashram where celibacy is the rule and follows an Indian guru who is supposed to be a peaceful celibate but is brutally violent to her followers. In reality Taavi Kassila is not celibate – he chases women, seduces teenage girls, gives herpes, breaks hearts and buys prostitutes. Following the shocking sex revelations about Taavi Kassila by several women, including a teenager, the multi-billion religious Amritanandamayi dishonestly claimed no responsibility for the actions of Rishi Taavi Kassila who continues to bring thousands of people and dollars to Amma Amritanandamayi and her Amritpuri ashram in Kerala, India.

Another scandal is set to break following several reports that Taavi Kassila has been involved with a tantra group which has been accused of sexual exploitation, pornography, human trafficking and corruption in Romania and Finland. The leader of the group which is known internationally Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (MISA) and in Finland as Natha Tantra and Yoga school is self-styled occultist Guru Gregorian Bivolaru who escaped arrest by Romanian police for serious crimes.

Natha's connection to the sex industry was exposed in 2009 by MOT, an investigative documentary for Finland's main TV channel YLE. The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation is investigating Natha for sexual exploitation and human trafficking of young women following a second MOT report in May 2013. MOT interviewed on camera a Finnish girl, Reetta, who had been sexually traumatized by her involvement with Natha. Reetta's account of being groomed for sex with Gregorian Bivolaru is similar to the testimony of a Romanian girl, Roxana-Mălina Chirilă. Both girls were disorientated, put on an airplane to an unknown country, had their passports removed after arrival, disguised, blindfolded, driven to a secret destination which they did not know, intoxicated, made to stay for many days inside a cramped over heated room with other women in their underwear, expected to watch pornography and play with sex toys. After many days in these inhuman conditions, fed strange food and intoxicating drinks, the girls are led to Gregorian Bivolaru who used them for hard, brutal vaginal and oral sex, used foul and threatening language and expected to be urinated on. The girls were then expected to sign a contract promising not to reveal what had happened to them and stating that they had enjoyed their time. MOT reported that at least 20 Finnish women had been flown to Bivolaru for sex. These are women that Taavi Kassila met with at Natha's house and was observed at a Natha party which had over 100 guests.

Rishi Taavi Kassila preaches celibacy but he is not celibate. He promotes a billionaire guru AMMA who is accused of corruption and violence. He claims to have emigrated to India but spends a lot of time outside India. When has Rishi Taavi Kassila, Amma's top PR man, not lied?

Watch the MOT documentary (Finnish, some English)

Read the MOT documentary transcript (translated)
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Bogus Legal Threat By Amma Kali Devotee To Ex-Amma Forum

 Message from the excellent Ex-Amma forum which was vandalized by one of Amma's thuggish devotees because Amma is afraid of free-speech which would ruin her PR image carefully maintained by Taavi Kassila and a former Disney marketing executive.

 "Mrs Beryl Bowden" asserts that she is connected to Amma's lawyers The senior managers for Amma might be running a fake persona to mess with the mind's of the ex-Amma group. How can a photograph of a product, a doll, be a copyright issue? Amma has tried to ban devotee photos of her reaching the Internet. Is Amma afraid that we will see her rolling on the floor, frothing at the mouth with her eyes popping out of her head as she mimics occult Kali spirit possession?

From Bronte:

As the Ex-Amma moderator, I have an amusing story to report. I received an email yesterday from a woman calling herself "Beryl Bowden" ordering me to remove the photo of the Amma doll from our Ex-Amma home page, on the grounds that it's a copyright violation and that she will get the Ammabot lawyer after us and try to shut down our yahoo group on the grounds that we are in copyright violation, if we don't comply with her demands.

After some research into the matter, the question of copyright violation turns out to be a murky one. Ms. Bowden claims Amma owns the copyright to all photos anyone has ever taken of her - including any photos of the Amma dolls. I find that rather hard to believe, but don't wish to fight over a point I find legally obscure - especially in light of the fact that Marnie (who I shared all this with) responded with the idea that we should substitute a photo of Kali, since that's who Amma claims to be. She provided a wonderful, bloody photo of this entity - with blood dripping from her hanging tongue, and from her necklace of human skulls ... a picture that's been in the public domain for centuries.

This will give us a much more powerful home page than the picture of the cutesy Amma doll did, and I predict Ms. Bowden will be regretting her words. I've added the following paragraph to the home page, to explain our new choice of art:

"We had a photo of an Amma doll here on the Ex-Amma home page, and were warned by the Amma people that they would sue on copyright grounds if we did not remove it. So we have replaced it with a photo of the goddess Kali, who Amma devotees believe Amma channels and embodies. Kali is a depicted in Hindu art with a bloody tongue hanging out and with a necklace of bleeding human skulls. She is "the destroyer" (supposedly of "evil"). Since this is the figure Amma identifies herself with, it seems a fitting replacement on the Ex-Amma home page for the forbidden photo of the Amma doll."

I thought the membership would enjoy a good laugh over this one, and would like to know why our home page has changed.