A Middle-Aged Sex Cult

Via commentator David Moore, this:

Koh Phangan is a small tropical island famous for its laid-back hippie vibe, healing workshops and full-moon parties. Cafés serve magic mushroom shakes and detox clinics offer colonics with organic coffee enemas.

The latest toxin that’s being flushed out is not a psychedelic drug, but a so-called “sex cult”.

Agama, one of the world’s largest yoga training centres that was a business magnet on the island for 15 years, is closed as it addresses sexual abuse allegations.

Its guru Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, a Romanian native born as Narcis Tarcau, is understood to have left Koh Pangan.

In July, 31 women publicly alleged sexual abuse at Agama. Fourteen women told the Guardian last week they were sexually assaulted by Tarcau, three of them said they were raped.

Hundreds of Kiwis have passed through the school.

One, a 36-year-old woman, did about 12 months total of yoga teacher training at Agama over five years.

She tells the Herald on Sunday of going to Tarcau’s house for a “healing meditation”.

“Afterwards, he kissed me and started taking off my clothes without asking,” she says.

“There was a lot of pressure for sex, even though I said no.”

She managed to leave before anything happened but what really disturbed her was a senior teacher’s reaction.

“[He said] ‘Like wow, how did you manage to leave without making love.’ I felt really naïve.

“Swami is very aggressive and manipulative. There was all this subtle pressure to sleep with him and other teachers the higher you go in the school. Men are told that women want to be ‘taken’.”

Women were also encouraged to have sex with other women in threesomes “because yin and yin together are good” but gay male sex was not encouraged.

“The brainwashing is subtle but relentless. If unwanted sexual advances or worse happened, and the woman wanted to bring it up, she was told either that she needs to be more open and work on her heart chakra, or that she is attracting this kind of experience. It’s her karma to work through this, especially if it happens more than once.”

A weirdo running a cult and persuading daft women to have sex with him is nothing new, and I imagine such men have existed since the dawn of time. But what differentiates this from, say, the Manson Family is the age of the women: one is 36, another mentioned in the article is 42, another in her 30s. These are not naive teenagers but women approaching middle age, yet some stayed in this place for years. I can’t help but think this Saraswati chap was exploiting the deep insecurity I wrote about here:

For most people, “travelling” – as opposed to simply going on holiday – is something you do in your twenties before settling down into a proper job and/or family life. But for single women, it’s something they do well into middle-age and perhaps beyond, usually going to exotic locations where they talk in lofty terms about spirituality (while scoffing at anything which even hints at formal religion). There must be a pretty big market for this: reasonably wealthy women who have nothing else to do during their annual holidays but jet off somewhere exotic for a few weeks or months of “finding themselves”. I don’t think they’re going abroad to get laid, but they do seem a bit lost, as if going to a nice location will help fill the gigantic hole in their lives back home.

In short, there is very little in this story – not the location, the retreat’s claimed purpose, the cult leader, the profile of the women who attended, nor what took place – which I find very surprising. I’m half-minded to think the reputation of the centre was well known and that served as an attraction, to some women at least.

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9 thoughts on “A Middle-Aged Sex Cult

  1. what differentiates this from, say, the Manson Family is the age of the women: one is 36, another mentioned in the article is 42, another in her 30s. These are not naive teenagers but women approaching middle age

    Today’s 30-something single woman is roughly equivalent to a 1980s teenager in terms of naivety…

  2. As a generality what are peoples thoughts on how many straightforward attempts to get sex by asking politely and directly for it work as against having to wheedle and touch a bit and see if she is willing–often tacitly–to keep going forward.

    It would seem that what the “Guru” was doing is trying it on and hoping for more. If he stopped when she said no then I don’t see that as rape or sexual assault. Unless you want sexual assault to be re-defined so as to stop a huge number of sexual acts and relationships resulting from such acts to never happen. Which is exactly what marxian feminism does want. Its original charge was to bring down capitalist society by spoiling the already fraught relations between men and women.

    I doubt the female idiot is doing so consciously but a template has been set which draws numpty females into the process of doing marxism’s dirty work for it.

  3. “As a generality what are peoples thoughts on how many straightforward attempts to get sex by asking politely and directly for it work as against having to wheedle and touch a bit and see if she is willing–often tacitly–to keep going forward.”

    Good point, Mr. Ecks. There is often a huge double standard going on here, courtesy of the women involved. They will complain, of course, about the persistence and wheedling and “unwanted” touching, but only if they don’t fancy the man doing it. The clinically direct approach (“Do you want to have sex?”) will also be rejected as being clinical and unfeelingly exploitative, but again, a male they actually fancy would be able to get away with it. It’s often about protection of reputation, I think.

  4. “I’m half-minded to think the reputation of the centre was well known and that served as an attraction, to some women at least.”

    Imagine if you were a middle aged woman who hadn’t had sex for a while who was half wanting to be ‘taken’ by some exotic swami type, and you rocked up and no-one took a bit of interest. How depressing would that be?

  5. Isn’t a Romanian being an Indian and knowing about swami-ing around in Thailand just another glorious example of Cultural Enrichment?

    Or is it Cultural Appropriation? I dunno, I get so confused these days. Help me, oh great Guardian!

  6. “As a generality what are peoples thoughts on how many straightforward attempts to get sex by asking politely and directly for it work as against having to wheedle and touch a bit and see if she is willing–often tacitly–to keep going forward.”

    I very much doubt it was asked for politely and directly.

  7. “What are peoples thoughts on how many straightforward attempts to get sex by asking politely and directly for it work”

    It’s all about and has always been about getting the balance right between the opposing forces of masculine aggression and feminine vanity. So yes asking politely is okay but right now its way out of kilter towards the feminine side as Jon Antony explains in the linked article below.

    HOW THE SEXUAL DYNAMICS OF A COLLAPSING COUNTRY BECOME DEGRADED

    “As feminine vanity grows excessive, female hypergamy is given reign to run loose. Rather than men and women developing healthy relationships with one another, women become so conceited that they refuse to “settle” for anyone less than an alpha male Chad Thundercock, and thus we have a surplus of angry, bitter women who hit the wall at 30 and end up childless and alone.’

    http://www.returnofkings.com/193455/how-the-sexual-dynamics-of-a-collapsing-country-become-degraded?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter%20dlvrit%20rss

  8. It astounds me that decades of “all men are rapists” we still have some women who can’t work out that some men are obvious rapists.

    The sexually rapacious guru is a trope, for goodness sake.

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