European erotic cult sets up base in city
Arun Ram | TNN
Chennai: A European cult that mixes yoga with sex and pornography has been found to be operating out of Chennai.
Training about 100 youngsters in yoga and tantric love at a rented house in Chokalingam Nagar,Teynampet,for more than two years now,the Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (Misa) is trying to spread across the country,investigations by The Times of India have revealed.
A team of seven Misa teachers,nationals of Denmark and Romania,are now in the city for a special camp,titled Tantra The Path of Love.A majority of them,including the lead couple Mihai Stoian and Adina Stoian,have starred in porn movies produced by Copenhagen-based production house Sublime Erotica,which the Misa group has close ties with.Misa operates under different names in different countries.It is Natha in Denmark,Tara in the US and Satya in India.
TOI is in possession of videos that show the yoga teachers,now in India,in explicit sexual acts.Misas supreme guru,a Romanian called Gregorian Bivolaru,has been jailed on several charges,including pornography,and is now said to have taken political asylum in Sweden.
When asked about the videos,Mihai,the 42-year-old Romanian national who heads Misa activities in the absence of Bivolaru,said it was an experiment in spreading the groups philosophy and practice.For many,sexuality stems from desire.We want to spread the message that it is a divine integration of masculinity and femininity to attain spirituality, he told TOI at the camp being organised at a private club in Nungambakkam.
Other Misa teachers who figure in porn videos and now in Chennai are Ulrik Lishoj (Denmark),Simona Colesniuc (Romania) and Nicole Markus (Romania).
The foreigners regional registration office said that as these people were on visit visas,they are not allowed to teach yoga or do any such job,but the teachers have an argument.We are only volunteers.The yoga centre is registered under a trust represented by Indians, said Angela Oestergaard,a 35-yearold Danish woman who manages Chennai Satya Esoteric Integral Yoga at Teynampet.
TANTRIC LOVE: Misa believes that a divine integration of masculinity and femininity will help attain spirituality
Foreign erotic yogis find fertile ground in India
Chennai: There is something similar about No.33,Chokalingam Nagar,Teynampet,Chennai,and Mihai Stoian.At first sight,both are nondescript;but on close scrutiny,there are many things unusual about them.
A board on the two-storey pale building at Chokalingam Nagar reads Satya Esoteric Integral Yoga. That could have been just another yoga centre in the city,but for the teachers.Foreigners,disciples of the European cult Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (MISA),teach yoga here.Well,not just yoga,but tantra too.
Tantra, as an ancient philosophy and practice,has different definitions.MISAs controversial supreme guru Gregorian Bivolarus unpublished book The Secret Tantric Path of Love has this to say: Have you ever dreamed of or aspired to make love intensely,profoundly and frantically with your beloved woman for even ten hours in a row This book reveals a host of such secret methods in a clear and accessible language,if you allow yourself to be guided by the personal experience of the author.
NEW MANTRA: (Top) The two-storey building at Chokalingam Nagar that houses the yoga centre;(above) MISA yoga instructors (from left) Adina and Mihai Stoian
Mihai Stoian doesnt quite look a yogi.The 42-year-old Romanian with a salt-pepper beard and dressed in a yellow cotton shirt and trousers at a tantra camp in Chennai doesnt even sit in a padmasana.But,for his discipleshe claims there are 40,000 of them in 30 countrieshe is much more than that.He is a scientist (a nuclear scientist-turned-researcher in artificial intelligence,he says),philosopher and guru who teaches sexual continence as the panacea for all relationship problems.Dont mistake this continence for abstentionMISA believes sexual continence is the ability to have orgasms at will,minus the ejaculation.Its perfect for India. Stoian says,You can bring down the population growth without any contraceptive!
But thats not what he teaches at the Satya Yoga centre.Its about the coming together of the masculine and the feminine to attain supreme spirituality.But what about the videos that show MISA teachers in explicit sexual acts It was an experiment, says Stoian,to show eroticism can be beautiful. He says he and his partner Adina volunteered to do a video in the early 2000s and didnt take anything from the sales.
Do their Indian students know about their other life Yes and no.I dont know if they have done such videos,but what they do in their country doesnt bother me, says Rajesh Shah,45,a manager with an engineering firm in Chennai.Two years of learning here has made me more energetic,creative and innovative in all spheres of life. Another student,Sanjai Jain,42,a jeweller,says he has heard of the videos,but not watched them.Every famous person faces such allegations, he says.
With such confidence in their students,Satya Yoga has ambitious plans in India.We are blending ancient knowledge with modern science.The Indian potential is big.In five years,there will be hundreds of thousands of our students in India, says Mihai,who will be flying out of the country next week.His team of seven teachers will accompany him abroad,while a few other foreigners would stay back to train Indian students.
Know the guru
Gregorian Bivolaru,59,a Romanian,founded the Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (MISA).Known as Grieg to his followers,Bivolaru,a proponent of tantra and yoga,was arrested in 1977s by the Romanian Communist government on charges of practising yoga and distributing pornography.In 1984,he was again arrested on charges of conspiracy.In 1989,he was convicted as a political prisoner and sent to Poiana Mare,a clinic for mental patients.His disciples say he was kept in solitary confinement without even the benefit of having a lawyer.After his release,Bivolaru continued to profess his beliefs and the Romanian government again in 2004 ordered his arrest.Bivolaru was found not guilty by the Sibiu Court of Law in Romania.He sought and got political asylum in Sweden where he is now believed to be living under a pseudonym.TNN