Thursday, July 9, 2009

Stephanie Brail - Critic Of Ammachi

Stephanie Brail - Critic Of Ammachi


Stephanie Brail (a feminist, writer and widely self-proclaimed reiki master, healer and teacher of various New Age concepts & beliefs) wrote a rather amusing article about Mata Amritanandamayi entitled “Is Amma The Hugging Saint For Real?”

About Ammachi, Stephanie Brail said (select excerpts):
...Alas, my friend and I, who went to see Amma last night in Los Angeles, have decided that she is not the real deal. Worse, it appears that Amma is a psychic vampire, siphoning off the energy of her devoted followers...

...It was at this point I decided to check my friend's energy to see what was going on. Amma had apparently corded both of us, and was draining our life-force energy through these cords...

...What I got intuitively was that in order for Amma to elevate herself, she drains the energy of her followers. Drinking her "blessed" water is actually a curse, as it binds you energetically to her. Hugging her I'm sure does even more damage...

...It’s also important to note what it is that Amma is selling. Amma does not sell much of anything but Amma. (And she does sell - just because the hugs are free, it does not mean they aren't selling other things, such as food, books, Amma dolls, and even Amma's old car. Let's not forget the copious donations she collects.)...

...Amma, on the other hand, seems to be all about her. That’s your first clue she’s an energy vampire. Whether you believe in such things literally or figuratively, it’s kind of your cue to stay away. (Reference)

Stephanie Brail’s arguments against Amma were essentially those made by Bronte Baxter (an Illuminati conspiracist). Amusingly, Stephanie Brail posted a number of quotes from David Icke on her website. David Icke believes in a secret society called the “Illuminati”, which is allegedly comprised of pedophilic, blood-sucking, shape-shifting, reptilian aliens from the Draco Constellation who dwell among us as George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Kris Kristofferson, Boxcar Willie, Hillary Clinton, Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and others. NOTE: Call it “concidence”, but Stephanie Brail disabled her “feel good quotes” page because she claimed someone hacked it (while apparently ignoring every other page on her domain)! Let us see if the David Icke quotes re-appear after she fixes the alleged “security hole”.


Before seeing Amma, Stephanie Brail read various critical articles about her on the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website, which accused the guru of being a psychic vampire. After arriving to see Amma during Devi Bhava (when large groups gather to have her darshan and get hugs), Stephanie Brail whined about the “confusing maze of people”, “sitting on uncomfortable chairs”, “worried that they would, indeed, be stuck there until 11am” and “stood in another long line for food”.

After eating some dinner, both Stephanie Brail and her male companion felt “energized”. After experiencing frustration about not finding something to drink, Brail and her friend drank a small container of water that was blessed by Amma and “not too long later” both of them felt tired, drained and spacey. Instead of rationally attributing these feeling to the disorientation of the large crowd, the frustration of standing and waiting in long lines and the typical tiredness that comes after eating a full meal, Stephanie Brail said she psychically perceived that Amma had “corded” both of them and was draining their life-force from them just as she had read on the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website!

Stephanie Brail took charge of the situation, sat down, relaxed, centered, did some deep breathing, invoked angelic protection and cleared the cords with her psychic powers and “immediately” both of them felt better! Usually when one feels “tired”, “drained” and “spacey”, sitting down, relaxing, centering, taking deep breaths and visualizing makes one feel better anyway.

Stephanie Brail also claimed that Amma “literally sucked a child’s hand fully into here mouth like a hungry cannibal”. Amma can often be seen kissing children’s hands but she never sticks their hands in her mouth! Maybe it appeared that way on the TV monitor that Brail and her male companion were viewing, but in reality, Amma never sticks babies’ hands in her mouth as falsely claimed by Stephanie Brail. There are literally hundreds of hours of filmed footage that can completely refute Stephanie Brail’s claim that Amma sucks babies’ hands into her mouth.

Stephanie Brail Sells Herself Big Time


Stephanie Brail believes that Amma is an “energy vampire” and a “psychic vampire” because Amma supposedly sells herself and there is a business around and about her. What is so grossly hypocritical and blatantly deceitful about Stephanie Brail’s criticism of Amma is that she (Stephanie Brail) sells herself big time and she (Stephanie Brail) is engrossed in several money-driven internet businesses focused on herself.

Stephanie Brail’s reiki “flushes” and “empowerments” are widely sold on eBay through various sellers emphasizing her name (Ref). Stephanie Brail is also affiliated with powerattunements.com (Ref), which is run by Victor Glanckopf - a man who claims he has “received training and empowerments from many Lamas, Yogis, Light Workers, Healers, and Energy Masters of all conceivable lineages in the physical and in Meditation and Dream State” (including Santi Deva in Mahamudra and Liu Su in ancient tantric buddhism). Stephanie Brail’s reiki services are advertised and sold on numerous websites, including The University Of Reiki, The School Of Living Reiki Therapies, Spirit Light Reiki, Tree Of Life Reiki, Masters Healing Light Academy, etc. (among numerous other reiki websites). Stephanie Brail also believes that she is so powerful, anyone can “cord” healing energy from her simply by viewing her Reiki Picture.

Stephanie Brail’s reiki “flushes” and “empowerments” cost from between $9.99 to $100.00 each (Ref) and all of the following reiki “flushes” and “empowerments” are performed by Stephanie Brail through her personal website (Ref):

  • 2009 Intention Empowerment

  • 5th Dimensional Chakra Attunement

  • Above the Radar Reiki (Free PDF File)

  • Abundance Flush Empowerments (1 & 2)

  • Abundance Flush Empowerments (3 & 4)

  • Abundance Flush Empowerments (5 & 6)

  • Ascension Reiki

  • Attraction Reiki Level I - Belief

  • Attraction Reiki Level II - Intention

  • Attraction Reiki Level III - Attraction

  • Attraction Reiki Package - All Levels

  • Aura Flush Empowerment

  • Bear Reiki

  • Chakra Flush Empowerment

  • Cocoon Reiki Empowerment

  • Colours of Angels Reiki

  • DNA Healing Reiki (Free PDF File)

  • Deep Healing Reiki

  • Earth Energy Boost (Free PDF File)

  • Eclipse Energy Empowerment (Free PDF File)

  • Energy Builder Attunements

  • Etheric Cord Flush

  • Excalibur Reiki

  • Fairy Light RayKey

  • Fearless Reiki

  • Flame of Universal Love (Free PDF File)

  • Flower Essence Reiki

  • Giving Thanks Empowerment

  • Goddess Baubo Empowerment

  • Goddess Lilith Empowerment

  • Goddess Ostara Initiation

  • Guardian Angel Reiki

  • Golden Scroll Reiki for Manifesting

  • Golden Triangle Reiki

  • Good Sleep Empowerment

  • Happy Reiki

  • Hawaiian Trinity (Aloha, Kahuna, Uhane Nui)

  • Healing Flush Empowerments 1 & 2 (Physical)

  • Healing Flush Empowerments 3 & 4 (Emotional)

  • Healing Flush Empowerments 5 & 6 (Spiritual)

  • Inner Light Reiki

  • Inner Strength Reiki

  • Intuition Reiki

  • Isis Blue Moon Master Attunement

  • Ki Manna Reiki

  • Kuan Yin Attunements 1-7

  • Kuan Yin Blessings

  • Lakshmi Empowerment for Wealth & Success

  • Life Path Reiki Level I - Spiritual Alignment

  • Life Path Reiki Level II - Life Path Expression

  • Lightbringer Reiki

  • Light of Angels Reiki

  • Light of Forgiveness Reiki

  • Light of the Soul Reiki

  • Light of Truth Reiki

  • Lighten The Load Reiki (Free PDF File)

  • Lion Reiki

  • Love Flush Empowerments 1 & 2

  • Love Flush Empowerments 3 & 4

  • Make a Wish Blessing

  • Mental Flush Empowerments 1 & 2

  • Meridian Flush Empowerments 1 & 2

  • Meridian Flush Empowerments 3 & 4 (Past & Present)

  • Meridian Flush Empowerments 5 & 6 (Yin & Yang)

  • Meridian Flush Empowerments 7 & 8 (Insight & Inspiration)

  • Meridian Flush Empowerments 9 & 10 (Resistance & Flow)

  • Money Angel Reiki

  • Money Angel Reiki

  • Money Freedom Empowerment

  • Money Reiki for a New Reality

  • Money Reiki Level I

  • Money Reiki Level II

  • Money Reiki Level III

  • New Life Reiki

  • OM Empowerment Attunement

  • Om Namah Shivaya Empowerment

  • Open Heart Reiki

  • Protective Rose Camouflage Empowerment

  • Psychic Protection Flame (Free PDF File)

  • Pyramid Reiki

  • Reiki Level I - Distance Course

  • Reiki Level IV - Advanced Reiki Master

  • Sacred Earth Energy Reiki

  • Sacred Flames Reiki

  • Self Care Reiki

  • Self Love Reiki

  • So Purkh Empowerment

  • Soulmate Reiki

  • Stone Reiki

  • Tiger Reiki

  • Totem Reiki

  • Transparency Reiki

  • White Dove Reiki

  • Worthiness Reiki

  • Zodiac Reiki Package (all 12 zodiac signs)


These reiki “flushes” and “empowerments” are simply PDF files with affirmations, visualizations and instructions. Simply by focusing on Stephanie Brail, people are allegedly capable of drawing healing reiki energy from her (similar to the “cording” method used by alleged “energy vampires” or “psychic vampires”).

Furthermore, Stephanie Brail is the webmaster, registrant and/or owner for the following (current & former) domains, blogs and Yahoo Groups (so far known):

  • stephaniebrail.com (Current Website: Self promoting. Looking for a literary agent to represent her. StephanieBrail on Twitter.)

  • emotionalfreedomreiki.org (Current Website: Promoting and selling reiki services.)

  • simplereiki.info (Current Website: Self promoting and selling reiki services.)

  • happyhypnosis.com (Current Website: Promoting hypnosis. Informational. Sells hypnosis audios and mp3s from $55 - $75 and advertises numerous hypnosis downloads.)

  • pranamana.com (Current Website: Focuses on mantras & chanting. Sells alternative healing practices and sells custom audios for $150. Promotes Yogi Bhajan. Also a Pranamana MySpace)

  • yogareiki.com (Current Website: Promoting and selling reiki & yoga services.)

  • intentionproject.com (Current Website: Accepts donations and focuses on mantras, positive affirmations and creating intentions.)

  • magicmastermind.com (Current Website: Goal is revenue and networking.)

  • feelgoodgirl.com (Current Website: Self promoting, informational and selling alternative healing practices from $10 - $100. FeelGoodGirl on Twitter; FeelGoodGirl Libsyn)

  • elementalreiki.com (Current Website: Selling a whole line of reiki services by Stephanie Brail from $10 - $100. Accepts donations and allows people to advertise on her website for $100. ElementalReiki on Twitter)

  • moneyreiki.com (Current Website: Aim is to “transform greed, selfishness and materialism to an energy of giving, sharing and sustainability”, which includes giving and sharing your money to help sustain Stephanie Brail!)

  • originaldiva.com (Current Website: Self promoting. Three months coaching for $360, 1 hour private coaching for $80 and ½ hour private coaching for $40.)

  • virtualfloweressences.com (Current Website: Charges $80 per phone session and $210 for three phone sessions for flower essence consultations and distance healings.)

  • eftwizard.com (Current Website: Promoting EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - and sells alternative healing services: $80 for an hour and $40 for a half-hour.)

  • oncoaching.com (Current Website: Promoting various types of coaching.)

  • writernia.com (Current Website: For an online community of writers.)

  • herhypnosis.com (Current Website: But the domain name is currently being sold for $2,500 or best offer.)

  • closetscifigeek.com (Current Website: Science fiction news and reviews for cool nerds.)

  • greentechgirl.com (Current Website: Articles on the green tech aka clean tech, such as alternative fuel, green computing, and e-cycling. GreenTechGirl on Twitter)

  • orbsandghosts.com (Current Website: Orbs and ghosts and creepy things that go bump in the night. OrbsAndGhosts on Twitter)

  • namasteph.com (Current Website: Yoga blog - Namaste + Steph = Namasteph. Namasteph on Twitter)

  • ReikiFlow Yahoo Group (Current Yahoo Group: 39 posts in the last 100 months)

  • NeedFeminism.blogspot.com (Current Blog: Just three short posts: Deleted 7/11/09)


  • New Leadership for the SciFi Channel Petition (Current Petition: Created by Stephanie Brail.)

  • Comedy Central Petition (Current Petition: Protesting “Girls Gone Wild” commercials on the Comedy Central channel. Written by Stephanie Brail.)

  • SoulSurferSteph On MySpace

  • elementenergy.com (Former Website: Solicited by Stephanie Brail on prleap.com as her own domain)

  • herspace.com (Former Website: Unsuccessful venture. Stephanie used the name “SpiderWoman”.)

  • amazoncityradio.com (Former Website: Unsuccessful venture.)

  • amazoncity.com (Former Website: Unsuccessful venture. Stephanie used the name “SpiderWoman”.)

  • spiderwoman.org (Former Website: Unsuccessful venture. Stephanie used the name “SpiderWoman”.)

  • funetic.com (Former Website: Unsuccessful venture. Self-promoting. Solicited energy work and coaching with charges ranging from $150 - $750.)

  • southbay-network.ryze.com (Former Group: Unsuccessful networking venture for the South Bay in California.)

  • groups.yahoo.com/group/lovefreeway (Former Yahoo Group: Unsuccessful newsletter venture.)

  • groups.yahoo.com/group/laughcoaching (Former Yahoo Group: Unsuccessful newsletter venture.)


Not only does Stephanie Brail widely sell herself and her services, she is what Anti-Cult Activists would call “brainwashed” and a “true believer” in spirits, angels, St Michael, psychic vampires, gods & goddesses, Yogi Bhajan, ghosts, Shiva, Lakshmi, kundalini, Ostara, Lilith, Baubo, Kuan Yin, Isis, auras, chakras, pyramids, angels, devas, animal totems, astrology, psychics, channelers, mantras, yoga, reiki, psychic healing, psychic protection, distance healing, fairies, telepathy, prana, Hinduism, Buddhism and other New Age concepts and beliefs.

As a matter of fact, a person using the pseudonym “corboy” on the Anti-Cult Rick Ross forum cited Stephanie Brail’s article against Ammachi yet added the following disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER

(Note: the person who runs the feelgood site offers various other services. That I quote from an article posted on the site does NOT mean that I necessarily endorse or recommend such services.

Corboy’s standing advice in all such matters is to get assistance from a person who is trained and licensed to practice in their area of expertise. This may not guarantee competablity or even competance,but at least means the person has accepted legal accountablity for his or her work.)
Reference

Funny enough, “Corboy” (just like Stephanie Brail) is a big fan of the self-realized, psychedelic-drug-glorifying Kali devotee Guruphiliac Jody Radzik (who actually believes he is a sex slave to the goddess). It is peculiar how Anti-Cult Activists are quick to cite people like Stephanie Brail and Jody Radzik to support their Anti-Cult agendas yet are unwilling to personally endorse them because their spiritual beliefs and alleged paranormal abilities make them non-credible!

Stephanie Brail - In Conclusion


It doesn’t matter that Stephanie Brail gives free reiki “flushes” (which appear to be lures to get paid services). There is a business around Stephanie Brail where the focus is on her person, her face, her energy, her reiki, her name, her writings, her spiritual credentials and her beliefs. Since Stephanie Brail advertises, solicits and promotes herself as a notable public figure in the arena of reiki, life coaching, hypnosis and alternative healing therapies...public scrutiny is inevitable.

Millions of people have experienced what they believe to be genuine love, compassion and spiritual elevation from Amma. Although there always seem to be a handful of disgruntled ex-devotees hissing in the background, it is a fact that people claim they are elevated, energized, inspired and humbled in Amma’s presence. Yes, the crowds around Amma can be frustrating and disorienting (perhaps even “draining”), but none of her critics (even the Reiki Masters) can demonstrate Amma’s indefatigable energy, compassion and love for all those who come to see her and get a hug.

And yet, who is Stephanie Brail? She is practically unknown to the general public, unable to draw any crowd to herself despite her widely alleged healing abilities (which all come with a price tag). As a matter of fact, on Stephanie Brail’s testimonials page, only 7 people are listed (4 of which are anonymous). It would seem that Stephanie Brail’s attacks against Amma are rooted in jealousy since her aspirations to become a Guru (as evidenced by her pervasive internet solicitations) have thus far proven ineffective.

How better to draw internet traffic to one’s website than by trashing & bashing an internationally renowned humanitarian and well respected Saint from India, all the while harping about one’s psychic abilities with side-menu links that promote & promise all kinds of healings from a distance?

Since Stephanie Brail sells herself big time:
“That’s your first clue she’s an energy vampire. Whether you believe in such things literally or figuratively, it’s kind of your cue to stay away.”

You said it Stephanie.

“Cult Of The Hugging Saint”: Final Thoughts


The “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website is so desperate to smear Amma, they apparently need to reference Stephanie Brail, a widely self-proclaimed reiki master, healer and teacher of various New Age concepts & beliefs. As a matter of fact, the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website omitted any & all references to Stephanie Brail’s pervasive internet activity and claims to spiritual greatness. Why does the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website criticize Ammachi yet purposely withholds relevant information about her critics?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jovan Jones - Critic Of Ammachi

Jovan Jones

Jovan Jones - Critic Of Ammachi


Jovan Jones was a “psycho, moody and bizarre” (Jones’ words) devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi and lived and traveled with the Guru in India and abroad from 1995 - 1997. After becoming pregnant (while devoted to the Guru), Jovan Jones had a mental breakdown and turned her life over to Jesus Christ and decided to write a fictitious autobiography that is “about 90% true” about Ammachi entitled “Chasing The Avatar”. The reason why Jovan Jones considers her book to be “90% true” is because she claimed that God spoke to her and told her that her Amma journals “did not honor him”, so she burned them. Therefore, her accounts are related by memory, ten years after the fact and the reader does not know which 10% of her book is fictitious (i.e., untrue).

On amazon.com, the following descriptions were given for Jovan Jones Anti-Amma book, “Chasing The Avatar”:
Product Description
Maya is a young woman with extraordinary prospects drowning in intense discontent. In the midst of this discontent, she meets Cha Ma, a guru. Immediately, she comes to believe that Cha Ma is an avatara human incarnationof the goddess Kali, the most malevolent, destructive of all Hindu deities. Spellbound, Maya runs off to India to live in Cha Mas ashram as a Hindu. Her choice hurls her parents, Paul and Marie, into a battle far beyond their wildest imagination for they must fight for their daughters life, and even her soul, as she teeters on the edge.

About the Author
From 1995 to 1997, Jovan Jones lived in a South Indian ashram and traveled around with a Hindu guru. She earned her MA in Political Science from Harvard in 1998. Soon thereafter, she moved to North Carolina in order to be near her parents, Ryven and Brenda, and to raise her son, Isaiah. She taught Social Studies and Language Arts in Cumberland Countys public schools, where she was chosen to be the countys Teacher of the Year and NCs Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year Runner-Up. Presently, she serves as the Mentor Facilitator in the large public school system, working with mentors and beginning teachers to increase teacher retention and efficacy.

In Jovan Jones’ book, “Chasing The Avatar”, she used the name “Maya” to describe herself and used the name “Cha Ma” to describe Amma.

Jovan Jones’ Christian Agenda Against Amma


It was quickly discovered that Jovan Jones is an Evangelical Christian with a religious agenda and a religious sales pitch against Amma the “Hugging Saint”. For example, on Jovan Jones’ website, she openly solicits her church, Covenant Love Family Church with Pastor Al And Tava Brice. What exactly does the Covenant Love Family Church believe? Let us take a look at their statement of faith:
Covenant Love Family Church - Statement Of Faith:

We believe the entire Bible is the infallible Word of God. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error and the authority by which we base our faith, doctrine, and conduct.
-(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, I Corinthians 2:13)

We believe there is one God, existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
-(Matthew 28:19, Colossians 2:9)

We believe man is created in the image of God and was created good and upright, but by voluntary disobedience, was separated from God.
-(Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-18; 6:23)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. As a result of man’s disobedience and sin, Jesus came to this earth as Savior of the world.
-(Luke 1:26-35, John 1:18; 3:16, Isaiah 9:6)

We believe that Jesus’ death on the cross has provided salvation, or deliverance from everlasting death, to those who choose to accept Him as Lord and Savior. By admitting that we have sinned and accepting Jesus as Lord, we can have a personal relationship with God now and spend eternity with God in Heaven. Salvation is not a result of what we do, but is a free gift from God through faith.
-(Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:11; 10:8-13, 1 John 5:10-13, Hebrews 9:15)

We believe water baptism, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, is symbolic of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and a testimony to our faith in Jesus.
-(Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:11-12)

We believe the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues is a gift from God. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God’s will.
-(John14:26-27; 16:8, Acts 2:1-4; 2:38; 8:14; 10:44-46, Romans 8:26-27)

We believe in the regular taking of Communion as an act of remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
-(1 Corinthians11:23-32)

We believe every believer should grow in their relationship with God through obedience to God’s Word, following the example of Jesus, and an active prayer life.
-(Ephesians 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1)

We believe that divine physical, emotional, and mental healing and restoration is active today through the power of Jesus, our Healer.
-(Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; Mark 16:17-20)

We believe Jesus will return and take all who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior to Heaven for eternity. We believe in the existence and personality of Satan. The Bible describes Hell as a real place of suffering and permanent separation from God for unbelievers. God sent Jesus to redeem us so that no one would have to endure this punishment.
-(Job 1:7, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Ephesians 4:27, James 4:7, Mark 9:43-58; 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:10-15, John 3:18)

Jovan Jones’ book “Chasing The Avatar” was published by Destiny Image Publishers, Inc, whose motto is: “Speaking to the Purposes of God for This Generation and for the Generations to Come”. Jovan Jones dedicated her book to her “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” whom she called her “Knight in Shining Armor”. The forward to the book was written by Dr. James A Brice Jr, the senior pastor at the Covenant Love Family Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In the first chapter of “Chasing The Avatar”, Jovan Jones said she wrote her Anti-Amma book for Jesus Christ, gave various assurances that Jesus Christ was watching over us and hoped that her God-Inspired book would set others on the road to freedom through Jesus Christ (PDF Ref - First Chapter To “Chasing The Avatar”).

What exactly did Jovan Jones hope her readers would get out of “Chasing The Avatar”?
Jovan Jones: “The way I know Him is marvelous and crazy! Wild and passionate! Intense and utterly male! He’s not always soft and sweet with me. The Christ I know isn’t the ‘beatific, harmless guy holding a little lamb.’ No, my Christ is altogether different. I pray that everyone who reads this book gets a revelation of Him in all His greatness, even if it’s just an inkling! Not the namby-pamby Jesus that we often want to make him out to be; but the dedicated, focused, assured and powerful God of the Universe who can reach into anyone’s world, anywhere at any time and snatch them out of their chaos and madness, their sin and despair. That is what He is to me.” (Reference)

Although Jovan Jones has a religious agenda against Amma, Amma does not have any type of agenda against Christians or Christianity. Amma has numerous devotees who are Christians who feel they have become better Christians by following her example of unconditional love, selfless service and constant remembrance of God through devotional singing, prayer and spiritual disciplines. Amma has said “My Religion is Love” and she does not discriminate against anyone because of his/her religious beliefs.

Jovan Jones - Coming To & Leaving Amma


While working for her doctorate at Harvard, Jovan Jones said she suffered a spiritual crisis and was “insanely discontented and a crazy risk-taker to boot”. As a result, she began experimenting with different religions by first exploring African religions and their off-shoots (Santeria, Voodoo, Candomble, Obeah, etc.). Jovan Jones gave up on these tribal religions because she “never really wanted to worship anything that was moodier and meaner” than herself [1]. Jovan Jones then claimed she had a vision of a blue sphere of light that exploded and suffused her in a “tremendous warmth and peace”. As a result of this experience, Jovan Jones began looking into Hinduism and Buddhism and then began looking for a Guru, which eventually led to Mata Amritanandamayi [2].

Ammachi never instructed or implied that Jovan Jones should give up her life and follow her. Rather, Jovan Jones said she was “so greedy for spiritual experiences” that in two days time she “absolutely HAD to go to India” and that is when she left everything behind and traveled to India to be with Amma. Admittedly, Jovan Jones claimed that as she became more involved with ashram life, the “crazier and more unstable” she became. Jovan Jones claimed that while she was at the ashram, she was “psycho”, suicidal on almost a daily basis and that her moods “swung around pendulously from soaring mountaintop happiness to abject despondency and despair” [1]. Jovan Jones said that she loved all the people at the ashram because they were just as “psycho and bizarre and on the edge” as herself. Jovan Jones said “The guru had gathered a group of crazies around her, no doubt.” Of course, one those “crazies” was herself! For reasons yet undisclosed (you have to wait for her second book) Jovan Jones was forced to leave India and return to the USA [1].

At no time was Jovan Jones held against her will, intimidated or threatened for leaving Amma. Jovan Jones left Amma as freely and as easily as she joined Amma.

As late as July 1998, Jovan Jones was a devotee of Amma. Jovan Jones and her parents were even interviewed by the Washington Post:
By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 5, 1998; Page B03

As more people heard about her, her following grew. Jovan Jones, 28, of Boston, sat in line with her mother and father, Brenda and Ryven Jones, and friend Al Busbee. Jovan Jones said she met Amma four years ago in Boston.

“A friend of mine told me that I should go see a saint who gives great hugs,” she recalled. “I thought I would go for a couple of minutes, get my hug and go.” “I entered her presence, and for the first time in my life, whatever I was feeling inside . . . this was the answer,” said Jones, who left a graduate program at Harvard and moved to India for two years to volunteer with Amma.

Jones’ parents said they wanted to experience what had changed their daughter’s life. “I’m trying to find out what she has that draws so many people here,” said Ryven Jones, a military retiree. “I feel real sad,” said Brenda Jones, gazing at the crowd before Amma. “I look around here, and I see a lot of hurt and a lot of pain. I’m sad that people have to wait years for someone to give them a loving touch. Because it is right here in our hearts.”

Since Jovan Jones got her MA in Political Science from Harvard in 1998 (and was still devoted to Amma in July 1998), she apparently did not “give everything up” for the Guru as she claimed on YouTube and elsewhere.

Anti-Amma Critic’s Embarrassing Conundrum


What would author & Christian Jovan Jones think of Michelle Walsh (a self-professed psychic, witch, spell caster, clairvoyant, seller of haunted objects, devotee of Mother Kali and webmaster for the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” domain), Bronte Baxter (a person who believes that Jesus is a psychic vampire and an astral entity from the fourth dimension who sucks our energies, an Illuminati conspiracist and a believer in shape-shifting reptilian aliens from the Draco constellation) and Jody Radzik (a self-professed realized master, a fanatic devotee & “sex slave” of Mother Kali and a promoter and endorser of illegal psychedelic drugs)?

  • Jovan Jones’ Christian beliefs invalidates those of Bronte Baxter, Michelle Walsh and Jody Radzik.

  • Michelle Walsh’s Wiccan beliefs invalidates those of Jovan Jones and Bronte Baxter.

  • Bronte Baxter’s Illuminati beliefs invalidates those of Michelle Walsh, Jody Radzik and Jovan Jones.

  • Jody Radzik’s Advaitic & Pseudo-Rationalistic beliefs invalidates those of Jovan Jones, Michelle Walsh and Bronte Baxter.


What more can one do but laugh out loud at this cadre of fools who are attempting to criticize Ammachi? These critics (who are all cited on the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” domain) all cite each other as credible voices against Ammachi even though their personal beliefs undermine each other’s arguments against the guru!

As a matter of fact, Guruphiliac Jody Radzik was quick to pick up on Jovan Jones’ religious views and said about her:
Jody Radzik: “The fact that she ‘turned’ gives her an ideological motivation to bash Ammachi. Jesus is the only way, ya know. ;)

Her various achievements could just as easily be the result of neurosis as it is excellence.

But please fill us in if you read the book.” (Reference)

“Cult Of The Hugging Saint”: Final Thoughts


The “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website is so desperate to smear Amma, they apparently need to reference Jovan Jones, an Evangelical Christian with a religious agenda against Hinduism and Gurus. As a matter of fact, the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website omitted any & all references to Jovan Jones’ religious views and associations. Why does the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website criticize Ammachi yet purposely withholds relevant information about her critics?

Relevant Links About Jovan Jones:
- Jovan Jones Official Website
- Jovan Jones On Twitter
- Jovan Jones On Facebook
- Jovan Jones On YouTube

Saturday, June 27, 2009

COTHSEE On The Attack

COTHSEE On The Attack


A person using the name “COTHSEE” (who appears to be Michelle Walsh in disguise) is widely attacking this blog through various venues on the internet.

The following article was published on free-press-release.com:
Followers Of Amma “The Hugging Saint” Launch Website To Attack Critics And Ex-Devotees
By COTHSEE United States of America

June 26, 2009 Those connected to the religious group which follows Amma, also known as "the hugging saint", recently launched a website attacking her critics and ex-devotees.

For_Immediate_Release:

(Free-Press-Release.com) June 26, 2009 -- The new website compiles information on the businesses, websites, and personal lives of critics and ex-devotees. The information has been painstakingly collected from the Internet and compiled on the website in an attempt to harass and intimidate those who may choose to leave the group or voice a contrary opinion.

The website, ironically called “Cult Of The Hugging Exposed” appears to be run by representatives or devotees of the hugging saint, also known as Amma or Mata Amritanandamayi. The site is made up of character assassinations on those who have been critical of Ammachi as well as those who have left the group. Countless hours have gone into information gathering in order to attack the character of those who have been outspoken critics of Amma or her organization. The website includes poetry written by ex-devotees, articles written by critics, links to their businesses, and annotated lists of irrelevant personal information intended purely to harass critics and ex-devotees of the hugging saint.

“It’s chilling.” said an ex-devotee who is one of the websites targets, “I left the group many years ago and now they are posting photos of me when I was young and defunct websites that I ran over ten years ago as well as poetry I wrote when I was part of the group. I have been a victim of Internet stalking recently, and I feel like I am living it all over again. The amount of time this group has put into compiling information on me is very frightening. This website illustrates why so many are afraid to leave, because this is what will happen to them.”

###

For more information:
P.O. Box 74650

The “ex-devotee” who complained about being “stalked” is Michelle Walsh. Michelle Walsh lied when she claimed that her defunct psychic websites were run “over ten years ago”. In fact, Michelle’s Psychic Perceptions website was online until June 2003 and she was soliciting her Psychic Forecast website on IndiaDivine.org on May 30th 2005 and as late as August 5th 2006. Michelle Walsh was also praising Amma until March 24th 2007 and April 3rd 2007. This is 2-3 years ago, not “over ten years ago” or “many years ago” as falsely claimed by Michelle Walsh (click on picture to enlarge):


Some interesting facts:

Is it a coincidence that at the very same internet sites where Michelle Walsh was widely solicited as “Kalliope Amorphous” happen to be the very same internet sites where COTHSEE is attacking this blog?

Isn’t it strange how critics constantly rant and rave about their “freedom of speech” when it comes to their former gurus yet whine and moan when others exercise their “freedom of speech” about critics?

This article will be updated according to new developments.

Update: June 27th 2009:
Due to the extensive nature of COTHSEE’s attacks against Joe Moreno (who was not the original creator of this blog), Moreno has decided to archive this blog on his saisathyasai.com domain to defend himself from COTHSEE’s attacks.

Update: June 29th 2009:
It has come to our attention that some of the content from this blog is being duplicated on various websites against “Meena’s Magickals” and “MandrakeGhost”. The authors of this blog are in no way associated with those attacks and have not given permission to anyone to duplicate material from this blog against “Meena’s Magickals” and “MandrakeGhost”.

Update: July 7th 2009:
New blog about “COTHSEE”: MandrakeGhost / Michelle Walsh Exposed

Michelle Walsh - Critic Of Ammachi

Michelle Walsh - Critic Of Ammachi


Michelle Walsh was an ardent and overzealous devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi Maa, as evidenced by her numerous posts in praise of the Saint on the internet. For reasons unknown, Michelle Walsh defected from the Amma Movement and viciously and publicly attacked Amma through various blogs, websites and internet forums primarily under the pseudonyms “VioletDoves” and “Ananthasree”. Michelle Walsh currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island in the USA.

During the course of researching information about Michelle Walsh (a widely self-solicited psychic medium, witch, spell-caster, hermit, metaphysician, reiki master, life coach, seller of haunted objects, artist, photographer, gay activist, poet, pet psychic, performer, animal rights activist, etc.), it was quickly discovered that she was attacked and targeted by someone who strongly believed she was a cheat, liar and fraud (especially in relation to her MandrakeGhost account on eBay).

The authors of this blog are in no way associated with the following (former) two blogs about Michelle Walsh (which provided a tremendous amount of personal information about her):

  • metaphysical-meta-fraud-mandrakeghost.blogspot.com

  • mandrakeghostbusted.blogspot.com


Michelle Walsh is a strong believer in “karma” and the online attacks leveled against her have given her a taste of what it feels like to be attacked through the internet (as she did against Amma on her former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website and through other internet forums).

Michelle Walsh’s Pervasive Internet Activity


All of the following names were/are used by Michelle Walsh in direct relation to her pervasive internet activity:

  1. AmmasAnanthasree

  2. Amorphous

  3. Anantha

  4. Ananthasree

  5. Arazel

  6. Axe2Grind

  7. BabyJaneHudson!2008

  8. BlackSwan

  9. Black Swan

  10. ChildOfDevi

  11. CultOfTheHuggingSaint

  12. CultOfHuggingSaintAmma

  13. FatedVeil

  14. Frosted Fakes

  15. FrostedFakes

  16. GalleryEclectica

  17. GenieInABottle

  18. GhostAuctions

  19. Ghost Auctions

  20. HauntedPainting

  21. HowlingGoddess

  22. Howling Goddess

  23. Kalli

  24. Kalliope Amorphous

  25. Kalliopae Amorphous

  26. KalliopeAmorphous

  27. Kamorphous

  28. Magickal Meena

  29. MandrakeGhost

  30. Mandrake Ghost

  31. Meena

  32. Meenasma

  33. Meena Svara

  34. MeenaSvara

  35. MeenasMagikals

  36. Meenas Magikals

  37. Michelle

  38. MichelleReadings

  39. MichelleReadings

  40. Michelle Walsh

  41. MichelleWalsh

  42. MichelleWalsh88

  43. MindWeb

  44. MuseCatcher

  45. Muse Catcher

  46. MusesRuse

  47. Muses Ruse

  48. PoisonedPunchBowl

  49. Poisoned Punch Bowl

  50. PoisonedPunch

  51. Poisoned Punch

  52. Pranada

  53. Pranada Das

  54. ReadingsByMichelleWalsh

  55. Ruby Berlin

  56. SeaGlasserie

  57. Sea Glasserie

  58. SleepyHollowTreasures

  59. Soul Path

  60. SweetStreet

  61. SweetStreet Gifts

  62. Sweet Street

  63. Sweet Street Designs

  64. TheHauntedPainting

  65. TrueMagick

  66. True Magick

  67. VioletDoves

  68. Violet Doves


Michelle Walsh’s Former Internet Websites & Domains


So far known:

  • ammaschildren.squarespace.com

  • psychicforecast.squarespace.com

  • punchbowlnyc.tripod.com

  • linkedin.com/in/kalliopeamorphous

  • flickr.com/photos/musecatcher

  • s43.photobucket.com/albums/e357/ananthasree

  • musecatcher.etsy.com

  • fatedveil.etsy.com

  • seaglasserie.etsy.com

  • freewebs.com/punchbowl

  • livejournal.com/users/poisonedpunch

  • myspace.com/ghostauctions

  • spiritofjoy.50megs.com

  • michellereadings.tripod.com

  • ananthasree.blogspot.com

  • mataamritanandamayi.blogspot.com

  • ananthasree.com

  • psychicforecast.com

  • ammaschildren.com

  • psychicperceptions.com

  • poisonedpunchbowl.com

  • ghostauctions.blogspot.com

  • cultofthehuggingsaint.blogspot.com

  • cultofthehuggingsaint.wordpress.com


Michelle Walsh’s Current Internet Websites & Domains


All referenced links were available and working at the time of publication (so far known):

Making The Connection To The “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” Domain


Besides the MuseCatcher domain, all the other domains by Michelle Walsh were registered in the exact same manner by the exact same registrar (tucows) by the exact same registration service provider (register4less.com). By comparing these whois results, it is clear that Michelle Walsh is the webmaster and registrant for the former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” domain:

MUSECATCHER
Registrant:
Kalliopae Amorphous
(address removed by blog authors)

Registered through: Automattic
Domain Name: MUSECATCHER.COM
Created on: 05-Aug-07
Expires on: 05-Aug-10
Last Updated on: 13-May-09

GHOSTAUCTIONS.COM
Registrant:
N/A
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US

Domain name: GHOSTAUCTIONS.COM

Administrative Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less t2q0nwD0@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Technical Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 30-Mar-2009.
Record expires on 29-Jun-2010.
Record created on 29-Jun-2008.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

KALLIOPEAMORPHOUS
Registrant:
N/A
827 Union Pacific Blvd., PMB 71-257
Laredo, TX 78045
US

Domain name: KALLIOPEAMORPHOUS.COM

Administrative Contact:
Advocate, R4L Privacy G8rq6xvG@privacyadvocate.org
827 Union Pacific Blvd., PMB 71-257
Laredo, TX 78045
US
+1.5149073225

Technical Contact:
Advocate, R4L Privacy 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
827 Union Pacific Blvd., PMB 71-257
Laredo, TX 78045
US
+1.5149073225

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 18-Aug-2008.
Record expires on 17-Oct-2009.
Record created on 17-Oct-2007.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

MEENASMAGICKALS
Registrant:
N/A
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US

Domain name: MEENASMAGICKALS.COM

Administrative Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 143yn89B@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149073225

Technical Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149073225

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 08-Jun-2009.
Record expires on 03-Mar-2011.
Record created on 03-Mar-2009.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

TIDESLIFECOACHING
Registrant:
Tides Life Coaching
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US

Domain name: TIDESLIFECOACHING.COM

Administrative Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 4jx144wM@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Technical Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 20-Feb-2009.
Record expires on 20-Dec-2009.
Record created on 20-Dec-2008.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

FROSTEDFAKES
Registrant:
N/A
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US

Domain name: FROSTEDFAKES.COM

Administrative Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less G8rq6xvG@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Technical Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 17-Feb-2009.
Record expires on 14-Apr-2010.
Record created on 14-Apr-2008.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

CULTOFTHEHUGGINGSAINT
Registrant:
N/A
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US

Domain name: CULTOFTHEHUGGINGSAINT.COM

Administrative Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less t2q0nwD0@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Technical Contact:
Privacy Advocate, Register4Less 1v3jqyu1@privacyadvocate.org
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
US
+1.5149056500

Registration Service Provider:
Register4less, support@r4l.com
514-905-6500
http://register4less.com

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 17-Feb-2009.
Record expires on 22-Jul-2009.
Record created on 22-Jul-2007.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
http://domainhelp.tucows.com

Michelle Walsh Admits The COTHS Blog Is Hers


On the Guruphiliac Forum, Michelle Walsh (as “VioletDoves”) submitted a comment that said (in part):
If you have been defamed or subject to libel as a result of your association with the cult of Mata Amritanandamayi, please contact me via www.cultofthehuggingsaint.com, a website which I currently contribute articles and support.

Needless to say, the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website had only one email address, had only one webmaster and none of the submitted posts were signed or attributed to Michelle Walsh or to any of her known pseudonyms. Taking into account the whois information about the COTHS domain and the fact that Michelle Walsh was the only known promoter of the COTHS website (besides Guruphiliac Jody Radzik and Bronte Baxter), it is clear that she was the owner, webmaster and registrant for the domain.

Michelle Walsh - The Activist


Michelle Walsh is very open about being a lesbian. As a matter of fact, Michelle Walsh described herself as an Eclectic greenwich Village lesbian, a Glamour Dyke With Attitude and an Opinionated Dyke With An Axe To Grind.


The authors of this blog are in NO WAY anti-gay or homophobic. Rather, this information about Michelle Walsh’s sexual orientation is being provided because:

  1. Michelle Walsh is a somewhat famous lesbian icon and stated on her Poisoned PunchBowl website: “Michelle will be featured in Hot Lesbian Erotica to be released by Cleis Press later this year. Keep an eye out at your local independent bookstore or check puckerup.com for details.”


    Later on that year, puckerup.com provided the details:


    Tristan Taormino is a columnist for the Village Voice, the editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series, and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and Tristan Taormino's True Lust. She lives in New York City.

  2. Michelle Walsh took great pride (no pun intended) in her gay activism (as evidenced in her former Live Journal account).

  3. This information is relevant to Michelle Walsh’s online identity and online history with Mata Amritanandamayi. As a matter of fact, Michelle Walsh said on the Ammachi Free Speech Zone:
    I am a gay woman and a serious devotee of Amma. It has been my experience that Amma is not homophobic. Of course Amma is not homophobic, she is the embodiment of pure love. To think otherwise is to not understand why she is here. Ignorance is the crutch of those trapped in the ego. Why not point out how many African American or Asian people attend her programs and then ask why Amma tolerates it...Why is Amma not a racist???

    God is not a racist or a homophobe. Homophobia is some peoples way of expressing the fear that revolves around something they don't understand or something that doesn’t appeal to them personally.

    I am a gay woman who can vouch for the fact that Amma did arrange my relationship...and blessed it....and loves us both no less than any other devotee. Amma cares no more about what goes on in a gay persons bedroom than she does about a straight persons. Celibacy is the goal, whether gay or straight. There is no difference.

    you wrote: “Is going to India and the ashram a way to convert not only to hinduism but also lesbianisn ?”

    Well, I have not been to India or the ashram, so what’s my excuse?

    Jai Ma!

    Ananthasree


Michelle Walsh: Final Thoughts


Michelle Walsh is no novice to the internet. She formerly claimed she was a renowned psychic medium and now claims she is a renowned witch and spell caster. Michelle Walsh is heavily invested in the internet and there is little doubt that she deleted the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website out of fear that others would find out about her numerous online identities and numerous internet websites.

The former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website was so desperate to smear Amma, it purposely suppressed the fact that Michelle Walsh was the webmaster and registrant for the site. The former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website also purposely suppressed the fact that Michelle Walsh is a widely self-solicited and alleged:

  1. “Glamour Dyke With Attitude”

  2. Psychic Medium

  3. Metaphysician

  4. Hermit

  5. Chaos Magician

  6. Witch

  7. Card Reader

  8. Spell Caster / Spell Crafter

  9. Pet Psychic

  10. Clairaudient

  11. Clairvoyant

  12. Channeler Of Various Disembodied Entities


This is the type of person that operated the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website as a credible voice against Amma! Why did the “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website criticize Ammachi yet purposely withhold relevant information about its very own webmaster, Michelle Walsh?

The answer by now should be abundantly obvious.

UPDATES:
- Michelle Walsh Ref: Psychic Medium
- Michelle Walsh Ref: Past Praise Of Amma
- MandrakeGhost / Michelle Walsh Exposed

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michelle Walsh Ref: Psychic Medium

Michelle Walsh Ref: Psychic Medium


This article about Michelle Walsh aka “Ananthasree” (an ex-devotee of Amma and webmaster for the former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website) will be used as a reference in a larger article being written about her.

Michelle Walsh widely solicited herself on hundreds of websites, forums and ads on the internet as a renowned psychic, ethical psychic, trance medium, animal communicator, clairvoyant, clairaudient, tarot card reader, spirit channeler, etc. As a matter of fact, Michelle Walsh considered herself such a notable, reputable and renowned psychic, she claimed she was dubbed the “Block Island Psychic”, moved to New York to broaden her clientele and that she helped locate missing children at Project Find - A Chance Connection. Michelle Walsh also purchased two psychic domains and advertised her psychic services on three free web-hosting sites:

  1. psychicperceptions.com (expired and unavailable)

  2. psychicforecast.com (expired and unavailable)

  3. psychicforecast.squarespace.com (expired and unavailable)

  4. spiritofjoy.50megs.com (taken over by the hosting company)

  5. michellereadings.tripod.com (operational but all pictures deleted)


Since Michelle Walsh forfeited and allowed her “psychicperceptions.com” and “psychicforecast.com” domains to expire (and has not renewed the domains or duplicated their content to any other website), the issue of infringement is moot since: 1) The screencaptures are of former webpages; 2) Are being provided for referencing purposes only and verification of psychic claims; 3) Are being published on a non-profit blog; 4) Are properly attributed; 5) Are screencaptures without duplication of text; 6) Are not derivatives; and 7) Are unaltered (click image to enlarge).

A small sampling from hundreds of results obtained for Michelle Walsh’s extensive and widely self-solicited psychic claims on the internet (click image to enlarge).

Even as a devotee of Amma, Michelle Walsh was soliciting her alleged psychic abilities to other spiritualists on the IndiaDivine.org domain:
Namah Shivayah,

I agree that a healthy dose of caution is important. Through Amma’s grace, I have been giving readings as my full time career since I was 16 years old. I was born clairaudient and clairvoyant, and this runs back three generations on my Mother's side of the family. Honestly, it is a blessing and a curse. I am thankful that I have been able to help people through my ability,and make a living doing it, but it is also not easy work....it is very taxing emotionally and often physically. Often I will read for 6 months and then take 6 months off (as I am sort of doing now!)

I have done countless lectures on the nature of psychic fraud, because I can’t tell you the number of clients I have who have such horror stories about getting taken for a ride by “psychics”. I talk about some of this on my website at PsychicForecast.com I consider myself an ethical psychic, so this is an issue that I am passionate about. Sweta mentioned I do a lot of work in aiding in the search for missing children and animals. This is true, and I think it is important, if we have this gift, to use it for the greater good..

I would always suggest looking within before seeking external help in the form of a psychic. When giving a reading, many times I find that the information I give my clients simply validates what they already knew or where thinking. Also, we can always go straight to the source of EVERYTHING....the master psychic...our beloved Amma!

Love,

Ananthasree

http://www.ananthasree.com (Post On IndiaDivine.org)


Therefore, it can clearly be evidenced that Michelle Walsh presented herself as (and claimed to be) a notable, reputable and renowned public figure in the psychic arena. As such, Michelle Walsh’s public status as a famous psychic is worthy of research and criticism.

UPDATES:
- Michelle Walsh - Critic Of Ammachi
- Michelle Walsh Ref: Past Praise Of Amma
- MandrakeGhost / Michelle Walsh Exposed

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Michelle Walsh Ref: Past Praise Of Amma

Michelle Walsh Ref: Past Praise Of Amma


This article about Michelle Walsh aka “Ananthasree” (an ex-devotee of Amma and webmaster for the former “Cult Of The Hugging Saint” website) will be used as a reference in a larger article being written about her.

Although the exact cause of Michelle Walsh’s defection from Mata Amritanandamayi is unknown, what is known is that she was an ardent, vocal and passionate devotee of Amma until mid 2007.

As a matter of fact, in a former Live Journal post entitled, “Getting a bastards name off your neck and other stories”, Michelle Walsh said:
“In fabu-fabu-fabulous news, I finally got the exes name off of my neck and replaced it with a name that will always mean something to me...‘Ammachi’, my spiritual teacher. I was very impressed with the cover-up job my artist pulled off. In fact, I like it better than the original tattoo because it is much more aesthetically pleasing and I really like the lettering in the name. What do you think? It matches much better with my sleeve tattoo, and my new partner is overjoyed not to have to look at that freaks name anymore.”

Michelle Walsh’s (aka “Ananthasree”) other praises of Amma on the internet (all referenced links were available and working at the time of publication):
Om Namah Shivayah,

Just wanted to share my joy over finding a scent that smells EXACTLY like Amma’s darshan. I had tried the “amma’s rose” oil and all of the others sold through the bookstore, and while I love them...they never matched that intoxicating scent that we associate with Mother. In fact, I doubted anything existed that could possibly be a match to it.

I have found an oil that is at least a 80% match to it....in of all places...a new dollar store that just opened up down the street from me. They have a rack of assorted aroma oils (for use on aroma rings or burners) and the scent is by Natura Aromatique and is called “China Rain”. They also make incense sticks in the same fragrance. Needless to say, I stocked up

We had stopped in the store to pick up plastic bags and it turned into a scene of “I can’t believe this, this is amazing, how can this be?” It really is that close of a match. I was catapulted right back into Mothers arms as soon as I took the cap off. For only a dollar! It is just has a little bit of a sweeter note than what Amma wears, but it is amazingly close enough to flash you right back to the darshan hall.

The companies website is http://www.NaturaAromatic.com but it seems like most of the pages are out of service.

How about this? The first three people to email me your address. I will send a bottle to you and some incense sticks!

Jai Ma!

Ananthasree (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

Namah Shivayah,

I agree that a healthy dose of caution is important. Through Amma’s grace, I have been giving readings as my full time career since I was 16 years old. I was born clairaudient and clairvoyant, and this runs back three generations on my Mother’s side of the family. Honestly, it is a blessing and a curse. I am thankful that I have been able to help people through my ability,and make a living doing it, but it is also not easy work....it is very taxing emotionally and often physically. Often I will read for 6 months and then take 6 months off (as I am sort of doing now!)

I have done countless lectures on the nature of psychic fraud, because I can’t tell you the number of clients I have who have such horror stories about getting taken for a ride by “psychics”. I talk about some of this on my website at PsychicForecast.com I consider myself an ethical psychic, so this is an issue that I am passionate about. Sweta mentioned I do a lot of work in aiding in the search for missing children and animals. This is true, and I think it is important, if we have this gift, to use it for the greater good..

I would always suggest looking within before seeking external help in the form of a psychic. When giving a reading, many times I find that the information I give my clients simply validates what they already knew or where thinking. Also, we can always go straight to the source of EVERYTHING....the master psychic...our beloved Amma!

Love,

Ananthasree

http://www.ananthasree.com (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

Amma In Amritapuri?
topic posted Tue, April 3, 2007 - 9:20 AM

Does anyone know when our Beloved will be back in Amritapuri?

Jai Ma!!

~ananthasree (Post On Ammachi Tribe)

Re: Amma’s next visitWed, August 2, 2006 - 7:04 AM

Namah Shivayah,

How long does Amma usually stay in San Ramon in November?

Jai Kali Ma!

Ananthasree

ananthasree.blogspot.com (Pots On Ammachi Tribe)

Re: Amma dream i had,..Fri, June 23, 2006 - 6:12 AM

You said it all.....that’s how she works, our Ma!

Jai Kali!

Ananthasree

ananthasree.blogspot.com (Pots On Ammachi Tribe)

ID: 90631

Title: Ananthasree.com - http://www.ananthasree.com

Description: A spiritual diary and online devotional altar by an Ammachi devotee. Ammachi is known worldwide as “The Hugging Saint”.

Category: Religious & Spiritual Blogs/

Link Owner: Ananthasree

Date Added: August 08, 2006 06:26:01 PM

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Gorgeous Visual Poem Of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, 20 August 2006
Author: ananthasree from United States

As a disciple of Ammachi, I will begin by mentioning that this film does not contain a lot of information about Amma that would be helpful to someone who had no idea who she was prior to seeing this film. It could have done with a little more information about her countless charitable works (including schools, hospitals, homes for the poor and the list goes on and on) and perhaps a bit more biographical information and mention of the countless miracles and healings that have been attributed to her. Also, a little more explanation of what "darshan" actually is would have been helpful to those for whom this movie would be their first introduction to Amma.

Aside from this, I have found that Jan Kounen did an incredible job with capturing the essence of who Amma really is. The interesting camera angles and close-ups of Amma’s facial expressions, truly captured the divine presence that one can feel while in her physical presence. I also really enjoyed that there was quite a bit of filming of Amma done in slow- motion. It was particularly incredible to witness her darshans at a slowed down speed...the nuances and intricacies of each 5 second hug, speak volumes when rendered in slow- motion.

There is quite a bit of poetic metaphor throughout the film as well, as can be seen in Kounen’s choice of contrasting images of life, death, chaos, peace, human and God. Truly, the visuals are some of the most beautiful I have seen since Baraka.

All in all this film is a heart melting work of art for devotees of Amma, and a sweeping visual portrait-poem of one of the most amazing spiritual figures on the planet at this time. I don’t think any film could truly convey who Amma is. It is something that must be experienced to be understood.

That said, stop in and get darshan for yourself the next time Amma is in your city. Then, watch the film again :) (Comment On IMDB)

The Mystery Orange

Om Namah Shivayah


At the retreat in mid-July, I purchased two oranges that were Amma’s prasad. I decided to take them home rather than eat them, and I put them on my altar. After about two weeks, one of the oranges became rotten and I had to throw it away.

Almost 4 moths later, I still have the other orange on my altar, and it is in perfect condition. It looks like it was just picked, and it still has a fresh orange smell. When it was in pristine condition after a few months, I thought it was strange....but now after looking at it again this morning, I am stumped. A friend pointed out how weird this is when he said, “Is that the same orange from July?” and looked at me in disbelief when I told him yes.

I am thinking of taking it to Michigan and having Amma bless it again.

Am I the only one who thinks this is strange?

Ever Amazed,

Ananthasree (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

Thank you, Amma, for helping me through this. Thank you for all of the messages and insights.

Thank you for all that you do for our earth.
I am practicing what I am learning from you as much as I can.

I am in awe of your beauty and am eternally grateful.

I love you.

(From a former Live Journal account)

My dreams bear fruit that I can taste in the morning...

It happened! I am going to see my guru in New York City this weekend. Ammachi, incarnation of the goddess and living saint has left India and is doing her yearly tour throughout America and the rest of the world. I prayed for this and begged that if I was meant to recieve darshan, I would find a way to get there. The universe pulled through and I leave tomorrow night. In a little over 24 hours, I will be standing in line waiting to recieve a hug from Amma. (This is her darshan...a compassionate hug, as she is known worldwide as the "hugging saint"). The greatest blessing that one can get...and I need only travel 3 hours on a bus! Sunday morning is the time!

I have been blessed already, this I know. So much divinity has come into my life ever since I had the material world (or illusion thereof) taken away. I have had acts of synhronicity the likes of which I have never known happen on a daily basis. LITERALLY....walking through a bookstore and having the book, "Messages From Amma" fall and land at my feet. The dreams....the dreams I have at night are more solid than this illusory, ego-driven world we call "awake".

I have found love. I have had nights of such pure beauty they seem pulled from a Fellini film. All of this, after facing death...after almost dying. A few nights ago, I cried at beauty....such beauty from a fire that the tears just came bursting through in a joyous wave. The last time I cried in awe over witnessing pure beauty was years and years ago.

So I am off to see Amma tomorrow night. I am nervous, but yet my heart is bursting with joy. I wonder if she will say anything to me, although to be in her arms for a brief moment will certainly be enough.

It has been a long journey from myself and back again. I had to know true greed, selfishness and ego in order to get to this point. In this sense, I say thank you to my ex....because she has become a living archetype of everything I do not want to be. And such joy! Such joy through all of this pain!

So much has happened....all wonderful. Career and a new love too! This is what love feels like! I haven’t had time to update because I have been very busy. One day soon, I will sit down and describe all that has happened.

(From a former Live Journal account)

Dreaming of Amma
09-29-2004, 10:22 AM

Last night I had the most intense dreams of Amma. In fact, they were so real that I had to collect myself for a moment after waking up. In one dream, I was in a large darshan hall and for some reason I was taking polaroid photos of Mother hugging everyone. When each photo came out developed, she was looking directly at the camera, although while taking them she was not. I thought it was strange and when I went up for darshan, my darshan lasted for what seemed like a half hour. I am immediately woke up from this dream and fell back asleep, where I continued to have another dream.

In the second dream, I was asking Mother all sorts of questions like why has such and such happened to me? What is my purpose in life? etc. etc. She told me that I had massive amounts of karma, but that she would help me with it. Just then, she put her mouth to mine as if she were going to kiss me and just held her mouth open inhaling for what must have been 10 minutes. Never exhaling until she moved away. I woke up with a jolt from this dream and sat straight up in bed. I was stunned, because the dream seemed so real. I fell back asleep and had yet another dream...

I was back in the darshan hall and my mother called me on my cellphone (in real life, my mother passed away over a year ago). I told her to please drive down to such and such a place to recieve Mother’s darshan. She had no idea who Mother was, but came anyway because I convinced her. I stood behind my mother in the darshan line wondering if Amma would know that the next person she would hug was my mother. “There is no way she will know” I thought. When my mother reached Amma’s arms, she turned into a little girl of maybe seven years old. Amma handed her a paintbrush and some ink and told her she could write on her sari. There was my mother, as a little girl and Amma was playing and laughing and being silly with her. As I watched this, I wondered still if Amma knew that the little girl was my mother. Amma then pointed at me, laughing and said “Your daughter” “Your daughter.” to my mother. I again woke up immediately....so immediately that I heard Amma’s voice in my bedroom saying “Your daughter.” when I woke up.

What could be the significance of this. Are such lucid, realistic dreams of Amma so common? It has never happened to me before.I read somewhere once that one cannot dream of Mother without her willing it. Has she ever addressed this specifically?

In Amma,

Michelle (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

My ceremony tomorrow

Tomorrow my partner and I will be having a committment ceremony on the beach (praying for the rain to hold off). We had Mothers blessing last year, and while she cannot be with us physically, we will consider her to be there in spirit. Because of this, we have chosen not to have anyone officiate the ceremony but the ocean. We will also be chanting the world peace mantra and hope you will send positive thoughts in our direction tomorrow at dusk.

In Amma,

Michelle (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

East Coast Retreat?

Has anyone managed to find out further information on if Mother will be coming to Rhode Island? Any ideas as to when the East Coast retreat specifics might be released? I’m sad to hear that the Bryant College campus is unavailable and am looking forward to putting in my time off request at work as soon as possible!

In Amma,

Michelle (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

Ananthasree, the maker of this video for Amma, wrote the following description:

An offering at the feet of my guru. This montage is symbolic of the intricacies of the guru-shishya relationship. It primarily represents devotion, and the desperate longing to merge with the Beloved, or God.

The song is Hallelujah, composed by Leonard Cohen and performed by Jeff Buckley. The lyrics have a depth that can be explored again and again, and deep religious and philosophical undertones, which moved me more than words can say.

This is my visual poem to my guru. I put it out into the world in the event that it is another persons poem as well. If it is, enjoy.

Hallelujah stems from the word halal, plus the particle u, meaning ‘and’ or ‘with’, and jah, which is short for Yahweh, the Name of God. Halal means ‘to shine,’ and is most often ascribed to stars.

Hallelujah means: shine with God!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keq9YbloAeQ&mode=related&search (dead link)
(Posted On NonDuality.com And Hidden As White Text)

Ananthasree said...

OMG this is so beautiful and haunting! I closed my eyes and went somewhere else...saw so many flashes of Her face.

Toward the end of the song I noticed something interesting. There is a point where you overlap "MA" on the end of the “Jai Sree Ma”. It sounds like Amma’s voice. Is it or is it your voice??? If it is yours, then that is pretty wild.

Though....really, your voice IS Amma’s voice! ;) (Comment On The Durga’s Daughter Blog)

ananthasree says:

March 24, 2007 at 3:00 am
Sending you lots of love and keeping you close in my prayers to Amma.

Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. (Posted On A Tale Of Grace Blog)

Ananthasree said...

So beautiful....so true.

How lucky we all are to live at the same time Mother has graced this planet with a human birth! The gratitude is endless...

Happy Birthday Ma! Thank you for taking birth for the sake of your children.

~Ananthasree (Comment On Ashram Diary Blog)

Mother knows all!! Omniscience (the proof is in the putting) :)

I just had a most amazing experience.

Both I and my partner were granted names from Mother at the retreat a few weeks ago. While mine had an obvious translation, we could not figure out for the life of us what her name meant. We were told it was a star in Vedic astrology...but what star?...and what did it mean? Long Internet searches abounded and still we had no idea what the significance of the name was.

A few hours ago I got her Jyotish chart. I said to myself, “I just KNOW that when this report pops up on the screen, the name will be there.” It was. And while I had thought it prior, it nearly knocked me off my chair when it actually did.

Mother had named her after her birth star! I challenge anyone to come up with a logical reason as to how Mother knew the exact date, time and location of her birth so well as to name her after her birth star! If that does not show Mother is keenly aware of all that is happpening/happened/will happen to each one of here children, then I don’t know what is.

I never cease to be amazed each time one of these completely mind-numbing acts of synchronicity occur (and so, so many of them)...and I wonder, why are there not scientests, doctors, relgious leaders, and news stations across the globe shouting about this amazing avatar who just happens to be gracing our planet at the moment?

Again, I sit....mouth agape in wonder, trying to process yet another wonderous act of Amma in my limited third-dimensional mind.

How incredibly lucky we all are!

Jai Ma!!!!!!!!!!!


Ananthasree (Post On IndiaDivine.org)

Namah Shivayah,

I have Kali statues, photos and items that Amma's Kali murti in the ashram wore all throughout my Amma shrine. Amma and Kali are the same entity.

Hrim Kali Mahakali Mata Amritanandamayi

Jai Jai Kali Ma!

Ananthasree

http://www.ananthasree.com (Posted On Ammachi Yahoo Group)

mamamamamamama.....

I am losing myself to you slowly
As the river wears the land away,
Drawing its soil into it's eternal waters
We are like that, Amma.

Every time you breathe,
There is less of me,
And I am swept away in you
sometimes, when a storm comes
You take more of me,
But then there is more of me with you,
And we weave through the land cutting
Cavernous valleys with our Love.

This is simply what the river does.
In time, there will be only THAT
Flooding the earth with oneness.
Mother, when I cry for you
I cry into you and
Your river rises, wearing me
Away and into you.

Oh god mother, Mother God
I run my hands
Through my hair and it is yours
Once, someone took a photo
Of me and I was you.
Sometimes I feel bound to
Myself by your muscle
Sometimes I blink into my reflection
And you are looking out at me.

The night moves over me
I am trapped in the stillness
You are rising from me like steam
In tiny wisps, fast as dust
There is heat in the head
You are restless within me
I rearrange organs and veins
In search of you
You fall asleep in the belly
Of all I have ever been
And rise up when I sleep
To dance with me in dream.

Mother, there is a thundering in you
Do they know this?
You are, 100 feet tall wearing
Universes as adornments,
Creating gravity by your very being
Mother, you are as wild as ecstasy
Unleashed into the sun, spinning
And spinning with the bliss
Of your own creation.
You salivate when the drums come
And you dance wildly, crushing
Under your feet. The fleshy vessels
Of all that is not true.
You are naked and covered in stars
Beckoning Jupiter and Venus to
Join you for tea and a smile.
My Mother, you are the hips
From which all life springs from.
Amma, you cannot fool me.
Sometimes when you smile,
I know it is because you have
Just administered blessings to a dying star
Light years away from the darshan line.

~Ananthasree

http://ananthasree.blogspot.com (Posted On Ammachi Yahoo Group)

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