The Hush Post: A ‘yoga guru’ at Agama Yoga retreat in Koh Phangan island, Thailand allegedly sexually assaulted 14 women tourists. The accused guru is a Romanian, whose real name is Narcis Tarcau. He operates under the name of Guru Swami Vivekananda Saraswati. He set up Agama in the island in 2003 after leaving Rishikesh in India.
Agama Yoga embraced ancient tantric teachings under its leader, the guru Swami Vivekananda Saraswati.
The 14 victims are from the UK, Brazil, Australia, Canada and US along with two men. The Swami allegedly “brainwashed” hundreds of women into having sex with him in the name of enlightenment.
Tarcau raped three women in the guise of spiritual healing. Others alleged that he sexually assaulted them in his office. The victims told the Guardian that they felt a “sex cult” was operating inside Agama.
After 31 women submitted testimonials alleging abuse at Agama, the school first tried to deal with it internally, but have now launched an independent inquiry.
Tarcau left Koh Phangan in July, when several women went public with the abuse allegations. A statement issued by Agama apologised for the “suffering expressed by many women.”
Since 2003, Agama has grown into the world’s biggest tantric yoga school, offering Yoga Alliance-certified courses and yoga teacher training to thousands every year.