Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Sri Swami Satchidananda
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Background information
Birth name C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder
Born December 22, 1914
Died August 19, 2002 (aged 87)
Years active 1950-2002
Website swamisatchidananda.org

Sri Swami Satchidananda was a religious guru

Overview

Sri Swami Satchidananda was the founder of Yogaville (a place where Rivers Cuomo and Leaves Cuomo spent much of their early childhoods) and is referred to as the "Guru to the Stars." Satchidananda was a notable guru, responsible for bringing swami to America in 1966. He was also referred to as the "Woodstock guru" because of his opening role in 1969's Woodstock.

Rivers and Leaves Cuomo (top) with Satchidananda.

Controversy

In the mid-1970s, Satchidananda was working out of Yogaville, where drugs and alcohol were all abstained from. Rick Ross, an expert on the subject, noted that "There were...sex scandals and members and families complaining about 'brainwashing.' ...Satchidananda by some accounts was quite a sleaze who preyed on women within the group. He indulged himself and largely got away with it."

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