He has not been in jail from the last set of scandals to rock the headlines and disrupt his international empire. The question is, Is he a spiritual fraud, a fake?
No. He has certainly become a fake, but was he always one? There is a more likely explanation: he attained states of concentration (samadhi) and wielded residual psychic abilities for a time, just like Sathya Sai Baba (whom we are assured by at least one devoted Buddhist is still wielding them from beyond). See commentary below.
For anyone who may think this story is beating a dead
[Rumors suggest it is his first-in-charge in American enterprises, which suggests that it was not consensual and welcome. It is likely to have been, one might speculate, the swami using his charm, so effective with women, on a male employee.]
- Deccan Herald: CID files additional charges against Nithyananda
- DNA Daily News & Analysis: CID gets proof to nail Swami Nithyananda
- ZEENEWS.com: Additional charges against Nithyananda filed
- Hindustan Times (Karnataka): Additional charges against Nithyananda filed in another case
They awaken our own "super" human abilities, our natural birthrights found in lore around the world, and was corrupted by it. The meditative absorptions suppress the defilements. They do not eradicate them.
Those taints soon surge up again in the absence of constant practice.
This is why the Buddha did not advocate use of psychic powers (abhinnas, siddhis) for gain, why he did not prompt his disciples to display them, and why he never recommended anyone to be content with them.
Beyond right concentration (samma samadhi) there is right mindfulness (samma sati). Mindfulness of what? Mindfulness in four parts as detailed in the Maha-sati-patthana Sutra (DN 22).