The spiritual leader on Monday, Mar 29 announced that he is stepping down from all the posts he holds. He has resigned as the head of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam and from all trusts in order to lead a life of spirtual seculsion.
In a statement posted in this regard on the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam official website, the Swamiji wrote, "I have decided to live a life of Spiritual seclusion, for some indefinite time, to which the acharyas have agreed in principle."
"In view of this, and to enable the Dhyanapeetam to function with such amended agenda as may be necessary, I am resigning as the head of the Dhyanapeetam and from all the trusts associated with it.
"A board of trustees consisting from sadhakas of the Dhyanapeetam who are non-controversial, will henceforth manage the Dhyanapeetam," he added.
This comes three weeks after a sex tape showing him in compromising position with the Tamil actress Ranjith emerged.
The godman, who is in Haridwar attending the Kumbh Mela, said he met some of the leading Acharyas of Hindu Dharma and consulted them on what should be his future course of action after "briefing them about what is fact and what is fiction, and candidly discussing" the controversy.