Kollam: Amid the media reports and the raging controversy on the social networking sites over a book written by a former disciple of Amritanandamayi, the Math has not yet responded to the allegations made by Gail Tredwell in her book Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness against Mata Amritanandamayi and the functioning of her Ashram.
Tredwell, in the book, claims that the true picture of Amritanandamayi is far different from the facade of beloved holy woman that the public sees.
The revelations made in the book have become a hot topic on the social networking sites with more and more people are still sharing and commenting on the issue.
Meanwhile, a comment on the issue posted on the Facebook page of CPI-M leader P. Jayarajan on Wednesday kicked up another controversy. The post was later removed, saying on the same Facebook page that it was a fake page.
In the book, Tredwell recounts her personal experience in the ashram, where she admits she was complicit in covering up all sorts of ashram secrets, in a misguided attempt to protect the guru’s misdeeds from public view (believing, as all guru cultists do, that the guru is God in human form and therefore exempt from human standards of right and wrong).
The book depicts an unsettling portrait of Amma in a voice that brims with honesty and hope.
For two decades, Tredwell acted as Amma's personal servant, expected to be available at the "saint's" disposal at all hours. She became fluent in the Malayalam language and was with Amma continuously. The author shares her unique story, keeping to the facts yet taking responsibility for her own role in the situation.
The book talks about Amritanandamayi ashram's meteoric rise from religious community to mega-empire, completely business-minded and rife with hypocrisy.
She currently resides in Hawaii. Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback editions, and available as an e-book via several other online retailers.