Taavi Kassila claims that she, Amma, is a holy celibate whilst Amma calls him, Kassila, a "rishi" (or "seer"). But one thing which Amma, who followers believe is an incarnation of God, seems to not care about is that her holy man Kassila is a sex fiend.
Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi) tour organizer and promoter, Taavi Kassila, has been publicly accused of secretly seducing young girls, spreading sexual diseases and buying prostitutes in Russia and Estonia. Several women have published their uncomfortable experiences with sex addict Kassila and are prepared to testify in court. Kassila's legal team, headed by Amma follower Kirsi Pettersson are trying to silence the women who are calling for more victims to come forward with their stories and receive counseling.
Taavi Kassila is a former film director who tried and failed to start a yoga school business. Kassila, who preaches the value of celibacy, has until now successfully hidden the damage which he has caused his sex victims.
One girl was 16 when Kassila started to invite her to meet him alone to "talk". Her mother was in the same spiritual centre as Kassila and they had both known him since the girl was child. Somehow Kassila managed to shock the girl into having sex with him when she was barely 17 after visiting her home on the pretext of discussing the making of a movie. The girl, KH, has posted her statement, giving her full name, in the comments section of a blog called The Story of the Apostle of Love
(Tarina rakkauden apostolista) and written by a different Kassila victim.
Whilst some of Kassila's unholy affairs must have been known by Finland's Amma group members, Kassila was not exposed until the blog sparked a discussion on a Finnish yoga forum called "Is Taavi Kassila and ethical joga teacher?(Onko Taavi Kassila eettinen joogaopettaja?)"
Amma, who runs a multi-billion dollar religious business, has declared Taavi Kassila to be a Rishi. The title "Rishi" is an exclusive holy name which means "seer". Kassila runs PR operations for Amma, defending the Amma organization from media accusations of causing mental distress, and running aggressive street poster campaigns claiming that Amma is a humanitarian. The Amma organization, under Kassila, recruited Tanja Tellervo Karpelaa, a Finnish Member of Parliament and former Miss Finland.
Kassila once claimed in writing that he had emigrated to Amma's ashram in India to follow a spiritual life. In reality, Taavi Kassila, never became a celibate monk and had never left Finland. Kassila's real life has been quite different from the holy yoga teacher image he portrays. Working for Amma's organization has given Kassila access to money, status and vulnerable women.
Kirsi Pettersson, a lawyer who works for the Amma organization has tried to suppress internet discussions about Taavi Kassila. A Finnish yoga website, [jooga.meditaatio.fi
], has published legal threats and warnings which Pettersson had asked to be keep secret. Kassila also wrote privately to the forum administrator. Kassila claimed that accusations were false and did not involve his yoga group, but he clearly indicated that he would not discuss the cases.
Taavi Kassila lectures every season at Forum Humanuum, a group which arranges weekly spiritual and new age lectures in Helsinki. Kassila is listed as the main organizer and chairman in Finland which proves that he never emigrated to India.
Kassila's obsession with young girls is so blatant that anyone who is near him can hardly fail to be feel uncomfortable. It must be asked why have the Amma Amritanandamayi group, Forum Humanuum, various yoga schools and exhibition organizers not exposed the sexual corruption of Kassila who poses as a holy yoga man but instead preys on vulnerable women?
Anyone who has information on Taavi Kassila is asked to share it on the internet to help alert unsuspecting victims women. If you are outraged then demand that the Amma group remove Taavi Kassila from all positions of power, issue a warning notice and sponsor independent counseling for those women who have been effected. We will see if Amma is a humanitarian and keeps a clean house or if she allows her organizers to sexually prey on her devotees.
"Tarina rakkauden apostolista" blog:
Yoga forum discussion "Is Taavi Kassila and ethical joga teacher?(Onko Taavi Kassila eettinen joogaopettaja?)":
Blog post about Taavi Kassila by ex-Hare Krishna:
Taavi Kassila, Forum Humanum contact:
"Järjestäjä: Forum Humanumin hallitus, Taavi Kassila, puheenjohtaja, Palokellonkuja 5 D 120, 00750 Helsinki, puh. 044 0452286"
Taavi Kassila Amma contact:
"General Information & media :
Rishi Taavi Kassila
Phone : +358 440 452286
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org"
Taavi Kassila wikipedia:
Discussion about Amma:
Laywer and Amma organizer
, p. 0400 425 590.
Finland Amma Contacts:
Suomen Amma-Keskus R.Y. (Ammacenter Finland)
Jarmo Tupamäki, Torivoudintie 12 B 8, Helsinki 00640 Finland, Phone: (int+358) 41 528 3588.
Tour Organisation, Br visits & Shop:
Prana Kirsi Salo
Kangastie 4, Helsinki 00630 Finland
Phone: (int+358) 9 752 0182, (+358) 400 525005 (GSM)
Fax: (int+358) 9 752 0182
E-mail (official email for all issues): email@example.com
Amma's Tour Information, general activities and satsang group information:
Saranya Maija Leinonen
Phone: (+358) 400-53 1608
IAM-courses: Kerttu Hannula and Suvi Stenbäck-Jääskä, Phone: + 358-40-505 1067, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Timo Hallenberg, email@example.com
, p. 044 547 7048
Tiedustelut: Timo Hallenberg 044-5477048, timo.hallenberg(@)gmail.com
tai Janne Näätänen 044-5348889, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amma organizers in Finland:
* Hämeenlinna - Arja-Liisa Landen
045-679 0550, arjaliisa.landen(@)gmail.com
* Jyväskylä - Nina Laurila
040-5259 746, nina(@)mandalatalo.com
* Kuopio - Sirkka Kurppa
050-367 4925, 017-363 2790, sirkka.kurppa(@)luukku.com
* Lahti - Jarmo Kukkonen
040-769 7611, kalyaniyogesh(@)phnet.fi
* Pori - Mervi Kinnunen
050-595 5095, mervikin(@)gmail.com
* Porvoo - Ritva Kärkkäinen
* Rovaniemi - Mira Tornikoski
050-3430 812, mira.tornikoski(@)pp.inet.fi
* Tampere - Leeni Rauta, Kerttu Hannula
040-570 8870, 040-505 1067 kerttu.hannula(@)uta.fi
* Turku - Virve Forsman
050-531 1532, virveforsman(@)suomi24.fi