Swami Premodaya: Don’t read this

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Occasionally, I run across something so distasteful to me that I feel swami premodayacompelled to mention it. Swami Premodaya would be such a something. Like his full name (Bodhisattva Shree Swami Premodaya), I found his website pretentious and primarily concerned with portraying what an amazing and accomplished individual he is. The site even proclaimed Premodaya had, “Lived and worked in 6 different states, including America’s 3 largest cities; bought and sold 2 homes”!

However, the real highlights included:

  • Spending a night at Premodaya’s house for a personal retreat: $150, or spend three-months at his house for $8999. Compare that to the $50/month Richard Rose charged me to live on his farm.
  • 13 two-hour classes for the “Beyond Self training program:” $1,395
  • The “All-Day Workshop” (4.5 hours): $125
  • Financial Skills For Spiritual Seekers: $3500!
  • Private sessions: $300 an hour (2016 price increased to $300 for 35 minutes!). If you can’t afford that, try his son Val for $100 an hour (Wait! 2016 price increased to $144 for 50 minutes).
  • and just in case you haven’t paid enough… there is a donation page.

No need to say any more about this guy.

The official Bodhisattva Shree Swami Premodaya webpage was TheBodhiCenter.net, but has pivoted to the more impressive sounding International Centers of Divine Awakening. You will find the website and the Swami looking very polished these days.

10 thoughts on “Swami Premodaya: Don’t read this”

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for this website and the work you do.

    Looking at his website, I was unclear — did you see how much he charges for the satsangs he does twice weekly?

  2. defrauded by either son or father on expensive item. Keep my item and couldn’t return it.
    Scam Artist. He proclaims to be Guru. Jesus Christ is the Only way to Eternal Salvation! Cult and brainwashing. Beware!

  3. Hi Shawn-

    It looks like there’s no fee for his “Satsangs” on Mondays & Saturdays — why don’t you ask him why he charges 9 grand to stay with him for 3 months, vs. the 150 bucks richard rose would’ve charged?

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Apparently, Rich Archer from Batgap.com doesn’t research who he interviews for his You Tube videos
    or else(in the interests of keeping the discourse more civil) he’d give this guy the third degree for those outrageous prices he charges

  5. Wow, you really missed the mark on this one… Here is someone who twice weekly offers satsang for free and works with those who need help. Regarding charging for sessions: do you think therapists, social workers, and doctors should not be compensated for their training & expertise?

    I suggest you and Kwagmyre take a good hard look at your ‘poverty consciousness’ (I don’t always love new age terminology, but this one seems appropriate…) — in fact, go ahead and talk to this guy at one of his free satsangs before writing such extraordinarily judgmental things.

    Blessings on your path.

  6. Shawn seems more on the up & up than the swami(s)… What’s wrong with being wary of exorbitant rates? Granted, it could be something as simple & innocent as an over-estimation by someone as to the market value of their “product” (which would call into question the wisdom being offered in the financial skills course).
    But just based on the prices of the courses & retreats, it wreaks of financial exploitation, in a field where financial exploitation is RAMPANT. Spiritual advisors are distinct from therapists, social workers, & doctors in this regard (the latter ALL of whom are licensed, btw, and they are licensed in hopes of avoiding exploitation of people in need by at least ascertaining a minimal level of competence in their respective fields).
    Shawn is doing something valuable in posting, & if the swamis provided a viable spiritual service, they would appreciate & certainly understand the reason for Shawn’s skepticism. It’s not up to Shawn to prove the value of the services being sold, I don’t see why anyone would place this onus on him, unless they were feeling defensive of the swamis for some reason. We could use more journalists like Shawn.

  7. Most of his fees seem reasonable. If you want to make a fair evaluation, you should focus on the quality of his services. In three years, only one complaint was posted. If he was really a scam artist, there would have been more.

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