April 20, 2010
The Bali Times
The leader of an influential Islamic movement says he does not believe spiritual teacher Anand Krishna’s teachings are deviant.
Nurual Arifin Husein, popularly known as Gus Nur, who leads a 38,000-strong group Islamic movement, said at the weekend: “I do not see any deviation. The way of meditation is also similar to what is done in the boarding school or theatre. I can also pray in here [Krishna’s Jakarta ashram] without any intervention.”
Krishna and his supporters have claimed that sex allegations made against him by former students and an employee are part of a religious conspiracy aimed at discrediting his work, which promotes interfaith harmony.
Husein urged his followers to be patient with the process of police investigation and any subsequent court proceedings, saying Krishna’s case would take time to resolve.
He said Indonesia needed leaders who could ensure social harmony and communal progress and that Anand Krishna was a friend in that regard.
Krishna, who also runs a spiritual centre in Bali, has been formally accused of sexual misconduct by five women.
He was taken to hospital in Jakarta from a police interview at which he was asked to sign an arrest document.