Jay Shetty Controversy: The Life Coach Faces Allegations of Faking and Plagiarism

Written by  Ritika Nath   |  March 05th 2024 01:37 PM  |  Updated: March 05th 2024 01:37 PM

Jay Shetty Controversy: The Life Coach Faces Allegations of Faking and Plagiarism

Renowned self-help guru Jay Shetty is facing scrutiny as a recent report of inconsistencies in his life story raises allegations of plagiarism. The former Hindu monk, who gained fame as a podcaster, has attracted a Hollywood following, but questions now surround the authenticity of his narrative.

Unraveling Shetty's Past

According to Shetty's website, he spent school vacations living with monks in India, deeply immersing himself in their wisdom and teachings. His transformative journey supposedly began after attending a lecture by ISKCON monk Gauranga Das during his time at a London business school. However, The report highlights discrepancies in Shetty's retelling, including conflicting ages and durations.

Conflicting Accounts

Shetty has provided varying ages – 18, 20, or 21 – to different news outlets regarding when he attended the life-changing lecture. Gauranga Das asserts that the lecture occurred in 2007, suggesting Shetty would have been at least 19. Conflicting testimonies emerge, with former associates challenging Shetty's claim of spending three years in Mumbai.

Plagiarism Allegations

The report delves into allegations of plagiarism, revealing that Shetty removed over 100 posts from YouTube and Instagram in 2019 after YouTuber Nicole Arbour exposed the original sources behind his stories. Shetty's "original" videos were found to be based on pre-existing parables and social media posts that had gone viral years earlier.

Financial Gains through Spiritual Identity

The report suggests that Shetty uses his spiritual identity to amass significant wealth. It questions the accuracy of his biography, including a claim of holding a degree in behavioral science from a business school that does not offer such a course. The investigation also exposes Shetty's strategic removal of posts and hiring of a crisis PR firm after the plagiarism allegations surfaced.

Despite the controversy, Jay Shetty officiated the wedding of Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. This recent high-profile event adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing scrutiny surrounding the self-help guru.:

The investigation raises important questions about the credibility of Jay Shetty's life story and the authenticity of his teachings. As the self-help community grapples with these revelations, it remains to be seen how Shetty will navigate the aftermath of these controversies and whether they will impact his influence in the self-help industry.


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