Friday, April 15, 2005

Sri Sri Nobel Nom In Doubt

File under: Back-Room Gurudom

It was reported today in the Calcutta Telegraph—by way of the New York Times news service—that Ravi Shankar, the musician, "was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize."

This could be bad news for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's bid for world spiritual leadership. We imagine a panic in the media relations department at Art of Living as they discuss what the response should be. We suggest simply spinning it as a mistake by the reporter, which is what it probably is.

Besides, a few more dead world spiritual leaders and there should be plenty of room for Sri Sri to move up. As for the other Ravi Shankar, with Norah Jones as one daughter and budding Indian music virtuoso Anoushka as the other, we believe his legacy is already in the bank—collecting interest.

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