Sunday, May 15, 2005

Poor People Party For Sri Sri's Birthday

File under: Gurus Clockin' Dollars and The Siddhi of PR

Thousands of the residents of Dharavi, a slum near Bombay, partied in the streets to celebrate Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's birthday yesterday. The yatra was led by the Sri Sri-associated Swami Rishikesh and was reportedly attended by "people from all walks of life." But notably absent was Sri Sri himself, who "could not make his appearance" due to the fact he was in Chicago, Illinois on his North American Tour... where there are sheep more prosperous to fleece.

However, he seems to have left a few folk behind to keep the momentum going among the 25,000 Dharavi residents reported to be Sri Sri devotees. One of the 'locals' tells it like this:
Before joining [Art of Living] my life was a complete mess... I learnt that I was suffering from [tuberculosis] and no medicines worked on me. Then I was forced to [practice] the Sudharshan Kriya for one year and to my surprise, I discovered that I recovered completely. Since then this organization is very close to my heart.
Sri Sri's publicity machine never ceases to amaze us. The Nobel Peace Prize may lie beyond their reach for now, but the way they clock those dollars and pimp their "Pope" leads us to believe they've a lot to teach Hollywood about the art of shilling.

2 Comments:

At 11/12/2005 1:31 AM, Blogger Sanney said...

I read about an executive from Intel in Bangalore who was caught submitting fake expense reports - he used to travel by train and stay in cheap hotels and submit expenses of 5-star hotels and flight tickets. Why does he need to do this ? Because he feels he lacks something. The point is - feeling of "lacking" something could be felt by everyone - whether it is a laborer or a senior executive. It is this feeling of lackness that is removed from people when they take Art of Living courses and meet Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. People from all walks of life from every country need this - when everyone on the planet feels full (of love and compassion) and stops feeling the lack, then this world will be a much better place to live in. I do not believe that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in the business of fleecing people. Consider the facts on the front page of http://www.5h.org. Even the Government of India has not done as much for the country in so many years as this one man has. Trust me, 25000 people in Dharavi are not fools to celebrate His birthday. And over 10 million people around the world arent idiots following the Sudarshan Kriya. But then..... I guess it takes courage to accept and follow something that is outside your own "box" of "comfort zone" - the fear of being ridiculed by the society is something that even the most intelligent people find it hard to get over with.

 
At 5/13/2009 10:19 PM, Anonymous Dr Vinaya said...

Sri Sri is the one who is sincerely bringing the people together beyond religion, culture and customs. It is easy to criticise. But what responsibility have u taken? Since He has taken so much responsibility for the people all over the world, so many countries are honouring Him officially.(Netherlands-recently)Our govt is "secular" so it will hardly apprciate His good work. Fortunate are those who are part of Art of Living. How beautifully we all have transformed our lives by "Sudarshan Kriya" , moved from head to heart , celebrating every momment. I hope all will get lucky too... soon...!

 

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