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.