Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Sri Sri's D.C. Building Buy Dies

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's effort to expand his Art of Living Foundation into the nation's capital has been dealt a fatal blow by D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams. It seems the Mayor thinks the Old Naval Hospital would make a "wonderful" mayoral residence, and so he nixed the plans of the two restoration bidders, one of whom was Sri Sri.

Could this be a maneuver by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to protect his Washington turf from a competing world spiritual leader? Already the owner of the Washington Times and having deep connections to the political machine, it makes sense for Moon to keep alternative spirituality at bay in the D.C. environment. He's probably having a very difficult time maintaining his own credibility as a world spiritual leader in an arena now overrun by the Christian Right, most of whom surely look upon the World Unification Church as a Satanic play for cultural influence, although we imagine they still have their hands out to Moon when reelection time comes round.

It looks like Sri Sri's been outplayed on this one. As a heathen Hindu, he has even less credibility than Moon. Unless he starts throwing major dollars around, he's going to remain just another Hindu guru working an association with the U.N. into recognition as a world spiritual leader, as Chinmoy and Ammachi have done. But that U.N. association is another strike against him with the current regime, and in this country it's three strikes and you're out. Sri Sri's going to need a mountain of money, a major media outlet, and a faux-Christian front like Moon's to gain any traction inside the Beltway next time.

5 Comments:

At 5/06/2005 11:16 AM, Anonymous Heavi Nix said...

Pretty deperate attempt to create a controversy. Feverish speculations of a drug-addled brain. Don't quite see how you connect these disparate groups except as a name-dropping stunt.

Why the red L on Ravi's head?

 
At 5/06/2005 1:19 PM, Blogger jody said...

It's blogging, dummy. You take a threadbare fact and smear it in funny speculation that's obviously the product of a drug-addled brain.

The "L" is for loser, as in losing a debate with a rationalist, defending a genocidal racist loser, and basically losing at the attempt to be a world-renowned spiritual leader.

 
At 5/07/2005 12:02 AM, Anonymous Heavi Nix said...

Dear Druged Brain,

Where did you get the prejudiced idea that blogging was such nonsense?

Heavi

 
At 5/07/2005 11:16 AM, Blogger jody said...

Hey Puritanical Prude,

It's not nonsense, it's commentary by way of irony and sarcasm.

The idea that any single person is more divine than another is bullshit. Sri Sri is posited this way, so he gets the treatment.

The THC deposited in my brain is beside the point. Sri Sri clearly lost the debate, shielded the genocidal racist, and is making a play for world spiritual leadership, hence the commentaries.

 
At 5/08/2005 11:51 PM, Anonymous Drexler said...

Hey Jody,

Seems like you are the prude and your treatment for positing your squirrel self makes you fair game.

 

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