Sri Sri Pulls 200,000 To Group Sit
File under: The Siddhi of PR
For the occasion of Shivratri, when the Hindu god Shiva is celebrated, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led a meditation of 200,000 assembled people, according to the Times of India in Mumbai.
Seated on a throne specially crafted for him, which was placed against a 20-foot tall backdrop depicting the Himalayas, the guru dispensed gems of wisdom in his gentle tones to a sea of listeners.Sri Sri getting his Shiva on for the masses, and probably rushing like he just injected cocaine with the name and fame of it all.
We're beginning to think that gurus almost always get a free pass in the Indian press unless they've been charged with a major crime. And even then they sometimes still skate. In this case the reporter and editors pretty much come up with a great Art of Living ad, employing the standard hyperbolic "I was cured of cancer"-type testimonials you'll find around most "divine" beings.
Sri Sri continues to rise to the level of Sai Baba and Ammachi as a guru in India. He hasn't had a major scandal that we're aware of, and he continues to successfully put his face in front of the press, one that consistently fawns over him despite his wishy washy politics. But he's not losing the "L" until he wins peace in Jammu and Kashmir. 200,000 at the satsang is really good pull, but with Sri Sri doing whatever he can to feed into the myth of his own divinity, he's still a big fat loser to us.