Thursday, October 06, 2005

Sri Sri Peace Prize Watch

File under: Back Room Gurudom and The Siddhi of PR

After about a half-year's worth of blowing, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is about to find out if the Nobel Peace Prize committee heard him tooting his own horn. Speculation is running high in the Asian news media, but a recent Associated Press report makes no mention of the self-pimping prophet of the Art of Living Foundation.

Two prominent names that do get mentioned are rock stars Bob Geldof and Bono of the Boomtown Rats and U2, respectively. Bob Geldof was the brains and brawn behind the very successful Live Aid and Live 8 benefit concerts, and Bono has been hard at work as a freelance statesman, negotiating the reduction and/or elimination of third-world debt.

Up against the likes of these guys, Sri Sri's chances are looking about as slim as a triple-threat (cocaine, laxatives and bulimia) starlet after a month at a pro mia retreat, and it will be a big bummer for his org if he loses. Handing the Nobel Peace Prize to Sri Sri would be like Oprah going Kaballah for Madonna. It would blast him way past Amma, Sai Baba and the various Kalkis and put him at the absolute top of the heap of Indian godfolk.

But we're not giving odds on him. The fact is that Sri Sri hasn't done much except provide a bit of tsunami and hurricane relief and grandstand around some rebels for a few days. And his occasional out and out hypocrisy probably hasn't helped, either. If any Indian guru deserves it, it's Ammachi and her $22 million tsunami relief effort.

We're sure Sri Sri's got all his devotees praying for him, but we don't think a Nobel is on the karmic schedule this time. He's going to have to kick it up a few notches if he's to get any traction next year. And with the Maharishi's peace palace program starting to kick in, Sri Sri's going to have to do a lot more than grandstand and horn toot—like grandstand, horn toot, and spend a whole lot more money.


At 10/07/2005 9:42 AM, Blogger Eric said...

Well, clearly lack of results didn't hamper the actual winner this year.

Better luck next year, Sri Sri!

At 12/09/2005 3:09 AM, Blogger Abhilash said...

Money isn't a panacea for the world's ills, yes money is very much needed but it defintely does not help in rebuilding the spirit of a man who has seen his family washed away into the sea. The famed Sudarshan Kriya has proven to be extremely effective at treating PTSD in the Tsunami victims.Plus you need to see the amount of work the Art of Living foundation has done in rebuilding lives in Gujarat, the kashmir quake and if you didn't know the Art of Living has adopted around 25000 villages in India and helping them address various needs such as chemical free farming, education and of course the Sudarshan Kriya. So when you say that Sri Sri is a godman, remember.... so is the Pope and so is the Rabbi,the Mullah and the Priest

At 6/01/2006 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been involved in the Art of Living (not anymore!), and trained to become one of their teachers, I can say that Mr. Shankar is one of the most ambitious men I ever met. His greed for acknowlegment used to be well-disguised. Now it seems to be more out in the open. Good. Then we don't have to fool ourselves. This is business as usual.

At 7/19/2007 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a privilege and blessing for the Nobel Peace commitee & the Peace Prize itself to be awarding it to Sri Sri and not the other way round. I really pity the person who was trained to be a AOL teacher has become so misdirected.

At 10/04/2007 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is absolutely ridiculous that somebody will be able to comment about anything without organizing a single event in life for somebody else or involving somebody else...First gather 50 people together no just 5 for you for any cause dear to you and work with them for six months on any issue. If you are able to do that then talk..!!

Sri Sri has done that with thousands if not millions of people

At 10/09/2007 12:46 AM, Blogger Brooks said...

My fellow devotees, it is commendable of you all to comment on the nay-sayers of Sri Sri, but do not forget what Sri Sri says, "Truth cannot be spoken, only experienced." And as Ashtavakra says, "You are not the doer." Don't be the doer and try to correct the Guruphiliacs! If they don't get it they don't get it!

And, hey, Guruphiliacs - I anticipate your criticism of my Sri Sri quote. But it's like they say, "You don't get it 'till you get it." His principles and example have reshaped my life. I cannot describe the light that shines now in my life.

Devotees - Don't tell me, I know! I did it! I couldn't help it!... Doership is so tempting!

Namaste and Jai Guru Dev,

At 10/12/2007 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brooks is right !
Sri Sri doesn't need this prize. All his devotees(true), knows this.

If you embrace his teachings..your life will change for good.. that's for sure.

Jai Gurudev

At 10/21/2007 9:29 PM, Blogger Raghuvir said...

agI think everyone can have their opinion, and let it be against Sri Sri.

Personally, I don't care whether he is nominated and whether he gets the Nobel prize.

When jesus died, how many really supported him? How many were against Buddha and Krishna. I am from Gujarat and I am well aware of how many people hate Ganbdhi's decision about Sardar Patel, Partition, Nehru etc. and so hate him too.

Forget sprituality. For Al Gore there were people tell me that do you really think he is doing the job for global warming awareness? hell no, he is preparing for presidency.

I just watched 10 commendments and saw that Hebrus would turn against Moses at the slight misgudence by that Deathan guy.

So, how many example I give to prove my point that world is full of people who like to hate something. Just because that's human thing to do.

What's my comment to all this?

If you think that someone is nor really doing service, dont start a critic group - start/join a group that does service.

If you think that someone is not really acting against the environmental issue, you start doing it and also channalize the efforts of other people in the same direction too.

There will be peopole who will be against sri sri and defending sri sri. For ever. I see many people wasting their time and mental/emotional energy on this blog - arguing aganist and for.

Get out and do something constructive.

At 4/03/2010 12:57 PM, Blogger anoop said...

Well said dear.. :)

At 7/13/2010 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSRS shoudl win the Nobel peace prize - I am not a AOL member but this guy is genuine
you have an inferiority complex and its about time you wake up and acknowledge the authentic work of a true India who is a tru spiritual master


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