Friday, June 16, 2006

Sri Sri Stakes Peace Prize On Sri Lanka

File under: The Siddhi of PR and Sri Sri's March on the Prize

Take one aggressive Hindu insurgency, add a former prime minister's plea for help, mix in a tenacious pursuit of the Nobel Peace Prize and you have the makings of a potential PR miracle: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could possibly bring peace to the ongoing ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

However, we suggest he tweak his message a bit before he embarks on the next of his perilous missions:
Our basic principle is that your action is based on the quality of your mind,' said the Swami. 'If your mind is irritated or angry, your actions will be like that. Our expertise is to help people handle their minds.
We don't imagine the committed revolutionaries of the Tamil Tigers taking kindly to that pabulum. It reduces the entire conflict to just some folks' bad moods rather than the struggle to improve conditions for a politically-marginalized ethnic group.

This is Sri Sri's big break, one that gives the appearance of being orchestrated by some bright political minds indeed. If he is able to bring about an agreement which holds, his chances to win the Peace Prize will skyrocket. Those chances are going up just in the anticipation of it, and a failure to secure the peace will not significantly hurt those chances. Whatever the outcome, Sri Sri will get propelled even further toward that wide avenue of global acclaim he believes awaits him.

At that point, his AoL organization will have to book two planes whenever Sri Sri flies, one for his body and support staff and one for his ginormous head. A developing story for sure.

6 Comments:

At 6/16/2006 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About as ludicrous as those TM frogs hopping to create "coherence" and world peace. The disciple apple doesn't seem to have fallen too far from the Guru tree!

Also, AFAIK, SSRS's "Swamis" are not formally initiated into sannyas. SSRS is not a true Swami himself, and hence does not have the authority to initiate others. He takes the liberty to confer the pseudo titles. Others in his movement are given the prefix Rishi. Haha!

 
At 6/19/2006 7:27 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

How funny that one of angriest people I've ever met (SSRS) would preach to these people on anger and irritation affecting their actions. I can't even enumerate the numbers of times I've seen his anger/irritation cause is actions to be irrational at best, and harmful to others at worst. He is such a hypocrite, it boggles the mind to think that others are not seeing through him. Those who are close enough are finished off in that their lives are over in the world -- he took it all away -- career, money, name, etc., so they can't really argue with him anymore or contradict him. I mean, what does a former district attorney from LA who gave up her career for him do after following him around for 15 years, having thrown away her education and career for him? She has to simply agree, and go around and teach his BS "happily" I suppose. And a former Prince of Kerala? (I'm not kidding.) So he got a title of "Rishi" or "Swami" from SSRS. That's the least he could do for the poor guy who was brainwashed into leaving his life for this mission.

Peace prize? We don't think the rest of the world will be fooled by him. Intellectuals giving out this prize frown on people like SSRS who routinely post lies about his past, creating fantastic stories about his "earning an advanced degree in Physics", etc. (see Wikipedia), when the man never even completed one year of college.

I'm tired of this guy. I hope he goes away soon. Maybe he could go to the mountains and do some sadana and get enlightened. That would be nice for the world. That would create much more peace than the group of bickering mental cases running around him.

 
At 6/19/2006 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope 'ontheotherhand' can answer back. Where you involved in Art of Living or still are? I think I know who that former L.A. asst. DA is.

 
At 6/23/2006 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a long time, I believed that these teachers looked really happy, some of them genuinely seemed to radiate joy, but they don't at least look happy anymore. I used to be a regular at the weekly satsangs at the local aol chapter, and felt energetic and peaceful. But over the past three years, there has been a steady deterioration in eveything that seemed good in the art of living. The satsangs have become dull, and don't feel the same as before. It is really sad. Yet though I keep away from all aol activities, still cannot condemn this course that has benefitted a number of people including me

 
At 7/07/2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have personally met the former LA district attorney that ontheotherhand is talking about.

And frankly, she is one of the most powerful women I have ever met in my life! Her awareness and her ability to be completely, 100% in the present moment is beyond words.

 
At 7/07/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger jody said...

Her awareness and her ability to be completely, 100% in the present moment is beyond words.

That still doesn't mean she's not a dupe and patsy for Sri Sri.

 

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