Guruphiliac: Me Me Turns 51

Monday, May 14, 2007

Me Me Turns 51

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is 51-years-old today. It's just another in a very long line of excuses to be at the center of attention for the master of self-aggrandizement.

At least he's a few rungs up the ladder from that flimflamming scumbag we posted about earlier today.



At 5/14/2007 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, why the animus directed towards Sri Sri Ravi Smockar? Sure, he's bad, but is he really that much worse than the others you profile here? I mean the TM Mothership has still got followers in the US and some occasional media coverage (e.g., Man in the Moon) and most Americans think that Smeekar is a guy who played the sitar. I've seen one brief quarter-page weekly tabloid advertisement for a talk by him in my entire life.

I don't really see how the faux-message he preaches is that much different from any other guru's, so I have trouble understanding how he'd become a problem any moreso than, e.g., Amma. Is the anti-Me-Me campaign a preventative measure?

At 5/14/2007 10:03 PM, Blogger jody said...

Is the anti-Me-Me campaign a preventative measure?

It's mostly a commentary on gurudom and stardom, with a bit of comments section exposé thrown in.

If Sri Sri wants to be a world social activist, that's what he should be. But riding folks misconceptions about the nature of gurudom to name, fame and political game is not the purview of any guru I would consider worthy of the title.

As it is, he expects folks to believe he's some kind of divine person. Indeed, he banks on it.

At 5/15/2007 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea! A Me-Me preventative campaign! LOL

It should happen, but it won't. There is no force in the world that can stop millions of stupid people from following "gurus" who give no knowledge, but just foolishness to their "diciples".

But I do love the idea -- a fake guru preventative campaign. First there could be litmus tests for the would-be gurus. To pass they have to not have an ashram for at least 10 years. They have to work for a living if they are not sadhus, wandering in the forest. That would weed out all the Sri Sri Ravi Shankars of the world because they are all so lazy. 10 years of work would be more than they could bear. And they certainly couldn't do anything resembling sadhana in an isolated place -- nobody to worship and adore them.

Why not? Let's make it the latest thing. The Guru Litmus Test. They have to pass before they can collect any money, before they can appear on TV, before they can do anything vaguely resembling "spiritual discourses".

And all the so-called gurus have to first give the land of their ashrams away and start with a clean slate.

Please, Chuck, can you contribute other ways to test them?


At 5/15/2007 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the moniker: Me Me...but I think you should accord him SOME him:Sri Me!

At 5/15/2007 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is hysterical! I love it and I've told lots of my "yogic" type friends about it! It sure does shake this whole yoga world at its roots. That being said, where in the yoga world is Gurumayi? Looks like she's closed down her ashram in S. Fallsburg,NY for three years now. Anybody know the scoopage?

At 5/16/2007 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U anonymous, shall be the next antiguru Guru wannabe...

At 5/17/2007 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's confusing... you said its anti-MeMe.

But this MeMe has been doing stuff for more than 25 years and has a had ashram only in the past 7 or 10 years. -- Test one passed

I don't believe in Guru's or spirituality either... but as a CEO of an organization, traveling (you should have a sales job to understand how painful traveling can be, i travel all over the US and hardly get to see any place), managing some nut cracks in the organization. Tell me about managing conflict in a group of 10, we are talking thousands of teachers, volunteers.... Working really hard to make a living (or making people live, whatever) Passed another test

Are you saying he has passed the litus test????

At 5/17/2007 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anon. said...

but as a CEO of an organization, traveling (you should have a sales job to understand how painful traveling can be, i travel all over the US and hardly get to see any place), managing some nut cracks in the organization.

yea, now you can go and report how u defended beloved guruji online, and get thrown a bone of self-worth as reward. go on, shoo!
She-me surely should know that you can fool some of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

At 5/17/2007 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear CEO,

Let's see....25 years ago Ravi Shankar was just about kicked out by his guru for starting his own "guru business". Basically, he got around 200 of his own vedic pandits in Bangalore, and housed them in what could only be called an ashram. It was called Ved Vignan Maha Vidyapeeth. He and his father then went on to buy the land on Kanakapura Road in the 80s, claiming that they wanted to build a school for poor village kids (that was only done in token style, most of the land and buildings being used for guests paying plenty of money to visit). The first course for foreigners there was in 1988. So he failed the first test by lots of years -- he basically started his guru business with ashram immediately. ;-))

I guess both you and he are either weak or lazy, viz a viz travelling. It doesn't make me tired at all. I rather enjoy travelling. I guess if you love your work, it tires you less. Maybe Ravi hates his work? Who knows.

In any case, he is travelling only to further himself, and I think that living only for oneself is, indeed, tiring, so that could explain his endless fatigue, or at least complaint of it.

At 5/18/2007 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tut tut, why are you so against the Pasha of Platitudes! Some of his lectures are rehashed repeatedly, and yet the minions that adore him just do not seem to notice. He is a good man, he is (with apologies to G.B.Shaw)!

Say what you will about Sri Sri. He is anything but pompous. And he does know something about the Vedas and the Upanishads. So give him some credit.


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