Thursday, May 24, 2007

Shme Shme Gets Slammed

File under: The Siddhi of PR

While on his self-aggrandizement peacemaking mission in Iraq, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wanted to take his show to the holy city of Najaf. Nope:
"Why this yoga? You can conduct tailoring and computer classes. You can also contribute monetarily," Bashir Hussain al-Najafi, head of one of the world`s biggest Shia schools, told the Indian spiritual leader.
Looks like al-Najafi saw right though the white-robed preenster's charade.

Allahu Akbar!

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At 5/24/2007 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jody,

Looks like your acting like our President now. Trying to hang to any thread. You find this one radical cleric and get excited by the venom they spit. What noble spirit you have. I think you should change your name to moktada-al-jody.

Keep up with your good work.

 
At 5/25/2007 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon,....what a stupid fellow u must be, what a level of ignorance u must have, what a hate towards the arabs you mut have....
so therefor, we shall change your name to Mustafa.

And please tell me,... do you really think that these people what they need is Yoga??? You must not be serious, you must be kidding,
eh Mustafa???

 
At 5/25/2007 7:31 AM, Blogger Durga said...

"Looks like al-Najafi saw right though the white-robed preenster's charade"

I would much rather live in a country with lots of self aggrandizing preensters going around selling their wares than one which doesn't allow religious plurality. However, I know nothing about the Shias. Perhaps they do allow free expression of religious belief??

 
At 5/25/2007 7:37 AM, Blogger Durga said...

"The cleric was the only Shia leader to have objected to Shankar`s plans for holding meditation classes while all other religious heads in this holy city welcomed the move to ease stress through traditional Indian methods."

I just read the rest of the article, and am glad to know that they welcomed him. I think the Iraqi people need anything that can help them deal with the chaos.

 
At 5/25/2007 11:36 AM, Anonymous freefall said...

durga said:

I would much rather live in a country with lots of self aggrandizing preensters going around selling their wares than one which doesn't allow religious plurality.

Well said, durga. Merchants of spirituality are any day better than apostles of doom.

However, I know nothing about the Shias. Perhaps they do allow free expression of religious belief??

Refer to Ayatollah Khomeini. He grudged religious freedom to even muslims who did not belong to his shia sect. His new avatar Khamainei is no better.

 
At 5/25/2007 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I always enjoy any bad news for Me Me, the Shia are not known for tolerance, and like most of them, al-Najafi wants sharia law. As lame as MeMe is, I haven't heard that he supports suicide bombing or jihad, so I think in this case he is the lesser of two evils. Al-Najafi's resistance was not likely to have anything to do with MeMe's scumminess, but simply because he is pushing Hinduism in a Muslim country. Hindus aren't even "People of the Book" like Christians or Jews, so they and buddhists are even MORE despised by Muslims.

 
At 5/25/2007 4:18 PM, Blogger jody said...

the Shia are not known for tolerance

Don't get me wrong, folks. I'm not down with any fundamentalist anything. However, Me Me going to Najaf to teach yoga was a non-starter from the beginning. He knew that. He also knew he'd garner some good press for the attempt.

Once again Me Me comes out the hero just for chasing fame.

 
At 5/25/2007 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more attention you give someone or something the stronger that thing or person becomes. Ignore MeMe and he will disappear!

All the same, he is not an evil person,even if he is vain and seems to actively seek the limelight.

 
At 5/25/2007 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear moktada-al-jody,

Do not try to back off now from this conversation now.

Don't get me wrong, folks. I'm not down with any fundamentalist anything

In your hatred for people like Sri Sri Ravishankar, you are siding with clerics? Have our pope go stick his neck in Iraq. By your parameters, he is no different.

 
At 5/25/2007 11:37 PM, Blogger jody said...

Ignore MeMe and he will disappear!

Fat chance, my friend.

Sri Sri has much more fame to acquire, and he knows it. There needs to be an ongoing exposé of this. Sri Sri's not gonna do it, so I've decided to.

What's he got to worry about? I'm just a squeaky little malcontent with no awards or commendations to speak of, let alone any credentials or qualifications.

All the same, he is not an evil person

I've never intimated otherwise.

But the fact that people believe he's a magical being is evil. If he actively encourages that, I'd be quick to say that he was evil as well.

even if he is vain and seems to actively seek the limelight.

He's an avaricious person. That's not a quality becoming of a guru, despite the fact that many gurus have been and are just as grabby-handed as Sri Sri.

 
At 5/25/2007 11:57 PM, Blogger jody said...

In your hatred for people like Sri Sri Ravishankar

There is no hatred for Sri Sri here. There is an aversion to the image that he projects and disgust for his transparent lust to be as famous as possible, not to mention his cynical use of conflict to further his goals.

you are siding with clerics?

Against a headline-grabbing, publicity stunt mercenary? Sure.

Sri Sri picked the last place they would accept him, and tried to go there anyway. That wasn't an act of love, it was a successful attempt at provocation and an opportunity to keep himself in the headlines.

Have our pope go stick his neck in Iraq. By your parameters, he is no different.

The pope ain't mine any more than Sri Sri or a radical Muslim cleric who can see right through him.

Sri Sri has a perfect cover. Everything he does appears to be for the good of others. And I'm sure AoL is doing some good in some places at some times. But the constant horn-blowing belies a more base motivation, one that sulks just behind the altruistic-looking window dressing.

 
At 5/26/2007 5:38 AM, Anonymous freefall said...

Anon said:

you are siding with clerics?

Jody said:

Against a headline-grabbing, publicity stunt mercenary? Sure.

Pray, why?

Me Me is just anoter greedy businessman. What's so wrong with being a greedy businessman that a venom spewing jihadi starts looking better --unless, your aversion comes from a deep seated hatred that you are denying?

 
At 5/26/2007 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In your hatred for people like Sri Sri Ravishankar, you are siding with clerics? Have our pope go stick his neck in Iraq. By your parameters, he is no different."

What a pathetic false dichotomy.

 
At 5/27/2007 8:09 AM, Blogger Durga said...

" And I'm sure AoL is doing some good in some places at some times."

I think Iraq may be one case of that. Surely, his traditional Indian meditation practices are a thousand times better for reducing stress than militant Islamic Jihadism

 
At 6/02/2007 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well.Sri Sri must be seeking limelight..and trying to make it big..but in the process he is helping out people. I got tremendously benefitted by the kriya. I am so happy i have a tool which can remove the blues. and make me focus on my work and life. and it has been working for me for a long time. If everybody practices this, i am sure world would be a peaceful place.

I am not saying that kriya brings you instant bliss.But it gives you a mental peace and strength that lets you face the world and be more committed to your life focus.

i agree that you guys are too cool and smart to need these tools. But a lot of people in the world need it. ( look at the problems of the world..so much anger hatred and war and so much of stree ).

 

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