Guruphiliac: Ramdev Reaches Into Schools

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ramdev Reaches Into Schools

File under: The Siddhi of PR and Gurus Clockin' Dollars

We're beginning to see that the rancorous Swami Ramdev is one of the most savvy among the big business yoga barons who have popped up in India in the last few decades. Case in point: he's hooking 'em when they're young:
Mullana, who attended Ramdev's yoga training camp at the industrial city of Faridabad on Sunday, said that consultations would be held with the spiritual guru to train teachers and also hold special sessions for school children.

The minister's plans include sending physical training teachers and sports teachers to train at the yoga camps of Ramdev.

The teachers would then impart yoga training to the hundreds of students in their respective schools during the morning assembly, he said.
After Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's moves to absorb the Indian Army into the body of his satsang, Ramdev's countermove is brilliant. He'll get them before they can join the Army. With both gurus being tireless in their efforts to obtain and dispense political favor, we do not doubt that a response from Sri Sri is forthcoming.


At 4/25/2006 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as Swami Ramdev doesnt promise "enlightenment", whats your problem? Let people enjoy some placebo healin' in peace.

At 4/25/2006 8:34 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Let people enjoy some placebo healin' in peace.

Placebo healin' that's being sold to them.

Let the people decide what their placebo is gonna be rather than get it pushed at 'em due to political ambition.

At 4/26/2006 10:29 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

It's pretty obvious from reading that article that the initiative was taken by the education minister, not Ramdev.

Why did the minister pick Ramdev over any of the other thousands of qualified yoga masters in India? Maybe because Ramdev can deliver many more thousands of votes?

You're a fool to say they work via the placebo effect.

That's not the only thing that makes me a fool, but I'm still standing by my assertion that the health effects of yoga have much more to do with psychosomatic mechanisms (the placebo effect) rather than any actual changes occurring in the body.

If everybody else is doing it wrong

Not everybody else Mr. Exaggeration, just those few big time yoga barons like Sri Sri and Ramdev, etc.

why don't you go out and help people see the light of atman

What do you think this blog is about?

At 4/29/2006 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been observing your obsession with SSRS. Are you the same lady who came to SSRS as an epileptic patient with frequent bouts of fits. you ceased to have those fits after cleaning the toilets at the ashram. didn't you?

At 5/06/2006 2:33 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Yes, anonymous, he is that lady!

At 5/05/2007 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just attended a yoga camp by Swami Ramdev in Noida; and honestly this was the biggest event in my life-- after my birth! Pranayam is gr8 and Ramdev is unbeatable as a teacher and motivater. He DOES NOT propogate superstition but tries to eradicate it. So let not anybody be jealous of him. Instead we should learn this gr8 art and lead a fulfilled and happy life. I know one can get publicity by trying to demolish a big person. But like I said, you will be mising out on a good life by ignoring Ramdev and pranayam....
_----- sanjay mittal


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