Ravi Shankar’s Hankering for the Nobel Peace Price, Part 4
By “His Holiness Pujya Sri Sri Whistleblower Ji”
(Did you notice the suddenly appeared Pujya there?! easy, ha?!)
Sri Sri’s & his followers’ wounded egos, in face of him not getting the NPP, in spite of them throwing all that money & resources at it, was behind utterance of such statements:
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.
What fun! So SriSri was trying to bless Nobel Peace committee!! You doubters out there thinking he was doing this to gain more fame, power & political influence, now you know better! Shame on you for even thinking those unholy thoughts!! Instead you should see how compassionate SriSri is, giving them a chance, year after year to award him the NPP, for their own good not his!.
Most people would have given up by now, but not our SriSri, his compassion & desire to help NP committee to have this honour & privilege truly shows his divine nature.
And because of the ignorance of Norway Nobel committee, the devotees & NCs (National coordinators) had to waste another year of their lives to get more nomination letters. But not to worry, the AOL NPPP team & Sri Sri had a good strategy for 2006 Award, sure to help them to win the prize.
What did we have to do? Easy, all we had to do was to say that it is about time that the Hindu community got NPP & who can possibly be more deserving than SriSri.
Now if you don’t believe me, read the official directive below:
Recommended points for inclusion or elaboration in nomination letters solicited for H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Peace Agenda of the Hindu Spiritual Tradition
- The Nobel Peace Prize (NPP) has never been given to the Hindu community, but this is the most peaceful community.
- The Hindu community has been deprived of NPP although so peaceful throughout the world.
- There is a Hindu leader which is most respected and revered by all religious leaders and religious groups in India, this spiritually-diverse country: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
- He is in line with Ghandi, propagating peace and non-violence.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has initiated social projects in the line of Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama – only with a much larger reach.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is working since 25 years to keep the peace in the society and communities.
- He has played a mayor role to solve the class-, cast- and religious-conflicts in India and elsewhere in the world.
- The NPP for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would honour the Hindu culture of non-violence.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would be the first Hindu Spiritual Leader to get the NPP.
- With the NPP for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar the Nobel Committee would also honour all the Hindu community.
This ,added to normal propaganda items, was going to be the winning formula!! By the way, did you notice the similarity of the above official directives & those of Francois Gautier’s article in Sep 05?
And for those of us who had any doubts and to boost the morals of the devotees (to make them work harder for NPP 2006, in spite of the disappointments of the previous year), the following item was leaked to indiatimes.
By the way, I wonder where the leak came from?!! Didn’t they tell us (see part1):
It is the standard policy of the Nobel Committee that nominators and nominees must not publish nor advertise their nominations.
So what happened? Did their enthusiasm get the better of them? Were they trying to encourage other VIPs to follow the suite? Did they forget their own directives?!
And we all know that SriSri has some puppet journalists in Times of India too!
Sri Sri nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
[ Thursday, January 12, 2006 05:19:43 pm PTI ]
WASHINGTON: US Congressman Joseph Crowley has nominated India’s Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the Nobel Peace Prize saying that the godman had helped bring peace to thousands of people through his Art of Living Foundation.
“I had the opportunity to meet him last Congress when I was co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the work of the Art of Living Foundation are an example of communal conflict resolution, nourishment of the soul and infinite possibilities of the human spirit which typifies the Nobel Peace Prize,” the New York lawmaker said in a statement.
According to Crowley, Shankar had brought peace to thousands worldwide, even to people in New York in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.
His message of compassion, inclusiveness, cooperation and peace of mind as the foundations of happiness and prosperity is a message that resonates with people from all corners of the world. He has said that the sign of success is freedom, a tendency to help and cooperate,” Crowley said.
“We need to ask ourselves: Do we see these values increasing in our society? Working together, we can see that these values increase in our community and across the globe,” the Congressman added.
What a shame that they had to rely on a US Congressman “leaked” nomination for publicity. No esteemed politician in India to write a nomination letter for SriSri??
Everyone in Srisri’s campaign team knew how important the secrecy aspect was & how serious it was to not let a word out about SriSri & his NPPP team working hard on securing nomination letters. But to be sure, SriSri’s Press office sent this note to AOL centres worldwide:
Dear All, All of us will be actively interacting with press for silver jubilee publicity. It is very likely for the press to raise the issue of Guruji’s nomination for nobel peace prize because of the widely published news of a US congressman nominating Him. Please let us be very clear that the Art of Living will not make any statement about NPP.The most that we can say in response to media query is that ” We have come to know that several people have nominated Him.” We dont have to make any other statement at all.
I don’t know about the Nobel Peace Prize , but if there was a “Nobel Cunning Prize“, I think Sri Sri would be the most deserving. Don’t you think so?!
Of course what was being portrayed publicly was totally different from what SriSri & his press office were privately urging AOL circles to do. The following was sent by Srisri’s secretary:
Dear All,This is reminder regarding the NPP.As you are all aware, we are fast approaching the NPP deadline of 1st February.1) Please hurry up the process of getting the nomination letters. The attachment will give you the guidelines regarding the NPP.2) Also please do send us a progress report on what has been done and how many letters we have received.
Oh, what fun!
To cut a long story short, SriSri didn’t get NPP2006 either & we had to go through the whole thing again for 2007. Surely we were going to win NPP2007. Even US AOL president (our ever adorable Michael Fischman) was so sure of winning NPP2007 that he sent an email preparing US teachers/centres for the huge interest after the announcement from Oslo
September 17, 2007
Dear Teachers and Volunteers:
As you may know, Guruji has received multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for the last few years, and the media has put him on the short list as
one of the more likely candidates to win. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this year on Friday, Oct. 12, and we want to be prepared for increased interest and queries from the public, the media, and from people who have already taken the course. In addition to interest in the Art of Living Part 1 course, a Nobel Prize may spark renewed interest in attending satsang, taking a Part 2 course,or re-attending the Art of Living Course Part 1 with friends or family members. Be prepared for an increase in public interest in the Art of Living…
And some of you who were always a tad suspicious about SSRS’s sudden interest in supporting United Nation Millenium Campaign & his sudden interest in encouraging his members to plant trees & send in their photos, yes, you guessed it right, it was all for the sake of increasing his chances of winning NPP.
These were just some snippets coming out of his own Ashram special projects office
From: STAND UP AOL – UNMC [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2007 1:49 a.m.Subject: Stand Up event at Bangalore Ashram
…..Amidst all the Stand Up events around the globe a Humungous Stand Up event is being organised at Bangalore Ashram in the Divine Presence of Poojya Gurudev and would be attended by the UNMC Asia Chief Mr. Minar Pimple & Live telecasted by BBC….. (subject to confirmation)
….This campaign is a unique chance for all of us at AOL to make entries anywhere and everywhere, taking a anti povert stance with UNMC, and having the benefit of replicating what other states and countries are heading for, through the mail exchanges…..and at a point when NPP is so close….let us just do it…:-)
: Stand up Take Action 08 MGE <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2008 Subject: UNDER ONE ROOF…ALL THAT YOU NEEDED FOR MGESUTA08:-)
1. 100 Million Tree Plantation (16th July till 16th October 2008) and 100 Million People Standing Up (17th -19th October 2008), globally through ONE ORGANIZATION’S EFFORTS and INSPIRED by ONE INDIVIDUAL, will have everyone, all across the world giving serious attention to AOL as THE Organization to bring about sustainable changes in all sectors…whether it is human beings or issues challenging mankind.
2. Our making it work paves the path for Noble Peace Prize For Guruji…
So what was the result of all that huge effort to win a NPP for SriSri? Well he still, to this day, can’t say he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but his PR started using the Noble peace prize nominee, as a new title for him. Things like:
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee for 2006
2007 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee – Sri Sri Ravi Shanker
Sri Sri was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2008, in recognition of his work in peacemaking and conflict resolution in such areas as Iraq, Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Cameroon.
(what non-sense, but that is subject for another post!!)
Dec 2008: a Noble Peace Prize nominee for two consecutive years.
And later on they started to refer to him as a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. By the way, the maths doesn’t quite add up, how many times they have tried so far? How many times he got nominated? Where is the proof that he was nominated at all? Can someone check with Nobel Peace Committee or do we have to wait for 50 years to see the nomination lists?!! Is the reason they are so confident about SriSri being nominated three times is that they themselves drafted the nomination letters & got it signed by their bought politicians?
One thing we can be sure of, Sri Sri still hasn’t got a NPP & it wasn’t due to lack of trying on his part!!!!!!!!!!!!! So those of you out there who think this man has any magical power or can make any wish come true, wake up & see, he can’t even get his own wish come true!