No knowledge is worth your freedom!
I still have my SK tape, gathering dust somewhere. Since leaving the organization I have not used it nor have had any urge to use it.
Some of the other ex-teachers I know have destroyed their tapes, one by jumping up and down on it, another one by flushing it down the toilet and another one by burning it and another one by simply putting it in rubbish bin and so on. I am happy to report that they are all well and happy and have not experienced any misfortune as a result. As far as I am concerned that tape was their property and most had paid in excess of few thousand dollars to get that tape (not to mention few years of slavery to SriSri) and most have earned SriSri hundreds of thousands of dollars/rupees from that tape!! There are now thousands of AOL teachers who have left the organization, but SriSri has never dared to ask for their tapes back. He, of all people, should know what a useless thing that tape is!
For me, my SK tape, is a symbol, a reminder of my enslavement to SriSri. After all, it was due to my SK experience and wanting to get that tape that I became an AOL teacher. I enquired about buying one at the end of my first course, but I was told it was only for AOL teachers and for the group practise. Now I know why!!
I loved my SK experience and it led me to my enslavement to SriSri, the path of enslavement all cleverly designed by SriSri (read my earlier post on “original Sin in AOL”). I became a teacher so that I can share SK with others. It was the solution to every ill in this world as I was brainwashed by SriSri/AOL!! So what a contrast with my feelings about that tape now. I hate it, I hate SriSri’s voice and I wouldn’t want to taint my being, my breath with SriSri or his voice. Now that I truly know him, he disgusts me no end. Anyone who uses spirituality to ensnare people to a cult to make himself rich and famous and powerful is the lowest of low, he doesn’t know any values or spirituality and has nothing to teach me. A thief who steals money donated for charity to buy more real estate for himself and his family has got nothing to offer to me or to anyone.
I can see through his fakeness. I wouldn’t want anything from this guy, even if he did have anything to offer, which he doesn’t! As it turned out, it was all lies, about SK coming to him after 10 days of silence, same with hollow empty process of the advanced course. Absolutely everything he taught us, for exorbitant fees, he has stolen from somewhere, repackaged it and claimed it had come through him.
No shame, no integrity. Even the “So, Hum” he uses in SK tape, has been used , and still is being used, in many spiritual paths in India for a long long time ( for example Kriya yoga path now led by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati). “So” being the sound of inhalation, ”Hum” the sound of exhalation. Only a shameless thief like SriSri would try to copyright it and claim it was his gift to humanity. Many spiritual paths in India, have breathing or meditative processes including SO-HUM and variation of Hollow and Empty processes. Except that the ones I know, they teach these processes to the seekers and encourage them to use it as often as they wish.
Only SriSri, driven by greed, puts these on a tape, creates an illusion about it and traps people. The hollow & empty one is only used at adv courses, for which each individual has to pay few hundred dollars for each course and students are encouraged to repeat adv courses at least 4 times a year! The Sudarshan Kriya tape is used twice during the basic/part1 course and thereafter students are forced to go to weekly follow up sessions. What a masterpiece of cunningness to keep people trapped, so they can be sold more AOL courses and products and keep them trapped.
I do remember asking SriSri why not giving each part1 course participant a SK tape at the end of the course, so they keep practicing it on their own, as most were not able to come to follow up sessions or didn’t wish to. His reply was that if we did give it to them after a while they wouldn’t use it, so it is better if they come to follow up sessions so they stay in touch! Now I know the real reason, keeping people trapped to milk them again and again!
So it is with some sadness when I see in some comments in this blog some people so desperately want to get their hands on SK tape, not to mention those who will spend thousand of dollars to go to TTC to get that tape.
I want to tell these people that no knowledge, no practice, no path is worth your freedom, your dignity, your integrity, especially a fake, fraudulent one like AOL. I want to tell them that SK and AOL will only bring them misery and no spiritual growth, that sooner or later they will all realize that the whole thing is a scam. I want to tell them to follow other genuine spiritual paths that do not involve their enslavement.
But I do realize that for some people they have become addicted to SK, and as a result of continuous brainwashing by SriSri/AOL, they think they “need” it for their health or spiritual growth. Even though some have woken up to the fact that SriSri is a fraud, but they still crave for SK tape.
Having been there myself, I do understand their dilemma and I pray for their freedom from these false notions. I cannot give my SK tape to anyone, not because I am worried about the legal threats (AOL would have a very hard time to prove SK is original, nor it is the kind of publicity they seek!), but because I do not wish anyone ever get involved or trapped or even tainted by this evil, false guru and his fraud organization.
So I did some research to help those trapped speedy freedom from SriSri/AOL jaws. I came across this website, http://eiriu-eolas.org/about/ that has a complete yoga, breathing practice complete with Pranayamas and connected breathing which is far superior to AOL. It has 2 videos that explain everything. For those already familiar with Pranayama and connected breathing they can learn it straightaway. Then they can listen to the guided meditation tape (connected breathing) which has no hyperventilation and is quite safe.
The owner has all of this free on her website and encourages people to share it with others. If, having practiced the audio tape on the website, you would like to order your own personal DVDs and CD, you can get a complete package for 40 Euros. And then you can play your own CD as often as you wish. There is no pre-requisite, no dogma and no attempt to bind you to any person or any organization. You don’t have to go anywhere to do it, nor you have to sell your soul for some spiritual practise.
So by all means free yourself from AOL clutches. You are nothing but permanent cash cows to SriSri. Free yourself and free others. To all AOL teachers out there who are still helping SriSri to deceive people I would say: “If you have genuinely been teaching AOL courses to help people, believing in the power of breath, here is a breathing practice free of dogma, which doesn’t entail spiritual enslavement to a false guru. Stop teaching AOL courses. Even those knowledge points don’t belong to SriSri and are stolen from elsewhere. If you still want to teach, teach independently. You can teach for free or you can charge. You can keep the money or you can give to a genuine charity. Free yourself from AOL/SriSri and stop entangling others to this evil man and evil organization.”