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August 29, 2010

-by the Ghost of Kant

Swamiji illustrates the true nature of Art of Living and Ravi Shankar -notify the NPP commission.

So now at last the aol decided to show its true face publicly. With one of its alleged enlightened teachers sent out as a mean hitman, all this talk about peace and love must stop. Art of Living illustrates at last clearly that it is not an organization of love and good work, but all about power and money, and with the will to hurt in order to reach is ambitions.

That the mean and low mentality of this swami is the general atmosphere saturating the Art of Living is clearly illustrated by the bullying nature of the comments to the swami’s post.

So lets examine the claims of this inflammatory post of the swami. Apparently a woman who is struggling with illness is out of some kind of kindness taken in to the Artof Living to slave money for the guru. She is put through the intense, very straining and -could be argued- very psychologically damaging process of teacher training in the Art of Living. Thereafter she is put to work and apparently she is traveling all over the world working for the organization. (there is evidence of airports etc. ) As she is not able to handle her illness the guru ”supports her” by telling her to deal with her problems herself directing her to earn respect through working underpaid for him. As she is not able to help herself she is kicked out. Apparently she is supposed to allegedly have written some of the negative blogs. The answer of the art of living and the all loving guru is to make a strategy based on hate which is supposed to destroy this woman which is known to have a fragile psyche by making public hate attacks on her person.

Full stop!

What would a normal organization have done in this position? If somebody comes and has psychological problems, one makes sure that they get the proper professional help. One does not start playing God nor being so arrogant that one does not make sure that the person suffering from psychological illness gets the proper treatment. The last thing one wants to do is to send such a person through a psychologically extremely strenuous program like the Art of Living teacher training, in order to make a profit from the work of this person, nor send them around the world slaving at less than minimum wage. Lastly if the person was too frail to work, and ended up being disgruntled and making accusations, then the last thing one wanted to do was aim to destroy their psyche through hate attacks.

All this just illustrates that Art of Living is unable to help the people that come to them, because the people in the organization does not have the human maturity to help anybody. On the contrary they all seem extremely disturbed and a threat to their surroundings.

The swami offers his victim a meeting with his guru if they comply to his will. Just to underline that he and the Art of Living really does not know how to act when people have psychological problems. It is not a fairy tail meeting with the uberspace daddy that is needed, but professional help and normal decent human support. But clearly the Art of Living is incapable of this.

Art of Living hereby must let go of any claim of being a humanitarian organization working for the good of all people. Its programs must stop claiming to aim at helping people. It is now painfully clear that the Art of Living as an organization aims at earning power and money by using psychologically frail people. And when the workers of the organization are not able to take the abuse anymore, the Art of Living tries to destroy them mentally. Especially targeting women.

Those of us that have been around long enough know that this is not a single case. We know of all the used and abused ex-teachers who, after having spent their life on the Art of Living, gets thrown out. There is no longer anything innocent about the Art of Living and Ravi Shankar. And all the many old time teachers who in their heart knows the truth and do not stand up against this human abuse in the organization, is all part of the crime. The time is gone where one could sit on the fence. If one does not take side and take a stand against this, one is equally guilty in the crimes against humanity that Art of Living commits, proved in public by this the letter from the so called swami.

I have personally written the Nobel Peace Price Committee and made them aware of the blog post of the swami and how it proves the true nature of the Art of Living and Mr. Ravi Shankar.

And the sad thing is that there probably is a completely different reality behind it all. That really this woman publicly attacked is a former teacher who have worked non-stop for next to no money, in the naive idea that she was doing something good. And as she got on the wrong side of the power struggles in the art of living she was crushed as people are in that organization. And now that a scapegoat is needed for the negative blogs, she is singled out in a hate attack based on lies and twisting the truth, in hope that those behind the blogs, will get scared that the same thing can happen to them. How sad. All those who knows this woman through all those years should stand up against this. It is the only decent thing to do. And if you don’t you are partakers of this hateful inflammatory personal attack. As guilty as the swami and the guru.

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40 Comments
  1. anon permalink
    August 29, 2010 6:47 pm

    Dear Ghost of Kant, neither do I know this woman nor do I know you. I truly sympathize with this woman and want to give you a hug! Such a logically written sensible post. You would think that AoL would know the seriousness of an illness like bipolar disorder. Being bipolar myself, these episodes can be controlled with medication and professional counseling. Stuff like “be in the moment” and “don’t be a football” only confuse. The atmosphere that prevails in the organization in not at all conducive for some one with such a disability. The aggression, jealousy cheating , not getting guru’s attention only add as trigger points for episodes, especially when this illness is still undiagnosed. Bipolar does not mean “mentally challenged”, for like diabetes, can be controlled for the patient to live a full life in a competitive world ( look at Ted Turner) . I sought medical help only after I quit the organization. While in the organization, Ravi was playing “doctor” as were the inner circle. They looked down on psychiatrists, medicines. The cure was just do kriya, more seva attend more advanced courses and ofcourse, surrender to Ravi. Ravi as well as his seniors had that advice for me. And my “low’s” were depression which was self doubt, hopelessness, sadness. I was told that my “ego” was coming in the way. In self doubt, I was looking for validation and attention from the guru. Who was instead rude and uncaring. So it was “ego busting”. I would conduct courses despite illness,( and even had a well paid job which I did for 15 years, simultaneously) with my focus being on spreading the knowledge. Many times I would not be part of Ravi’s “bitch’ sessions. Ravi does not like that. When he laughs he wants you to laugh, when he has an opinion he wants you to have the same opinion. No questions, no differences. And these did spring up in my case. So I began being ignored, it only added to the depression. These lackeys show no understanding or comprehension of a mind illness. For them, depression equals mood, bipolar equals weird and it is caused by attitude. Change your attitude ( by surrendering to Ravi) and all will fall back in place. I quit AoL because it is so flawed. It was difficult to heal betrayal of whom I believed to be God, by myself. Support from my spouse and family , a really good doctor was able to diagnose and give me the right meds. Today I am happier , more balanced. Many times I ask myself whether I would have been part of this cult had I been under treatment at that time. Guess not. More than 4% of the world population have this disorder. Dear Raghu, please educate yourself on this disorder before you use this as a means to discredit somebody. And educate Ravi as well. Check this link http://www.mcmanweb.com/bipolarfaq1.html and in that look at ….

    Does bipolar disorder affect other areas of the body?
    Yes, unfortunately. People with bipolar disorder die seven years younger than those in the general population, independent of suicide. Most of the research on the mind-body connection relates to depression, but we can apply much of those findings to bipolar.
    Such as?
    The risk of heart disease is doubled in people with depression, and a previous depression is often the greatest risk factor for heart disease and other ills, over smoking, drinking, high blood sugar, and previous heart attacks. Depression has also been connected to diabetes, bone loss, stroke, irritable bowel syndrome, and possibly cancer.
    How serious a problem is bipolar disorder?

    The Stanley Bipolar Foundation Network, which admittedly gets the sickest patients in its clinics, recently released this data: 85.1 percent had been hospitalized in the past, on average three times. The rate of suicide attempts was 50.3 percent. A third were currently married, another third single, and the rest were separated, divorced, or widowed. Despite the fact that approximately 90 percent had high school diplomas and a third had completed college, almost 65 percent were unemployed and 40 percent were on welfare or disability. According to Mark Bauer MD of Brown University, speaking at a conference in 2001, thirty to 50 percent of bipolar patients remain chronically ill

    P.S- mentally challenged is someone who believes to be God incarnate, a pathological liar, desperate for attention.

  2. Rain permalink
    August 29, 2010 8:47 pm

    1. It is strange for a “spiritual” organization and Swami to come out and attack individuals specifically with names. Where is the love? They are obviously not getting enlightened through AoL! Definitely the word “hit man” comes to mind rather than Swami.

    2. It is offensive to attack someone for being bipolar. I have a close friend who is bipolar and a good, kind-hearted, hard working person. No one should be labeled if they have an illness to illustrate they are somehow a bad person. So what if she is bipolar? AoL is trying to sew seeds of doubt in people’s minds which is what cults do.

    3. Targeting women-Good luck with that! If they think that women are weak and hysterical they are sicker than I thought.

  3. sriram permalink
    August 30, 2010 12:15 am

    I’ve been following ur blog for a while objectively but what are you trying to prove? That someone has some flaws – everyone has flaws. You seem to be blackmailing about npp. Npp is old world – they lost all credibility when they did not award mahatma gandhi the prize. Why don’t you do some good things and talk abt it. If you are convinced that someone is bad, you have said enough about it.

    • goneagain permalink
      August 30, 2010 12:39 am

      @Sriram,
      “Npp is old world – they lost all credibility when they did not award mahatma gandhi the prize.”

      I think you should tell that to RS so that he may learn a thing or two from you. Also when you get a chance ask him why he is so crazy about NPP?

      Read his delusions:

      https://aolfree.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/his-holiness-grand-illusions/

      https://aolfree.wordpress.com/secret-aol-knowledge/a-turning-point-for-humanity/

    • Peaceful Warrior permalink
      August 30, 2010 1:08 am

      “what are you trying to prove? That someone has some flaws – everyone has flaw”

      So you do admit AOL/RS has flaws. In the case the flaw is a serious flaw – an authoritarian structure, a cultish devotion to one person and abuse of power. Moreover the guru and his senior teachers have uncheked power. In the real world there is always a systems of checks and balances which checks abuse. Not so in AOL – there are no constraints, and abuse of power has lead to serious psychological damage.

      What people posting on this blog had observed in private, can be now seen publicly. That teachers and Sri Sri & co. can be very vindictive and petty if you decide to speak out against them. Since they cannot answer the critics, they prefer to make personal attacks. Google Ad hominem attacks or swiftboating – it’s the oldest trick in the book.

      • August 30, 2010 5:41 am

        Hey Peaceful Warrior,
        I got this idea, want to discuss it with you. Send me a short mail, from an anonymous adress, ok? And the day after, post the same text here, so I know it is you (I can tell from the IP adress). That last thing is important, I get a lot of phising attemps

        Best,
        Skywalker

    • Abhilash Shastry permalink
      August 30, 2010 1:48 am

      “Why don’t you do some good things and talk abt it. If you are convinced that someone is bad, you have said enough about it.”

      @Sriram: Why do you think that exposing crooks and their dirty tricks is not a good cause? If this blog can prevent even one person from joining AOL, it has saved one life.

      • WhistleBlower permalink
        August 30, 2010 3:02 am

        Well said Abhilash. I have been enjoying all your other great and insightful comments too. Keep them coming.

        It is a wonder that someone as crook as SriSri goes around the world and talks about corruption, while his own organization (or shall we say his own business) is full of corruption. Indeed SriSri and his family are masters of corruption.
        And then SriSri lectures Indian Govt. about how to deal with corruption. Only if Indian Govt. checks AOL, VVM, Sumeru businesses, etc.

        And what an irony this guy sets up phoney seminars on business and ethics to promote himself for NPPP. He wouldn’t know the first thing about ethics or values. European Parliament should not let this unethical, corrupt person devoid of any humanity to use its venue in Brussels to promote himself and his corrupt organization.

    • Cronje permalink
      August 30, 2010 8:42 am

      “Npp is old world – they lost all credibility when they did not award mahatma gandhi the prize.”
      Okay they lost credibility when they did not give to Gandhi. So even if sri sri doesn’t get it is okay because Gandhi did not get it. For a self proclaimed objective reader you have such warped logic. I think AOL lackeys have lost all sense of reality by comparing Gandhi with a small time crook like ravishankar. If at all he can be compared he can be compared with Nithyananda, Kalki Bagwan, chandraswami and Kadgadhari Baba.
      Gandhi of course had many flaws and several critics. But what you should understand is that he was the most prominent world leader from India at that time. The whole nation of india could come to a standstill (for good or worse) by Gandhi’s acts (Like the salt satyagraha and 1947 fast). He is a cultural icon who has inspired people like Einstien, Martin Luther Jr, Nelson Mandela and many others. To compare Gandhi so lightly with some one like Ravi Ravi is laughable.

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 30, 2010 3:05 pm

      Hey sriram,

      This blog is doing Art of Living a huge favor. To quote RS- “It is good, it will filter out the weak and we can identify our strong pillars”.

      • freethinker permalink
        August 30, 2010 3:22 pm

        what sriram worried is not many of those (strong pillars) will be left.

  4. Aarti permalink
    August 30, 2010 7:10 am

    I dont think Ravi Ravi is anywhere in the recokning for the Nobel prize. He tried desperately to get it since last four years by lobbying excessively. Unfortunately it has backfired and people have got to know the true colors of his organization. Many had not even heard of him but initially gave some thought about the claims – peace in kashmir, sri lanka, social humanatarian work etc. In all these areas it is clear that they have faked up everything.
    Kashmir – Ravi Ravi just met some useless fringe leaders in Srinagar once and that too informally. He is no where in picture anywhere in kashmir.
    Sri lanka – He claimed he will bring peace between the tamils and sinhalese and announced it through the paid news service of local news papers. he even got a few tamil refugees in tamil nadu (there are millions of them) undergo his courses. Reality – The sinhales government completely destroyed the tamil movement last december. Now they have what is called the peace after the storm after the death of millions.

  5. wasssup permalink
    August 30, 2010 11:02 am

    I know the woman being accused by this swami, and she for sure is not bi-polar.

  6. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    August 30, 2010 11:19 am

    @Skywalker

    I sent you a message few days back, and sent it again today. Maybe it went to spam ?

    • August 30, 2010 3:27 pm

      You need to post the same text here afterwards, so I know the mail is from you. Otherwise anyone could claim to be you…
      Call me paranoid 😉

      • Peaceful Warrior permalink
        August 30, 2010 3:56 pm

        I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
        Friedrich Nietzsche

      • Blatantly Not Peaceful Warrior permalink
        August 30, 2010 5:53 pm

        I’m Peaceful Warrior, and so’s my wife! 🙂

  7. JAN permalink
    August 30, 2010 11:49 am

    Nicely written post, The article by swami sadyojathah showed how inhuman and cruel he really is. The comments to his article by the JGD guys too revealed how merciless zombies they actually are, Accusing all the people abused by the org as nuts, and the justification for the term bluestar in his post was thoroughly lame and something we would never expect from people who claim to be “helping humanity”.

  8. harshal permalink
    August 30, 2010 3:45 pm

    I think the reason why he pointed out that she is bipolar is simply because bipolars cant be trusted. One moment they are at one end and at other moment they are at another extreme…(for example look at the anon bipolar who posted immediately after this post, she is all wanting to hug the ghost of Kant, such an overflow of emotions). Tomorrow she might start praising AOL…who knows?

    While you talk about abusing, you forget that this blog has abused the faith so many devotees in AOL and written nasty stuff about someone who is revered by so many!

    This blog comes from a space of hatred and despise and things which come from that space are always harmful.

    • Bling Bling permalink
      August 30, 2010 9:34 pm

      > While you talk about abusing, you forget that this blog has abused the
      > faith so many devotees in AOL and written nasty stuff about someone
      > who is revered by so many!

      > This blog comes from a space of hatred and despise and things which come
      > from that space are always harmful.

      @Harshal

      Your reactionary comment reflects the immature stage in which most disciples of SSRS exist today. There were similar volatile comments on Shobhaa De’s blog. Why is your heart burning when you hear anything bad about AOL? You must be willing to calmly evaluate and analyze whether the criticism being made is true or false. If true, ask AOL for further information where something seems amiss. If false, ignore it and scamper away.

      Hey, you know what, maybe this blog could lead to a more mature AOL movement, which accepts criticism and adapts to feedback, practices what it preaches, checks facts before throwing out assertions, and shies away from rosy projections.

    • Peaceful Warrior permalink
      August 30, 2010 11:13 pm

      Harshal – have you read the comment sections of any site on the internet ? It’s always pretty crazy – but you do see insightful comments with crazy comments. That’s free speech for you.

      So what if some people on this blog hate AOL – it’s ok for victims to feel anger and hatred. But that does not mean that the whole tone of this blog is hateful, or that the points raised are not valid.

    • Vik Puri permalink
      August 31, 2010 1:24 am

      Harshal’s statement,is ignorant and prejudicial . Both dangerous and deplorable in adults, especially alarming in those claiming relationship with Divinity. AoL and it’s acolyte’s denunciation of bipolar is like the Taliban”s hate-filled diatribe against the West- both criminally insane requiring strong rebuke.
      Your claim that bipolar is not trustworthy is wrong to the degree of getting you sued in an American Court of Law.Rather than naming the already well known entertainers, executives, politicians who function successfully professionally and personally with their bipolar condition controlled by medicine I’d like to reiterate that the reason American education and work place prohibits discrimination because scientific evidence proves that people with bipolar disorder are as capable of living full lives as people with coronary conditions with medication.
      You and your organization are taking a public stand against a people dealing with illness, which is not only illegal but is also immoral. True religion would be offering help with treatment not public ridicule. I demand an official statement from AoL , Mr.Ravi Shankar, and you the writer of this post, on your stand on people with mental illnesses. The same information will also be officially subpoenaed as I will be forwarding all disparaging of mentally ill emails to WA, OR and CA State mental health departments. Concurrently also to American Civil Liberties Union. And there is precedent of blog writers being sued as their identities can be traced.
      This is not an attack against AoL , this is standing up for those with a medical disorder.

    • anon permalink
      August 31, 2010 3:39 pm

      Harshal’s level of ignorance and level of intelligence is startling. To base a person’s character and state of mind, on usage of a word like “hug”and then going on to judge a whole group of people calling them untrustworthy is a reflection of not only his but even his organization’s opinion on mental illnesses. This can be seen in Royal lineage Swami’s letter. Out of touch with science, reality and decency.

  9. Archive Keeper permalink
    August 30, 2010 6:17 pm

    On the offchance anything should happen to this blog, I took the liberty of making a backup copy, which I uploaded here:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CP2ID2OI

    I would like to encourage you all to download and keep copies of this.

    Also, please take a note of Skywalker’s email, which is both under the Disclaimer section as well as in the About section.

    @Skywalker – I hope you don’t mind me doing any of these things, but I think it would be the best way for us all to regroup in the event of anything happening.

    • August 30, 2010 7:46 pm

      I like it! And I am not worried at all. Even if this blog is shut down, the word is out. Someone else will speak up, against spiritual oppression and abuse.

      • Shriram permalink
        August 31, 2010 3:10 am

        Thanks for the upload.Include dates on the backups as well so that we know the last date blog was updated to expose the scam bags.

  10. ANON permalink
    August 31, 2010 12:25 am

    Those who want to keep an updated copy of this blog on their personal computer (offline) can download a small free website copier programme from following link.

    http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

    1. Once copied you can update the same anytime you like for your self reading.
    2. You can burn it on a DVD and send it across to investigative journalist you know.
    2. You can print it offsite and mail the complete copy to newspapers/journalists/Taxation authorities in your country.

  11. Uday permalink
    August 31, 2010 3:43 am

    Scami Sad-ayog-duh comments come directly from HHHHSSSRRRSSSS

    Using spirituality as a support and moral superiority, these idiots have the authority to make comment on medical conditions, illnesses and also justify each others comments.
    Kriya will save the world- No f**k it
    Some will doit and some will not. This no cure all miracle as AOL tries to project.
    AOL needs to shut the f**k up on mental illnesses

    “There’s no smoke without fire”
    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060910233132AAxpXp2
    That is the reason why this website hold up so well.

    To all AOL JGD people,
    Ask why a simple blog can harm the AOL corporation ? Can it not survive on its own merit?

    There are many political blogs and other non pro websites again the issue is the number of hits and number of people participating in the blogs is way more than 5-6 ex AOL teachers as Scami Sad-ayog-duh comments and there is lot of truth to what is posted here.Sure enough there are post on the fringe to be ignored. Every JaiGuruDev person must be silently nodding to some of the comment made on these blogs.

    This is free press

    Can anyone write negative blogs or sustainable negative reports against RedCross?
    It will not hold any ground. Facts hold the ground by itself.

    AOL = BONDAGE in the name of spirituality
    Eventhough one pays for the courses and forced to brings more people, you are tethered to AOL through numerous tricks for years
    Spirituality is being unclutched and evolving oneself. No grace or foot worship with HHSSRRSSBS will lead one on a fastrack to enlightenment. But this is what is toyed with to tether the innocent in AOL. Just observe and you will be free. AOL free

    • Vishal permalink
      August 31, 2010 5:41 am

      It is true that AOL folks are nodding at the truths shown here. But we should understand that there are several people whose livelihood depends on AOL and they are getting paranoid. Swami Sadyojatha’s foot in the mouth response was a means to quell this paronia. Most of the JGDs responding in his blog or the people posting their profiles in the testimonials blog have vested financial intrests in AOL. They have to show support as they find this simple blog to be a threat to their fraud business. AOL has destroyed they power of critical thinking and all they can come up in their defence is their only strategy of attacking the critics personally and invoking hidden enemies – jehadis, evangelists etc. They have no reasonable response to any of the criticisms here. In a way this and Klim’s blog has won and they have lost.
      JGD sheep will continue though as they have to prove their loyalty to their leaders if they have to continue in their fraud.

  12. Researcher permalink
    August 31, 2010 9:10 am

    He wants to talk about peace in SriLanka, let’s dig a little shall we? On his own blog… This is from 2009.

    Ravi goes to Sri Lanka to bring peace to them:
    http://wisdomfromsrisri.blogspot.com/2009/04/sri-sri-on-peace-mission.html

    “You will soon return to your homes in peace”
    http://wisdomfromsrisri.blogspot.com/2009/04/you-will-soon-return-to-your-homes-in.html

    And here’s what he said on the two days:
    Day 1: Apr. 20, Colombo:
    ‘We have to bring back the principles of non-violence & brotherhood’ , said Sri Sri
    Fluff, marketing-speak, no real commitment, where are the results?

    Day 2: Apr. 21, Refugee camp, Vavunia: Sri Sri comforted the displaced people in Sri Lanka:
    ‘The Art of Living Foundation and I are right with you in your hour of need’
    More fluff and PR-speak. No action, no results. What does “right with you” mean? Will he and his senior staff be there with the displaced Tamils in northeast SriLanka, facing the harsh oppression they’re facing now? Is he building them houses? Moving them to a better place? Solving the dispute?

    The sad reality is quite the opposite today. The SL Tamils are still in deep trouble.

    Just going to a disputed region, showing his face once or twice for the media, making meaningless PR-speak statements, and coming back to the ashram automatically grants him the NPP?

    I’m not even going to get started on Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan and all those other places he claims to have “brought peace to”. What a blatant fraud. Bringing peace to these places is much more than 10 minutes of facetime on the media and one group meditation.

    To the JGD sheep, the world is simple, kriya and sahaj and blind faith in their cult leader can solve any problem.

  13. Kris permalink
    August 31, 2010 9:21 pm

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/StoryPrint?sId=40320&secid=104&page=null

    “The appeal was made in a telephonic conversation between Ravi Shankar and B. Nadesan, chief of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE).”

    B. Nadesan and thousands more were killed on May 18.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balasingham_Nadesan

    A slight glitch in the guru grace 🙂

    Jai Burru Burru Dev

    • freethinker permalink
      August 31, 2010 9:49 pm

      Right, God-incarnate grace didn’t bring truce nor it brought peace to the people who suffered. As @Researcher put it earlier

      “Just going to a disputed region, showing his face once or twice for the media, making meaningless PR-speak statements, and coming back to the ashram automatically grants him the NPP?”

  14. Ronin permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:29 pm

    Things that make you wonder before AOL grabs a hold of your intellect.

    Is there a reason why little Ravi always wants to be in the spotlight and craves the media so much. MTV impressive, it just screams look at me look at me, I need more attention.

    He created a whole PR and marketing campaign for the NPP but fell short. Of course getting the NPP would be his highest achievement.

    But wait a second would his highest achievement not be the fact that he is enlightened. He has achieved the one thing which, most of the devotees long for true FREEDOM. On many occasions Little Ravi has mentioned that our feverishness and cravings which holds the ego(the ME) prison dissolves once one attains enlightenment.

    When looking at his actions and the instructions he has given (like any good CEO would do to protect the market share of the company) it would seem that little Ravi has fallen of the (enlightened) wagon. A temporary relapse to normalcy being completely self centered and very angry. But I am sure that for any camera or media (exposure) he will quickly bounce back into the role of the enlightened master and have that smile showing his good side. What can I say….. the Oscar for the best actor goes to (drum beat)………..

    A Swami lashing out the way he has been, its just unbelievable but then again nothing surprises me anymore. Did he get this title out of a cornflakes box ? Swamiji if you think it is hot now you have seen nothing yet.

    Mother Teresa never had this thirst for recognition or a whole PR staff working on her image, she just helped people out of a deep sense of compassion. God Bless HER Soul.

    The little giant has awakened

    • zhoro permalink
      September 1, 2010 4:42 pm

      The book “Prophetic Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities” by Len Oakes goes a long way towards analyzing the driving motivation of leaders like our Ravi here.

  15. Svetana permalink
    September 1, 2010 7:03 pm

    @ Ronin
    “When looking at his actions and the instructions he has given (like any good CEO would do to protect the market share of the company) it would seem that little Ravi has fallen of the (enlightened) wagon. A temporary relapse to normalcy being completely self centered and very angry. But I am sure that for any camera or media (exposure) he will quickly bounce back into the role of the enlightened master and have that smile showing his good side. What can I say….. the Oscar for the best actor goes to (drum beat)”

    When the fox preaches, look to your geese.
    – German proverb

    I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
    – Oscar Wilde

  16. Anonymous permalink
    September 15, 2010 5:49 am

    @Vik Puri

    “The same information will also be officially subpoenaed as I will be forwarding all disparaging of mentally ill emails to WA, OR and CA State mental health departments”

    Also please forward the emails to U.S. Department of State. They can revoke Raghu’s and Ravi Shankar’s visa on these grounds.

  17. WhistleBlower permalink
    September 15, 2010 6:25 am

    Also SriSri, sister and many AOL Teachers for years have visited many countries on holiday/tourist visa, instead of obtaining proper work visa. So immigration offices in all the countries should investigate the illegal work of AOL and confiscate all the huge funds taken out of these countries due to these visits, sometimes by cash, sometimes by transfer between the local AOL account to VVM account.

  18. ANON permalink
    September 15, 2010 7:08 am

    @ WhistleBlower

    The visa irregularity is a crime. See below the details of immigration requirements for a speaker/Lecturer. These visas may either be close to what they need to obtain for entry to USA or the requiremetns may be even more stringent.

    Speaker/Lecturer: Individuals travelling to the United States in connection with a speaking engagement may apply for a B-1 (Business) visa provided there is no remuneration from a U.S. source, other than expenses incidental to the visit.

    Speakers/lectures who will receive an honorarium in addition to incidental expenses may still be eligible for the B-1 visa provided they satisfy the following conditions:

    *The activities will last no longer than nine days at a single institution.

    *The institution is a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization, or an institution of higher education, or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity
    Such activities are conducted for the benefit of the institution or entity

    *The speaker/lecturer has not accepted payment or expenses from five such institutions during the previous six month period.

    If the proposed activities are not as described, an exchange visitor (J1) or temporary work visa will be required.

    • WhistleBlower permalink
      September 15, 2010 8:33 am

      Thanks Anon. SriSri and AOL Teachers have regularly deceived immigration authorities and have not declared their true intention in entering the country. They definitely have entered USA and many other countries on false declarations and engaged in illegal activities for the kind of visa they had obtained. All the money transferred out of these countries can be traced back and confiscated.

  19. Regular Reader permalink
    September 15, 2010 8:06 am

    >>>The book “Prophetic Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities” by Len Oakes

    It is a really revealing book. From the review:

    “Dr. Oakes humanises charismatic leaders without excusing the harm they often do. He demonstrates very convincingly that these are narcissistically flawed, suffering human beings who are unable to experience normal empathy and intimacy. To compensate for these deficits, these sufferers desperately and creatively activated their other talents, strove to master the arts of social finesse and manipulation, and through brilliant, strenuous improvisation, activated personal charisma and created social settings that further enhanced that charisma.

    What Oakes found is that none of the 20 charismatic leaders he interviewed were genuinely spiritual themselves, *though they were capable of inspiring spiritual experiences in their followers*.”

    Fits Ravi perfectly… good analysis!

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