Because Bill Clinton Stayed There Once!
-by a young girl from **** August 26th, 2010
I am a young girl from ****. When SSRS came to Australia last year, he stayed at ‘Presidential Suite’ at Langham hotel in Melborune (not only presidential suite, but a complete floor was taken). Why this specific suite was insisted by Ashram? Oh…because Bill Clinton stayed there once! An helicopter was also at his disposal for all the days he stayed in Melbourne at a cost of 5,000 dollars per trip. In Sydney he stayed at Shangrila hotel. A cruise was booked for an evening with food and music (sorry…Satsang).
During year 2009 only, more than 300,000 dollars were spent on travel, accommodation, lecture fees and other expenses of SSRS, his senior teachers including Sangeeta, Dinesh and entourage. I don’t know about living conditions in India and cannot calculate how many kids would have obtained education with this sort of money. Someone can help.
I think that it is not people but SSRS who wants proximity to people, however, he brainwashes people in a cultish manner and it seems that many people want proximity to him. If SSRS does not see a big crowd it is he who lashes out at teachers and volunteers. During his second lecture at ‘World Religion Conference’ in Melbourne there were only 40 people in a hall which had a capacity of 5000. You can imagine who these 40 people could have been. He tells them to go and spread the knowledge i.e. bring more people to basic course . Ultimately courses suck in people and poor souls serve with good intentions without knowing that all donations and course collections are pocketed by SSRS, his family and inner circle.
I will talk of my knowledge about Australia. I am not aware of a single service project in Australia where Art of Living has spent money. If any service project is undertaken it is local teachers and volunteers who give their time and money. However, if it is completed, SSRS is first to claim publicity. It is time that Australian Taxation Authority take a good look into the accounts of ‘AOL Australia’ and revoke its tax free status.
Not so young girl from **** August 26, 2010
At the end of Advanced Course in Melbourne in December 2009, an appeal was made by the SWISS TEACHER for donations toward construction of a new university, somewhere in India. Many participants made donations in CASH. (really – handful of currency notes)
…if you follow the money trail in account books only you can never estimate the amount of money pocketed by SSRS. Many people like to make anonymous donations in CASH as it is said by SSRS that when you make donations with your right hand your left hand should not be aware of that. Ha..ha. How convenient? I challenge if a single CASH dollar/Euro is accounted for by AOL Australia as donations on this occurrence.
Yes, Australian Taxation Authority should check this out.
freethinker August 26, 2010
@Young girl and Not so young from Aus?
Here is the tip line for aus… Take a look.