Offer my life to the service of humanity. Really?
The lifestories counter-blog, initiated by SriSri’s nephew is really struggling. In spite of repeated requests to teachers to come forward and share their “AOL good experience life stories” to justify and promote a life of slavery to SriSri/AOL, and cover up every kind of fraud and abuse in AOL or in short to perpetuate AOL Original Sin (see:https://aolfree.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/original-sin-in-aol-the-final-salvation/ ), so far only around 30 paid full time AOL teacher have come forward.
Even Alex’s form, sent to all AOL teachers to fill up(See:https://aolfree.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/stages-of-cults-which-stage-is-aol-at/), didn’t make much difference. Considering that Sad Swami was boasting about AOL having 10,000 teachers worldwide, this is a very poor turnout indeed. On top of this, AOL further claims that 300 MILLION people have done AOL courses worldwide!! In that case, for every TEN MILLION people who have done the course, only ONE person has come forward to talk about “how wonderful AOL/SriSri are” and it is just too bad that majority of these have their livelihood dependent on AOL!!
The situation has been so dire that Alex (AOL Web admin) himself had to come forward, taking time off his most important Wiki project (what an embarrassment that was Alex! https://aolfree.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/wikipedia-revisited-1984/). Even Bhanu Didi’s secretary had to contribute to the blog (things getting really desperate, ha?!). No doubt we will soon hear from Dinesh too, once he is released from hospital, to tell us how good Kriya is for one’s health and how “the Grace of the Master” paid the expensive hospital bill!
In the mean time, the latest eminent contributor to the blog is Vasanti Iyer, Teachers coordinator (India). Very humbly (or deceitfully, depending on your viewpoint) she introduces herself only as an AOL Teacher. I knew Vasanti from the time she was the coordinator of IAHV in India. If you were so unfortunate to observe her work in her Ashram office, as I was, you could only marvel at her ability to lie and deceive, while putting on the most innocent face. SriSri and his sister found a perfect protégé in Vasanti. In many ways she even excelled her masters. Her talents in deceiving people, didn’t go unnoticed or unrewarded by Ravi and Bhanu. Vasanti climbed the ranks very quickly in the Ashram and as a reward for her excellent contribution to SriSri’s coffers, was promoted to be Indian Teachers coordinator (a very high rank in Ashram), replacing the previous office holder, Swami Sadyojathah (yes, our very own disgruntled Swamiji).
While working in IAHV, Vasanti mastered the art of deception and channelling the money from charity projects to SriSri’s accounts, as per SriSri and Bhanu’s instructions of course. How this worked? Well, all visitors to Ashram, esp. Internationals at the end of the advanced, meditation, etc. courses would be told of a range of AOL charity projects that needed funding and would be asked to not only donate funds then and there but also run fundraising campaigns once back home and send money to Ashram. Vasanti was too happy to give you the account number and stay in touch! Her specialty was collecting money for natural disasters like Tsunami or for children’s education (Ajay’s perhaps?!). She used to tell the gullible internationals how Ashram was planning to adopt so many orphans or build orphanages and schools in Tsunami affected areas and would ask them to run big fund-raising projects in their home countries and that each country to take on raising funds for building at least one orphanage or school. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were sent to Ashram this way and of course we all know by now that AOL did not build any orphanage or school for Tsunami orphans, nor did it adopt any orphans!! Vasanti was simply a master piece in action while answering enquiries as to what happened to those funds or where these imaginary schools/orphanages were situated. She would even happily collect school supplies and further donations for the imaginary kids.
And of course there was always ashram school to be show cased for AOL “charity work” and for each child funds thousand times over were collected. On top of these, from time to time, there were genuine charity projects run by AOL teachers on their own initiative and from their own resources. These teachers would be asked to come to the Ashram and talk to Adv course participants about their work. These would be presented as AOL projects (even though AOL had not contributed any money toward them) and participants would be asked to raise funds for them and send it to Vasanti with the promise that she would pass it on to the teacher involved. Of course, Vasanti would never pass any such funds and those funds would get stuck in VVM accounts. From time to time the teacher involved would get an email from overseas, asking “did you get that few thousand dollars we raised for your project?” Of course the answer was no and a visit to Vasanti wouldn’t help in retrieving any of the funds either. And when Internationals wanted to give directly to those projects Vasanti would strictly prohibit them from doing so, forcing them to donate through VVM accounts only!!
Many times the teachers involved with those projects would complain to SriSri about the funds not being passed to them, only to be told by SriSri to go and raise their own funds from outside sources, and not to expect anything from AOL sources! There are even outrageous stories of AOL usurping funds raised from outside sources, leaving teachers involved in very uncomfortable position to explain to their donors what happened to their donations!
Most other contributors to lifestories blog have sent a photo of themselves, but not Vasanti. Clever move on her part, of course, but what a shame that our readers cannot see her angelic face. Not only her angelic face doesn’t give any hint to the huge deception ability of her owner, nor does her softly spoken voice, combined with her diplomatic language. Unless you have worked with her, it would be inconceivable to believe such a seemingly nice person can be so deceitful and so good in Art of lying; but then she has had perfect mentors to teach her this art.
Reading her deceitful piece in lifestory blog, I could not keep my silence. Many other teachers genuinely do not know where the funds go, but Vasanti not only knows, but also has been personally instrumental in diverting money from charity causes to VVM accounts and so an active player in this fraud. Is that what she means by saying “offer my life to the service of humanity.” ? Really? Only if one defines humanity as SriSri, Bhanu, her family and few lackeys. One time she even let it slip by mistake that the Divine Shop building in Bangalore city is in the name of Bhanu Didi and Bhanu Didi rents it back to AOL and takes rental for it.
Vasanti of course doesn’t tell us how much she gets paid for her services to SriSri, (OOPS, I meant services to humanity), but I am sure with what she knows is not cheap! She of course continues to serve her Master in her capacity as teacher coordinator with the same zeal in deceit and cunningness. She suffers the same sociopathic attributes as SriSri. I have quite often witnessed how much she relishes hurting others and backstabbing them and spreading rumors behind their back while smiling sweetly in their faces, all the time keeping an angelic composure and reciting knowledge from SriSri!
Vasanti has even the audacity to preach to us in her usual deceitful but diplomatic manner (just like her masters SriSri and Bhanu):
“Sometimes when I see people’s outburst and criticism, I feel they have not digested the wisdom of the teaching. It is not their mistake but more so the nature of the monkeying mind which doubts. This world is made up of only two things – Love and distortions of Love. Hence whatever someone says should be viewed with total compassion and love. I wish I could help them to see beyond. It is faith in this beautiful creation and the divinity that helps us get in touch with ourselves. They need to understand that they create their own world. Hence if today their monkeying mind is making them doubt it is their own creation. It is therefore also easy for them to move away and replace it with faith in the divine and they will experience the bliss within. All we require is awareness of the play of the mind.”
Well Vasanti, you want to help me “to see beyond”? Great, tell me how much is your salary? How much you have diverted to VVM accounts from the funds which were meant to go to various charity projects? Can you get us Bhanu Didi and SriSri and family’s list of businesses, private accounts, etc? And yes, my “monkeying mind” would be so much happier if you would return all that money raised in the name of Tsunami victims, education of children, orphanages, adopting villages, organic farming, this and that project, to its rightful owners. I know you don’t have a “monkeying” mind (read conscience), but some of us do!!
I leave it to our readers to analyse Vasanti’s distorted logic, equating the faith in the divine with the faith in her crooked guru!