Does Kriya Cure AIDS? The Art of Health Orientation TTC
Well, if you read this presentation, leaked to Wikipedia some time ago (and then removed), there is seemingly no end to the good things the sudarshan kriya does for you.
I certainly hope they haven’t presented it to any real scientists. That would be very embarrasing for AOL, as it is nothing but pseudo-scientific gobbledygook mostly in the form of Guru-quotes, combined with references to some of the very poor studies done on sudarshan kriya. I am not saying kriya does not have a beneficial effect on some conditions, for some people. I am merely stating the fact that it has not been clearly demonstrated yet, in a scientific way.
The whole presentation reeks of a True Devotees’ pumped-up confidence and blind faith in his/her guru: “The Master has told me this is so. Therefore, let me concoct a presentation to present to the world The Truth, as my Guru tells it.”
This is bad science. Let me quote:
Study on AIDS in the USA: Viruses cannot thrive in the 02 rich environment produced by sudarshan kriya.
When the mind is free of fear, free of anger, more clear, you can heal your system of anything.
-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Do you see where this is leading? I wonder who have been on the receiving end of this presentation. Chronically ill people? AIDS patients, cancer patients? I find it deeply disturbing and highly immoral that the AOL spreads a message of false hope to weak and vulnerable people. And I can’t help but wonder why.
Do miracles happen? Yes, apparently. The litterature describes cases where severely handicapped or terminally ill people are spontaneously cured, for no obvious scientific reason. But these cases are extremely rare. And there seems to be no connection to prayer, Grace or strong faith; when it happens, it happens also to people without faith, religion or gurus. Also, it seems to happen only to those “invisible” diseases and handicaps; have you ever heard stories of amputated legs growing back, or scar tissue disapperaring? This suggests that miracles happen in cases where the disease has a strong psycho-somatic component. Or maybe the patient was misdiagnosed to begin with.
The field of integral and holistic medicine is growing fast, and it is deeply fascinating. Yes, mind and body are connected, and the state of your mind affects your ability to heal and get better, if you are ill. But the concept of the mind “healing your system of anything” just leaves the really sick with a feeling of shame and guilt, when the miracle doesn’t happen.
Then suddently yesterday, this mail was forwarded to me, and all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place: It is of course the first Art of Health Orientation TTC coming up! And what is the aim of this new adventure? I quote: “It is expected (…) that this work will result in very positive effects for the apparently healthy population at large as it will greatly increase our outreach capabilities.” Watch out! You are only apparently healthy, if you do not practice kriya! In fact, you are doomed to disease and misery, if you do not join the precious AOL.
This is just another cynical sales plot by AOL. Shame on you, Ravi, for exploiting the sick!
It is a pleasure to invite you to the first ever Art of Health Orientation TTC to be held in Bad Antagost 16.-19. December, 2010.
The goal of this orientation TTC only for Art of Living active teachers, with the blessings of Guruji, is to train you, who would have a medical/health/science background and/or very keen to facilitate the expansion of our programs into the health sector, in becoming competent for teaching special AoL Art of Breathing courses for Depression and Cancer patients (to be held in hospitals), be able to give professional presentations to the medical community, facilitation of research, and obtaining of grant funding for these programs. Our aim is to build a team that will have a major focus on these activities in Europe so that more and more people with medical needs could take advantage of our programs, funded by governments and insurance agencies. It is expected, however, that this work will result in very positive effects for the apparently healthy population at large as it will greatly increase our outreach capabilities.
During this training, you will learn from the success stories in Europe on this endeavour, find out about the current research and implementation projects, become proficient in making science-based presentations to the authorities by mastering the literature on some main tenets of the mind-body literature, and find ways to contribute based on your unique background and connections. Please note that all the participants will be requested, in order to make best use of the time spend in the TTC, to read some selected chapters form two books (“The network of Life” author Fritjof Capra; “The end of Stress as We Know It” author Bruce Mc Ewen) and some articles chosen by Fahri and Christian.
This TTC is by personal invitation only. If you feel that someone else should join this program, please feel free to connect them with us. Space is very limited, so please apply early.
For further info regarding registrations, course fee etc
please feel free to contact us.