The game of specialness in AOL
Ronin permalink October 12, 2010 6:25 pm
First thank you for sharing your story and welcome back. Welcome to being you again. If we were to share like this on TTC we would have gotten the full brunt of the TTC trainer. I am thankful (@ Skywalker) that we can do it here and not be humiliated and degraded. Although some do try.
What you have described is very recognizable and is indeed the case in many AOL centers. And it is inherent (as WhistleBlower has mentioned) in they way the organization is set up and reflects the inner workings of the organization as a whole. The sad part is that those teachers who truly care and show a great sense of integrity are pushed out in the most nasty way possible, and then the supposedly truly gifted ones take over. What you see is that the numbers will go up indeed but the quality of teaching is not there. But as we all know large numbers means more REVENUE.
All of this jockeying for position happens in order to eventually be close to the MASTER, and he does not stop it either why should he. He is getting better devoted employees oops sorry teachers who only strengthen the corporation…slipped again sorry foundation.
During one’s time in AOL and actually straight from the beginning you are so indoctrinated (through various angles like the guru stories) that Ravi is the greatest gift to humanity. And that WE are part of this wonderful organization, and through his grace we fall under his umbrella and his watchful eyes. And as teachers we are his arms and legs, his body, HIS mind guiding us as we bring this knowledge and way of life to the people. We are part of his Parampara, the custodians of the knowledge and the teachings. So our minds are put in neutral and his MIND is guiding us to teach…….It is all HIM.
Very very smart strategy, I would love to see the TTC trainer manual or notes, it probably reads, have fun with the devotees at their expense, but makes sure to identify the ones who are talented and have the most charisma, who can recruit and sell the products AOL offers. Make them feel special don’t bother with the others. CEO Ravi has created such a fail proof employee hiring process it is called TTC. They are able to cherry pick those who the corporation can use the best in a 21 day elimination process. And they are handsomely paid to do this it as well……. Crazy is it not……but very real.
Since Ravi is the divine person, the fountain head of all the knowledge in the organization. To just be in his presence is to be blessed for life times, this is what the senior teacher preach to all the devotees. It is no wonder that people will stand in line for hours to have a meeting, a close encounter with him. To be able to say, I spoke to him and he received me, what they are really projecting is seeee I am special I spoke to him and he spoke to me. …….your not. How many times were you not asked did you meet ravi in person….. Like it is some sort of passage of rites, only then do you belong.
I remember people saying, wow he looked at me as he passed by and felt like he uplifted my soul…….. Or he threw a candy at me as I had the question in my mind for him ….. And I thought Am I missing something, actually all I saw during satsang was Ravi falling a sleep on the couch….hahahaha. But when I jokingly said that to a senior teacher I was scolded how dare I say that, it is obvious that he was going into Samadhi…… we will never know will we……although I am sue that if his microphone was on we would have heard him snore…
And thus people will do anything to feel special and be in his presence, and this is what the corporation plays on big time. What they don’t (myself included at the time) see is that it is a clever strategy. To divide and conquer, and keep the machine running keep giving it the fuel it needs. So they selectively invite people in and just say some rubbish to them and they come out feeling blessed and will give their 200%. Or they will be made to feel bad and then they still go out and give their 200%, see the catch 22. It is such a win – win for the Corporation. It is like a casino, the odds are always stacked in their favor.
But we all know and even have experienced it maybe. You were given a free pass if your family was wealthy or you had wealthy contacts, or had very good connections with the government. You would not have to stand in line actually you are brought in and get lots of attention this too is very clever strategy. You are an valuable assets therefore are of more use to them then an ordinary devotee and they will leverage that to their favor. Again you are in his presence and his grace and you feel SPECIAL your told he actually made time out of his busy schedule to meet you and your family. And subtly you will be asked how you think you can help AOL, that you can do such great things for humanity and your family would receive such great benefit.
Lots of people were used and paraded as spokes persons for the Corporation some not even knowing it until they found through other people. And families were torn apart as issue’s around donations to AOL (read money) started to play a role.
Ones family wealth or status and form of work should be closely guard from AOL. Cause they will latch on it.
So with this as a back drop it does not surprise me (now) that indeed it is the survival of the fittest, a take no prisoner attitude just to be recognized……. To get that pad on your shoulders or nod from the master yet in this game there is only one winner and I think we all know who that is……
And I agree and have mentioned it as well just like the Doctor and others did that my concern is for the young ones. I sincerely hope parents will do their research and realize that there are healthier ways to introduce their kids to spirituality. I hope that those in college have friends who they will listen to, when they tell them they will take this YES+ course.
In the past only one side of AOL prevailed. They now know that for many the bubble has burst and we don’t fall for their rhetoric and fake it till you make it life strategy anymore.
The master is seen for what he is a clever business man with a great management and marketing team.
The little giant has awakened.