An Interesting Perspective on SSRS and Enlightenment
by The Seer
The universe is full of beauty if only you know how to look at things, and universe is full of knowledge if only know how to look for it. Every moment is embedded with the highest wisdom, you can access it from within your own heart, you need not look for it anywhere else. Wisdom certainly need not be connected with a particular person or a book or a scripture. Yes, no human being is right about everything, and no human is wrong about everything.
Even the concept of ‘enlightenment’, I think, is over-hyped. Shunryu Suzuki said, “There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.” Enlightenment can be a state, there can be enlightened activity, and you can say there are people who can remain in that state frequently and longer than others. But you can’t label a person as ‘enlightened person’ and differentiate him/her from others. A person who thinks s/he is somehow more enlightened than others is no more enlightened.
When I think of how the AoL has come to what it has become, my impression is that it all started with good intentions. SSRS genuinely wanted to develop a process that can reduce stress in people. And maybe he mystified the process initially with the intention of making it popular. Things were good when he was still Pundit Ravi Shankar. And then it got popular, it got bigger, more courses came up, and when AoL found that there are people who ‘depend’ on their processes and courses, they got carried away by all the success. Course fees got expensive, dirty sales tricks were employed, ‘SS’ was added in front of ‘RS’, and then came ‘HH’ too…..
Some people posting comments in this blog trash SSRS and say he’s evil and all that. But I really pity him. When you are surrounded by people who always praise you and worship you and say that you never make a mistake, after sometime you inwardly start believing in them. J Krishnamurti said, “People use the guru as a crutch” and, “Leaders destroy the followers and followers destroy the leaders”, and here is your practical example. You can have genuine gratitude towards the person who has shown you the path, you can have genuine respect for that person in your heart. But if you put him in a high pedestal, worship him and make him different from others, you are only destroying him and allowing him to destroy you.
Of course, whatever I said about AoL and SSRS in the above two paragraphs is my own hypothesis, it could be entirely wrong. The real story could be worse or better, it could be something entirely different. I’m even open to the possibility that all that I think about AoL and SSRS is mistaken. The reality could be worse, or better, or it could be something entirely different.