Manipulation Through “Knowledge”
by Original Anonymous
Btw Doc .. I picked up the Daily Knowledge sutras book today to look for any visible signs for manipulations and I think I did come up with something..
When I read the 1st Knowledge sheet(June 21, 1995. Big Sur, California)
“This begins a new practice” … the 2nd last line of which says “Maya – delusion – is when you are stuck in events, personalities, or objects. Brahman – divine conciousness is seeing beyond all these ” ..
I was like wow this such a beautiful line. . surely this line clears a lot of things ..
.. but then when I opened the second knowledge sheet thats when I felt a little agitation ..
“Close to the master” 1st line of which says “If you are not feeling close to the master, its because of you – because of your mind, your ego concepts.” ..
immediately I realized where did the Guru chasing arise from. Yes Guru chasing was there back in the 80s too. But then there were not that many devotees and darshan used to be much more personal. I feel this is the sheet in which all the being close to the master thing arose…
The stage for competition to being close to the Guru was set.. so now the devotees to prove their spiritual growth had to seem close to the Guru.. and the Guru speaks more to the teachers than the volunteers.. he meets the teachers individually and the volunteers in a group.. he meets the devotees in even larger groups.. amongst teachers he gives more adoration to the teachers who teach the biggest courses.. etc etc
Hence the stage for getting more and more people was in the hands of the Guru .. the Guru had a chance to set up competition for probably giving better darshan to the person who helped the most people, who did some great random acts of kindness… but unfortunately the stage seemed setup for who gets the maximum people to the organization
In the second knowledge sheet (June 21, 1995. Big Sur, California) goes on to say further…
Q. When you play games with us and push us away, how can we feel close to you?
Sri Sri: You should feel more close if you are scolded or ignored, because to ignore somebody takes a lot of effort. When a master does not even ignore a wrapping paper or a flower in a vase, how can he ignore a walking, talking, breathing human being who is connected to him? Once you understand this you immediately feel close.
Torre: Can we call you every week?
Kenny: Call Guruji** every week, and if he doesn’t answer the phone, then you know you are loved!
** People around the world commonly address Sri Sri as Guruji(honored teacher)
Two things .. 1st is that convieniently the stage has been set up for multiple followers… even if you are ignored then the master loves you more.. hence no need to give personal darshans anymore … just ignore and the devotees will think the master loves them,. crave for more intimate interaction.. do more seva i.e. get more people n all … etc etc
2nd thing is that this knowledge sheet establishes him as “Guruji” the honored teacher…
The 3rd Knowledge sheet was on Sanchita, Prarabhdha karma.. didn’t see any manipulation and was about to move on when I saw a small “*” near the last line
And Satsang* burns the seed of all negative karmas before they are even given a chance to sprout.
*Company of the master, also refers to a group of people who come together to celebrate the knowledge
Now in this 3rd knowledge sheet the stage has been set up for the Satsang and deitification of the Guru, since now a group will form together to celebrate Satsang, the photo is going to be of the Guru, and obviously bhajans will be sung and hence people will feel high, they will associate the power of the mantras(including the Guru mantras) with the photo present in the satsang, hence the stage was set up for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to become a divine avataar who has come up to relieve many of their negative karmas (I would like to add that I still love the bhajans and the satsangs , I am sure many of us do, but don’t visit them anymore). I kind of like Sri Sri becoz he makes people chant the name of the divine but then I also hate him coz he takes all the credit of being the divine himself. The positive I see is people chanting together and the negative is that somebody gets deified.
I would like to mention that I love the songs and the bhajans played at Art of Living, but then the question again arises can spirituality be judged by the mere sounds. If that was the criteria then Michael Jackson would have been the most spiritually enlightened person on the planet.
I could study three sheets today the first was really good and clean but No 2 seemed highly manipulative and No 3. was an extension of that manipulation. And its amazing how such a small little manipulation can catapult an organization and a human to such a huge scale .. 1995 weekly knowledge sheet started and 1996 onwards AoL really started picking up momentum ..
If there is somebody who was there during the 80s and during these times when the weekly knowledge thing started can probably shed more light on this subject, would request them to share their experiences and we can know whether the manipulation is introduced in the book or was there right from the start?