Srisri Ravishankar, revered by our President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Mr. Narendra Modi, Late Former President Abdul Kalam, born in 1956, has been preaching since many years. His Art of Living Foundation was created in 1981. That means, he has been lecturing for the last 35 years. The subject of Spirituality has limited scope and limited utility, as per this ybrao-a-donkey's humble view. Of course, Shri Shri Ravishankarji may have been making Great Great (Double Shri Shri = Double Great) discourses during the last 35 years. Though generalisation may not be correct, our past experience shows that the common thread running through all the preachings of most God persons is "compassion, stress-relief, societal problems, Universal brotherhood, love and peace". For giving this small message there should normally be no need to organise large jamborees spending millions / billions of public money, whether received by Gurudev through global donations, INdian donations, or grants by Government of India, and the various State Governments.
After National Green Tribunal, levied a fine of Rs. 50 million on his AOL Foundation for violating environmental guidelines, Shri Ravishankar is reported to have commented:
"... We have not done anything wrong. We have been taintless and will remain so. We we will go to jail but not pay a penny. ..."
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For all his so-called service, he is reputed to have received awards from countries like Brazil's Tiradentes Medal, Paraguay's National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Peru's Medalla de la Integracion en el Grado de Gran Oficial (Grand Officer), Colombia's Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar, and of course, Padma VibhUshaN from the Govt. of India.
His imparting Sudarshan Kriya, which he claims to have learnt on his own, sitting for 10 days on the banks of Bhadra River in Shimoga (Karnataka State, India), we shall appreciate.
The real question which should haunt every Indian is, the WASTE OF RESOURCES-- financial, human, time, media, power (electricity), energy (fuels for aircraft, luxury cars etc.), in the conduct of this three days carnival / jumborie / jAtara / tirunALLa ?
All this waste of resources, just for telling the same old things, which our Shri Shri gAru has been repeating for the last 35 years.
We should wonder and go into a hilarious coma, if our Gurudev is going to comes out with any thing fresh and breezy, other than the run-of-the-mill Universal Love, Brotherhood and Peace.
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
Telugu: DabbA ? majAkAnA ? पैसै या मजाका ? Moolah ? Or fun ? Who will part with greenbacks and bucks, said to have been collected from nearly 190 countries?
Ha ~ Ha ! How many God persons in India, we have seen in our lives, going to jail ? May be one exception Asaram Bapu, albeit for a different reason.
As long as there are poor countries and rich countries, as long as there are poor people and rich people, as long as there are lazy fellows and toilers in drudgery, spirituality can never blossom.
I hope (may be an unfulfil-able fantasy), when proletariat establishes a Truly Socialist society, parasitic lazy fellows will be shown some toiling work, and the hitherto-toilers will be given some relief from drudgery.
Subject to substantial Revision, additions and deletions. To continue and revise this, with more proof.. सशेष. సశేషం.