Bollywood, Drugs, Ethics, Politicians – A Heady Mix

A Transcript of His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of  The Art of Living speaking on Bollywood’s complicity in current degradation of Societal Values

(I have attempted transcription of the talk as delivered verbatim, in order not to lose the purport in the process of scripting)

Question: Dear Guruji, Adi Shankaracharya was a Sanyasi. Yet He established various methods of Puja and Worship. What is the significance of Idol Worship in Spirituality? A recent Bollywood Cinema has shown it in bad light


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar : Just imagine that there was no Idols at all in this country, no temples, no photographs, no paintings-Mankind would have been in a big loss. Just imagine there were no Sculptors, you would have never known how the people in the past would have looked like. Just imagine there was no Michelangelo, his paintings ; no Ravi Varma, and there is no painting of any sorts, the world would be such a dull place.

Similarly just imagine a world without any music, without any dance, without any festivity – you know these people systematically attack the values of this society or the culture of the country, they are into some mischief, I tell you. They say all Ashrams are bad, you cannot put all Ashrams in one basket and say they are all hopeless. You cannot say all temples are simply looting money.

Rudra Puja
Rudra Puja

What do these people do? What do the Bollywood do? Each of those actors sometimes come and sneeze in front of the camera and takes crores of Rupees. For Vicks advertisement they had to come and just sneeze 2 times. That’s it! 2-3 crores they take home. What do they do? Drink, go for drugs go to parties drink and waste the money. Whose money are they wasting? Public’s! And that too poor people who go for entertainment, pay so much of their hard earned money and these money in crores go to the pockets of these Bollywood actors and actresses. And their lives, I tell you is miserable. It is misery in bundle. And immoral, unethical behaviour – they may talk about ethics but if you see their personal life, you cannot find ethics – most of them, many of them. And they say there should be no idols, there should be no puja, don’t go to Satsangs, Dahi Handi (Curd Pot) mat karo. Arre! Dahi Handi is a beautiful festival remembering Lord Krishna‘s life story and people enjoy. Holi is a festival, Ganesh is a festival. These festivals bring color to the Society. That is what India is. Just imagine, no temples at all, no Murthis (Idol) at all, no figures at all – It won’t be India. It will be like Afghanistan, where 2000 year old Bahmiyan Buddhas were destroyed. What is there? Just Desert.

Bamiyan Buddha, Afghanistan (Doesn't Exist now)
Bamiyan Buddha, Afghanistan (Doesn’t Exist now)

No! these people have ulterior motives and they want to take our country towards Naxalism. Because they don’t want Ethics and Religion to blossom. What do they do? They take religion to beat up religion. This is the new trend that has come up in this society.
How these these politician do? They create their own enemy and make them stand against them. And they go on abusing the politician. So all those who are against this politician will go that guy who is his enemy. And then he wins the elections, and then he takes them within himself. This is what happened with NCP. What is NCP? They all went away from Congress. People voted for them because they are not with Congress and they joined Congress back. First they deceived Congress, then they deceived people. What happened to Prajarajyam in Andhra Pradesh, this famous actor (Chiranjeevi) was made to stand against Congress party and people had a big hope. This guy would give us a change and would make a difference. All the opposition vote he cornered which would have otherwise gone to another party. Six months later he went and merged with Congress. These are deceptions.

Sworn Enemies?
Sworn Enemies?

Similarly you would see in Bollywood, anyone wearing a tilak will be a villain. Someone with a choti (a hair tuft) has to be a bad guy.


And they bring dignity of people who are practicing ancient wisdom or religion into a very bad light so that young people can go away from that. More young people move away from traditional values, they can make them susceptible for drugs, alchohol and cigarettes. All these lobbies work towards this. Because what stops youth from using drugs is, I tell you – it is their Religiosity.

Our Heroes and Role Models???

When youth is away from religiosity the drug market flourish very well. This is the whole lobby that is working. The drug lobby, alcohol and cigarette lobby and the Bollywood. Do you now see how the market works?

People who go to temple or Gurudwaras or church –people with religious bent of mind or spiritual bent of mind don’t go to drugs. For that you have to first cut the youth from going to these places and then they can influence them, “Hey, C’mon take the drugs” That is how they have done it.

Sniffing Correction Fluid

A large percent of Punjab has been addicted this way. It is unfortunate. So painful to see a community like Punjab who were so robust & vibrant is going in this direction which is self destructive. And Children!!

(The following part edited/added with transcript of talk with the Updated video link) Courtesy: Sri Dinesh Ghodke

The Art of Living  took a very bold step in filing a case against the Eraser (Correction fluid), typewriter eraser ink, banning that. Went to Supreme Court and got the order in our favor. Its all done by Art of Living volunteers. Because this eraser ink, you could get it in any shop and the children, kids used to take it,  sniff it and use it to get high! So we made an effort to fight that. Now the government has banned that eraser ink, whitener. The whitener has been now banned! Similarly drug de-addiction program is happening in Punjab. But you know this lobby is so big! That’s why I want everyone of you to volunteer in bringing about spirituality to people.

Correction Fluid Banned in Punjab
Correction Fluid Banned in Punjab

In last month, we had 150 internationals from all over the world… from Russia, from other places went on padayatra in Andhra Pradesh, some parts of Karnataka, to bring the awareness in people. Spirituality is important! You all sing and dance meditate, participate in the cultural programs. This message was very well received from the people in the villages and unfortunately, Bollywood is destroying these fibre by projecting it all in a very negative light.

And who is funding this? Its coming from Dawood type of people, not all though… I wouldn’t say all of them are bad; generalization in any field is not wise but I see that this lobby of druggist and terrorist and unethical people are playing havoc through Bollywood!

(Check these links on Dawood-Bollywood Nexus : Pls note it is Not part of the talk1) Sanjay Dutt 2) Mafia Investments in India 3) Akshay Kumar 4) Stars to Attend Wedding Bash  )

You can view the Original video of the  talk uploaded on The Art of Living ‘s official Channel here

12 thoughts on “Bollywood, Drugs, Ethics, Politicians – A Heady Mix

  1. Amit January 2, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    Very well composed n creative bhaiya, Gud that Guruji is candid about such issues, nobody cares/dares to talk about such issues. Many of the bollywood movies show Swamis and Sadhus as villans , havent seen a Maulvi or a Priest as one, I am not against Maulvis or Preists but i think its a deliberate attempt to show Hindus in a bad light specially after the underworld money made inroads into Bollywood. I am even surprised how millions of people look upto people like Aamir Khan as some social reformer when his own integrity is questionable. As for people like Sharad Pawar and Chirangivi , i hope people will show them their place in the next elections.

  2. Ensures January 2, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    Yes, high time someone called their Bluff!

  3. Dr.Manikantan January 3, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Very good effort of putting it to the media, as the minority, the evil-minded ‘villains’ of the society, is in full swing with their strategic, calculative, consistent action to suppress the majority, the people. The uplift in the awareness of the masses is now getting translated into action, which is a clear indication that we will not succumb to the wiles for good. Masters like H. H. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji remind us that it won’t be long before the goodness wins over the evil, once again marking the rise of a new ‘SAT-YUG!’ “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!!”

  4. Vinod B S January 3, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    I remember earlier the scenes involving smoking or alchol consumption were censored. now it is allowed with a small Warning note at the bottom on the giant screen!
    seems like the social structure is slowly crumbling under the pressure of the lobby

  5. Raghav January 4, 2013 / 12:23 am

    Super! He got the pulse right. I am with you to do something about it.

  6. Ensures January 4, 2013 / 12:58 am

    Let us….Raghav gaaru, they have been getting away too far doing this against culture of the nation. Time someone stood up and given them a lessor or two

  7. Mloreyesplus January 15, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Reblogged this on YES!+ Kudla and commented:
    A very interesting insight my HH SriSri Ravi Shankar..

  8. Manjeet May 17, 2013 / 11:46 am

    its time for change …….depends which path we r going to choose…but one thing is sure earlier or later purity,humanity will over tak.e injustice ..!!
    suresh anna ….nice post!!!

  9. R.MUKUND December 24, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    I challenge them to show a Madrasa and a moulvi in poor light.

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