Does it matter to anyone? I guess not. Reframe the question to something worthwhile – How Genuine is His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ‘s contribution to the mankind. Yes! I have answers for this, based on my personal experiences. No one can fault Him or Pick holes on this count.
Call Him Satguru or Businessman or whatever, He indeed is an entrepreneur par excellence albeit into a very noble Business – Bringing smiles on everyone’s face – humans, animals and environment. Wasn’t this the same almost insignificant personality who unlike any other speaker in the ‘Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders’ – United Nations, New York” wished that He would like to a smile on everyone’s face.
Nothing great about this wish since every leader worth his/her salt makes such wishes day in and day out. However defining difference was that He “committed & took responsibility” to make it happen.
Remember we are talking about a time when the organization, The Art of Living (AOL) that He founded was not as popular as today and with limited resources at His disposal that indeed was a very populist commitment. There was stamp of Fake all over it. Greater leaders with virtually unlimited resources also had their eyebrows up and with question “How Genuine is Sri Sri” consuming them. This Satguru or Businessman Sri Sri also decided that charity or no meaningful social transformation can be done with an empty bowl. Businessman in Sri Sri decided to make an invaluable secret discovered by Him unselfishly to the world. Decide whether this is a sign of a Satguru or Businessman. It also provides answers in great measure to the question “How Genuine is Sri Sri”
But wait a minute. Why do we have to look down upon “business”? In our ancient tradition we have always worshipped “Lakshmi” – The Goddess of wealth. We have honoured businessmen & entrepreneurs from time immemorial, with a varna dedicated to them.
Appointing ambassadors to carry the message of peace and love to every corner of the world, catering to every section of the population without any kinds of any barriers whatsoever – the program was self sustained, offering “affordable” stress management techniques – yes the keyword is “affordable”. If certain section can afford no money, it was delivered free. Is this sign of a Satguru or Businessman?
Agreed! Ambassadors are not perfection personified simply because they are not HIM, just imperfect instruments trying to contribute their bit to the larger goal.
Wait there are more answers to “How Genuine is Sri Sri”
That commitment made in UN speech was not forgotten. This Fake Satguru or Businessman also ensured that the funds thus generated is pumped back into the service of mankind in the form of Projects specifically targeted towards ensuring Home, Health, Hygiene, promoting Human Values and Harmony in diversity under the flagship initiative – 5H
Oh! Yes. Does the questions “How Genuine is Sri Sri” or is He a “Satguru or Businessman” linger? If yes, probably time to enrol and experience the program. As the saying goes there is not much you can do to define pain – you have to experience it. It is true in case of Bliss too.
I experientially discovered my Self as also answers to these questions. You deserve it too.