If they do, then we must admit that our “deposit of faith” lacks fullness and sufficiency. If that is the case, believers are being taken for a ride, and an expensive one at that.
Or, in the worst scenario, are they leaders of New Age religions that steal the very souls- and eternal lives- of Christians who subscribe to their philosophies and adopt their recommended spiritual practices ?
In the case of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, they are an amalgam of a little truth [enough to distort reality for the not-so-informed], some common sense [to learn which one does not have to pay a guru], dashes of sheer nonsense garnished with a good bit of utter rubbish, a few distortions of Jesus’ sayings from the New Testament, and a fair sprinkling of downright lies. The first page of the WNM book eulogizes Sri Sri’s “amazing breadth of knowledge on topics ranging from mundane issues, like how to deal with anger and other disturbances, to clear and concise commentaries on many of the world’s greatest spiritual texts, all the way to vivid descriptions of the state of full enlightenment,” and “his educational programs [that] offer innovative tools for reducing stress, improving health, and living life to its fullest with more joy and enthusiasm.”The ‘New Millennium’ that the guru is talking about is nothing other than the NEW AGE as we shall see shortly.
So, the “Wisdom’ that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is offering us is simply his prescription for New Age living.
“Sudarshan Kriya means “the right vision of who I am”.
‘Kriya’ means purifying action.” [see pages 3, 6, 11] “When you meditate, you are not only improving the quality of your genes, but those qualities are also going into your children. The practice of Sudarshan Kriya also does this, very fast and very soon.”Advanced Courses are available for those who have completed the Basic AOL Course.
The reason: he was in a stressful job and he believed that AOL would help him manage his stress.
It did not really surprise me to find him doing AOL- apart from his busyness in parish activities, he had never exhibited any substantial spiritual interests, not even the common Catholic pieties and devotions.Though his Art of Living focuses a lot on stress-busting, let us first recognize that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a SPIRITUAL leader.He is not one of the burgeoning tribe of management gurus who prowl the corporate sector offering laughter therapy, role playing and mind games to unwind the tensions of the 21st century business executive.The 4-6 days AOL Basic Course “offers practices that demonstrate the natural healing power of breath…“Sudarshan Kriya, a practice which is learned on the Art of Living Basic Course, produces a deep calm in the mind…His teachings are available as audiotapes, video recordings and books.