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Ravi Sanakaranarayanan (aka Sri Sri Ravishankar) the spiritual fraud

I chanced upon a couple of articles exposing the fraudster who goes by the name "Sri Sri Ravishankar".

He is the founder of "Art of Living".

And a creator (patent holder) of a breathing technique called "sudarsan kriya".

The organization is a thriving business..

There are plenty of gullible Indians, who are ready to pay from Rs.1000/- to Rs.5000/- for a three day course to learn the "art of living"..... as if they did not know "how to live"....Laugh

Read the following articles to know more about this fraud...
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Read the Articles given below .....

http://shajiwriter.blogspot.com/2009/07/...iness.html
In the above article, Shaji writes about the back-ground of Ravishankar, and how he established a thriving business after learning the tricks of the trade by being the disciple of Mahesh Yogi of TM fame.

http://churumuri.wordpress.com/2008/02/0...scam-scam/
In the above article, Mr.Shenoy (of the Mysore consumer forum) recounts his experience at the Art of Living Ashram in Bangalore and exposes the modus operandi of this business by telling us how he was taken for a ride.....and also how .... so many people were pleased with the ride......!!!!!!!!
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I work in the IT industry where highly stressed out people with no personal lives crave for some "purpose" in their lives and become prime targets for smooth frauds like Ravishanker. Another such fraudulent cult is the Isha Foundation. They've even managed to put up their posters inside our office.
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I am amazed...
What level of idiocy or perhaps 'disconnect'.. or maybe 'suspension of disbelief', does it take to shell out that kind of money to 'breathe in, breathe out'?!

garbage in... but garbage no go out. it stays!
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My parents attended 'The Art of living' Course 2 years ago. They havent said anything about feeling a difference, i guess it was a total waste of money. My Cousin brother is a hardcore follower of Sri Sri and is a tutor in one of his 'Matt"s. Infact many in my family are activists for Sri Sri.
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The number of people becoming frustrated with this individual and organization is increasing day by day. In fact, they also have their own blogs that reveal loads of information on the murky going-ons inside.

1. Confessions of a Guruholic - Leaving the Art of Living
http://www.artoflivingfree.blogspot.com/

2. Beyond the Art of Living - a Critique of Art of Living and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
http://www.aolfree.wordpress.com

3. Facebook group "No, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is not enlightened"


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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/...014316.cms
Firing not aimed at Sri Sri, but to scare away dogs
ANI, Jun 5, 2010, 01.54pm IST

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BANGALORE: Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Ajai Kumar Singh on Saturday said the bullet that was fired from a country made weapon was not aimed at Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

"The firing was done to scare away the wild dogs," added Singh.

The Karnataka Polive quizzed Mahadev Prasad, who has ten acres of land right next to the Art of Living (AoL) ashram on Kanakapura road, in connection with the firing incident on AoL founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Prasad reportedly fired three shots to scare away wild dogs from attacking his cattle, one of which accidentally landed in the ashram.

The Ramanagaram district police recovered the bullet and sent it for analysis to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) .They also matched the bullet with that in the farmer's pistol and found they were of the same make. This was also confirmed by the FSL.

The firing took place on May 30 when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was returning to his ashram after delivering a discourse on Sunday evening.
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darn... :P
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Here's requesting people with a good knowledge about AOL to initiate a section on "Controversy" on Wiki article of SSR with appropriate references. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Sri_Ravi_Shankar

Murthy

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Hilarious !

Quote: August 17, 2009

Dear Teachers and Volunteers,

To help spread Gurudev’s knowledge, the Art of Living Foundation and its sister organization VVM will be offering special pricing incentives for Art of Living Part 1, YES+ , Sahaj Samadhi and Part 2 courses that we feel will be helpful during these difficult economic times. Below are the details:

1. The Online Registration System (SAO) standard fee for Art of Living Part 1 course is $450 with a current discount of $100. Thus, the current course fee is $350 for the Art of Living Course and $350 for the YES+ Course.

2. Teachers will now additionally be able to offer a discount code that reduces the course fee to $175 for the Art of Living Part 1 Course and for the YES+ Course using the admin console of secure.artofliving.org. In addition to promoting the discount code on marketing materials, the discount code should be highlighted in the course details page shown in SAO for the participants to use when they sign up. (Please note that this promotional course fee of $175 also applys to seniors and students.)

3. Please include the following sentences in the Notes section for each Part I or YES+ course you post on secure.artofliving.org that the new discounted rate will apply to. This way people registering for your course will know what discount code to use during registration: “Your course is being offered for the discounted course fee of $175.00 through October 31, 2009. To get this discount make sure to select Discount Code from the Discount Category drop-down menu when registering online for the course and enter your course’s discount code of [organizer/teacher insert here the discount code assigned for this course fee amount when course was created]..”

4. The period over which this discount is available begins right away and ends for any course that begins after October 31, 2009

5. Refunds for those participants who may have already signed up for a course and ask for the benefit of the discount can be processed by the organizer/teacher requesting the refund from Susan Brandt in the National Finance Office: finance@us.artofliving.org

6. Expenses will still only be reimbursed up to 25% of the gross revenues for each course, so it is up to each teacher and organizer to ensure that expenses can be covered before offering the $175 discount.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/...107400.cms

Art of Living gets extortion call for Rs 42 crore
IANS, Jun 29, 2010, 09.15pm IST

BANGALORE: The Art of Living, a socio-cultural and religious body on Bangalore's outskirts, is getting extortion calls to pay up Rs 42 crore or face defamation, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We have received extortion calls demanding Rs 42 crore, failing which they have threatened to malign and defame our organisation," Art of Living spokesman Girish Govind said.

The organisation is located on Kanakapura Road, about 20 km from here. It was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar two decades ago and is engaged in stress-management and social-religious services.

"We have filed a complaint with the police in Ramanagara district against the unknown callers who have been making the threat calls in Kannada and English," Govind said.

Art of Living has informed Karnataka Director General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh about the extortion calls.
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(30-06-2010 07:26 AM)Sajit Wrote:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/...107400.cms

Art of Living gets extortion call for Rs 42 crore
IANS, Jun 29, 2010, 09.15pm IST

BANGALORE: The Art of Living, a socio-cultural and religious body on Bangalore's outskirts, is getting extortion calls to pay up Rs 42 crore or face defamation, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We have received extortion calls demanding Rs 42 crore, failing which they have threatened to malign and defame our organisation," Art of Living spokesman Girish Govind said.

The organisation is located on Kanakapura Road, about 20 km from here. It was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar two decades ago and is engaged in stress-management and social-religious services.

"We have filed a complaint with the police in Ramanagara district against the unknown callers who have been making the threat calls in Kannada and English," Govind said.

Art of Living has informed Karnataka Director General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh about the extortion calls.

Don't be surprised if police are part of the extortion scheme. Prabhakar
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