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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Only time will tell


I strongly believe that a sign of a matured mind is to have a balanced and a universal perspective towards everything that one comes across in life. As a movement gains enormous popularity it is but natural that it attracts criticism. According to me it does not take even a fair amount of creativity to put down something.  We live in a world where the embodiment of love was crucified and even the lives of the greatest scientists were not spared because they spoke the truth.

There is no denying the fact that the Art of Living has been tremendously successful in bringing about a great transformation in the lives of millions of people from all over the world. I have myself met many people who have completely given up addictions like smoking, drinking, drugs just a few days after taking up the first Art of Living course, and will shortly be putting up their testimonials on this blog. 

How can anybody just discard all these experiences as delusional or false or a marketing gimmick? The stories of transformation are no doubt real and irrefutable. On the other hand most of the critical observation some people have made seems to be overtly exaggerated, the stories seem to be made up just to sound scandalous and there does not seem to be any mention of any of the positive aspects of Art of Living or Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Such one sided, evidence less, biased observations seem to be unreal to a rational mind. 

One thing that creates problems for the Art of Living as an organization is that it seems to be quite loosely structured. There are no fixed criteria for a person to be a representative of Art of Living as a volunteer. There is hardly any specific hierarchy amongst the teachers and as human beings come together and work together especially in such a framework errors are bound to happen. As Sri Sri has been known to quote on occasion the event (that was being organized) was mesmerizing but behind the scenes things were a mess.

It has been 29 years and Art of Living is moving from strength to strength. Totally undeterred, it is making its own way through various obstacles. Ultimately only Time will tell how genuine this movement is and how long it lasts.
J

1 comments:

I Am Back In His Device..... said...

Jai Gurudev


"One thing that creates problems for the Art of Living as an organization is that it seems to be quite loosely structured. There are no fixed criteria for a person to be a representative of Art of Living as a volunteer. "

I believe the above said is not a problem , its actually a blessing !! The aol crowd is having freedon to do what ever they want!! Here there is no Boss-Worker Relationship!!
Recently i was blessed to visit another ashram of a famous Spiritual Guru, In their ashram we just saw people with no freedom and felt they were just stressed!! They were just bounded in walls of discipline!! Its a pathetic seen for me , because i haven't experienced anything like this !! what we need is "Freedom With Discipline"!!

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