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India Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Seeks Corruption Watchdog

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar seeks corruption watchdog
<SMALL>India Gazette
Wednesday 12th January, 2011

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Wednesday said there was a need to set up an 'independent body' to keep a check on corruption and financial scams.

'Agencies that are supposed to check the scams are also involved in the same scams. We need to have people of character and honesty to check corruption. Such a body must be positioned independent from the government,' Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told reporters.

'It should be set up to check the wrong doings in all spheres of public life,' the spiritual leader said.

Talking about the government, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that it must concentrate more on 'gross domestic happiness' rather than 'gross domestic product'.

'There should be prosperity with happiness. Greed comes because of insecurity...lack of religiousness has resulted in corruption,' he said.

The spiritual guru lauded the role of media in exposing the scams and said that without the media acting as a public watchdog, such ills would have been buried unnoticed.


Personal note:

Sri Sri Ravi Shanker is recommending that, "We need to have people of character and honesty to check corruption." The BADALS should nominate Giani Gurbachan Singh to be a member of such an 'independent body', "SAD" as it may be! lol
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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Please forgive me Soul_jyot ji

But some members may not know who Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is. Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia - not the best source - but the others readily available are from Sri Shankar's various web sites and foundations.

He was born in Tamil-Nadu, and is an adherent of Hinduism/Advaita vedanta. He is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values, which engages in relief work and rural development, according to the Wikipedia source.

Pros and cons:


Shankar teaches that spirituality is that which enhances human values like love, compassion and enthusiasm. It is not limited to any one religion or culture, but forms the heart of the world's religions. Hence, it is open to all people.[9]

Shankar emphasizes breath as the link between body and mind and, therefore, as a tool to relax the mind, emphasizing both meditation and service to others. According to him, science and spirituality are linked and consistent. Emphasizing that joy is only available in the present moment, his stated vision is to create a world free of stress and violence, and his programs are said to offer practical tools to help accomplish this. In his view, "Truth is spherical rather than linear; so it has to be contradictory."[10]


While there are a number of published peer-reviewed studies on Shankar's techniques, Art of Living volunteers have been criticized[citation needed] for using pseudoscientific language in presentations, such as claims that HIV cannot survive in the oxygen rich environment produced by Sudarshan Kriya [23] ). Such descriptions could mislead participants. Sudarshan Kriya, which may involve hyperventilation,[24] could cause hypocapnia and respiratory alkalosis.

According to an article in Reader's Digest: "There is no doubt, however, that some of its claims are exaggerated. For instance, according to an AOL brochure its “Youth Empowerment Seminar” is compulsory at 10 German universities. A random check by Reader’s Digest at five of the universities revealed that not only is the seminar not compulsory, it is not even part of the academic curriculum. It is offered as a leisure activity, alongside tennis and aerobics." [25]


Aug 21, 2010
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Tamil Hindu. Must be thanked by all sikhs around the world for his selfless service to peoples regardless or cast or creed. SSRS acted as a spiritual embassador for the guru and traveled to Iraq to speak to the vice president Abil Abd Al-Mahdi about restoring the historic shrine of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Iraq in Baghdad, which was destroyed by the war in 2003.

YouTube - Iraq to rebuild Guru Nanak Dev Ji 's Gurdwara

This source says that a shrine was dedicated to Guru Nanak in the 15th century by the arabs of baghdad which he had given a discourse too. Baghdad for half a melinium was the CENTER of KNOWLEDGE and SCIENCE in the world. The Christian/papacy priesthood plunged europe into a dark age for almost a millenia while in baghdad the arabs where preserving and at the forefront of science, mathematics, philosophy and arts.

I have read other sources that say that Guru Nanak traveled through baghdad in one of his UDASSIS, on the way to meca. While there he saw the arabs suferring and made for the village a well. As a result of Guru Nanak Maharaj's mastery over poetry, language and musicology. It is plausabile that he stayed and gave a enlightning discourse and/or kirtan(as he would have been with Mardana Ji on his Rebab) in the beutiull and challanging Arabic tounge.

Guru Fateh to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for doing this seva and getting the VP to promise to rebuild the shrine. animatedkhanda1

As far as if his shady or corrupt , i have no idea. In this dark age it seems like all our political and spiritual leaders have fallen into darkness.



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