The so-called World Cultural Festival, hosted in New Delhi, has passed. However, Indian media’s blue-eyed boy Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s magical spell would continue for some more years, thanks to his mighty links with politicians.
Post-Festival, he has already collected his coveted Padma Vibhushan award from the President and has thanked the nation in these words – ‘I whole heartedly accept the honour bestowed upon me by the Government and the people of India.’
We can now hear the chants of ‘Jai Gurudev, Jai Gurudev’, wherever Sri Sri is going, coming. This gives a feeling that India has found a new guru, again on its soil. Before him, many rose and died on the spiritual horizon.
The likes of Acharya Rajneesh alias Osho, Dhirendra Brahmchari, Chandraswami, Asaram Ji Bapu, Satya Sai Baba et al have already had their share amidst a sea of blindfolded disciples. And Sri Sri is not new to India. Only his status has recently been upgraded as it also happened in the case of Baba Ramdev who has turned his Yoga practitioners into one of country’s biggest consumers via his Patanjali brand.
Hats off to all of them. As can be seen, Sri Sri or Baba Ramdev have (also) worked hard for this day. They seem to be enjoying their status, so are we…as if…we’ve found someone, once again, to show us the light…!
…and as Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev) said, the other day, with a touch of humour… (while replying to the question – If God doesn’t exist why do we need Gurus), …a guru was always there since time immemorial… Today, he has acquired the status of GPS.
“When you’re in an unknown terrain, you tend to use a GPS. An unknown lady gives you instructions and you blindly follow these. Simply because the terrain is alien to you, and it is sensible to take instructions,” said Sadhguru.
When prompted, “Are you saying you’re a GPS?”
He said, “Yes, Guru Positioning System.”