13th September 2013
Art of Living’s Sri Sri Ravishankar – con man PLUS enemy of the truth. A total BETRAYAL OF HINDUISM (Advaita and Satyameva Jayate).
A few days ago I saw a video on FB that CLEARLY showed how Ravishankar was conning (cheating) thousands of people. This is typical in India – for its “Godmen” to cheat millions. India’s children are simply not taught critical thinking in school. I was fortunate for I read extremely widely, including Western philosophy, Voltaire and Ayn Rand while in my early years of school and therefore got inoculated very quickly against “religious fraud” which is so rampant in India. My 5 volume biology textbook for AIHSc (year 11) was also excellent, particularly its introduction by a brilliant scientist whose name skips me (I would love to find that introduction and publish it – can anyone help obtain these old NCERT biology textbooks of 1979?)
This kind of cheating being so common, I merely noted it on FB and moved on. This is what I wrote on FB on 7 September 2013:
Wasn’t aware that Ravishankar does such silly tricks. I can GUARANTEE this “oil” he sells is pure rubbish. I’m disappointed that Ravishankar is making money through PURE FRAUD.
I am fine with Swami Ramdev who actually teaches wonderful yoga and brings genuine health to Indians. But CHEAP trickery of the kind that Ravishankar is using to make money is ethically and morally wrong. I would like consumer protection regulation that punishes such FRAUD. To me such a man has no right to talk about corruption since he is himself LOOTING the people who buy this fake oil.
(I’ll append a screen shot of this comment below.)
Now I’m informed (13 September – but the message was sent on 12 September) that
Do you know Art of living foundation has banned your unload [Sanjeev: this was not mine. I don’t have time for such things although I’d love to have been its author] about Ravishankar. I must congratulate you for bringing all this into our notice, thanks to you for your efforts.
Have you copied that video ? unfortunately I could not copy that but i shared that link many times and now also want to send it to many people. Is it possible to have that video anymore ?
I was shocked that such a simple video could have come down. After all, TENS of videos about Satya Sai Baba that prove his fraudulent ways are still widely available. There was no copyright issue involved. In fact the copyright of the intellectual property (the analysis) belongs to Savvy Skeptic.
But I checked google and yes, that video has been pulled down by youtube. Looks like Ravishankar’s team dialled the numbers and used its money power to get youtube to pull down the video apparently on ‘copyright’ grounds. What a joke!! They first CHEAT and then when someone points it out they say their copyright is violated!!!! CROOKS.
And the website of the “savvysceptic” has also come down.
But there is hope. Savvy Skeptic is hopeful that Youtube will deny this claim and he can then bring this video back ‘with a bang’.
My regret is that these famous ‘Godmen’ of India NEVER teach critical thinking which is a key requirement for India to develop as a great nation. Advaita PROMOTES critical thinking and the truth, so why do these Godmen not teach it?
Instead of using a silly pretext (copyright) to pull this video down, Ravishankar should have been THANKFUL that he is being questioned and put himself to any test to prove that he is not LYING and CHEATING.
But he did not. That is further evidence of his being a con man.
Sorry, Ravishankar. In this world of the internet, your game is now over. I had at least some respect for you (after all – he does some good things). But after seeing how you have reacted to destroy even a discussion of the truth, I am TOTALLY convinced that you are an ENEMY OF INDIA.
Put that video back, you conman, and PUT YOURSELF AND YOUR OIL TO RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC TESTS. I denounce you as a fraud, conman and enemy of India. You are an UNETHICAL man and bring great shame to the great religion of my father: Hinduism.
Now the only way you have to regain my respect is to put that video back AND get yourself tested by Randi Foundation. Nothing less than that will be acceptable to me. Remember, Randi Foundation is a place where even the ‘great’ frauds like Uri Geller bit the dust. You must now prepare yourself for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENTIFIC TESTING.
Savvy Skeptic – report of the take down by youtube and hope that it will be ‘released’ by youtube after inquiry.
My comment on FB:
A question has been asked of me by someone who hasn’t seen the video: What happened in the video? Well, more or less this: (and its proof – in another case – by James Randi himself, of this kind of cheating as being totally FAKE)
One of the students from the back rows of the auditorium was chosen to share the dais. The chosen volunteer, a lean-framed male student wearing a black t-shirt with horizontal white stripes, was asked to extend his arm parallel to the floor, clinch his fist and resist the pulling down of his arm. Mr. Ravishankar, gripping the volunteer’s arm near the wrist, was able to pull down his arm easily over and over again, much to the amusement of the audience. He then produced from his pocket a small vial containing an unknown fluid, and shed a few drops on the volunteer’s arm. The volunteer was then asked to rub and spread this oil over his arm. After the volunteer took a step back and a deep breath to relax, the whole exercise was repeated again – except this time Mr. Ravishankar struggled quite hard to pull down the volunteer’s arm, amazing the vast audience. The volunteer, visibly impressed and believing that he had in fact become stronger in a matter of seconds after the application of the oil, went onto fall at the feet (cultural practice of surrender) of his new Guru Mr. Ravishankar. Following the thundering applause from his audience, Mr. Ravishankar went on to urge stronger volunteers to come forth. [Source]
Arvind Iyer has provided to related links on Sri Ravishankar:
Also a liar par excellence: THE ART OF LIVING BUSINESS
And an arrogant, ill-mannered joker [https://twitter.com/bombaywallah/status/727061002315923456].