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Monday, April 25, 2005

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

[The title of the post has been shamelessly copied from a Jim Carry's movie with the same name. The title doesn't have much to do with the post itself.]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living is visiting Gothenburg this week - there are ads in the newspapers and posters have been put up everywhere in the city. Quite interestingly, there is an entrance fee for listening to him. He will also visit Chalmers and there it will be free for students.

While he has some devoted fans who are eager to attend his lectures, I am a bit skeptical. As always, I find some marketing elements in such things. Those who work for world peace and service of humanity are like Mother Teresa or our very own Abdul Sattar Edhi. And contrary to what some people will like you to believe in, life is not full of joy! Suffering and grief are as much part of it as are happiness and blessings. Tell the prisoners of Abu Gharib to be happy or say the same to someone who has lost a close relative.

However, there is a difference between real suffering and self-inflicted suffering. Let's see if Ravi Shankar differentiates between the two when he says that life is pure joy.