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Re: “Unmasking The Art of Living

I am not here to defend or attack the foundation or the author of the mentioned blog. I will attack the statement that 'the foundation has only helped people and harmed no one'.

This foundation is responsible for destroying as many families as it has possibly touched.

In the olden days, women feared if their men decided to follow Buddhism full-time, thereby abandoning their families and social obligations in their entirety.

The Buddha never asked anyone to renounce their day to day lives – he simply pointed a way that made each living moment seem richer and free of ‘dukha’ (pain). Yet, while some people got this message, and used Buddhist practices (mindful practices) to enrich their day to day lives, MOST people actually used Buddha’s teachings to ESCAPE from their day to day life!

The same can be said for Art of Living followers! They are looking for an ESCAPE from their everyday lives. I know several well-employed people who quit their jobs in the prime of their careers to ‘follow their heart’ full-time. I know several people who routinely leave their kids at home (near abandoned) so they can attend a 3 day silence course!

They claim that their guru ‘calls out’ to their inner being –and it is not a call that they can easily reject. Yet, they feel no remorse in rejecting the call of their family or their immediate work-family, in the pursuit of this ‘fake’ inner call. It is FAKE, because no real guru will ask you to abandon everything to follow him or her. It is only the devotee that has this interpretation of the guru’s teachings.

I am YET to meet an AOL follower who is able to successfully balance their family and work life with their AOL responsibilities - which is ironical, because that is EXACTLY what the art of living is supposed to teach you ! And I hope your response to this will not be 'Well, this is not true because I know so many people who DO balance everything'....You may have met such people, but I repeat, I am YET to meet ONE such person -after having interacted with a few hundred AOL followers.

Posted by AV on 10/09/2016 at 8:15 AM

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