Oh, now all of a sudden everyone wants to talk about Baba Ramdev.
Yes, the same Swamster Ramdev, yogevangelist who owns a piece of Scotland, has a 24/7 yoga TV channel with millions of viewers, has announced his desire to “shoot dead” corrupt politicians and has declared yoga the cure for everything, including cancer and the “defect” of homosexuality. The same Ramdev who has stepped up to the yoga-podium and has more than a few opinionated views about how India should be run, and has consequently entered the realm of politics with his vocalized rants, most recently a hunger strike to protest government corruption and “black money” stashed away in foreign banks. Captain Swamster to the rescue!
Should you care about him? Eh, maybe. We’ve asked boatloads of yogis here if they ever heard of this Ramdev character and we get the same blank, blinking stare. Who?
So he’s not a Western Yoga Don quite yet (he does have a compound in Texas), but he sure is causing a ruckus over east. His much hoopla’d fasting sit-in at the capital, New Delhi, was raided by the police over the weekend before the first hunger pangs set in. “The government wanted to kill me,” said Ramdev on national television hours after he and his devoted followers had their hunger strike party broken up by police officers spraying tear gas. The government claims he was inciting a riot. Still Ramdev escaped and continues his fast at home in Haridwar, and will do so “until death.” Along with tens of thousands of followers.
If you don’t think he’s serious, if you don’t think he’s powerful enough to provoke action with drastic measures, as a public icon and yoga figure, you obviously haven’t seen his bahya kumbhaka in front of microphone pose.
Maybe you don’t care. No worries. We’ll keep an eye out for the fundamentalyogavangelist world takeover and keep you posted!
by admin on October 5, 2009
On one hand we’re all like ‘heyyy rock on, yoga’s reaching new heights in acceptance and wouldn’t this make the world a better, more peaceful place?’ And then we’re reminded that anything on this large a scale means politics are inevitably involved, not to mention the cultural impact. Sure there’s lots of YogaPop these days – even Ramdev accepted an offer to star on India’s version of Big Brother, Big Boss 3, though had to decline due to his strict conditions – but overall it’s kinda nice to have yoga more widely accepted, even if we encounter the occasional yogatart or are led to believe our butts will be enlightened by wearing expensive spandex.
Because we’re feeling all saucy with told you so on top, the Greatest Hits:
- Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev: Shoot Dead the Corrupt Politicians
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- Swami Ramdev Founds Scotland ‘Peace Island’, Challenges Bikram for Title of Yoga ‘Don’
- Baba Ramdev 24/7
- Yogevangelist Swami Ramdev Protests Homosexuality, Claims it a ‘Defect’ ‘Cured’ with Yoga