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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Guru Ridicule???

I am just sick and tired of this negative portrayal of Hinduism in the worldwide media.
Jesus rocks and has achieved world wide fame and following, but every religion has similar convergence and I sometimes think why hasn't the Hindu religion been adopted to the extent.
Yes, the Hare Rama Hare Krishna movement didn't help and spanners were thrown into the wheels in motion....I don't consider myself a hard liner religious zealot by any means, but I do think Hinduism has a lot to offer the world and we are not letting this happen purely by such negativism that is so rampant. Look at the American textbooks writeup about HInduism, which took quite a bit of effort to correct, they were obviously written up from a very biased perspective. I just don't have the time to deal with stuff that is so casually thrown out in putting down religion, but religion is a sensitive issue and 5th amendment should be exercised with utmost caution.

Deepak has re-packaged Hinduism and made it very palatable for the western audience. He is well entrenched in Hollywood and has tremendous connections that could be certainly leveraged to set the right messaging. Hinduism has been at the tipping point for long and we don't want to see another setback via "Love Guru".

Love Guru’ producers shouldn’t placate Hindus: Deepak Chopra
Thaindian.com, Thailand - Apr 8, 2008
New York, April 8 (IANS) While insisting that the producers of “The Love Guru” should not have placated Hindu protesters by agreeing to pre-screen the ...

The Love Guru invites hate from hardline Hindus
3 Apr 2008, 0028 hrs IST,Chidanand Rajghatta,TNN
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'The Love Guru' poster
Courting controversy: A poster of The Love Guru
WASHINGTON: "His karma is huge," say the promos, but his take on the Hindu dharma is offensive, say the critics. Stand by for yet another flaming controversy on religion and free expression.

( Watch: 'Love Guru' brews a storm )

Weeks before the formal release of comedian Mike Myers' The Love Guru on June 20, some Hindu activists in the US are girding up to protest the movie's portrayal of their faith and its preachers. "From the information available about the movie, it appears to be lampooning Hinduism and Hindus and using Hindu terms frivolously," says Rajan Zed, a Hindu priest from Nevada who is at the forefront of the growing protests.

Information there is aplenty - and depending on one's own outlook, you can either see it as a laugh-a-minute spoof of garden variety Hindu guru types or a deeply offensive parody of the faith. In trailers and promos posted on the film's website and on popular social networking sites, Myers is shown playing Guru Maurice Pitka, a 38-year-old, 5 feet 8 religious figure who greets people with the expression "Mariska Hargitay" and expounds pop philosophy.

Pitka is an American purportedly raised by gurus in an ashram in India who returns to USA in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey star (Myers is Canadian) whose wife has left him for a rival. The over-the-top portrayal of the Love Guru is embellished with quotes such as "Don't come a knockin', if the asana is a rockin' and impossible yoga postures. Myers heartily mocks several aspects of the guru business, including its emphasis on lineage (Pitka's guru is Guru Tugginmypudha played by Ben Kinglsey).

Not funny, say Hindu priests. "Guru is never to be ridiculed under any circumstance. Respect for the giver of knowledge is a foundational and essential element found within Vedic culture," says Paradheya Das of Sri Krishna Vedic Cultural Association in Sacramento (California). Aware of the gathering storm, Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the movie, has promised a pre-screening for offended groups. Love Guru ... is a satire created in the same spirit as Austin Powers," Paramount said in a statement, noting that the film features spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra and Hindu actor Manu Narayan. "It is our full intention to screen the film for Rajan Zed and other Hindu leaders once it is ready."

Myers' Love Guru upsets Hindu leaders
Guardian, UK - Apr 11, 2008
"I watched the trailer for the movie Love Guru and was shocked that any respectable movie producer would so blatantly ridicule a great world religion, ...

Resentment against movie The Love Guru broadens in USA
Thaindian.com, Thailand - Apr 11, 2008
Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): Opposition is growing against the upcoming Hollywood movie The Love Guru over denigrating Hindu traditions. ...
Watch Trailer: 'The Love Guru'
Beliefnet.com, NY - Apr 10, 2008
In the upcoming comedy "The Love Guru," releasing June 20, 2008 from Paramount Pictures, Mike Myers plays Pitka, a self-help guru--billed as "the second ...
Resentment Against Movie "The Love Guru" Broadening Quickly
NewsBlaze, CA - Apr 10, 2008
Censure of the upcoming Hollywood movie "The Love Guru" over the signals of its denigrating Hindu traditions is mushrooming in both Hindu and non-Hindu ...
Mike Myers Shares His 'Love Guru' Wisdom And His Love For Justin ...
MTV.com - Apr 9, 2008
The chameleonlike funnyman recently unveiled the first trailer for "The Love Guru," a highly anticipated summer comedy that has him lost in a beard, ...

Myers' Latest Spoof Hits 'Ohm'
HappyNews.com, TX - Apr 11, 2008
Still, weeks before the movie is even ready for screening, some in the Hindu community feel that ''The Love Guru'' has the potential to ridicule important ...
The Love Guru invites hate from hardline Hindus
Times of India, India - Apr 2, 2008
Weeks before the formal release of comedian Mike Myers' The Love Guru on June 20, some Hindu activists in the US are girding up to protest the movie's ...

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