Prime Minister’s Award, Mongolia, 2006The award was conferred by President of Mongolia Nambaryn Enkhbayar in Ulan Bator at a function held in the Presidential Palace on August 24, 2006. Receiving the award, Sri Sri said, “It (the award) is an honour not to a person but to the ancient philosophy and spiritual tradition of India.”
Sri Sri’s work in Mongolia is widely appreciated by people from all sections of society. In February 2006, Sri Sri was conferred Mongolian Prime Minister’s Award during the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Art of Living held in Bangalore.
Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, India, 2005The Inter Faith Harmony Foundation of India, a group floated by Indian Muslims, honored Sri Sri with the prestigious Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony for 2005 in August that year. Prominent philosopher and statesman Dr. Karan Singh presented the award to Sri Sri in a function held in New Delhi.
According to Khwaja Dr. Iftikar Ahmed, founding president of the foundation, the award was presented to Sri Sri “for the remarkable work done by him in promoting peace, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution”. Accepting the honour, Sri Sri emphasised the need for awakening the fundamental unity of the human family.
National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007Sri Sri received the National Veterans Foundation Award in recognition of his outstanding service to returning veterans and their families. Floyd ‘Shad’ Meshad, president and founder of the National Veterans Foundation, presented the award during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Art of Living in Washington DC in March 2007. Sri Sri was honoured for his programs for veterans and their families who suffer from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems. The Art of Living initiated a series of ‘The Project Welcome Home Troops’ programmes to help veterans and their families over the trauma of wars.
In his speech at the award ceremony, Meshad said, “The program that I recently completed along with key staff members of the National Veterans’ Foundation showed me the impact that the breathing techniques can have in healing traumatic emotional experiences. Anything we can do to bring our troops peace of mind and let them come back and reintegrate into society, is worth its weight in gold.”