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Promoting Dialog For PeaceJeu, 11/09/2008, Stavanger, Norway
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the Point of Peace Summit, a meeting of former Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and conflict solution experts, in Stavanger, Norway on September 11, 2008.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar drew the attention of the leaders of peace with a stimulating articulation on dialog as a means for peace during his address on the topic ‘The Power of Dialogue -9/11 and Then What?’
“There is a great need for dialog, and for creating mediators. The role of a mediator is vital, and he needs to play the role of a catalyst without imposing himself,” he said. “Most conflicts are based on an identity crisis.
We have forgotten that first, and foremost, we are all human beings; then other identifications such as religion, nationality, and gender follow. If people get stuck with their limited identities, they are ready to die for it. We need to move beyond our narrow identities to overcome fear, mistrust, and conflict in the post 9/11 scenario,” he added.
Dialog For PeaceMar, 12/08/2008, Andhra Pradesh, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar played a major role in finding an amicable solution to the Amarnath land imbroglio that triggered large-scale violence, and protests throughout Jammu and Kashmir.
The J&K government had granted some land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, the body that oversees the annual pilgrimage to the famous temple, to create basic amenities for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the shrine.
At a time when the issue was getting polarized along communal lines between the Hindu, and Muslim communities, creating wide-spread violence, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar managed to convince leaders from all sections of society to stop violent protests, and come to the negotiating table.
His call to civil society to play a proactive role in restoring normalcy was widely appreciated. H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar underlined the need for the majority community to take responsibility for protecting the minority community. “Wherever Hindus are in majority, they need to protect the Muslims, and vice versa,” he said.
Globalizing Spirituality, Guru PoornimaJeu, 17/07/2008, California, United States
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took part in the Guru Poornima celebrations organized by the local chapter of the Art of Living in California. Guru Purnima is an occasion for all seekers to express their gratitude to their spiritual masters.
Addressing the large gathering H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Each one of you should play the role of a Guru to at least some people in your life. This can happen when you want nothing from them other than their happiness and progress.Can you be a guru like that to some people? Like you become a father or mother, you should also be a guru to someone. Play the role of the guru by caring for them unconditionally. Care for them without caring for what they are going to do for you.”
World Venerates WisdomDim, 06/07/2008, Alabama, United States
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was honored by the New Jersey General Assembly during his visit to Edison. It passed a resolution “to acknowledge that H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been furthering the best of human instincts, traits, and characteristics; for promoting sustainable growth in poor rural communities; for Art of Living which assists at-risk youth in turning away from gang violence, drugs, and alcohol toward a life of greater generosity and service.”
Mayor Jun Choi honored H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the inaugurating ceremony of a meditation, and yoga retreat conducted by the spiritual leader, and participated by over 1,500 people.
The mayor also declared July 4-6, which coincides with Independence Day in the United States, as ‘His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Weekend in Edison’.
Facilitating Peace In South AsiaVen, 11/04/2008, Norway
To facilitate peace-building measures to end long-standing conflicts in South Asia, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led the Peace & Reconciliation Conference in Oslo.
“We must continue to pursue the path of peace,” said H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. “Conflicts are bound to come, and we have to make them a stepping stone to achieve the ultimate goal of global peace,” he urged the audience comprising stakeholders in the peace process from the region as well as experts.
The conference was held under the aegis of the International Association for Human Values, (IAHV), a sister organization of the Art of Living. The focus of the conference was on finding a novel solution, which combines South Asian perspective, and Western thought.
It called for peaceful resolution of the unsettled issues, and cited spirituality as a way forward. Special workshops on the Naxal violence in India, ethnic Tamil strife in Sri Lanka, and oppression in Myanmar were conducted during the conference.
Bringing Inner Peace Through MeditationVen, 07/03/2008, Surat, Gujarat, India
Led by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, tens of thousands of people meditated for world peace in Surat, Gujarat. He also conducted a Health and Happiness workshop, in which people learned simple breathing techniques for better health.
A special homa for peace also took place on the occasion of Shivratri on March 6.Over 200,000 people from different parts of India, and the world including Russia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and Hong Kong joined H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in prayers, and meditation for world peace.
Promoting Interfaith Harmony For Global PeaceSam, 16/02/2008, Art of Living International Center,
, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought together hundreds of monks, and saints from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and various parts of India in his bid to harness the commonalities in the teachings of the two religions as a source of world peace.
Vedanta, and Buddhism have the solution to combat the problems of depression, violence, and conflicts as they connect you with inner strength through meditation,” he said in his address at the ‘Vedanta-Buddhism: Bringing Global Peace’ conference at the Art of Living International Center in Bangalore.
Organized by the Art of Living, and the Maha Bodhi Society, the two-day-conference aimed at building complementary roles for both traditions to resolve problems facing the world.
“The world needs to know how to live amidst differences. and celebrate those differences,” H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told the gathering.
Action for Environment And Social JusticeVen, 01/02/2008, Art of Living International Center,
, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s concerns for environment protection, and mitigating the effects of global warming translated into an action-oriented confluence of non-governmental organizations.
At the ‘Sangam 2008’ conference, held at the Art of Living International Center, (Bangalore), about 600 delegates deliberated on collaborating to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar outlined his vision for the world in his address: “A violence-free world, disease-free body, prejudice-free mind, and a loving environment are the birthrights of every individual.”
The conference also emphasized social justice where NGOs were provided with a direct interface with the Indian judicial system.
'Sangam' was the first conference of its kind where the Judicial System was in interface with the civil societies not only through the special joint session but also in all the working sessions where the judges from NALSA (National Legal Services Authority) were on the chair.