Guru of Joy to make Mumbai smile 6th Jan 2011
Sri Sri to visit city as part of three-day Art of Living fest, ‘Muskuraee Meri Mumbai’
MUMBAI. January 6: Mumbai will begin its New Year on a joyful note. A three-day spiritual fest organised by The Art of Living from January 13 to 15 has a delectable spread of enchanting musical evenings, profound timeless knowledge, personal interaction with the popular spiritual Guru, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
“In the fast pace of our lives, we are caught up so much in positive and negative events, in information bombardment that we forget to connect with ourselves. One research also stated that a child smiles 300 times a day whereas an adult hardly smiles. This visit is dedicated to make the whole of Mumbai smile. Hence the theme of Sri Sri’s visit this time is Muskuraee Meri Mumbai,” says Darshak Hathi, International Director, Art of Living Foundation.
On January 15, Sri Sri will address a first-of-its-kind knowledge session called ‘Gyan Ganga’ in Kandivali. Here, he will take us on a journey into ourselves and answer questions from the audience. In the evening, the people of north Mumbai will have a satsang with Sri Sri in Borivali.
For the first time the Guru will also address a session on an Art of Living Program titled ‘Inner Rejuvenation and Social Transformation’ organized by APEX, the corporate wing of the organization for senior managers of corporate India.
The Art of Living has been working since 30 years to bring a smile on Mumbai’s face through various stress elimination programs, free programs for the underprivileged, for the police, for BEST employees, for children and all sections of society. Recently its volunteers conducted several Balchetana Shibirs for 722 underprivileged children in Mulund, a special program for 900 trainee women constables was also held in different areas of Mumbai with fantastic results.
Among its on-going projects is the Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir being run since nine years in the slums of Dharavi. This is the first English medium school in Dharavi with an enviable teacher-student ration of 1:25. This ensures that the 293 students are given an all round personalised education, that aims to develop all aspects of their personality. Apart from extra-curricular activities, the school has a fully equipped computer lab. Regular health check-ups take care of the children’s plysical fitness. Allowances are made for students of all abilities. To assure and encourage weaker students extra one-on-one classes are held to enable them realise their full potential. A hospitality program, created by Westin Hotels and an upcoming vocational training centre will guarantee employment to many enterprising students.
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