World famous Indian visiting Sarpsborg
2nd May 2012 Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has inspired thousands of people worldwide. Now he is in Sarpsborg.
The founder of The Art of Living Foundation arrived at the Quality Hotel on Sunday and will be leaving today.
– Now I’m going to Ukraine, Germany, Canada and Bulgaria, he tells who has visited 15 different countries in only the last month.
– I travel for 10 months a year, and the last two I am home in India, he tells Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad.
Nominated for the Peace Prize
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is presented on the organisation’s homepages as a humanitarian ambassador, spiritual leader and meditation teacher, as well as an advocate for peace. In 2011 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is considered one of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders.
The Forbes magazine named him one of India’s five most influential people throughout history. His work for peace has been noticed worldwide.
In recent days, the legendary Indian held courses for about 200 people at the Quality Hotel. The main course consisted of 150 people.
We have also held courses for children aged 8 - 12 years, and for youth, he says.
The world famous Indian is engaged in creating a society without stress and violence. He believes the key to achieving this goal lies in multi-cultural activities.
Regardless of culture or religion, we all belong to the same human family, he says.
The meditation courses are designed to remove stress from the mind and violence from the society, according The Art of Living Foundation’s homepages. His philosophy is that peaceful individuals do not contribute to conflict neither at individual nor societal level.
Course leader Ingrid Klokkersund Byrt is happy that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar now is in Norway. ”It is a great feeling for the course participants that the founder of what they learn is present. When he enters the room it is special, she says who became familiar with The Art of Living already in 1988, and who has been a course leader since 1991. For me this has meant a lot. I feel strong, and I have tools to handle any situation, says Ingrid Klokkersund Byrt.
The Art of Living has its own centre in Oslo, where meditation classes are held. The reason why Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s visit in Norway was located just here in Sapsborg, is because of the proximity to the border. Besides Norwegians, Swedes and Danes have also participated on the courses, the Norwegian course leader tells.