25th Nov 2013
17th Dec 2013
13th Dec 2013
13th Dec 2013
Madurai, Tamil Nadu,
Morning 10 am- Meenakshi Temple Madurai,
Evening satsang at 6.30 pm in Vaigai City.
14th Dec 2013
14th Dec 2013
Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu,
Early Morning Thiruprakundram Temple Darshan.
Evening Rudra Abhishekam at Shankarmath in Rameshwaram
15th Dec 2013
15th Dec 2013
Tamil Nadu, India
Early morning at 5 am Sphatik Linga Darshan, Srilankan Refugees Meet, Satsang in evening at Ramnad
24th Dec 2013
29th Dec 2013
North Carolina, United States
30th Dec 2013
4th Jan 2014
Bad Antogast, Oppenau, Baden-Württemberg,
Sri Sri launches Volunteer for a better India in Maharashtra
23rd Feb 2013, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
A wave of patriotic exuberance swept across the venue as Sri Sri addressed a huge gathering of nearly 1,00,000 people to garner support for Volunteer for a Better India (VBI), his latest social initiative. In a passionate address, Sri Sri said, “A revolution in India is in the offing. Whether you participate or not, India will still progress and prosper to its best. But when you become an instrument for change, it leaves you with a deeper sense of fulfilment. To experience this unique joy, you must become a volunteer for a better India.”
Sri Sri reflected on the times during India’s freedom struggle that claimed millions of human lives and spoke about sacrifices that people made at the time. “Today, I am not asking you to sacrifice your life or belongings. I just want you to give one hour to the nation every day,” he added.
The launch of VBI was attended by several dignitaries who offered to support VBI. However it was the presence of youths that was more palpable, especially when they sung patriotic songs and cheered for the nation. Sri Sri urged them to come together on a common platform and fight injustice. “Don’t lose heart. Empower yourself and use your skill in the best possible way to tackle corruption.”
The event culminated in a pledge taken by lakhs of people:
to remove ignorance and bring literacy,
to not take or accept bribes,
honor women and not allow female foeticide,
wipe away addictions to alcohol and drugs,
care for the environment,
vote without fail.
work together in harmony towards building a stress-free, violent-free India by giving one hour everyday to the nation.
The knowledge session was packed with light banter answered the volley of questions with witty one-liners.
Sri Sri emphasised on how important it is to enhance our receptivity, to be able to receive knowledge. “The grace of the Divine is unlimited. Prayer and sadhana(spiritual practices) will help you open up to higher knowledge.”
After a meditation began an intensive question and answer session. In between Sri Sri highlighted the need to promote organic farming and also do away with white sugar.
He also encouraged the youth to keep up the enthusiasm. “Sky is the limit for you. Life is a combination of the nutan and puratan. Take the essence of both and move towards your goal.”
Interaction with the media
22nd Feb 2013, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Interaction with the media
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the media at a special event organized by the Maharashtra PatrakarSangh for editors and senior journalists.
Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized the importance of fair and free media. He said, “The media and the spiritual Guru share the same responsibility. Their job is to remain unbiased, uphold the truth and bring hope to society. They cannot be aligned with political parties or ideologies. Moreover, it is necessary for the media to give a positive direction to people. Highlighting only incidences of crime and other ills in society can give rise to negativity and cynicism and lead people into depression. It is required to combine with information that will give people a reason to smile.”
Sri Sri elaborated on his recent meeting with 3000 sarpanch leaders and gram sevaks from Maharashtra to combat the challenge of water scarcity across the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra. He further stated that the media, the government and other social organizations in the country need to come together to bring about an effective change in society
The Maharashtra Rajya Marathi PatrakarSangh (MRMPS) honored Sri Sri with aMaanpatra (Letter of Honor) for awakening human values in society and spreading the message of brotherhood and peace. Well-known and senior media persons attended this event organized by the MRMPS.
Complimenting the media for unearthing big scams in a short period of time, Sri Sri said, “I am proud of the press in the country, especially the journalists of vernacular newspapers, who do not stop at anything to bring the truth to light. When you look beyond sensationalism and adhere to the noble values of journalism, you not only uplift society but also inspire people to fight injustice and corruption.”
Spreading social awareness, Mumbai
It was an evening of music, meditationand knowledge. Sri Sri inspired people to awaken their inner strength and confidence and come together in a spirit of love to uplift the nation.
Citing an example from history, he explained how once the Maratha ruler, ChhatrapatiShivaji was going through moments of despair. He had absolutely lost faith in himself and had no hopes of fighting or winning a war. When he met his Guru, Samarth Ramdas and expressed his desire to renounce his responsibilities, Ramdas consoled him, “I will do all the work for you. Just become my sevak and serve humanity.” It is said that the master’s words had great impact on Shivaji and he resumed his work with renewed vigor.
While underlining the significance of seva, Sri Sri further reiterated, “Service rewards you with tremendous strength and empowerment; you do not have to bank on black money to accomplish your goals. Today, political operatives are using alcohol and money to lure people to the polls, simply because they do not know any other way to strike a chord with the masses. They are not into meaningful service. It’s high time we start educating people on these malpractices, encourage them to develop a sense of responsibility for their nation and more importantly, involve them in social service. Give one hour to your nation everyday.”
Sri Sri also voiced his concern about the rising incidences of female foticide and opined that the government must take the initiative of banning sex determination tests. He added that women have always enjoyed a position of respect and stature in Vedic India. Like men, they have equal right to do Gayatrijapa and even perform kanyadaan and pitripaksh rituals. “Nowhere is it mentioned in the shastras, that women cannot do such rituals. We need to raise the awareness level in society.”
The session ended with an engaging Q&A.
Sri Sri prays for world peace at Kumbh Mela
13th Feb 2013, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Honoring the tradition as thousands attend the Rudra Puja.
Sri Sri inaugurates CCS conference
8th Feb 2013, Bangalore, India
The ‘Corporate Culture and Spirituality’ (CCS) Conference was inaugurated by a distinguished panel of dignitaries including The Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. “Ethics is the foundation of any business” was the sentiment echoed by eminent business leaders.
Sri Sri at Ramlila Maidan
3rd Feb 2013, Delhi, India
Sri Sri addressing the Citizens at Ramlila Maidan, during the launch of Volunteer for a Better India
Sri Sri in Google Hangout
26th Jan 2013, Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Interacting with countries across the world in an epic Google+ Hangout. 109 countries participated in this online interaction.
Sri Sri receives honorary doctorate
19th Jan 2013, Gujarat, India
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received an honorary doctorate from the Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad, India on January 19, 2013. Dr. Kamla Beniwal, Her Excellency, Governor of Gujarat, presented the degree. This marks Sri Sri's 13th doctorate.
Sri Sri at the International Scientific Symposium
12th Jan 2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
I congratulate all scientists who have assembled here, to see beyond traditional methods for more scope for research.
Blogging for social good
6th Jan 2013, Karnataka, India
It was blogger's day out at The 1st International Bloggers' Conference where 837 youth delegates and enthusiastic bloggers came together to deliberate on the power of ‘Social Media for Social Good’. The conference, titled “Make a Global Connection - Just Connect”, also saw the launch of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's blog (www.srisrispeaks.org). Addressing youth delegates, Sri Sri said, “We are in a new era where we don’t depend on a group of people, journalists or newspapers. Everyone is playing the role of an informer and everyone has the right to express their vision to the whole world. This is such a great opportunity but it should not be misused. Blogs can really bring conflict between communities, friends, nations and families, while on the other hand, they can also unite them. We should work with the intention of bridging the gap and inculcating human values.” The conference boasted of an interesting line-up of themes. Many bloggers came together to form communities for writing on varied subjects impacting social transformation, such as arts for a cause, everyday spirituality, sports, travel, and vegetarian food.
A new beginning with yoga, meditation and practical wisdom
1st Jan 2013, Berlin, Germany
"A journey to the beauty of the Self" was the motto of big course events that took place in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from 1 – 5 January, 2013. The New Year started with a serene boat trip on River Spree for the course attendees in the morning, continuing with a public talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the evening and cumulating into various Art of Living courses. Sri Sri inspired several attendees to work towards a stress-free and violence-free society and to share the inner peace found in the courses. The public talk on the evening of January 1 was completely sold out to more than 500 participants, with people standing and queuing up to listen to Sri Sri's words.