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Dialog For Peace
11th Aug 2008 - 12th Aug 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 Poornima
17th Jul 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 Wisdom
6th Jul 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 Asia
10th Apr 2008 - 11th Apr 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 Meditation
5th Mar 2008 - 7th Mar 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 Peace
15th Feb 2008 - 16th Feb 2008, 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 Justice
30th Jan 2008 - 1st Feb 2008, 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.
Talking Peace To Ethiopian Lawmakers
5th Dec 2007 - 6th Dec 2007, Afar, Ethiopia
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar became the first spiritual leader to address the Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representatives. H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's two-day visit to Ethiopia was part of his global campaign for a "Stress-Free, Violence-Free World".
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called upon members of the Ethiopian Parliament to work toward a “stress-free violence-free Ethiopia”. The Ethiopian government also felicitated H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his humanitarian work across the world.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's tour included meetings with several national leaders including Girma Wolde Giorgis (President of Ethiopia), Shetaye Menale (Deputy Speaker of the House), Princess Mariam Senna Asfa Wossen (Founder and CEO of Addis Wubet), Degife Bulla (Speaker of the House of Federation), and Berhanu Deressa (Mayor of Addis Ababa).
He also met with the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (represented by its vice-president Sheikh Elias Redman), and His Holiness Abune Paulos (Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church).
Bringing Human Values,Ethics In Business
1st Dec 2007 - 4th Dec 2007, Brussels, Belgium
Thirty-four prominent world leaders, and over 200 participants, including corporate executives, scientists, and spiritual leaders, gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the urgent need for strengthening human values, and ethics in business worldwide.
The program was part of the International Business & Leadership Symposium, a forum initiated by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. At the forefront of the discussion was the topical issue of sustainability in the environment, and climate change.
Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the director of International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Price, and former Prime Minister of Poland, Prof Jerzey Buzek were among the speakers along with former prime minister of the Netherlands, and co-founder of The Earth Charter Prof Ruud Lubbers, and former prime minister of Luxemburg Jacques Santer.
Promoting Dialog For Social Harmony Nandigram
20th Nov 2007, Nandigram, West Bengal, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Nandigram to heal the wounds, and scars of the people following a protracted political feud in the area. After meeting hundreds of victims, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called for dialogs to end the conflict.
“As the conflict is highly politicized, political parties will not be able to resolve it. NGOs and spiritual organizations have to play the role of peacemakers. What is needed is conflict resolution through dialog,” he said.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also offered to mediate between the opposing groups to end the ongoing clashes. H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar went around Nandigram and interacted with the victims in different localities. He traveled seven kilometers on foot to reach out to people in an area where there were no concrete roads.
Breath Of Life For Suicide-Prone Farmers Vidarbha
27th Oct 2007 - 28th Oct 2007, , India
Nearly 200,000 farmers from six suicide-prone districts of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India gathered at Yavatmal to seek solace from H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
He was on a two-day visit to the Vidarabha region to interact with the farmers directly. Many farmers came out of depression, and suicidal tendencies, after a comprehensive program was launched by the Art of Living.
Stressing the need for adopting natural, zero-budget farming, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Excessive use of chemicals has poisoned soil, and is hurting yields. Grow alternative crops. If you are reaping only losses in cotton cultivation, grow groundnuts, or vegetables which fetch you more income.”