3rd May 2014
6th May 2014
Discourse and public meetings
Standing Up For Child Rights
30th Sep 2007, Delhi, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar unveiled the 'Universal Declaration of Child Protection' to further the cause of child rights and protection.
The declaration, drawn up in association with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), envisages that the two organizations will strive to lobby for protective legislation, and enforcement as well as identify and change attitudes, traditions, customs, behavior, and practices that violate child rights.
Catalyzing Reconciliation In Kosovo
14th Sep 2007 - 16th Sep 2007, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan
To boost the process of reconciliation and restoration of peace in strife-ridden Kosovo, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took his message of non-violence, and harmony to a wide cross-section of people during his two-day visit.
He met with the President of the Judicial Parliament Council, Hyadjet Hyesni and Vice-President of the Alliance New Kosovo, Ibrahim Makolli. HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also addressed the members of the United Nations mission in Kosovo. He also interacted with many war veterans.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led a public meditation for peace for hundreds of people in Priština. The Art of Living has been working in Kosovo since 2000, helping war victims reclaim their lives.
Taking The Message Of Peace And Non-Violence To Iraq
21st May 2007 - 23rd May 2007, Baghdad, Iraq
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Iraq on a three-day peace mission at the invitation of Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. It was for the first time that an Indian spiritual leader was invited to the war-torn country on a peace mission.
During the visit, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged Iraqi leaders to give non-violence a chance. He met with a wide spectrum of Iraqi society including senior political figures, Shiite leaders, tribal heads, representatives of humanitarian organizations, women, soldiers, and youth.
The Prime Minister requested H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to expand the Art of Living programs to more parts of Iraq, including the prisons. Following the visit, the Iraqi government sent 55 youth to the Art of Living international center to attend a month-long training. As a result, Iraq now has many more angles for peace.
Global Pledge For Human Values
12th May 2007, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
In a historic initiative, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led a large gathering of over 40,000 people to take a global pledge to nurture human values in all spheres of life.
The event was part of a global event in which millions across the globe took the pledge to work in their communities, their schools, and in their homes to foster a sense of brotherhood, friendliness, compassion, and commitment to serving humanity, and this planet.
Solace To People In The Red Zones Of The Valley
7th May 2007 - 9th May 2007, Jammu and Kashmir, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took his message of peace, and human values to the red zones of Jammu and Kashmir during his three-day visit to the Valley. He addressed a seminar on peace, and human values at the Sheri Kashmir International Conference Center on the banks of Dal Lake.
“While we must continue to preserve our cultural values, we will also have to modernize, in order to keep pace with the fast developing world," he said. In an effort to unite people of different faiths, he visited the Shariqa Devi temple, and Sheikh Hamza Mukhdoom's shrine in downtown Srinagar.
He also visited the famous Sikh temple of Chatti Padshahi. H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated a middle school for young victims of militancy, and orphans from the 2004 earthquake. The school has been adopted by the Art of Living.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar interacted with inmates of the high-security Kothalwal Jail in Jammu, where 300 foreign, and local militants are also incarcerated. Promising to give up their violent past, and work for social progress, many of them shared their experience of the Art of Living Prison program.
One inmate shared: “We supported militancy, and suffered a lot. We now really realize that if we had educated them (the militants), we would not have suffered so much. Thanks to H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, we now have the tools to transform Kashmir and bring back peace.”
Creating A Violence-Free, Stress-Free America
27th Mar 2007, Washington , District of Columbia, United States
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched an initiative to create a ‘violence-free, stress-free’ America at an event at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. held to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Art of Living.
The initiative envisages several programs to foster human values such as compassion, friendliness, a sense of brotherhood, and an attitude of service to society.
On the occasion, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s proposed Universal Declaration of Human Values was unveiled. The Declaration provides a pragmatic vision for the world community, representing a roadmap to foster understanding, and harmonious coexistence among different peoples, and cultures.
Drafted in the form of a proposed resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, this Declaration emphasizes the urgent need to rekindle human values in society in order to resolve the serious challenges facing the world today.
Promoting Social Equality
8th Mar 2007, Delhi, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar hosted a landmark conference in New Delhi as an endeavor to end social discrimination based on one’s birth.
The initiative has been hailed as an intervention that would help Indian society develop as a democratic society, and free itself from the shackles of the past.
At the 'Truth & Reconciliation Conference', a large number of Dalit, and upper caste Hindu leaders vowed to end untouchability in India. They adopted a seven-point action plan to this effect.
Addressing the gathering of over 5,000 people including leaders of about 25 communities, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, "We need to make people realize that discrimination is not sanctioned by religion. It's time to move forward, and not to reel in past mistakes.”