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,
28th Jul 2013, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
A public talk on July 28 for more than 500 participants, was completely sold out; people were standing and queuing to be able to listen to his words. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar answered every question thrown by the attendees, bringing the light of happiness and a smile to all in the audience.
This was followed by a meditation lead by Sri Sri. During the talk, he emphasized on the importance of spirituality for the upliftment of society.
Guru Purnima Celebration, Canada
22nd Jul 2013 - 23rd Jul 2013, Canada
Gurupurnima – celebrating the wisdom of the enlightened by the light of the full moon…
… Even when the night is dark, the light of the moon guides…
On the morning of Guru Purnima, we were all supposed to go to the hall at 10 AM. But still people gathered outside Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's room, by his kutir… Then Sri Sri sent a message for everyone to go to the hall. But of course, about 15 people waited anyway for him to come out and walk with him to the hall.
The celebration then started with Sri Sri performing Guru Pooja – an ancient expression of gratitude to wisdom, with Swami Ji sharing the stage with him. Then we listened to Rudram – another aspect of Pooja. After this, Sri Sri and Swamiji addressed the devotees gathered.
After lunch, the devotees once again came together in the hall for a wide variety of performances – from classical music, opera, and a well-known indie band lead by Mathieu Lippe, which got everyone dancing and celebrating while Gurudev walked around the hall meeting everyone. Those who have been at an Art of Living satsang with Sri Sri will know the spirit of intercultural celebration!
The darshan was followed by an early satsang. Sri Sri himself sang a few songs, to the delight of all.
He exited the hall and went for a walk in the garden, followed by many devotees. He came back to the kutir, where he found a few devotees—including the South and Central American groups—waiting for him, and answered a few of our personal questions.
After some time, he came back out and walked towards the lake, inviting the swamis from Rishikesh to go on the swan with him. We all looked on as the swan drifted away, Birju played his flute, and others jumped into the lake and swam towards the swan!
The moon was out (as befits Guru Purnima), the lake was slowly being shrouded in mist, the flute was playing, and Sri Sri sang a few times…it was heaven on Earth. To give us all a chance to sail on the swan with him, he made several small trips. The moon was full, our hearts were full…a perfect Guru Purnima.
The next morning, he took a few meetings and gave darshan to everyone waiting outside before getting ready to leave for Boone.
A visit to Canada
18th Jul 2013, Quebec, Canada
As Sri Sri arrived, the joy in the Ashram was at its peak. After the rain last night, the temperature had thankfully come down a little, yet it was still hot and humid inside the Ashram. However, nothing could diminish the energy of the enthusiastic devotees waiting to spend time with Sri Sri.
As Guru Purnima approached, faces became more radiant. People started pouring in from all over the city to be part of the celebration and participate in various courses (Guru Puja course, Short Silence Course, and Shakti Kriya). Just a glimpse of Sri Sri would drive them crazy and make them forget the tiredness of their long travel.
On the last day of the Teachers' Refresher Meet (TRM), Sri Sri stood outside the hall and playfully flew a remote-controlled helicopter. Hundreds of people crowded and cheered as he made the copter zoom by several times. After each brief flight, the helicopter came crashing down, landing on people's heads or on the tents.
Right after that, Sri Sri headed for the lake and jumped on the "Swan", the signature swan-shaped raft of the Canadian ashram. A dozen devotees jumped onboard while scores looked on, wishing they were with him. Many jumped in to swim with clothes on, swimming alongside the Swan.
The Satsang was rocking. The energy rose as Guru Puja and silence took everyone deeper!
Canadian sojourn, International Art of Living Centre
12th Jul 2013 - 17th Jul 2013, Quebec, Canada
Hundreds of people gathered once again to sing, dance, celebrate Guru Purnima, and participate in various Art of Living programs during Sri Sri’s sojourn at the Canadian International Centre. Back after four months, Sri Sri took a thorough tour of the place, advising the residents on various issues such as landscaping and food served at the Center's cafeteria and insisted on some children-friendly features to be developed.
During the day, people participated in special noon meditations lead by Sri Sri, and evenings were full of spiritual music and knowledge (called Satsang). Emphasizing on the importance of singing and mantra chanting, he said, “Spirituality is anything that uplifts us”. He also mentioned that yoga and meditation are born out of ancient traditions but are not a religion. They are a way of life.
As the preparations for Guru Purnima continued, the excitement kept mounting. With more and more people pouring in, fresh smiles appeared everywhere.
Trip to Lindau
11th Jul 2013, Bad Antogast, Germany
A walk in the shadow of the trees next to a serene lake when the ears soothe up to the lovely sound of the chirping birds, a night stop at the Schaffhausen Switzerland watching and enjoying the waterfall of the Rhine, diving deep in the depths of silence, an hour of yoga with Sri Sri, this trip to Lindau was definitely a unique experience for everyone.
Meeting Central and South American participants and open-eye meditation, Canada
9th Jul 2013 - 19th Jul 2013, Canada
An overcast sky, intermittent light rain, and a pleasant breeze – this was the weather that greeted course participants for their morning Yoga and Sudarshan Kriya. The humidity was high for exercising, but every time the breeze picked up, we got some relief. All morning, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was very focused on catching up with his emails. His email address is available on www.artofliving.org and he keeps in personal touch with everyone seeking advice and responds where needed, so there's a lot of emails!
He also met participants from Central and South America, who had been waiting eagerly for the past few days for their meeting. Art of Living has been developing rapidly in South America recently, and a sizeable group had made the long journey to Canada to see Sri Sri.
Eyes wide open ...
At lunch time, Sri Sri walked to the meditation hall, graceful as ever, stepping lightly and chatting patiently with everyone who approached him. After waiting for everyone to arrive from the other course venues, he led the most amazing open-eye meditation. It's funny – we take time to learn to keep our eyes closed during "normal meditation", but now it was difficult for some to keep their eyes open and meditate! Everyone was talking about their experiences over lunch, where Sri Sri prepared the plate for Yogiraj Ji, our teacher. Then someone mentioned that it was Kalpna's birthday, so Sri Sri gave her a big hug and led her to the serving table, saying, "Come, I will make a plate for you." He was simply sparkling with love as he did this.
In the late afternoon, there was a torrential downpour and Gurudev stayed in his kutir—a small bungalow—working and having meetings with teachers and service project volunteers.
Handling mosquitoes and non-violence...
During the evening meeting and festivities—satsang—Sri Sri took questions from the audience, as usual. One little boy asked him if killing mosquitoes was a good thing to do. He replied, "it's not a good thing but...the right thing to do." The whole hall laughed. He also talked about having some designs painted above the windows. "Some of you can paint tomorrow before the Guru Purnima celebrations", he said. He admired the chandeliers and added, "I am also an interior decorator."
3rd Jul 2013 - 8th Jul 2013, Bad Antogast, Germany
Many experienced deep peace at the Advanced Meditation Course along with Shakti Kriya, conducted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the European Art of Living Center at Bad Antogast, Germany.
Sri Sri addresses staff at UNAIDS
2nd Jul 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
The noble cause is to stop HIV in our generation…
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar made an official visit to UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva on 2nd July 2013 to engage with staff and guests on issues surrounding science, spirituality, and health in their response to HIV.
Sri Sri was welcomed by UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and Governance, Jan Beagle, and UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director of Programme, Luiz Loures.
Sri Sri’s remarks centered around key issues, including HIV prevention, sexual- and gender-based violence, community mobilization, and stigma and discrimination. He said, “The noble cause is to stop HIV in our generation. It was discovered in our generation and it must end with our generation; we must not see it go on to the next. We must learn from the past, live in the present, and influence the future.”
He stressed that collective action was required to mould and sustain optimal governance structures, enhance social justice, and address prejudice. He also urged society to be guided by the identity of being human with a global sense of belonging.
During the visit to UNAIDS, Sri Sri also interacted with the Head of Vatican to the UN in Geneva, HE Archbishop Silvio Tomasi, and UNITAID Executive Director, Dr Denis Broun.
That same afternoon, Sri Sri visited CERN (The European Center for Research in Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics), where the so-called "God particle" or Higgs Boson was confirmed.
A call for genuine ethical order in Business
1st Jul 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
Sri Sri: If one can stick to ethical principles in tough times, I call that genuine…
H.E. Ambassador Néstor Osorio: Good and effective governments must form the backbone
The major take-home message of the International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business was the wider realization that we need to change the players if we are to change the game.
“Ethics cannot be cosmetic. They have to be authentic. In moments of crisis, we can gauge if ethics are genuine or cosmetic. If one can stick to ethical practices in tough times, I call that genuine,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while reminding the gathering that the seed of ethics is already in all of us and we just need to cultivate and nurture it.
Organized by the International Association for Human Values, in partnership with the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB), the Global Partnerships Forum, and the World Bank Institute, the symposium saw more than 300 world leaders from politics, business, academics, faith-based organizations, and civil societies joining hands, pressing the need to strengthen human values and ethics in the private and public sectors.
H.E. Ambassador Néstor Osorio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, President of ECOSOC, United Nations, New York, emphasized in his special address that, "Good and effective governments must form the backbone".
Dr Sanjay Pradhan, Vice-President of the World Bank Institute, called for open contracts between the private and public sectors and urged for transparency in ownership structures and companies' supply chains to ensure a true CSR approach.
As a symbol to mark the 10th anniversary of the symposium, Sri Sri, along with HE Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, inaugurated the conference by watering a plant together under the motto "Tree of Shared Values – Deeper Roots, Better Fruits!"
The Symposium was first launched in 2003, inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in India and later moved to the European Parliament as its annual host.
Talk on Inner Peace for Outer Dynamism
30th Jun 2013, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
The talk, Inner Peace for Outer Dynamism, was held in Switzerland in the month of June. Sri Sri presided over it. This event, which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, also featured an evening of music, wisdom, and a meditation, guided by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Face-2-face with Sri Sri – Thousands connect online with Sri Sri
23rd Jun 2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri: Let non-violence be the guiding principle of social uprising across the world…
Sri Sri took to Facebook with a live event where people asked questions, seeking guidance on issues ranging from love and relationships to maintaining faith in times of calamities, addictions, depression, success, and societal violence.
Live stream analysts reported that 148 countries were logged in to chat for Face-2-Face with Sri Sri.
VIP participants included Monika Griefahn, Former Member of the German Parliament and co-founder of Greenpeace Germany; Ricardo E Harvey, Coordinator of the program of Security, Corraentes, Argentina; Mrs Shirin Ibrihem Fattah Amedi, Secretary-General of Iraq, Kurdish Women's Union; and civil society members from countries like Korea, Turkey, and Iran.
Addressing social uprisings in different parts of the world, Sri Sri called for non-violence to be the the guiding principle for any agitation and movement. “We need to see that the demonstrations are peaceful, because they are against a cause not a person,” he said, responding to a question from Marcelo Freixo, Congressman from Brazil.
To a question from a civil society group in Pakistan on how to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan, he emphasized the need for educating the masses about the oneness of creation. “We are a one-world family. Our first and foremost identity is that we are part of life. The rest of our identities are secondary,” he told.
For most people, Facebook has been a casual medium for fun, but on this day it became a powerful tool for social transformation.