- Tour Schedule
- Tour Diary
Sri Sri inaugurates North American Ayurveda ConferenceSun, 07/06/2014, North Carolina, United States
Sri Sri inaugurated the North American International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference at the Art of Living Ashram in Boone on 4th July 2014. It was hosted by AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professional of North America) where doctors and professors from Harvard, Yale and other leading universities also participated. Many expressed that the western world has been deprived of the benefits of Ayurveda due to prejudice against eastern philosophy and sciences.
Speaking CompassionTue, 07/01/2014, San Francisco, United States
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with Dr. James Doty, Founder Director of CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) in Stanford on July 1.
The Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) at Stanford University hosted a dialogue on the topic of compassion.
Honor from the California Legislature AssemblyMon, 06/30/2014, San Francisco, United States
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly on June 30, recognizing the efforts towards building a stress-free world by promoting love, peace and harmony through yoga and meditation.
The previous night, the reigning Miss Jamaica-Universe Kerrie Baylis, who has done the Art of Living Happiness Program, met Sri Sri and offered a traditional Jamaican hat in San Francisco. She is also the brand ambassador for the Shankara range of products.
On a tour of the United States of America, Sri Sri is in the Bay Area for a few days. He conducted a special Shakti Kriya and also interacted with participants of the Happiness program.
The Intersection of Capitalism and HappinessTue, 06/24/2014, Washington DC, United States
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), hosted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to continue a conversation about human flourishing that began when AEI invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama. According to Sri Sri, human flourishing is based on much more than material wealth.
"Drive behind a bicycle", replied Sri Sri when asked to advise the American population, of which only one third consider themselves happy. He argued that stress shrouds happiness and that one should focus on boosting energy levels or reducing demand.
Denying the conflict between compassion and capitalism, Sri Sri applauded the values of capitalism and hard work, but also emphasized that capitalism without compassion cannot make a just society. "Whether capitalism, communism, socialism or whatever 'ism' it is," Sri Sri responded, "no 'ism' will work without humanism."
Using India as an example, Sri Sri exalted the values of pluralism, arguing that a slow, messy democracy is better than a faster dictatorship. Social media plays a great role in building a free society, but he warned against its misuse. Sri Sri discussed how spiritualizing politics can reduce governmental corruption. Sri Sri also offered his panacea on how to counter terrorism and religious extremism that is on the rise in many parts of the world. He asserted that it was all about "uniting people of all religions and sects within a religion to come to an understanding that we're all part of one universal human family.
Later in the program, Brooks summarized three lessons from the discussion: while capitalism is a beautiful blessing, humanism should come first; the secret to happiness is inside us; and one's purpose should be directed by serving others and working hard to foster common brotherhood.
Human flourishing: A conversation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Reformers Have a Bigger Role Than RulersFri, 06/13/2014, Maharashtra, India
“Seva (service) to Rashtra (nation) means seva to Bhagavan (the Divine). The duty of a swayamsevak is to create Josh-Hosh and devotion to the nation,” said Sri Sri at the RSSconvocation ceremony held on June 12 at the RSS Smriti Mandir, Reshimbagh Maidan, Nagpur. Sri Sri praised the RSS for giving society, both, reformers and rulers. He said, “We are all reformers and reformers have a greater role to play as compared to the rulers.” He stressed on imbibing discipline in life. Government can be imposed from outside but discipline comes from within, he said, adding that discipline was necessary for both reformers and rulers.
Sri Sri travelled to Pune the next day where he inaugurated the new kitchen at The Art of Living Ashram in Markal. At the satsang that followed, Sri Sri urged the gathering to participate in service. He said, “There is a big transformation in the country. Now we need the same type of transformation in Maharashtra.”
Giving Blood Donation a BoostWed, 06/04/2014, Margoa, Goa, India
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched the ‘Save Life India’ project, a special blood donation initiative today.
The over 2000-strong audience pledged to support blood donation and work towards community welfare in the event entitled, ‘My India, My Vision.’
After the event, Sri Sri tweeted: “Today, India requires 4 crore units of blood and only 40 lakh units are actually available.
You can donate blood online on www.savelifeindia.org . I congratulate all the volunteers of Goa for taking up such a noble project.”
The website - www.savelifeindia.org - hosts a database of individuals, who have expressed their willingness to donate their blood in case of emergency in the towns/cities around their place.
On another note, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that he would like an India that would be free from slums, corruption, violence and injustice. “India is torn up by religion and caste differences. I would like to have an India free from injustices, corruption, and violence, where farmers and the youth are happy,” he said.
Use media for goodSat, 05/10/2014, India
"Journalists must uplift the society by highlighting all the good things that are happening in society,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the launch of ‘The First Witness’ magazine. “They (journalists) have to inspire people to take action,” shared Sri Sri, continuing, “Let us use social media, use the magazines, use media for the betterment of the society, not to abuse people.”
Dilip Cherian, a communications consultant and political campaign advisor and Major Dalbir Singh, President of Foundation for Policy & Governance and Senior Advisor (South Asia) were among the other dignitaries present.
The President of Yuva, Rajiv Ranjan, is the founder of ‘The First Witness’.
The Happiness tour of BahrainWed, 05/07/2014, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates
An evening of music and wisdom was held on May 5 at the National Indoor Stadium in Riffa, where Sri Sri was welcomed in the traditional Arabic style. It began with the showcasing of the rich Arabic culture and traditions and was followed by Sri Sri’s words of wisdom and soulful meditation.
The next day, Sri Sri attended the Civilisations in Service to Humanity Conference at the Gulf Hotel, where he was received by His Majesty King Hamad and other dignitaries.
Later that evening, businessmen, public figures, and senior officials gathered at the Crown Plaza Hotel’s Bahrain Conference Centre to hear Sri Sri speak at the Happiness and Business seminar. Sri Sri spoke to the corporate community about the importance of business ethics, clarity of mind, and spirituality, which leads to the creation of a stress-free society.
Corporate Culture & InspirationSun, 05/04/2014, Rome, Italy
“Happiness is that when one is enthusiastic from inside. The combination of awareness & enthusiasm is most needed in life or in any setup”.
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the Maruti Suzuki Convention to inspire the crowd on ‘The Way of Life’ on May 4. He underlined the importance of a cordial and stress-free atmosphere at work places. Few ways in which this can be attained, he said, is by the involvement of employees in social projects, sharing of meals, enhanced communication, occasional gatherings and meditation.
Earlier during his Vatican visit, Sri Sri discussed with the Global Freedom Network Association how one could fight against human trafficking. Several dignitaries from the GFN board were present.
At another public program, more than 600 people were inspired by Sri Sri’s words: “A change is needed. We need to be in touch with our inner strength through meditation. Never lose your smile come what may. Just remember the difficult time you had in the past and that you got rid of it”.
Sri Sri spreads waves of happiness in ItanagarSat, 04/12/2014, Arunachal Pradesh, India
A resounding and emphatic response to his call for spreading a wave of happiness and peace in Arunachal Pradesh marked the 2-day visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Itanagar. “Arunachal Pradesh should be epicenter of peace and happiness. The happiness should spread from Arunachal Pradesh to rest of the country,” he said while addressing a large gathering at the Art of Living Campus located at Jollang Road on Saturday. Nearly 2000 people, including many who have travelled all the way from far-off places such as Aalo, Basar, Changlang, Tirap, Pasighat, Seppa, Tezu, attended the event.
He also called upon the people of Arunachal Pradesh to preserve the tradition and culture of the various tribes of the state. He highlighted the similarity of culture and tradition of indigenous tribes all over the world with that of Arunachal Pradesh. While emphasizing the need for reform in some of traditional practices, he called upon people to retain their originality and preserve their own culture.
Sri Sri emphasized on the responsibility of each resident to be a messenger of peace and harmony and to work as a volunteer for a better Arunachal and better India.
During his two-day stay in the capital, Sri Sri interacted with hundreds of people not only from different districts of Arunachal, but also from neighboring places in Assam. Several dignitaries and bureaucrats also called on him and discussed with him the ways of realizing the shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous Arunachal Pradesh. Sri Sri also called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Singh at the Raj Bhavan on Friday.