FromToLocationEvents27th May 201329th Jun 2013Bangalore, Karnataka,
India1st Jul 20131st Jul 2013Geneva, SwitzerlandWFEB Conference at Palais Des Nations
2nd Jul 20139th Jul 2013Bad Antogast,, Baden-Württemberg,
GermanyDeutschland – Shakti Kriya with Sri Sri
11th Jul 201322nd Jul 2013, CanadaThe Art of Living Center, Montreal
Date : July 22 2013 : Guru Purnima celebrations, Montreal30th Jul 20134th Aug 2013Bad Antogast, Baden-Württemberg,
GermanyDeutschland – Art of Silence courses with Sri Sri
5th Oct 201314th Oct 2013Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka,
Promoting Ethics in Business, IEDC School of Management
22nd Mar 2013, Bled, Bayern, Germany
Ethics in Business and Leadership, "The Time is Right Now!" was the theme for the 1stWorld Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) in cooperation with Fokus 2031.
The conference brought together leading individuals from the political, corporate, academic, media and NGO side to dialogue on the pressing need to strengthen human values and good governance across all sectors.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, co-founder of the WFEB and His Excellency Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia, gave the keynote addresses at the conference.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said: "Trust is the backbone of business. We have seen the flaws in communism, now we are seeing the failings of unbridled capitalism. It is time for a new ‘ism, a humanism. Business with humanism is what I would call ethics in business."
He added that it is important to expect the same level of ethics from ourselves as from the people we work with, make business with or live with.
Prior to his address, Sri Sri had an hour-long meeting with the H. E. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia.Meeting with the President, Zagreb, Croatia
18th Mar 2013, Zagreb, Croatia
Sri Sri meets with Prof. Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia.
Their meeting took place at the President’s office while Sri Sri was on a four-day visit to the country. Their conversation focused on reducing corruption and strengthening the human values in society.
Author of photography: Presidents office, Republic of Croatia Tomislav Bušljeta.Sri Sri guides a meditation in Zagreb, Croatia
18th Mar 2013, Zagreb (city), Croatia
A Croatian gathering learn about meditation and some practical wisdom of life at a Health & Happiness program with Sri Sri (not seen in the picture)Sri Sri at Maha Shivratri celebrations
10th Mar 2013, Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, IndiaSri Sri meets the Prime Minister, Kathmandu
27th Feb 2013, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Wednesday called on Prime Minister Dr. BaburamBhattarai at the latter’s official Baluwatar residence.
Welcoming the spiritual leader, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai said that he was extremely happy to welcome Sri Sri in Nepal.
The Prime said that it was matter of pride for all Nepalese that Sri Sri was on a Nepal visit and his visit will be helpful in institutionalize peace in the country.The Prime Minister said that Sri Sri’s visit has created a spiritual environment in Nepal. Earlier in the day, Sri Sri visited the Pashupatinath temple and offered prayers there.
Sri Sri with Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
Sri Sri calls on President Dr. Yadav,Kathmandu
26th Feb 2013, Nepal
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urges Nepali citizens to commit towards social betterment, Kathmandu
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged the Nepali youths and citizens to work for the fast development of Nepal. Talking to journalists upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Sri Sri said that each individual should set aside an hour a day for the country. Founder of The Art of Living International arrived in Kathmandu this afternoon on a four-day visit to Nepal. Recalling his organization’s work for the progress of society in India recently with Volunteer for a Better India and world wide, Sri Sri urged each and everyone to be the part of Nepal’s development.
Sri Sri calls on President Dr. Yadav
Sri Sri Ravi Shankarcalled on President Dr Ram BaranYadav at the latter’s Office. PresidentYadav said that Sri Sri’s visit to Nepal would further strengthenNepal-India relations. He said wherever Sri Sri went peace prevailed there and expressed that the same would happen in Nepal as well: your visit will b good for Nepal and Nepalese people.
“On behalf of all the people of this country, I welcome you to Nepal,” said the President.
Earlier, Sri Sri visited the Youth for Transformation Training Camp and interacted with the participants there. Around 200 youth of different caste and ethnic communities of over 35 districts of Nepal participated in the training.
Smile must lurk on the lips of all people of this country of Lord Buddha, Sri Sri said, adding that peace, prosperity, power, water are in the store oforall Nepali people.
Interacting with politicians & corporates
A mix of politicians, enterpreneurs and decision makers interacted with Sri Sri on a diverse range of subjects at the ‘Spirituality & Socio-Political Transformational Prosperity’ program.
Stating that Nepal is now passing through the most critical time in its history, Sri Sri said, “Peace and prosperity move together,” adding that spirituality brings compassion and instills a feeling of belongingness.
Comparing Nepal with Switzerland and giving the example of the preservation of Balinese culture in Indonesia, Sri Sriurged the politicians to work for the preservation and promotion of the diverse cultures of Nepal. “With the disappearance of cultures, the identity of the country itself will be lost,” he said, adding that, “Nepal must maintain her identity.”
“Promote tourism and prepare youth for the progress of Nepal. Developing the country is not a single man’s job, the entire population should engage in it,” he said.
The function was attended by CPN-UML chairman and former Prime Minister JhalanathKhanla; Vice-President of the Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Poudel; CPN-Maoist leader Krishna BahadurMahara among others.
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 pe