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Celebrating life, Bangalore, August 13Sat, 08/13/2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Today Raksha Bandhan was celebrated in the Bangalore ashram. “On this day sisters tie a rakhi (similar to a friendship band) for brothers saying, ‘I will protect you, you protect me,’” explained Sri Sri in satsang. Throughout the day, hundreds have offered rakhis to Sri Sri honoring the bond to care and protect. “The main thing is that you should celebrate life. That is important and in India there are so many celebrations.” Sri Sri also guided the participants of the silence program into deep meditation.
Honoring ancient practices, Bangalore, August 12Fri, 08/12/2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri began the day with a puja honoring the Mother Divine. On this particular day, the Varalakshmi puja is performed in many parts of South India. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, both inner and outer wealth. 1,200 participants had arrived from various parts of Tamil Nadu for an advanced meditation program. They all participated in the puja as well. During the evening satsang, Sri Sri spoke on various topics including Dharana and Sankalpa and the significance of rituals associated with ancestors. Sri Sri has thrown light upon the scientific basis of several ancient practices so that they can be upheld and performed with awareness and understanding. The scientific re-appraisal of the ancient vedic heritage has been one of the first initiatives of The Art of Living in India.
Call for a violence-free, prejudice-free societyMon, 08/08/2011, Norway
“Perception has to be multi-directional. A one-sided vision will not help. So, from various angles, when we see a situation, we become richer in our understanding. Can we just turn to the person next to us and say, “I belong to you?” You really exchanged those words from the heart? Or was it just from your lips? I just want you to reflect on that,” said Sri Sri as he addressed an open meeting at the Oslo Congress Center, with the theme Call for a violence-free, prejudice-free society. “When these words come to you from someone very dear to you, it carries certain energy, love, vibrations...we have all noticed this and this is what is needed today. We need to create a field of love, field of energy that can uplift humanity."
"We don’t need to wait for a disaster to happen. When a disaster happens, this automatically happens. After the disaster here, everybody was on the streets, everyone walked with a rose, expressed their true feelings, not courtesy, but true feelings that came out...a genuine sympathy and genuine sense of sharing,” explained Sri Sri as he made the audience, shaken by the recent events, aware of the power of their own sense of caring and belongingness.
The shooting incident, reportedly triggered by a lack of multi-religious acceptance, destroyed the lives of over 91 innocent people. “It is time to encourage our youth to see beyond their identity of Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and realize that you are a beautiful, beautiful human being. This awareness we need to bring to our youth," emphasized Sri Sri, pointing out the importance of a multi-cultural, multi-religious education as the solution to such disasters.
Fabian Stang, Mayor of Oslo; lawyer and politician Abid Raja and actress, Mia Gunderson also spoke at the meeting. The discussion was followed by a meditation. “The atmosphere in the hall was very special, and the meditation so powerful,” shares Ms.Byrt, attendee.
"We had no idea as to how many people would attend, because the whole event was organized in such a short time (10 days). We had put out 450 chairs, but when people started arriving, we had to put out more chairs, and more chairs, and more and more chairs. Soon the hall was packed with about 700 people!" shares Ingrid, a volunteer, also highlighting the need felt by the people of Oslo for solace and a new direction.
Returning from the event, Sri Sri once again meticulously set out to make sure there was enough food for all the volunteers. “You see, that is the thing: Wherever I go, I make sure that everybody gets food, for both, the body and soul."
Satsang in the Art of Living centre, OsloSun, 08/07/2011, Norway
"Whenever you are unhappy or miserable, know for sure you need food for the soul. And that is meditation." said Sri Sri during satsang at the Art of Living centre in Oslo.
During the day, Sri Sri very caringly served lunch for everybody. "Miraculously, the food that was prepared to feed about thirty people was enough to feed nearly one hundred! We were offered large portions and even second servings. After having served absolutely everybody, Guruji kept asking if anybody was left out. And sure enough, after a while a hungry Gunnhild showed up, and Guruji popped out of his room to serve her. He remembered everyone, and even put aside plates of food for the missing people." shares Ingrid, volunteer.
Lunch was followed by a visit to the tranquil pine forest high above Oslo, for a few moments spent with nature before proceeding to the satsang.
Sri Sri visits Domkirken, Oslo, NorwaySat, 08/06/2011, Norway
Sri Sri arrives in Oslo to meet with the people after the recent tragic events. Soon after his arrival , he guided the local teachers and volunteers through a beautiful meditation. He also introduced to them the possibilities of healing and building immunity through certain ayurvedic preparations. "As one drop of poison can destroy you, one drop of nectar can invigorate the whole body and boost the immune system."
In the evening he visited the area where the bomb exploded on the 22nd of July. After walking around the whole block, he visited Domkirken, Oslos's main church, where he lit a candle. Honouring every tradition, wherever he goes, has been a consistent feature of Sri Sri's tours.
Sri Sri, who has contributed to peace and reconciliation in many parts of the world, will hold a lecture and lead a guided meditation in the Oslo Convention Centre. He will also hold an open meeting on community involvement for a better society across cultures.
Satyam Param DhimahiFri, 08/05/2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
9 days in the bangalore ashram were spent with participants of the teacher's training program inspiring them to take wisdom and the message of love to every corner of the planet. Every evening there was a meditation where all gathered chanted Satyam param dhimahi guided by Sri Sri before diving into that silent space. "From (chanting) Satyam Param Dhimahi (Let Truth, Divinity and Knowledge dawn in my consciousnes), it will move into 'Satyam eva Jayathe' (Truth alone shall prevail)."says Sri Sri.
He spoke on several topics including cultivating humility, Karma and bondage, becoming expressive, using intuition, longing and dispassion. Following is a short excerpt: "You know if you have only longing, the longing can turn into anger or hatred. And if you have only dispassion, the dispassion will become so dull and boring and can even get into depression. So longing and dispassion together makes it so interesting, so complete, so juicy, so alive." Read More
He encouraged all who came to the ashram to take responsibility and come up with ideas on how they could contribute to the betterment of the country and spread the knowledge.
Sri Sri in DelhiSun, 07/24/2011, Jammu and Kashmir, IndiaSri Sri interacted with members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bar Associations and representatives from various social and political organizations in Jammu. He then proceeded to Delhi for a meeting with teachers from the Art of Living in the Teen Murti Bhawan, followed by satsang where he encouraged people to meditate, integrate wisdom into their lives and serve - this is the recipe for peace and happiness.
‘Meditate, integrate wisdom & serve’Sun, 07/24/2011, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sri Sri interacted with members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bar Associations and representatives from various social and political organizations in Jammu. He then proceeded to Delhi for a meeting with teachers from The Art of Living in the Teen Murti Bhawan, followed by satsang where he encouraged people to meditate, integrate wisdom into their lives and serve - this is the recipe for peace and happiness.
Sri Sri arrived in JammuSat, 07/23/2011, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sri Sri arrived in Jammu for a two-day visit to welcomed by hundreds of students lined up at the Airport. He then visited the Gandhi Memorial College of Education and laid the foundation stone of its library complex, and then inaugurated the Ma Sharika meditation centre in the Raipur area, in the outskirts of Jammu. Meeting with reporters after the inauguration, Sri Sri emphasized that the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process should continue and not be hampered because of the terror-attack in Mumbai. "Dialogue should continue but at the same time stringent measures should be taken (to deal with terrorism)," says Sri Sri. He also added that there is peace in Kashmir this year. " Time is better than last year for normal life. A better environment is prevailing. Locals are very happy".In the evening, he met (and gave darshan) to a large gathering in the evening and shared precious words of wisdom along with his message of peace for the valley.
Continue Indo-Pak dialogueSat, 07/23/2011, Jammu and Kashmir, India
“Dialogue should continue but at the same time stringent measures should be taken (to deal with terrorism),” Sri Sri told reporters after inaugurating the Ma Sharika meditation center in Raipur, located on the outskirts of Jammu. Sri Sri emphasized that the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process should continue and not be hampered because of the terror-attack in Mumbai. He also added that there was peace in Kashmir that year. “The time is better than last year for normal life. A better environment is prevailing. Locals are very happy.”
Earlier in the day, hundreds of students lined up the airport to welcome Sri Sri as he arrived for a two-day visit. Sri Sri then visited a reputed educational institution and laid the foundation stone of its library complex. In the evening, Sri Sri shared his message of peace for the Valley at a large gathering and also answered queries from the people.