Ushering in 2009
31st Dec 2008, Bad Antogast, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
A few minutes after the clock chimed twelve, ushering the New Year, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave a message for 2009 at the Art of Living Center in Bad Antogast, Germany.
He said: "The time on this planet for us is a gift. When we consider time as a gift, our whole outlook towards life shifts.Like every year, 2008 also has offered you many gifts. With its thorns, it has made you strong; with its petals, it has given you joy. Let us celebrate with this one intention that let's bring home (Spiritual) Knowledge to everyone - that life, events are impermanent.
What is permanent is our spirit, our consciousness. It has no birth, and death. Life at a higher plane is eternal. So celebrate every moment knowing that every moment is a gift to us.In 2009, we have a great responsibility to uplift the planet from the ashes of the disasters of 2008. New hope, new creation has to be made."
10 Commandments of Joy - Arunachal Front
Finding True Happiness – The Arunachal Times
This Year, Drop the Past – The Dawnlit Post
Celebrate Life Without Any Excuse
20th Nov 2008 - 21st Nov 2008, Delhi, India
The Art of Living hosted ‘Brahm Naad’, where 1,200 sitarists performed together on one platform, in a first-of-its-kind concert in Delhi, India.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision behind the two-day program was to popularize Indian classical music, and re-enforce the power of music in spreading peace and message.
As sitarists from different religions, castes, and sections of society from India, and various parts of the world plucked their strings in unison, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said: “Music connects the individual to the universal spirit.
Music is that rhythm, and harmony that flows from the universal to the individual; from the cosmos to the finite.” Slated to find its way into the Guinness Book of World records, the proceeds from Brahm Naad are dedicated to the relief and rehabilitation of flood-ravaged Bihar.
Music for a Cause: CNN-IBN
The Civilization Of Peace: Faiths And Cultures In Dialogue
17th Nov 2008, Famagusta, Cyprus
Emphasizing that honoring diversity is the path to peace, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that it was imperative to take peace dialogs to every part of the world.
Sharing his vision for world peace at ‘The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue’ conference in Cyprus, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said: “The Spirit loves diversity, God loves diversity.
That is why He created so many different types of flowers, fruits, and people. And honoring diversity is the only way we can be at peace.” He also said: “A conflict arises in the mind, in individual life, within the family. Then it spreads inside the community, and finally comes between nations.
The reason is stress, and a lack of faith in that one God, that He is with us, and He cares for us. So, love, and compassion have to be rekindled in society to put an end to stress, and violence and to bring the community together. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the whole world is one family.”
Driving Human Values In Corporate Life
13th Nov 2008 - 16th Nov 2008, Brussels, Belgium
Can a focus on human values, and the common good of all be the missing link in addressing today’s economic crisis, and danger of recession? The 5th Corporate Culture and Spirituality Conference organized by the International Association of Human Values (IAHV) at the European Parliament in Brussels opened on this note.
A part of the International Business & Leadership Symposium, the Conference saw a positive interaction between different economies of the world as they deliberated on issues raised by the recent global economic recession.
The Corporate Culture and Spirituality is the calendar corporate event of the Art of Living, driven by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s commitment to spread human values in all arenas of life.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Takes Message Of Oneness To Muslim Clerics
8th Nov 2008, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the 29th National Meeting of the Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind, the largest body of Muslim clerics in Hyderabad, India as the chief guest.
He urged the audience comprising 6,000 clerics to prevent youth from treading the wrong path of terrorism. He also appealed for unity between the Hindu, and Muslim communities, in the face of attempts made by vested interests.
He also appealed for unity in the Muslim community itself.“The Shias and Sunnis are like two eyes of Islam and both should remain united. Unfortunately, Muslims are being branded as terrorists and this attempt can be fought only when the community remains united.” said H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, citing his experiences in Iraq where people from both sects in a village came together after his appeal during his visit there in 2007.
Inner Peace To MBA Students
22nd Oct 2008, , United States
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared meditation, and relaxation techniques with management students at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as part of the school’s leadership lecture series.
Many from the audience experienced a group meditation for the first time. During an interactive question, and answer session, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that spirituality is the point where all religions meet.
Secularize Religion,Spiritualize Politics
20th Oct 2008, Storrs, , United States
“The root cause of violence is stress, and a lack of understanding,” said H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at a comparative human rights conference which addressed the extent religious values, and philosophy promote human values.
“All cultures need to secularize religion,” he told the audience at the University of Connecticut. “The youth need a multi-cultural, and multi-religious education,” he said, “to help them understand that everyone is part of the worldwide human society.”
Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s method of combining spirituality, and political activism, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said every nation must “spiritualize politics.”
Towards A Greener World
12th Oct 2008, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Giving a boost to the ongoing Mission Green Earth project, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and the Karnataka Minister for Higher Education, Aravind Limbavali planted a sapling at the Bangalore University.
The symbolic tree plantation enforces H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s commitment to safeguard the environment as well as promote sustainable, and eco-friendly practices, globally.
“We have to make a new society, one which takes responsibility, and which has a sense of belonging: ‘Our’ society, ‘our’ country’, and ‘our’ earth,” said H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Over 10 million trees have been planted across the globe as part of the Mission Green Earth: Stand Up Take Actionproject, a joint initiative of the Art of Living, United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Prayers For World Peace
30th Sep 2008 - 9th Oct 2008, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Over 20,000 people from 61 countries took part in a mass prayer for world peace led by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on October 7, 2008. The event was part of the annual Navratri celebrations at the Art of Living International Center in Bangalore, India.
The collective intention (sankalpa) of the homas and yagnas (Vedic rituals), group meditations, and prayers held during the Indian festival was to strengthen the resolve to root out terrorism, bring peace, and increase the inner strength of people.
Explaining the significance of the prayers, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, "The homas, and yagnas are very significant as they create the unseen power which elevates and strengthens the consciousness.”
Cutting across all religions and traditions, the prayers were attended by people from Russia, Taiwan, Mongolia, Germany, Africa, and the United States of America.
The prayers marked yet another of H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s endeavor to establish peace in the world. Through meditation, and stress elimination workshops, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been promoting spiritual values to resolve conflicts around the world.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also used these values to bring opposing groups, and ideologies together for dialog, and negotiation.
Solace To Flood Victims
24th Sep 2008, Purnia and Madhepura, Bihar, India
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited the flood-hit areas of Purnia, and Madhepura in Bihar on September 25, 2008 to take stock of the relief activities, and bring solace to the flood-affected victims.
As he surveyed the worst affected areas walking in knee-deep water, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar counseled the victims, urging them to have courage, and remain optimistic.
He visited the Jankinagar Phulwari camp in Purnia, where the Art of Living is taking care of nearly 5,000 people. “Under these trying circumstances, make the best use of your stay in the camps,” he told a 10,000-strong crowd from the nearby 50 villages that had gathered at Purnia.
To help the victims utilize their time at the camps, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said the Art of Living would provide vocational training to women, and teach reading, and writing to the illiterate. The Art of Living is also reaching out to more remote, inaccessible areas which are still submerged under water.
Directing Progress In Orissa
20th Sep 2008 - 23rd Sep 2008, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India
Galvanizing flood relief efforts in Orissa, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar chalked out a detailed plan for relief efforts with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during an aerial survey of the affected areas.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was in Bhubaneshwar for a few days during which the foundation stone of the H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar University was laid by him, and the Chief Minister.
Emphasizing educational opportunities for women, H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar expressed hope that each individual would become educated. “The students who pass out of this university would not be terrorists.
They would be sevaks who will work for society,” he said. Over 10,000 people gathered despite torrential rains for a meditation with H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He taught stress-elimination techniques to around 10,000 people at a Health and Happiness workshop held in Bhubaneshwar.
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met people from a wide cross section of society, from corporate in Bhubaneshwar to villagers in Bidyadharpur.