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Empowering rural women
18th Sep 2011 - 20th Sep 2011, Sirsi, India
From Shimoga, Sri Sri proceeded to Sirsi on September 18 where he met the members of the VISTA India (Value Integrated Services For All) project that was pioneered by his father, Acharya Shri Ratnananda. The VISTA India project is engaged in uplifting the rural women in Karnataka.
His tour of Karnataka culminated with his visit to Karwar on September 20 where he led a satsang and addressed thousands at the Mayura Varma Vedike, Tagore beach.
Meetings of the Amarnath Shrine sub-committee
14th Sep 2011, Jammu and Kashmir, India
The Shri Amarnathji Shrine sub-committee, under the chairmanship of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, heard the representatives of BABA Yatri Niyas and Shri Amarnath Barfani Langar Organization (SABLO), in two separate meetings at Jammu today. Soon after its arrival from Srinagar today, the sub-committee held consultations with a delegation representing BABA Yatri Niyas for nearly two hours. This was followed by another round of discussions with the office bearers of SABLO.
Chairing 1st meeting of the Amarnath Shrine sub-committee
13th Sep 2011, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sri Sri chaired the first meeting of a sub-committee to advise the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board of the duration and schedule of the annual pilgrimage. The sub-committee held consultations with senior officers of the state government and the security forces, which are involved in providing logistical support and security for the conduct of the pilgrimage every year. The sub-committee heard their views on all the related issues.
Inauguration of the Giordano Bruno Globalshift University
9th Sep 2011, , Hungary
“Education means intellectual sharpening, retaining of innocence and spiritual upliftment.” - Sri SriSri Sri was the guest of honor and speaker at the opening ceremony of the Giordano Bruno Globalshift University in Budapest. The event took place in the picturesque Buda Castle with approximately 70 guests.
During the day Sri Sri had a private meeting with the Minister of Culture before proceeding to the evening’s public talk and satsang which was attended by over a thousand people.
The evening began with a traditional Hungarian folk dance 'Palotás'. Sri Sri was offered a traditional drum as a gift from the organization. As satsang began, three folk songs were sung inviting the audience to join in, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. “His talk opened hearts, and after a deep, relaxing and soothing meditation, Guruji received flowers and gifts from all who wanted to meet him. This intimate atmosphere was very tangible. He spoke to us like old friends. He, in fact, had said that many were waiting to meet him again for a long time. It was a deep experience for many of the guests,” shares Ms. Domotor, after attending the event.
Meeting people, Budapest, Hungary
8th Sep 2011, , Hungary
Sri Sri arrived in Budapest on its first true autumn day to be received by an eagerly awaiting group of volunteers and some journalists. Bhanu Didi (Sri Sri's sister) and several guests from India, US, Germany and UAE accompanied him. Other guests had also arrived from Russia, Bulgaria and UK to participate in the Satsang.
An hour after his arrival, Sri Sri met with the Deputy Mayor of Budapest and a few businessmen. Sri Sri then attended a reception held in his honor and hosted by the Ambassador of India at the Indian Embassy. 80 guests were present at the Residency. Sri Sri then gave two interviews for TV channels, addressing the need and relevance of spirituality.
This event was followed by a meeting with the core volunteers, inspiring them all. “For some of us, it was the very first time meeting Guruji. It was touching to see how much love and gratitude was flowing from our small group, Guruji's presence was opening our hearts. Chocolates were flying for children and for those who are bigger children! We are very much looking forward for an even more tighter Day 2!" shares Viktoria, a volunteer.
Celebrating the Festival of Ganesha
1st Sep 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated today at The Art of Living Ashram with the Ganapati Homa which was conducted in the presence of Sri Sri. Devotees came in large numbers to be a part of the festivity on the auspicious occasion.
Speaking on the significance and importance of the festival, Sri Sri says, “Ganesha is the lord of all the good qualities in us. So when we worship him, all the good qualities will blossom in us. He is also the lord of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge dawns only when we become aware of the Self. When there is inertia, there is no knowledge, no wisdom, nor is there any liveliness (Chaitanya) or progress in life. So the consciousness has to be awakened and the presiding diety of consciousness is Ganesha. Therefore, install the idol, worship it with infinite love, meditate and experience Lord Ganesha from within. This is the symbolic essence of Ganesh Chaturti festival, to awaken the Ganesh tattva which is masked inside us.”
Visits to Team Anna
22nd Aug 2011 - 26th Aug 2011, Delhi, Delhi, India
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Ramlila Maidan over 10 times from 22nd to 26th August. Sri Sri met Shri Anna Hazare to enquire about his health and also discussed matters with Team Anna. Sri Sri also met and discussed about Annaji's fast with political leaders from both the ruling and the opposition parties. Read more about Art of Living’s initiatives to curb corruption
Addressing people at Ramlila Maidan
21st Aug 2011, Delhi, Delhi, India
“In the history of the world, this is one such movement (of hundreds of thousands of people) without a single instance of violence, no damage to property, nor loss of life. There is dynamism with awareness; this awakening is a blessing for India,” said Sri Sri addressing the protesters gathered from every corner of the country to support the movement against corruption. He expressed pride in the youth of the country who have upheld the values of non-violence and peace. He also emphasized the need for strong laws and national representatives who are free from selfish motives, have a sense of belongingness and love for the people, and are ready to sacrifice personal gains. He congratulated Anna Hazare’s team, praised their determination in the face of all odds and expressed his prayers for a speedy solution to this issue.
Inspiring rural youth to spread anti-corruption awareness
20th Aug 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
“Until the hunger of the soul is satisfied, corruption will continue in society,” says Sri Sri as he emphasizes the need to bring spirituality and reinforce human values in every corner of India.
Speaking to 5,500 youth in the ashram, Sri Sri asked the youth to commit themselves fully to their duty of rooting out corruption.
The issue of corruption does not arise when there is a sense of belongingness. Human values can be cultivated only through spirituality. Sri Sri highlighted the significance of the role of youth leaders in keeping the country free of social evils like corruption and terrorism besides working to root out the existing challenges. Only a lit candle can light another, and those gathered were all lit with wisdom and a message of love and peace.
Leaders of ‘true India’ at The Art of Living center,
19th Aug 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
1700 rural youth leaders from 20 states in India gathered at The Art of Living International Center for a three-day meet to share their learning and vision for a Divya Samaj (Divine Society). Graduates of the Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP), these youth leaders move from village to village, reinforcing human values, teaching meditation, creating a sense of belongingness and responsibility among villagers. The youth leaders also help the villages to address the ground-level issues like lack of water supply and electricity, crime-rates, lack of schools for their children and addiction to alcohol. They also train the farmers in the methods of organic and chemical-free farming to increase crop yield, reduce their costs and protect the soil and indigenous seed. Meeting Sri Sri gives them the direction and inspiration that they need to further their initiative and reach out to more and more people of 'true India' in the villages. The YLTP has reached out to 40,212 villagesa. Read more about YLTP programs.
Rally at Freedom Park
18th Aug 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri returned to Bangalore from the capital city and addressed the gathered protesters at Freedom Park. He encouraged them to fight injustice without anger or violence and with a calm and serene mind. “The values of ahimsa and truth transcend time and work,” said Sri Sri. He reiterated the need for people to neither give nor accept bribes. Sri Sri also emphasized trust and understanding between the government and the people supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill. “We have to learn to trust each other. Both sides are trying to resolve the matter. Talks between the two can solve the issue.”