Meeting Anna Hazare
17th Aug 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri visited the Tihar jail premises again to meet Anna Hazare who is spearheading the anti-corruption movement in India. Sri Sri is one of the founding members of the India Against Corruption campaign. He also met with the other members including Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal during the visit. Sri Sri’s message once again to all the protesters was to find strength in non-violence and make the movement a peaceful revolution.
A turning point for India-Against-Corruption
16th Aug 2011, Delhi, Delhi, India
The India Against Corruption movement saw a significant turn of events with the arrest of Anna Hazare. Sri Sri (a founding member of this movement) addressed the people of India through the media and encouraged them to move towards a peaceful revolution without any damage to life or property. ‘I am always ready and available and involve myself to bring peace and change in this country,’ said Sri Sri as he was getting ready to leave for his flight to Delhi, to the site of the arrest. Upon reaching the capital, he proceeded to Tihar Jail (where Anna Hazare was detained) at 1:30 am to meet the protesters who were gathered outside in thousands and offered solace and strength to them.
Indian Independence Day
15th Aug 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Aug 15th is the Indian Independence day. Over 2000 children from the free rural school run by The Art of Living had assembled in spotless whites in the ashram amphitheater. Sri Sri hoisted the Indian national flag and inaugurated the series of cultural programs that followed to celebrate the day.
It was also the last day of the five-day meditation program with 1,200 participants from Tamil Nadu. Sri Sri met each one of them individually in the afternoon. He also spoke to them at length about the significance of various rituals that are part of the South Indian traditions and then guided all present into a deep meditation.
Being a national holiday, there were over a 1,000 people who had gathered for darshan (meeting with Sri Sri) as well. Once again, he met each person, heard their concerns, offered solutions and gave his blessings. It is a special sight to witness the change in the expression of every person before and after meeting with Sri Sri. The smile on each face spoke for itself.
Celebrating life, Bangalore, August 13
13th Aug 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 12
12th Aug 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 society
8th Aug 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, Oslo
7th Aug 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, Norway
6th Aug 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 Dhimahi
28th Jul 2011 - 5th Aug 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 Delhi
24th Jul 2011, 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.
‘Meditate, integrate wisdom & serve’
24th Jul 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.