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Sri Sri met Sri Lankan Tamils
20th Mar 2010, Zurich, Switzerland
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets over 400 Sri Lankan Tamils in Switzerland. He conducted a guided meditation for 20 minutes. He asked the Sri Lankan Tamils to come up with ideas to the uplift the Tamil Refugees in Sri Lanka.
Yamuna Clean-Up Campaign
17th Mar 2010, New Delhi, Delhi, India
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched The Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna (MDMY), on 17th March 2010 in New Delhi. MDMY is the seven-month campaign to clean the Yamuna and aims to make a difference to Delhi and NCR. Thousands of people turned up at Purana Quila to become a part of the event. Hundreds of NGO’s, organizations and corporate are part of the initiative. Many dignitaries, politicians, businessmen and corporate heads were also a part of the event.
Urging a Compassionate action Plan to combat HIV
3rd Mar 2010, , Netherlands
Sri Sri was a keynote speaker at the Summit of Religious Leaders in response to HIV in Netherlands on March 23, 2010. He urged religious leaders to speak openly about the disease. “I am of the firm opinion that stigma and discrimination around the disease can only be overcome if religious leaders openly speak about it,” said Sri Sri, urging the creation of an effective action plan that is compassionate, effective and humane. Sri Sri said: “If all of us can take on this project to educate the youth, to educate youngsters about healthy living, positive thinking and a stigma-free, inhibition-free attitude towards people, we have taken a big step.”
1st Mar 2010, Uttaranchal, India
Sri Sri celebrated the festival of Holi and he performed the Ganga Aarti at Haridwar. Thousands of people were part of this event. He said, “Holi is a festival of colors. This whole world is so colorful. Just like in nature there are different colors associated with our feelings and emotions: anger with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colors which keep changing”
Addressing masses in troubled Bodoland
16th Feb 2010, Bodoland, Assam, India
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, as a part of his eight-day long tour in the North-East of India, addressed the rural masses in Bongaingoan, the troubled district of lower Assam. Over 100,000 people turned up in Salmara in Abhayapuri to hear Sri Sri's message of peace and love. Sri Sri also urged people to adopt organic farming methods (rishi krishi) and Ayurveda. The Art of Living runs five schools in that area and has plans to build more. Volunteers of the Art of Living have been working in this area to bring peace and understanding.
Garbage Cleaning Drive
11th Feb 2010, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
“No one single agency or authority can undertake this mission. We need all to join hands so that together we make a difference,” said Sri Sri as he shoveled garbage from the once-famed Lily Pool in Kolkata, India. 125 youth volunteers joined Sri Sri in the garbage cleaning drive. Sri Sri emphasized the need to look after the environment and encouraged people to take responsibility for the environment.
Address to 1,000 Roman Catholics Priests
9th Feb 2010, Tamil Nadu, India
Sri Sri addressed 1,000 Roman Catholic priests at the Indian Priests's Congress in Velanganni, a little hamlet in Tamil Nadu, India. Excerpt from Sri Sri's address: “The world is undergoing an identity crisis!.. A reversal of identity is needed.. First of all, our identity is that we are all Divine... then we are human beings, then our gender, religion, country and so on. We have to educate the society about the ONE divinity.. When that shift happens, we can relate to anybody, whatever be our ideology.Fear will be eliminated. This education is the only way to bring peace around us, to make this world a beautiful place to live in.”
8th Feb 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri spoke on meditation and relaxation at the Federation of Bar Associates of Karnataka. The best of the legal minds followed Sri Sri through a routine of simple sukshma yoga asanas. “Usually we think that meditation is concentration. There is an effort to concentrate. Meditation is effortless relaxation. The fruit of meditation is concentration. After you get up from the sleep, how is your mind? Concentrated, right? Any work entails concentration. But relaxation doesn’t require concentration. Meditation expands the size of this vessel called mind. Meditation helps to increase the container not the contents.
Opening the Dialogue table with Maoists
2nd Feb 2010, Orissa, India
Sri Sri met with the Chief Minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik to speak to him about the problem of Maoists in the state. Only a day earlier, Sri Sri invited Maoists to a discussion with him. "I request the Maoists to talk to us and leave the path of violence. Though the sole intention of the rebels is to work for the society, the path of violence which they have taken is not proper way,” said Sri Sri, who had spoken to Maoists in Lalgarh and encouraged them to resolve differences with the government through dialogue.
Honorary President of the Hampi Utsav Committee
27th Jan 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was the Honorary President of the government-led organizing committee for Hampi Utsav. The festival celebrated the 500th year anniversary of Hampi's emperor Krishnadevaraya's coronation.The organizing body was called Shri Krishnadevaraya Pattabhishekha Mahotsava Committee (Government of Karnataka). Hampi, located in the state of Karnataka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at the famous Hampi temple, Sri Sri said: “Every stone, here in the ruins, is lit - shining, reminding us of its glorious past. Similarly, our human values should shine through.Celebrations bring us together. Drop your worries. Intelligent people spend their time in celebrations.”
Driving community development
6th Jan 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sri Sri interacted and guided over 1,200 rural youth leaders from 14 states of India at a 3-day meet. Organized at the Art of Living International Center, these youth leaders are pioneering grassroots development across India’s rural heartlands. Graduates of the youth leadership training program, these youth shared their success stories, discussed the challenges they face on field and strategies adopted by them.