On Tour with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sun, 07/13/2014
Tue, 07/22/2014
Montreal, Canada

Various programs with Sri Sri; For details visit: www.artofliving.ca/jul2014

Tue, 07/22/2014
Sun, 07/27/2014
Bad Antogast, Germany
Fri, 08/01/2014
Tue, 08/26/2014
Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 560082
  • City of Joy urged to Vote for a Better India

    Tue, 04/08/2014, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

    Citizens of Kolkata turned out in thousands to welcome the Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 8th, 2014. Sri Sri interacted and addressed more than 10,000 enthusiastic volunteers that morning at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. They had worked dedicatedly for the Volunteer for Better India (VBI) Campaign with the aim of raising public awareness for exercising one's vote. VBI drives have been conducted in corporate, housing societies, etc. in Kolkata and surrounding areas. Volunteers even conducted ‘Voteathon’, an inter-college competition aimed at increasing the awareness and importance of voting in our civil society, especially amongst the youth. ‘Nukkad nataks’ and bike rallies were also organized. The efforts put in resulted in 3,912 new voter registrations.

    Sri Sri then inaugurated new seva initiatives for slum development, diagnostic center, blood donation camps, zero-budget chemical free farming and a tree plantation drive undertaken by Brij Chawla, head of the Art of Living Tribal School in Ghatsila, Jharkhand.

    Later that evening, Sri Sri led a meditation and interacted with the public on various issues confronting the country. His words instilled a sense of responsibility and nationalism amongst all.​

  • Mumbai, Maharashtra

    Mon, 04/07/2014, India

    Come together, create a group, and do social work. Wherever you find injustice in the system, put collective pressure, but with a smile. The Volunteer for a Better India initiative can bring about a positive change in many areas. ~ Sri Sri

    Volunteering for community welfare was the single message that resounded at a closed-door conference called "India First", as well as at a volunteer convention that was attended by over 10,000 people representing different sections of society.

    A number of youth shared their experiences of volunteering as well as speaking to people about voter awareness. The apathy of many people changed when they saw the determination and enthusiasm of the volunteers to engage people in the electoral process.

    There was also a special session of meditation and prayers for peace.

  • Calling on people for community service

    Sat, 04/05/2014, Pune, Maharashtra, India

    Inspiration, aspirations for progress, and determination to give back to society were the predominant feelings at a volunteer convention that saw the presence of over 15,000 people from Pune and surrounding districts. The audience pledged to make society corruption-free, ban alcohol, and dedicate seven hours a week towards community service.

    Later that day, thousands of youth pledged to work in villages and help their rural counterparts. Amid a galaxy of community leaders representing different political parties, over 100,000 people said they would come forward to work for the country.

  • Inspiring people towards better governance, Buldhana and Nagpur

    Fri, 04/04/2014, Maharashtra, India

    "If we give seven hours per week to the nation, we can do a lot for the country," said Sri Sri at a special morning session in Buldhana. Inspired by Sri Sri's words, over 3000 people pledged to work with Volunteer for a Better India.

    Sri Sri also spoke to the gathering about the urgency to save cows and urged farmers to practice organic farming. He assured them of support from the Art of Living Foundation. In the past, the Art of Living has successfully rehabilitated farmers who were on the verge of suicide in the Vidarbha district of Maharashtra.

    From Buldhana, Sri Sri travelled to Nagpur, where he met with 4000 people from all around Vidarbha.

    "I don't want people to exercise the NOTA (none of the above) option during voting. I want them to vote decisively," said Sri Sri.

    Later, at a mahasatsang, Sri Sri urged the audience to avoid the use of plastic and encouraged chemical-free farming.

    He focused on everybody attaining a sense of belongingness with others around them. "Corruption is not going to stop just by changing the law. We need to have a wave of belongingness. Where there is belongingness, there is no corruption," said Sri Sri.

     

  • Serve the nation

    Thu, 04/03/2014, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

    Over 8000 people from a wide range of districts in Marathwada, Vidarbha,
    and Nashik participated in the Volunteer for a Better India (VBI) convention with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

    Addressing the gathering, the groups of volunteers shared experiences from the several service initiatives that they had undertaken after the launch of the VBI program in February 2013. Inspired and launched by Sri Sri, the initiative aims to empower people to volunteer for their nation for at least one hour a day.

    Many in the audience shared their experiences of greater community cohesiveness and collaboration after the VBI projects started.

    One such service initiative was the rehabilitation of 250 former beggars. After a stress-elimination and vocational training program, the group began earning wages and today earn Rs. 2000 a month. Members of the groups were felicitated and encouraged by Sri Sri at a special event in the evening, attended by 35,000 people.

    Sri Sri also conducted a meditation for the gathering and answered many of the audience's questions, ranging from the qualities of good governance to faith and divinity.

    Recognizing the good work of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri was honored with the Aurangabad Citizen Forum.

    Earlier in the day, Sri Sri also visited the historical monument of Bibi ka Maqbara, a replica of the famous Taj Mahal monument.

  • Interfaith Council in Vienna

    Thu, 03/27/2014, Vienna, Austria

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke at the Interfaith Council in Vienna which deliberates on the current issues around the globe. Convened by former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the forum comprised former heads of nations.

    Sri Sri also attended the 95th birthday celebrations of Helmut Schmidt where heads of state, philosophers and other leaders were present.

     

  • Tour Schedule: 13 Mar 2014

    Thu, 03/13/2014, Andal, West Bengal, India

    Volunteer for Better India

    Meeting for Volunteer for Better India

  • Villages in Bihar follow violence-free path

    Thu, 03/13/2014, Bihar, India

    During Sri Sri’s visit to Bihar, he was heartened to see youth from over 100 villages surrounding Bhagalpur, to have undergone changes and shun the path of violence. He visited the Mahabodhi temple and Kanaka temple in Gaya, where a satsang took place.

    From Gaya, Sri Sri travelled to Samastipur on March 10, where he was welcomed by local MLA, SSP Rajiv Ranjan along with more than 500 volunteers. That evening, at the mahasatsang held at Patel Grounds, more than 25,000 people were enthralled with the majestic chanting of Shiva Stotra by Pandit Bipin Kumar Mishra and his group. Sri Sri addressed the huge gathering on several issues facing the nation and emphasized on the importance of spirituality in politics.

    On March 11, Sri Sri visited Darbhanga for the first time, where he expressed sorrow on seeing the current state of Sanskrit colleges and universities which once stood as the seat of knowledge.

    Later, at a mahasatsang, Sri Sri announced a special ‘Pag day’ which is a type of hat. The city celebrated the cultural tradition by wearing ‘pag’. More than 40,000 people were a part of the event which saw many dignitaries including the Mayor.

    At a press conference held at the Postal Training Center, Sri Sri drew attention to the need of active participation in the election process and to vote for a strong and stable government at the center. Urging citizens to be responsible for cleanliness in their environment, Sri Sri said: “If everyone gives one hour a day, it is enough,” said Sri Sri.

    On March 12, Sri Sri travelled to Jehanabad for a mahasatsang which was attended by thousands including many judges.

    Sri Sri’s Bihar tour concluded on March 13, marking a special day in his calendar for having visited three states in a single day i.e. morning Holi celebrations in Gaya, Bihar; afternoon satsang in Andal, West Bengal; followed by evening satsang in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

     

  • Sneh Milan: Exchanging genuine love and belongingness

    Mon, 02/10/2014, 21st km Kanakapura Road, Udaypura,
    Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 560082

    It’s extremely rare to get a chance to witness true exchange of genuine love and belongingness. And that was exactly what happened at the Sneh Milan, an inter-faith event hosted by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living International Centre on February 10, 2014.

    Several Muslim clerics and decision makers attended the event. All those present held the event as a genuine attempt to join the common threads among people of different faiths and cultures and called for such events more frequently. They spoke on how different religions talk about oneness of God. Many of the Islamic clerics highlighted the Quarnic injunction of a peaceful and harmonious co-existence among people of all faiths. As symbolic message, the event started with the recitation of verses of the Holy Quran that invoke the virtues of peace.

    With everybody talking of oneness of the creation, the beautiful campus of the Art of Living reverberated with harmony.

    The event was a part of Sri Sri’s ceaseless endeavor to promote love, trust and belongingness among people of all faiths and promote inter-faith harmony in the country. Addressing the gathering, Sri Sri emphasized the need for spreading the wisdom of the ancient Indian ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which says the whole world is one family. He says, “God has created us one.”

    Several guests from Iraq, Pakistan, Israel, Oman, the UAE and Afghanistan also joined the celebration. They recalled how Sri Sri’s work is promoting harmony in their country. It was touching to hear a woman from Pakistan who lost her close relatives in a recent blast share how Sri Sri has brought solace in her life. An woman from Kurdistan shared the story of Iraqi women getting empowered through Sri Sri’s Art of Living after they were left widowed by the bloody war.

    The event culminated with a community feast that only added to the feeling of bonhomie.  

  • Supporting the crusade against corruption

    Mon, 02/03/2014, Thrissur, Kerala, India

    Inspiration seemed to be in the air as heads nodded in agreement and hands flew up in the air to declare the attendees' participation in nation building. An audience of mixed ages was keenly listening to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as he passionately spoke about the importance of each person’s vote in the electoral process. “It is important that we vote for those who strengthen India,” said Sri Sri. “Corruption is the only reason why we are not growing. Development should be inclusive and complete.”

    Sri Sri also spoke about environmental preservation. “Trees should be planted; water sources have to be protected. We need to give life back to our rivers.”

     

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