- Tour Schedule
- Tour Diary
Sri Sri Says Racism Solution Rests in EducationSun, 10/11/2009, South Korea
In his address in Gangnam, Sri Sri said Korea must look towards its education system in order to institute the multicultural mindsets that will see them overcome racism. Regionalism will be a problem for the country until it starts out on the process of multiculturalism.
"We have to teach people a multicultural and broad mindset, otherwise, you know, a sort of narrow racism and regionalism will be a problem for people," he said.
Sri Sri is in Korea to give a talk at the World Knowledge Forum being held in Seoul this week, where former U.S. President George W. Bush is also a speaker. The Gangnam event was one of two sideline events he is holding.
When asked about the involvement of fellow speaker Bush, Sri Sri said, "Well, that is good. Everybody is welcome in knowledge. It is a lack of knowledge that gives a different color to your personality."
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar receives the first ever Culture in Balance AwardFri, 10/09/2009, Dresden, Brandenburg, Germany
The WORLD CULTURE FORUM is committed to the establishment of a healthy balance between the six facets of culture, defined as: science, art, politics, religion, economics and media.
In His address, Sri Sri emphasized the importance of Spirituality in bringing stable Peace. With the WCF award, the jury of the WCF honors the holistic approach for a "balance of cultures" brought about by Sri Sri.
All India Ayurvedic Congress Centenary celebrationsTue, 10/06/2009, Siri Fort Auditorium,
, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Sri Sri gave useful insights, stating that health is not mere absence of disease but it also includes welcoming happiness in life. He said, Ayurveda has, not yet reached the level of respect that Chinese medicine has got today.
Each one of us, and the government also has this responsibility to take Ayurveda to that level. We need to pay attention to our environment.
We have to totally integrate Yoga and Spirituality. We have to include these in our lives. Only giving medicines to people won’t work. It is equally important to inspire them to pay attention to rest, yoga, and meditation.
World Health Organization (WHO) ConferenceTue, 10/06/2009, Central, Sri Lanka
Sri Sri addressed the issues surrounding mental and physical health. He spoke about how in the East over 5000 years ago, there was a concept of social well-being, where you are healthy only if you are happy mentally, physically and socially. He also expressed shock that nearly 30% of Europe suffers from depression and Doctors predict the number to raise to 48% in the coming decade.
“Mental well being to me is improved perception, improved observation and improved expression. Like, the body grows from the time you are born to the age 21, 22 and then the body starts deteriorating, our mental age, our mental well being should grow
simultaneously from childhood we need to keep improving our perception, observation and our expression this has no age, usually psychologists say 50 or 40 it stops, at middle age our mental observation, expression starts deteriorating. I say if you are practicing yoga or meditation this doesn't happen. There is no decay of your mental well-being”.
Sri Sri Calls for People to live without fearSun, 10/04/2009, Central, Sri Lanka
In his fifth visit to Sri Lanka, Sri Sri blessed over 10,000 people at the mega event titled “Uniting Hearts and Minds” at the country’s largest indoor stadium, Sugatha Dasa in Colombo.
Sri Sri also inaugurated and delivered the keynote address at the international conference on promotion of mental well-being organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated the 10 day Dassera CelebrationsFri, 09/18/2009, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated the Dassera Celebrations atop the Chamundi Hills in Mysore, in the presence of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, by lighting a lamp and offering flowers to Chamundehswari.
Sri Sri hoped the festival would strengthen the values of honesty and friendship in society. He commended the government for introducing the ‘Grameena Dasssera’ (rural Dassera).
Spiritual Awakening TourSun, 08/09/2009, Tamil Nadu, India
“Spiritual essence unites the hearts and minds of people.” said Sri Sri as he embarked on a ‘Spiritual Awakening Tour’ in Tamil Nadu.
On the first day of the tour, Sri Sri also suggested that the 1.25 lakh Sri Lankan Tamils living as refugees in the 112 camps in Tamil Nadu should be given immigrant status like their counterparts living in Europe and America.
“It is just humane to give hope and opportunity to these people living in Tamil Nadu”.
He also called for a signature campaign by the citizens to absorb the Sri Lankan Tamils into the mainstream of Indian society. They should be given ration cards, homes, jobs and citizenship.
The tour aims at reviving ancient Indian value systems and traditions. Temple visits, tour of the Pancha Maha Bhootha Sthalas (temples that epitomize the Five elements), prayers and meditations. Sri Sri’s tour of the Pancha Maha Bhootha Sthalas is of particular significance.
It is believed that the universe and our body is made up of five elements (tatvas) – Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether –which are called Pancha Maha Bhoothas.
In the Indian culture and tradition, temples epitomize these Pancha Maha Bhoothas, besides being centers of learning, knowledge and culture which enrich value systems. Sri Sri will be launching environmental sustainability campaigns along the different spots of the tour.
Prayers for SrilankaSun, 07/19/2009, Montreal, Canada
Sri Sri encouraged a Tamil gathering to pray for Tamils in Sri Lanka at the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin.
Before the public address, Sri Sri attended a prayer meeting and was honored at the ashram.
University felicitates Sri SriTue, 06/23/2009, Budapest, Hungary
The Vice-Rector of the University, Prof. Dr. Laszlo Hornok confers Sri Sri with the title, Professor Honoris Causa
Sri Sri spoke at the 10th Annual International Conference hosted by the Szent Istvan University. The University conferred Sri Sri with their highest honor, Professor Honoris Causa.
Strengthening inter-faith harmonyThu, 06/11/2009, Mumbai, India
To promote an understanding among various religious groups in India, especially in light of the attacks on minorities, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar attended an inter-faith conference in Mumbai on June 12.
This event was the “first official meeting between the pope's representatives and top Indian Hindu religious leaders”.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt; Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji and Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai shared their perspectives on increasing inter-faith understanding.