Indian Ambassador welcomes Sri Sri, Tokyo
22nd Apr 2013, Japan
The Indian ambassador to Japan hosted a welcome reception for Sri Sri as the latter arrived in Tokyo.
Earlier as Sri Sri landed, he was interviewed by a Tokyo channel which comes to the Narita airport every Monday and interviews passengers.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: Where are you coming from & where are you going?
Sri Sri: I'm coming from Canada and on my way to Indonesia from here.
Q: Why have you come to Japan?
Sri Sri: I'm on a world tour to create a happy society. I'm giving a few public talks and seminars aboutt spreading health and happiness in Japan.
Q: What is your name?
Sri Sri: They call me Guruji.
Q: What kind of teacher are you?
Sri Sri: I teach meditation & Yoga.
I Meditate Calgary
21st Apr 2013, calgary, Canada
Sri Sri addressed 1000 people at the launch of the I Meditate Calgary campaign. He was greeted by a roaring crowd and a standing ovation, and was introduced by Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta, Jonathan Denis.
He spoke about meditation, did Sukshma yoga for the head and then went into a 25-minute guided meditation, followed by Q&A.
“What we do here is mend broken hearts. Neither alcohol, nor eating can fill the emptiness of a broken heart. Meditation can. Also meditation has many physical and mental benefits that medical research is documenting.”
He departed at for the airport and again received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Meeting with the Mayor
20th Apr 2013, Calgary, Canada
Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi met Sri Sri and they spoke about how the city has grown. Mayor Nenshi said that he wears a badge with the number ‘3’ on it. The badge signifies his campaign, “do three good things for your community each year”. Sri Sri then went on to explain the significance of the number ‘3’ which he also uses. He tells doctors to do three free medical camps; lawyers to do three free consultations; engineers to do three free estimates. He then went on to speak about how the number ‘3’ is a very auspicious number – that is why they say shanti three times, which signifies peace for the mind, body and spirit.
Earlier in the day, Sri Sri interacted with participants from the ongoing Art of Living courses and also gave a talk at a Hindu temple. He addressed 700 people in a hall with a capacity of 400. He spoke about the significance of Ram, the importance of unification in the community (working together) and did a Q&A.
Sri Sri was mobbed on his way out of the temple, India style.
Then he met with 60 local volunteers and inspired them to reach out to various ethnic communities and spread the spirit of peace and happiness.
20th Apr 2013, Calgary, Canada
Coming together for a change
19th Apr 2013, Calgary, Canada
Several dignitaries interacted with Sri Sri at a special meet, which included political leaders such as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta, Joanthan Denis, who brought Sri Sri a message from the Premier of Alberta, Calgary; MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) Moe Amery and Dave Rodney(Dave is an Associate Minister for Wellness.
Past and present SEED event speakers also met with Sri Sri – Sequoyah Trueblood, Native Leader; Sherry Strong, food philosopher and nutritional strategist; Theo Fleury, Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames, founder of an NGO fighting against sex abuse; and Elisabeth Fayt, author were among the others.
Later in the day, Sri Sri conducted the Shakti Kriya sessions for the course participants.
The evening’s satang was full of people beaming and dancing. Everyone went and met Sri Sri one on one. Though the interactions with the course participants had been planed for the next day, it organically happened that evening
Ayurveda, stress management & wellness with medical professionals
18th Apr 2013, Calgary, Canada
Sri Sri addressed over 200 medical professionals through The Symposium for the Medical Fraternity of Calgary, at the Libin Theater, Health Sciences Center.
He spoke about meditation, Ayurveda and allopathic medicines. Sri Sri also gave a debrief about the research and development happening at the Ayurveda Hospital in India and invited interested people to come and engage in research.
A definite highlight was when be took out the Shakti drops, Art of Living’s special immunity medicine which is yielding benefits to many people. After a demo on the Shakti drops, a yoga followed.
The participants also had the opportunity to experience first hand the calming effects of meditation, as he guided them through a deep and profound 18-minute meditation.
The health providers in attendance came from a wide variety of health professions; doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, internal medicine specialists, naturopathy, homeopathy, as well as some working with veterans, medical students and residents.
Sri Sri’s talk was complemented by three presenters giving different perspectives – Dr. Emma Sepalla, Associate Director Research, Stanford University, talked about the healing factor of SKY® and Meditation in at-risk groups; War Veterans (PTSD) and High Risk Adolescents Behavior.
Dr. Ryan Punambolam, Neurologist gave a well-organized academic presentation that illustrated through medical research the mitigating effects of SKY® and Meditation on psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) disorders, and showed the benefits of yoga and meditation in health promotion.
Dr. Bharti Verma, Family Physician, MA, MD CCFP gave a short anecdotal presentation, which included case studies of some of her patients who have done SKY®, and talked about work-related stress within the medical fraternity.
Interactions with people, Regina & Calgary, Canada
16th Apr 2013 - 17th Apr 2013, Canada
The day began with a media interview where Sri Sri spoke about the three types of violence: 1) because of religious terrorism, 2) out of stress and aggression 3) people who do it for their entertainment and are not aware of the seriousness of their actions.
Later Sri Sri caught a flight to Calgary. A group of people awaited Sri Sri’s arrival at the Calgary International Airport. After meeting a group of people, Sri Sri interacted with the participants of the advanced meditation course and led a 45-minute meditation.
The next day, Sri Sri drove to Bow Falls, Banff with about 260 people, including the entire Art of Silence Course and volunteers.They enjoyed the stunning scenery, and a meditation walk with Sri Sri.
Ending the evening in Regina
15th Apr 2013, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
(This post has been prepared by a group of volunteers.)
After the event Sri Sri met with volunteers who had travelled from other cities such as Saskatoon and Yorkton.
When we got back to the hotel, he was in his room and we were told he wanted to meditate.
When he came out he said it had been a good meditation. Many people were sitting in the room outside waiting for him. With time change and all it was late, after 11 pm Montreal time. A quick call confirmed that dinner was on its way. Very soon the beautiful meal prepared for him by Sindu arrived.
Arrival in Regina
15th Apr 2013, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
At the airport, Sri Sri sat, waiting for us all to gather. Then, the food hamper came out with a meal for four. Marcy went to get some bowls and Neelam began organizing all the containers quickly and filling them with a feast of roti, dhal, rice, fruit for 12 of us. As quickly as the food appeared and was shared, the containers were put away and we all focused on getting to the gate and Regina.
On the plane, before landing the captain announced that spring has arrived in Regina and it was -3 degrees (yes, 3 degrees below zero).
All the travellers were met by enthusiastic devotees and we were take to Hotel Saskatchewan.
Spreading the message of non-violence & peace
15th Apr 2013, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
The VIP reception was waiting his arrival and he was introduced to the Mayor of Regina, Michael Fougere as well as the Minister of Parks, Culture & Sport, Kevin Doherty. When they apologized for the cold, he said he likes it cold. He graciously invited them to come to India.
Then, he left for the Connexus Arts Centre to a sold out event with 550 people attending his first ever visit to Regina.
People came from all over the province of Saskatchewan as well as others, such as Saskatoon, Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Kindersley, Kamsack, Langenburg, Manitou, Canora, Melville, North Battleford.
As the event began, the Minister and Mayor offered their greetings. They warmly welcomed Sri Sri and during their brief speeches highlighted the importance of Sri Sri's teachings and stress-reduction techniques, particularly in light of the bombings that occurred earlier that day at the Boston Marathon.
Minister Kevin Doherty: "A message of peace, acceptance and understanding is always welcome." He then talked about what has happened in Boston and the context of Sri Sri's visit. "You are a spiritual world traveller with few, if any, equals".
Mayor Michael Fougere added: " A sense of well-being in this turbulent world is very welcome".
After each man spoke, Sri Sri honoured each of them with a beautiful silk shawl, and they both wore the shawl all evening.
Sri Sri spoke about the need to end violence, and the movement he was here to launched NON-VIO. 100 acts of non-violence for every act of violence, and the need for creating a culture of spreading warmth and belongingness:
"This is a place of cool headed and warm hearted people. In small cities there is togetherness. We have to keep this culture of spreading warmth. We have forgotten to connect with ourselves and with everybody else. This is the only thing that makes our life worth living - imagine life without love, compassion, a sense of belongingness. Mankind would go into depression. We need to create a sense of togetherness with everyone". Sri Sri also mentioned the importance of working with the First Nations communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada.
Evening before departure, Montreal
14th Apr 2013, Canada
In the early evening there were 100 devotees squeezed inside the kutir. He came down wearing a Panama hat. A little boy gave him a heart shaped card.
"You all come here for an evening snack," as he opens boxes of sweets. Someone says, "You are the sweetest."
A devotee offered to help open a box of chocolates. "I am good at opening a box. If you can open the mind you can open anything." (laughter)
He remembers everything. "You asked me in Patiala and Bangalore if you should go to Canada. I said yes I will meet you there too."
"Health conscious people raise your hands. And laddu conscious... (Laughter). These laddus are too big. Two people can have one." He sat patiently breaking each laddu into half pieces. "Snack bar is open".
"We will have satsang early. People are leaving, right? If food is ready we will have satsang at 6:30. Those who got Prasad, keep moving. Open the door."
The bus is leaving for Brampton, Toronto. Every time Sri Sri visits the Montreal ashram, the Brampton satsang group organizes a bus for those who want to come just for the weekend to see him. It's an eight hour ride one way.
There was an electrifying satsang with a small group of 200 people. Most were up dancing.
Later Sri Sri spent time with the team looking after the arrangements for the new meditation hall. They discussed everything – from flooring to the windows to maintenance.
All ashramites will spend two hours everyday in the garden. Each person will have a piece of land that they have to look after. And we will have competition. We have 200 acres. We don't need to buy from outside. We have 100 apple trees. Compost from food. We will make everything self-sufficient, in one year.
We must see that in our brain there is space. The space in our head is so big as the outer space. Meditation is just the first step to clear all the cobwebs: Shakti Kriya and Sudarshan Kriya clear the cobwebs, and bring in the new energy. It's so interesting!
When I go to Mongolia - we are very big there; 60 percent of the country has done Art of Living - they don't ask small questions like relationships etc. They ask where will you be born next lifetime. Everyone talks only of next life not this one. How to determine next life? What to do? All spiritual questions. They are not worried about mundane things. They bring a child for blessings and ask if this child will get enlightened. They think high, and it was all Vedic. They talk about Ganges and ask to bring water from Ganges. But its very cold like Canada. Even colder. Like you go up North.
More spirituality will come (in this year). We should just keep working. Just pull everyone towards meditation. Passion, Dispassion and Compassion. Passion with the breath in. Dispassion with the breath out and Compassion in between! (applause).
So plan everything. In 3 months I will be back!!! I travel so much. I think I should reduce. Halfway around the world…
We should have a room for kids and mothers downstairs. And for all those who want to behave like children (laughter), with a TV. This we can do. I can meet all teachers here on Skype. We should make use of technology. You can enjoy satsang from India.
I will meet ashramites before leaving in the morning.
Q: Rudram tomorrow?
Sri Sri: In your rooms (laughter)