On Tour with Sri Sri
“Unless every member of our global family is peaceful, our peace is incomplete.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on International Peace Day, September 21, 2008
Building peace among nations and individuals for 29 years, Sri Sri is committed to his vision of stress-free minds and a violence-free society. Armed with the tools of Gandhian philosophy, Sri Sri has gone to the flavellas of Brazil, red zones in Iraq, LTTE headquarters in Sri Lanka and trauma-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir. His message is peace and non-violence. By facilitating dialogue between opposing factions and urging people towards reconciliation, Sri Sri continues to bridge religious and communal divides. In 2004 alone, he traveled to 175 cities as part of his ‘Love Moves the World’ Tour. His travels open up doors to three levels of peace: at the individual level, communal and global.
Many of his tours have translated into significant peace-building developments. His travel to Iraq in 2007 as a peace ambassador brought to focus the possibilities of combating violence in non-violent ways, even in a war-torn country. As a result, the Iraqi government sent 55 men and women to be trained as peace angels. Sri Sri played a major role in finding an amicable solution to the Amarnath land row that had engulfed the entire state in a vortex of violence.
Sri Sri travels to strife-torn places not only to heal the wounds of victims and clam the aggressors, but also to galvanize the local population to work towards peaceful co-existence. Following his visit to Israel in 2003, peacemaking initiatives were started in places along the wall that separates Israel from Palestine.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has devoted himself to promoting composite dialogue between conflicting parties across the world.
Over the past three decades, he has opened up channels of communications and facilitated meaningful dialogue.
Sri Sri has always been regarded as an impartial mediator, who is able to engage all the stakeholders in a climate of trust and reconciliation.
Sri Sri’s involvement has defused the tension in several instances.
On Tour with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
27th May 2013
29th Jun 2013
1st Jul 2013
1st Jul 2013
WFEB Conference at Palais Des Nations
Honored with the Gandhi-King-Ikeda award, Atlanta, US
3rd Apr 2013, United States
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s US NonVio culminated at Morehouse College, Atlanta, alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where Sri Sri was awarded the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize in recognition for being one of today’s leading voices of peace and nonviolence.
Sri Sri launches NONVIO event in New York City, US
1st Apr 2013, Washington, United States
Hundreds of peace activists come together to raise their voice in favour of non-violence.
Meditation at the Gateway to the UN, New York, US
30th Mar 2013, United States
The Gateway to the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, known for its political rallies, had a new taste this time, with more than five thousand New Yorkers meditating and taking a commitment for nonviolence with Sri Sri Ravi Shanka
Honoring the spirit of non violence, Chicago, US
28th Mar 2013, United States
The NONVIO event hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, brought together thousands of Chicageons. The state of Illinois felicitated Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his tireless advocacy for building a violence-free Chicago and March 28th was declared as “Nonviolence: No Higher Calling” day by the state.
Several people were honored for their work to raise the voice of nonviolence: amongst them were Carlos Javier Ortiz, Ronald Holt, Annette Nance-Holt, Ondelee Perteet, Ameena Matthews, Dr. Gary Slutkin and Levar Fisher.
Chicago’s beloved group “The Voices” performed at the event, bringing back vintage Motown memories.
Social change through non violence, Los Angeles, US
26th Mar 2013 - 27th Mar 2013, United States
Los Angelenos stood up for nonviolence with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living Los Angeles Center.
The Interactive Townhall Forum highlighted the power of institutional leaders and decision makers, in creating social change through nonviolence.
Sri Sri at the Non-Violence launch event, San Diego, CA, USA
25th Mar 2013, California, United States
City of San Diego takes commitment to doing one billion acts of love and non violence.
Launches the NON VIO movement in San Diego, US
25th Mar 2013, United States
Sri Sri launched the Nonviolence: No Higher Calling (NONVIO) movement in San Diego at the historic Balboa Park. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, declared March 25th, 2013 as “Nonviolence: No Higher Calling” day committing to a billion acts of nonviolence. This act envisions a 100 acts of non violence for every act of violence that is committed.
Campaign for violence-free society - San Jose, CA, USA
24th Mar 2013, California, United States
Over 10000 people from different communities pledged to create a violence-free society
Stand up for non-violence, Bay Area,US
24th Mar 2013, United States
San Jose stood up in support for a Stress-Free, Violence-Free Society on March 24th, 2013 at the San Jose convention center with around 10,000 people.
The campaign received support from Raj SalwanCouncilmember at City of Fremont;Mike Honda Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives Ash Kalra Councilmember at City of San Jose,Dr.James R. Doty, M.D. the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University to name a few.
Promoting stress management
23rd Mar 2013, Munich, Bayern, Germany
Following a public talk themed “Stress management for a more joyous life’ on the evening of March 22 attended by 1200 people in Munich’s Herkulessaal, Sri Sri was the special guest at a VIP reception on March 23.
His visit to Munich marked the first one after 15 years.
Sri Sri at WFEB, Slovenia
22nd Mar 2013, Ljubljana, Gorenjska [Upper Carniola], Slovenia
Sri Sri had an hour long discussion with His Excellency Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia at the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB)
Sri Sri Tour Schedule
27th May 2013 - 29th Jun 2013Bangalore, Karnataka,
1st Jul 2013Geneva, SwitzerlandWFEB Conference at Palais Des Nations
Voices of World Leaders
"There are big powers who have big might, but they are not able unite the hearts and minds of people. This work can be done only by a spiritual leader."
Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki
"The Art of Living Foundation is one of India's stars. It has an incredible -- actually incredible -- following that cuts through all religions, cultures and backgrounds, a very, very difficult thing to do in today's world."
Vice-President, United States of America,Joe Biden
"We welcome the delegation with open arms and hearts. We welcome you as our brother and we are ready to work hand in hand with you."
Shia leader of Iraq, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Yaqubi
"The Art of Living leads with an open mind to education, and that education leads to choice. It opened my eyes to how development could or would occur in the future."
Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, Dr. Myron S. Scholes
"Through its manifold activities, The Art of Living Foundation has made important contributions to transmit Human Values across the globe."
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon. Prime Minister of India
"We need more than ever the contribution of men and women of faith who defend and promote the human values that bind us together.The values you (His Holiness) champion,including non-violence,compassion and the sanctity of all life,go to the heart of what the United Nations stands for."
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon
"The teachings of His Holiness provide the world with a road-map for love, justice and harmony. His spiritual and humanitarian actions are worthy of praise since it is rare to find people so dedicated to the human cause. His knowledge, service and unwavering commitment to peace, drive thousands of volunteers towards community service."
President, Mauritius,His Excellency Sir Anerood Jugnauth
"His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is seen as an international figure who has been spreading the message of peace and harmony throughout the world."
Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe
"Where ever The Art of Living Foundation builds- builds the world. With that simple message, if that’s something we can replicate in every community, in every country across the globe, this will be a peaceful and non-violent world to live in, for the benefit of all the future generations."
PA, United States, Congressman Jim Gerlac
"My NGO, Transparency International, is fighting corruption all over the world, and it has been energized, inspired, and strengthened by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar."
Founder & Chairman of Advisory Board, Transparency International, Germany, Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen
"It is indeed imperative to initiate programs for re-establishing human values in society and enhancing ideas for global harmony. I extend my deep admiration and appreciation for your work."
Former Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland
" H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’ projects that are being implemented in prisons in a far away country – my country – Croatia, are making life a little easier for our people there. You have made a mark, made a difference, and that is the greatest thing a human being can contribute in his lifetime"
Her Excellency Dr. Vesna Pusic, Vice-President, Republic of Croatia
"His Holiness’ initiatives consider human beings in their entirety, and heal the body, mind and spirit. The Art of Living is one of the rare NGOs which works at the grass root level, close to the population and goes to the core of the problem"
Djedje Dano Sebastien, Minister of National Reconciliation, Ivory Coast.
" I am proud to be a part of that group that is helping to create important bonds, and look forward to working with the man of peace, man of vision, man of compassion and a man of action. We certainly need that in the world today.
Congresswoman, United States, Jan Schowski (IL)
" I have met many NGOs - representatives of indigenous people - and they have made it clear that economic development alone does not suffice. The common future of our one world family is rooted in the awareness that we have only borrowed mother earth from the generations to come. The Art of Living is not the end, but it is the beginning for everybody and everything. It is the way to harmony."
~ Hon. Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister, The Netherlands
"I commend Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's emphasis on the inculcation of human values in all walks of life. Mere material progress, in the absence of concomitant development of the basic life-sustaining cultural and spiritual ideals, will not help our society in the long-run. The Art of Living Foundation is both an easy-to-understand philosophy and an easy-to-practice activity.
Leader of Opposition & former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
"I share this award with all those people who stand for a violence-free and stress-free society. This award is not for a person or personality, but for a principle that stands for the ideal of a 'one world family' and cultural plurality."
Sri Sri on receiving the 2009 Culture in Balance Award
"Sri Sri's mission of uniting the world into a violence-free global family has inspired millions the world over."
Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, (India), Dr Mrunalini Devi Puar when conferring Sri Sri with the Doctorate
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days
October 29, 2008 was declared Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day in Texas, United States of America.
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