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
  • Sri Sri meets riot victims' families in Muzaffarnagar

    Sat, 10/26/2013, Uttar Pradesh, India

    The only thing the victims of the recent communal riot in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, are longing for is the healing touch and a message of peace. And that was exactly what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar delivered during his visit to the riot-affected area on October 26, 2013.

    Sri Sri was embraced with equal anticipation by people from either side of the hostile communal conflict.

    The mood of the people was aptly summed up by Mohammed Asgar of Kawal village. “Until now, nobody has come here to talk peace. Everybody comes here for their own vested interest. Today, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has brought solace, and we are finally experiencing peace of mind.”

    The family members of Gaurav and Sachin, whose killing sparked off the riot, and those of Shahnawaz, whose death, many believe, actually spiraled into a full-blown communal conflict, shared their pain with him and asked for his blessings to overcome the trauma. He advised them to have patience and not lose faith in God. “Justice will be done. With God’s grace, things will be back to normal soon,” was his reassurance.

    Sri Sri called upon the people of Muzaffarnagar to unitedly stand up against injustice. “Make Muzaffarnagar, Mohabbatnagar (city of love).” He added that not only were Hindus and Muslims killed during the riot, but humanness was also killed. He emphasized the need for restoring mutual trust among the communities. “Peace and harmony is needed to ensure progress and development,” he said.

    Sri Sri was pained by the deep mistrust and scars in both the communities. He regretted the fact that the interference of politicians and failure of administration had caused colossal damage. But more than what he said, it was Sri Sri's presence that touched the people.

    “Visit from such personalities can bring back peace to Muzaffarnagar,” said Aftab. “Seeing him, I could sense peace will return to Muzaffarnagar now,” added Muhammed Yusuf. Suddenly, hearts that had seen nothing but pain ever since the riot broke out last month opened up. In the midst of helplessness, they saw a savior who would listen to their grief and do something about it.

    “My son is gone, but I don’t want any further conflict,” said Salim, father of Shahnawaz. “We have lost two sons. They will never return. All we want is a fair CBI investigation,” shared Ravindra, father of Gaurav.

    Given the extent of polarization in the affected-areas, Sri Sri’s visit was a refreshingly pure peace mission in itself. That a sane voice like that of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s was heard with anticipation by people from both sides of the divide provided hope for a lasting reconciliation between the Hindus and Muslims of Muzaffarnagar.

     

  • Honorary Doctorate from the Desh Bhagat University, Punjab

    Mon, 10/21/2013, Punjab, India

    The Desh Bhagat University in Punjab, India, awarded Sri Sri with a honorary doctorate for his humanitarian work. The honor marks Sri Sri’s 15th doctorate. Over the last three decades, Sri Sri’s vision of a stress-free, violence-free world has been honored by governments of nations as well as esteemed institutions.

    To view the complete list of awards and honors, click here

  • Gathering for Peace

    Mon, 10/14/2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

    “The Art of Living has made a humble effort all over the world, where millions of people have stood up for change and to create a peaceful society. Today, I am happy that people are embracing meditation as well as acknowledging the role of inner peace." – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    The Indian festival of Navratri became a global gathering for The Art of Living family as members from over 50 countries participated in the festivities at the International Center.

    Thousands participated in meditations and prayers for global peace and harmony. Sri Sri led the gathering through meditations and inspired everyone to volunteer with their communities and work towards a stress-free, violence-free world.

  • Empowering Karnataka, India

    Tue, 09/24/2013, Karnataka, India

     It is my dream to take India to greater heights. Every citizen of our country must have a smile on his face and his tears must be transformed into smiles. For this, each one of us will have to come forward, join our hands and do service. – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    Sri Sri has always supported and spread the message of selfless service and encouraged every citizen to contribute towards the development of their country.

    To encourage people on the ground, Sri Sri undertook a three-day tour and visited the cities of Bijapur, Dharwad, and Hubli. He interacted with people from all walks of life through sessions of music, knowledge, and meditation. “Uttara (North) Karnataka has a tradition of men who work for the upliftment of its people. It is to bring people together in a supportive culture of peace, constructiveness, and service to others, and through this to create an empowered Karnataka. This is truly why Sri Sri undertook this tour,” says Jagdish Sastry, faculty with The Art of Living.

    On his visit to Dharwad, Sri Sri distributed solar lamps to the villagers at Konnur and Shiggon. For the families of the beneficiaries, it would the first time that their homes would be lit after sunset.

    In another program called Manthan, Sri Sri interacted with professionals at The Chamber of Commerce, Hubli, and encouraged them to play a role in nation building and adopt measures to make India a corruption-free country.

    Later that evening, hundreds of people joined Sri Sri in a meditation for peace. He encouraged the audience to devote an hour a day towards the Volunteer for a Better India project.

    Sri Sri has always believed in making people self-dependent. Inspired by Sri Sri’s vision, The Art of Living has been working on several development projects, particularly with women and children in urban slums and rural areas in Karnataka.

  • Inspiring a New Vision for a Better India, Bangalore

    Thu, 08/15/2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

    At this time, what is needed for the country is a wave of happiness that will fill our hearts with new hope, and our minds with a new direction. And we are all ready for this change.”

    Sri Sri’s inspiring words on the Indian Independence Day, August 15 – a day marked by inspirationfor  change and feelings of patriotism.

    Everyone at the Art of Living Bangalore International Center that day went away inspired to uplift their communities by working against corruption, poverty, and violence.

    The ceremony began in the morning. Sri Sri joined the students of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir to hoist the Indian Flag at the School grounds, leaving the children beaming with enthusiasm and with a sense of pride in their country. The evening celebration followed, where Sri Sri addressed thousands, inspiring each one present to wake up from their long slumber and take steps for the upliftment and development of India.

    His speech aimed to inspire all to work harder with real zeal and enthusiasm to make India free of corruption. “Everyone must go back to your districts, your villages and work to eliminate suffering, to eliminate poverty, and to eliminate violence and corruption”.

    Continuing, he added, "As every citizen of the country is bestowed with the duty of carrying the nation forward, we should get people to have a new vision for a better India. We need to work as volunteers for a better India.”

  • Celebrating Harmony and Solidarity

    Sun, 08/11/2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

    People from all faiths and communities came together to celebrate harmony and solidarity on the occasion of Ramzan Eid.

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was one of the key note speakers. Mr. H. R Bharadwaj, His Excellency, The Governer of Karnataka, was the Chief Guest.

    It was organized by The Rainbow Forum and Feroze Abdulla.

     

  • India and Pakistan must resolve issues through dialogue

    Tue, 08/06/2013, SrinagarJammu and Kashmir, India

    Humanitarian and spiritual leader from India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in Kashmir on August 6, said that India and Pakistan should come forward and resolve the Kashmir issue in an amicable way.

    “Both Pakistan and India should sit across the table and resolve all the disputes, including the Kashmir issue amicably,” Sri Sri said, adding that Hurriyat leaders should also show keenness in meaningful dialogue.

    Sri Sri said he personally believes that the Kashmir issue could be resolved only through dialogue. “It will be good if both the countries come forward and have a purposeful dialogue on all the issues. Separatist leaders of Kashmir should also take initiative and should go for dialogue,” he said.

  • India and Pakistan must resolve through Dialogue

    Tue, 08/06/2013, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

    Humanitarian and spiritual leader from India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in Kashmir on August 6, said that India and Pakistan should come forward and resolve the Kashmir issue in an amicable way.

    “Both Pakistan and India should sit across the table and resolve all the disputes, including the Kashmir issue, amicably,” Sri Sri said, adding that Hurriyat leaders should also show keenness in meaningful dialogue.

    Sri Sri said he personally believes that the Kashmir issue could be resolved only through dialogue. “It would be good if both the countries come forward and have a purposeful dialogue on all the issues. Separatist leaders of Kashmir should also take initiative and should go for dialogue,” he said.

  • Boat trip

    Fri, 08/02/2013, Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany

    Whether people were looking for fun, tranquil moments, a stunning panorama of the Frankfurt skyline, blissful music, or knowledge excursus with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the cruise had it all.

    A part of the larger event Waves of Happiness, (a series of sessions on stress-free living) in Frankfurt, this cruise allowed people to practically experience waves of happiness.

    Many travelled from Bad Antogast and other parts of Europe to be a part of this unforgettable cruise on the river Main.

    It was a very sunny and hot day and the boat was completely full. Sri Sri was moving from one deck to another, much to the delight of all attendees.

     

  • Meditation

    Sat, 08/03/2013, Bad Antogast, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    On one of the hottest days of the German summer, people experienced the coolness and freshness of the new open-eye meditation taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during his three day stopover at the European Art of Living Center.

    Visitors from all over the world soaked themselves deep in the knowledge at the sessions conducted in the unique environment of the Black Forest.

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