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Corporate Culture & Inspiration4 May 2014, Rome, Italy
“Happiness is that when one is enthusiastic from inside. The combination of awareness & enthusiasm is most needed in life or in any setup”.
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the Maruti Suzuki Convention to inspire the crowd on ‘The Way of Life’ on May 4. He underlined the importance of a cordial and stress-free atmosphere at work places. Few ways in which this can be attained, he said, is by the involvement of employees in social projects, sharing of meals, enhanced communication, occasional gatherings and meditation.
Earlier during his Vatican visit, Sri Sri discussed with the Global Freedom Network Association how one could fight against human trafficking. Several dignitaries from the GFN board were present.
At another public program, more than 600 people were inspired by Sri Sri’s words: “A change is needed. We need to be in touch with our inner strength through meditation. Never lose your smile come what may. Just remember the difficult time you had in the past and that you got rid of it”.
Sri Sri spreads waves of happiness in Itanagar12 April 2014, Arunachal Pradesh, India
A resounding and emphatic response to his call for spreading a wave of happiness and peace in Arunachal Pradesh marked the 2-day visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Itanagar. “Arunachal Pradesh should be epicenter of peace and happiness. The happiness should spread from Arunachal Pradesh to rest of the country,” he said while addressing a large gathering at the Art of Living Campus located at Jollang Road on Saturday. Nearly 2000 people, including many who have travelled all the way from far-off places such as Aalo, Basar, Changlang, Tirap, Pasighat, Seppa, Tezu, attended the event.
He also called upon the people of Arunachal Pradesh to preserve the tradition and culture of the various tribes of the state. He highlighted the similarity of culture and tradition of indigenous tribes all over the world with that of Arunachal Pradesh. While emphasizing the need for reform in some of traditional practices, he called upon people to retain their originality and preserve their own culture.
Sri Sri emphasized on the responsibility of each resident to be a messenger of peace and harmony and to work as a volunteer for a better Arunachal and better India.
During his two-day stay in the capital, Sri Sri interacted with hundreds of people not only from different districts of Arunachal, but also from neighboring places in Assam. Several dignitaries and bureaucrats also called on him and discussed with him the ways of realizing the shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous Arunachal Pradesh. Sri Sri also called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Singh at the Raj Bhavan on Friday.
Taking free education to the grassroots9 April 2014, Kachar, Assam, India
It was a day dedicated to education and a dream come true for many as they watched Sri Sri Ravi Shankar address the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Sri Gnan Mandir School in Bhunbaneswarnagar, Kachar Dist., Assam. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony and honored the school that will educate over 400 children for free.
The next day, Sri Sri met children from 2 of Art of Living’s free schools from Nalbari and Barduarbagan near Guwahati. Inspired by Sri Sri’s vision of a stress-free, violence-free world, the Art of Living has committed itself to empowering underprivileged children through quality education. There are 404 schools that are being run in India with each one being a story of transformation itself. These schools educate close to 40,000 children.
“We don’t have the facilities here that we hear about towns, but the standard of education in this school is so good that we feel we live in a developed town,” says Sapna Deb of Shantinagar, Tripura, whose daughter studies in one of the Art of Living schools.
“It is very encouraging to see parents, who have never gone to school, lining up to get their children educated. The response of the parents is so overwhelming that we have decided to start classes for adults too,” said Project Co-ordinator, Mitra Agarwal.
Here, apart from good education, art, yoga and meditation are also taught. “The biggest growth is seen in the area of their mannerism and discipline. This is remarkable because these children don’t have a conducive atmosphere at home,” opines Sudangshu Das, a graduate who has been teaching for last four years at the Gourangatilla school.
For more information on the free school project, visit: www.artoflivingschools.org
City of Joy urged to Vote for a Better India8 April 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, Maharashtra7 April 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 service5 April 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 Nagpur4 April 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 nation3 April 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 Vienna27 March 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 201413 March 2014, Andal, West Bengal, India
Volunteer for Better India
Meeting for Volunteer for Better India