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Art of Silence and Happiness Program
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Villages in Bihar follow violence-free path13 March 2014, Bihar, India
During Sri Sri’s visit to Bihar, he was heartened to see youth from over 100 villages surrounding Bhagalpur, to have undergone changes and shun the path of violence. He visited the Mahabodhi temple and Kanaka temple in Gaya, where a satsang took place.
From Gaya, Sri Sri travelled to Samastipur on March 10, where he was welcomed by local MLA, SSP Rajiv Ranjan along with more than 500 volunteers. That evening, at the mahasatsang held at Patel Grounds, more than 25,000 people were enthralled with the majestic chanting of Shiva Stotra by Pandit Bipin Kumar Mishra and his group. Sri Sri addressed the huge gathering on several issues facing the nation and emphasized on the importance of spirituality in politics.
On March 11, Sri Sri visited Darbhanga for the first time, where he expressed sorrow on seeing the current state of Sanskrit colleges and universities which once stood as the seat of knowledge.
Later, at a mahasatsang, Sri Sri announced a special ‘Pag day’ which is a type of hat. The city celebrated the cultural tradition by wearing ‘pag’. More than 40,000 people were a part of the event which saw many dignitaries including the Mayor.
At a press conference held at the Postal Training Center, Sri Sri drew attention to the need of active participation in the election process and to vote for a strong and stable government at the center. Urging citizens to be responsible for cleanliness in their environment, Sri Sri said: “If everyone gives one hour a day, it is enough,” said Sri Sri.
On March 12, Sri Sri travelled to Jehanabad for a mahasatsang which was attended by thousands including many judges.
Sri Sri’s Bihar tour concluded on March 13, marking a special day in his calendar for having visited three states in a single day i.e. morning Holi celebrations in Gaya, Bihar; afternoon satsang in Andal, West Bengal; followed by evening satsang in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Sneh Milan: Exchanging genuine love and belongingness10 February 2014, 21st km Kanakapura Road, Udaypura,
Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 560082
It’s extremely rare to get a chance to witness true exchange of genuine love and belongingness. And that was exactly what happened at the Sneh Milan, an inter-faith event hosted by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living International Centre on February 10, 2014.
Several Muslim clerics and decision makers attended the event. All those present held the event as a genuine attempt to join the common threads among people of different faiths and cultures and called for such events more frequently. They spoke on how different religions talk about oneness of God. Many of the Islamic clerics highlighted the Quarnic injunction of a peaceful and harmonious co-existence among people of all faiths. As symbolic message, the event started with the recitation of verses of the Holy Quran that invoke the virtues of peace.
With everybody talking of oneness of the creation, the beautiful campus of the Art of Living reverberated with harmony.
The event was a part of Sri Sri’s ceaseless endeavor to promote love, trust and belongingness among people of all faiths and promote inter-faith harmony in the country. Addressing the gathering, Sri Sri emphasized the need for spreading the wisdom of the ancient Indian ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which says the whole world is one family. He says, “God has created us one.”
Several guests from Iraq, Pakistan, Israel, Oman, the UAE and Afghanistan also joined the celebration. They recalled how Sri Sri’s work is promoting harmony in their country. It was touching to hear a woman from Pakistan who lost her close relatives in a recent blast share how Sri Sri has brought solace in her life. An woman from Kurdistan shared the story of Iraqi women getting empowered through Sri Sri’s Art of Living after they were left widowed by the bloody war.
The event culminated with a community feast that only added to the feeling of bonhomie.
Supporting the crusade against corruption3 February 2014, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Inspiration seemed to be in the air as heads nodded in agreement and hands flew up in the air to declare the attendees' participation in nation building. An audience of mixed ages was keenly listening to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as he passionately spoke about the importance of each person’s vote in the electoral process. “It is important that we vote for those who strengthen India,” said Sri Sri. “Corruption is the only reason why we are not growing. Development should be inclusive and complete.”
Sri Sri also spoke about environmental preservation. “Trees should be planted; water sources have to be protected. We need to give life back to our rivers.”
Honoring a 75-year-old crusader’s lifework29 January 2014, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
“Let us all, irrespective of color, caste, region, and religion, work together for unity and a corruption-free society,”shared Anna Hazare, social activist and crusader, at a ceremony where Sri Sri Ravi Shankar honored him with the Gandhi Darshan Award.
While felicitating the 75-year-old Anna Hazare with the jury award for lifetime activities, Sri Sri said that people like Hazare kept Gandhiji’s tradition alive.
“In this country, we honor people who have selflessly served the nation. There are three qualities such persons should possess: clarity of mind, purity in action, and spontaneity of actions,” he said.
Hazare quoted Mahatma Gandhi when he said that root-level development should start from the villages. “The nation will not develop unless the villages develop. We should always remember our freedom fighters and their struggle even if we were not part of it or we have not witnessed it,” Hazare said.
The event was organized by Media Research Institute at Putharikandam Maidan.
Honoring culture and traditions at the community level26 January 2014, 21st km Kanakapura Road, Udaypura,
Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 560082
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has always encouraged people to take pride in their traditional roots and rich cultural heritage. To extend his support to the Bangalore Tamil Sangham, he flagged off a peace rally they organized with the aim to promote unity between the Tamil and Kannada communities.
Honoring the illustrious poet-saints Thiruvalluvar of Tamil Nadu and Sarvagna of Karnataka, Sri Sri appreciated the work carried out by the Sangham to promote cross-community ties and its efforts in keeping alive the culture amongst Tamilians. He further added, "The poet Sarvagna used to say that we should all walk together. And there so much similarity between the Kannada and Tamil language and culture. People of Karnataka should study both Thiruvalluvar and Sarvagna and bring glory to the country."
Sri Sri also launched a Tamil translation of poet-saint Sarvagna's works, titled Sarvagnar Venba. The event was attended by many dignitaries, such as Home Minister K.J. George, local MLA Roshan Baig, and ex-Chief Minister Kumaraswamy. The Sangham appreciated Sri Sri’s presence at the event.
A little later on the same day, Sri Sri attended the 30th anniversary event of the Karnataka Nair Seva Society. At the event, Sri Sri felicitated mothers from the Nair community and hailed them as the backbone of the community's achievements and contribution to the society.
“I'm very glad that all of you have chosen to honor the mothers! Let us keep this tradition alive. The mothers have protected the culture and tradition of the country for thousands of years, and the country salutes all mothers for this,” said Sri Sri while addressing over 300 people. He further appreciated the interest shown by the youth of the community in keeping the culture and traditions alive and encouraged them to continue taking active participation in building a stronger nation. He invited the 30,000-strong Nair community to visit the Art of Living International Center at Bangalore and offered to organize a conference on the subject.
36th Bagmati River Cleaning Campaign18 January 2014, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
“The Bagmati River is the future of thisnation. The future of the nation would be brightened up if the water of the river is kept clean and the flow of the river is ensured.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
With a view to making theBagmatiRiver clean and garbagefree, the first Bagmati River Cleaning campaign was launched 36 weeks ago. Do we have the date?
Sri Sri, during his earlier visits to Kathmandu, had urged the people to clean the river Bagmati,which gave birth to thiscampaign.Art of Living volunteers have been working roundtheclock to spread awareness about this campaign. They have conducted free Breath-Water-Sound workshops for slum dwellers, special workshops for children, and given talks on the subject.
On Jan 18, the 36thBagmati River Cleaning Campaign was inauguratedin the presence of Sri Sri, where hundreds of volunteers, including teachers and students of different schools, personnel of the Nepal Armed Police Forces, Civil Servants, and activists of Art of Living, thronged to the banks of river and pledged to restore the river’s lost glory.
The cleaning campaign is held every Saturday and more than 100 organizations and approximately 100,000 hands have been engaged in the campaign. Around 500 tons of garbage has been collected from the river so far.
Appreciating the effects the enthusiasm of the activists to revive the glory of the Bagmati has been having, Sri Sriremarked that he saw a cleaner river compared to previous years and he also saw faster currents. He urged more and more people to be a part of the campaign and said, “The person who has a pure heart would actively take part in social work for the welfare of his society”.
Special interview with Sri Sri on Apno Nepal
Promoting Ethics in Business18 January 2014, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
“Businesses that exhibit and promote a strong corporate code of ethics can prosper in the long run because they show a commitment to sound professional behavior.” – Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman, World Forum of Ethics in Business.
A World Forum for Ethics in Business conference was held in Nepal with the theme Business Ethics for a Prosperous Nepal. The theme stemmed from the need to reconsider business ethics styles and strategies in the face of the ongoing social and economic challenges in Nepal.
Sustainable ethical practices that ensured profitability for businesses were examined at the conference. The role of business, the role of government / judiciary, and the youth forum were the key priority areas of the conference. The conference provided a platform for leading minds to share their experiences on the value of an ethics-based approach to dealing with today’s challenges.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Regmi declared, “We agree that all people involved in business should act ethically”. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that only ethical practices provide happiness. Stating that wealth without happiness would do nothing, he asked people to change their mindset.
Sri Sri remarked on the strategic importance of the geopolitical situation of Nepal, located between the two growing economies, India and China, and said that Nepal could be made an oasis of peace. He then added that Nepal is treading the path of peace and greater prosperity these days.
Encouraging people to empower others14 January 2014, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Service to the community and nation was the strong message that resonated among a large gathering of villagers and semi-urban people in Amravati, a village in Maharashtra. Sri Sri urged each and every one present to participate in the electoral process and enroll themselves in the voter list.
Inspiring individuals to make a difference to their communities, Sri Sri urged doctors and lawyers to take up at least three cases a year for the underprivileged, free of cost.
Many in the thousands – strong crowd raised their hands when he asked how many teachers would pledge to educate at least ten children from an impoverished background free of cost. “True service is not only giving food to someone, but enabling a person to stand on his / her feet,” he said.
I go back a changed person because I was here12 January 2014, 21st km Kanakapura Road, Udaypura,
Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 560082
“Wherever there is sustainable, affirmative, and positive cooperation, there is justice and peace and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. And when that happens, we become the ultimate, beloved, economic community,” said Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Senior Dean of Morehouse College, USA. “And to me, Sri Sri’s community is all about the above.”
Dr. Carter and Reverend. Dr. Gerald L .Durley, pastor of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, addressed hundreds of people at The Art of Living International Center on January 12.
They honored Sri Sri nd saidthat he had taught them to be good world citizens, cosmopolitans, spiritually wise, and eternally joyful.
Dr.Gerald said that here at the Art of Living Center, he had met people who smile, laugh, and are joyful. He said that while he was here, he realized that everyone has a purpose in life and the Art of Living helps one find that purpose. He added further that many people come to the Art of Living to understand how to live better and holistically.“As I go back to America, I go back a changed person because I was here, at the heart of the Art of Living,” he concluded.
Dr. Gerald and Dr. Carter also expressed gratitude for the hospitality they were given at the Art of Living Center and confirmed their commitment and dedication to support Sri Sri’s work worldwide.
A 360* on yoga, Puducherry7 January 2014, Pondicherry, India
From being a solution for combating alcoholism to improving communication skills, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared insights into the science and practice of yoga at the 20th International Yoga Festival. The audience of yoga enthusiasts, which numbered over 1100, seemed to concur as they experienced a variety of yoga-centric seminars at the four-day festival.
"As violence is connected to alcoholism and substance abuse, we can eradicate the evils if we focus on promoting yoga. It will make our health and society better," emphasized Sri Sri.
The other speakers at the session, which included Lt Governor Virendra Kataria, chief minister N Rangasamy, and welfare minister P Rajavelu, nodded in agreement when Sri Sri shared that yoga, meditation, and spiritual knowledge must be made a part of the educational institutions and legal systems. "Yoga and meditation are used in courts in some countries to resolve issues," said Sri Sri.