Like it: Sri Sri to make a global pitch for peace and harmony on FaceBook

Karnataka, India
20th June 2013

This is undoubtedly going to be a page with no Unlike button! As the founder of The Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spiritualizes Facebook by turning it into a tool of meaningful dialogue for transformation, it will be 'liked' by over a million people across the globe both online and offline.

Mark the page of this electrifying event aimed at promoting his vision of creating a violence-free, stress-free society. The Face2Face event on Facebook with Gurudev goes live 7.30pm to 9pm on 23June 2013.

The idea is to make a global connection of responsible citizens, mainly youth who are willing to do their bit for peace and harmony. This is not the first time that Gurudev is using social media networks to share and spread his vision for a “One World Family”. On January 26 this year, he used the platform of Google HangOut to reach out to millions across the globe with his call for volunteering for a better society. The electrifying event described as one of biggest online gatherings drew civil society members, artists, sportsmen, journalists, policy makers from countries like Oman, Taiwan, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, Slovenia, USA, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, Israel, India and Pakistan.

“Technology has shrunk the world into a global village and spirituality will turn it into a global family,” Gurudev often says highlighting the synergy between technology and spirituality. Gurudev is now making it happen by providing people in the technological space with a platform to participate in the spiritual pursuit of building a stress-free and violence-free world. “If we can get rid of the stress and anxiety, then the dream of a one world family is not far away,” he had remarked during the Google Hangout event.

"Social media such as Facebook are a very effective medium for connecting with youth of today. The efficacy of such medium will be enhanced when it's used by influential people like Gurudev to energise them for a good cause. Youth all over the world are restless to make their voices heard and do something to better the world. But often their energy ebbs as there is no sense of direction. This Facebook event will help them find their own ways and means to contribute in building a better society. It will make them feel empowered," explained Karthik Krishna, Media Manager, The Art of Living.

During the Facebook event, Gurudev will answer questions from diverse topics of interest. The event will have four segments -- Gurudev's personal life, Success and Creativity, Global Issues and Love and Relationships. Each segment will be peppered with interesting anecdotes, cartoon strips, video clips, etc. The event will also include an online guided mediation which is expected to be joined in by over 1 million people worldwide.

Participants can post their questions on the event page in Facebook, on the Art of Living website, or on Twitter with the hashtag #Ask SriSri. The best questions will be selected and grouped by a panel based on an online poll for the questions. The selected questions will be posed to Gurudev by a host on behalf of the questioner during the event and there will be multiple moderators from around the world. The event can be viewed (like a webcast) on SriSri's Facebook page.

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