Sri Sri Never Said He Was Offered Nobel Peace Prize, Clarifies AOL

New Delhi: The Art of Living (AOL) today clarified that spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar never said that he was offered the Nobel Peace Prize in the past which he had rejected.

In a statement, AOL said that during Gurudev's visit to the foundation’s water conservation project in Latur last month, a reporter had asked him ‘are you doing all this work for the Nobel Prize?’

To this, Gurudev replied: “Not at all. What will I do with a prize? We have been doing social work for years now and it has not been for prizes. When good work is done, people think it is for a prize. There is no logic in this. When a 16-year-old girl, without any body of work, gets the prize, you get a sense that you don’t need to do much to get the Peace Prize. There are political factors at play.”

When someone specifically pointed that ‘you have to lobby for the prize’, Gurudev said, "I will not do so."

“The Art of Living firmly refutes the statement made in several articles that quote Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as saying that he had been offered the Nobel Prize in the past and had rejected it,” the statement added.

Courtesy: India TV