Dresden, Germany: Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was today conferred with the 2009 Culture in Balance Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to all facets of culture, and for his commitment to global cultural balance. In granting the award, the selection committee attached special importance to Gurudev’s efforts in promoting intercultural dialogue, peace and reconciliation in conflict zones, and ethics in business.
The award, instituted by the Forum Tiberius, was presented to Gurudev by Dresden Mayor, Ms. Helma Orosz, amidst a standing ovation. The award ceremony took place in a special session of the World Culture Forum, at Volkswagen’s landmark transparent factory in Dresden.
Rich tributes were paid to Gurudev by a number of prominent individuals, including Mr. Nirj Deva, British Member of European Parliament, Prof. Gesine Schwan, candidate for the 2009 German presidential elections and Dean of Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin, and Prof. Bernd Guggenberger, Dean of Lessing University, Berlin.
In her address, Prof. Schwan praised Gurudev for his peace efforts, global service projects, and valuable counsel on the various social and political issues facing the world.
“It is admirable with what a gentle resoluteness, with what a calm dynamic, with what full concentration, with what incorruptible kindness, Gurudev makes people understand that they can only contribute to peace by overcoming their own inner fear and prejudices against others,” she said (translated from German).