Key Addresses

Spreading the Message of a 'One world Family':

Spreading the message of love, compassion, and non-violence, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tirelessly advocates harmonious coexistence among people. While he addresses diverse subjects at innumerable forums, the common thread running through all his speeches is the principle of humanity and brotherhood. He often says, “A stress-free world and a violence-free society is the birthright of every individual.”

Whether it is speaking with parliamentarians in Argentina, business leaders in Europe, peace organizations like the United Nations or Muslim and Hindu religious leaders, Gurudev emphasizes human values and unity among people.

Gurudev has been invited to address the World Economic Forum at Davos on two occasions, the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, the first World Congress of Imams and Rabbis in 2005 among other forums.

With an aim of bringing together leaders from diverse walks of life, Gurudev has convened a number of symposiums: the Truth and Reconciliation Conference for Equality of the Dalit Community in 2007, the International Conference on Human Values in 2006 and the annual Corporate Culture and Spirituality Symposiums to name a few.

Through his public talks and symposiums, Gurudev addresses issues of inter-faith harmony, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, and grass-roots development. The aim is the progress and empowerment of the individuals as well as the community.

Gurudev has revived ancient spiritual philosophy with the goal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or a One-World Family. He is inspiring thousands across the globe to live this philosophy.

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(Partial listing in order of chronology)

  • UN Celebrations of the International Day of Yoga, New York, United States of America, June 21, 2015
  • Interfaith & Intercultural Harmony, Unesco Headquarters, France, April 24, 2015
  • The Yoga Way, European Parliament, Brussels, April 21, 2015
  • Sneh Milan: Interfaith Harmony Meet, Bangalore, Feb. 10& Dec. 19, 2014
  • Kurdish Parliament, Kurdistan, Nov. 19-21, 2014
  • Global SME Business Summit, New delhi, Oct. 7, 2014
  • World Forum for ethics in Business, Zurich, Sept. 18, 2014
  • North American International Ayurveda & Yoga conference, USA, July 4-6, 2014
  • Stanford university, USA, July 1, 2014
  • American enterprise Institute, USA, June 24, 2014
  • Maruti Suzuki Convention, Italy, May 4, 2014
  • World forum for Ethics in Business, Jan. 18, 2014
  • Paraguayan Senate, Sept. 14, 2012
  • Crans Montana Forum, Brussels, June 24, 2012
  • IV Congress of the Leaders of the World & Traditional Religions, Astana, Kazakhstan, May 29-31, 2012
  • World Economic Forum, Jan. 2012
  • Parliament of World Religions, Dec. 3, 2009
  • 2nd Israeli Presidential Conference ‘Facing Tomorrow’, Oct 22, 2009
  • 10th Annual International Conference hosted by the Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary, June 2009
  • Point of Peace Summit, Oslo, Norway, Sept 2008
  • Parliament of South Africa, May 2006
  • World Congress of Imams and Rabbis, January 2005
  • ‘Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders’, United Nations, New York, U.S.A., Aug 2000
  • 2015-2012
  • 20011-2008
  • 2007-2004
  • 2015

    Event/Forum Place Date
    UN Celebrations of the International Day of YogaNew York, United States of AmericaJune 21
    Interfaith & Intercultural HarmonyUnesco Headquarters, FranceApril 24
    The Yoga Way, European ParliamentBrusselsApril 21


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Sneh Milan: Interfaith Harmony Meet Bangalore February 10 & December 19
    Kurdish ParliamentKurdistanNovember 19-21
    Global SME Business Summit; New delhiOctober 7
    World Forum for Ethics in Business ZurichSeptember 18
    North American International Ayurveda & Yoga conferenceUSA July 4-6
    Stanford UniversityUSAJuly 1
    American Enterprise InstituteUSA June 24
    Maruti Suzuki Convention Italy May 4
    World forum for Ethics in Business January 18


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Volunteer for a Better India New Delhi, India February 3 2013
    Spirituality & Socio-Political Transformational Prosperity program NepalFebruary 26 2013
    World Forum for Ethics in Business Bled, Slovenia March 22 2013
    Stress management for a more joyous life Munich, Germany March 23 2013
    Launch of the NoNVio movement - Nonviolence: No Higher Calling San Diego March 25 2013
    Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, (The Gateway to the United Nations) New York March 30 2013
    Morehouse College Atlanta April 3 2013
    The Symposium for the Medical Fraternity of CalgaryCalgary, Canada April 18 2013
    'Enlightenment: The Answer to Everything', SEED event Calgary, Canada April 20 2013


    Event/Forum Place Date
    IV Congress of the Leaders of the World & Traditional Religions Astana, Kazakhstan May 29-31 2012
    Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine May 3 2012
    'Human Values and Hollywood' University of Southern California, Los Angeles April 18 2012
    World Forum for Ethics in Business Singapore April 2 2012
    Sahasra Veena Jhenkara Bangalore, India March 28 2012
    5th International Women's Conference Bangalore, India February 3-5 2012
    150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Kolkata, India January 7 2012

  • 2011

    Event/Forum Place Date
    PHD Chambers of Commerce & Industry New Delhi, India September 12 2011
    Anti corruption movement Ramlila Maidan, Delhi, India August 21 2011
    Crans Montana Forum Brussels June 24 2011
    South Asian Peace Conference Bangalore, IndiaMay 24 2011
    Peetarohana Golden Jubilee celebrations Bangalore, India May 15 2011
    Mile Hi Church Colorado, US April 15 2011
    1st Parliament of Student Council Leaders at the MIT School of Government Pune, India January 14 2011


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Earth Charter Program Ahmedabad, India November 2 2010
    World Academy of Spiritual Sciences (WASS) Delhi, India September 23 2010
    Defence Research & Development Organization(DRDO) Delhi, India September 23 2010
    'Business Ethics and Fighting Corruption' Kazan, Russia September 7 2010
    Inauguration of the 2nd International Art & Music Festival 'Kremlin live' Kazan, Russia September 11 2010
    European Business Group New Delhi, India August 10 2010
    Inauguration of the Vivekananda Spiritual Center at the Hindu temple of Greater Chicago Illinois, USA July 17 2010
    The 'Billion Hearts Beating' campaign Bangalore, India July 2 2010
    2nd Symposium on Shelters for Children Germany May 18 2010
    Gurudev's talk at the Business, Ethics & Spirituality April 16 2010
    Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's address at the inauguration of the Art of Living center Los Angeles April 14 2010
    Summit of Religious Leaders in response to HIV Netherlands March 23 2010
    Indian Priests's Congress in Velanganni Tamil Nadu, India February 9 2010
    Federation of Bar Associates of Karnataka Bangalore, India February 8 2010
    Simple Solution for Inner & Outer Climate Change January 30 2010
    500th year anniversary of Hampi's emperor Krishnadevaraya's coronation India January 27 2010


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Parliament of World Religions December 3 2009
    Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai, India November 26 2009
    2nd Israeli Presidential Conference 'Facing Tomorrow' Israel October 22 2009
    World Culture Forum October 10 2009
    10th Annual International Conference hosted by the
    Szent Istvan University
    Budapest, Hungary June 2009
    Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India May 2009
    Infosys Technologies annual Strategy & Action Planning meet - STRAP 2009 February 2009
    National Defence Academy January 2009


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Youth indigenous festival Arunachal Pradesh December 2008
    The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue November 2008
    29th National Conference of Jamiat Ulema-e Hind November 2008
    Brahm Naad Delhi, India, November 2008
    5th Corporate Culture and Spirituality Conference Brussels November 2008
    University of North Texas Texas October 2008
    Rice University October 2008
    Wharton School October 2008
    University of Connecticut October 2008
    Point of Peace Summit September 2008
    Faith in Action: Hindu Leaders' Caucus on HIV/AIDS Bangalore, India June 2008
    Argentinian Senate May 2008
    Peace and Reconciliation in South Asia - Challenges and Opportunities Oslo April 2008
    Vedanta and Buddhism - Bringing Global Peace in the Current Scenario Bangalore, India February 2008

  • 2007

    Event/Forum Place Date
    House of People's Representative Ethiopia December 2007
    'Truth and Reconciliation Conference' New Delhi, India March 2007
    'Universal Declaration of Human Values' Washington D.C. March 2007
    International Conference on Integrated Value Education UNESCO, Ministry of Human Resource Development, (Government of India) 2007


    Event/Forum Place Date
    Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO The Art of Living International Center, India June 2006
    Parliament of South Africa South Africa May 2006
    European Parliament Brussels, Belgium May 2006
    Parliament of Germany/Deutscher Bundestag Germany May 2006
    Karnataka Legislature Karnataka, India April 2006
    International Conference on Human Values - marking the 25th Anniversary of The Art of Living, Bangalore, India Bangalore, India February 2006


    Event/Forum Place Date
    House of People's Representative, Ethiopia Ethiopia August 2005
    Religions and Peace: From Terrorism to Global Ethics June 2005
    World Congress of Imams and Rabbis Spain Janaury 2005
    International Women's Conference Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, India June 2005


    Event/Forum Place Date
    European Parliament Brussels, Belgium December 2004
    International Court of Justice, The Hague Netherlands December 2004
    Orissa Legislative Assembly Orissa, India November 2004
    North-East Youth Conference India May 2004
    Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture Karachi, Pakistan July 2004
    Scottish Parliament United Kingdom June 2004
    Federal Senate, Brazil Brazil May 2004
    Institute of International Affairs/CARI Argentina May 2004
    Panama Chamber of Commerce Panama May 2004
    'South Asia Peace Symposium' Ohlone College, Fremont, California, USA April 18 2004
    "Toward a National Dialogue on Integrity Issues:
    Roles of the Public, Private and NGO Sectors in
    Promoting a National Integrity Agenda"-
    World Bank and the Turkish Ethical
    Values Foundation
    Turkey March 2004
    Sufi Saints Conference Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India February 28 2004
    Corporate Culture and Spirituality Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, India, November 19-21 2004