Bangalore. February 3, 2011: A pledge taken by thousands to practice organic farming marked the Art of Living Founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s visit to Gadag on February 2, 2011. 108 farmers were felicitated by Gurudev for their commendable work for using organic methods of farming.
Titled ‘Hasirotsava’, Gurudev’s visit to Gadag on Feb 2, was to inspire farmers to pledge and support a vision of a poison-free land, food and water. He inaugurated Art of Living’s first agriculture college in Harthi, offering a Diploma in Organic Farming, certified by IGNOU.
“Our country is a country of farmers, if the farmer is happy the country is happy. The youth along with the experienced will come together in our Agriculture College in Harthi. Our sole purpose is to make our youth grow as farmers and become the wealth of our nation.” said Gurudev.
Citing that the world needed to learn human values from India, Gurudev added, “It is Indian villages which stand for and personify human values. This is what our country has to offer to the world. “
During his tour of North Karnataka, Gurudev addressed a cross-section of people in public interactions, seminars, and satsangs.
On Feb 3, 2011, Gurudev visited Bagalkot where he inaugurated a ‘Farmers Resource Centre’ to help farmers develop their own resources, manage their land, income and become self –reliant.
In Bellary, Gurudev inaugurated a seminar on ‘Business and Spirituality’ organized by the Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by industrialists, traders, doctors and lawyers. Later, he led a satsang attended by thousands.
Inspired by Gurudev's vision of creating a stress free and a violence free society, the Art of Living through its various service initiatives & stress-elimination programs in villages, slums, prisons, flood affected areas have touched the lives of thousands of people. Through the Divine Karnataka Project (DKP), the organization has been working with women and children in urban slums and rural areas. More than 1,204 villages have been transformed with Art of Living’s various developmental projects. 561 Self Help Groups have been established and 560 toilets have been built. Over 800 women have undergone training in tailoring. Under the Vidya Shilpa Program, 206 government schools have been selected for providing holistic education and 1, 20,000 children have benefited from Art of Living’s stress-elimination programs.