In the spirit of the conversations had with FARC and the Colombian Government, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has once again appealed to FARC commander Iván Márquez and President of Colombia Iván Duque to give peace another chance.
Held in high esteem, Sri Sri's efforts for a peaceful dialogue in Venezuela were welcomed and applauded by President Maduro, Mr. Juan Guaidó (political leader and president of the national assembly, Venezuela) and the opposition leaders.
Sharing his ideas on peace and conflict resolution with President Maduro and Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Sri Sri expressed his willingness to meet with the opposition leaders to diffuse the tension and bringing peace in the country.
Sri Sri led the Unveiling Infinity program in Moscow followed by several interactions with dignitaries in Ekaterinburg. His visit concluded with an evening of celebration with Art of Living teachers and volunteers from Russia.
In the conference titled "A sustainable future requires courageous investment", Sri Sri emphasized that for any major social transformation, dynamism driven by inner peace was necessary which alone could create sustainable change in mindset.
Over two thousand farmers from 8 Indian states met at the Desi Beej Mahotsav (Native-Seed Convention) to exchange knowledge, interact, know about Desi (Native) seed varieties and to learn how growing them can be turned profitable, to beat the monopoly of companies making hybrid seeds.
The Drug Free India movement against drugs has already taken social media by storm with more than 90 eminent personalities from the field of films, sports, politics and business having poured their support for the campaign.
The grounds of Chandigarh University reverberated with the chants of ‘Na Karunga Na Karne Dunga’ (Will Not (Do Drugs) And Will Not Let Anyone Do It) on a drizzly Monday morning, where 25000 students turned up to be the part of the launch of Drug Free India, one of the many Art of Living’s initiatives towards de-addiction.
The Art of Living has been included in the Limca Book of Records 2019 for the ‘Most extensive river rejuvenation by an NGO’ for the its effort to resolve the country’s severe water problem by reviving 40 rivers and its tributaries in four Indian states and making more water available by raising the water table especially in drought prone regions, benefiting 49.9 lakh people in over 5000 villages.
A warm reception at the royal palace in Al Rumailah by Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah and the members of the Royal family, the Emirates. Gurudev is on a four day visit to UAE on a special invite by the ruler of Fujairah.
Main Muslim petitioners, Haji Mehboob and Mohammad Umar have signed a statement calling for an out of court settlement. The Imam of Kevda Masjid, Ayodhya, and Imam of Tedhi Bazaar Masjid, Ayodhya, have also signed the statement.
The leaders of United People’s Liberation Army, after eight years of armed struggle, pledged to choose the way of democracy and peace to achieve their goals, at The Art of Living International Center in Bengaluru.
Art of Living Foundation has announced its helping hand in the rehabilitation and sustainable development of selected tribal settlements and an urban locality in Kerala which have been devastated by the recent floods.
It is estimated that we use and discard 500,000,000,000 (half a trillion) plastic bags each year and over a million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Another calculation suggests that 51 trillion...
With women from 60 countries including 250 delegates, 100 rural women, 60 students from over 30 colleges, the conference set the tone for open discussions about critical issues faced by women in positions of leadership and influence and how spirituality provides key tools for their professional and personal journeys.
Sri Sri interacted with farmers, professors, students and parents during his tour of the northern districts of Karnataka, India. He also visited the Vedavathi River rejuvenation site in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.
Sri Sri sends a Paigam-e-Mohabaat to Kashmir by bringing together families of slain militants, army personnel and local Kashmiris on a single platform. 200 affected families including women attended the program.
The Homecoming Ceremony of 68 cadres of outlawed Manipur militant groups in Imphal on the eve of 71st Independence Day marked a landmark in The Art of Living’s efforts of bringing peace in troubled areas.
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Wednesday visited the sites in and around Chikmagalur. He met and shared the joy of the farmers and village folk who have already started benefiting from the Vedavathi River Rejuvenation project, which began in 2013.
The Expert Committee report is based on a single satellite image dated 5 September 2015 which was during the peak monsoon season, to show that wetlands existed on the event site. This is distortion of actual facts to deliberately mislead the tribunal.
I Meditate Africa conducts mass peace meditations/prayers for Africa at schools, colleges, universities, prisons, factories, churches, corporates, for an entire month across the continent, culminating with a guided Peace Meditation on Africa Day with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The report is completely flawed, unscientific and biased. We have placed significant material on record before the NGT which clearly shows that the Committee is biased. Our application in this regard has not yet been heard. We do not trust this Committee. It has disqualified itself by its blatantly biased conduct.
Jallikattu is a game for which both the bull and the people are prepared well. If we want to genuinely show our love for animals, let us focus on banning slaughter houses, which are endangering the indigenous breeds of animals.
After the past successful tours that culminated in the FARC committing to non-violence and a big thrust to the historic peace deal for Colombia, Gurudev is back in Colombia at the invitation of the Colombian government to take the reconciliation process forward.
The Art of Living's Sri Sri Kaushal Vikas Kendra for Renewable Energy, a skills training center was opened in the presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living in association with technology partner, Schneider Electric in the premises of The Art of Living International Center.
Today, in Colombia, in the referendum to ratify the peace agreement between President Santos and the FARC Group, a narrow margin divided the yes-or-no vote, with 49.8 percent voting in favor and 50.2 percent of Colombians rejecting it.
On invitation of the Colombian president & the FARC leadership, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will attend the historic signing ceremony of the peace agreement between FARC and the Colombian government in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on September 26. (Sri Sri is the only spiritual leader from the East.)
Approximately, 1800 centers across India had organized The Art of Living's signature Happiness programs with Gurudev. This is the first time he is teaching the Sudarshan kriya online, since the inception of The Art of Living.
Whatever has been stated by the NGT's expert committee holds no water. Considering the facts mentioned in the article here, it is clear that the intent of the committee is to merely malign the name of The Art of Living. The kind of evidence submitted by this committee amounts to nothing less than a scientific fraud.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, well recognized worldwide as a teacher and leader in humanitarian projects specializing in Prisoner Rehabilitation, Trauma Relief, and Conflict Resolution, visited HMP Thameside for an interactive exchange with over 100 prisoners and 25 staff there. His innovative Prison SMART program has been conducted there for 4 years and evaluated with extremely positive outcomes impressing both staff and prisoners alike.
The curtains came down today on the World Cultural Festival, the World’s largest celebration of cultural and spiritual integration, with more than 12 lakh people singing the “Vande Mataram” in one voice.
The World Culture Festival will demonstrate the power of peace by bringing together 3.5 million people from around the world. The 3-day mega cultural event (March 11-13, 2016) celebrates Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity, spirituality and human values
This award is not for a person or personality but for the principle of a one world family where human values are rekindled for our collective happiness and peace. I dedicate this award to all those who work for the same cause.
Titled 'Naad Tarang, the symphony had 70 Veena artists from different backgrounds performing together in a symbolic gesture for peace and harmony as a curtain raiser for the World Culture Festival 2016.
The Art of Living today hosted an active interaction “Britain and India: A partnership for Prosperity” with the Members of the European Parliament, Mr Nirj Deva, Daniel Hannan and its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The ongoing peace process in Cuba received a big boost with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual leader and humanitarian facilitating a meeting between the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Dr.Luis Moreno Ocampo, and a peace delegation of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) led by Alias Ivan Marquez.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a President with a difference. He was deeply spiritual, connected with young people, and worked tirelessly towards uniting people of all faiths. He was a unique combination of science, the arts, and philosophy.
Sri Sri, who is currently in Europe, had a telephone conversation with FARC leader Iván Márquez on, July 6th 2015, through his translator. The call served as a strong reiteration to him, to keep his promise of adopting non-violent methods to fight for social justice. Sri Sri reasoned that if this promise was not upheld, it could prove disastrous and people would lose faith in the peace process.
A passionate resolve to work on restoring peace in its country echoed through the corridors of the Colombian Parliament as the President of the House bestowed the country’s highest civilian award on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
During May 2015, over 500 000 people across Africa meditated for Peace in Africa. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar marked Africa day celebration on May 23rd through one of the largest African peace initiative, by uniting 25 African countries in a global online peace meditation for the prosperity of the continents people, resources, animals and natures.
Yoga is like a vast ocean. You can just go for a breeze, or you can go with an oil rig and drill for oil ... Yoga offers many things to different people at many different levels--whatever they aspire for: union with the cosmic consciousness, or physical health, mental clarity, emotional stability, spiritual ecstasy -- all this is part of yoga.
Even as the world gears up to mark the maiden International Day of Yoga, US Congressional Representatives yesterday acquainted themselves with an authentic experience of yoga and meditation with Sri Sri.
Time is only 24 hours for everybody. Whether it is a clerk or a prime minister, it is only 24 hours. Now, it looks almost impossible to reduce whatever you need to do. You are left with only one option: to increase our energy level.
The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was conferred the prestigious Asia Pacific Brand Laureate Award today in Kuala Lumpur. The award was also given to the International Art of Living Foundation for its significant contribution to the world.
Eminent academicians from across the state congregated at The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru to attend ‘Manavathe 2015’ – a Karnataka Education Conference on 21st February, 2015. Organized by The Art of Living, the conference drew attention to the importance of incorporating human values, life skills training, Yoga and meditation in the current education system of the country.
“Shivaratri is the day of Lord Shiva. Shiva is the Lord of meditation and therefore the Lord of awakening. Shivaratri is thus an occasion to awaken one’s self from all sorts of slumber. It signifies being aware of everything you have and being grateful about it. Be grateful for the happiness which leads to growth, and also for sadness which gives a depth to life."
In the backdrop of shifting global landscapes, corporate heads, business leaders, Govt heads and NGO’s, from India and across the world, convened at the two-day annual conference- ‘Corporate Culture and Spirituality’ (CCS) by The Art of Living and the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB).
With an aim to enhance and maintain the sustainability and prosperity of Agriculture in Karnataka, 1500 farmers from across the state gathered at The Art of Living International Centre to attend the ‘Karnataka Organic Farmers Convention’.
The Art of Living hosted a historic peace concert - Venunaad - in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. This grand symphony brought together 5378 flutists on one platform, to write a new chapter in the history of music.
Sri Sri led 3 million people worldwide in the ‘Chants for Global Peace and Happiness' at MMRDA grounds, Mumbai, India. Social and religious leaders from different faiths who also participated in the event applauded the social, cultural and peace efforts of the Art of Living towards the vision of a One World Family.
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the India Ideas Conclave inaugural ceremony. Jointly organized by the India Foundation and the Government of Goa, the conclave's central theme is that of ‘Integral Human Development’. The conference brought together social and government leaders, industrialists, spiritual leaders and other thinkers from around the world to discuss different aspects of India's development.
I congratulate Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the United Nation’s declaration of World Yoga Day. It is very difficult for any philosophy, religion or culture to survive without state patronage. Yoga has existed so far almost like an orphan. Now, official recognition by the UN would further spread the benefit of yoga to the entire world.
Taking the call for peace to the middle of the conflict zone, renowned spiritual leader and founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed a peace conference in Erbil in Kurdistan, the violence hit province of Iraq on thursday. Pitching for co-existence, compassion and commitment to peace, Sri Sri said, “Peace conferences are held where there is peace. I wanted to do this conference in middle of conflict."
Sri Sri will be visiting the relief camps where IAHV will also hold a conference in the Kurdish capital of Erbil on November 20th titled "Protecting Women and Bringing Stability and Peace". Thousands of Christians, Yazidis and Kurdish Shias are languishing in camps in Erbil, Duhok and Khazir.
For the first time, leading decision-makers from sports, politics, business, academics and NGOs converged in Zurich to define the role of sports in solving societal problems and to celebrate ethical sportsmanship at the World Summit for Ethics In Sports (WFES).
Sri Sri spoke on World Peace & Global Harmony, which was followed by a guided meditation. Afterwards, the audience of over 400, which included faculty members, students and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia, interacted with Sri Sri in a question & answer session.
Sri Sri was the chief guest at a conference titled ‘Stress Reduction Skills: Scientific Update’ organized by Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS in collaboration with Sri Sri GMDA (Global Meditating Doctors Association)
The Art of Living hosted a reception to honour H.E. Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, on August 7th ,2014 at its International Centre, Bangalore.
Sri Sri inaugurated the North American International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone on 4th July 2014. It was hosted by AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professional of North America) where doctors and professors from Harvard, Yale and other leading universities also participated.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with Dr. James Doty, Founder Director of CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) in Stanford on July 1.The Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) at Stanford University hosted a dialogue on the topic of compassion.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly on June 30, recognizing the efforts towards building a stress-free world by promoting love, peace and harmony through yoga and meditation.
While fear and uncertainty looming over large part of Iraq, two Art of Living Faculty members Christoph Glaser and Mawahib Shaibani embarked on a mission. They began imparting leadership training and peace building initiatives to 35 Members of Parliament in Arbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), hosted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to continue a conversation about human flourishing that began when AEI invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In his address, Sri Sri stressed on imbibing discipline in life. Government can be imposed from outside but discipline comes from within, he said, adding that discipline was necessary for reformers and rulers both.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched the ‘Save Life India’ project, a special blood donation initiative.The over 2000-strong audience pledged to support blood donation and work towards community welfare in the event entitled, ‘My India, My Vision.’
On the Happiness tour of Bahrain, Sri Sri was welcomed by the Royal family and other dignitaries and spoke to the the corporate community on business ethics, clarity of mind and spirituality being essential for creating a stress-free society.
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the Maruti Suzuki Convention to inspire the crowd on ‘The Way of Life’ on May 4 in Rome, Italy. He underlined the importance of a cordial and stress-free atmosphere at work places.
Assam, India Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Sri Gnan Mandir, a free school, in Bhunbaneswarnagar, Kachar Dist, Assam. This schools will educate over 400 children for free. The next day, Sri Sri met children from two of Art of Living’s free school's from Nalbari and Barduarbagan near Guwahati.
Citizens of Kolkata turned out in thousands to welcome the Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 8th, 2014. Sri Sri interacted and addressed more than 10,000 enthusiastic volunteers that morning, in Netaji Indoor Stadium. They had worked dedicatedly for the Volunteer for Better India (VBI) Campaign with the aim of raising public awareness for exercising one's vote.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks at the Interfaith Council in Vienna on March 26th. Convened by German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the forum comprises former heads of nations and deliberates on current issues in the country.
The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference was held in Nepal with the theme - Business Ethics for a Prosperous Nepal. Speaking at the event, Sri Sri said; that only ethical practices provide happiness. Stating that wealth without happiness would do nothing, he urged people to change their mindset towards business.
Sri Sri interacts with students and faculty at the inaugural function of Faculty for Good Governance and Public Policy, Sri Sri University, Cuttack. The department offers a course in Masters in Good Governance...
From being a solution for combating alcoholism to improving communication skills, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared insights into the science and practice of yoga at the 20th International Yoga Festival. The audience of yoga enthusiasts, which numbered over 1100, seemed to concur as they experienced a variety of yoga-centric seminars at the four-day festival.
The ‘Big Ideas for a Better India’ event brought together key influencers of the NRI community from across the United States. Over 100 Indian leaders from 25 major cities discussed solutions directed towards institutional and technological co-operation in India. Participation in the electoral process in the Indian sub-continent was another area of emphasis.
"...The Christmas trees bears gifts for everybody. All that you are given in life is for everyone...all your talents, all that you have been bestowed with, it is all meant to help others. So serve, smile and celebrate!”
On October 26th 2013, Sri Sri met with the families of the riot victims in Muzaffarnagar. He emphasized the need for restoring mutual trust among the communities. “Peace and harmony is needed to ensure progress and development,” he said.Sri Sri was embraced with equal anticipation by people from either side of the hostile communal conflict.
A soul-stirring choir of 12,000 sang the Jnanappana, a traditional devotional poem from Kerala, at the Independence Day celebrations on August 15th hosted by The Art of Living at its International Centre in Bengaluru, in the presence of Sri Sri .
"The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society." ~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has designed a three-stage intervention program for disaster relief to attend to the mental, emotional, and material needs of those devastated by man-made or natural disasters –...
IAHV and the Art of Living Foundation collaborate on humanitarian initiatives - conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, environmental conservation, anti-corruption, prisoner rehabilitation, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, and universal education
Sri Sri's vision is to provide world-class holistic education opportunities that facilitate cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual growth. He has founded a range of educational programs and institutions ...
The Art of Living Foundation offers educational and self-development programs and tools that eliminate stress, foster inner peace, and create well-being. These programs include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.
Sri Sri inaugurated the new campus of the Sri Sri School of Media Studies along with Padma Vibhushan Sri M.N. Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.