Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.

Gurudev has inspired a wave of volunteerism and service, resulting in one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the world, with more than 30,000 teachers and over one million volunteers engaged in service projects in 156 countries.


‘Ireland Meditates’ with Gurudev

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‘Ireland Meditates’ with Gurudev

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November 17, 2019
Dublin, Ireland

Over a lakh people from all over the world meditated with Gurudev Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar online as he led the ‘Ireland Mediates’ – a public event held in Dublin. He gave a talk on meditation at the event and interacted with the audience in a QnA session.

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“If meditation is the house, mindfulness is the driveway. Don’t stay in the driveway. Mindfulness has become a new fad. It is good to be alert, be conscious. But it is just the surface of meditation.”

In the talk, Gurudev said, “Meditation is like mental hygiene. We are all taught how to brush teeth. The same way meditation is the process which can help your mind to get rid of all negative feelings.” He added, “Meditation establishes a connection with the whole of humanity. You feel totally at home with everyone.”

When asked if mindfulness is same as meditation, he said, “If meditation is the house, mindfulness is the driveway. Don’t stay in the driveway. Mindfulness has become a new fad. It is good to be alert, be conscious. But it is just the surface of meditation.”

When asked what he wants to tell a terrorist, Gurudev said, “I smile at them. I understand their predicament. They feel they are not understood. Love can transform people. We’re all made up of love. The distorted spirit becomes anger and hatred. It just needs a little cleansing. Violence does not lead anyone anywhere. It only destroys. When you bring this awareness, they come out of it.”