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.


Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Calls on Colombians to Give Peace Another Chance

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Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Calls on Colombians to Give Peace Another Chance

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Sept. 2, 2019
Washington DC, USA

In June 2015, the leaders of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC held a joint press conference with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living. During this event, FARC openly declared that they will adopt the Gandhian principles of non-violence for achieving social justice.

Recently, FARC has issued a new call to arms and expressed its intention to revert back to means of violence, almost three years after the rebel group signed a peace deal to disarm.

In the spirit of the conversations had with FARC and the Colombian Government, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has once again appealed to FARC commander Iván Márquez and President of Colombia Iván Duque to give peace another chance.

Gurudev has called for both parties to resolve the differences through peaceful dialogue.

“Painstaking efforts have gone into bringing peace between both the parties. It is sad to see that peace is falling apart over issues that can be sorted out through dialogue,” said Gurudev.

Given that peace has prevailed for the past three years, Colombia has made significant economic progress and improved the security of its citizens. Unfortunately, the country seems to be regressing back to the darker days.

Gurudev has appealed to both the parties to restrain from violence and has reiterated his commitment towards a lasting peace in Colombia.

“I offer myself again to play any role in facilitating and bridging the gap which is widening by the day,” said Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

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