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 addresses Lords, Ladies & MPs in the Speaker’s Chambers at the House of Commons

Spirituality & Human Values

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addresses Lords, Ladies & MPs in the Speaker’s Chambers at the House of Commons

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London, United Kingdom
June 16, 2016

By permission of the Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt. Hon John Bercow, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords to speak on ‘Creating Social Cohesion for A Stress Free Violence Free Britain’ in the Speaker’s Chambers on Wednesday 15th June.

Gurudev was introduced and invited on stage by Matthew Offord MP and the High Commissioner of India HE Navtaj Sarna, and Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, gave closing remarks.

As the United Kingdom faces numerous challenges on intercultural integration linked to the immigration crisis and religious fanatisism, Gurudev’s message of non-violence was pertinent and was framed around how stress and anxiety can lead people to depression and tension, which can eventually become endemic in society. This then leads to ‘change’ being seen as something that challenges their beliefs and values, and therefore leads to conflict. He also spoke about the importance of education and the need for children to be raised with a broad vision and taught values from all religions and cultures, enabling them to connect better with each other.

Gurudev also shared his recent success in mediating talks with the FARC leadership (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the Columbian government, which has led to greater stability in the area. Perplexed by the violence and civil unrest, the Columbian government had facilitated talks between Gurudev and the leaders of the armed millitant group in Cuba, which led to a unilateral cease-fire after Gurudev convinced them to adopt the Ghandhian principle of non-violence, following conflict which has claimed over 220,000 lives and displaced over 7 million people.

Gurudev’s efforts are underpinned by yoga and meditation; his strategy is enveloped by compassion. He stated that neither at home nor at shool were we taught how to handle our negative emotions. Such emotions are a fact of life, but with tools and techniques that enable to to release the stresses of life and bring about peace and stability, lead to better descisions and greater connections with others.

Earlier in the day Gurudev gave the keynote address and led a Q&A session at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) on ‘Leadership, Mind or Matter?’ where he shared his guiding principle of clarity in mind, purity in heart, sincerity in action to 250 accountants and business leaders.



Gurudev is currently on a five-city tour in the UK, which includes events in Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Edinburgh and culminates in London at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 19th June. The public tour is entitled “Meditation 2.0 – Go Deeper”, which see’s Gurudev address the deeper comprehension and understanding of meditation.