Wednesday, January 28, 2009

BU to confer doctorate on Guruji

: The Bangalore University Syndicate has decided to confer honorary doctorate on five prominent persons, including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living. The others include Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt, Justice S R Nayak of State Human Right Commission, environmentalist Yellappa Reddy and former central college Principal Shadakshara Swamy. The honorary doctorate will be given at the next convocation. Read More

Ranchi to host spiritual meet - Guruji will conduct Meditation Camp from 18th Feb 2009

Media-in-charge of the programme Ajoy Mukherjee said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would reach Ranchi in the evening of February 17 from Durgapur.The meditation camps will be organised at the same venue on February 18, 19, and 20. The timings of the camps will be from 6am to 8am

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Guruji decides to Meet Sri Lankan President

TIRUCHY: Lack of long-term visions, coupled with narrow-minded, self-centred and selfish motives among the politicians at the Centre and Sta­tes are creating bottleneck in solving the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. The LTTE was devoid of all strength and it would be futile to prolong the war in the Island, said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Read More

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Military action cannot solve Lankan issue”

RAMANATHAPURAM: H.H. Ravi Shankar of Art of Living said that he would again visit Sri Lanka in an effort to find an amicable solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

He was speaking to the reporters at Mandapam after visiting the refugees’ camp on Monday. Read More

Sri Sri Ravishankar plan to meet Rajapaske, Prabhakaran

Rameswaram , Jan 26 The Art of Living leader Sri Sri Ravishankar today said he plans to visit Sri Lanka and meet President Mahinda Rajapakse and LTTE leader V Prabhakaran separately to try and bring about a ceasefire between the two sides.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Spiritual bonding holds India -Guruji's Article on Republic Day

India is married to its principles: Liberty, spirituality and a nationalism that honours universalism. It is one of the oldest civilisations on the planet. When America was not yet discovered and Europe was in its Dark Age, India's glory was widespread. It was famed for art, architecture, spirituality and trade.Read More

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Guruji to meet Lankan Tamils at Rameshwaram

Chennai, Jan 24 (PTI) Concerned over the plight of displaced people from Sri Lanka, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would visit Mandapam in ...Read More

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Shobha De mesmerised by AoL Satsang led by Vikramji

" The moment I heard Vikram Hazra's version of 'Achchutam Keshavam..." I was transported. I forgot the heat... the traffic..... my persistent headache.That is the magic of music ... it can heal and soothe. And tonight I needed solace.... a gentle touch.... a reminder of my own vulnerability.

He effortlessly combines all these marvelous sounds and weaves them into sanskrit shlokas... Surdas... Pali couplets. It has a mesmerising effect on listeners... as was evident that night. Oh well... I have reluctantly come back to earth. But who knows... I may wake up singing 'Achhutam Keshavam...' tomorrow morning." Read More

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cadets seek lessons from spiritual guru

(video link courtesy Yaminikumar)

Along with some meditation tips, Sri Sri Ravishankar gives NDA cadets some lessons on how to be a good soldier

The cadets of National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasala got an opportunity to attend a special session recently.

Well, it was an assembly where spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar himself gave these armed force aspirants a few tips on how to keep their mind calm and focused.
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Art of Living Enters Guinness Book of World Records

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Dalai Lama unveils Buddha idol

Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living led Dalai Lama into the massive structure built on 75 acres and assisted the latter in completing the ritual.

Sri Sri Ravishankar stressed the need to revive and spread Buddha's message of tolerance, peace and non-violence. "It is time for people to follow Buddha, Basava and Ambedkar and their preachings in every aspect of life," he added. Read more

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Art of Living helping Children in Sderot

Children in Sderot are under great stress, living in a town under bombardment. How can they deal with this stress? The Art of Living volunteers come to the rescue.

Guruji urges to establish Govt dept to fight terror

Mangalore: An independent government department should be constituted to receive information from the public regarding suspected terrorist activities in their surroundings, said Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of living here on Monday.
“Every citizen should ensure that terror-related activities were not happening in his surroundings. In case of any such activities occur, they should inform the authorities immediately; he said and added that it would help both the government and the public if there was a separate department functioning in this connection.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

H H Sri Sri Ravishankar calls to fight terrorism

MANGALORE, January 12, 2009: The Akhila Bharata Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) today organised a rally and a public meeting against the growth of terrorism. On this occasion over 20,000 people took an oath to put down terrorism and help the country to fight terrorism.

Addressing the meeting after launching of a month-long campaign, organised by the Department of Higher Education and Directorate of Collegiate Education here, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (of art of living fame) said terrorism had become a curse on the modern society and should be put down by everybody who loves peace and harmony. He said it was a state of mind that forces the people to take up terrorism. Those minds could be diverted towards better avenues in life. Read More

Monday, January 12, 2009

Awareness campaign against terrorism today

MANGALORE: A state-level awareness campaign for students against terrorism will be held at the Nehru Maidan here on January 12.

Sri Sri Ravishankar of the Art of Living will inaugurate the programme. Minister for higher education Aravind Limbavali will preside over the function. Ministers V S Acharya, J Krishna Palemar, Ramachandra Gowda and others will be present, Kumar said.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

A vaccine against terrorism - inter-faith harmony (Comment) By M. Rajaque Rahman

Taking the call for inter-faith harmony a step further, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living, who was chief guest at the gathering of the most influential body of Muslim clerics in India, offered to work with them to isolate fanatical elements abetting terrorism. Read More

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Amarnath shrine board

Sri Sri on fresh Amarnath board
Daily News & Analysis - Mumbai,India
The new members include Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and renowned santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori, noted environmentalist and director, ...

Amarnath Shrine Board reconstituted (press release) - Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir,India
According to a notification issued here today by the Governor, in his capacity as Chairman, SASB, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Sunita Narain, ...

Amarnath shrine board reconstituted
Express Buzz - Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
JAMMU: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a prominent spiritual guru, was Wednesday appointed as a member of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), a temple trust ...

Amarnath shrine board reconstituted with six new members
Times of India - New Delhi,India
... by appointing six new members including santoor maestro Pandit Bhjan Sopori, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and leading writer Kapila Vatsayan. ...

Amarnath shrine board reconstituted
SINDH TODAY - Sindh,Pakistan
Jammu, Jan 7 (IANS) Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a prominent spiritual guru, was Wednesday appointed as a member of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), ...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

IAHV to hold Yoga seminar in Chicago

CHICAGO: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is among the gurus who have made Yoga a household name in the US. He has introduced innovative and beneficial aspects of Yoga like Sudarshana Kriya, a powerful breathing-based technique also described as the healing breath. International Association of Human Values is another institution through which Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is promoting educational training and seminars to have the practice familiarized among those interested in discipline of mind and body. With increased incidents of use of drugs by the students causing numerous behavioral and disciplinary problems, it is important to inculcate discipline and proper understanding of values among them to facilitate taking important decisions with ease. Read More

Thursday, January 1, 2009

H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's message for 2009

The last hour of 2008. The time on this planet for us is a gift. Time is a gift to ourself. When we consider time as a gift our whole outlook towards life shifts. Like every year 2008 also has offered you many gifts. With it's thorns it has made you strong, with its petals it has given u joy.

Any event has the good and not so good. The not so good has made you strong and realize you can handle it. Good part gives you peace and tranquility. This Last hour is good to reflect how you welcomed 08 when it came and how it swept you and swirled you and passed you on to 09.

08 has made many rich people poor. Those who never thought they could come down from their ivory towers had to smell mud. Many who have cheated got exposed. The flaws of capitalism laid bare before our eyes in 2008, like 20 years ago, in 1989 the bubble of communism burst.

Through all this time we learnt one lesson- we should never compromise on human values. Love, compassion, sense of gratefulness and vision for everyone has to dawn in our life.

08 also saw terrorism, loss of life, Sudan, Iraq, Gaza, India had the worst ever terror attacks.

People have asked me — that they are feeling guilty to celebrate. Barely two months after the economy fell, one month after terror attacks — how to celebrate?

Yes, you will feel guilty when your celebration is aimed at gratifying yourself. But if the intention is to uplift everyone in your area, just do it. Don't delay it. We will never feel guilty if we our celebration takes people out of their gloomy moods. This celebration becomes service and there is no guilt. And when your service becomes celebration, there is no ego and pride in it.

Get this. When celebration becomes service, there is not guilt. And when service becomes celebration, there is no pride.

Let us celebrate with this one intention that let's bring home the (Spiritual) Knowledge to everyone — that life, events are impermanent. What is permanent is our spirit, our consciousness. It has no birth and death. Life at a higher plane is eternal and so celebrate every moment knowing that every moment is a gift to us.

2009 we have a great responsibility to uplift the planet from the ashes of the disasters of 2008. New hope, new creation has to made.

It is easy to get swept away in a negative mode. It takes courage to move out of it. I am sure all those who are here have this capacity … And all those who are listening (and reading this) also have that capacity!

At 11 pm, make 2 wishes
1- Personal - What you want for yourself in 2009
2- What you want for the world (ie: peace in Sudan and Iraq, stronger economy in the US,…)

And if there is no difference between these two wishes, then you are enlightened !!!

Last year there was a concern that there would not be enough food on the planet to feed everyone. This year I feel there will be plenty of food on the planet for everyone (lot of yield will come through). Later this year economically Europe and US will become strong. Don't have concerns. It will become better and better … the second half of the year (2009).

HAPPY 2009!!

Wish You Happy New Year 2009

New Year Message from Guruji
Learn and unlearn from the past: Become free

Every year, we begin the New Year wishing others happiness and prosperity. What is the sign of prosperity? The sign of prosperity is freedom, a smile and the willingness to share with people around you, without fear. The sign of prosperity is the trust and confidence that you will get whatever is needed in life. Welcome the year 2009 with a smile from within. As we flip the calendar, we need to keep flipping our mind as well. Often, our diaries are full with memories. See that you don't fill your future dates with past events. Learn and unlearn from the past, and move on.You want to be free from greed, hatred, jealousy and all such imperfections. If the mind is holding all these negative qualities, it cannot be happy or peaceful – you cannot enjoy your life. So the first step is to see that negative emotions are due to the past and not let the past affect your experience of life now. Forgive the past. If you cannot forgive the past, then your future will be miserable. This new year make up with someone with whom you are not on good terms. Commit yourself to dropping the past and starting a fresh life. When the new year arrives wish everyone with a sankalpa (intention) for peace and prosperity for all the people on the planet. With the economic meltdown, looming terrorism, with floods & famine around, do more selfless service. Realise that our foremost priority is to check violence in the world, to free the world from domestic and societal violence. Make a resolution to do more good to society, help the people who are in need and bring solace to those who are suffering. Take responsibility for the nation. The spiritual dimension of life brings a great sense of belongingness, responsibility, compassion and caring for the whole world, for the whole humanity. The spiritual dimension in the truest form smashes the narrow boundaries of caste, creed, religion and nationality and gives one a broader awareness of life present everywhere. This year, let your devotion flower. Give it a chance to work. We should experience the divine's presence, the divine's light around us. You should have a desire in your mind to experience this. Has such a desire ever risen in you - that you want the highest peace? The whole world is running by this divine light. When you sing or pray there should be total involvement. If the mind is preoccupied elsewhere then that is no prayer at all. You are like a free bird. You are fully open. Feel that you are flying like a bird. Learn to fly. This is something which you have to experience within yourself. There is nothing else. If you consider yourself as bonded, you will remain bound here. Be free. When will you experience freedom? Become free right now. Sit down and become content. Spend some time in meditation & satsang so that your inner self becomes strong enough to deal with the challenges. When the mind relaxes, the intellect becomes sharp. When the mind is loaded with small things such as ambition, feverishness and desire, then the intellect loses its keenness. And when the intellect and observation are not sharp, life does not express itself fully, ideas dont flow and abilities diminish day by day. With this understanding, step out of your little mind and that step will solve many problems in your life. Be natural. Be with love. Involve yourself in service. Celebrate your life .............CELEBRATE NEW YEAR - 2009