Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Guruji's blessings to 56 couples at the Mass Wedding.

KOLLAM: Thousands of devotees from different parts of the country and foreigners have arrived in the district to receive Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Ravi Shankar, who is on a five-day visit to the State, arrived here at 1.45 p.m. He travelled in an open ‘rath’ to the venue of the mass wedding ceremony of 56 couples, including four from Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stresses on importance of meditation

Bangalore : "Violence-free society, disease-free body and confusion-free mind are the birthright of every individual. Spirituality makes you strong to face any situation because life is not worth losing your smile,'' said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his characteristic style at the Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.
He added that Bangalore is an IT city of India where IT stands for Inner Transformation. "Greeting each other creates a sense of togetherness and family. It is a sense of community which comes from spirituality. Spirituality teaches us our ultimate goal of life and who we are," he said. Read More

It all happened at lightning speed...- Sharing from Sri Lanka

The Third International Women's Conference (IWC) which was convened by The Art of Living Foun-dation at its International Centre, Bangalore earlier this month had as its theme "The light of leadership."
It all happened with lightning speed. I never dreamed that I would get a chance to participate at that conference. I being a religious sister had many hurdles to overcome. But within a matter of 12 hours (on February 4 itself) everything fell into place.

I received the invitation from the Art of Living Centre as a guest of honour. With the e-ticket being sent to me, the hurdle of obtaining a visa vanished like smoke. Permission was obtained and I was on my way to Bangalore the next day, February 5.
Like a gentle breeze
All this became possible because of Brother Vidyut Udiaver, the head of the Art of Living Centre, Colombo, and His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar - who without any effort, like a gentle breeze that invigorates all beings without being noticed - made an impact on everyone and every incident that paved the way for me to participate in the IWC.

Every iota that went into the perfect running of this memorable conference had been meticulously planned by the Chairperson, Sri Bhanumathy Narsimhan and the board members. On my arrival at the Ashram's Registration Centre, I saw a band of young men - devotees of 'Guruji' spotlessly clad in white welcoming every guest arriving from the 70 participating countries from all over the world, and looking into their needs with a lot of warmth and care.
It was a profound and a unique experience to have taken part in that conference, where high standing women holding eminent and varied responsibilities from stay-at-home moms to state leaders and corporate executives; scientific, technological and medical luminaries, international company leaders, journalists, directors and actresses from film industries coming from all over the globe gathered together on one platform, sharing their accumulated knowledge and experiences in their service to their fellow sisters and brothers.
Woman as a peace maker
The innovative, informative discussions were centered on (a) woman as a peace maker in conflict resolution and countering terror, (b) the role of women in overcoming the global financial crisis, (c) strength of womanhood in the media portrayal, (d) harmonious living - the balancing art, (e) challenges in leadership - geo-political consideration and finally woman as the ethical leader.
What was palpable was that it was not a women's liberation movement motivated or that conceived that men were to be put in their place; but loving and compassionate, yet courageous and intelligent group of women who accentuated that men are equally important in every field and in no way were women second to them for women to fully unfold their inner strength - shakti - that gives them vision, charisma and inspiration in serving humanity.
Women are indeed superior even in organising, which pointed to their mental agility, stamina and skill; and yet this headiness intimately integrated with a heart that was in attention and in loving service to every individual who came in. Every one of those almost 2000 participants felt to the marrow that they were welcome in the Ashram, by the various cues and gifts they received.
Bonded their unity
Sharing of experiences indeed widened everyone's perspective and bonded their unity and encouraged them to face realities and challenges with shakti that was gifted to them by nature. Ice breakers in the middle of the session dissipated weariness and all enjoyed the dancing and singing so freely to rapturous music.
The conference also had its spiritual dimension, for it began with yoga and meditation, and this spirit of prayer was felt enveloping that environment throughout the day, and the day ended with satsung and meditation. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar in his inaugural speech highlighted women's shakti. He said "Women have silent, quiet strength and power. Each one of you is 'power' and you have all come together. So bring prosperity, happiness, joy and peace to the world in whatever way possible."
Lighting of traditional lamp
It was at the closure of the programme the traditional lamp was lit by all committee members, signifying that the light lit in the hearts of every participant will continue to burn giving strength and light to other women and to the whole of humanity at large.
What added to the spectacular scene was the 'Vishalatchy Mandap' its ambience with incandescent lights vibrantly creating an ethereal feeling in the participants. Moreover, 'Guruji's' presence was a dynamic factor, and he was like the guiding star to all those who live in that Ashram as he moved around gently and joyfully dispensing his wisdom, his benevolent smile and above all his spirituality of non-violence that sparkled and encouraged every heart.
When the sessions were over in the evenings people flocked to the amphitheatre to participate in Satsung - singing and praying together- and to be led into meditation by Guruji. All in all it was not only informative and bonding but also spiritually awakening.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Spirituality in the Naxal heartland!

Art of Living founder, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was on a three-day visit to Jharkhand as a state guest from February 17 to 19, 2009. Sri Sri traveled to the heartland of Naxalism, Patamda in Jharkhand to meet top rebels.
While Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited one of the largest prisons in Ranchi, signed an MoU with the Jharkhand government to conduct courses in all the 26 jails of the state. “Hindus and Muslims should go to each other’s festivals to foster unity,” said this spiritual leader. More than one lakh people gathered for mahasatsang with the Guru who joyously joined folk dancers to play a percussion instrument .Read More

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spiritual Guru keen to talk to Taliban

Ranchi: Spiritual leader and 'Art of Living' founder Shri Shri Ravishankar Wednesday said there was no ''readymade solution'' to the spurt in terrorism in Pakistan and expressed his keenness to talk to the Talibans, if an invitation came from the neighbouring country.
He, however, cautioned that ''the disease of global terrorism'' plaguing Pakistan should not be allowed to spread its tentacles in India further. Read More

Guruji to meet jailed rebels today

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will meet Naxalite leaders lodged in Latehar jail tomorrow and motivate them to give up the armed struggle and instead follow the path of Satyagraha.
The guru sees the rapid spread of Naxalism in the state as a by-product of increasing corruption. “To a great extent, the struggle of Naxalites is right. Corruption runs so deep in this state that poor villagers do not get any benefits of development schemes. Disappointed, they turn to violent ways to protest,” pointed out the guru.

But he did not forget to condemn the rebels for their violent activities and urged them to practice Satyagraha. “Tomorrow, I am going to Latehar jail. I will meet the Naxalite leaders and discuss the issue with them,” said the guru. Read More

Support Maoists to join the mainstream Spiritual Guru

Singhbhum, February 18 (ANI): Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday appealed general public in Jharkhand to support the Maoists that would in turn enable them to give up arms and join the mainstream. He told media persons that Maoists want to come forward for talks and need support from the people. Thousands of people have been killed since the Maoist uprising began in the late 1960s.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar accuses UPA of protecting 26/11 accused

Ranchi: Coming down heavily on UPA government, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, today accused central government of protecting 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused.

He was speaking at three-day yoga camp in Ranchi.

Delivering a speech here, the spiritual guru expressed his dissatisfaction over the government approach to bring culprits to justice
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Mahashivarathri 2009 at Kollam

23-02-2009 Mahashivaratri
6.00 am to 7.15 am Maha Sudarshan Kriya by Poojya Gurudev
5.00 pm onwards MAHASHIVARATRI Maharudrapooja And Mahasatsang @ ASRAMAM GROUNDS, KOLLAMThe temple of knowledge is situated in the heart of Kollam town, which is 170 km away from Nedumbasseri Airport, 70 km from Thiruvananthapuram Airport, 3 km from Kollam Railway station and 1.5 km from Kollam KSRTC Busstand.

The MAHASHIVARATRI celebrations will be telecasted LIVE on SANKAR TV on 23rd Feburary 2009 from 6pm onwards. <

Choose ballot, guru tells rebels

Jamshedpur, Feb. 17: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, today urged Naxalites to bid farewell to arms and join the mainstream.

The spiritual guru was here to deliver a discourse at the youth leadership training programme of the foundation at Bangai Ashram in Patamda block of East Singhbhum, about 40km from the steel city.

Thousands of followers had thronged the Sonari airport since early morning to catch a glimpse of the guru. Though the chartered plane carrying Sri Sri Ravi Shankar landed two hours late — at noon instead of 10am — there was no dearth of enthusiasm.
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Bhajans draw thousands

Ranchi, Feb. 17: A few thousand people thronged the Morabadi grounds today to listen to the discourse of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Popularly known as Guruji, he first delivered a lecture followed by bhajans in his enchanting voice.

The Art of Living unit of Ranchi has arranged a four-day satsang that began this evening.

Dressed in simple white with a shawl slung on his shoulder, Ravi Shankar ascended the stage built for holding the satsang. Greeting people with his charismatic smile he started his discourse.

“Mind without anxiety and healthy body is birth right of every human being. One who manages to maintain this is able to achieve atma gyan (self-knowledge) that helps in connecting with god,” he said, amid silent admiration from the audience. Read More

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

AOL Workshop transforms Karnwadi village!!

It is about the service project conducted by employees of an IT companies wherein they taught the Nav Chetana Shibir to the villagers of Kanwadi along with there other initiatives and this really helped to open up the villagers to come ahead and work for betterment of thier village Read More

Sri Sri Ravishankar to teach 'Art of Living' in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, Feb 16 : Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will visit Patamda in East Singhbhum district of Naxal-infested Jharkhand tomorrow. Read More

Monday, February 16, 2009

Spiritual leader to play peacemaker in Pak, Lanka

Kolkata , Feb 16 Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that he might visit Pakistan and Sri Lanka soon as peacemaker.

"I have been playing a part in the peace process and I will continue doing my part. I may go to Pakistan shortly. I am talking with the authorities on both sides,"he told PTI during a visit here.

On terrorism, he said"spiritual education brings a change of minds and hearts and this is how terrorism and all other forms of violence can be brought to an end."
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Love without wisdom brings trouble

KOLKATA: "Make God be your Valentine. We will never be ditched, deceived or deprived," said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at a Satsang in Kolkata on Saturday when the city was in the grip of the Valentine's Day fever. The Art of Living founder said the world is so distraught because of the absence of love.

"Even if there is love, the problem exists. Because, there is wrong expression of it. Love without wisdom (gyan) can also bring trouble. If love comes with wisdom, there will be joy, satisfaction and benediction," he said addressing a crowd at the Rabindra Sarovar stadium. Read More

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Art of living for stressed Satyam staff

The future is suddenly looking negotiable for around 50 employees, including some spouses, who took the Art of Living Foundation's four- day pilot course to cope with the ongoing turmoil in the company.

Uncertainty, anxiety and despair are in the past for most of them. The results of the course are tangible - each talks of a huge sense of release and a burst of energy, at the very least. Read More

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Turn inward to find true peace

MARGAO: Spirituality may mean different things to different people. And for many, it even conjures up images from the realm of mysticism. But for Ron Sharp from the United States of America, who has been teaching the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living (AOL) courses in the western countries, spirituality is nothing but living life in conjunction with nature and deriving happiness from one's actions. Read More

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Report on the 3rd International Woman's Conference at Bangalore Ashram

Primordial energy is always feminine…this collective power can and should hange the course of the planet was the message that came out emphatically at the ‘Third International Women’s Conference’, organized by The Art of Living International Foundation at its Kanakpaura ashram in Bangalore, INDIA. A stream of global thought processes and perspectives came in the forefront, for an insightful integration and execution. Read More

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Women are born leaders: Guruji

More than 750 women from over 65 countries, including 250 from rural India, are participating in this three-day conference titled `The Light of Leadership -- Integrating Global Perspectives' organized by the Art of Living and its sister organization International Association for Human Values.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in his inaugural address, called women born leaders."This inherent quality in them needs to be nurtured. Usually people think women are emotional but they are also great intellectual geniuses and excel in planning, executing or any other department," he said. Read More

Bhanu Didi says you can't change youth through violence, the answer is spiritual education

On the eve of the Third International Women's Conference to be held at the AOL Foundation in Bangalore between February 6 and 8, Bhanu Didi told MiD DAY the theme of the conference was Light of Leadership. The director of AOL's Women and Child Welfare programmes said they would discuss the role of the woman as a leader during the meet. Excerpts from the interview: Read Here

Rediff interview click here

Monday, February 2, 2009

Muslims take oath to fight against terrorism

Bangalore, February 2: Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Palace grounds on Saturday evening, and took an oath to fight terrorism and promote peace. Muslims from all over Karnataka spoke in one voice, to denounce the association of terrorism with Islam, and pledged to fight divisive politics.
The anti-terrorism convention, 'Fight against Terrorism’ organised by the Jamiat Ulama -I- Hind was attended by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of living Foundation, All India Arya Samaj president Swami Agnivesh and film director Mahesh Bhatt. Read More