Friday, October 23, 2009

“Peace is not just absence of conflict”

Bangalore: Spiritual leader Ravi Shankar addressed the second Israeli presidential conference 2009 on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Titled ‘Facing Tomorrow’, global leaders discussed issues like leadership concerns in Israel and Palestine, continuing ecological deterioration, political instability in the Middle East, the economic crisis and Iran’s push to acquire nuclear weapons at the conference.

“The youth need vision and mission to resolve the conflict in the region and I am optimistic that patience and perseverance will bring peace,” said Shankar.

Other panelists of the session were Isrraeli president Shimon Peres, founder for Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, counsellor of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco Andre Azoulay, president of Cecilia Attias foundation for women Cecilia Attias, entrepreneur and philanthropist Guma Aguiar. The session was moderated by talk show host Dan Shilon.Read More

Guruji's Press Conference in Jerusalem

World gears up for a peaceful tomorrow- Guruji in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: When Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the second Israeli Presidential Conference on Tuesday titled ‘Facing Tomorrow’, he hoped that if tomorrow comes, it would be peaceful.

So he spread his message of cheer and comfort among the August gathering at the gala opening of the three-day event that was inaugurated by President Shimon Perez and began with a video message from President Barak Obama, in the presence of world leaders from USA, Europe, ministers from China, ambassadors and representatives from the UN, research scientists, engineers, IT professionals, entrepreneurs and Noble Laureates.

The guru, who has a huge following in Israel, applied his own brand of narrative medicine, which is about healing yourself by hearing the stories of others. Touching upon a gamut of topics from climate change to the leadership issues in Israel and Palestine, a concerned Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said he was optimistic that patience and perseverance will bring peace in the region. With his wit and humor, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought a sense of lightness and laughter to an atmosphere.
Israel’s TV & Radio 2 stated, “No doubt, the most colourful and interesting talk was by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.” They quoted Sri Sri’s address saying, “vision and mission is needed among the youth towards resolving the conflict.” A statement issued by the president’s office noted that the conference was being held amid a number of significant problems facing the world. It listed them as the ongoing economic crisis, continuing ecological deterioration, political instability in the Middle East and Iran’s push to acquire nuclear weapons. Read More

Monday, October 19, 2009

Indian spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to give public lecture at Hebrew U.

Indian spiritual leader, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will speak at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem next week, Monday, October 19, in his only public speaking engagement in Israel.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spiritualist Says Racism Solution Rests in Education

Courtesy The Korea Times, 13th October, 2009

A world-famous Indian spiritualist who preaches world peace said Korea must look toward its education system in order to institute the multicultural mindsets that will see them overcome racism.

Speaking after giving a talk on meditation and breathing techniques surrounding his art of living concept on Monday night at the YMCA in Gangnam, he said regionalism will be a problem for the country until it starts out on the process of multiculturalism.

"We have to teach people a multicultural and broad mindset, otherwise, you know, a sort of narrow racism and regionalism will be a problem for people," he said.

"Only through education, and multicultural events like what we are doing here, will promote that.

"I have just arrived here, and have not been here much, but I have heard about (racism in Korea). Racism is a sign of ignorance and a shame of the 21st century."

The Korea Times has turned the spotlight on the racism issue in recent weeks, following the high-profile racist discrimination case won recently by Indian man Bonojit Hussain.

Sri Sri is in Korea to give a talk at the World Knowledge Forum being held in Seoul this week, where former U.S. President George W. Bush is also a speaker. The Gangnam event was one of two sideline events he is holding.

When asked about the involvement of fellow speaker Bush, Sri Sri said, "Well, that is good. Everybody is welcome in knowledge. It is a lack of knowledge that gives a different color to your personality."

ஸ்ரீஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கருக்கு சமத்துவ கலாச்சார விருது!

டீரஸ்டன், ஜெர்மனி, அக்டோபர் 11, 2009: ஆன்மீக குருவும், வாழும் கலை அமைப்பின் நிறுவனறுமான ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கர் அவர்களின் எல்லை இல்லா அனைத்து சமூகத்தினறுக்குமான செயலை வழியுறுத்தியும், உலகத்தாரின் சமத்துவமான வாழ்க்கைக்காக அவர் கொண்டுள்ள உறுதிக்காகவும் அவருக்கு 2009ம் ஆண்டிற்கான சமத்துவ கலாச்சார விருது வழங்கப்பட்டது. மேலும்; ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ அவர்கள் பலதரப்பட்ட மக்களின் வாழ்க்கை முன்னேற்றத்தி;ற்காக கலாச்சார , சண்டை நடைபெறும் இடங்களில் பேச்சுவார்த்தை நடத்தியதையும், தொழில் ஒழுக்கவியலையும் அத் தேர்வு குழுமத்தினர் சிறப்பு அம்சமாக கருதியுள்ளனர்

போரம் டிபேரியஸ்சால் (Forum Tiberius) ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்ட இந்த விருதை, டிரெஸ்டன் மேயர் திருமதி. ஹேல்மா ஊர்ஸ் வழங்க அரங்கமே எழுந்து கைத்தட்டியது. இந்த விருது வழங்கும் நிகழ்ச்சியானது டிரஸ்டன்னில் உள்ள வாக்ஸ்வேகன்ஸ் லேன்ட்மார்க் டிரன்ஸ்பிரனஸி தொழ்ற்கூடத்தில் (Volkswagen’s landmark transparent factory) உலக கலாச்சார கூட்டத்தில் பிரத்தியேகமாக நடத்தப்பட்டது.

திரு. நிரீ தேவா - ஐரோப்பிய பாராளுமன்றத்தின் ஆங்கிலேய பிரமுகர், பேராசிரியர் ஜேஸ்னி ஷவான் - 2009க்கான ஜெர்மன் குடியரசு தலைவர் தேர்தலுக்கான பிரமுகர் மற்றும் பெர்லின் ஹம்போல்ட் வேர்டினியா ஸ்கூல் ஆப் கவர்ன்ஸின் தலைவர், பேராசிரியர் பேர்ன்ட் குக்கென்பெர்கர் பெர்லின் லீசிங் பல்கலைகழக தலைவர் உட்பட பல பிரமுகர்களும் ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ அவர்களுக்கு சிறப்பு மரியாதை செய்தனர்.

இவ்விருதை பெற்ற ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ அவர்கள் கூறியதாவது: மன அழுத்தம் மற்றும் வன்முறையற்ற சமூகத்தை உருவாக முன்னிற்கும் அனைத்து மக்களுக்களிடையேயும் இவ்விருதை பகிர்ந்து கொள்வதாக கூறினார். இவ்விருதானது ஒரு தனிமனிதனுக்கானது அல்ல என்றும் பலதரப்பட்ட கலாச்சாரம் மற்றும் உலகம் ஒரு குடும்பம் என்ற அந்த உயரிய அடிப்படை கோட்பாட்டிற்காகவும் தான் என்று கூறினார்.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guruji conferred with the 2009 Culture Balance Award

Bangalore, Oct 11 (PTI) Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was today conferred the 2009 Culture in Balance Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to all facets of culture, and for his commitment to global cultural balance.

The award, instituted by the Forum Tiberius, a German organisation dedicated to revitalising the dialogue on the interaction between culture and economics, was presented to Sri Sri by Mayor of Dresden Helma Orosz at a ceremony in a special session of the World Culture Forum in Dresden, a release from the city-based Art of Living said here today.

Several eminent persons paid glowing tributes to Sri Sri for his contribution at the World Culture Forum, a biannual conference series which examines the need for a proper balance between different facets of culture, it said.

Speaking on the occasion Nirj Deva, British Member of European Parliament, commended Sri Sri's initiatives in Europe, and spoke of the breadth, depth and multidimensional approach of the Art of Living Foundation.

"He is friend to millions - presidents and peasants," he said. His contribution to bringing people out of distress is greatly appreciated, he added.

Sri Sri said, "I share this award with all those people who stand for a violence-free and stress-free society. This award is not for a person or personality, but for a principle that stands for the ideal of a 'one world family' and cultural plurality."

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Art of Living to campaign against poverty in Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct 7 : The United Nations, in partnership with the Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will launch its 'Stand Up and Take Action' campaign to eradicate poverty in Meghalaya.

The movement seeks to inspire people from around the world to take action in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targetting to eradicate poverty from the world by 2015.

''Our movement will pressurise global leaders to live up to their commitment to reduce extreme poverty, halt spread of HIV/AIDS, provide universal primary education to all and ensure gender equality in their respective countries,'' Richa Chopra of the Art of Living told reporters.Read More

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spirituality can help fight Maoism’

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was in Delhi on Wednesday en route to Germany and Israel. The spiritual and humanitarian leader, who with his Art of Living foundation has millions of followers the world over, is a keynote speaker at the second Israeli Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow, convened by Shimon Peres, the president of Israel.
He spoke to HT on a range of issues such as corruption, the plight of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, terrorism and how spirituality can help tackle these problems. Excerpts:
You speak your mind on various issues and participate in rallies against corruption and terrorism. As a spiritual leader, don’t you fear this might make you unpopular with a section of people?
No, I am not worried about my popularity. My only concern is to curb violence in society by promoting spirituality and human values. Read full Article

Guruji at the WHO Conference Sri Lanka on 6th October 2009

H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar key note address - Verbatim - WHO Conference , Oct 6 th, Sri Lanka:

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti ! Honorable Minister, His Excellencies and Dignitaries on the dais, friends and distinguish guests.

As I was listening to our Honorable Minster of Health speak about mental well being, it came to my mind, you know the word for health in Sanskrit is SWASTHA that means one who is established in oneself, SWA means self STHA means one who is established in self, If you go to Bali island in Indonesia they greet you with OM SWASTHI RASTU – (may you have health), meaning well being, mental, physical, emotional, it includes everything, total well being.

In the east, as it was being earlier mentioned that 2500 years ago we have had this education, common masses, I would take it even further back 5110 years it was in Bhagvat Gita concept of well being, social well being is mentioned and even earlier Maharishi Patanjali made this whole treatise on yoga and how you can be happy physically, mentally and socially. If someone is obsessed with hatred, anger and jealousy they are not considered to be socially well, of course it is an ancient concept to have this mind which is a container of all knowledge, which is a container of intelligence, emotion and life force as such cleansed to keep it healthy and to get rid of this jealousy, hatred etc.

If you analyze today's problem there is hatred in society, there is greed, there is fear and because of this, depression sets. It was appalling to hear that depression will be the Number 1 disease in the coming decades in the world. In Europe nearly 30% of the population suffers from mental depression, 30% of the population!!! I was invited to address the psychiatrists in Europe and they said you know "we expect this rate of mental depression to go up to 48% in the coming decade'' and you can't feed half the population Prozac or other anti depressant, you need other ways, you have to change life styles, bring certain changes in our life styles and educate our self, what I would call as mental hygiene, you know dental hygiene, oral hygiene we teach people how to keep their teeth intact but we are not teaching how to keep our mind SANE or behavior pattern SANE.

I am happy that the World Health Organization has taken up this project now. It should have been taken a few decades before. We could have saved our planet from so much of this terrorism, hatred, ethnic conflicts, religious strives and emotional upheavals, traumas, but never the less we are now taking action. It has to take a fast track -educative and preventive programs throughout the world, even if one small pocket of the planet is left uneducated about mental well being you are not in a safe world. Terrorism is one such example of extreme mental sickness. So, in this august meeting, we will all have to sit and think of how we can reach sanity to every nook and corner of the planet. One idea is to bring the spiritual knowledge, ancient knowledge we have in this part of the world, bring a more secular, scientific attitude or temperament so that spirituality is accepted by all sections of society. It has to be free from dogmas. Scientific and secular spirituality is what we need, that would give to the world a mind which is healthy which can take any stress or pressure that the modern society is posing in front of us.

It is unfortunate that in some countries yoga is banned. Yoga is a very simple way to keep your system free from stress, to keep happy, to keep contented. I think it is just because of lack of education. If the World Health Organization takes such a role to convey to the people, countries, and the health ministers of the various countries where they are trying to ban or partially ban yoga and yogic practices, to realize the importance of it. And usually we say there are 4 sources of energy, 1st source is food that everybody agrees and we all know and there is lot of education on nutrition today and the 2nd source of energy is sleep, you give someone enough food and you don't let them sleep they go mad, they go insane. A good amount of sleep, not too much and not too little, someone sleeps 10hrs everyday they get duller and duller day by day. So the right amount of sleep 6 to 8hrs of sleep would give you enough energy not less. 3rd source of energy is breathing as our honorable guest from Thailand emphasized on the breathing. I would say most of the illness can be handled through breathing exercises, proper breathing can improve the blood circulation, neurological health, physical health and mental health - breathing is very important for energising our system. 4th source of energy I would say is a happy mind, meditative mind.

A meditative mind gives you so much energy. You might have experienced in your own life you know, when there is a function at home and you have to work 16-18hours a wedding or housewarming ceremony or any new project which is very emotionally dear to you, you work 18hours, 20hrs you don't get tired but in the office you are asked to take 2 more hours to work you feel exhausted, so the mind plays an important role. The commitment in the mind, the focus in the mind brings lots of energy too. So meditation is the 4th source of energy. So you need to educate the population on this, and all the 4 different sources of energy so that they can benefit by attending to them.

Mental well being to me is improved perception, improved observation and improved expression. Like, the body grows from the time you are born to the age 21, 22 and then the body starts deteriorating, our mental age, our mental well being should grow simultaneously from childhood we need to keep improving our perception, observation and our expression this has no age, usually psychologists say 50 or 40 it stops, middle age our mental observation, expression starts deteriorating. I say if you are practicing yoga or meditation this doesn't happen. There is no decay of your mental well being. You know the other day a psychologist came to me, he has opened a clinic and says ''Guruji, please give me blessings ''. I said ''what?!!’’, I don't get patients, please bless me so that I get at least 3-4patients, I can break even, I can make some money”. Asking me to give blessing so that patients come to them, probably the psychologist would be happy to hear that there is one suicide every 40second so that there is dearth for patients.

There is a taboo about mental well being, it is not that there no mentally sick people but unlike going to a doctor if you have some other illness, if you are mentally not well you go to a doctor then that is taboo, there is stigma attached to it, so you feel very down, the family and the society looks down upon you. We need to correct this through education, educating people you know it is ok to go and see psychiatrist / psychologist and it is normal. In some countries it is a fashion, at least one member in a family goes to a counselor in Argentina, if you go to Buenos Aires you find lot of people go to psychologist even though they are well, they have no mental illness. It is a sort of fashion to go to a psychologist / psychiatrist / counselor, to talk about how you feel and what's your problem in your life, but in South Asian countries you have big taboo about it. We have to get rid of this stigma , we have to get rid of the stigma no doubt, also, we have to educate people in our own ways of meditation, of yoga, breathing techniques, of spirituality of community living, community service, singing, dancing, participating in social activities, games, all these can help in the mental well being.

You know, I heard that a very well known industrialist in India, he would call all doctors at his house, anyone says he is a doctor he would invite him / her and give them the fees, take the prescription whatever they give and then get all the medicines as well ! So his attendant asked him,'' why do you call all these doctors?'' , he replied,'' so that they will live, make a living'' Then the attendant asked, ‘why do you buy all the medicines they prescribe - Unani, ayurveda, alopathy, homeopathy- why do you buy all the medicines sir ???''. He replied,'' so that the pharmaceutical companies can live''. ''But sir, you don't take any of these medicines??''...he replied,'' So that I could live myself!''(laughter). You know the irony is medicine is not the answer for all this, placebo effect has demonstrated to the world over and over that it is not just swallowing pills that you can get well or taking more and more of these vitamins and minerals that you are going to be better. You need to attend to lifestyle, you need to attend to your food habits, you need to attend to how you interact with people, what are you taking from every interaction.

As I am speaking, see if you observe the mind, mind is saying ''yes or no'', mind is accepting that which it already agrees and knows, or every few minutes mentally we go for a cappuccino or a cup of tea, or presence of mind is not there! And this is a problem in our schools and colleges, children say we study for whole day but nothing remains in our mind, retention power has become so less, you ask today's youth to narrate one movie or story he has seen, you know he can't do it completely he will mix it up with 2/3 movies that he has seen, because the stimulus bombardment to our mind is so high we are not recuperating that energy, that mental energy, a sense of well being. We are not attending to the container; we are simply dumping things into the container. Information is being pumped into the container; we are not expanding the capacity of the container or attending to its cleanliness.

Mind is our container, container of our life, we need to expand it and this happens through a few moments of silence, few moments of meditation, few moments of deep relaxation and I am so glad that this breakthrough has happened in the world today through the World Health Organization recognizing this mental well being. Recognizing that the people's behavioral pattern had to be attended to, otherwise they are not healthy. You know in many meetings people sit and talk for hours together and argue and counter argue really not being aware of what they are saying. I would like you to ponder on this, - come up with practical solutions, and create teams, combined efforts of NGOs, governmental agencies, civil society, everyone together, religious bodies, religious institutions should get on to this project, a combined effort of all of us, of this different aspect of society, to make society, the world, a better place, a better human being for the coming generations. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Celebrate Life : 'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'

Thursday, October 8, 2009

அச்சமற்ற வாழ்வு அவசியம்: ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவி சங்கர்

இன்றுள்ள நிலையில் அச்சமற்ற வாழ்வும், மனிதர்களுக்கிடையே இணைவும், அமைதியுமே அவசியம் என்று ஆன்மீகக் குரு ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவி சங்கர் கூறியுள்ளார்.
இலங்கைத் தலைநகர் கொழும்பில் 10,000 மக்கள் கூடிய மாபெரும் கூடலில் கூட்டுத் தியானம், பிரார்த்தனை, மந்திரம் ஓதல் ஆகியவற்றை நடத்தி, வந்துள்ள மக்கள் அனைவரையும் ஆசி்ர்வதித்த குரு ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவி சங்கர், மக்கள் யாவரும் அச்சமின்றி வாழ்வதே இன்றுள்ள நிலையில் மிக அவசியமானதாகும் என்று கூறியுள்ளார்.

‘மனங்களையும், இதயங்களையும் இணைப்போம்’ என்ற தலைப்பில் நடத்தப்பட்ட இந்தக் கூடலில் யாழ்ப்பாணம், மட்டக்களப்பு, வவுனியா, மன்னார், காலி, மாத்தரை ஆகிய இடங்களில் இருந்து இரயில்களிலும் பேருந்துகளிலும் கொழும்பில் திரண்ட அனைத்து மதச் சமூகத்தினரிடையே குரு ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவிசங்கர் ஆன்மீகச் சொற்பொழிவாற்றினார்.

மாலையில் நடந்த சுக்சாம யோகா என்று நிகழ்ச்சியில் 1,500க்கும் மேற்பட்ட பள்ளிக் குழந்தைகள் தேவாரம் பாடினர்.

இதன் பிறகு ருத்ரப் பூசை நடைபெற்றது. இப்பூசையின் பொருளை விளக்கிய குரு ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவி சங்கர், மானுட உணர்வை உயர்த்தும் ஆதிகால பூசை இதுவென்று கூறினார். இந்தப் பூசையில் இயற்கையின் ஆற்றல்கள் அனைத்திற்கும் நன்றி தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது என்றும், இயற்கையின் ஒவ்வொரு துளியிலும் இறைவன் உள்ளான் என்பதையும் இப்பூசை நமக்கு உணர்த்துகிறது.

ஐ.நா.வின் உலகப் பொது நல அமைப்பு ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்த மன நல மாநாட்டிலும் குரு ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ இரவி சங்கர் துவக்கவுரையாற்றினார்.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sri Sri calls for people to live without fear in Sri Lanka

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation who was in Sri Lanka over the last two days, has emphasized on the need for people in Sri Lanka to live without fear, join hands with everyone and to promote peace and build a prosperous society.

In his fifth visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday over 10,000 people were blessed by Sri Sri with meditation, prayers and sacred chants, the Art of Living Foundation said in a press release.

The mega event titled Uniting Hearts and Minds was held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium that brought people from all walks of life and from across the country. Several Christian priests, Islamic scholars, Buddhist monks, Hindu Swamis and priests came together in a spirit of unity and faith. Read More

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sri Sri asks people to unite for peace in Lanka

Colombo: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on a visit to Sri Lanka, has asked the people of this conflict-hit country to live without fear and join hands to promote peace.

"Peace and prosperity go together... peace comes when you have trust and confidence. No one can take away your self-respect and dignity," he told a gathering here yesterday.
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WCF Culture Award for Guruji

The WORLD CULTURE FORUM is proud to announce that His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will recieve the World Culture Award. In conjunction with the second WORLD CULTURE FORUM from October 8-10 in Dresden, the WCF will honor this Indian spiritual leader for his commitment to world cultural balance.

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will receive the first ever World Culture Award 2009 in Dresden. Dr. Jürgen U. Ohlau, President of the Cultural Senate of Saxony, maintains that Ravi Shankar “stands for cultural balance and a larger, intercultural dialogue like no other. His work transcends the cultural boundaries between politics, economics, religion, science, art, media and religion.“ Dr.Ohlau will be presenting Shankar with the award on October 10, 2009. He will also be participating as a keynote speaker of a roundtable discussion at the WORLD CULTURE FORUM.Read full Article

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Money creates a false sense of independence

The Times of India, 30th September, 2009

H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Money gives one a sense of freedom and ownership. We believe that with money we can own anything, that we can put a price tag on anybody's services.

Ownership of something means total control of its existence. When we buy a piece of land, we feel that we own it, although the land continues to exist even after the owner is no more. How can we own something that outlives us?

Money also gives the idea that we are powerful and independent, blinding us to the fact that we live in a world of interdependence. We depend on farmers, cooks, drivers and the services of so many people around us. Even an expert surgeon cannot operate by herself. She depends on others. Because we pay for their services, we overlook the fact that we depend on them. Read More

Friday, October 2, 2009

தமிழகத்தில் உள்ள இலங்கைத் தமிழ் அகதிகளுக்கு இந்திய குடியுரிமை: ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கர் குருஜி தமிழக முதல்வருக்கு பாராட்டு

பெங்களுரு, செப்டம்பர் 29: வாழும் கலை நிறுவனர், ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கர் குருஜி, தமிழ் நாட்டில் வாழ்கின்ற இலங்கை தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு இந்திய குடியுரிமை வழங்கக் கோரி மத்திய அரசை வலியுறுத்தும் தமிழக முதல்வரின் முயற்சிக்கு பாராட்டு தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.
"இது தொடர்பாக, முன்பே, வாழும் கலை அமைப்பினர் பல லக்க்ஷ தமிழ் மக்களின் கை ஒப்பம் பெற்றுள்ளனர். இதனை மான்ம்பு மிகு முதல்வரின் கவனத்திற்கு எடுத்துச்செல்ல இருந்தோம்.. இத்தருணத்தில், முதல்வரின் இம்முயற்சி எங்களுக்கு மிகுந்தமகிழ்ச்சியை அளித்துள்ளது. எனவே, கைஒப்பம் பெறுவதை நிறுத்தியுள்ளோம். இம்முயற்சி, தமிழக அரசின் மனித நேயத்தை உயர்த்திக் காட்டுகிறது," என்றும் ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கர் குருஜி தெருவித்தார்.
கடந்த ஆகஸ்ட் மாதமே ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ ரவி சங்கர் குருஜி அவர்கள் இதே கோரிக்கையை வலியுருத்தியிருந்ததுநினைவு கூறத்தக்கது.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Geneva meeting seeks greater understanding among religions

GENEVA: The latest international conference on interfaith dialogue — the fourth in a series initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah — began here on Wednesday with a call for greater understanding among the followers of different religions and culture in order to promote human welfare and world peace.

Religious leaders and academics from nearly 40 countries are taking part in the two-day event. They include: Bandar Al-Eiban, president of the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia; William Baker, president of Christians and Muslims for Peace in the US; Rev. Xue Cheng, vice chairman of Buddhist Association of China; Faisal bin Muammar, Saudi deputy minister of education; Sri Ravi Shankar, a renowned scholar on Hinduism; and Mohammad Ali Al-Taskhiri, general-secretary of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in Iran. Read More

Art of living inspires 3 rebels to drop guns, contest polls

RANCHI: It's a spiritual re-run of Mahatma Gandhi's advocacy of non-violence. Three Maoist rebels have decided to drop the gun, shun the path of

violence and go the civilian way. Their soulful awakening has won the appreciation of spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Three CPI (Maoist) leaders, including a woman, from Jharkhand have decided to contest the coming Assembly elections and they have the blessings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Read More