Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Walking the Path - Book on Poojya Gurudev

Chennai: Frederique Lebelley, the French journalist & author since the year 1969, has won much acclaim for most of her books and has successfully launched her latest venture “Walking the Path”, today at Odyssey,Adyar. The author was heartily welcomed at the store and was extremely delighted to share her moments that she had spent around H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. This book captures the best experiences of her spiritual journey with Guruji.

Spirituality, she says, has always inspired her and most of her books revolve around the same. Her collaborations with Le Nouvel Observateur and her creation of the first French ecological magazine, Le Sauvage has earned much respect from many people across the world. ‘Walking the Path’ is her account of an experience that she considers the most powerful of her life based on her time around Guruji H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar since their first meeting in the year 1995
The book is available for sale.

Devotees hold their breath for Master’s visit

One of the most endeared spiritual leaders with a penchant for peace and harmony will be in Auckland this week to meet and interact with New Zealanders and address a public meeting.
The visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (whose Art of Living Foundation has been attracting millions of men and women in more than 150 countries), is being hailed as one of the most significant events in the country’s calendar.
His courses and programmes have enabled hundreds of thousands of people, including world leaders, to engage themselves in better life that is free of stress, anger and other human prevarications.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Face to Face with Guruji - Courtesy News X

World Renowned Spiritual Leader and Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Visit Honolulu on April 9, 2010

First Stop of North American Tour Will Feature Meditation, Music & Sri Sri’s Message of “Unlocking the Secrets of Life” to Create a Violence-free, Stress-Free America

Honolulu (PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, is bringing his timely message of peace and empowerment to Honolulu on Friday, April 9, during a public appearance at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The event called Unlocking the Secrets of Life—An Evening of Wisdom & Meditation launches a 12-city tour of the United States and Canada hosted by the Art of Living Foundation. Read More

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Volunteers collect truckloads of garbage from Yamuna

More than 3,000 schoolchildren, college students and volunteers of the Art of Living (AOL) Foundation plunged into cleaning the Yamuna amid scorching heat Tuesday, collecting truckloads of garbage that choke the river and its banks here.

The residents of Yamuna Bazaar ghat in north Delhi provided boats and lifeguards to help the volunteers who brought back garbage from the river.

'Besides schoolchildren and college students, locals also participated in the cleaning. We collected five truckloads of garbage from this ghat,' Purshottam Mathur, a project coordinator, told IANS.

Religious summit engages religious leaders in the HIV response

A Summit of High Level Religious Leaders on the Response to HIV took place in The Netherlands from 22 to 23 March. The meeting explored opportunities for religious leaders to promote universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in their communities and speak out against stigma and discrimination affecting people living with HIV. It brought together some 40 Baha’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders together with the Executive Directors of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the AIDS Ambassadors of The Netherlands and Sweden, leaders and representatives of networks of people living with HIV and other organizations active in the response to HIV. Read More

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guruji to Visit Milwaukee on April 23, 2010

12 City Spring Tour Kicks off with Inauguration of The Art of Living Foundation’s new Center in Los Angeles; Milwaukee Visit will Feature Wisdom and Meditation & Sri Sri’s Message of Creating a Violence-free, Stress-Free America
Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) March 22, 2010 -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (http://www.srisri.org/), the internationally renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, is bringing his timely message of peace and empowerment to Milwaukee on April 23, 2010, during a 12 city spring tour of the United States and Canada hosted by the Art of Living Foundation.

Recently named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes Magazine, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a Violence-Free, Stress-Free world. His non-profit organizations provide aid and relief in many of the world’s most difficult regions, including quake-stricken Haiti. His initiatives in meditation and self-development, conflict resolution, disaster relief, business and social responsibility, prisoner rehabilitation programs, youth leadership, women’s empowerment and education have impacted the lives of more than 25 million people worldwide
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dutch summit to engage faith leaders and UN on HIV response

Geneva (ENI). A summit of 40 Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders and the United Nations aims to inspire change in the fight against HIV and AIDS and the stigma that goes with it.

The two-day summit, which organizers said is the first of its kind, starts on 22 March in Den Dolder, Netherlands. It aims to explore opportunities for religious leaders to take action to eliminate the stigma and discrimination affecting people living with HIV and AIDS.

"The leaders gathered at this summit have the ability to inspire and empower change – within their own communities, across countries, and throughout wider communities," said the Rev. Richard Fee, head of the board of directors of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

The co-chairs of the event in the Netherlands are Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation; Rabbi David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee; Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, general secretary of the World YWCA; and the Rev. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus of the Church of Norway.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guruji starts 8-day campaign to clean Yamuna

New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tonight launched an eight-day programme to clean Yamuna and create awareness among people to restore the river's past glory.

At a function here, Ravi Shankar said people should join hands and make others aware about making water of the river clean, pure and drinkable.

"Earlier rivers used to pure us, but today we have reached a stage where we have to clean the rivers. Only the government and a single agency can't make it happen. We have to make it by joining hands," he told a gathering of bureaucrats, artists, politicians and dignitaries at the Purana Quila here. Read More from PTI News

“The responsibility for cleaning up the Yamuna lies with us – the people she nurtures,” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said.

“This movement is a call to remind us what this river has given to generations before us, and to allow her to nourish generations after us. It is a platform for our individual voices that will become a collective echo and an unstoppable force,” the founder of the Art of Living movement told reporters at the launch of the campaign here.

“I know thousands of crores have been spent over the years but the condition of the Yamuna has not improved…Let us go and clean the banks of the Yamuna from tomorrow (Wednesday),” he added. Read More from Sindh Today

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Solar energy lights up village on city outskirts

The inhabitants of Shivajinagar -- located along the Pune-Bangalore Highway -- among a group of 40 villages located about 20 km from Pune, were supplied with solar lamps as part of a model village project that spans five years. The Art of Living Foundation in collaboration with project Dharma is facilitating this project. Read More from Indian Express

Guruji in Haridwar

IndiaMART.com Supports the Largest Citizen-driven Initiative to Clean Yamuna

First time association with a public initiative of such large scale. Associating with "Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna" (MDMY), is among the biggest CSR initiatives by IndiaMART.com, for a noble cause like cleaning up Yamuna.

MDMY has been initiated by the Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to clean-up Yamuna before Commonwealth Games. The effort is to Make this campaign a people's movement, exhorting mass participation. Read More from PR Wire

The big debate: Godmen or badman

Spiritual gurus can marry if they want to

In Hindu thought, the four ashramas are brahmacharya, grihasta, vanaprastha and sanyas. Though sanyas ashram comes last, there is a provision to allow mature people to go directly from brahmacharya ashram to sanyas ashram. The maturity comes from memory of past life and sadhana (mediation) in the present life.

Celibacy is more or less a happening than a vow. When ones prana rises up from the base chakra to higher chakras, the body becomes insignificant, hence the interest in sex is reduced to nothing.

Proponents of only three religions in the entire world — Hinduism, Buddhism and Catholics — practise celibacy as a religious vow. Among the three, Hinduism is much more liberal. There are swamis who are also grihastas (householders) like Ramakrishna Paramhans, Sriram Sharma of Gayatri Parivar and many others. So, spiritual leadership does not entirely lie only on sanyasis but also householders. Read More from the DNA

Monday, March 15, 2010

Guinness World Record

Spiritual Master unlocks the secrets of life

A great spiritual leader who has taught the world and its people how to unlock the secrets of life through breath, will be in Auckland next fortnight.
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Bangalore based Art of Living Foundation, with chapters and branches in more than 150 countries, will address a public meeting at the Trusts Stadium in Henderson on April 5 and fulfil a number of engagements during his three-day stay here.
He travels around the globe, meeting world leaders and ordinary people, teaching them the Art of Living through love, peace and harmony, achieved through stress-free life, which in turn is achieved through proper breathing.
He continues to inspire an ever-expanding family of happy individuals, through his message of compassion, commitment to society and universal understanding of life. Read More

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Try this creativity in Qatar, Husain: Guruji

No other country is as tolerant as India, says Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Maqbool Fida Husain (95) surrendered his Indian passport to the country's mission in Doha (Qatar) on Monday. The artist has become a Qatar citizen after living in self-imposed exile in Dubai for four years. M F Husain had left the country following threats and protests following his portrayal of Hindu goddesses in the nude.

The painter known for his eccentricities as much as for his art, whether it was walking barefoot in South Mumbai's Willingdon Club or strolling on Mumbai streets and into page 3 parties with a giant paintbrush, continues to be associated with controversy.

Now, Art of Living (AOL) guru, Sri Sri Ravishankar has decided to speak out asking whether M F Husain would show the same 'creativity' and same spirit with Islamic heroes as he has done with Hindu goddesses and would he, then, be able to retain his Qatari citizenship?

Not just in Qatar but also in many countries of the world, he would not be able to retain citizenship. No other country is as tolerant as India, said the globe trotting Guruji, from Rishikesh where he is currently. Read More from Mid-Day

Sunday, March 7, 2010

'Support for Husain giving up Indian citizenship unfortunate'

NEW DELHI: Calling the support for M F Husain on the issue of his giving up Indian citizenship as "unfortunate", spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar said one cannot accept blatant insult to the heroes of its land. Read More

Guruji opposes GM food in India

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Saturday came out against the unbridled entry of GM food into the country.
'We don't need a bill that encourages free entry of GM food into India, without ensuring health safety of the people, besides penalizing the voice of protest,' he said in a statement here.

Ravi Shankar said the commendable work done by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in putting a moratorium on the introduction of BT Brinjal was going to be negated with the enactment of The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2009 (BRAI) in the current session of parliament.
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