Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on real laughter

If you ever happened to meet God, do you know what you would tell him? “Oh, I have met you inside.” God will dance in our life when your day dawns in laughter and love. True prayer is laughing in the morning. Don’t just be laughing outside but from deep inside. The laughter comes from the centre of our Being, from the core of our heart. True laughter is true prayer. When you laugh, all of nature laughs with you. When things go all right, everybody can laugh, but when everything falls apart, and then if you can laugh, that is evolution and growth. So there is nothing in life that is more worthy than your laughter. Never lose it for anything.

Events come and go. Some are a little pleasant, some are unpleasant, but whatever happens, they all leave you untouched. Read More

Sri Sri and other Shrine Board Members visit the Holy Cave

Amarnath, July 22
The members of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Justice (Retd) G.D Sharma and Dr. (Prof.) Ved Kumari Ghai, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Board, R.K Goyal, visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum on 22 July. Read More

Monday, July 25, 2011

Indo-Pak dialogue process should continue - Guruji

Jammu, Jul 23 (PTI) Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today gave a thumbs up to the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process and said Mumbai-like terror attacks should not hamper the peace talks."Dialogue (Indo-Pak talks) should continue (despite the Mumbai attacks). It would be continued," Ravi Shanker told reporters after inaugurating a Ma Sharika Meditation Centre at Raipur area in the outskirts of Jammu city this evening. "But at the same time stringent measures should be taken (to deal with the terrorism)," he said. In reply to the question about the present security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to last few years, Ravi Shanker said "There is peace in Kashmir this year. Time is better than last year for normal life". "A better environment is prevailing. Locals are very happy," said Ravi Shanker, who had returned after 2-day visit of the Kashmir Valley. With regard to his meeting with Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, he said "it was courtesy call. it was good meeting".Shanker also said that Amarnath yatra is expected to reach a record of 7 lakh this year. "The yatra is going on smoothly. It is expected to reach a record of 7 lakh this year. Next year, it would further increase," Shanker said.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sri Sri to head Sub-Committee on Yatra duration

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) on Friday decided to set up its Sub-Committee under the chairmanship of H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Member of the Board, to advise it regarding the duration and schedule of the Yatra from 2012 onwards. 

The other members of the Sub-Committee would be Swami Avdheshanandji Maharaj, Joona Peethadishwar, Haridwar; Dr Chandermouli Raina, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu; Prem Gupta, IPS (Retd), Jammu; R L Bharti, IFS (Retd), Jammu; Y V Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, and R K Goyal, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, as its Member Secretary. Read More

Friday, July 22, 2011

Make efforts to excel in life: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to people

Srinagar: Hindu religious leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is in Kashmir presently, called on Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh here on Thursday. 
The Hurriyat chairman, according to the spokesman of the conglomerate, appealed the visiting leader to make people aware about the realities of Kashmir issue and try to evaluate it in a realistic manner.
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Watch World Cultural Festival on Sony TV

Saturday, July 2, 2011

There will be Live Telecast and Webcast of the World Culture Festival on 2, 3 July 2011

The live telecast will be on Shraddha,Sanskar, Sri Shankara TV Channel

The live webcast can we watched from http://www.artofliving.org/wcf

The details of timings are on the link above

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Tens of thousands due at Berlin yoga fest

BERLIN — Tens of thousands of yoga fans are expected in Berlin this weekend for a huge festival organised in the German capital's 1930s Olympic Stadium by one of India's best-known gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The July 2-3 World Culture Festival is billed as a "unique celebration of harmony in diversity", bringing together a hoped-for 70,000 participants from 151 countries.
All will take back home with them "unique sights, sounds, tastes and the mesmerising variety of all the world continents in one place", the organisers promise.
Dance and music troops from around the globe will perform, climaxing in a grand finale involving 30 pianos and 2,000 guitars as well as a mass "Peace Meditation".
Figures from government, business and academia as well as "spiritual leaders, peacemakers and renowned personalities" will "exchange their views and spread the message of peace, unity and harmony in diversity".
The venue was built for the 1936 Olympic Games, infamously intended by Adolf Hitler to showcase Aryan racial supremacy, but since then its Nazi ghosts have been steadily exorcised.
The stadium plays a central role in the German sports and cultural calendar, hosting Berlin's main football team, the 2006 World Cup final, concerts by the likes of U2 -- and in September Pope Benedict XVI will hold a mass there.
The eclectic list of weekend attendees includes former European Commission president Jacques Santer, a tribal king from Ghana and a former Slovenian prime minister who will play the EU anthem, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", on the harmonica.
Yoga, though, the originally Eastern combination of meditation, controlled breathing and body postures that has exploded in popularity in the West in recent decades, is the main focus.
The event will be "the world's biggest yoga camp", according to Ravi Shankar's biographer Francois Gautier.
"It will be a chance for the public to get to know all the different kinds," operations director Christoph Glaser told a news conference ahead of the festival.
The event also celebrates the 30th birthday of the Art of Living Foundation, created by Ravi Shankar, one of India's best-known spiritual figures whose public appearances draw vast crowds.
The 55-year-old's foundation is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian non-governmental organisation dedicated to creating a "stress-free mind and a violence-free society".
Based in Bangalore, India, it has also helped in conflict resolution in places such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Iraq, disaster relief, female empowerment and environmental sustainability.
Ravi Shankar, always dressed in white and sporting a long dark beard, is one of India's five most influential people, according to US magazine Forbes. He is also on social networking website Facebook, needless to say.
He once studied under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- the guru who famously inspired the Beatles. He is not to be confused with the world-famous sitar player Ravi Shankar, also associated with the Fab Four.
Mllions of people overseas are believed to follow his breathing techniques.
"Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world Peace," he says.
Further information can be found at http://www.worldculturefestival.org, where live webcasts of the event will be available. Read More

Ira Losco to perform at Berlin's Olympic Stadium this weekend

Ira Losco will be performing at The World Cultural Festival at the Berlin Olympic Stadium this weekend. Celebrating 30 years " Art of Living ",the festival has an impressive line up of artistes and musicians from 151 countries.
Ira Losco will be one of the three headliners and will also  deliver a peace message to diplomats, Peace Ambassadors and other guests .
The World Culture Festival was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who played a key role in conflict resolution and bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kashmir and Bihar.
Tomorrow, Ira Losco will be performing live on the main stage of the Olympic Stadium before an audience of 70,000 . The performance  will also broadcast on various TV stations.
On Sunday, she'll be performing a live set at the Pavillion, which will attract a further 19,000 visitors. She will also be singing in some other smaller shows  with her band during her stay in Berlin. Read More