Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to bless UP CM:The Times of India

Posted on: Monday, March 19, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 LUCKNOW: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has a lot of hopes from UP's newly appointed chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday evening the leader said, "He can do a lot for UP by working without any pressure." In Lucknow, as a part of his campaign against corruption and a mission to build violence free and stress free society, he said that the first thing UP needs to give a better life to its people is generate job. "Training the work force is essential," he said. The founder of the art of living is ready to share his experience with Team Akhilesh if need be. "I have been to rural areas of UP and found that the people are leading a miserable life. But they all are positive, warm and welcoming. Given a right direction, their inner strength would make UP shine," he said.

He informed that he would be meeting Akhilesh on Monday. Asked to comment on what was the purpose of the meeting, he said, "It is our culture to go and bless the one who is responsible for the state."

About his visit to UP, he said, "I am here to spread the message against corruption. I believe that system alone cannot eliminate the wrongs in society. It is only through sensitive and enlightened people that we can bring change." It may be noted that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has held discourses in eight districts of UP. After Lucknow he would proceed to Amethi and Rae Bareli. Interestingly, prior to elections, he was to address at a discourse in Amethi but the event was cancelled. It was also alleged that the programme was cancelled at the instigation of some congress workers. When asked to comment on 'if he was going there to prove a point', he said, "cancellation of the programme was unfortunate and a lot of devotees were disappointed. At that time, I had promised to come back. Requests kept pouring in reminding me of the promise so I am going there."

Source: The Times of India