Peace Talks along with Military Action Required to Fight Isis

Posted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that only peace talks are not enough to combat terror group ISIS. Simultaneous military action is essential too.

"Dialogue for peace along with military action is required to be undertaken simultaneously, because they don't understand other people in the world have rights too. They have killed more than 1 lakh Muslims till date," Sri Sri said while addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

In March this year, the Art of Living chief received death threats from the terror group ISIS while he was touring Malaysia.

Thereafter, in June, the Centre asked all the state governments to beef up the security of Sri Ravi Shankar whenever he visits their state as he is facing death threat from Jehadi militant groups like Middle East terror group ISIS and Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that have issued death threat to him.

The threat letter alleged that the guru claims himself "as non-religious" person but his organisation Art of Living has been "converting Muslims in Iran and Iraq". It is "meddling in Islamic affairs", it said.

Sri Sri also said that terrorism has different parameters globally. Asia and Africa have faced similar attacks as Paris but response to terrorism in these continents is different than towards Europe.

"Terrorism is a global threat, and has the same face everywhere. But when things happen in India, it doesn't appear in main headlines. Boko Haram has killed more than 400 people in Nigeria recently and terrible attacks happened in countries like Pakistan and Turkey. Iraq is terror prone and bomb blasts happen every day. In fact after 26/11 it was said that it was a reaction for India's action. But it is only now that the world is taking note of global terror," said Sri Sri while addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

He however appealed to governments to 'fight unitedly against terrorism but don't make people in your country have prejudice against a community.' "Now, there is fear in a certain section of society and they are unable to walk in streets."

He expressed concern that terrorism is spawning religious divide in communities that is dangerous for the world. "Terrorism is removed from religion and this we have taught the world. India is resilient and has always stood up against terrorism."

Source: TOI

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Develop Intolerance for Rising Pollution, Injustice

Posted on: Sunday, November 22, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Amid the debate over alleged rise in intolerance in the country, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today said there should be intolerance against rising pollution and injustice. “Misplaced tolerance and misplaced intolerance is dangerous for any society,” he said, while noting that the issue was highlighted so much in India that it found its way into the American press.

“Recently the issue of intolerance in India was raised so much that even ‘New York Times’ and ‘Washington Post’ wrote about it. I say we need intolerance in India against rising pollution, injustice, adharm (irreligious practices) and ashuchita (impurity),” the 59-year-old spiritual leader said.

He was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day seminar on ‘Global Warming and Climate Change: A Way Out’ organised in run up to the ‘Simhastha’ (Kumbh) festival to be held in Ujjain in May 2016. The founder of Art of Living Foundation said right proportion of tolerance and intolerance is missing in the country.

“People throw waste and garbage in the Ganga river and pollute farmland by using chemicals. All this despite the fact that our age-old traditions speak about conservation of earth and its resources,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan emphasised on conserving nature and avoiding over exploitation of its resources to ensure ecological balance.

He said in May a mega seminar on climate change will be organised and it will be inaugurated by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The concluding session of the event will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Source: Indian Express

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A Chance to Meet Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sri Sri to Inaugurate National Symposium on Climate Change in Bhopal

Posted on: Friday, November 20, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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A two-day national symposium on 'global warming and climate change-a way out' in the context of Simhastha will be held at Bhopal on November 21 and 22. About 579 scientists and environmentalists will take part in the deliberations it. Art of Living's propounder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be chief guest at inaugural session.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, MP and organising committee president Anil Madhav Dave said, "message to deal with environmental problems will be spread world over through the symposium."

"Recommendations of the symposium will form basis of ideological Mahakumbh to be held during Simhastha next year in April which will culminate in a Simhastha declaration on global warming and climate change that will be presented to the world," he said.

Around 579 scientists, experts and researchers from country's prestigious institutions would take part in the symposium. Besides, climate change nodal officers of various states, senior officers of Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change and selected woman sarpanchs will also participate in the symposium. Also, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to be a part of the concluding session.

Symposium is being organized jointly by Narmada Samagra, Madhya Pradesh Jan Abhiyan Parishad and Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON). Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) is the nodal agency.

There would be 15 sessions on 5 topics in 2 days. Four exhibitions will also be put up at venue of symposium focusing on Simhastha, climate change, Madhya Pradesh's development and tourism separately.

Source: TOI

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LIVE Webcast from European Parliament: 20th November, 1:30 PM IST

Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will give a keynote speech in the inaugural panel along with ex PM of Bhutan, Members of European Parliament and Global CEOs of Pvt. Sector at the European Parliament in Brussels!

Date: 20th November 2015 | Time: 1:30 PM IST

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Inner Truth: You Are the Universal Wave, Writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Everything in this creation has certain vibrations. Each animal is connected to the macrocosm and brings down a particular type of cosmic ray into the planet, that manifests particular vibrations. The gods are all depicted as riding on different vahanas (vehicles) - elephants attract the vibrations specific to Ganesha; tigers, the Devi vibrations; peacocks attract the vibrations of Lord Subramanya. Today scientists say, even if one animal species becomes extinct on the planet, the planet cannot survive. This is what our ancient people also said. So honour and respect every creature on the planet because God is present in every atom of creation. The whole creation is filled with consciousness, filled with knowledge. You are nothing but a particular vibration, a wave function, a frequency. Your body is emitting vibrations or energy all the time. You are losing energy and gaining energy from the cosmos. There is a continuous flow and every cell in your body is changing. You are exchanging energy all the time. Your consciousness is also a wave function and it has so many possibilities, so many avenues. It is like the sun. When the sun shines in your window, you can’t say, ‘Oh I have captured the sun!’ The same sun will be there in the neighbour’s window as well, and all over the world. So the sun is here totally and there also totally. And you are just a vibration. As the body you can’t be everywhere, but as consciousness you can be in many places. If you have touched a flower, your vibrations have gone into the flower. So the whole universe is a field of consciousness. Many times you meet someone and you feel that you should stay away from them. And with some other person, you feel like meeting them more frequently. Many times, you wonder why someone dislikes you. We are unable to understand this. This is because of our vibrations. Most of what we convey to people is simply by our presence. Through speech whatever is conveyed is on the next level, but first the vibrations in our presence influence others. We have to change our vibrations, make them more positive by doing meditation and pranayama. Vedanta and Buddhism talk about the same thing; both talk about that inner consciousness, only in a slightly different way. The emptiness in Buddhism is the fullness in Vedanta, that matter and everything is vibrations, and these vibrations keep changing, and it can change our life. It can bring what we desire or what we want for us. Every day, for ten minutes meditate and become hollow and empty. If someone is getting annoyed, just say, ‘Hey! Wave function! The frequency has changed.’ If someone is happy, they have a different frequency. If there is jealousy, ‘Oh, they have changed to third frequency.’ If someone is upset, or depressed, ‘frequency has changed again.’ Would anyone be upset about the changing frequencies? No. So see everybody as nothing but frequencies. Then nothing will touch you. Enjoy the variety, enjoy the diversity and don’t lose your smile.

Source: DNA

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Senior Citizens Special Programs at Bangalore Ashram in Presence of Sri Sri

Posted on: Monday, November 16, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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The Advanced Meditation Program helps one to go deep with in, quieting the mental chatter. The program involves guided meditations & advanced breathing techniques specially designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and enables one to experience ​a:
  • Deep inner peace, the state of Samadhi
  • Increased self-awareness and greater sense of clarity
  • Heightened energy levels, renewed vitality
  • Increased creativity
Senior citizens & many elderly people are not able to take advantage of these wonderful programs held in Bangalore Ashram owing to some of their physical limitations like mobility, non-availability of ground floor accommodation, venues involving climbing of stairs etc​.​

Also some of these people might need quick medical attention, in case something untoward happens.

Art of Living has launched a special, focused Advanced Meditation Program specifically targeting the Senior citizens & those who have problems mentioned above. Convenient allocation of rooms and venues and availability of exclusive set of transport shuttles ensures that the participants will be totally relieved of the burden of moving from place to place​.​​

There will not be any need to climb the stairs or inclines, as vehicles will be available totally at their disposal. TWO medical attendants will be provided at the venue itself & will be delivering round the clock support, backed by availability of an ambulance and clinic. Doctors oversee all the arrangements and ensure that any kind of medical emergencies will be professionally addressed.

You too can now register or sponsor elders known to you for these programs. The next program starts on 23rd November. Details below:​

Eligibility for Part II Program: One Happiness Program or One Part I Program
Eligibility for Blessing Program: 2 Part II Programs

Register online:​​
For details call: +91 80 67262626 / 7 / 8

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Terrorism

Posted on: Sunday, November 15, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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The attacks in Paris are a shocking and horrifying for the whole world. This is a direct assault not only on the European way of life but on values that are common to all liberal societies. India has also suffered greatly due to terrorism over many years – the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai were carried out in very similar fashion as in Paris.

Today, we are seeing terrorism of two kinds in the world: one that arises out of ideological reasons and one arising due to religious fanaticism. Many times people who feel very passionately for a cause feel justified in adopting violent means in its pursuit. These are not bad people but they end up making such choices due to circumstances or incorrect understanding. They are driven by a sense of righteousness, though misplaced and their commitment to their cause is commendable. They are willing to resolve differences through dialogue if approached in the right way. We have been able to successfully bring back many extremists from a life of violence and rehabilitate them in mainstream society. In fact, many of our free tribal schools in terrorist-affected regions in India are being run by former extremists. They were hostile in the beginning, threatening our volunteers but when they saw that these efforts were benefiting their own communities, they became volunteers themselves. Earlier this year, we had meetings with the Colombian rebel group, FARC as well. We impressed on them that in the five-decade-old conflict that they had been having with their government, both sides were victims and that non-violence was the only way towards social justice. They responded positively, immediately announcing that they would adopt the Gandhian way and soon declared ceasefire. The Colombian government also reciprocated with a ceasefire from their side.

However, the terrorism arising out of religious fanaticism is quite different. When people become utterly blinded by their beliefs, then instead of offering or seeking solutions, they see destruction as the only way. For them, violence is not a means to an end, violence is the means and the end. In their doctrine, people who think differently or do not believe in their scripture do not even have a right to exist. On my visit to Iraq in November, 2014, I offered to have a dialogue with the Islamic State group; they responded with a death threat! If even a small part of the world lives in such darkness, the world cannot be a safe place.

The real culprit is the indoctrination of hatred in the name of education. We have seen in numerous instances around the world that these attacks are carried out by youngsters, who have been brainwashed into this ideology of hatred. To counter this, religious leaders can play a big role in imparting a multi-religious education and an education in peace. There is a need to bring a shift from the idea of “sole ownership of heaven” to an ideology of “many paths to One Goal”. Diversity is an essential characteristic of our planet and it is through an education that honors this diversity that children can grow into responsible global citizens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the attacks. Such incidents cause anger which can lead to polarisation based on ethnicity and religion, but the real polarisation is between open and narrow-mindedness. While a narrow fanatic outlook can only lead to differences that divide us, it requires wisdom and a broad vision to go past them and arrive at values that unite us. The world needs the latter a lot more than the former.

Source: Indian Express

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Interaction with Members of European Parliament and Sri Sri

Posted on: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Dear all,

Jai Gurudev!

Bangalore Ashram is hosting Members of European Parliament Nirj Deva and Daniel Hannan. We are inviting all academics and entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of technology, for a unique opportunity for an interaction with them, in presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Date: 4th November 2015, 5:30 PM IST onwards

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