Sri Sri inaugurated the North American International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone on 4th July 2014. It was hosted by AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professional of North America) where doctors and professors from Harvard, Yale and other leading universities also participated. Many expressed that the western world has been deprived of the benefits of Ayurveda due to prejudice against eastern philosophy and sciences.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with Dr. James Doty, Founder Director of CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) in Stanford on July 1.
The Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) at Stanford University hosted a dialogue on the topic of compassion.
From being a solution for combating alcoholism to improving communication skills, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared insights into the science and practice of yoga at the 20th International Yoga Festival. The audience of yoga enthusiasts, which numbered over 1100, seemed to concur as they experienced a variety of yoga-centric seminars at the four-day festival.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly on June 30, recognizing the efforts towards building a stress-free world by promoting love, peace and harmony through yoga and meditation.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched the ‘Save Life India’ project, a special blood donation initiative.
The over 2000-strong audience pledged to support blood donation and work towards community welfare in the event entitled, ‘My India, My Vision.’
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Sri Gnan Mandir, a free school, in Bhunbaneswarnagar, Kachar Dist, Assam. This schools will educate over 400 children for free.
The next day, Sri Sri met children from two of Art of Living’s free school's from Nalbari and Barduarbagan near Guwahati.
Citizens of Kolkata turned out in thousands to welcome the Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 8th, 2014. Sri Sri interacted and addressed more than 10,000 enthusiastic volunteers that morning, in Netaji Indoor Stadium. They had worked dedicatedly for the Volunteer for Better India (VBI) Campaign with the aim of raising public awareness for exercising one's vote.
While fear and uncertainty looming over large part of Iraq, two Art of Living Faculty members Christoph Glaser and Mawahib Shaibani embarked on a mission. They began imparting leadership training and peace building initiatives to 35 Members of Parliament in Arbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
On October 26th 2013, Sri Sri met with the families of the riot victims in Muzaffarnagar. He emphasized the need for restoring mutual trust among the communities. “Peace and harmony is needed to ensure progress and development,” he said.
Sri Sri was embraced with equal anticipation by people from either side of the hostile communal conflict.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), hosted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to continue a conversation about human flourishing that began when AEI invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On the Happiness tour of Bahrain, Sri Sri was welcomed by the Royal family and other dignitaries and spoke to the the corporate community on business ethics, clarity of mind and spirituality being essential for creating a stress-free society.
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the Maruti Suzuki Convention to inspire the crowd on ‘The Way of Life’ on May 4 in Rome, Italy. He underlined the importance of a cordial and stress-free atmosphere at work places.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks at the Interfaith Council in Vienna on March 26th. Convened by German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the forum comprises former heads of nations and deliberates on current issues in the country.
The World Forum for Ethics in Business conference was held in Nepal with the theme - Business Ethics for a Prosperous Nepal. Speaking at the event, Sri Sri said; that only ethical practices provide happiness. Stating that wealth without happiness would do nothing, he urged people to change their mindset towards business.
In his address, Sri Sri stressed on imbibing discipline in life. Government can be imposed from outside but discipline comes from within, he said, adding that discipline was necessary for reformers and rulers both.
"...The Christmas trees bears gifts for everybody. All that you are given in life is for everyone...all your talents, all that you have been bestowed with, it is all meant to help others. So serve, smile and celebrate!”
A soul-stirring choir of 12,000 sang the Jnanappana, a traditional devotional poem from Kerala, at the Independence Day celebrations on August 15th hosted by The Art of Living at its International Centre in Bengaluru, in the presence of Sri Sri .