Maharashtra, India, November 18 – 25, 2012
Sri Sri’s visit across Maharashtra spanned 10 days and 1,000 miles. More than one million persons attended his talks, which addressed an array of issues facing the region.
Sri Sri said, “Corruption begins where belongingness ends. And spirituality is expanding belongingness.”
At Parbhani, where the Mayor and other local officials accorded him a warm welcome, Sri Sri urged residents to combat corruption through peaceful means and emphasized the need for human values in politics.
Sri Sri also addressed the concerns of the region’s farmers during his visit. At the annual “Kisan Mela” or Farmers Meet in Maharashtra, Sri Sri said, “If the village improves, the country will improve; the heart of the country is in the villages.” He urged farmers to pursue organic farming free from harmful chemicals and fertilizers, and adopt methods that will help preserve natural resources such as land and water.
Sri Sri reiterated his call for organic farming and support for the agricultural community at Rajewadi, where he interacted with 30,000 farmers.
In commemoration of Sri Sri’s efforts to advance hygiene and cleanliness, Selu Nagar Parishad, a local governing body in Selu, India, declared November 20, 2012 as “Sri Sri Swachata Divas” (Cleanliness Day).
Sri Sri spoke to Selu’s residents about the benefits of cleanliness and environment-friendly practices such as recycling and organic farming.
Sri Sri also addressed concerns about increasing number of suicides in the state. At Osmanabad, where thousands attended his meditation workshop, Sri Sri highlighted the importance of spiritual education to curb the suicides.