The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was conferred the prestigious Asia Pacific Brand Laureate Award today in Kuala Lumpur. The award was also given to the International Art of Living Foundation for its significant contribution to the world.
In the backdrop of shifting global landscapes, corporate heads, business leaders, Govt heads and NGO’s, from India and across the world, convened at the two-day annual conference- ‘Corporate Culture and Spirituality’ (CCS) by The Art of Living and the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB).
Sri Sri was the keynote speaker at the India Ideas Conclave inaugural ceremony. Jointly organized by the India Foundation and the Government of Goa, the conclave's central theme is that of ‘Integral Human Development’. The conference brought together social and government leaders, industrialists, spiritual leaders and other thinkers from around the world to discuss different aspects of India's development.
I congratulate Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the United Nation’s declaration of World Yoga Day. It is very difficult for any philosophy, religion or culture to survive without state patronage. Yoga has existed so far almost like an orphan. Now, official recognition by the UN would further spread the benefit of yoga to the entire world.
For the first time, leading decision-makers from sports, politics, business, academics and NGOs converged in Zurich to define the role of sports in solving societal problems and to celebrate ethical sportsmanship at the World Summit for Ethics In Sports (WFES).
“Shivaratri is the day of Lord Shiva. Shiva is the Lord of meditation and therefore the Lord of awakening. Shivaratri is thus an occasion to awaken one’s self from all sorts of slumber. It signifies being aware of everything you have and being grateful about it. Be grateful for the happiness which leads to growth, and also for sadness which gives a depth to life."
The Art of Living hosted a historic peace concert - Venunaad - in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. This grand symphony brought together 5378 flutists on one platform, to write a new chapter in the history of music.
Eminent academicians from across the state congregated at The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru to attend ‘Manavathe 2015’ – a Karnataka Education Conference on 21st February, 2015. Organized by The Art of Living, the conference drew attention to the importance of incorporating human values, life skills training, Yoga and meditation in the current education system of the country.
With an aim to enhance and maintain the sustainability and prosperity of Agriculture in Karnataka, 1500 farmers from across the state gathered at The Art of Living International Centre to attend the ‘Karnataka Organic Farmers Convention’.
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 led 3 million people worldwide in the ‘Chants for Global Peace and Happiness' at MMRDA grounds, Mumbai, India. Social and religious leaders from different faiths who also participated in the event applauded the social, cultural and peace efforts of the Art of Living towards the vision of a One World Family.
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.
"This culture of violence has to end. We express our solidarity and support with the victims and their families. Our prayers are with them. We lack words and can only say that please do not lose faith in humanity, it is still alive. We are all with you. We share your grief and we are there to share your challenges, issues and your problems. We all unitedly should fight against terrorism and against this inhumane tendencies." said Sri Sri.
Taking the call for peace to the middle of the conflict zone, renowned spiritual leader and founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressed a peace conference in Erbil in Kurdistan, the violence hit province of Iraq on thursday. Pitching for co-existence, compassion and commitment to peace, Sri Sri said, “Peace conferences are held where there is peace. I wanted to do this conference in middle of conflict."
Sri Sri will be visiting the relief camps where IAHV will also hold a conference in the Kurdish capital of Erbil on November 20th titled "Protecting Women and Bringing Stability and Peace". Thousands of Christians, Yazidis and Kurdish Shias are languishing in camps in Erbil, Duhok and Khazir.
Sri Sri was the chief guest at a conference titled ‘Stress Reduction Skills: Scientific Update’ organized by Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS in collaboration with Sri Sri GMDA (Global Meditating Doctors Association)
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.