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Multireligious, multicultural education is the solution – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s ideas about how to settle the Ayodhya crisis. “Because that place does not hold any significance for Muslims, it only makes sense for them to give it, the most holiest place for Hindus, as a gift. Then there could have been such goodwill … and the Hindus can give them something back in return.” He thinks that Hindus and Muslims could come to an agreement instead of politicizing the issue further and burying it in lawsuits.

The fundamental problem, he thinks, is not with Muslims but “leftist minded and secular Hindus who are against the devoted Hindus … why won’t they respect the sentiments of millions of rural Indians, who may not be highly educated but have a deep faith in Rama’s birthplace.” He questions secularists, “if the situation was reversed and it was the birthplace of Mohammed shouldn’t it be given to the Muslims?” “Let those people who have faith … do their thing (otherwise) fanaticism will go on increasing and people will be … humiliated on this issue.” More...

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s message at Antarnad, Pune, 12 January 2010

Sri Sri Ravishankar,

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s five point message on 12th January, 2010, at Pune.

The event was ‘Antarnaad’, a gathering of 2750 classical musicians in a live performance! Among them: Shankar Mahadevan, Rajan and Sajan Misra, Gayathri. Kedar Pandit and others.

  1. Yoga and meditation for a peaceful, healthy, happy you and society.
  2. Organic farming to improve productivity and quality of life for farmers.
  3. Save the Indian cow variety.
  4. Save the girl child and respect women.
  5. Develop a taste for classical music in children. Expand tastes. We have a great heritage worth exploring.

Art of Living DSN course with Anand Rajendran

Art of Living’s Divya Samaj Nirman course with Anandji in Lucknow (17-20 December 2009) has been an eye-opener for my shortcomings and strengths, and how shortcomings can be turned around :-)

The 3.25 day course including Padmasadhna, Sudarshan kriya, meditation, chanting and knowledge points worked into interactive sessions worked wonders. It has given me a tool-kit to handle life’s daily ups and downs with acceptance, peace and smiles. It has developed a, ‘No problem is too big for me,’ attitude in me :-)

It was amazing to find my 120 co-participants, aged 18-74, all flow with the rhythm of the DSN course with full enthusiasm.

And for most of us the course never ended! A visit to the Lucknow District Jail for a satsang with prisnors, group sadhna at Crossroads Plaza, listening to a commentary on Ashtavakra Gita by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on video, planning for AOL’s upcoming Divine temple of learning and more…

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