Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Helps End Half Century Old Civil War | Art Of Living





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Published on Jun 25, 2016

The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace pact that ends a 52-year-old armed conflict yesterday. Playing an important role in the peace process was the Art of Living founder and humanitarian – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Last year, the spiritual leader had travelled to Cuba, Havana and Colombia, talking to both the parties, building trust between them. Last year, Sri Sri travelled to Cuba to meet the representatives of FARC, including the leader of the FARC-EP delegation, Iván Márquez. His efforts resulted in a major breakthrough in June 2015 when the FARC rebels announced a unilateral ceasefire.

The strife had taken the lives of 220,000 people and displaced more than 5 million.

The government and the rebels had been talking peace since 2012, and had reached agreements on land reforms and drug trade. But what was needed was the healing touch of a spiritual leader that addressed the core values of the peace process. President Juan Manuel Santos remembered, "I had the great joy of speaking with him about his efforts to hopefully end an internal armed conflict that has lasted more than 50 years. Later on, with my consent, he met in Havana and Cuba with the negotiators of the FARC leaders to encourage them to follow the Gandhian principle of non-violence, and to cultivate the art of meditation and breathing."

Márquez acknowledged that Sri Sri's teachings about the Gandhian principle of non-violence inspired them. "With the help of Sri Sri, we have placed our spirit to achieve reconciliation and coexistence of a big and benevolent country, whose destiny can’t be that of the war. The teachings of the Art of Living are essential to achieve a stable and long-lasting peace."

One year later, yesterday, the peace pact has been signed. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday congratulated Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian President and Marcos Carratala, the FARC negotiator for announcing a bilateral ceasefire.

During last one year, Sri Sri had meetings and dialogues with both parties (See the timeline below). He taught his stress-elimination techniques to members of the Colombian government as well as the FARC that gave them the experience of peace and struck a chord within them.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization in 1982. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being through powerful breathing techniques such as Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally at all levels of society.

What is Yoga?
The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one's own self - the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don't feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves.

What is Meditation?
Settling the surface mind is meditation. Living in the present is meditation. Relaxing deeply is meditation. When you are really happy, reposing in love, you are meditating. Meditation is that space when the thoughts have subsided, and the mind is in complete rest.


What is Sudarshan Kriya?
Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energized, focused & yet relaxed. It increases energy, improves intuition and makes you innovative. Millions around the world have done this unique practice and have reported better quality of life.

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