The spiritual guru couldn't cross over into Pakistan, but delivered a peace message from Attari border enabling his Pakistani followers to listen to his healing talk. He was received at Attari by Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is also the brand ambassador of The Art of Living Foundation for drug de-addiction for youth.
Stressing on the common factor between the neighbours, Sri Sri said, "Countries may be different but our hearts should beat for each other since both Indians and Pakistanis share the same language, dialect and culture. We should identify our culture to maintain brotherhood and eradicate terrorism for a peaceful coexistence.''
Addressing the people, Sri Sri said, "He felt a wave of love coming from Pakistan". "We are one family and should adopt ahimsa (non-violence) in our lives, I can see the same feeling on other side of the border'', he added.
Providing a healing touch, he urged both sides to forget their differences as the common man wanted peace, adding that many people in Pakistan have taken up the AOL course. He expressed hope that with the efforts of civil society of both countries, there will be a movement that would impress upon their respective governments to shed differences and bring peace in the region.
Sri Sri also inaugurated Saanjh, the Lahore-Amritsar peace festival, at Springdale School and held a satsang.
- Yudhvir Rana,
Times News Network
Lahore: Founder of the Art of Living present in 151 countries across the globe (UN-affiliated, largest volunteer based organisation in the world), Nobel Prize nominee and internationally known humanitarian, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought a message of peace during his visit to the Wagah border on November 12.
On the Pakistan side, Art of Living members, peace advocates and members of civil society gathered to signal Pakistan's commitment to peace and humanity and express their belonging to the "One World Family" that ties all of humanity in brotherhood.
It was wonderful to hear him speak: "We are committed to follow the path of non-violence and peace. Standing here at the border, I can feel the wave of love and peace from across. I urge the citizens of both the countries to recognize the voice of peace within and create a violence-free world."
He expressed the 'One World Family' concept and extended his hand in friendship and love to Indians and Pakistanis. His visit underlined his mission of bringing peace and harmony to the world.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's peace and goodwill mission to Pakistan in 2004 had opened the way for groundbreaking dialogue between the cultures and spiritual practices of India and Pakistan.
The Art of Living Pakistan Trust is a volunteer based organization, mobilizing the whole community to effectively serve those in need. The Art of Living courses are taught throughout Pakistan to eliminate stress and bring individuals to peace and thereby build the foundation for a more progressive and peaceful Pakistan.
The Art of Living Pakistan Trust volunteers have done extensive trauma and relief work during the massive earthquake in 2005, worked with those displaced by the military operations against militants in the Northern Areas, and with flood survivors in Sind and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Naeem Zamindar,
International Faculty of the Art of Living
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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