Art of Living Experiences, Art of Living Projects, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The World Culture Festival, World Culture Festival.

Delhi has 22 drains carrying 2500 million litres of waste and polluted water into Yamuna river daily. One of the drains popularly known as Bara Pullah drain emanates near Ashoka Hotel and flows through Lakshmi Bai Nagar, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Kale Khan, Bara Pullah and merges into Yamuna River. All these drains emit deadly gases and foul smell.

With the blessing of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, a project to clean Bara Pullah drain was undertaken in October’15 through Ecozyme; (an Enzyme). Awareness was created among the Art of Living volunteers, public and in schools/colleges and method of preparation was explained to them. It is totally organic and prepared with brown sugar, kitchen green waste and water over a period of three months. By Feb’16, The Art of Living volunteers and other enthusiasts prepared about 15,000 litres of Ecozyme. One litre can clean 1,000 litres of waste water, so it is expected that 15,000 litres of Ecozyme will clean 1.5 crores litres of waste water in Bara Pullah drain.

Pouring of Ecozyme commenced on Feb. 16, 2016 near Bara Pullah. Daily data is as under

 

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Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 16, 2016(60 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 16, 2016 (60 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 18, 2016(500 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb.18, 2016 (500 ltrs)

Experience 

After 6 days of pouring Ecozyme into the drain, foul smell has started reducing in the drain. As soon as Ecozyme is poured, bubbles start coming out in the drain. It is the reaction with heavy metals and chemicals and decomposing process.

Secondly, the workers constructing floating bridge on Yamuna near World Culture Festival venue; which is about one km down the stream from the pouring point felt that there was lesser foul smell and they could sleep in better air.

Thirdly, amazing experience was that birds / ducks have started coming to that area. Cattles who dared not to enter any drain in Delhi have started entering Barapullah drain. The pictures shown here are taken on March 2. They show a bird enjoying sitting over a buffalo. It happened when these birds/ducks sought fish or insects in the water as their food. In fact fish/insects will appear only when polluted water is getting cleaner.

Full view of Barapullah Drain with bridge over it (Dated March 2, 2016)

Full view of Barapullah Drain with bridge over it (Dated March 2, 2016)

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Bird enjoying sitting over buffalo in the drain (Dated March 2, 2016)

Jai Gurudev !

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Others, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The World Culture Festival, World Culture Festival.

If there`s one medium today that is absolutely simple and truly social to the core. It`s the WhatsApp Messenger Service. This is one mobile messaging app that has got a massive following. But what`s missing for WhatsApp users today in many parts of the world is the need of another `Messenger` who also has a really whopping following around the world.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – founder of the Art of Living, humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and an ambassador of peace.

We are standing at a point in time where messenger service users need a wise, humane Messenger. To directly interact with the one who has made millions of people happy through his breathing techniques, meditations and wisdom. This is what WhatsAppers want, seeking Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to be available on this instant messaging medium. Because it makes a great difference.

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His daily inspirational and motivational quotes of wisdom and Knowledge Talks posted on Face Book and Twitter has uplifted the lives of several millions and continues to do so even today. Directly and in a very profound way. People eagerly wait for it every single day as the wisdom touches on various aspects of life, work, conflicts, emotions, relationships, personality self-development and capacity-building.

But today WhatsAppers in many parts of the world want that same feel and wisdom coming to them instantly on their phones. Direct from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Just as it happens on Facebook and Twitter. This I guess is the wish of many a WhatsAppers around the world.

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Especially, at a time when several individuals and societies around the world are grappling with their conscience on a range of conflicts, emotions and issues that may be confronting them. A Whatsapp message from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in time, can save nine ! Knowledge awakens for sure.

This resonates perfectly well with the vision and mission of the WhatsApp company founders who declared thus “We want WhatsApp to be the product that keeps you awake… and that you reach for in the morning”.

Every morning, one who awakens to his inspiring and life-supporting wisdom quotes on social media, perhaps springs up on his feet, heading to work or study on a new vehicle called zeal and positivity. Hope and joy. That`s the life we all want. No wonder a whopping following follows Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Facebook and Twitter.

His creative peace-building idea of the World Culture Festival 2016 to be held from March 11th-13th in New Delhi, India, is yet another global historic event that is going viral on social media. This event will see 155 countries unite for peace and 35,973 artists present the best music and dance from the world`s cultures and traditions.

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So WhatsAppers ! Till we get to hear Sri Sri Ravi Shankar joining WhatsApp.

Follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SriSriRaviShankar ) and Twitter (@SriSri). And get more out of life.

https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldCultureFestival ;

www.artofliving.org ; http://www.srisriravishankar.org

Vidyut Udiaver

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The World Culture Festival, World Culture Festival, Yoga and Meditation.

With the mind boggling advances in science and technology, the whole world has become more interconnected and interdependent. Economies of all countries have become increasingly interdependent. Travel, trade and tourism have shrunk the world in to a big global village. Advancements in Information Technology (IT) and Electronics & Communication (EC) have shrunk the whole world to the size of a small football field. Whatever happens in one part of the world is almost instantly known throughout the world.

There are both positive and negative aspects of these fast paced developments. On the positive side, the comforts generated by advancements in science and technology are available throughout the world in a very short span of time. On the negative side, threats posed by misuse of science and technology are felt throughout the world.

With the shrinking of whole world, the religious, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic differences have become more pronounced. Human brain needs to adopt itself to these changes.

As we all know, the human brain is functionally divided into ‘left brain’ and ‘right brain’.

 

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Left brain divides and categorizes, it carries out linear thinking and logical analysis, it calculates and makes equations, it deals with science and mathematics, it is judgmental and relies on repetitive patterns, it wants control and order, likes precision and organized approach. Left brain deals with all that is concrete and materialistic.

Right brain integrates and views life in a holistic way, it empathizes and understands others, it deals with emotions and intuition, it is seat of human values and ethics, it is non-judgmental and random, it loves music, creativity, beauty, arts and crafts. Right brain deals with all the abstract and spiritual aspects of life.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the great humanitarian and spiritual leader says, “The whole day, from the time we wake up until we go to bed, we are only using the left brain – calculating, talking, logical reasoning, taking decisions. So our development is one-sided.”

If we look at the holistic picture of human brain activity for the whole humanity, over past century or so, we will come to a conclusion that, overall the ‘left brain’ activity has increased tremendously. In recent times, man has become more impersonal, practical, individualistic, scientific, analytical, logical and judgmental. The whole society is slowly becoming ‘left brain’ oriented.

The goal of human life is to find happiness and freedom. Everyone pursues something or other in life to find happiness and freedom. Peaceful co-existence of the entire humanity is the pre-requisite for individual happiness and freedom. Peaceful co-existence requires empathy, understanding, holistic approach and honoring of the human values and ethics. Peaceful co-existence requires nurturing of the ‘right brain’.

Violence and terrorism have become biggest threats to humanity today. Terrorism can be seen as direct offshoot of retarded ‘right brain’ activity. Terrorists may be religious but they are not spiritual. Terrorists are caught up in fixed concepts about religion and God, right and wrong, just & unjust and fail to look at the big picture of life. They judge everyone based on their own rigid belief system. They divide the whole society into fixed compartments. Terrorists have no respect for human values and emotions. They treat human beings like objects. Violence and terrorism are result of failure of human mind to accommodate personal, religious, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic differences. Terrorism with the help of advances in science and technology can wipe-out the entire human race from this planet within a matter of few hours.

Today the biggest challenge before mankind is, how to deal with terrorism? Terrorism cannot be eliminated through violence. Killing of Osama Bin Laden has seen the rise of more deadly Al-Baghdadi. Even if Al-Baghdadi is killed, it is unlikely that terrorism will end. Violence may, at the best, give a short term remedy but not a long term solution to this problem.

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The root cause of terrorism lies in human mind. The human mind needs to be trained to become more accommodative and more tolerant. Terrorism can be eradicated only with proper education, balanced growth and culturing of human mind.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji says that, every child on this planet should be educated a little bit regarding all the diverse cultures and religions of the world. Education should make everyone understand that the whole world is one global family. Education should aim to cultivate respect, honor and love for all human beings. This only can ensure a violence-free and terror-free society. Wisdom is to rise above prejudice and see the whole world as one family.

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The world today needs to shift its focus from ‘left brain’ dominance to the ‘right brain’ activity. This will bring about a balanced growth in society. Meditation, music, celebration, arts and cultural programs are food for the growth of ‘right brain’ activity. World Culture Festival-2016, where people from more than 155 countries are going to participate, is one of the biggest steps in this direction. The World Culture Festival (#WorldCultureFestival) is a celebration of The Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity. It is expected that around 3.5 million people from across the world will be participating in this mega event. It is a big step in educating the human mind to accept, honor and celebrate the differences in different cultures and communities. This three days’ festival will celebrate the diversity in cultures from across the world while simultaneously highlighting the underlying unity. The festival will showcase music and cultural events; interfaith meet and Global Leadership forum; celebration and meditation and all that is required to shift the focus of world consciousness towards the ‘right brain’.

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The emphasis will be on enhancing human values, bringing in religious harmony and renewing our commitment towards a stress-free individual and violence-free society.

Be there and make the difference!

The world wants you to take the Right step!

Sanjay Sabnis