Demonetisation: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for Digital Financial Transactions in Rural Areas

Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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Hailing the Centre's demonetisation move, spiritual guru and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday said it's a good opportunity to give impetus to cashless transactions, adding that digital financial transactions must be promoted in rural areas.

"A right decision has been taken at the right time. It is very much needed. The common man should depend on e-transaction. There are some temporary difficulties but if we consider the nation's future, it's a great step. It's a good opportunity to give impetus to cashless transactions. Digital financial transactions must be promoted in rural areas," he told the media.

Defending the Centre's decision, Prime Minister Modi yesterday said the demonetisation move had empowered the common man in the fight against black money, while taking a swing at the opposition and critics saying they were flustered as they were caught off guard.

"Those criticizing the demonetisation move don't have problem with government's preparedness; they have problem that they didn't get time to prepare," the Prime Minister said.

"The common citizen of India has become a soldier against corruption and black money," he added while stressing on the need for India to move towards a cashless economy.

Source: Business Standard

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Best in Holistic Wellness - The Art of Living Gets Recognition For Yoga and Ayurveda

Posted on: Sunday, November 27, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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The Art of Living’s prominent state-of-the-art centers of learning, Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research and Sri Sri School of Yoga have been nationally recognized for their standards of excellence in keeping with the philosophy of The Art of Living.

Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research has been acknowledged as this year’s Best Ayurveda College jointly by the Newspaper Association of Karnataka and the National Council for the Papers Association of India as part of National Education Excellence Awards 2016. The award recognizes institutions, educationists and researchers for their contributions to excellence in their given academic fields.

Instituted in 2004, the college was started with the objective of boosting research and awareness for the 5000 year old Ayurvedic Sciences and to blend modern research with traditional medicine.

‘With growing demand for Ayurveda, we needed good doctors. We needed doctors with commitment, compassion and high standards,’ says Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Even The Art of Living’s Sri Sri School of Yoga has been officially certified as a Yoga School under Ministry of AYUSH’s voluntary certification schemes of yoga schools.

"We are delighted that Art Of Living has chosen to go for Yoga school certification under the Ministry of AYUSH-QCI voluntary scheme – we would like to take the leadership in certifying authentic yoga worldwide and for such a famous school to come into our fold is both a recognition of the value of the certification as well as contribution to our goal of securing leadership," said Dr R. P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India (QCI).

Sri Sri School of Yoga is the first Yoga School to be certified as a Level 1 Yoga School under the QCI Certification Scheme by TQ Cert Services, earlier called the FoodCert Private Limited. SSSY was certified by the third party auditing agency after the extensive audit of the infrastructure facilities, processes and trainers before recommending the school for the certification.

“TQ Cert appreciates the hard work put in by The Sri Sri School of Yoga Collectively to achieve this feat,” said Sampat Suri, Head Certification Business of TQCert.

Sampat Suri from TQCert and S Krishnamurthy representing the Quality Council of India (QCI) presented the certificate to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living International Center at Bangalore Ashram on the occasion of Vijayadashami celebration.

Sri Sri School of Yoga offers teacher training and supports teachers in conducting yoga programs. The academic wing specializes in training yoga professionals through a series of training programs aimed at various levels of skill and proficiency, starting with generic yoga programs to specialized programs like yoga for children, yoga for corporates, yoga for pre and postnatal care and much more.

Source: Tripura India

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People in War Zones Deserve Peace

Posted on: Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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Mawahib al Shaibani, who works as an Art of Living member to provide trauma relief and support to refugees and victims of war in Syria and Iraq, has said that though the menace of terrorism exists, these people should be given a chance to live in peace.

Mawahib is currently spearheading a rescue operation for Yazidis trapped in Sinjar and is presently in India, along with 27 Iraqis from different faiths - Sunnis, Shias, Christians, Yazidis, to learn techniques that will give them peace and free them from trauma.

They will then return as instructors to teach these peace-giving techniques in one of the most conflict-ridden and traumatized regions of the world.

People who constantly live in a war torn country get affected psychologically and need to be provided relief and taught how to find peace through various exercises and activities.

When asked about her experience of working in two different countries, both of which are war hit, she told ANI over phone, that in Iraq the suffering regions are accessible for aid and relief, but such is not the case with Syria.

Many regions in Syria are completely inaccessible due to heavy shelling and the people there are stranded without any help, she said.

She said everyone wants peace and the international community should help them address problems at the grass root level. She also agreed that terrorism needs to be rooted out.

Sharing her experience on working in Syria, she said, "Thousands were trapped in the mountains with no food or water. 7000 Yazidi girls, aged between 9-35 years, were taken captive by the ISIS. We rescued and rehabilitated a 15-year-old girl victim of gang-rape along with many other women who are trapped and are being sold by ISIS for as little as USD 10."

She is currently involved in a women empowerment project that trains Iraqi women in computers and other income generation activities.

Source: Business Standard

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