Sri Sri Ravi Shankar enthrals European Parliament on the International Day of Yoga . . . . reports Asian Lite News
Renowned humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living highlights universality and individual wellness benefits of Yoga as he inaugurates the 2nd world yoga day and leads MEPs through a meditation
It was a fully packed Yehudi Menuhin Hall when members from all political parties joined-in and welcomed the finest exponent of Yoga from India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to an extraordinary Yoga session. The event was held on the occasion of the UN World Yoga Day and saw the participation of several Members and officials of the European Parliament, officials of the European Council and Commission and media personnel.
Speaking at the event, The Art of Living founder said “I am glad that today here in the European Parliament, the heart of Europe, where 28 countries sit and do their deliberations and lead their countries, they are taking up this beautiful mission of wellness and bringing happiness to people.”
Reminding that Yoga is not just an exercise but a way to happiness, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar further added “Though Yoga was born in the Indian subcontinent, it is universal, it belongs to the world. Yoga is aspiring for the highest goal of the world as one family. It brings harmony in one’s environment, a disease free body. It establishes a quiver-free breath, which is a sign of strength. It gives a confusion-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, a trauma-free memory and a sorrow-free soul. So basically all that one aspires in life – to be happy, the way is Yoga.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also led the participants through a relaxing meditation.The Art of Living founder was received in the European Parliament by the Ambassador of India to the EU, H.E. Manjeev Singh Puri, MEPs Geoffrey Van Orden, Nirj Deva, Neena Gill, Jo Leinen, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Charles Tannock.
“I have known Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for a number of years, and addressed a rally at the World Culture Festival attended by people from all over the world” shares MEP van Orden in his welcome address. “His foundation has helped combat depression and violence. His organization engages in disaster relief, through his courses from the Art of Living, and through his missions of peace to Pakistan, Iran, and to Iraq and other places. Then 2011, I understood the extent of his reach, and the power of his message when I attended the ‘ World Culture Festival’ in Berlin.”
Since 1981, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has played a big role in sensitizing the world about the essence of yoga and engaged in promoting good health and has taken the ancient knowledge of yoga across the globe. From the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to Capitol Hill and the Unites Nations in the US, the according to Forbes 5th most important Indian has been travelling around the globe to demystify yoga and make it more acceptable and appealing. His pragmatic approach of presenting yoga away from dogmatic beliefs has helped in taking yoga to people of all class, creeds, and religions.