Adopting Gandhian Principles of Ahimsa to Counter Violence

World Summit on Countering Violence & Extremism

Yoga, restoring pride to nonviolence, getting over prejudices, creating a sense of belongingness are solutions to a violence-free society, says Gurudev

     The International Association for Human Values, a sister concern of The Art of Living, in association with the “From India With Love” Project had organized a 2-day “World Summit on Countering Violence” at The Art of Living International Center on October 1st and 2nd, 2018, marking Mahatma Gandhi's 149th Birth Anniversary.

     A delegation from the US National Police Foundation, academics, global thinkers, and policy makers, came together to brainstorm solutions to modern day conflicts through Gandhian principles of Non-Violence.

     Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. Addressing the audience, Hansraj Ahir Ji lauded the efforts of Gurudev for setting up the ashram in Bengaluru and spoke about spirituality as a means to spread peace in the minds of the people and society in general. He expressed his strong belief that India, the land of Buddha, Mahavira, and Mahatma Gandhi, could provide solutions to put an end to violence and terrorism across the world.

     Sessions at the summit included discussions on topics such as ‘Making Peace Profitable,’ ‘Foundations of Peace and Non Violence in India’s culture,’ and ‘Creating Positive Peace Frameworks’ and included a Masterclass in Non Violence with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Gurudev was conferred the title of “Friend of Military Police of Brazil” by the Brazilian government as more than 1000 military officials in Brazil have benefited from The Art of Living workshops.

     Gurudev expressed concern over the glorification of aggression in modern society and said that pride should be restored to nonviolence. He said that the practice of yoga, building a sense of belongingness and overcoming prejudices about race, country, and nationality, would help counter violence.

     Concluding his talk he said, “Violence free society, disease free body, confusion free mind, inhibition or prejudice-free intellect, trauma free memory, and sorrow free soul is the birthright of every individual.”