Sri Sri Ravi Shankar leads mass meditation rally in Argentina

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The land of tango and Latin America’s largest country, Argentina, Sunday rocked to the rhythmicbeats of Indian spiritual guru and Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Over 100,000 people gathered in the sprawling grounds near Dorrego-Figuera Alcorta Avenues here to pray, meditate and dance to the tunes of Indian devotional music and songs with heavy Spanish accent for a stress-free and violence-free society the world over.

“Thousands of people in 300 cities across the world joined us in ‘Planet Meditates’, a programme that was webcast and telecast live by local Spanish channels,” AoL volunteer Maria Silvina told IANS.

The sun shone and a cool winter breeze wafted through the meadows. All roads from noon onwards led to the venue for the ‘blast’ as hundreds of cars and other types of vehicles drove as many people from suburbs and nearby towns to the spot.

“We have never seen anything like this before in Buenos Aires. Our guru (Ravi Shankar) is becoming more popular than rock stars like Patricia Sosa or soccer stars like Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi, who represent the country as icons,” Silvinia claimed.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s visit to Argentina

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Buenos Aires Sept 9, 2012: Spiritual Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar drew a huge crowd for his event ‘El Planeta Medita’, in Argentina’s capital on Sunday. An unprecedented 1.5 lac Argentines meditated against violence and to create a stress-free world.

The meditation was also joined by thousands from 300 cities across the world as the event was webcasted live. Sri Sri addressed the crowd in Spanish, ‎”Life is so short, there is not enough time to love yet people are occupied in conflicts. We are fortunate to know how to get rid of stress.” The audience responded with a huge cheer and applause when asked by the spiritual leader if they would join in to create a beautiful world.

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People from all backgrounds and age groups came together to meditate. Urging the crowd to cultivate a sense of belongingness, he added, “We need to educate ourselves in peace, love, integrity, honesty. It cannot happen if the mind is stressed and the intellect is filled with prejudice. The world needs upliftment and with meditation we would be able to do that.”

He then led the gathering into a meditation. This was followed by a scintillating Yoga Rave performance where everyone chanted Indian bhajans like ‘Ganesh Sharanam’, ‘Hari Narayan’ ‘Jai Jai Shiva Shanbho’, etc. This was performed by Nicolás Pucci and Rodrigo Bustus from the ‘So What’ band who, inspired by Sri Sri, have created music blending the vibrations of old Sanskrit mantras with electronic music.

Various young leaders who have done remarkable work in the prisons and slums of Argentina were also felicitated.

The Art of Living founder was on a five-day visit to Argentina which began on Sept 5, 2012. During his tour, Sri Sri visited the San Martín Prison where a prisoner told him, “Thank you for what you have done for us. Although we are here, we still feel free. You gave us back the desire to live.”‪ Over 5200 prisoners have taken the organization’s rehabilitation programs that reduces violence and aggression.

In Cordoba, thousands braved the rain and the chilly weather and gathered to hear the spiritual master. Here, the General Consul of India, Dr Sergio Lais named Sri Sri as the Custodian of the World Peace. ‬

‪At Siglo 21 University, the largest private university, he told the youth, “I hope to take to the East the good from the West and vice versa and make a better world. We are in a globalized world and our youth deserve more than a partial vision.”