Embarking on the Road of Non-violence with Gurudev in the South

Spiritual leader and humanitarian Gurudev revisits America’s non-violent legacy on his global “I Stand for Peace” campaign.

Atlanta, GA – Spiritual leader and humanitarian, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is making a visit to the nation’s legacy of non-violence in the midst of his international peace campaign, “I Stand for Peace.” 

On Nov 10, 2022, The Gandhi Foundation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, honored Gurudev, with the Gandhi Peace Pilgrim award, to recognize his commitment to the development of peace, non-violence and oneness among humanity in the world. 

Friday, Gurudev will be in dialogue with former Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young at Morehouse College, following a public “I Stand for Peace” event, where he is sharing his vision of peace and how we get there. 

Later in the “I Stand for Peace” tour, Gurudev will visit Norfolk/Virginia Beach on Nov, 18th and Memphis on Nov. 28th. In both the cities, he will be addressing over a thousand local community members at public events. In Memphis, Gurudev will also visit the National Civil Rights Museum—a pivotal landmark in the history of non-violence and social transformation in the US.

Gurudev’s global “I Stand for Peace” tour will culminate next year with a grand celebration of humanity at the iconic National Mall in Washington, D.C. 60 years after Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, from the very same place, Gurudev will once again send out the message of global peace and harmony in diversity.

In times when society has gotten increasingly polarized, Gurudev reminds us to not just accept the differences but to celebrate them. “Diversity is the beauty of creation. It needs to be honored, acknowledged and celebrated,” said Gurudev.

As a contemporary ambassador of non-violence, Gurudev’s intervention brought about a cease-fire in the Colombian Conflict, which had claimed over 200,000 civilian lives; helped end a generations-old sectarian conflict in India; and most recently has helped bring gang members and law enforcement together in inner cities in the US. He has also mediated and progressed negotiations for peace in conflict-stricken areas such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Venezuela.

About Gurudev

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a global humanitarian, spiritual leader, and peace envoy. He is the founder of the Art of Living foundation, through which he has touched the lives of over 500+ million individuals in over 180 countries to find peace and resilience in the face of adversity, learning not only how to excel in their own lives, but also how to become powerful agents for social change. Gurudev has created trauma-relief and meditation programs for at-risk youth, war veterans, prisoners and survivors of disaster. He has also created numerous educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness and well-being for individuals. 

Gurudev has received 39 governmental awards, including highest civilian awards from several nations. 24 universities have awarded him with honorary doctorates for his peace-keeping and humanitarian efforts.

For more information on Gurudev visit www.srisri.org.

For more information on the “I Stand for Peace” tour visit the tour’s US website.

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