Art of Living Foundation

Art of Living Foundation

August 30, 2007 07:00 ET

Art of Living Heralds Arab-Israeli Bonhomie

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - Along with a training for the Iraqi youth in Bangalore, India, the Art of Living Foundation, founded by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is also hosting a month-long special programme for people from the Arab world. A striking upshot of the programme has been the perceptible bonhomie among the participants form Israel and Arab countries.

Belying the perception of arch enmities between Israelis and Arabs, the participants co-mingle freely with one another, bringing glimpses of Sri Sri's vision of a "One World Family" or "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam".

"It's wonderful to be together with so many people from neighbouring Arab countries. The programme has brought us so close that I can't believe that Arabs and Israelis don't see eye-to-eye back home," says Yoav Yenon from Israel.

"Sri Sri is working to unite the world and this is most needed. Through this programme, he has shown that all differences melt once we are relieved of stress. It's amazing to see people from different cultures mingle so freely. We feel like one large family," says Seynab Beheshti from Iran.

After witnessing the bonhomie during the evening celebrations last week, a visiting Israeli journalist from Channel 10 News commented, "It is amazing to see people from my country so happy here. I never imagined Arabs and Israeli can mingle so freely with one other."

Along with 16 Israelis, over 150 Arabs, including Iranians, Jordanians, Bahraini, Lebanese, Omanis and Saudi Arabian, are taking part in the special training.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be in Toronto to publicly conduct some of his legendary breathing and meditation courses from September 20-23. His programs on yoga, meditation and stress elimination and the service projects he has inspired have benefited over 20 million people worldwide representing all walks of life, religions, cultures and traditions.

Interview with H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during his visit in September can be requested.

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