SOURCE: The Art of Living Foundation

April 17, 2007 16:05 ET

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Offers Condolences to Virginia Tech President, Community

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, renowned spiritual leader from India, today offered his deep condolences to Dr. Charles W. Steger, president of Virginia Tech, and to the families, friends and students affected by yesterday's tragic events at the university.

"The Virginia Tech campus shootings are a wake-up call for all of us. We need to immediately address the issue of stress among young people in classrooms," said Sri Sri. "The entire Art of Living Foundation is here to help the grieving families and students cope with the trauma of the shocking incident. We pray for the departed souls and express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the victims."

In his message, Sri Sri also invited all those who are deeply concerned about this matter to join hands to nip the tendency of violence in the bud. He said the human values of compassion, friendliness, cooperation and a sense of belonging need to be nurtured to create a stress-free, violence-free society.

Sri Sri was in Washington, DC last month where he launched his "Campaign for a Stress-Free, Violence-Free America" at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on March 28. At that event he also unveiled his Universal Declaration of Human Values, addressing the urgent need to rekindle human values in all sectors of society, particularly among youth, in order to achieve global peace and security and to foster harmony and understanding among different peoples and cultures.

Sri Sri is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, an international non-governmental organization in special consultative status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. More information about Sri Sri and the Art of Living Foundation is available at www.srisri.org, www.artoflivingyouth.org and www.artofliving.org.

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