Prominent Boston, Massachusetts-based Northeastern University has recognized Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living, as a Global Citizenship Ambassador for his extensive work as peacemaker, humanitarian, spiritual teacher and global interfaith leader.
“We are grateful to Sri Sri. We can think of no better way to launch our Global Citizenship Ambassador recognition than to dialogue and learn from a joyful humanitarian who embodies the best of our shared human values,” said Alexander Levering Kern, executive director and Lead Spiritual Advisor (chaplain) at the university.
He further said, “On behalf of the interfaith community at Northeastern, in Boston and beyond, we look forward to working together to nurture global citizens and to build more just, peaceful, and healthy world for all people.”
Gurudev has endevoured to foster peace and hold space for dialogue across nations, organizations and communities. He has lead conflict resolution and trauma-relief programmes in many countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America.
“The first thing in a conflict is a communication breakdown,” Gurudev says, “Second, there is a trust deficit. If we can bridge these somehow, then the process begins. Inside every culprit is a victim crying for help. If you heal the victim, the culprit disappears.”