Gurudev on Independence Day

“There are two types of freedom – One is political freedom, that we got 71 years ago. The other freedom is to overcome our mental and emotional slavery. This can happen only through education and culture.

This is extremely essential.  And in this country, if we do not achieve the freedom of thought, if every individual’s thinking and understanding doesn’t move forward in a new way with respect to our old beliefs, we will remain weak. To get rid of our weaknesses our youth will have to move forward, and the freedom of thought, freedom of culture, ethical and moral adherence, and patriotism – all these need to blossom in our lives.

These are within us. We need to recognise and strengthen them further. This is what we are working towards.”

– Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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The Author Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader and multi-faceted humanitarian whose mission of uniting the world into a violence-free family has inspired millions of people worldwide. The icon of non-violence and universal human values, Sri Sri seeks global peace through service and dialogue. He believes that “Basic human values need to be encouraged in the classroom. A child is born with these values and a teacher needs to uncover them. What are these human values? Compassion, Co-operation, friendliness, smiles, laughter, lightness, wanting to help, a sense of belonging and caring for each other."  

Through his initiatives and addresses, Sri Sri has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and recognizing humanity as our highest identity beyond nation, faith and gender. Fostering interfaith harmony, bridging communal divides and calling for a multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are a significant part of his efforts to achieve sustainable peace on our planet. Each of our institute is based on this philosophy and is imparting education to thousands, so as to create a better society.