Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addressing a gathering at Karachi, Pakistan, July 2004the art of living

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will embark on a three-day peace mission to Pakistan from March 12.

Emphasizing the urgent need for a cooperative people-people movement and urging the youth for a harmonious South Asia, the spiritual leader said in a statement, "We have spent a lot on conflicts, on escalating conflicts and on destruction of life and environment. Now we have to work towards making peace."

According to a statement by spiritual foundation, it's stated that Sri Sri's visit aims to find peaceful solutions by promoting friendship, understanding and dialogue in the history of the two countries.

During his three-day peace mission, Sr Sri will hold talks with Pakistani business leaders, academicians, spiritual leaders, student organizations, opinion leaders and he is likely to meet top political leaders to strengthen collaborative efforts between the two countries.

He will also inaugurate The Art of Living Peace Centre in Islamabad along with Paul Bhatti, advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raja Gilani, for interfaith harmony.

He will also visit places of religious significance, including the Badshahi Mosque, to send out the message of Universal Spirituality.

The 55-year-old spiritual leader believes that spirituality alone can bring the hearts and minds of people together, and mend differences.

This is Sri Sri's second visit - the first one was in July 2004 and then he became the first Hindu spiritual leader from India to visit Pakistan.

On his first visit to Pakistan, he inaugurated The Art of Living's stress elimination programs as well as humanitarian service initiatives.

The foundation has also been involved in relief efforts in the Swat valley, and collection and distribution of relief material and raising funds for rebuilding of schools (in partnership with Rotary International) for the 2008 Quetta earthquake relief.

"As an ongoing effort to create a stress-free, violence-free society, The Art of Living's Pakistani instructors conduct stress-elimination programs. Eight Art of Living Teachers in Pakistan have trained  thousands of people through art of living courses," says Naeem Zamindar, chairman of the Art of Living Foundation Pakistan.

During the earthquake in 2005 and floods in 2010, The Art of Living volunteers in Pakistan provided relief and rehabilitation to an estimated 100,000 people.

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