first_imgThe World Culture Festival being organised by Sri Sri RaviShankar’s Art of Living foundation on the Yamuna riverbed in Delhi was finallyinaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Despite bad weather, theceremony was a cultural extravaganza with participation of artistes fromvarious countries. Dignitaries like P.J Kurien,Kamal Thapa, deputy PrimeMinister of Nepal, Sheikh Nahyan BinMabarak Al Nahyan from U.A.E, Ashwin Adin, Vice-President of Suriname, HakubunShimomura of Japan, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown prince of AlFujairah, Evgeny Kuybyshev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region, Russia, Dominique de Villepin, Former PM of France, Ryszard Czarnecki, Member of the European Parliamentparticipated in the event which will be celebrated over 3 days. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose mega event was mired in controversy for violating green norms, on Friday took a dig at his critics for describing the World Cultural Festival as his “private party” noting that obstacles do come when something great is done.Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day event, which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Sri pitched for protecting environment, saying it was in our DNA to “care for and love” nature.The audience went into fizzy when Art of Living founder SriSri Ravi Shankar started to speak. Here are his best quotes:Somebody said it is the guruji’s private party. I said yes. It is true because entire world is my family. When one needs nothing for himself, then he belongs to the entire society.Many obstacles come when we want to do something great. Obstacles do not come when something wrong is done. But all those obstacles are removed finally and the end result is very sweet.Let us care for environment. We love nature. It is in our DNA.Art of Living is a philosophy to live life to its fullest.So many youngsters have joined us, it is such a beautiful occasion.People from Pakistan, Nepal. Argentina & others who have come here are giving such a strong message of Harmony to World.To change live to a celebratiion is an art.Spirituality is among the five things, including art, sports and intellectual debate, which unite people across the world.The amount of love you give comes back to you in manifold.I belong to you all. advertisementlast_img

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