Spiritual guru and founder of The Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been conferred with Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Leadership Award for his contribution in promoting human dignity, diversity, and promulgating interfaith harmony.
The previous recipients of the award include Pope John Paul II, The Dalai Lama, Bono, among others.
The award that celebrates community work, human rights and significant contributions made towards building more tolerant and peaceful society was presented to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar recently.
“Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is well known for worldwide activism and relief efforts on behalf of endangered and displaced minorities across the Middle East and Asia, including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action. “We honour him for courageous deeds on behalf of forgotten victims of violence and terrorism.”
The ceremony saw the presence of several Government officials, Congressmen, Mayors and Council Members of 28 cities across California, and Ambassadors of Japan, Sweden, Myanmar, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Italy, Czech Republic and Turkey.
Speaker of California State Assembly later hosted a reception in honour of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar where the Assembly members presented him with a proclamation commending all the work that The Art of Living has done in California.