World Peace Ambassador and Founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, stressed the need for Nigerians to be familiar with the principles of love in order to achieve national unity and a harmonious society . This, he said during the Culture Festival 2022 held on Sunday, August 21 at Eko Hotel & Suites, VI, Lagos.
The Festival opened with impressive performances from local and international artists, including the Drum Ensemble, Syrian dancers and the national troupe. This was followed by a wholesome deep meditation session led by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
After the relaxing meditation session, Gurudev answered questions posed by the participants, during which he emphasized love and meditation as key elements in achieving a harmonious society and inner peace.
“I tell you, deep within you is a fountain of happiness, a fountain of joy. Deep within your central core is truth, light and love, there is no guilt and there is no fear. Psychologists have never looked deep enough,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar said on the power of meditation.
“When celebration comes from a place of excitement and joy, it can uplift and unite all around us, freeing us from our traumatic past and instilling hope for the future. This type of celebration is a service. It is sacred. Turn your celebration into a sacred offering for society,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told the attendees.
One of the distinguished guests at the event, the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, in his remarks urged Nigerians to embrace love and community. “Two words that cannot be separated – Love and Peace. Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is love, prosperity, happiness , discipline… If you want to live a good life, you have to live a disciplined life and a life of love,” he said.
Other dignitaries who delivered goodwill messages during the festival included the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II); the founder of the Center for Values in Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi; Director, Art of Living Nigeria, Akshay Jain among others.
Kaffy, Lovn, Timi Dakolo, Naomi Mac, Esther Benyeogo, Dare Art Alade, Waje and Brymo delivered memorable performances at the Festival.
Themed Vibrant Africa: The Rising Rhythm, the festival aimed to build a compassionate and harmonious society by bringing the people of Nigeria together in celebration through song, dance, meditation and dialogue. The event brought together over 3,500 attendees who shared and explored their rich cultural diversity while honoring the underlying spirit that unites us all as one global family. The 2022 Culture Festival served as the crescendo of a jam-packed three-day event specially designed to meet the needs of various sectors of society.
The 2022 Culture Festival was organized by Art of Living Nigeria.
About the Art of Living:
Operating in 156 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar. All of AOLF’s programs are inspired by Sri Sri’s philosophy of creating world peace through a stress-free and violence-free society. The AOLF has touched over 400 million lives through numerous educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and promote deep and deep inner peace, happiness and well-being in individuals .
About Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar:
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar is a global humanitarian and spiritual leader who has revived the traditions of yoga and meditation which have helped millions achieve personal and social transformation by relieving stress and discovering inner peace in life daily. Named one of ‘India’s Seven Most Powerful People’ by Forbes, he has been credited with bringing opposing sides together to facilitate meditation and peace talks in Colombia, Iraq, Ivory Coast and in India.
The 2022 Culture Festival saw Gurudev visit Nigeria for the first time.