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Can Indian Yogi Bring Peace To Afghanistan?

In need of "inner connectivity"?
In need of "inner connectivity"?
A well-known Indian guru appears to think he can help the Taliban by teaching the militants how to connect with their inner selves.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was described by "Forbes" magazine in 2009 as the fifth-most-powerful person in India, told the AFP news agency during a trip to Pakistan that the Taliban's fighters are ripe for inner peace:

"Definitely! I would love to stretch my hands to Talibans because I would like them to see from a broader perspective the universe," he told AFP at the Art of Living center in Bani Gala, an up-market village near Islamabad.

"I would like to educate them. There must be something wrong in their way of thinking that says, 'Only I am going to heaven, everyone else is going to hell.'

"I would say that is not possible, you know. So I would like to give them the experience of inner connectivity."

-- Central Newsroom
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by: ahmed from: Manali, HP, India
March 15, 2012 05:12
Good luck to the Guru's effort. Why not air-drop him into
Kandahar ?
Can you imagine Mulla Omar posing as a YOGI in deep meditation ?
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by: thalila from: india
March 20, 2012 13:38
sure, why not? n r u willing to be air-dropped with HIM, so u can chk out ... he he he

by: Bibhu from: India
March 15, 2012 07:59
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to begin with, should know that there is nothing called "Talibans". Taliban is the plural form of Talib. The Guru should first begin educating himself, rather than trying anything on the gun-totting insurgents.
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by: thalila from: india
March 20, 2012 13:36
ok, so u know taliban is the plural of talib, n what do u propose to do with UR knowledge of the spelling?
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by: Bibhu from: India
March 20, 2012 14:54
And you seem to be a loyal disciple of the Guru, may be you should too be air dropped in Afghanistan. India's loss and Taliban's pain.

by: M from: Ingushetia
March 15, 2012 13:54
"the Taliban by teaching the militants how to connect with their inner selves."
I think they have stronger spirit and connection with inner selves than whole world combined. After all they kick asses of the invaders with remarkable success.

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