An unidentified assailant shot at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's convoy as he was leaving from a public 'satsang' or spiritual gathering at around 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Bangalore. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was unhurt. The bullet missed Sri Sri but struck an Art of Living members thigh causing minor injury.
After this incident Sri Sri attended three previously scheduled public gatherings in Bangalore. In response to various questions from the media, Sri Sri urged people not to worry and called upon them to work towards a more inclusive, peaceful and spiritual society.
In a statement published on his official web site, Sri Sri urged people not to worry and called upon them to work towards a more inclusive, peaceful and spiritual society.
Sri Sri said, "Many people are suffering due to violence. We need to convey the message of peace and non-violence to every household by reinforcing the human values of compassion, friendliness and service. Asked about enhancing security measures around him, Sri Sri said, I am here for the people and am not in favor of any measures that will prevent this.
He further added, I invite people who have violent tendencies to the Center. I am sure after they sit in the satsang for a few days, they will be reformed. I have no enemies. I have already forgiven the gunman. I invite him to learn meditation and the Sudarshan Kriya (a stress-elimination breathing techniques introduced by Sri Sri)."
Meanwhile, religious leaders across faiths spoke in support of Sri Sri. Deepak Chopra, the Stress Management expert, also condemned the incident while appreciating Sri Sris calm response on this unfortunate episode.
Father Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India and Swami Agnivesh, well-known social activist, strongly condemned the act of violence against a man of peace and prayer.
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev said, He is a non-controversial figure. It is surprising that such an incident has occurred. Such a spiritual leader must be given all security. All-India Muslim Personal Law Board Working Committee member Kamal Farooqui said, Gurus have a lot of relevance in our lives. The culprit should be punished.
Named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes in 2009, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a Violence-Free, Stress-Free world. He founded the of Art of Living Foundation (AOLF), and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), both of which are UN chartered non-profit organizations,