Published On : Sat, Apr 29th, 2017

Lack of spirituality one reason for farmer suicides: Sri Sri

Sri Sri
New Delhi: The Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today said that lack of “spirituality” was one of the reasons that leads to farmer suicides.

To a question about farmer suicides in Maharashtra and elsewhere, the spiritual leader said, “We have done pad-yatra in 512 villages of Vidarbha, and on that basis we can say that poverty alone is not the reason behind the farmer suicides. They lack spirituality.

“Therefore, I appeal to all the people who work in this field (of spirituality) to reach out to farmers,” he said.

Yoga and pranayam were essential to “remove suicidal tendencies” among the farmers, he said.

Asked about the controversy over the cultural event organised by Art of Living Foundation on the banks of Yamuna which is alleged to have damaged the river’s floodplains, Ravi Shankar said, “The truth will triumph.”

“I have full faith in the judicial system….There is an NGO which is carrying on malicious campaign…There is some disadvantage of being popular,” he said.

“But we have not done anything wrong. Our panel of 15 independent scientists have established fair report and we have always been and would be extra-sensitive towards the environment,” he said.