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Sri Sri for Sri Lanka peace

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that he is ready to meet LTTE leader V Prabhakaran, writes PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 19:30 IST

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, has told an audience in Jaffna that he is ready to meet the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran and mediate between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to bring peace to Sri Lanka.

Reporting on the event held last weekend, Daily Mirror said that the sage received "thousands of letters from the audience present at the reception expressing their full confidence in him to facilitate the peace process and to restore peace in Sri Lanka."

A Tamil politician close to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told Hindustan Times that the sage had expressed a willingness to mediate in the Sri Lankan conflict earlier, when he had met him in Bangalore.

Subsequently, the politician had sent a message to the LTTE requesting an appointment with the political wing leader SP Tamilselvan. But the LTTE did not seem to be very keen.

In Colombo, however, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is being received by the Sri Lankan top brass, including the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

At the function held in Jaffna, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told the 10, 000 strong audience, that he had come to take away their worries and problems and that he wanted to see a "smile on their faces that never fades".

There was a lively question-answer session and a meditation class, sources said.

This was the first time any foreign Swami had visited Jaffna after the war began in the mid eighties.

Daily Mirror said that a few boys had asked the organisers to cancel the Jaffna function because of the murder of a pro-LTTE political leader in Trincomalee on that day.

But the organisers decided to go ahead with the function.