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Sri Sri to address S African Parliament

The spiritual leader will address a session on promoting stress free living.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 17:06 IST

India's leading spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who arrived in Durban on Saturday on a week-long visit, will address a session of the South African Pparliament next week on promoting peaceful and stress free living.

Shankar, the head of the Bangalore-based The Art of Living Foundation, will also take part in various activities in South African cities of Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town aimed at promoting peaceful and harmonious living in the country.

The National Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang had extended invitation to the spiritual leader to address the parliament.

"This is the first time that a spiritual leader will be addressing parliament about how individuals should try to improve their lives through participating in simple yoga exercises", said Sirish Soni, Chief Coordinator of Shankar's visit.

He will deliver a lecture at a major inter-faith rally in Durban on Saturday where top leaders of the provincial government and religious leaders belonging to the Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Judaism and other faiths will participate.

After the Durban rally, the spiritual leader, will travel to Bisho, near Port Elizabeth, where he will interact with traditional leaders, Soni said.

The Art Of Living Foundation has been operating in South Africa for the past 10 years, Soni said.