September 20, 2017

FARC thanks ​Gurudev ​Sri Sri ​Ravi Shankar ​as it ​relaunches as a Political Party, calls it a Miracle​

We will show that we will fulfill the promise we made to ​Sri Sri to follow the Gandhian principle of non-violenc​e:​ Former FARC commander.

Even as the FARC, the guer​r​illa group that was spearheading the world​s’​ longest armed conflict until last year, ​officially ​turned itself into a political party with a new name​ and logo​, its leaders have once again highlighted the role played by the founder of The Art of Living ​Gurudev ​Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in this historic transition.

At an event last week held at the main square of Bogota attended by thousands of people, Timoleón Jimenez alias Timochenko, former commander in chief of the former rebel group, formally announced that the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia will now be a political party under the name Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common.​

​As ​​the transition to politics and peace in Colombia by the FARC​,​ for which the President Santos was awarded Nobel Peace Prize, bec​a​me​​ formal, the former guer​r​illa leader​s​ couldn’t hide their gratitude. Meeting Sri Sri and the Art of Living was truly ​a ​miracle. We will show that we will fulfill the promise we made to him to follow the Gandhian principle of non-violence​,​” a former commander, now political leader, declared. “We are very grateful for the support given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living to achieve peace and reconciliation. It was very important to us,” he added.

​Gurudev Sri Sri​ Ravi Shankar​, who was invited to the event​​, had sent Swami Paramtej to represent Art of Living in the Congress. Addressing t​he​ delegates and conveying ​Gurudev’s blessings, ​Swami Paramtej said​,​ “Transition is not an easy thing for anybody; it brings a lot of changes and we have to be mentally ready for it. With peace of mind any objective can be achieved. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar sends his blessings to all of you.”  ​Former FARC commanders Ivan Marquez, Rodrigo Londono and Pablo Catatumbo​ ​were among the leaders who interacted with Swami Paramtej​.

The Art of Living is facilitating reconciliation meetings between the victims and the FARC group as part of the post-conflict process in Colombia. It​’s work is being hailed as a very important step towards consolidating ​the historic ​peace​ process in Latin America​​​.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was invited as guest of honor at the launch of FARC-EP as a political party last week. His interventions helped end the 53-year old conflict between FARC and the Colombian Government. Representing The Art of Living at the launch congress was, Swami Paramtej, direct disciple of Gurudev. 
Ivan Marquez, leader of the newly launched 111-member political party  that replaces the former FARC, with Swami Paramtej at the launch program. Said Marquez,  Last year Marquez has said,” With the help of Sri Sri, we have placed our spirit to achieve reconciliation and coexistence of a big and benevolent country, whose destiny can’t be that of the war.”
“Meeting Sri Sri and the Art of Living was a truly miracle. We will show that we will fulfill the promise we made to him to follow the Gandhian principle of non-violence.” a former FARC commander, now political leader, declared. Seen here Pablo Catatumbo, former FARC negotiator and member of the FARC secretariat, with Swami Paramtej, The Art of Living faculty representing Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the launch of FARC as a political party in Bogota. 
 
“I promise I will do all that is in my capacity to bring peace to all in the conflict in Colombia,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had said. Thanks to his efforts, FARC has now completely given up arms and has become a political party in Colombia. Rodrigo Londono, former commander-in-chief of the guerilla movement with Swami Paramtej from The Art of Living, at the launch of FARC as a political party in Bogota last week.

Source: THE ART OF LIVING, BUREAU OF COMMUNICATION


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