Global Peace Ambassador and Founder, Art of Living Foundation, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emphasized the need for Nigerians to apply the principles of love to achieve national unity and harmonious society. This is what he said at the Culture Festival 2022 to be held on Sunday, August 21 at Eko Hotel & Suites, VI, Lagos.
The festival opened with awe-inspiring performances from local and international artists, including the Drum Ensemble, Syrian Dancers and the National Troupe. This was followed by a beneficial session of deep meditation led by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
After the relaxing meditation session, Gurudev answered questions from the attendees, emphasizing love and meditation as key components for achieving harmonious society and peace within oneself.
“I tell you, deep within is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep in your central core is truth, light and love, there is no guilt and there is no fear. Psychologists have never looked deep enough,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar said of the power of meditation.
“When celebration comes from a place of enthusiasm and joy, it can elevate and unite us all around us, bring liberation from our traumatic past and spark hope for the future. This kind of celebration is service. It’s sacred. Turn your celebration into a sacred sacrifice for society,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told those in attendance.
One of the leading guests at the event, former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, in his remarks urged Nigerians to embrace love and community. “Two words that cannot be separated: love and peace. Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace there is love, prosperity, happiness, discipline… If you want to live a good life, you have to live a disciplined life and a life of love,” he said.
Other dignitaries who brought messages of goodwill at the festival included the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II); founder Center for Values in Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi; Director, Art of Living Nigeria, Akshay Jain, among others.
Kaffy, Lovn, Timi Dakolo, Naomi Mac, Esther Benyeogo, Dare Art Alade, Waje and Brymo delivered memorable performances at the festival.
Themed Vibrant Africa: The Rising Rhythm, the festival aimed to build a compassionate and harmonious society by bringing the people of Nigeria together in celebrations through song, dance, meditation and dialogue. The event included more than 3,500 participants who shared and explored their rich cultural diversity, while honoring the underlying spirit that connects us all as one global family. The Culture Festival 2022 was the culmination of a packed three-day event designed specifically to serve different sectors of society.
The Culture Festival 2022 was organized by Art of Living Nigeria.