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On Sunday, a lot of people logged in to interact with Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar at Face 2 Face with Sri Sri on Facebook

BANGALORE, INDIA: Here is to the power of social media. When founder of the Art of Living (AOL),www.artofliving.org Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, took to Facebook with a live event on Sunday, the modern social network turned into a lively global platform for seeking solace, guidance and action from ancient Indian spiritual wisdom.

Apparently, lakhs of people from various countries also participated in a meditation session conducted by Ravi Shankar. The interaction focused on issues ranging from love, relationships, maintaining faith in times of calamities, addictions, depression, success and societal violence.

AOL said that the live stream reported that 148 countries were logged in to chat for Face 2 Face with Sri Sri.

During the online discussion, Ravi Shankar answered a question from a civil society group in Pakistan on how to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan, and emphasized the need for educating the masses about the oneness of the creation. "We are a one world family. Our first and foremost identity is that we are part of life. The rest of our identities are secondary," he said.

On a question from a group of AOL volunteers engaged in relief missions in Uttarakhand on how to instill faith in people who have lost everything while on a pilgrimage, he advised them to see the calamities in a holistic way and keep faith, said a release.

In several cities, it added, people hosted local events to watch the program in groups. "We have always seen Facebook as casual medium for fun and time pass. Today's event made me realize it could well be a powerful tool for social transformation," said Shweta Vyas, a viewer from Mumbai.

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