This is the second time Sri Sri is being threatened by ISIS

Death threats are not new to Sri Sri not even from ISIS
news Friday, April 22, 2016 - 14:06

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has received yet another death threat, this time from ISIS, with whom he attempted to initiate a dialogue.

Speaking to the media in Agartala on Thursday, Sri Sri said that he had attempted to initiate “peace talks” with ISIS “recently”, but the group responded with “a photograph of a beheaded man”. He added: “Thus, my effort to for a peace dialogue with the ISIS ended.”

This, however, is not the first time Sri Sri is receiving threats. There have been at least three instances in the past when he was threatened by various groups.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, July, 2015

The Art of Living centre received two threats from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan warning Sri Sri of a blast that would kill a lot of his followers. In 2014, the Art of Living Centre in the outskirts of Islamabad was allegedly set on fire by the Taliban. Also, a month before receiving the threat from Taliban, Art of Living Pakistan had cancelled its events planned for the International Yoga Day following threats from extremists.

ISIS, March 2015

While touring Malaysia in March 2015, Ravi Shankar received death threats form the Islamic Militant group, ISIS. In its letter to the manager of Hotel Jen, where he was staying, the group threatened to destroy the hotel and kill Sri Sri, if he carried out his “Hindu activities” in Malaysia. The letter alleged that the Guru has been “meddling in Islamic affairs” and “converting Muslims in Iran and Iraq”, despite calling himself as a “non-religious” person. The letter featured the black flag of the ISIS and picture of a beheaded man.  

False alarm in Bengaluru, May 2010

In May, 2010, a bullet hit a devotee named Vinay, who was at the Art of Living Ashram in Bengaluru. The ashram devotees suspected it to be a Maoist attack against Ravi Shankar and the center. However, police investigation found that the bullet was fired by a man named Mahadev Prasad who lived in a farmhouse opposite the ashram. Police arrested Mahadev Prasad, who told that he had fired the bullets to scare away stray dogs, and that he was not targeting either the ashram or Ravi Shankar.

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