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Indian Spiritual Leader Lays Yoga Path For World Peace

Under the watchful eye of the Indian government, yoga master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wants to resolve the world's conflicts through a breathing technique. At a gathering last month, he attracted 3.5 million followers in New Delhi.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on March 23
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on March 23
Julien Bouissou

NEW DELHI — Legal wranglings added an extra element of suspense to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar"s latest "mega event." Ahead of the World Culture Festival in New Delhi, where 3.5 million poeple gathered last month to meditate en masse, local authorities had threatened to cancel the event over concerns that the lotus-positioned believers would unleash "absolute chaos." They worried too about the environmental implications of the event, which featured nearly 40,000 musicians and dancers.

Shankar, a yoga master with tens of millions of followers in 155 countries, certainly knows how to attract a crowd. In India, his portrait is displayed in airports and on city billboards. For the country's affluent urban class, his smiling face, framed by long hair and a black beard, has become a symbol of happiness and a stress-free life.

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As Iran Protests Spread, Regime Is Busy Clinging To Power

Facing resurgent protests in several provinces, Iran's clerical regime now relies on two defenses: brute force and Western appeasement. But its days may be numbered as younger Iranians are increasingly emboldened to demand a different future.

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Governing ordinarily consists of assuring the security and welfare of a population or nation, within a state or territory. Take away one element from that equation and the government in question begins to move toward failure, defeat, and perhaps its downfall.

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