By and large, Muslims are not opposing Ram Temple: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ayodhya

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ayodhya: The Art of Living founder has offered to resolve the Ram Temple dispute "of his own will".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 8:49 pm
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ayodhya Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ayodhya: The AoL founder will hold talks with stakeholders in the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute. (File Photo)

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday in a bid to mediate the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute. He is expected to meet Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas chairman Nritya Gopal Das, among others. Ravi Shankar, who offered to resolve issues “of his own will”, had earlier denied visiting the city with an agenda and said he will listen to everybody.

“Environment is positive, people want to come out of this conflict. I know it is not easy, let me talk to everyone, it is too early to reach a conclusion,” Ravi Shankar said in Ayodhya, reported news agency ANI.

Sri Sri also claimed that Muslims are not opposing the Ram Temple. “I know some may not agree with this, but Muslims by and large are not opposing the Ram temple. A solution may sometimes seem impossible but our people, youth and leaders of both communities can make it possible,” said Ravi Shankar.

Shankar’s involvement has been met with resistance from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), who have voiced reservations over his role in the dispute.

The AoL founder on Wednesday paid a “courtesy call” to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Following the meeting, Shankar said, “I want unity… I want amity. This is just a beginning. We will talk to all,” reported PTI.

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Meanwhie, Adityanth, who has welcomed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s role in talks, said, “Since the government isn’t party to the case, I had already told the stakeholders that if they can come to a final decision on the matter through dialogue, then the government is committed to fully back it. But if they can’t come to such a decision… if they can’t talk it out… then it is in the court… and we will obey whatever is the court’s decision.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. Khushminder Sahasi
    Nov 17, 2017 at 2:36 am
    Question is location. Let Hindu temple of Ram built in vicinity of the Babari Masjid site. Babari masjid should be restored as it and where it existed.
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      Michelle:Vedic:human
      Nov 17, 2017 at 2:30 am
      A account holds that it was donkey that spoke first to Muhammad, telling him that it had formerly been owned by a Jew. It had been uncooperative with its previous owner, Ya`fūr, meaning "Deer" in Arabic) was a donkey used as a mount by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Mohammed flew on a donkey to split the moon as per Islamic myth,---till to date the moon is still one big round shape,-Muslims believed that Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam, would make his appearance in the company of Ya`fūr the donkey and Duldul the mule. In one uprising, a grey mule representing Duldul was paraded with a chair on its back for the Mahdi. In the lands where ISLAM was practised, Ya`fūr was repeatedly invoked in political and religious events for centuries after Muhammad's death. ''A self proclaimed prophet" active in Yemen in the 7th century usurped one of Muhammad's own epithets, calling himself the Sahib al-Himar, the "Master of the A-S-S".---Quoted:::::Kitab al-Hadaya wa'l-Tuhaf),-----Jai hind.
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        JALAN
        Nov 17, 2017 at 2:20 am
        Bharat needs a wonderful consecrated RAM MANDIR. It needs to be at Ram Janmabhoomi which housed the mandir before. But, Colonialism and Conquests has left BHARAT Impoverished. Can we do both....build a magnificient Temple and eradicate poverty??? IT IS POSSIBLE only if every Indian strives for it.
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          Michelle:Vedic:human
          Nov 17, 2017 at 1:39 am
          Notion of 72 Virgins in Islamic Paradise truth is very clear, 72 Virginsnotion has its origins in Quran, says that those who fight in the way of Allah and killed will be given great reward. It stipulate's that Muslims will be awarded with women in Islamic heaven. It even describes their physical attributes, large eyes and big firm round "swelling br-eas-ts" that are not inclined to sagging, Quran refers to these virgins as houri, The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and 72 houri,-and all will have appetizing vag-in-as.--Being consistent with its sexual obsession and predatory practices, the Quran permits pedophilia, discusses rape in detail, that men can rape female slaves and captives in front of their husbands, Other writings advise that when having se-x with captives, it's better if you don't pull out at the end -(.Q 56:22) (Q 78:33)-(Q 23:6)-(Q 4:24)--(sura 65:4)--Hadith 2786,--Sahih Bukhari 3:46:718).--Jai hind.
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            DC
            Nov 17, 2017 at 1:35 am
            A mediated solution is possible only if there is some give and take. But here both sides have intractable position, so all efforts for mediation failed. Although a court verdict could lead to a win-lose solution, in Ayodhya that is the only option as the court's decision becomes binding for all sides. Without a referendum it is impossible to know what majority Hindus and majority Muslims would like. Nobody can take Sri Sri's words for it. For the Supreme Court postponing the litigation is an easier option and that is what it is doing. Sri Sri is trying to beget some of his lost re tion as a leading Hindu spiritual leader in the media.
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