As the fourth phase of the twenty-six-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka was about to begin, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, visited the island nation with a singular aim: to bring peace to its citizens while trying to mediate between Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the government. The Tiger's Pause chronicles Gurudev's time in a highly strung country and also offers an exclusive look into the final chapters of Sri Lanka's deadly conflict.
Swami Virupaksha, who spent nine years in the country expounding the Art of Living courses and organizing Gurudev's visits, expertly charts the enormous hope of the Tamil and Sinhalese people against overwhelming misery. In prose that is both concise and empathetic, Swami Virupaksha gives readers a sweeping view of Gurudev's endeavours towards a ceasefire agreement, and the ups and downs of a country's quest for peace. The Tiger's Pause is the narrative of the Sri Lankan people, and gives us a sense of what it takes to understand and address a shared trauma.
Great leaders put grit, determination and duty first, before personal comfort. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar risked his life, putting everything at stake, even though he was made to walk through dangerous landmine-studded paths, to save the future of thousands of people in war-torn Sri Lanka. This is the measure of a true peacemaker. The Tiger's Pause reflects the essence of Gurudev, making the book unputdownable -- Kiran Bedi, twenty-fourth lieutenant governor of Puducherry and IPS (retired)
The author's narration is very interesting and informative. Having dealt with the Sri Lankan Tamil crisis myself, while investigating the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, I can very well appreciate the various situations and episodes in The Tiger's Pause. If only the rebel Tamil leadership had listened to the wise counsel of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, history would have been very different and hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamil lives could have been saved. It is unfortunate that such a peaceful resolution of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka could not take place -- D.R. Kaarthikeyan, IPS; former director, CBI; DG, CRPF; DG, NHRC; and chief of the special investigation team of the CBI that successfully investigated the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case
This book showcases Gurudev's "spirit of responsibility" towards making a difference in the lives of a nation and its people -- Juan Carlos Losada, member of Parliament, Colombia
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is teaching millions of individuals to pursue inner peace, and to love their friends and family. This book illuminates another aspect of his unique practice: helping communities manage their differences and live in peace.
Swami Virupaksha provides a unique insight into Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's effort to promote peace in Sri Lanka for over a decade. In a world in disarray, we can learn about a millennial Indian tradition to reduce conflicts. Technological innovations are increasing humanity's ability to kill and fight, and this book offers a unique possibility to learn from reality on how to coexist.
The activities of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that have been described in the book should be transformed into educational material for individuals, diplomats and whoever aspires to establish peace in humanity
-- Luis Moreno Ocampo, first prosecutor, International Criminal Court, the Hague, the Netherlands
About the Author
Swami Virupaksha, a transformative practice specialist, has dedicated his life to supporting and promoting the vision and mission of world-renowned spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Besides Europe and India, Swami Virupaksha served in Sri Lanka for nine years as a key member of Gurudev's conflict-resolution team during and after the country's war-torn days.
Over the past twenty-two years, Swami Virupaksha has worked on delivering humanitarian initiatives that served all sections of society. In training lawmakers, heads of state, the clergy, a national cricket team, war refugees, educationists, college students, prison inmates and corporates, he has brought people together in the spirit of voluntary service.
Born Vidyut Udiaver, Swami Virupaksha is an alumnus of Don Bosco School and Loyola College, Chennai. He holds a degree in economics and business management. He has experience in brand management, having worked in leading international marketing and advertising firms, including Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) and L'Oréal.
He is an aficionado of art, music, languages and world culture, and his love for French, creativity and moments of deep silence make him feel at home wherever he goes.
Currently based in Bangalore, he is also an advanced meditation teacher with the Art of Living global movement.