“My best wishes to ‘SriSri ji’ on his birthday. His contribution to service of humanity is immense. I pray for his long life & good health,” Modi tweeted.

The seldom spoken camaraderie between the two go way back in year 2000, when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Modi for the first time in New York City at ‘UN Millennium World Peace Summit’, where the BJP leader was influenced by Ravi Shankar’s speech and congratulated him over the crisp selection of words.

“Your speech was short and to the point and everyone appreciated it,” said Ravi Shankar’s blog citing Modi.

Moreover, when 2002 Godhra riots broke out and Modi faced criticism from all quarters, Ravi Shankar calmed Modi and assured him of a better and brighter future.

“I assured him that the truth was on his side and one day the whole nation would recognize him,” said Ravi Shankar in his blog.

In his blog, Ravi Shankar also shared few unknown tenets about Modi.

“I would visit Gujarat, he would come and sit with me in meditation for a few minutes. He would also participate in our satsangs. He is a staunch devotee of Ma Durga and has a very strong spiritual side that is not widely known,” he said.

Well-aware about the hardships that Modi went through his political journey, Ravi Shankar wished him luck a day before on his blog.

“I first met him in US, where he has not been welcomed for several years. The last time he went there was in 2000 as a devout social worker. Much water has flown under the bridge in the last 14 years. His next visit might be as the head of the world’s largest democracy,” he said in his blog.


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