In the month following the Stephon Clark shooting, the community has come together for benefit concerts, town halls and healing circles. But, according to world-renowned spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, real community healing can come from meditation.
"It's only meditation that can heal us, help us to come to the present moment," Sri Sri told ABC10 in a one-on-one interview ahead of his event in Sacramento Monday night.
"It gives us a new hope for the future of a more friendly, more harmonious society," he added.
Sri Sri is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation -- a humanitarian organization in 156 countries that encourages peace. He has millions of followers around the world.
Nearly 2,000 people attended the meditation master's first ever appearance in Sacramento Monday night at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
Prior to taking the stage, we asked Sri Sri for his message to Sacramento given the recent unrest.
"Healing is the most important things at this time," he said. "Truth and reconciliation, coming back together, leaving the past behind, living a more harmonious and happy society."
While Sri Sri's visit was not planned in response to the shooting of Stephon Clark, his presence and message were welcomed by many.
"When it comes down to connecting on a human level, I think events like this drive home the point we're all a part of the human family," Ben Sharpe, a community leader in Sacramento who attended the event, said. "And I think that's important to hear in times of turbulence in the community."
Sri Sri was in Sacramento as part of his nationwide tour where he is promoting people to live stress-free and violent-free lives.
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