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“My vision is a violence-free stress-free world”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and an ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.

Born in 1956 in Southern India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was a gifted child. By the age of four, he was able to recite parts of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Sanskrit scripture and was often found in meditation. His first teacher Sudhakar Chaturvedi, had a long cooperation with Mahatma Gandhi. By the age of seventeen in 1973, he had graduated with degrees in both Vedic literature and physics.

Founding The Art of Living and The International Association of Human Values
Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the centerpiece of the Art of Living courses.

Sri Sri founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally and at all levels of society.

In 1997, he co-founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to coordinate sustainable development projects, nurture human values and coordinate conflict resolution in association with The Art of Living. In India, Africa and South America, the two sister organizations’ volunteers are spearheading sustainable growth in rural communities, and have already reached out to over 36,000 villages.
 

Inspiring Service and Globalizing Wisdom
A noted humanitarian leader, Sri Sri’s programs have provided assistance to people from a wide range of backgrounds – victims of natural disasters, survivors of terror attacks and war, children from marginalized populations and communities in conflict, among others. The strength of his message has inspired a wave of service based on spirituality through a huge body of volunteers, who are driving these projects forward in critical areas around the globe.

As a spiritual teacher, Sri Sri has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and offered them in a form that is relevant to the 21st century. Beyond reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri has created new techniques for personal and social transformation. These include the Sudarshan Kriya® which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and peace in daily life. In a mere 29 years, his programs have raised the quality of life for participants in 151 countries.
 

A Figure of Peace
As an ambassador of peace, Sri Sri plays a key role in conflict resolution and spreads his vision of non-violence at public forums and gatherings worldwide. Regarded as a neutral figure with a sole agenda of peace, he represents hope to people in conflict. He has received particular credit for bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Kashmir and Bihar. He was appointed the Chairman of Reception Committee for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Coronation of Krishnadevaraya (by Government of Karnataka, India). Sri Sri is also a member of the Amarnath Shrine Board (appointed by Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India).

Through his initiatives and addresses, Sri Sri has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and recognizing humanity as our highest identity. Fostering interfaith harmony and calling for multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are significant parts of his efforts to achieve sustainable peace on our planet.

His work has touched the lives of millions of people around the world, going beyond the barriers of race, nationality and religion with the message of a “one-world family”; that inner and outer peace are possible; and that a stress-free, violence-free society can be created through service and the reawakening of human values.

Art of Living Foundation

Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,The Art of Living Foundation is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organisation operates globally in 151 countries.

The organisation’s programmes are guided by Sri Sri’s philosophy of peace: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world Peace.” help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living Foundation offers stress-elimination programmes which include breathing techniques,meditation and yoga. These programmes have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.

The Art of Living Foundation has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.


Vision

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision of a violence-free, stress-free society has expressed itself in numerous service initiatives that inspired volunteers worldwide to carry these forward with his guidance.
 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living Foundation, inspires thousands of people across the world. He plays many roles for many people – as a humanitarian ambassador, spiritual leader or a meditation teacher, as well as a peace advocate.
For three decades, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been engaged in:

  • Promoting human values
  • Fostering interfaith harmony
  • Building communal unity
  • Encouraging social responsibility
  • Spearheading humanitarian causes

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has designed special courses which teach effective and practical techniques for emotional and physical wellbeing. He has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and offered them in a form that is relevant to the 21st century. Beyond reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also created new techniques for personal and social transformation. These include the Sudarshan Kriya® which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and peace in daily life. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar travels the world teaching people these techniques, and Art of Living courses have already touched the lives of millions of people.
Sri Sri‘s work sees him addressing audiences of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, including the United Nations, prison inmates, corporate management teams, ailing farmers and school children. It is also not an uncommon sight to see people from warring nations sitting side-by-side in one of Sri Sri’s programmes or addresses.
People say that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar leads through example, whether it is travelling through floodwaters to inspect rehabilitation efforts in Bihar,; urging misguided youth to join mainstream society and work for social development; or meeting people at satsangs (music and meditation gatherings) every evening and answering queries on overcoming life’s challenges. His focus is always on fostering human values and building communal unity through his philosophy and ideal of a one world family.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s life is a story of dedicated efforts towards making this ideal a reality.

World Venerates Wisdom

The world has venerated the wisdom and vision of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by honoring him with numerous awards and honors. His vision of a violence-free, stress-free society through the reawakening of human values has been recognized and appreciated the world over. Over the years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been bestowed with several national and international awards, including the top state honors and awards instituted by governments and reputed organizations.

Five universities in India and one from Sri Lanka have honored Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his service to humanity.

While several cities in the US and Canada have also honored him by declaring a day during his visits to the cities as ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day’, some countries have bestowed him the honor of ‘illustrious visitor’. Washington DC honored his visit to the city in 2007 by marking that week as ‘Human Values Week’. He has also been accorded honorary citizenship by some US and Canadian cities. In 2006, during his visit to Jaipur, India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was handed the symbolic key to the city by the mayor of Jaipur.

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  1. Work is worship of the Lord.
  2. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of selfless action, without agency and expectation of fruits.
  3. Karma Yoga removes the impurities of the mind. It is a potent purifier of the heart.
  4. Karma Yoga prepares the mind for the reception of Divine Light, Divine Grace, and Divine Knowledge.
  5. See God in every face. Behold the Lord in all creatures.
  6. Share what you have with others. Serve the saints and sages.
  7. Serve the sick. Serve the poor. Serve your parents. Serve your motherland. Serve humanity in general.
  8. Scrutinise always your inner motives. Destroy selfish motives.
  9. Work without egoism. Cultivate the Nimitta-Bhava. Feel you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
  10. Surrender always your actions and their fruits to the Lord.
  11. Have equal vision and balanced mind in pleasure and pain, gain and loss, success and failure.
  12. Develop nicely adaptability. Serve always with Atma-Bhava and Narayana-Bhava.
  13. Sing Sitaram, Radheshyam or Hare Rama while you work. Remember the Lord always.
  14. Give up Abhimana of all sorts. Kill the Vairagya-abhimana, Seva-abhimana, Tyagi-abhimana, Kartritva-abhimana, male-female-abhimana, and doctor-judge-abhimana.
  15. Do not expect even thanks or appreciation for your work.
  16. Do actions as your duty, duty for duty’s sake.
  17. Never say: “I have helped that man.” Feel and think: “That man gave me an opportunity to serve.”
  18. Watch for opportunities for service. Never miss even a single opportunity.
  19. Cultivate amiable, loving, social nature, generosity, catholic nature. Kill selfishness. Control the senses, practise self-restraint, tolerance, sympathy and mercy. These are the qualifications of a Karma Yogi.
  20. Bear insult, injury, harsh words, criticism, heat and cold.
  21. If you are a doctor, treat the poor free of charge. If you are an advocate, plead for the poor. If you are a teacher or a professor, give free tuition to poor boys. Give them books free.
  22. Keep Twelve Tissue Remedies or some household remedies and treat the poor.
  23. If anyone is suffering from acute pain, shampoo the painful part. Feel you are shampooing the body of the Lord.
  24. Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work.
  25. Keep always some small coins in your pocket and distribute them to the poor and the decrepit.
  26. Feed the poor. Clothe the naked. Comfort the distressed. Remove glass pieces from the road.
  27. There are three kinds of Karma, viz., Sanchita, Prarabdha and Agami or Kriyamana.
  28. Sanchita is the accumulated storehouse of actions of previous births. Prarabdha is that part of Karma which has given rise to your present birth. Agami is current action.
  29. Sanchita is destroyed by Brahma-Jnana. You will have to enjoy the Prarabdha. Agami has no binding force as there is no agency or egoism in the sage.
  30. Do not be attached to the work itself. You must be able to give it up at any moment.
  31. As you sow, so you reap. Virtue gives you happiness. Vice gives you pain.
  32. You are the master of your destiny. You sow an action, reap a habit. You sow a habit, reap a character; you sow your character and reap a destiny. Destiny is your own making. Abandon desires and change your mode of thinking. You can conquer destiny.
  33. Think you are man; man will you become. Think you are Brahman; Brahman will you become. This is the immutable divine law.
  34. If there is no agency, if there is no selfish motive, action becomes an inaction. You are not bound by an action.
  35. Sastras and saints and your own pure, clean conscience will point out to you what is right, what is wrong. Follow them and do the right.
  36. An egoistic man alone thinks: “I am the doer.” Really it is the Guna or Prakriti or the sense that does the action. Atman is actionless, Akarta, Nishkriya.
  37. Practise your Svadhanna, your Varnashrama Dharma unselfishly, without egoism. You will attain purification of heart. Knowledge of Brahman will dawn in your heart.

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