Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living, 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 has been engaged in
- Promoting human values
- Building communal unity
- Encouraging social responsibility
- Fostering interfaith harmony
- Spearheading humanitarian causes
Sri Sri 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 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 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 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’s life is a story of dedicated efforts towards making this ideal a reality.