AOL FOUNDER Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"Only an education that can nourish inbuilt virtues can impart true intelligence. The need of the day is a broad-minded education accompanied by a warm heart." – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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 has designed special courses which teach effective and practical techniques for emotional and physical well-being. 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 travels the world teaching people these techniques, and Art of Living courses have already touched the lives of millions of people.

Sri Sri‘s addresses 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 conflicted nations sitting side-by-side in one of Sri Sri's programs or addresses.

People say that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar leads through example, whether it is traveling through floodwaters to inspect rehabilitation efforts in Bihar, urging misguided youth to join mainstream society and work for social development; or meeting people at 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 idea a reality.