Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Biography

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Biography

The Art of Living was coined by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the year 1981. His work embodies many roles - as a humanitarian advocate, meditation teacher, spiritual teacher and a messenger or peace.

Born: May 13, 1956 (age 58), Papanasam, India
Education: St. Joseph's College, Bangalore
Parents: Visalakshi Ratnam, R. S. Venkat Ratnam

Early Life

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, gifted with multiple distinctions, was born in 1956 in Tamil Nadu.  AT the age of 4, he could recite some parts of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Sanskrit text. He learned Vedic literature with his first teacher, Sudhakar Chaturvedi. He attended the school at MES in Bangalore. At seventeen in 1973, he earned graduation degrees in both Physics and Vedic Literature.

Established the Art of Living and the IAHV

In 1997, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar co-founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to fund development projects, sustain human values and to resolve conflicts in conjunction with The Art of Living Foundation. It has till now reached over 20 million people in almost 150 countries from all strata of life.

Current Activities

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar continues to head the Art of Living Foundation and the IAHV and travels the planet functioning in several diverse capacities. The self-development programs he designed are now offered by thousands of professionally trained Art of Living teachers in 151 countries, nonetheless whenever he can, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also attends large classes to talk to the participants and offer further inputs.

Inspiring Service

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has initiated several programs to deliver assistance to people coming from a diverse span of backgrounds like, victims of natural calamity, survivors of war or terror attacks, children from lower populations and communities in conflict etc. The freshness and power of his philosophy has inspired a large body of volunteers to get engaged and drive these service projects voluntarily, or initiate their own, across the globe. Most of these volunteers have graduated from the Art of Living’s self-development program.

A Symbol of Peace

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been globally acclaimed as a representative of peace, accepting numerous awards for his noble work. He has been instrumental in conflict resolution and disseminating his vision of non-violence at public forums. He is regarded as a neutral figure aiming to spread peace. He instills hope in people who are in conflict. He has in his credit bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in the Ivory Coast, Iraq, Bihar and Kashmir. Nurturing interfaith harmony and encouraging multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are prominent sections of his efforts to acquire long-lasting peace.


“Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your center core is truth, light, love, there is no guilt there, there is no fear there. Psychologists have never looked deep enough.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Today is a gift from God - that is why it is called the present.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“When you share your misery, it will not diminish. When you fail to share your joy, it diminishes. Share your problems only with the Divine, not with anyone else, as that will only increase the problems. Share your joy with everyone. Listen to others; yet do not listen. If your mind gets stuck in their problems, not only are they miserable, but you also become miserable.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Difference between motivation and inspiration - Motivation is external and short lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other - activity in rest and rest in activity - is the ultimate freedom.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Teachers can be a living example to their students. Not that teachers should look for students to idealize them. One who is worth idealizing does not care whether others idealize them or not. Everyone needs to see that you not only teach human values but you live them. It is unavoidable sometimes you will be idealized -- it is better for children to have a role model, or goal, because then the worshipful quality in them can dawn.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy.
In always wanting perfection, you become angry.
In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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