Biography of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual guru, who has founded the Art of Living foundation. He wants to spreads awareness and knowledge about how to lead a healthy life. His messages teach social commitment and compassion towards all.
Birth and Childhood
Ravi Shankar was born on 13th May, 1956 in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. From a young age, Ravi showed a deep interest and amazing acumen in studying vedic scriptures.
Training Under Mahesh Yogi
From a young age, Ravi came under the tutelage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, best known as the founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Ravi taught vedic scholars in the Maharishi’s organizations. Soon, he became a favorite disciple of the Maharishi.
Vision and Enlightenment
Ravi Shankar attained enlightenment in 1982. This event occurred when he had wilfully entered into a ten-day period of silence. During this period, he formulated his trademark breathing technique called sudarshan kriya. To popularize this technique for mankind’s benefit and to spread related knowledge, Ravi Shankar founded the Art of Living movement in the year 1982.
The Art of Living Movement
This organization has spread its wings in about 140 countries. It has become one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world. The foundation conducts regular programs on stress elimination, meditation, yoga and public service projects. More than 20 million people have benefited from these programs. The Art of Living Foundation lays stress on 5Hs. These are harmony in diversity, human values, hygiene, homes and health.
International Association for Human Values
In 1987, Ravi Shankar founded the International Association for Human Values. This organization is involved in development projects in villages all over the world. This foundation aims to bring self-reliance to people all over the world.
Ravi Shankar’s Message
Ravi Shankar travels all over the world to inspire people to better themselves and society as well. He likens religion to the banana skin and spirituality to the banana. Ravi Shankar says there is so much misery in this world, because people chuck the banana and hold on to the useless skin. He is secular in outlook, believing that all traditions and religions have common values. He says that, we just need to be aware of our oneness to overcome disparities in viewpoints.