- Through his personal interactions, teachings and humanitarian initiatives His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has reached out to an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries across the globe.
- He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, and topped the BBC international polls to win, gaining over 25% of the votes, making him a strong contender for 2007.
- On May 18th 2007 he will address 10,000 people at Wembley Arena
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, has inspired a global phenomenon of promoting and celebrating diversity and service. Following Art of Living’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in India, where 2.5 million people attended the world’s largest ever spiritual conference, His Holiness will be conducting a program in the UK entitled Health and Happiness – providing practical tools and techniques on how to achieve better health and wellbeing in the modern world.
Inarguably the most multi-faceted humanitarian in the world today, his global, community and individual initiatives range from conflict resolution and prison reform, to personal development courses – developed by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, these courses offer simple and effective techniques for eliminating stress, resolving conflict and improving health.
His Holiness’s visit to London was prompted by an invitation to the House of Commons to receive an award in recognition of his peace initiatives. Following his visit to the UK, he will be one of the first spiritual leaders to visit Baghdad at the request of the Iraqi government.
Last month H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar unveiled his proposed Universal Declaration of Human Values to 200 delegates at the Kennedy Centre, in Washington D.C. This Declaration provides a pragmatic vision for the world community, representing a roadmap to foster understanding and harmonious coexistence among different people and cultures. Drafted in the form of a proposed resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, this Declaration emphasises the urgent need to rekindle human values in society in order to resolve the serious challenges facing the world today.
Art of Living Facts
The Art of Living Foundation
Founded by His Holiness in 1981
It is an international non-profit, educational, charitable and humanitarian organisation, offering programs in over 150 countries around the world.
As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), it works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). It also participates in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development and conflict resolution.
It is the largest volunteer based NGO in the world.
20 million people have benefited from its programs
Sudarshan Kriya is a patented breathing technique founded by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It uses specific rhythms of breath to detoxify every cell and infuse it with energy.
175,000 prisoners worldwide have benefited from its Prison Smart program.
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Born in 1956 in India, he studied with many renowned spiritual masters and became a scholar of Vedic Literature. He obtained an Advanced Degree in Modern Physics aged seventeen.
He has addressed various international institutions over the years, including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Nasa Scientists and the European Parliament.
He was invited to Pakistan in 2004, becoming the first Spiritual Master from India to visit Pakistan on a peace mission. His historic, groundbreaking visit has opened up a dialogue between the cultures and spiritual practices of India and Pakistan.
His initiatives encompass conflict resolution, disaster relief, women empowerment, prison reform, campaign against female infanticide and eradication of child labour.
He is engaged in peace talks and counselling in conflicts zones around the world. His expertise in bringing people to the negotiating table in Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq amongst others is widely acknowledged.
The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (srisriravishankar.org) founded the IAHV in Geneva in 1997, to foster a deeper understanding of the values that unite us as a human community on a global scale. Other founding members of the IAHV include His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
IAHV develops and promotes programs of personal and social development to encourage the practice of human values in everyday life. The organisation has so far created development projects in over 25,300 villages bringing self-reliance to more than 2.3 million people.
Through the IAHV, large volunteer relief efforts have been delivered across the globe including Louisiana and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Israel, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mexico, Bosnia, New York as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks, India and throughout Asia following the tsunami. Volunteers have continued to provide trauma relief and stress management in Iraq.
Volunteers are still engaged in trauma relief and long-term rehabilitation of the victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Nagapattinam, India. Over 50,000 victims have overcome the trauma of the disaster thanks to The Art of Living Foundation’s specially designed stress elimination techniques.