Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Childhood And Early Life
Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India on the 13 May 1956. His parents were Visalakshi Ratnam and R. S. Venkat Ratnam.
A gifted student, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could recite verses of the Bhagavad Gita at a young age. By seventeen, he had a degree, and he was later awarded an honorary doctorate from Kuvempu University in India.
Rise To Fame
From 1977 onwards Ravi Shankar began traveling with spiritual teachers such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Anandamayi Maa.
Ravi Shankar founded the International Association of Human Values in 1997. This non-profit organization works in South Asia, South Africa and Latin America offering sustainable development programmes in rural communities.
He opened his first rural school close to Bangalore, India in 1981.
After he became an enlightened master in the early 1980s, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar dedicated himself to serving society, and he has millions of followers worldwide.
During 1982 he presented the Art of Living Course and set up the Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore, India. In 1986, the President of India awarded him the title of Yoga Shiromani.
The Art of Living Foundation is a humanitarian and educational organization. The foundation does work in over 140 countries providing self-development, educational programmes humanitarian aid and much more. Projects and programmes include helping troubled youth in cities, rural educational programmes and working within prisons to rehabilitate inmates. Initiatives also include assisting in natural disasters, conflict resolution, access to education and issues such as child labor.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar travels widely promoting peace, social responsibility, and wisdom. Other initiatives include the establishment of the International Association for Human Values in Geneva Switzerland (1997). The 5H programme for rural development. The Youth Empowerment Seminar (1998) and the Youth Leadership Training Programme (2000).
Publications include: Know Your Child - The Art of Raising Children (2014), Ashtavakra Gita (2010), Hinduism & Islam, the Common Thread (2002) and Celebrating Silence (2001).
Awards And Achievements
Forbes Magazine named Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as the fifth most powerful leader in India (2009), and he has won many other accolades and awards. These awards include the Bharat Shiromani Award, India (2005), the Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia (2006), the Sivananda World Peace Award, South Africa (2012), the Padma Vibhushan, India (2016) and the Dr. Nagendra Singh International Peace Award, India (2016).