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Sri Sri Ravi ShankarSri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual master from Bangalore who leads the well-known Art of Living (AOL) foundation. He was born on 13th May 1956 to an eminent family in Papanasham (Tamil Nadu). At the age of four he could recite the entire Bhagavad Gita and by the age of 17 he had completed his traditional studies, including an advanced degree in modern science. He has been presented with the title "Yoga Shiromani" (Supreme Teacher of Union with the Self) in 1986 from the President of India. In 1995, he addressed the United Nations to mark its 50th anniversary. His service organisation, the "5H Programme" offers social and community development projects with a focus on Health, Hygiene, Homes,
Harmony amidst Diversity and Human Values.

In 1982, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar established the Art of Living foundation, as an educational organisation designed to assist all individuals reach their full human potential. The first AOL class was in Shimoga. The Art of Living is an internationally acclaimed programme combining the best of the ancient wisdom and modern science. The course is interactive and easy-to-practice workshop at two levels - basic and advanced. There is also a special course for the Professionals and Art Excel courses for children.

All the courses are conducted by specially selected and trained instructors who have years of experience in gauging your needs and adapting the courses to suit you. The teachers are personally trained by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar himself. While in the ashram (residential course) one has to do all the work 'seva' by oneself, and can attend the 'Satsang' ('sat' means 'truth' and 'sang' means 'company') where every evening melodious bhajans are sung. The 60-acre ashram is situated amidst five hills and a silent lake, with the 'Sumeru Mantap', a beautifully sculpted circular meditation hall atop the hill.

Central to AOL courses is the powerful breathing technique, 'Sudarshan Kriya', ('Su' for right, 'Darshan' for vision and 'Kriya' for purifying action) which releases deep stresses and toxins stored in the body and rejuvenates the body on a cellular level. The resulSri Sri Ravi Shankart is that we are more alert, energetic and centred. The Art of Living workshop also includes several techniques for handling everyday situations and helps us improve the quality of our life.

Presently, Art of Living has come up with a 'Youth training programme' wherein the youngsters of a particular place are trained to assist in the '5H programme'. Keeping this in mind, the organisation is in the process of adopting 3000 villages all over India. As their first step they have succeeded in making 25 villages in Maharashtra and 12 villages in Gujarat alcohol free and have set up a 'Community Kitchen' in Gujarat.


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