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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian whose mission of uniting the world into a violence-free global family has inspired millions the world over to broaden their spheres of responsibility and work towards the betterment of the world. An icon of non-violence, he seeks global peace through service and fostering human values.

In 1981, he started the Art of Living Foundation, an international nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization with a presence in over 150 countries. He developed a powerful breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) that makes use of the relation between breath and emotions by including specific rhythms of breath that harmonize the body, mind and emotions and help individuals find relief from stress. In 1997, he founded the International Association for Human Values, a humanitarian organization that advances human values in political, economic, and social spheres. He is also an author of several books on how to live a life of greater happiness and contentment.

Sri Sri has been a leading proponent of integrating ethics and integrity in business and government through major international initiatives and keynote addresses in international symposiums. A leading activist in human development and social transformation, Sri Sri’s initiatives include conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, environmental conservation, prisoner rehabilitation programs, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, campaigns against female foeticide and child labor, and education. Sri Sri has revived ancient techniques that were traditionally kept exclusive, and made them available to the world. Through personal interactions, teachings and humanitarian initiatives, Sri Sri has reached out to millions of people worldwide.

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Have Faith to Face the World

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:34 PM

To experience growth in life, we require faith in three things -- in oneself, in the goodness of society and in God. However, looking at several recent incidents where so many innocent lives were lost, one wonders if God exists. If He does, why would He do such things? It...

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The Ways of the Wise

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:36 AM

On Sunday, Feb 23, global humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar answered questions from a global audience in a Twitter TownHall. More than 65,000 questions came from 6733 cities across 114 countries. In this two-part series, Sri Sri responds to a variety of questions covering love, religion, war,...

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Four Powerful Ways to Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Celebration can be attributed to any reason, because the nature of our spirit is to celebrate. The new year is a time when the spirit of celebration engulfs the whole world. This is also an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and take stock of the lessons learnt....

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Diwali: Celebrating the Light of Wisdom

(28) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Lamps are lit on this day not just to decorate homes, but also to communicate a profound truth about life -- when the darkness within is dispelled through the light of...

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Investing in Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Today, the issue of mental illness affects an estimated 350 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression will be the second highest cause of disease burden in middle-income countries and the third highest in low-income countries by 2030 (1). Statistics reveal that 26 percent...

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The World Is One Organism

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Our existence is not in isolation with the rest of the world. While this idea sounds spiritual, it is very pertinent to social and global situations that we see every now and then. When a house is on fire in the neighborhood, if we don't act, it is only a...

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Five Secrets of Success

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but not many are aware of what success really is.

Success is an attitude, not just a phenomenon.

Tough situations arise in every business, every organization, and you need skills to handle them. These skills come from our inner space, which...

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A World Without Violence

(46) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 2:00 PM

I have this crazy idea... a world without violence. This might appear to be utopian thinking, but we need to dream and we will get there! If we instill pride in being non-violent, in being compassionate, in being helpful to others, our lives will take a new direction. And that...

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The Case for Nonviolence

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 11:38 AM

The series of shootings that America has witnessed over the last few years are very unfortunate. They have left the world shocked, the most recent one being the Connecticut shooting.

When we ponder on how we can avoid incidents like this, the very first thing that comes to mind...

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7 Ways to Achieve Inner Peace and Prosperity in the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Each new year, people wish each other happiness, prosperity and peace, but only a few seem to know how to be peaceful -- like only a few know how to make money. Here are some steps that might help one to find the most needed inner peace.

1. Take Time...

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The Right to Values

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 2:57 PM

The world today is more connected than it has ever been, due to technology. New economic opportunities across continents have brought people from different cultures closer. In this scenario, openness and acceptability have emerged as vital qualities to have. Being able to adjust in a cross cultural team is critical...

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Hues of Human Perception

(14) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 3:30 PM

The human race is diverse. So are its cultures and belief systems.

Though religion is born in one race and nation, it has cut across the boundaries of races and nationalities. Although religion has maintained its own identity, it has not remained immune to the cultural influence of the...

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Is Meditation Important?

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Meditation is important for every human being. Meditation fulfills the natural tendency of human life to look for a joy that does not diminish, a love that does not get distorted or turn into negative emotions.

Some people ask me if meditation is foreign to us? Absolutely not! You...

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Spirituality in India: Countering the Roots of Corruption

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 2:11 PM

The world's largest democracy held Legislative Assembly elections in February this year across five states. Greed, in the form of unchecked corruption, bribery, and entrenched special interests, is a burning issue for the people.

In India, bribes are a common occurrence. If you want a building permit, you expect to...

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Mind and Meditation

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 7:20 AM

Have you observed what is happening in your mind every moment? It vacillates between the past and the future. It is either in the past occupied with what has happened or in the future thinking about what you have to do.

Knowledge is being aware of this phenomenon of...

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Rethink. Redefine. Success

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 6:09 PM

This week many physicians and medical professionals across the country will be watching the documentary, "Race to Nowhere" being screened on the occasion of National Sleep Awareness Week. The film casts a spotlight on the growing dissonance in the education system where students cram for tests with the aim of...

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Intention, Attention and Manifestation

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 7:12 AM

The association of a particular sense object over and over again creates a sense of craving for it. If you are used to drinking coffee every morning, then even though you are not born with a coffee fervor you have begun a habit within you that has created a craving....

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Achieving Balance With Ayurveda

(8) Comments | Posted February 26, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Life has four characteristics -- it exists, evolves, expresses and extinguishes. For this, it depends on five elements, namely earth, water, air, ether and fire. To make it easier to understand we can bring in the five senses and its objects, namely sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.

Ayurveda...

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Love and Beauty

(22) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 8:12 AM

What are the signs of love? When you love someone you see nothing wrong in them. Even if you see a fault in them, you justify it in some way saying, "Everyone does that; it is normal." You think you have not done enough for them and the more you...

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Beauty and Luck

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 8:25 PM

Often, we mistake pride for arrogance and those who have arrogance mistake it for pride. But there is a clear distinction. Arrogance is being insensitive. When there is no humility in pride, that pride turns into arrogance. When there is no awareness in pride, that pride turns into arrogance. When...

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