Gurudev: On the Plateau of the Peak: The Life of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

12/19/2017 06:33 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2017

This book by Bhanumathi Narasimhan is a front-row view of the phenomenon that has turned into one of the world's largest contemporary global spiritual movements.

It was an era when religion outweighed human values, when the wisdom of yoga had been buried under years of ritual practices, when games were becoming wars and wars were being played like games. It was at such a time that, in a quaint village in south India, a young boy was found in deep meditation. He would say, ‘I have family everywhere. People are waiting for me.’

Nobody believed him then.

Today Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a globally revered spiritual, humanitarian leader and peace ambassador. He has spearheaded an unprecedented worldwide movement for a stress-free, violence-free society and one world family and has fostered the values of peace, joy, and love across the world. Through a myriad of programs and teachings, a network of organizations including the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, and a rapidly growing presence across 155 countries, Gurudev’s teachings have reached an estimated 370 million people. Gurudev has developed unique, impactful programs that empower, equip and transform individuals to tackle challenges at global, national, community and individual levels. He brought about a profound shift in every sphere of human endeavour—from art to architecture, health care to rehabilitation, inner peace to outer dynamism.

In a world torn apart by religious, social, national and cultural divides, Gurudev’s overarching message is that the world is one family, and that diverse religions, cultures, and traditions are rooted in the same human values of love, compassion, peace, and nonviolence. Mirroring this vision, Gurudev convened the historic World Culture Festival 2016. The Festival brought together over 3.75 million people from 155 countries with spectacular performances on a breathtaking 7-acre stage by 36,602 dancers and musicians from around the globe, celebrating the diversity of all faiths and cultures.

Gurudev: On the Plateau of the Peak: The Life of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an intimate and affectionate account of the life of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by his sister Bhanumathi Narasimhan, who witnessed his mystical life unfold up-close. It shows a personal look at someone with a universal appeal. It is an attempt to fit the ocean in a teacup, offering readers a sip of infinity.

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About the Author of the Book

Bhanumathi Narasimhan, younger sister of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is a meditation teacher. Her workshops have brought about an experience of deep inner peace to thousands of people worldwide. She holds a master’s degree in Sanskrit Literature from Bangalore University.

Bhanumathi leads the child care and women welfare and women empowerment initiatives of the Art of Living Foundation. From a small free school with 30 children of construction workers, the Gift a Smile project now supports 435 schools with over 58,000 underprivileged children. As the chairperson of the International Women’s Conference, her vision is to create a global network of responsible women to catalase positive transformation in society. Over 5000 women from eighty nationalities have participated in these conferences so far. To participate in the upcoming conference on February 23-25, 2018 at Bangalore, India, click here.

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