Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Birthday Special: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Founder of The Art of Living

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a name that is familiar to everyone. The world has been shown the road of peace by the spiritual leader and yoga master. Many people have been persuaded by his words to use meditation to overcome conflicts. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar travels to more than 40 countries each year to preach peace to his followers. Several celebrities are fans of his and frequently visit his Ashram.

Bhumi Pednekar teamed up with Sri Sri’s The Art of Living organisation last year to support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Sri Sri celebrates his 66th birthday today, let us look at some of the fascinating facts about him that will inspire you to follow the leader.

At the age of four, he recited the Bhagavad Gita.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born in the state of Tamil Nadu in the year 1956. He was able to recite the Sanskrit scripture Bhagavad Gita at the age of four, when most children are unable to talk properly.

In 1981, he founded The Art of Living.

Sri Sri launched his first international, non-profit, and humanitarian organisation, The Art of Living, in 1981, after following the path of meditation since a young age. The organisation offers a variety of courses to help people reduce stress and improve their overall well-being.

President honoured him

Sri Sri was awarded the ‘Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga)’ by the President of India in 1986 for influencing countless lives and promoting yoga and meditation to millions.

Peruvian meditation session

In 2012, Sri Sri travelled to Peru’s Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to inspire a meditation revolution. At the ancient location, he led a 1,000-person meditation session for world peace.

A mediator to resolve the temple dispute.

Sri Sri was troubled by the long-standing Ayodhya controversy and was actively involved in finding a settlement in 2001-02 and again in 2017. The Supreme Court of India named him as one of the three leaders after considering his efforts.

Totally free education

A total of 702 schools are managed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s organisation to give free education to the disadvantaged, with more than 70,000 students enrolled.

Contribution to environment

Sri Sri is actively involved in bringing about environmental reforms and revitalising 49 rivers and thousands of water bodies in India.

Padma Vibhushan recipient

Sri Sri has received numerous accolades, including the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honour. He has also received 23 Honorary Doctorates around the world, including the highest civilian accolade of Colombia, Mongolia, and Paraguay.

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