QUOTE OF THE DAY 23rd DECEMBER 2017 BY Ravi Shankar.



Who is Ravi Shankar (spiritual leader)

Ravi Shankar (born 13 May 1956) is an Indian spiritual leader. He is frequently referred to simply as “Sri Sri” (honorific) or as Guruji or Gurudev. He is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation created in 1981, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence. In 1997, he established a Geneva-based charity, the International Association for Human Values, an NGO that engages in relief work and rural development and aims to foster shared global values. For his service, he has received some of the highest awards of several countries including India, Peru, Colombia, and Paraguay. In January 2016, he was awarded the “Padma Vibhushan” by the Government of India.


QUOTE OF THE DAY 23rd DECEMBER 2017 BY Ravi Shankar.


Ravi Shankar was born in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, to Visalakshi Ratnam and R. S. Venkat Ratnam. He was named “Ravi” (a common Indian name meaning “sun”) because his birth was on a Sunday, and “Shankar” after the eighth-century Hindu saint, Adi Shankara, because it was also Shankara’s birthday. Ravi Shankar’s first teacher was Sudhakar Chaturvedi, an Indian Vedic Scholar and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the St Joseph’s College of Bangalore University. After graduation, Shankar travelled with his second teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,  giving talks and arranging conferences on Vedic science, and setting up Transcendental Meditation and Ayurveda centres.

In the 1980s, Shankar initiated a series of practical and experiential courses in spirituality around the globe. He says that his rhythmic breathing practice, Sudarshan Kriya, came to him in 1982, “like a poem, an inspiration,” after a ten-day period of silence on the banks of the Bhadra River in Shimoga, in the state of Karnataka, adding, “I learned it and started teaching it”.

Shankar says that every emotion has a corresponding rhythm in the breath and that regulating the breath can help elevate the individual and help relieve personal suffering.

In 1983, Shankar held the first Art of Living course in Switzerland. In 1986, he travelled to Apple Valley, California in the US to conduct the first course to be held in North America.

Awards and recognition

  • Padma Vibhushan, India’s Second Highest Civilian Award, January 2016
  • Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award, India, November 2016
  • Peru’s Highest Award, “Medalla de la Integracion en el Grado de Gran Oficial (Grand Officer)”
  • Colombia’s highest civilian award, “Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar”
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize
  • Highest civilian award ‘National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, 13 September 2012
  • Illustrious citizen by the Paraguayan Municipality, 12 September 2012
  • Illustrious guest of the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, 12 September 2012
  • Tiradentes Medal, the highest honour from Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, 3 September 2012
  • The Sivananda World Peace award, Sivananda Foundation, South Africa, 26 August 2012
  • Crans Montana Forum Award, Brussels, 24 June 2011
  • Culture in Balance Award, World Culture Forum, Dresden Germany, 10 October 2009
  • Phoenix Award, Atlanta, USA, 2008
  • Honorary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador, Houston, USA, 2008
  • Proclamation of Commendation, New Jersey, USA 2008
  • Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize, Pune, India, 11 January 2007
  • Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia, 2006
  • Bharat Shiromani Award, New Delhi, India, 2005
  • Doctorate – Universidad Autónoma de Asunción of Paraguay, Buenos Aires University, Argentina; Siglo XXI University Campus, Cordoba, Argentina; Nyenrode University, Netherlands; Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur; Kuvempu University, India

In 2009, Shankar was named by Forbes Magazine as the fifth most powerful leader in India.



QUOTE OF THE DAY: Inspiration can come from anywhere, but one of best sources is inspirational quotes. Quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious. Inspirational quotes are important because they activate an emotional pulse point in our hearts and minds when we are in a distressing situation. The right quote can help us to see light at the end of the tunnel, and give us that extra burst of hope and courage to persevere.



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