The Art of Living foundation | Vyakti vikas Kendra
With a vision of individual social stewardship in society, The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian NGO, present in 152 countries and reaching an estimated 300 million people worldwide.
Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1981, the organization works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The Art of Living formulates and implements lasting solutions to conflicts and issues faced by individuals, communities and nations through various social service and spiritual initiatives. At the core of these unique programs is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful revitalizing breathing technique, gifted to the world by Sri Sri. This technique, taught in Art of Living programs, has benefited people of all traditions, religions and walks of life, including slums, schools, universities, churches, governments, businesses, prisons and war zones.
Today, The Art of Living is considered to be one of the largest volunteer networks globally, cutting across all age groups and socio-economic status. Soon after its formation, Sri Sri initiated a number of humanitarian projects, which continue today under the auspices of The Art of Living Foundation and its sister organizations. The Art of Living is propelling the spread and awareness of crucial human issues and values that are of critical importance today through personal interactions, workshops, public events, teachings and humanitarian initiatives. Multifarious and diverse in its body of work, The Art of Living is spearheading numerous social initiatives including conflict resolution, disaster management and trauma relief, rural development, education, women’s empowerment, prisoner rehabilitation program, bio dynamic farming, among others.
In the early 90s, The Art of Living began conducting its prison programs to rehabilitate prison inmates. So far the lives of more than 3,50,000 prison inmates have been transformed through the ‘Prison Smart’ programs. In India itself, 120,000 prisoners have undergone this program with 48,000 convicts from Tihar Jail (Asia's largest prison) alone. Special courses have also been conducted for the prison staff to cope with the stress owing to the nature of their job.
Free Art of Living courses were offered for trauma elimination after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, relief programs in Kosovo for the war-ravaged population and UN personnel and in occupied Iraq.
The Art of Living programs have also been successful in the reform and rehabilitation of Naxals, militants from Assam and many other regions of conflict and natural disaster.
The Art of Living has its international headquarters in Bangalore which is the focal point of many of its service projects such as rural development and education, organic farming initiatives, scientific research and humanitarian relief projects. Here, people from all backgrounds, religions, and cultural traditions come together in knowledge, celebration and service to society.
For more information, please visit http://www.artofliving.org.