Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.

Gurudev has inspired a wave of volunteerism and service, resulting in one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the world, with more than 30,000 teachers and over one million volunteers engaged in service projects in 156 countries.


Honorary Doctorate By Ural Federal University

Leadership & Ethics


Honorary Doctorate By Ural Federal University

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Gurudev conferred with Hon. Doctorate by Ural Federal University, one of Russia’s largest educational institutions.

June 25 2019,
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was conferred with Hon. Doctorate for ‘his contribution to development of inter-cultural friendship between the republic of India and Russian Federation’ by the Ural Federal University, one of Russia’s largest institutions of higher learning named after the first President of Russia, B N Yeltsin.

Gurudev in his address emphasized on the need for an education that is inclusive and humane. “It is education that is needed in every corner of this world for a happy peaceful society,” Gurudev said, “Whether it is technology, arts or sciences or humanities, it is the universities that give us a universal vision, a vision of what life is, how one should conduct one’s life. We have technology to connect lives, but we need education that also connects the hearts, where human values are given importance to.”

Victor Koksharov, Rector of the Ural Federal University appreciated that a volunteer run organization like The Art of Living could run 618 schools catering to 80,000 children in providing free education.

Gurudev also encouraged students to incorporate yoga, deep breathing techniques and meditation in their daily routines to lead stress free lives.

Furthering the cause of a positive exchange of knowledge and skills training between the two institutions, Gurudev signed an MOU between with the Ural Federal University represented by Victor Koksharov, Rector of the university and Sri Sri University in Orissa, India’s first alcohol, drugs and smoke free campus.