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.


I Stand for Peace campaign launched in Europe

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I Stand for Peace campaign launched in Europe

With an aim to bring back the focus on human values of peace, love and harmony, in the midst of war and turmoil, Gurudev launched the global ‘I Stand for Peace’ campaign from the headquarters of the UN Geneva. Gurudev himself traveled across Europe-Germany, Poland, and Switzerland, where he was enthusiastically joined by thousands in this campaign. The campaign now moves to the US in over 30 cities in the next month.

Unity & Collaboration In A Post-Pandemic World

April 19, 2022
Geneva, Switzerland

Unity And Collaboration In A Post Pandemic World Inaugural address by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“People come together when there is a crisis, when they feel threatened or when they are wise. I have a question – can people not come together for something that is positive, something that can create harmony within society?” Gurudev asked in his address at the UN in an event hosted by IAHV (International Association for Human Values) and Permanent Mission of India, Geneva on the topic of ‘Unity & Collaboration In A Post-Pandemic World.’ Gurudev also spoke about the need for building mental resilience among people in post-pandemic times.

The event was joined by Hon. Director-General, UN Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya; H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador / Permanent Representative of India to the UN and WIPO; other International Organizations in Geneva were among the dignitaries.

Lauding Gurudev’s efforts in helping millions tide over the Covid-19 pandemic through breath, meditation, and relief work, H.E Ms Valovaya said, “The structures created by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are very active in helping millions of people around the world. Several relief programs have been launched to combat the negative impact of COVID-19. I firmly believe that unity and co-operation are the international community’s most powerful tools in overcoming not only the effects of Pandemic but other global challenges as well.”

While talking about the root cause of conflict, Gurudev said, “In past so many years, conflicts have happened when trust is broken or the communication breaks down among people. I believe inside every culprit there is a victim crying for help.” Gurudev was speaking at the Geneva Press Club, where he was invited to speak about his initiatives in conflict resolution in places like Kashmir and Colombia.

With an aim to bring back the focus on human values of peace, love and harmony, in the midst of war and turmoil, Gurudev launched the global ‘I Stand for Peace’ campaign from the headquarters of the UN Geneva. Gurudev himself traveled across Europe-Germany, Poland, and Switzerland, where he was enthusiastically joined by thousands in this campaign. The campaign now moves to the US in over 30 cities in the next month.

If each person makes an intention to stand up for peace and attends to their mental health, we can make world peace a reality. Global peace is not possible without individual peace.

Taking forward his vision of creating a safer, violence-free, and stress-free world, Gurudev also met with Gilles Carbonnier, Vice-president, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “We discussed humanitarian and peace endeavors in today’s conflicts, commonalities between humanitarian principles and diverse religious precepts, and potential for future exchanges,” Carbonnier tweeted

I Stand for Peace in Poland

April 24, 2022
Warsaw, Poland

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the I stand for peace event in Poland

On this whirlwind European tour, Gurudev met policymakers, diplomats, and thousands of Art of Living volunteers who worked relentlessly to provide help during the covid-19 pandemic and in rehabilitating Ukrainian refugees, helping them with trauma relief. Gurudev also met and presented Easter gifts to the refugee children in the Art of Living center in Warsaw, Poland. Thousands gathered at COS Torwar Stadium, Warsaw, for a peace meditation and pledged to #IStandForPeace, an event graced by former VP of the European Parliament, Mr. Ryzard Charnecki; Indian Ambassadors to Poland and Ukraine, among several other dignitaries.

I Stand for Peace in Germany

April 25, 2022
Berlin, Germany

Gurudev at the I stand for Peace event in Berlin