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.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: A Remarkable Life

Spirituality & Human Values

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: A Remarkable Life

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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a President with a difference. He was deeply spiritual, connected with young people, and worked tirelessly towards uniting people of all faiths. He was a unique combination of science, the arts, and philosophy.

Art of Living had a long standing relationship with Dr. Kalam. A man of humor, he deeply cared for society. In fact, as President, when he heard that I would be going to Sri Lanka to meet Prabhakaran and help resolve the conflict, he excitedly offered to accompany me even if it meant going beyond protocol.

Also, a player of the Veena, he was an avid lover and proponent of Indian classical music. At one of our meetings, he suggested that he and I play the Veena together. His favorite song was Entharo Mahanubhavulu – “There are many great souls and I adore them all.”

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Dalai Lama APJ Abdul Kalam

Gurudev with Abdul Kalam at Silver Jubilee 2006

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and APJ Abdul Kalam Silver Jubilee tree plantation