Born in 1956 in Southern India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was a gifted child. By the age of four, he was able to recite parts of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Sanskrit scripture and was often found in meditation.
His first teacher was Sudhakar Chaturvedi, who had a long as- sociation with Mahatma Gandhi. At the age of seven- teen, in 1973, he had graduated with degrees in, both, Vedic literature and physics.
After graduation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was invited by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to give talks on Vedic science, arrange conferences on the Vedas and science.
In 1981, he cognised the Sudarshan Kriya, a rhythmic breathing technique and initiated a series of practical and experiential courses in meditation and spirituality around the globe.
In the same year, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar chose to fol- low the monastery way of life and was bestowed by the Shankaracharya of the South and the Saints from Rishikesh with the title ‘His Holiness’.
Over the years, he has also been awarded with several university doctorates, including:
- Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University, India, 2004
- Doctor of Philosophy (Holistic Medicine), Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka, 2006
- Doctor of Science, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2007
- Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Nagarjuna University, India, 2008
- Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore University, India, 2009
- Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
Numerous honours have been best owed upon Sri Sri, including the Order of the Pole Star (the highest state honour in Mongolia), the Peter the Great Award (Russian Federation), the Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize (India), the Global Humanitarian Award (USA) and the World Culture Award (Germany, 2009).
Sri Sri has addressed several international forums, including the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit (2000), the World Economic Forum (2001, 2003) and several parliaments across the globe.
Sri Sri travels to nearly 40 countries every year, exemplifying his call to globalise wisdom. His universal and simple message is that love and wisdom can prevail over hatred and distress.