Meet a Guru: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, also known as Sri Sri, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Guruji, or Gurudev, is an advocate for non-violence. He believes in peace and in using meditation to achieve it. Born in 1957, he is quite a young guru.

Background

The name Ravi Shankar is actually his birth name, and the “Shankar” is for Shankara!  Ravi Shankar was involved with the Maharishi, the guru who is usually credited with bringing meditation and Indian Advaitan philosophy to the west (It is the Maharishi that the Beatles learned meditation from).

Teaching

Shankar teaches that spirituality is that which enhances human values such as love, compassion and enthusiasm. It is not limited to any one religion or culture. Hence it is open to all people. He feels the spiritual bond we share as part of the human family is more prominent than nationality, gender, religion, profession, or other identities that separate us. -Wikipedia

He teaches that science and spirituality are compatible pursuits.

The basis of his school was originally a meditative breathing technique that he developed called sudarshan kriya.

He has several social programs, such as education for rural children in India.

My Experience

I discovered recently that he has a Facebook fan page where there are sometimes live events. It’s interesting to see a guru who is so Internet savvy.

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About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Agni Ashwin

    Ravi Shankar recently opened a new center in the mountains of western North Carolina, the International Center for Meditation & Well-Being ( http://www.artofliving.org/intl-meditation-center-usa ).

    • Ambaa

      North Carolina, eh? I’ll have to check it out next time I’m visiting family there.


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