The Art Of Living Foundation
In the day and age where crimes occur almost every hour, it is almost impossible to think that there is hope. There is terror all around, with calamities, disasters happening in every corner of the world hope is now replaced by another four lettered word — fear.
But every now and then life gives us another chance, providing us with beacons of hope in human form every few generations.
Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are some of the great minds that might as well have shaped the future of our world.
Following this line is the beacon of our generation — Sri Sri Ravishankar, a man whose mission is to spread the idea of inner peace and happiness — one step at a time.
The Art of Living Foundation (AOL) is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1981 by Ravi Shankar, which also works in a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
The Foundation which is known to have had a huge hand in social service in India as well as the rest of the world, mainly focuses on areas such as disaster, trauma relief, prisoner rehabilitation and poverty alleviation. They are also known to actively campaign against female foeticide.
About Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ( born on 13 May 1956 in Papanasam, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian spiritual leader, who is often referred to as Gurudev or also ‘Sri Sri’. He believes that the spiritual bond we share as part of the human species is more prominent than any nationality, gender, religion, or other labels which separate each other.
The programs are guided by his philosophy of peace, which states that — “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”
He has also visited many places for his humanitarian work, some of them include places like Pakistan and Iran wherein he inaugurated Art of Living centres.
In 1992, He also started a prison programme which aimed to rehabilitate prison inmates and help them integrate into society.
In Sri Sri Ravishankar’s point of view, “Violence-free society, disease-free body, quiver-free breath, confusion-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, trauma-free memory, and sorrow-free soul is the birthright of every human being.”
Sri Sri Ravishankar has a huge following all over the world, and many communities both online and offline believe that the teachings of Sri Sri should be spread around so that everyone lives in peace and harmony.
Purpose of the Art of Living Foundation
The Foundation aims at helping people to get rid of their inner demons and help them experience inner peace.
They offer programs like stress elimination wherein they undergo various techniques in breathing, meditation and yoga, all of which have been proven to reduce stress.
AOL’s online presence
With our world merging with the internet at an alarming rate, It was just a matter of time that the Art Of Living Foundation would also spread its ideas through the internet.
CommunityZapp has its own Art of Living community which focuses on the personal development (both mentally and spiritually) of each member.
The AOL community on CommunityZapp is growing every day and is helping to internalize the messages of Sri Sri.
Each and every member of the community believes that by sharing the ideas of Sri Sri, they will be able to provide peace and calmness to those who are troubled and those who need to find their true self.
CommunityZapp believes in giving each community its own rightful place, complete with relevant profiles so that everyone can talk to exactly the right people within each community.
The same is true for the AOL community in the app where you can find out the relevant connection that each member has with the AOL program.