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Art of Living
(Parent Organization)

The Sri Sri University runs on the parallel vision as laid down by the Art of Living, which is the parent working body of the University.

The Art of Living operates in a total of 156 countries across the globe. The body is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. 

The programs crafted in the Art of Living (AOL)  are guided by Gurudev’s philosophy, which states: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”


The Art of Living community is proud and happy to be seen as a diverse platform that is inclusive and that believes in world harmony. Over the decades, its dedicated efforts in mitigating stress from people’s lives and making the world a better place to live in have attracted people from all walks of life.

The Art of Living offers numerous, highly effective educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress. These tools also foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness, and well-being for all individuals.

These programs include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living, which has helped millions around the world to completely transform their lives.

Much as making individual lives a little less stressful and a bit happier, the Art of Living is devoted to sweeping development through social initiatives as well. Some of the key reform steps taken by AOL in developing individual communities and society are:

  • Initiatives in Integrated Community Development projects
  • Education 
  • Health and hygiene
  • Environment protection and sustainability 
  • Women empowerment and child protection
  • Disaster relief management 
  • Prisoner rehabilitation and conflict resolution