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.


Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: A Remarkable Life

Spirituality & Human Values


Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: A Remarkable Life

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.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Dalai Lama APJ Abdul Kalam

Sri Sri with Abdul Kalam at Silver Jubilee 2006

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