Sri Sri Ravi Shankar along with Late.Acharya Ratnananda, lovingly known as Pitaji, founded VVMVP in the year 1981. Under Pitaji’s able leadership VVMVP was established.
SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
A noted humanitarian leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's programs have provided assistance to people from a wide range of backgrounds – victims of natural disasters, survivors of terror attacks and war, children from marginalized populations and communities in conflict, among others. The strength of his message has inspired a wave of service based on spirituality through a huge body of volunteers, who are driving these projects forward in critical areas around the globe.
As a spiritual teacher, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and offered them in a form that is relevant to the 21st century. Beyond reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has created new techniques for personal and social transformation. These include the Sudarshan Kriya® which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and peace in daily life. In a mere 30 years, his programs have raised the quality of life for participants in 152 countries.
As an ambassador of peace, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar plays a key role in conflict resolution and spreads his vision of non-violence at public forums and gatherings world-wide. Through his initiatives and addresses, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and recognizing humanity as our highest identity. Fostering interfaith harmony and calling for multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are significant parts of his efforts to achieve sustainable peace on our planet.
His work has touched the lives of millions of people around the world, going beyond the barriers of race, nationality and religion with the message of a "one-world family"; that inner and outer peace are possible; and that a stress-free, violence-free society can be created through service and the reawakening of human values.
In recognition of his effective contribution to world peace Sri Sri has received 13 doctorates from universities across the globe as well as innumerable honors by governments across the world.
Late. ACHARYA RATNANANDA
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s father, Acharya Ratnananda’s whole life was dedicated to the service of humanity. He was the pioneer of VISTA (Value Integrated Services to All) India, a charitable trust engaged in uplifting poor rural women and children in Karnataka, and the Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, that operates free schools in some of India’s remotest tribal villages. VISTA is an independent non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting poverty and gender related injustice in India, specifically targeting marginalized women to empower them.
VISTA educates women and provides vocational training in sewing and embroidery to make them self-reliant. Many of these women find work in the local garment industry; others work from home to augment family income.
VISTA has also instituted a special program called 'Earn while you Learn,' which helps women-in-training take up tailoring orders from individuals and companies. Over 2000 women from 30 villages in Karnataka, India; have been trained so far under the VISTA ‘Earn while you Learn’ program.
His special field of research was ancient Indian heritage and its practical application in modern time as well as the ancient sciences of medical astrology, yoga and ayurveda. Many of these little known nuggets are found in his captivating compilation - More Light on Less Known (available in 3 volumes). He has also compiled a selection of Indian folktales in Tales for Young and Old.
Paying tribute to his father, Sri Sri said, “Pitaji lived a life of a sacrifice and service. His life was dedicated to the cause of the underprivileged and women empowerment. He was a great scholar with scientific temperament and a Gandhian freedom fighter.” Whoever met him could not miss his sense of humor. He will be remembered by millions whom he touched through his service projects.