Art of Living Foundation

The Art of Living Foundation is one of the world's largest volunteer based,[non-primary source needed] humanitarian and educational Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). It was founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (spiritual leader) with the vision of creating a stress-free, violence-free society. The Art of Living has reached out to over 300 million people in over 140 countries with its various programs’. The Foundation is working in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The International Association for Human Values is the sister NGO that HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded, that focuses on the upliftment of human values at the grass roots level. Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) has its international headquarters in Bangalore, India at Veda Vignan Mahavidyapeeth or VVM campus (usually referred to as the Bangalore Ashram)and has regional centers in more than 140 countries. In Europe, the organization is known as "The Association for Inner Growth". The foundation was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Along with its function as the vehicle for spreading his teachings and Vedic knowledge, the organization is involved in community service through its centers.

The Technique of the Art of Living :

The main technique behind the art of living concept is the Sudarshan Kriya. The basic course is based on this Kriya only and the other courses also derive from it. As per this technique, the main reason behind lethargy, inefficiency, ill health and sickness are the toxins, which accumulate in our system at a cellular level. Sudarshan Kriya aims at removing the toxins from the body, by oxygenating and revitalizing these cells. This leads to a balance in the physical, emotional and mental states and brings satisfaction in life. The Courses * Basic Course: The basic course of the art of living aims at all round development of an individual - at the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level. * Advanced Courses * Art Excel Course: It is meant for children between 8 and 16 years of age. * Sahaja Samadhi Course * There are also courses for HIV and AIDS patients as well as the inmates in prison. These courses are held all over the world and are open for each and every one. The fee that is charged for these courses varies from place to place. Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore, India The center situated in Bangalore is considered to be the Mecca of the Art of Living Foundation. It is the headquarters of the foundation and lies in the outskirts of the city, on the Kanakapura Road. The official name of the center in Bangalore is 'Ved Vignan Mahavidya Peeth Bangalore International Center'. Perched on a small hillock, it spreads over a large area. The entire complex comprises of offices, snack shop, dining hall, residential quarters, library, prayer hall, lawns, a lotus-shaped tower and a school. AOLF is an international Non-Governmental Organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, with accredited representatives at the United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Vienna. AOLF has also worked in formal consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO): "Development of a Global Health Policy for the 21st Century". AOLF is also affiliated with the International Association for Human Values.

Member of international associations :

AOLF is a member to the following international associations:
* CONGO (Conference of NGO's in consultative status with ECOSOC of the United Nations), Geneva and New York

* United Nations NGO Committees: Health, Mental Health, Committee on Aging, New York

* United Nations NGO Values Caucus, New York and Geneva

* International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Paris

* NGO Forum for Health, Geneva

* National Association of Women's Organizations, Uganda

In addition, the Art of Living foundation has also established youth-focused NGOs such as World Alliance For Youth Empowerment (WAYE) and Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP). WAYE’s mission is to prevent the mainstream youth from being marginalized and to empower them into societal reforms of their choice. YLTP focuses more on providing stress and trauma relief through their program, and returning peace to the minds of those who have had their lives radically disrupted by disaster situations.


How To Reach - Art of Living Foundation By Road : Bangalore is covered by an extensive network of roads.

How To Reach - Art of Living Foundation By Train : Bangalore railway station has regular train services, linking it with the key cities in India.

How To Reach - Art of Living Foundation By Air : Bangalore airport has direct flights to all the major cities in the country.

Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Dec 16, 2010


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