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1956, May 13: Born in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India

1960, age 4: Recites Bhagavad Gita, which he has never heard before

1962, age 6: Begins study of Vedas under his first teacher, Pandit Sudhakar Chaturvedi, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi's

1966, age 10: Declares to friends and family, "All over the world people are waiting for me. One day, I will visit them."

1973, age 17: Completes his traditional studies in Vedic literature and a degree in modern science

1977 - 1982: Gives discourses, travels widely and also interacted closely with renowned spiritual teachers such as Anandamayi Maa, Tiruchi Swami, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1981, age 24: Starts the first rural school on the outskirts of Bangalore, India

1982, age 25: Cognizes Sudarshan Kriya during a period of silence, formulates Art of Living course, establishes the Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore, India

1986, age 29: President of India awards the title of 'Yoga Shiromani' (Supreme Jewel of Yoga)

1995: Launches the Prison Stress Management and Rehabilitative Training program in India and the United States

1995: Launches ART EXCEL (All Round Training in Excellence ) program for children between ages of 8 and 13

1997, age 41: Establishes the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in Geneva, Switzerland. Initiates the 5H program for rural development

1998, age 42: Launches Youth Empowerment Seminar, a program for youth between ages of 13 and 18

1999, age 43: Establishes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir (

2000, age 44: Launches the Youth Leadership Training program to train rural and urban youth to become leaders of social and economic change

2001, age 45: Establishes Sri Sri Centre for Media Studies to promote journalism based on ethics and human values

2003, age 47: Inaugurates the Vishalakshi Mantap meditation hall at the Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore. The hall capacity exceeds 2000.

2003 : Establishes Sri Sri Ravishankar Pre University College and Sri Sri Centre of Fine Arts and Performing Arts

2004, age 48: Kuvempu University, Karnataka, India, confers honorary doctorate.

2004: Launches the first 'Corporate Culture and Spirituality' conference in Bangalore, India. The annual conference focuses on business, social responsibility and ethics

2004: Undertakes the historic 'Love Moves the World' tour of 175 cities across five continents in 12 months.

2004 ? Establishes Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research in Bangalore, India (Offers Bachelor's Medical Degree in Ayurveda)

2005: Government of India awards Bharat Shiromani Award

2005: Launches first international Women's Conference at the Art of Living International Headquarters, Bangalore, India

2005: Launches Sri Sri Institute for Agricultural Science and Research to teach low cost natural farming techniques to the farmers.

Feb 2006, age 50: 2.5 million people from more than 100 countries participate in the Art of Living Foundation?s 25th Anniversary (Silver Jubilee) celebrations in Bangalore. Event becomes largest recorded gathering for peace in history.

Aug 2006: Founds Committee for Peace in Sri Lanka in association with the Maha Bodhi Society. Committee members include Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Sri Lanka, and D.R. Kaarthikeyan.

2006 : Establishes Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies in Goa, India

March 2007, age 51: Convenes 'Truth and Reconciliation' Conference in New Delhi, India, to reconcile Dalits with upper caste Hindus, and end caste based discrimination

April 2008, age 52: Hosts Conference on 'Peace and Reconciliation in South Asia' in Oslo, Norway



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