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Indian-born humanitarian His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar imbues his The Art of Living Foundation with the compassion-and-service based philosophy for which he is known the world over. A nearly 30-year-old organization, The Art of Living Foundation works in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council as well as the International Association for Human Values, a sister non-profit group also established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to improve the conditions and circumstances for millions around the world. Aiding all types of communities, from rural regions and tribal nations to urban, industrialized environments, The Art of Living Foundation encourages inner city youths to stay away from drugs and crime, provides empowerment classes to women and children, teaches modern agricultural techniques in developing countries, and volunteers during disaster relief efforts. Among The Art of Living Foundation's many accomplishments is the initiation of dialogue to resolve violent conflicts in such areas as Kashmir and Sri Lanka.Since establishing The Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has received numerous awards and honors from all around the globe. In the United States, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received the Phoenix Award in Georgia and the Global Humanitarian Award in Illinois. Additionally, Austin, Texas, and the state of Ohio declared Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days in honor of his work and message with The Art of Living Foundation. In the eastern hemisphere, the Art of Living Foundation creator earned the Mahaveer Award for Peace and Non-Violence in England, the Mongolian Prime Minister's Award, the Peter the Great First Grade Award for his contribution to the Russian Federation, and the Fervent Global Love of Life by the Cultural and Education Foundation of Human Life from Taiwan. In India, where Sri Sri Ravi Shankar earned the rank of Yoga Shiromani in the mid-1980s, he obtained the Bharat Shiromani Award, the Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, and an Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University for his achievements with The Art of Living Foundation. The United Nations (UN) invited Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to provide the keynote address during Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in 2000. In 2004, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar made history by becoming the first Indian spiritual leader to be welcomed in Pakistan for a peace mission on behalf of The Art of Living Foundation.Compiling the knowledge and insights gained from The Art of Living Foundation into print, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has written several books, such as Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000, An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker, and Bang on the Door: A Collection of Talks. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also takes The Art of Living Foundation on tour and, in 2010 alone, traveled to the Netherlands, Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Switzerland, and various major cities throughout the continental United States in order to spread his message of peace, harmony, and hope for a bloodless future.