Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Dharavi, Mumbai, India

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the inspiration behind all the good work in Dharavi. Guruji, as we fondly call Him, is both practical and proactive in His approach to service.

It was at his behest, that volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation first set foot in Dharavi. His foresight, guidance, and inspiration have seen us through our toughest moments. Conduct a meditation amidst squalor, stench, and commotion, witness the profound peace people still experiences and you know there is an unseen hand that moves the world.

“Every parent would like to have a child whose personality shines wherever the child goes. It is the personality that is appreciated everywhere. Such a pleasing personality is the main aim of education.”

-- H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The day His Holiness inaugurated the new school premises, he also addressed a Pan IIT gathering. The smartest minds were gathered together from all over the world. In His public address Guruji stated that one day children from the Dharavi school would take their place at the nation’s premier educational institution: the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT.

Even today, when we wonder how we will raise another 7.5 crores to acquire the remaining land and build a full-fledged school, it is Guruji’s words that keep us going:

“From this school there will be actors, lawyers, politicians, engineers, scientists. These children will move on to IIT.”
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