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The Guru of Joy: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living [Kindle Edition]

FranCois Gautier
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Book Description

This is the authorized biography of one of the most magnetic men in the world.
He is a man whose presence and grace have touched and transformed millions of followers all over the world—from Bangalore to Bosnia, Surinam to South Africa, Tamil Nadu to Trinidad.  A tireless traveler, he has addressed the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and bright young minds at Harvard University. In a world torn with strife, he has carried the eternal message of love and revival of human values. Wherever he goes, people from all walks of life—homemakers, chiefs of industry, politicians, and film stars—seek his blessings and advice. Amazingly, he manages to make each one feel special and cherished.
Who is this playfully profound, childlike, ever-smiling guru whose avowed mission is to “put a smile on the face of every person he meets”? He is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the international Art of Living Foundation, with centers in more than 140 countries of the world. This book offers you hitherto-unpublished material about his childhood, his adolescence, his spiritual development, his organization, and his Healing Breath Workshop. He has devised the Sudershan Kriya, a transformative process that has miraculous healing powers. This is a man who practices no religion but teaches, through example, the meaning if true spirituality: being ever-joyful!

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About the Author

Francois Gautier is a French journalist and writer, who, for 15 years, was the political correspondent in India and South Asia for Le Journal De Geneve and subsequently for 8 years for Le Figaro, France's largest circulated newspaper.

Product Details

  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401917615
  • Publisher: Hay House (April 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W91422
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful introduction to the greatest Master! July 16, 2003
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is truly the greatest living spiritual Master of today. This book presents him in a very enchanting way, with stories and experiences of seekers who have been with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It's incredible to notice how simple and natural a Master can be and how he can bring profound changes in the life of a true seeker.
A must read ~ Just go for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Empowering July 18, 2003
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar truly is the Guru of Joy. HE is the epitome of unbounded love and unlimited service towards the humankind. The author, Gautier, beautifully describes his interactions and experiences with the Master, the different ways in which he was reminded that he's always taken care of, the graceful lifestyle of this Superman, life changing experiences from other devotees and a lots more...a happy read...truly inspiring...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great experience April 10, 2007
This is my first ever review of a book on philosophy or related topic. Despite my very little knowledge of The Art of Living Foundation and its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I somehow decided to buy this book. But I am glad that probably I was destined to do so and every chapter was a great reading experience.

The author has done a splendid job in bringing out the message of universal peace and love as practiced and preached by The Guru of Joy. Enjoy reading and experience the peace within.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lame attempt at a biography August 29, 2010
Let me start off with stating that I did not finish this book. I read the first several chapters and I just couldn't finish it. It was all fluff. Don't get me wrong. I am well disposed to like this book, for I find Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to be an amazingly interesting person. I have known him personally and have been intrigued and greatly inspired by him. But this book misses the mark. It reads like one long PR piece. It offers no real insight into who Sri Sri is. It just gushes like an infatuated teenager. I was greatly disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar June 17, 2010
Francois Gautier has done a good job of capturing the life of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in this book though not much is known about Sri Sri Ravi Shankar before he became famous. Francois brings a certain skeptic western perspective given his European upbringing which makes it a balanced reading. Though it is very hard to really capture the true essence of the life of a spiritual master, Francois does justice as he starts with his personal experiences.
Overall an excellent book about a modern day saint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended April 21, 2010
This is stupendous work by author Francois Gautier. He has openly and admirably recounted wondrous moments, anecdotes, experiences and the time spent with His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Scripting the vastness of the sky or the depth of the ocean isn't easy; in fact it can be overwhelming, but Gautier charts the biography of Sri Sri, a man of that stature, in lucid, honest and charming style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guru of joy March 8, 2008
This book contains great insights of Spirtual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar life and the challenges that he has undergone in achivening , what he is today and it very well presented by the Author
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read March 19, 2008
Makes an excellent attempt to capture several aspects of one of the defining personalities of this century. A delightful read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No need to waste money buying the book
If you need to recharge your mobile phone and don't have a battery charger just download his picture from the book cover. No need to waste money buying the book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I just love it! if you have the chance to read and listen things from this man, I'd definitely recommend it..
Published 6 months ago by ralvarezh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
A must read for those who want to know more about Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace. Highly recommended!
Published 6 months ago by RAJESH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
A must read for every spiritual seeker. A brilliant insight into the life of the greatest Spiritual leader this world has ever seen.
Published 6 months ago by Sugandh
2.0 out of 5 stars Gurumania
Gushing disciple's account of an interesting guru. Could reach a broader audience without the overwrought adulation and with a more down to earth journalistic coverage of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paula Sachs
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom flows out of every page
I cant get enough of this amazing man. His insights are simple, yet so thought provoking. Spot on spiritual advise, for the world we live in today.
Published 13 months ago by Happy Endings Productions (Consignment)
3.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality for beginners
I would recommend advanced learners to read the Guru Papers, The Masks of Authoritarian Power.
Ravi Shankar is ok, conveys good ideas, but I have seen it a few times. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read
I really enjoyed the last section on Q and A His answers on the question of terrorism had a lot of wisdom
Published 19 months ago by Ambre
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome !! Very Well Written !!
A truly well written book spiced with true anecdotes and life instances, which brings the whole situations to life. Very illustrative capturing of the author's experiences. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Santhu
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sri Sri 5 stars feel too little!
For me Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is just so wise and great man. How could I give less than 5 stars. There are no stars in this universe that would be enough to describe him! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Wiktoria
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