AiR is a spiritual seeker who has set out to find the truth about life. He was born on October 15, 1966 in Bangalore, Karnataka as Ravi. V. Melwani. At a very young age, he mastered the craft of business and became a very successful businessman who revolutionized retailing in India with the stores Kids Kemp, Big Kids Kemp, and Kemp Fort.
After making millions, he realized that life is not just about making money. He shut down his business at the age of 40, transformed his life to RVM living by the RVM philosophy – Rejoice, Value Life, and Make a Difference and set up the RVM Foundation. He started doing H.I.S work – Humanitarian, Inspirational, and Spiritual work. His mission was to “Make a Difference” in this world before his journey was over.
As a part of RVM’s humanitarian initiative, RVM Foundation Hospital was set up in 1998 with an aim to provide free medical care to the poor, destitute, and needy. The hospital, which has a capacity of 250 patients as of now, does not have cash counter. RVM Foundation also has its own destitute homes and orphanage that serve the needy, providing them free shelter, food, medical care, and clothes.
RVM, through RVM School of Inspiration, has transformed the lives of many through his motivating discourses, inspirational books and videos, and thought-provoking quotes.
RVM built a Shiva Temple in the year 1995 in Bangalore, which is now known as the Shivoham Shiva Temple. Being an ardent believer in Lord Shiva for long, he now believes that religion is just a kindergarten of spirituality, and we all have to go beyond religion to truly realize God.
However, one day, several questions and thoughts flashed in his mind: What is the purpose of life? Is life just meant to seek happiness and to live and die without any purpose? What happens after death? Will we be reborn? Where is God? Several Questions like these took him on a Talaash or a search for the truth. He gave up his life of Achievement and Fulfillment in search of the final peak of life: “Enlightenment”.
After a few years of intense search in silence, deep in the mountains, he realized that we are not this body, but we are the Atman, the Soul. Therefore, he changed his name for the second time from RVM to AiR – the Atman in RVM or (the Soul in RVM) – as realization dawned upon him that we are not this physical body, but we are the Atman. He metamorphosed to AiR and gave up his entire life as RVM. He started the study of Atman, God, and Life. This led to several realizations that formed his new mission of life – to realize God and to help Seekers realize God.