what is karuna?
the birth of karuna
What led Arun Sardana—the inspiration behind karuna—to start this social enterprise is a long story, one that spans his entire life and perhaps several lifetimes before this one.
karuna was born as a blessing received during a deep meditation in early 2016. It was a message from Arun's father, whom he had lost to suicide 28 years earlier, that the purpose of life was to heal the pain and suffering of others, especially the children and their mothers who had suffered unspeakable abuse.
The journey that ensued eventually led to the birth of karuna, a modern-day Robin Hood social enterprise, whose mission is to make this world a happier place by helping others discover their own hope, purpose and happiness.
Watch the short video for more insights on the birth of karuna.
mission & vision
karuna is a movement whose ultimate goal is to make this world a happier place by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and abuse by empowering children, youth, and women who have suffered unspeakable abuse, abandonment, neglect, trafficking, and other tragedies in their lives.
One of karuna’s core beliefs is that individual and collective experiences cannot be separated from each other. When one relieves the suffering of another, they in turn relieve their own suffering.
what we value
karuna’s core values are compassion, humility, gratitude, transparency, and resilience. Each of these attributes are at the heart of our programs, our operations, and our people.
A sense of shared understanding for the experiences of others, both positive and negative.
The recognition that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves and that we are constantly evolving.
Appreciation for all experiences that life has to offer and being grateful and present.
Honesty, authenticity, vulnerability, and integrity that honors truth.
The ability to stay rooted in our beliefs while also adapting and moving forward despite circumstances.
what does karuna mean?
“karuna” is a Sanskrit word that means the compassionate and selfless desire to remove suffering.
Buddha, after his enlightenment, preached that karuna was one of the key ingredients in not only removing the suffering of others but also the pain and anguish we feel ourselves. In other words, the simple acts of compassion for others and the self have the power to remove suffering from this world.
It is this central concept of compassion that is the heartbeat of our social enterprise.
karuna is a movement whose ultimate goal is to make this world a happier place by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and abuse.
We will do so by empowering children, youth, and women who have suffered unspeakable abuse, abandonment, neglect, trafficking, and other tragedies in their lives.
At the karuna school of happiness, we offer karuna journeys in which participants undergo a perspective-shifting transformation and write their own story of happiness while also helping to heal global suffering. Individual and collective transformation take place in the embodied experience of our programming from one-of-a-kind personalized journeys led by highly experienced faculty and guest scholars that blend the evidence-based rigor of Western psychology with the timeless principles of ancient wisdom.
karuna as a social enterprise
karuna fills a unique niche in the health and wellness industry by creating a model of impactful wellness — the only social enterprise in the industry committed to dedicating 10% of all sales and 50% of all net profits to social impact.