Art of Living at Work Archive

  • The Journey from War to Peace

    This is the story of and around Sushanto Singh's life, which can be briefly divided into two eras; Pre-Sudarshan Kriya and Post-Sudarshan Kriya.Era before Sudarshan Kriya:It was around the age of 30, that Sushanto realized that life in and around his village was not right, and that something had...
  • Prabhat Pheri

    I thought I was dreaming, when I heard a peculiar sound of a ‘dholak’ creeping in my ears through the mosquito net, but as the sound got more defined I woke up and saw the time, it was 3:45 in the AM. Groggy eyed, I followed the sound outside the door and saw Srimant warming his hands in rhythm on the...
  • In That Space of Freedom

    Sitting on a field after a tiring game of football, away from the other boys, Sandeep, would often get lost in the vast, never ending field of the human mind. He wanted to know and understand the intricacies of the Mind, the existence and the understanding of God, and the purpose of this journey called...
  • His Story of Salvation

    "Hello Sir, there are these people roaming around in our village, we think they are Maoists, please come soon....." This was the desperate call made to the police by the villagers. They came, four to five men in uniform, and after an inquiry took the group of boys to their camp instead of the police...
  • Guru Story : The Wonder of My Master

    ‘Once, in 2005 or 2007, a small group including me, were travelling with Gurudev in Kenya. We had flown to show him the wild animals in the jungle. He was in a car ahead of us. Driving at a slow pace behind him, what we saw was quite mesmerizing. A pack of lions surrounded his car and were walking...
  • Her Lesson From Failure

    My dad did a lot of good work for the village, but the Maoists didn’t think so, they thought otherwise. He was their target. One day they came and picked him up, took him to the jungle, tied him on a tree and beat him. They were going to kill him, but for some reason didn’t. Those were troubled times,...
  • Golden Rule in Samadhi: Be Patient yet Dynamic

    (I Sūtra 51) “Tasyapi nirodhe sarvanirodhannirbejaha samadhihi’’ tasya = that; api = too; nirodhe = by suppression; sarva = all; nirodhat = due to suppression of ; nirbëjaha = seedless; samadhihi = samadhi.  "Nirbeja samadhi or the samadhi of no seeds in which even the...
  • Detour to Organic Farming...

    This year, under the roof of a small hut in a remote village in Maharashtra, there were smiles on the faces of the little children. After a long time, they had seen new clothes for themselves on Diwali, bought by their father. The father had never hoped that one day, he as a farmer, would be able to...
  • Tapping The Source of The Greatest Wealth

    An article by Smt. Bhanumathi Narasimhan Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Wealth is a vital ingredient bestowed upon us for maintenance and progress in our life. It is much more than just having money. It means abundance in knowledge, skills and talents. Lakshmi is the energy that manifests...
  • Prasanna Prabhu : From Selling to Sharing

    From marketing time on national television to being responsible for the distribution of spiritual knowledge to the nook and corner of this planet, Prasanna Prabhu’s life has taken on a paradigm shift of epic proportions. Fifteen years ago, Prasanna was working hard with a TV serial production and marketing...
  • Guru Stories : Swami Paramtej

    Swami Paramtej shares some of his experiences that happened during Sri Sri’s visit to South America. 1. The first big program in Argentina was in Córdoba and we had about 20,000 people already signed up on our website to attend the program. And it was a very different day. It was raining and it...
  • Three Kinds of Devotees

    The first kind is a devotee who keeps asking, ‘God give me this’, ‘God give me that.’ The second kind is a devotee who is always grateful, ‘Thank you God, you gave me this and you gave me that’; a devotee who is emotional, prayerful and keeps crying out of gratitude.  The third kind is a devotee...
  • Swami Paramtej : Around the World with a Message of Love

    For the first 28 years of his life, Swami Paramtej, then a businessman, used to meditate twice a day. “I had made up my mind at that time that I did not need a master. But after all those years, I realized that the meditation was not really taking me anywhere and that I needed a guide. That’s when I...
  • Upward Plank Pose (Poorvottanasana)

    The literal meaning of this asana (posture) is to stretch towards the east. However, this has nothing to do with stretching in the east direction. Poorvottanasana specifically refers to the flow of pranaic subtle energies in the "eastern" frontal side. Poorva = east + uttana = maximum stretch...
  • Devi - The Moving Force

    An article by Smt. Bhanumathi NarasimhanWe are all floating in the effulgence of one scintillating unseen cosmic energy called the ‘Devi’. The Devi or the Divine Mother is the womb of all creation. She is the seed of all dynamism, radiance, beauty, equanimity, peace and nourishment. She is...
  • A Leaf Out of My Yoga Diary

    A 37-year-old, busy, multi-tasking woman’s account of how yoga adds zing to her life Married for 12 blissful years, mother of two energetic children, and a bank manager for eight years, I am Nina Singh: a fun-loving, gregarious woman who loves people, exploring new places and looking up exotic...
  • Where Royalty, Communism, Service and Devotion meet

    Once someone asked Gurudev (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar), if communists can be spiritual. Gurudev said that, communism originally had three goals: to check greed among the rich, to check fanaticism in religion and to care and share. These goals can only be achieved with a big heart, this can happen only...
  • Astonishing and Mysterious Karma

    What do we get upset with? We don’t get upset with the birds, or the clouds, or with Nature. We don’t get upset with the environment. So, what do we get upset with? We get upset with the people around us. Our enemies upset us and our friends upset us as well. Our mind gets stuck either in our friends...
  • Celebrating Motherhood with Yoga

    Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers. Such is the feeling of Meghana Kalta, mother to a beautiful one-year-old daughter named Tarini, which signifies Goddess Durga. Here, Meghana shares with Shradha Sharma her experience of being a new-born mother. When I looked into...
  • A Fall That Became A Blessing

    It all started with a fall. Sunita, carrying her four month new daughter Drishya, was walking down the moss filled stony path leading to the road when she suddenly slipped. She fell with the little girl in her hand, and both injured their head-a bit severely. Right next to the place of their fall were...
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