Art of Living at Work Archive

  • The Secret to a Permanent Smile

    One who is completely enlightened has no needs and no responsibilities. Also one who is inert has no needs and no responsibilities. In between these two, everyone has some needs and some responsibilities. If you sit and make a note of all your responsibilities and all your needs, and if you find that...
  • Organic Farming goes viral in Maharashtra!

    The feeling when you are rescued Essays, exams, speeches and debates on the great Indian agriculture formed a common part of our school curriculum. Some would reflect pride over the vast lush green fields that Punjab possesses and quote figures of wheat production. While some would feel sorry over the...
  • The Path to the Divine

    The Divine can only be found in deep rest (). Do you know what the obstacles to deep rest are? It is the cravings and aversions in the mind. If the mind is filled with cravings and aversions, rest is not possible. And if there is no rest, the goal of Sadhana (spiritual practices) cannot be achieved....
  • Five Types of Fire

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 49 Contd. from Fire sustains life. There are five types of fire. One is Bhutagni. Bhutagni means the fire with which you heat your home, to keep warmth in yourself. It sustains life. The physical fire. This is very obvious. It may not be so obvious in tropical...
  • The Birth of a Spiritual Mukhiya

    Burudi, like most of the villages in interior Jharkhand existed between the currents of Naxalism and alcohol, the later being more distasteful as it fails to achieve anything other than self destruction, brain damage, slow death and a bad hit to olfaction. 'Hariya,' as the poisoned and oddly famous beverage...
  • The Nature of Mind

    The nature of mind is to waver, similar to how the nature of water is to flow. Now how do you reduce this wavering nature of the mind? It is through practice (abhyaasa) and dispassion (vairagya). What is dispassion? Sometimes, when you are disturbed, you say, ‘I don’t want anything. Enough...
  • Harish Ramachandran : When the Master Chose Me

    It was only after his parents stopped calling him Junior Durvasa (the Indian saint famous for his temper and the equally harsh curses), that Harish Ramachandran, CEO of Sumeru Software Solutions realized that he had not lost his temper in a while. “My parents thought I was finally growing up,” he says....
  • A Wonder Called Taru

    “Hey, you’re in the 6th grade and you still herd goats?” asked her friend mockingly. “Yes, I still herd goats. I love herding goats. In fact I’ll herd goats forever,” she replied with a cracked voice and a tear in her eyes, looking away and walking fast with her...
  • Schools of a Different Thought

    It’s five in the morning in Amjhor, a village situated in the heart of a naxal belt in Jharkhand. A little girl and her brother wake up, looking forward to another day. They brush their teeth and go for a bath, the whole time humming a ‘bhajan’ they learnt in school. Carefully oiling...
  • Introduction to Kriya Yoga

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 47 Contd. from When somebody is anxious, they are unaware of time, of every moment passing, isn’t it? This is because the whole focus is on the event, on the happening, rather than just on the time. When someone is waiting for the train to come, they are...
  • Meditation and the thousand headed cobra

      If you look at the mythological pictures, you will find Mahavir sitting with a five headed cobra behind him. Or Lord Vishnu is sitting in meditation and there is a cobra behind him. Even in the pictures of Rishis, you will find a cobra with its hood open at the back. Have you seen such pictures?...
  • 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...
  • Golden Rule in Samadhi: Be Patient yet Dynamic

    Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 46 Contd. from (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...
  • 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...
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