Art of Living at Work Archive

  • Three Aspects of Beauty

    By Bhanumathi Narasimhan There are 3 aspects of beauty - Aishwarya, Madhurya and Saundarya Aishwarya is Lakshmi or wealth and lordship. (see knowledge sheet on aishwarya and madhurya) . One may seem to have lordship through fear or power due to position but they are not pleasant. Lordship that comes...
  • The Centers of Energy

    By: Bhanumathi Narasimhan There are seven centers of energy or Shakti in the body called Chakras. Different emotions are linked with each of these energy centers. The first Chakra, Muladhara, is located in the base of the spine. Here, the energy manifests as inertia or enthusiasm. The second Chakra,...
  • Waves of Beauty

    By: Bhanumathi Narasimhan The nature of the Self is described as Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram: Truth, Tranquillity and Innocence, and Beauty. Spirituality is a journey from the outer world of names and forms to the subtle world of energies, to the innermost core of our being, the Self. Satyam or Truth...
  • Who is Padmanabha

    Different organs of our body are governed by different devas. The solar plexus is connected with the sun, that’s why it is called the solar plexus. When the first rays of the sun fall on the solar plexus, it is very good for your body. This is why it is good to do Surya Namaskar (sun salutations yoga...
  • Dashavatar

    Within our consciousness, the dashavataar (the ten incarnations) is eternally present. When the consciousness awakened, knowledge arose, then the Matsya(fish) incarnated; when that knowledge stabilized, became quiet, then Kurma(turtle) incarnated; the mind was cleansed. The old issues that we used...
  • Spirituality & Creativity

    By: Bhanumathi Narasimhan As I look out the window on this beautiful winter morning, I see one tree without a single leaf and right next to it is an evergreen on the verge of bursting with small ripe red fruit. What role does the weather have to play? Who chooses which leaves fall?  There are...
  • Understanding Yantra

    By Bhanumathi Narasimhan Yantras are typically translated as "instruments". However, its purpose and use has long been a mystery. How does a yantra look? Searching in old scriptures or even the internet yields many images, geographical patterns  with mystic energies, colour coded, associated with...
  • Ashtalakshmi

    By 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 as the complete...
  • Nataraja and the Chidambara Rahasya

    Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a very beautiful symbol of the union of nature and the Divine. Nataraja holds fire in one hand, representing the fire element. A damaru in his other hand depicts the space element. Many forces in the universe are represented by a shape similar to that of a...
  • Pravritti Nivritti

    Life is a combination of Pravritti and Nivritti. There are two attitudes that we have to pay attention to. One is, when we go inward, we say, ‘Everything is okay; anyway not a blade of grass moves without Divine intervention. God has kept us like this, so let it be.’ This is the attitude you must...
  • Sultan of Swings Settles Deep Within

    Its 3 o clock in the afternoon. He had been planning and waiting for this day since almost three weeks. He ran the plan carefully in his mind. "finish the dishes...press his 'seth's' feet till he falls into his afternoon nap...leave the room and latch the door from outside...tip toe to the puja room...remove...
  • Guru Story : Prashanth Nair

    Prashanth Nair, a meditation teacher with The Art of Living residing in the Bangalore ashram, had the privilege of driving the Master on a few occasions. He shares the following story which is an incident that occurred during one of his trips.  Several years back, one morning, Gurudev was getting...
  • Three Levels of Knowledge

    There are three type of knowledge or information that we get. One is through the five senses. You see and you get some knowledge, you listen and you get some knowledge, you smell and you get information and through taste and touch you get information. The five senses bring you some knowledge, isn’t it?...
  • In and Through the Slums of Bangalore

    “We used to go in the slums, sit on the streets and do satsang, children and some people used to gather to listen. Then one day they told us that they had a room which we could use for our programs, that’s how it all began.” There are 30 slums in Bangalore that have been adopted under...
  • Sudarshan Kriya powers Tine's Mount Everest climb

    Mount Everester Tine Mena tells how the Sudarshan Kriya helped her when she was struggling to breathe! She has not only climbed the Mount Everest, but also conquered the summit of life. Coming from a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh, India and born into a poor family of farmers, Tine Mena had to...
  • Women Empowerment Iraq

    Women Empowerment Program Suad is a 35 year-old widow with five children. As an immigrant without any identification papers, it was very difficult for her to find a job. After taking the Women Empowerment Program tailoring and trauma relief courses, she had the vocational skills and self-assurance to...
  • Don't be stuck with words

    We attach meaning to words, and we distort them too. For example, the word brainwashing. Your brain, like your body, needs washing sometimes. You don’t want to walk around with a dirty brain, a dirty mind. What is wrong with the word brainwashing? It indicates a clean brain, a clean . But it is used...
  • Sri Sri on Sudarshan Kriya

    Nature is replete with various rhythms and cycles - day follows night, night follows day, seasons come and go. Similarly, there are biological rhythms to our bodies, minds and emotions. When these rhythms are in sync, we feel a sense of harmony and well-being. When stress or illness throws them out...
  • Ravi Meher: From shining shoes to being a sparkling example

    Year 2000: Shoe polish, Brush and An Intention As 17-year old Ravi Meher packed his bags after yet another day in the government school at Sakri, a small village in Bilaspur, the only thought that lingered in his mind was to head towards the little shanty on the footpath where his father sat rubbing...
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