Art of Living at Work Archive

  • Buddha – Manifestation of Silence

    When Buddha got enlightened on the full moon day in the month of May, he kept silent. For a whole week he did not say a word. Mythology says that all the angels in the heaven got frightened and said, "Once in a millennium someone blossoms so fully like Buddha. Now he is silent, is not saying a word!"...
  • Suicide is the most foolish thing

    Q: Dear Guruji, I have had thoughts of suicide many times in my life. What happens if one commits suicide? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Suicide is the most foolish thing a person can ever do. It is like someone is shivering in the cold and goes out and removes all their clothes. What do you call them? Foolish! You...
  • The 16 Samskārās

    The purpose in life is to understand who we really are and fully blossom in love. As human beings, we go through several phases in this journey of life - childhood, education, youth, professional life, marriage, parenthood etc. Almost all cultures and traditions mark and celebrate these stages in the...
  • Kali

    By Bhanumathi Narasimhan Kali represents the blackness (darkness) which is in the pupil of the eye. This is the main receiver of light. Without it vision is not possible. She is the one who emanates and receives the light of knowledge. Kali is the center of knowledge. Kali wears a garland of skulls...
  • 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...
  • Purpose of Yoga is to Be One With the Self

    Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 5 Vrutti sarupyamitaratra You identify yourself with the modulations of the mind all the time. - Patanjali Yoga Sutra #4 What this means is that your mind is engaged in the outside world all the time. With eyes open in the waking state you are caught up in...
  • 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...
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