Art of Living at Work Archive

  • Keep the Faith

    Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 17 Contd. from "Shraddhveerya smrutisamadhiprajnapurvaka itaresham" By faith, by vigor or courage, by memory of having experienced the Self and through the deep state of equanimity, a state of heightened awareness is gained.- Patanjali Yoga Sutra...
  • The Seed of All Knowing

    Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 21 Contd. from "Tatra niratishayam sarvagnabëjam" tatra = in Him; niratishayam = special; sarvagna = all knowingness; bejam = seed “In Him exists the seed of all knowingness in a special manner.”-Patanjali Yoga Sûtra #25 The seed of...
  • Towards A Fresh Breath of Life

    Have you observed what happens when rain falls on parched earth? When the skies open up to a free fall of unbiased, all encompassing, loving, fresh rain? That is what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji’s visit was to Assam. “He did not go to blame, point fingers, take sides, or to be noticed,”...
  • Yoga For Youth: An Empowering Tool

    Youth face constant pressure to excel at studies, get a job, manage relationships, and deal with numerous other problems. Armed with yoga and meditation, youth say that sailing through turbulent times is as easy as sitting calmly for 20 minutes! Let's see how youth and students are using yoga as...
  • Yoga & Academics- The secret REVEALED

    It was the year 2005. I was sitting comfortably on a yoga mat on a Sunday morning. I was very peaceful and calm. I had felt the same way often in the past few years since I had started practicing yoga. The time I stretched through yoga postures simply flew. Later I sat with a book of Physics and started...
  • Violence Lingers, Yet Love Conquers

    Day 15 in Assam. Trauma continues, here and there, in bits, pieces and chunks. Miscreants loaded in trucks, jeeps and bikes, men, women and children, with torches in hand, chasing the villagers, looting their houses and then charring them to ashes. Missing police and security, all adding up to a loss...
  • Pragya Rathore: Shooting Her Way Through Excellence

    Studied in nine different schools spread all over India, Pragya Rathore, a YES+ teacher, started off as a social recluse, but today, has friends in over 30 countries. She shares her journey so far, “My father was in the army, which is the reason we moved around a lot. And I was a quiet and intelligent...
  • Rajshree Patel : How I Found My Guru

    ‘This one simple sutra, Change your breath, change your mind. Change your mind, change your emotions - I felt if we could spread this thing, the universe would be a different place’. And that is exactly what Rajshree continues to do close to 25 years after this pearl of wisdom first dawned...
  • Dinesh Kashikar : A Path With No Thorns

    One might think that life is made as soon as one becomes a student, let alone an ideal student, in the Indian Institute of Technology. But then for Dinesh Kashikar, something was always missing. “I joined IIT in 1991. I was the general secretary of the hostel, I took part in theatre and I was...
  • Life is Beautiful & Stress Free

    I did my first Art of Living course in Kolkata, about 14 years ago, and that time I had never heard about the organization. So, when my mom gave me 500 bucks to do a Reiki Course, I was heading towards the room on the 3rd floor of a building and on the 2nd floor I saw the board which said The Art of...
  • Life is Not Limited to The Mundane

    Freedom and bhakti may be some of the tenets of the spiritual path, but for Swami Shivchaitanya, the path has also opened up a wellspring of skills and talents. One of the first skills that bloomed was the skill of performing the Rudra pooja. The story begins when Swami Shivchaitanya first did the...
  • Love In The Time of Insurrection

    How simple it is, to characterize an event as black, or white. This is exactly how the sordid Assam riots have been viewed, or made to be viewed. ‘Communal, anti-national and violent,’ have been the common sentiments, printed or verbal. But the truth lies beyond these sentiments. More than 300,000 ethnic...
  • Three Types of Intellect

    This whole creation is made up of one energy. Everything is made up of just one thing.Whenever anything bothers you, if you come back to this one principle - there is only one energy which everything is made up of, so there are a lot of possibilities; that brings great relief. Are you getting what I’m...
  • Free Your Mind

    Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 9 Contd. from Is practice alone enough? Patanjali says “No”. There are two oxen, which pull a cart. The two wheels of this cart are abhyasa (practice) on one side and vairagya (dispassion) on the other. What is vairagya? Drishtanu shravikavishaya...
  • What is Panchanga?

    Panchanga is the astrological almanac based on the ancient Vedic system of calculation. It is known as Panchanga or ‘Five Limbs’ in Sanskrit as it considers five aspects of time: tithi(day of the lunar cycle), vara(week), nakshatra(star), yoga(quality of time) and karana(time appropriate for certain...
  • Gayatri Mantra

    By: Bhanumathi Narasimhan 'Let my mind and the whole existence be illumined and purified by your radiance' Gayatri is the one who glides through the three states of consciousness joyfully, playfully, effortlessly and lightly, as though it were a song. When we 'sing through' something,...
  • Tantras

    By: Bhanumathi Narasimhan Tantras are techniques, skillful ways of handling the mind. It is skill in action. The tantric methods make use of yantras and mantras which together help a seeker to transcend the body consciousness and be established in the space of the Self. Tantras make use of these yantras...
  • Om - The Sound of the Universe

    Q: What does ‘Om’ mean when we chant it 3 times, what does it invoke in us? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know, somewhere in Boston during Guru Purnima in 2010, a lady from the Boston-Connecticut area had done a research where they recorded the sound Om, put it in the computer and found that the frequency...
  • 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 Gurudev, I have had thoughts of suicide many times in my life. What happens if one commits suicide? Suicide Is the most foolish thing a person can ever do. It is like, someone is shivering in the cold and he goes out and removes all his clothes. What will you call him? Foolish!You are already...
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