27 Nov 2011 - QA 1

Guruji, what is life? What is Art of Living?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

The Art of Living is keeping your mind under control even in adverse conditions and being in equanimity and then accepting people as they are.

Not all people will be like you, but do not go away from the relationship because they are different, and have a different kind of thought processes. Whatever kind of people, accept them as they are and whatever way we can be of use to them, do that.
Third point is, do not be a foot ball of others’ opinions.

Fourth is, if someone makes a mistake, do not see an intention behind it. Do not think that they have done the mistake purposely. Just the way it happened by you, same way it happened by another person also. Like this, see the personality behind the mistake, recognize that and have compassion towards them.

And the fifth one is live in the present moment. Learn from the past and plan for the future but live in the present. Whatever is there in this moment take advantage of it. Do not sit and keep on thinking about the future and do not have anger towards the past and punish yourself.

The Art of Living is based on just these five points.