Sri Sri Calender

Posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jai guru dev Dearones,
We already finished the first month of the year 2012 and are stepping into the second month. Click on the link below and Download the calender of Feb 2012 which has a beautiful sutra from Guruji.

Click here to download the calender of other months.

To that India which dreams and dares

Posted on: Friday, January 27, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Despite rising threats of religious terrorism, Naxalism and natural disasters, India is moving ahead. What makes India tick? India was born in the midst of religious strife, violence and trauma. Religion has never been a unifying force in the world. What accounts for India’s continued strength in the midst of such religious and cultural diversity?

In this century, China has been held together by force while India has been held together by cultural and spiritual bonding. Though religious fundamentalism, caste violence, Naxalism and natural disasters have rocked India in recent decades, the country's resilience that is anchored in her spiritual values has become far more visible in the world.
India is married to its principles: liberty, spirituality and a nationalism that honours universalism. It is one of the oldest civilisations on the planet. When America was not yet discovered and Europe was in its Dark Age, India's glory was widespread. It was famed for art, architecture, spirituality and trade.

Over the centuries, the country has faced and survived many challenges. On the one hand, India has touched pinnacles of justice and equality, on the other Dalits have been oppressed. India is a country of non-aggressive, humane people, yet practices such as sati have prevailed. It is very difficult to judge India. There is no midway: either people have a high opinion or low opinion about India because it is full of opposites.
For centuries, India's negative aspects have been projected over the good ones. Fortunately, that's changing. As a country, divided by language and caste and subjected to centuries of humiliation, it continues to reel in low self esteem. Like an elephant that can uproot trees but is scared of the mahout's small stick, India can be timid at times. Even the West has called it a sleeping giant.

With one sixth of the world’s population, she could have already played a bigger role. She now needs to take her rightful place on the world stage. For this to happen, her people need to become more confident and take greater pride in their cultural and spiritual roots. We have to harness our spiritual values to fight terrorism and other social evils and to prevent our young minds from turning to violence. The issue of Naxalism has to be addressed at its roots and the misguided youth should be brought back to the mainstream. We have to remain open to learning and innovation, rather than simply imitating Western consumer and material values.

Today, we need to take steps towards:

1. Providing Job-oriented education.

2. Eradicating politics of corruption and malpractice.

3. Encouraging the educated and the youth to take interest in social development.

4. Attending to the agricultural sector. While industry has flourished, agriculture has been totally neglected.

5. Improving basic hygiene,

6. Preventing female infanticide and

7. Ensuring judicial use of water resources.

As the population continues to grow, solutions to these problems are still a long way away. The wisdom, which was India's glory, has been almost forgotten and needs to be revived.
We should work for an India where there is no place for violence and terror, the poor have both relief and justice, the middle class is free from fear and frustration and is able to dream and to dare, and the affluent take social responsibility and uphold human values. Let us hope for an India which is able to take the best of its wisdom and traditions into the 21st century, both for the benefit of ourselves and for the whole world family.

Source: Speaking tree

Maha Shivratri | Maha Rudra Puja | Maha Sudarshankriya - Webcast!

Posted on: Thursday, January 26, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jaigurudev Dear Ones!

The most special day of this year - 20 Feb 2011 - Maha Shivaratri is coming soon.....!

Following are the details of the events happening in Art of Living International Center in presence of Guruji!

20 February 2012

Maha Sudarshan Kriya: 5 pm IST onwards

Maha Rudrabhishekam: 6.30 pm IST onwards

For any other details contact: Phone: 080-67262626 Email:

There will be a live webcast of the Maha Rudrabhishekam and Maha Satsang on

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Keep Patna clean, Sri Sri exhorts devotees

Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 PATNA: Naxals are brave people and are doing 'tapasya' in jungle. They are fighting to make India free of inequality and poverty, Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said here on Sunday.

"Like you, I also want India to be free from poverty, corruption, casteism and disparity. But I do not support your (read Maoist) ways to achieve these goals. Your ways are wrong," Sri Sri said at the satsang organized by AOL at the veterinary college ground here on Sunday. The satsang titled "Ashirwad" was attended by thousands of devotees.

A group of Naxals were to surrender before him at the satsang. They, however, could not do so due to some unavoidable circumstances, the godman informed devotees.

Expressing grief at the incident of Naxal violence in Garhwa district of Jharkhand, in which about a dozen policemen were killed, he called upon the Naxals to join the society's mainstream. "I am with you," he said.

Perhaps with the recent anti-corruption campaign and related developments at the back of his mind, the spiritual guru said that a strong law cannot remove corruption, and suggested a way to end all corruption. "Law is the cure of a disease (corruption). But spirituality does not allow any disease to exist," he said and made all the devotees present to take a pledge not to accept and give bribes.

"A ruler cannot be a reformer, and a reformer cannot be a ruler," Sri Sri said adding, however, that the ruler should take advice from the reformer.

Earlier, the spiritual guru was welcomed at the satsang by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, chairman of the Bihar legislative council Tara Kant Jha and speaker of Bihar legislative assembly Uday Narayan Chaudhary.

Appreciating Bihar's development, Sri Sri said: "A lot has been done. But a lot also remains to be done. Biharis are very resilient. You have come here through many challenges. Don't lose your resilience." He also made the devotees to take a pledge to keep the city clean.

He asked every devotee to contribute in keeping the city clean by giving just two hours of physical labour every month. "Many cities have done it successfully. You should follow suit," the devotees were told.

Sri Sri also suggested ways of success to devotees. "You can get what you want if you have pure faith, enduring patience and good discretion."

Meanwhile, a group of over 100 devotees from Taiwan and China also sought blessings of Sri Sri. The foreign nationals joined Sri Sri in chanting mantras and singing devotional songs here.

Answering questions from devotees, Sri Sri said: "The purpose of life should be satisfaction instead of fame, money and power. You should always consult your conscience to make right decisions. You should accept criticism, you should live in the present, you should maintain your mental integrity, you should accept others the way they are and later try to change them."

Source: Times of India

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar asks Maoists to shun violence

Posted on: Monday, January 23, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Sun, Jan 22 2012
Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sunday appealed to the Maoists to shun violence and join in the country's development.
"I appeal to the Maoists to say no to violence and join the mainstream," said Ravi Shankar at a public function in the Bihar capital.
The spirtual leader, who visited the Maoist affected Gaya and Aurangabad districts in the last two days, said that the rebels should shun violence and take up social reforms.
Without referring to the killing of 13 policemen by the Maoists in neighbouring Jharkhand's Garhwa district Saturday, Ravi Shankar said that violence affected all.
"There is a need to convince them to join development," he said.

Source: Prokerala

Sri Sri refuses to join Anna's poll campaign

Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jan 22, 2012, Gaya.
Refusing to join the Anna Hazare-Ramdev combine's campaign in the five poll-bound states, Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravishankar proposed to work with the Maoists, provided the rebels shun violence as gun was not the answer to any problem.

The AOL founder said he sympathized with the cause for which extremists were fighting, but disapproved the means adopted by them to achieve an otherwise laudable goal. He was interacting with the media at the Dalmia dharmshala here on Friday evening.

Asked whether he would be joining Team Anna and Baba Ramdev in their campaign in the five poll-bound states, Sri Sri Ravishankar categorically said that he would not. However, he would like the voters to come out in full strength and vote for better candidates in these elections. On whether he approved the manner in which Baba Ramdev escaped from the Ramlila ground, he said that he was not interested in specifics and his broad concern was elimination of corruption.

Asked about the apparent erosion in the credibility of godmen, Sri Sri said there were good people and bad people everywhere, including the spiritual arena. In a somewhat lighter vein, the holy man said that he considered everybody to be a godman as God was present everywhere.

To a question why he lambasted bribe seekers but remained silent on the misdeeds of food adulterators, tax evaders, hoarders and black marketeers, the spiritual guru said that his definition of corruption was comprehensive enough to include all kind of wrong doers within its ambit.

The godman made it clear that whereas his doors were open to all, including the corrupt, when it comes to donations, he was very particular in ensuring that tainted money does not reach him in the form of donations. Explaining his stand, Sri Sri said that he cannot show the door to the corrupt as the corrupt people need spiritual therapy to get rid of corrupting instincts. Can a doctor close the door on patients? asked Ravishankar.

In his preliminary remarks, he said that though changes have taken place in Bihar, much needs to be done to effectively market the state in the international tourist-pilgrimage circuit.
Source: The Times of India

Connecting women with 'tech spirituality'

Posted on: Saturday, January 21, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Come February 2012, Bengaluru will play host to women leaders from 108 countries, who will gather for the 5th International Women's Conference. Titled 'Women and Technology', the three-day conference is being held at The Art of Living International Centre.

Bhanumathi Narasimhan, chairperson, IWC, said, "As creators and users of technology, women have been greatly empowered. However, we should not forget the mind that created this technology. The conference aims to bring awareness about the multidimensional impact of technology in the lives of women, empower women from developing countries, leverage technology to facilitate technological education and create an information bridge between women from different societies."

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Sri Sri hails good governance in state

 TOI, Jan 21, 2012.
GAYA: Art of Living (AOL) founder Sri Sri Ravishankar on Friday evening praised the state government and said the present situation is better than the one prevailing a few years back.

Visiting Gaya after a gap of nearly 12 years, he said with all-round peace and prosperity, Bihar is a changed place now. During his previous visit, he was cautioned against moving out openly. But now there is peace and order everywhere in the state.

Addressing his followers at Gaya Gandhi Maidan, he exhorted them to take a vow neither to give nor take bribe. He favoured collective action against the corrupt.

Besides praising good governance and pledge against corruption, Sri Sri also honoured former Maoist N K Singh who renounced the gun to join the Art of Living. He presented a shawl and memento to the former Maoist. He also honoured several other achievers, including Sarvodaya activist Dwarko Sundarani, "tree man" Sikandar and "mobile teacher" Vishwanath Vishwakarma.

Sri Sri also exhorted the local farmers to shun chemical fertilizer and go for organic farming. He promised marketing support to the farmers engaged in organic cultivation. Announcing the opening of an employment bureau in Gaya, he said there is demand for yoga teachers across the world and he has contacts in 152 countries of the world where employment opportunities for the unemployed exist. Coming down heavily on alcoholism, he said that liquor consumption in the country is growing at a very fast pace which did not augur well for the country's youth. Liquor consumption in the country has registered a three-fold increase in the last few months, he said, favouring total prohibition for the general welfare of the people. He also gave several tips to get rid of pain and agony and attain happiness.

Source: Times of India

Sri Sri to inaugurate ashram at Bodhgaya

Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 The Telegraph| Wednesday , January 18 , 2012 |
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will visit Bodhgaya on January 20 to inaugurate an Art of Living ashram near the Mahabodhi Mahavihara.

The spiritual leader will be in the state for four days during which he will spend two days in Gaya and two in Patna.

The ashram, to be inaugurated on Friday, is spread over 14 acres and situated a kilometre from the Mahabodhi temple. It is one of the ambitious projects undertaken by the Art of Living Foundation.

“The ashram will serve as a centre for stress elimination and meditation programmes. It will undertake many humanitarian projects in future across Bihar and adjacent states,” said Meera Singh, one of the members of the organisation, at a news meet today.

“The ashram will have a rural programme development centre to train youths and children from rural areas and make them self-reliant. The meditation hall and the lodging facilities at the ashram will be sufficient for over 1,000 people. It would also have an ayurvedic clinic, a panchkarma centre, a gaushala (cowshed) with over 100 cows, a nursery with medicinal plants, ATM booths, a post office and a travel desk to assist visitors,” she added.

Sri Sri will attend a mahasatsang — Aashirvad — at Veterinary College in Patna on January 22.

Source: The Telegraph

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to address AOL volunteers in Ahmedabad

Posted on: Thursday, January 19, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 DNA India|Ahmedabad|Jan 19, 2012: Art of Living, Gujarat will be welcoming Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Ahmedabad on February 8. The founder of Art of Living will be addressing the volunteers of the organisation in a convention called ‘Volunteer for better India.’

The convention will address the issue of how the volunteers can contribute to Indian society. Sri Sri Ravishankar will direct volunteers on how to make the country a better place to live by making society stress free, healthy, happy, corruption free and environment friendly. Ahmedabad has more than 1.5 lakh people who have participated in the Art of Living courses. The convention will be mobilising these volunteers. Sri Sri Ravishankar will be providing a direction to the volunteers who have earlier participated in Sudarshan Kriya (part one course of the Art of Living breathing exercises).

Nilesh Desai, president of the Art of Living, Gujarat commented that the convention will be empowering the volunteers as they too need motivation. The volunteers will be given smart cards to identify themselves and will be involved in many projects.

Art of Living emphasises how people can be happy, through their mind, body and soul. Vivek Sharma, Ahmedabad teachers’ coordinator said that through the course, the participants learn to improve their inner strength. That enables them to take responsibility.

Art of Living, Gujarat also announced the next breathing exercises workshop was to take off on January 17. Already over 5000 people have participated in the workshops. On the importance of Sudarshan Kriya, Dr Neelam Raval, Ahmedabad teachers’ coordinator said, “We need to do a cleansing process within ourselves. In sleep we get rid of fatigue, but the deeper stresses remain in our body. Sudarshan Kriya cleanses the system from the inside. The breath has a great secret to offer.”

Source: DNA India

Sri Sri to visit city on Sunday

 Times of India, PATNA: The founder of Art of Living (AoL) foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is arriving here on a four-day visit from January 20, will give tips about how to experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation through meditation and bhajan at the sprawling ground of the Bihar Veterinary College here on Sunday evening.

AoL spokesman told media here on Tuesday that Sri Sri will participate in the spiritual workshop here on January 22. The workshop will have knowledge, meditation and bhajan as its main themes.

"We expect thousands of people to attend the spiritual workshop on Sunday. It is a significant occasion that Sri Sri will be around us in person. We should not miss the opportunity and take advantage of it," Indu Sinha, senior AoL teacher, told TOI.

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Visit and stay updated with the Megaevents/events with Sri Sri

Posted on: Monday, January 16, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jai guru dev Dear ones,
Visit the link below and stay updated with the megaevents/events in presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that happen all across the globe round the whole year.
1. Click here for staying updated with the events in India.

Click here to be updated with the events that happen all across the globe.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visiting Gujarat in February

Posted on: Saturday, January 14, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad.
Founder of Art of Living Sri Sri Ravishankar is visiting Gujarat on February 8. It is part of his new project of preparing volunteers for better India.

As a prelude to the event, second in India after Delhi, The Art of Living organized breathing techniques mega workshops across 26 districts of Gujarat. More than 5000 people participated in these 6 days workshops, said Nilesh Desai, President, VVKI Gujarat.

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Sri Sri Global Meditating Doctors Association Web Portal Launch

Posted on: Friday, January 13, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jai guru dev Dear All,

The most awaited dream coming true tomorrow on 14th Jan 2012 at Sankranti Andodstav, in Pune

I am delighted to inform and invite you all that, With Guruji's blessings and Permission, there will be launch of new web portal.

H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji (Guruji) himself will launch - Sri Sri Global Meditating Doctors Association Web Portal - Designed and Developed by Sohum Solutions

Website / Web Portal -

Event - Sankranti Andostav ( Mahasatsang - Entry is Free)

Time: 6.00 PM Onwards

Venue - H.A. Ground, Near Mumbai Pune Highway, NehruNagar, Pimpri, Pune

Every one who wants to become Member of this amazing initiative, can do so after launch on - Online Registration will open after launch on 14th Jan 2012.

I encourage everyone to come and rejoice his blissful presence. Also you can forward this email to all the known Doctors and Professionals from Health Care Industry and invite them as well to make this launch a huge success,

Look forward to see you all tomorrow,

Thanks & Regards,

Someshwar Koshti,
(Founder Director & CEO)
Sohum WEB Solutions

Creative impulse: Sri Sri

Posted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 DNA, 10th Jan 2012.
It is very important for us to probe into the source of thought. Often we are called great thinkers, but what is a thought? Where does it originate? Is there any way that we can improve the thought process? What is the source of creativity?

Thought is nothing but an impulse of energy and intelligence. That impulse of energy and intelligence, for it to arise and a correct thought to come, you need 16 impulses to meet at a point in the cerebral cortex at a certain speed. In that short interval of time, all the 16 impulses in the cerebral cortex, when they meet, is what we call a correct thought. What do we do about it? We need to train our brain, our mind.

There is always dialogue going on in your own mind. We all have a filter in our mind through which we listen and we accept only what we already know. Something which doesn’t already fall within our belief system, we straightaway filter out. This tendency in the mind to take things which it already knows and reject that which it doesn’t know, is one of the main blocks of creativity.

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Stunning snaps of Sri Sri's Recent vists are now online

Posted on: Monday, January 9, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Jai guru dev all,
Beautiful snaps of Sri Sri's recent visit to Bad Antagost (Germany) and Yesterday's visit to West Bengal (India) are now online! Wait not, click on the links below to have a look on the same!!


Sri Sri urges Kashmiri Pandit community to return to Valley

Posted on: Sunday, January 8, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 The Times of India. Jan 8, 2012.
PUNE: Art of living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday urged members of the Kashmiri Pandit community to go back to Kashmir and start a new chapter to reclaim their identity.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the first Kashmiri Pandit Youth Conference via video-conferencing.

Organised by Youth 4 Panun Kashmir (Y4PK), under the aegis of Panun Kashmir, the conference was attended by members from the Kashmiri Pandit community. The two-day conference aims to discuss various social, cultural and political issues pertaining to them and to recognise and applaud the people who have made a difference to the community.

Speaking from Germany, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged the community to go back to Kashmir, buy land and property to establish educational institutions to preserve their cultural heritage and save their identity. He also appealed to the Kashmiri Pandit youth to volunteer during the Amarnath Yatra and help the pilgrims, to bring together and serve their community better.

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Tour schedule of Sri Sri

Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Dear one,

Art of Living Universe team wishes you and your family a Happy New Year 2012!

We would like to begin 2012 by hearing from you. Please, share with us, and the whole world, how you have benefitted from the subscriptions via Art of Living Universe. What positive difference it has made in your daily life? Your feedback makes huge difference to us and also to the other devotees. You never know who will benefit from your experience sharing. 

Jai Gurudev!

 Jai guru dev Dear ones,
Find above the tour schedule of Sri Sri.
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The Bhagavad Gita

 Terrorists are cowards. Whenever terror has struck in any part of the world, we have heard people say that it is an act of cowardice. A coward runs away from action but harbors all negative feelings and does it surreptitiously.

This is exactly what happened to Arjuna. Arjuna was angry, upset, sad and wanted to run away. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said not to be a coward. So, it is an antidote to terrorism. Lord Krishna said, "Bravery is the way -- face the war when it is inevitable and do your duty."

A terrorist is stuck in his identity. He hides it -- has no rationale and inflicts pain. Whereas Bhagavad Gita helps one transcend one's identity, encourages reason and infuses wisdom. In this sense, it could be called the antidote to terrorism.

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Pearls of Wisdom - An exclusive Knowledge Session with Sri Sri in Pune, India!!

Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


Do not miss this exclusive event! See the image above for all the details (in case you cannot see the image above, click on Display Image in your mail)

Enjoy 2012 with Meditations & Patanjali Yoga Sutras

 Jaigurudev Dear ones,

Every Wednesday in 2012 will now be Patanjali Day

Click here to Subscribe and receive transcripts of Sri Sri's commentaries on Patanjali Yoga sutras in your inbox.

Click here to visit the main page and read a overview of this beautiful commentary by Sri Sri.

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Share your resolution and experience the special guided meditation conducted by Sri Sri on New Year eve.

On the 1st of every month, throughout 2012, experience a special online meditation at Reach in, Reach Out page.

Why am I here?

Posted on: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 DNA, 3rd Jan 2012.
Certain questions indicate the maturity of our mind. They are: What is life? What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here? What do I want?

These questions are vital. Where am I? Are you aware you are on this planet Earth? Have you ever thought “I am on planet Earth and this planet is in the solar system”? So, I am in the solar system. The solar system is just a dot in the Milky Way. So, I am in the Milky Way. This expansion of awareness to the macrocosm and being aware of where you are in this body is important. Just sit with your eyes closed and ask yourself “where am I in this body”? Am I in the head, in the nose, in the heart? Where am I in the body?

Then the sharpness of the mind happens, awareness happens. You are able to perceive that you are nowhere and you are everywhere in the body. A shift in the quality of awareness happens instantaneously. And it is this awareness that can eliminate stresses and sorrows from life. This awareness is called wisdom.

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Bliss in Bali 2012

Posted on: Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

 Bali, Indonesia, 4th Apr 2012 - 8th Apr 2012
Helping people get peace of mind and equipping them to deal with challenges of modern-day living, Sri Sri leads advanced meditation programs in Bali.

This bi-annual event has been regularly conducted in the Indonesian island since a few years. People from across the world participate in these programs. Besides personal transformations, this program has been effective in bringing together people of different walks.

For registration, please visit


Wired faith

 Deccan chronicle, India.
Whoever said that you gotta have faith must have foreseen the coming of Social Network. For, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn, today, spread the word faster than the apostles, messengers and guides of yore.

Ask 22-year-old Nandakishore, a Sri Sri Ravishankar follower, engineering grad and online marketing professional, and he will tell you fifty per cent of the members of Art of Living — founded by his guru — are young people, very active in social networks.

According to Nandakishore, the media is widely used to propagate the satsangs, interviews and teachings of the Guruji.

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Beautiful Calender with Marvelous pics of Sri Sri is now available for free to download

 Jai guru dev dear ones,
Now you can download a very beautifully designed calender with stunning pic of Sri Sri absolutely for free.
Download the 'January - 2012' Calendar from:

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