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On any given day, thousands are present in satsang at the Bangalore Ashram. Many years ago, it was just a few hundreds.On one such day after the satsang, Sri Sri began moving through the crowd and distributing sweets.

A little boy crept through the crowd and made it all the way to Sri Sri and held out his hand. Sri Sri smiled at him and lovingly placed a sweet in his little palm. Bubbling with excitement, he turned back and vanished into the crowd. Sri Sri continued distributing sweets and had moved just a few steps ahead when the little boy appeared again through the crowd and stretched out his hand. He was given another sweet and he rushed back again. When this happened a few times, the volunteer holding the packet of sweets pointed out to Sri Sri, “He has come for the fourth time.”Without stopping for a moment, Sri Sri replied, “Jab tak ye baant-ta rahega, main ise deta rahunga.”(As long as he keeps distributing them further, I will continue to give him.)

Anybody who has ever come forward to take any initiative with even a trace of sincerity has only received encouragement, appreciation and compassionate guidance from Sri Sri. If not forced by circumstances, most people would spend their lives within the small pond of their limited experiences. What he had to offer opened them so much that in profound gratitude, they disregarded all shortcoming they believed they had and stepped forward with the sentiment, “What can I do for you?”  It is very tender and delicate inside the person who feels it but when it acts, it moves with a tremendous force.It is this force which has  driven the mammoth expanse of  the Art of Living movement all around the world.

For these people, stepping out of their shells and taking responsibility has caused enormous growth in them. Most people who are teachers now had no prior experience of speaking in a group; most people who lead satsangs are not trained singers; people who have done massive construction projects started with hardly any knowledge of construction. “If God has really made me in His own image, what is it that I cannot do?” This conviction comes to them and they are able to do phenomenal things. They don’t do it for their ambition or a sense of achievement. They do it in gratitude for the person who unlocked something profound in them.

Art of Living may give off the appearance of an organization but this whole movement is not run by any management strategy or policy. It is run by an authentic personal experience that deep within, you are love and it is the same love that you are made up of, that moves this world.This realization, because of its purity and universality, has brought so many different people together. Love is the force that binds these people and looking at the magnitude of this phenomenon, it can only be a force of Nature.

Posted by Nakul Dhawan

26 Responses to “About The Art of Living And Behind The Scenes”

  1. Martin Giannini

    You wrote: “Art of Living may give off the appearance of an organization but this whole movement is not run by any management strategy or policy. It is run by an authentic personal experience…”

    This is what I’ve been wanting to explain to people too, but couldn’t find the right words. This perfectly defines how ‘the organisation’ runs (and does not). Thank you! Wonderful!

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  2. Mamta

    Thank you for taking us behind the scenes and demystifying the elusive force driving the Art of Living movement. It resonates strongly with my own experience of coming out of limited shell, taking responsibility and growing. And all this happened because Sri Sri has been personally inspiring and guiding us to keep moving ahead.

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  3. JD

    One who gives, keeps on getting. This explains why Art of Living is growing so fast…. because it is giving so much to the world!

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  4. Sangita G

    Very nicely written Nakul. You said it for all of us who were struggling to put our vague thoughts in clear expressions…..

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  5. Suma

    Truly inspiring!Yes! the force is the authentic experience!
    Just experienced one such moment today!
    Thanks for sharing the story and for the sensitive writing. Beautiful.

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  6. Anu

    It is so true and also very beautifully expressed we all have grown so much because of Guruji ….

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  7. Anonymous

    The Unseen at play behind the Scenes!!
    The Unseen has its own way of holding the picture in the frame.
    I guess those that refuse to acknowledge the Unseen will have major frustrations and problems like a few that i read about !!! poor souls

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  8. Leela

    Just read your article..my time came only now I presume…truly truly from the heart and authentic..could relate fully.

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