From King to Beggar: Shivaji as a true disciple

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Recently in a satsang at the Art Of Living International Ashram in Bangalore, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji said, “Power is poison for the one who uses it for personal gain.” Spiritual guidance is so important for all, but more so for people who are entrusted with power. When one expands his/her awareness and… Read more »

Pragyanand Maharaj ji : A Tribute

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Narayan Naraayan Naraayan Naraayan!. To those who are regular with the daily satsang at the Art of Living International Ashram in Bangalore, it’s not just a chant of the name of the divine. It tells of a saint of unusual depth! Maharaj ji, as Gurudev called him was a very gracious being, clad in an… Read more »

Sri Sri and Mysore pak

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One time, in a blessed moment of being in his presence in Ganga kutir at Art of Living Ashram, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave me a piece of freshly made Mysore pak as Prasad. Not a person particularly fond of sweets, I must admit Mysore pak is an exception.   Once out of kutir,… Read more »

Story of Sakubai

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On the banks of the river Krishna in Maharashtra, in a village called Krar, there lived a Brahmin and his wife with their son and daughter-in-law. The daughter-in-law was called Sakubai. Sakubai was a holy woman who worshiped Lord Krishna of Pandharpur. She was always chanting the name of the Lord. This woman who was… Read more »

Sri Sri on New Year Resolutions for 2013

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You think you are a part of this world, but actually, the world is a part of you. Therefore, you cannot be at peace when the world around you is in turmoil. When mid-life crisis begins prematurely in teenage years, society is rattled by violence and drug abuse; humanism appears utopian; joy, love and compassion… Read more »

Jai Gurudev works!

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Ramakrishna ji, a disciple of Sri Sri in Chikka Ballapur shared this incredible experience. One time, an elderly couple, who were in grief because their nephew had run away from home, met Ramkrishna ji. Being humorous by nature he wanted to lighten the situation. So he jokingly said, “Don’t worry. I have a mantra which… Read more »

Sri Sri and 3 trucks of sweets

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Gurudev was sitting in Ganga Kutir after a light dinner of fruits. Some of us had an opportunity to be with him that evening. He told Dinesh and Vijay to prepare a couple of fruit baskets to be presented to saints next day at the Sant Sammelan in Belgaum, where all the prominent saints of… Read more »

Want to meet Sri Sri? It is very easy…

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A Master is never out of reach for the one who seeks Him out sincerely! I was blessed to experience it first hand. It was Sri Sri Ravi Shankar2006. Art of Living Silver jubilee celebrations were around the corner. Bangalore Ashram had set up sort of Call Centre to attend to the enquiries that were… Read more »

Sri Adi Shankaracharya

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It is said that when chaos and confusion reign supreme, the Divine manifests itself in the world to reestablish righteousness or Dharma. Adi Sankara was born at a time when India was under the sway of superstition and religious fights. Sankara was born in a poor Malayali Brahmin family in 788 AD, in a village… Read more »

Story of Maharishi Patanjali

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Maharishi Patanjali is a saint who is believed to have lived some time during the 2nd century BCE. Known for his treatise on Yoga, entitled “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”, he was not only an authority on the Science of Yoga, but was also a scientist and a doctor whose clarity and wisdom was remarkable. Tradition says… Read more »