About Art of Living, Art of Living Courses, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

‘Child is the father of man’ said William Wordsworth 3 centuries ago. What does it mean?!

As a student of Literature, it intrigued me. I read through lot of annotations. Wordsworth meant, whatever experiences a child goes through in childhood shapes the person he becomes as an adult. I looked at myself. Yes, I am a product of my childhood, like everyone else is. The upbringing, culture, values, tradition and unconditional love of not just my parents but a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, and uncles made a huge influence on the person that I became as an adult. With such strong ethical foundation, I built myself as an independent thinker to blossom in my swadharma. Swadharma is our inherent nature.

All literary figures drive home the point ‘Literature reflects life’.

As a young girl of 6 or 7, I remember getting up in the morning and looking at the picture of a God, then looking at my right palm to chant ‘Karagre vasathe lakshmi, kara madhye sarswati, Kara mole sthithe gauri, prabhate Karadarshanam’.  This would continue throughout the day. A different shloka for almost every daily activity; be it going out of the house, sitting down for a meal, a dusk time prayer when lamp was lit, a prayer before beginning to study and conclude with a bedtime prayer to avoid bad dreams.

The house always brimmed with relatives who would come unannounced to be greeted with a warm welcome and special food. We as children touched their feet as they took leave. Birthdays were marked with special pujas and favourite home made goodies. We always had a band of relatives to rely on when parents had to go somewhere without us.

I have watched with dismay as this value system gradually started collapsing. Children are left confused. We cannot blame just the nuclear family system. Values have taken back seat to a degree where parents are focused on achieving a good standard of living; provide the best of best for their kids, everything they themselves could not have. Somewhere we missed the balance, tipped the scales by changing priorities.

 

 

All spiritual Gurus step in at the nick of time to save our rich heritage. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, envisaged setting up Sri Sri Sanskar Kendras not only in India but in other countries too where children could imbibe these precious values in a friendly, fun filled atmosphere. A dedicated team of volunteer teachers of the Kendras fill the void left by dissolution of joint family system and the values associated with it.

The age old practice of bed time or meal time story telling by grandmothers to young kids kindled the imagination and encouraged creativity. The stories were animated by the hand gestures and facial expression of grandmas.  The same scenario is recreated in Sanskar Kendra classes. Thus IPads and laptops fade in to oblivion saving the health of the child. A strong bond of love develops between teachers and kids. What a relief!

 

 

Holistic education is about integrating spirituality into main stream of education. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ‘Education is not about stuffing information. It is much more than that. True education should impart values and create beautiful citizens on this planet’. With the hectic academic schedule, schools can hardly take relaxed time out to teach sanskars (values) to children. Sri Sri Sanskar Kendras bridge this gap and help mould the character of children who blossom to their full potential.

 

 

 
The most noble and much needed initiative that promises a generation of young adults who will not need stress management or de-addiction programs. Training programs are held periodically. It is a calling for every responsible citizen to join the team.

Bangalore is the base for one of the world’s largest NGO, The Art of Living Foundation.  Sri Sri Sanskar Kendra will be holding a 2 day Teacher Training sessions on 29th and 30th of this month  in Bangalore. Centres or Kendras will be set up throughout Karnataka thereafter.

For more information, connect with

Sri Sri Sanskar Kendra office

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Leela Ramesh

About Art of Living, Art of Living News, Art of Living Projects, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Nature’s bountifulness has always helped our life grow in prosperity. One such element out of the 5 building blocks of Life on this planet that have beautified the variety of existence that we see around us, including ourselves, is water. Water is an inseparable part of the life on our planet. Water is so important that we may call it life itself. But today, Nature has been taken for granted by us while we are busy stitching technology in our lives and we don’t even realise how it has suffered. This happened largely because of unawareness of the consequences of our actions.

Due to indiscriminate actions taken by humans of cutting trees and constructing concrete jungles, nature couldn’t shower enough rains and all the living creatures got affected. The forests faced soil erosion, while rivers and greenery vanished. The global warming eventually led to the droughts which struck almost everywhere in the interior parts of our country. The farmers who earn their living relying on rains got disheartened and were deprived of their livelihood. The major rivers also faced droughts. The problems of water-wars, crop failures, farmer suicides, environmental degradation and unsustainable agricultural practices started dawning.

It is said that an aspiration to make a change can inspire many to achieve a righteous cause. One such inspiration for us is Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar himself who is Humanitarian & Spiritual leader and an Ambassador​ of Peace. He knew that the rejuvenation of rivers was the only means to remove misery from the lives of millions thirsting for water all over India. This strong intention to empower the lives of our ‘Annadaata’ farmers was also the inspiration to help them become the able pillars of our country. The Art of Living volunteers gathered spiritedly to rejuvenate the life-giving rivers.

Various projects were taken up for the rejuvenation of rivers like Vedavathi, Kumudavathi, Banjara, Palar and many many more. Vedavathi river rejuvenation’s success inspired the Government of India to learn from this project and initiate similar projects across the country to revive the drying rivers. Kumudavathi river rejuvenation aims to reduce Bangalore city’s water dependence on the river Kaveri. 2700 volunteers including corporate employees’ engagement saw a remarkable resolve with youthfulness exhibited an astounding result which directly benefited 70000 people. Manjara river which was desilited over 14 kms  in length and was cleaned in 5 months time has saw its revival. The humble citizens of Latur contributed Rs.6.25 crores from the household savings to take the charge of curbing sudden water crisis.

Palar river rejuvenation project which when completed will bring back water to various districts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. This will set an example of how a model of inter-state river management should be.

The scientific approach with community engagement and project management complemented in such a way that till now 27 rivers have been revived and 3000 villages have benefited along with 50,00,000 people.

The river rejuvenation teams are committed to not just reviving rivers but also to rebuilding lives by empowering individuals and to rekindle the hope of fortifying the future of the country. All the projects taken up are employed with the latest scientific technology, insightful scientific knowledge and guidance by experts.

 

 

The success in the projects has been achieved by providing local solutions to restore water sources and to directly benefit many people by providing a reliable and safe water supply. There are various other steps taken to reduce contamination of water sources and to improve sanitation and hygienic conditions in many rural areas thereby securing lives from diseases and ensure basic health to many.

The fact-sheet that can leave us in wonder is that work has been done for over 290 kilometers of river lines and 60 kilometers of similar work is in progress. This work done till now; covers about 9 districts and 6 more districts are to be covered in the ongoing projects. 21 rivers have been rejuvenated in Maharashtra, 3 in Karnataka and one in Tamil Nadu. The projects have revived 75 canals, 18 lakes and ponds and the list continues.

 

This effort by the Art of Living Foundation is not just a project but a way of touching the lives of millions under the guidance of a caring spiritual master who aims at establishing heaven on earth by creating happiness and love for all across the globe.

Rejuvenated rivers will rejuvenate lives, rejuvenated lives will rejuvenate society, rejuvenated societies will rejuvenate the country, rejuvenated countries will rejuvenate the whole world, one step at a time and then this planet will undeniably be the best place to live in.

 

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Jai Gurudev !

Meeta Soneji

 

About Art of Living, Art of Living Courses.

 

The Art of Living courses have found takers from across the length and breadth of the world. People from all walks of life have found the courses beneficial to their well-being. It is surprising to see the courses, despite being just stress-relief courses in their essence, have been doing more than just relieving individuals from stress – after doing the courses individuals have blossomed with efficiency, new-found talents, and smiles which don’t disappear easily.

 

“Under the pressure of work and a new lifestyle as a fresher who had just started her corporate journey, I had soon started to smile less and less. After doing the happiness program, I saw a great shift happen within me. I started smiling more and more. And even my work efficiency doubled.” – Manisha Tayal, Software Engineer, Sapient, Gurgaon

 

So, how does a simple stress-relief program deliver much more than simple relaxation? Or is our idea of relaxation not similar to the relaxation the courses wish to bring about? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the organisation says, “Deep rest cultures talents and brings you closer to your nature. And your nature is all bliss.”

And endowing individuals with the ability to rest deeply seems to be the objective of the Art of Living courses. But how do they achieve this? To know how, let’s dive deeper into the Art Of Living’s basic-level courses:

 

Happiness Program

 

If we observe carefully, the source of stress is our own mind. The situation or person bothering us is outside, but the stress created by them is an inner-world phenomenon. Through the application of practical wisdom and practice of meditation, the mind can be trained to keep calm despite the presence of stress stimulants.

The practical wisdom and profound processes of the Happiness program give individuals tools to train their mind into calmness and restfulness with ease.

What to expect in the course?

-Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique which has been scientifically proven to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone and shown to boost immunity.

-Profound processes which give a glimpse to your inner self

-Practical wisdom that helps you remain dynamic in action and peaceful in mind

 

 

Sri Sri Yoga

 

Twisted hard postures is what comes to our mind when we think of yoga. But, the course content of the Sri Sri Yoga Program is bound to change your mind. The program not only teaches Yoga which is easier for beginners but also offers profound experiences which a practitioner of advanced level of Yoga craves for. The objective of the course is to help individuals unite with themselves and lead a healthier life.

What to expect in the course?

-Yoga postures ranging from mild to intense

-Meditation

-Breathing techniques

-Pranayams

-Simplified knowledge from the ancient Patanjali Yogsutras

-Lifestyle tips

 

Sahaj Samadhi

Meditation  is often thought of as a difficult exercise done to obtain the state of thoughtlessness. What the Sahaj Samadhi course does is to simplify this exercise and make it easy for an individual to reach this state. The Sahaj Samadhi course uses the principle of mantra chanting to lead an individual into meditation. While an ordinary thought when repeated becomes a worry, a mantra when repeated becomes a tool to cut the web of thoughts, thereby leading one to a space of serenity.

The simple technique offered by the course makes itself appealing to anybody who wants to learn an easy way to meditate.

 

What to expect in the course?

-Effortless meditation by the use of a particular mantra

 

Art Excel

Studies show that meditation has numerous benefits for kids, including improved focus and self-awareness. However, what studies don’t show is how difficult it is to make kids stay at one place, let alone make them meditate. The Art Excel program solves this difficulty with fun-filled activities interspersed with meditation and mindfulness lessons.

What to expect in this course?

  • Sudarshan Kriya
  • Meditation and other breathing techniques
  • Techniques for overcoming fear and anxiety
  • Interactive processes
  • Simple tenets for daily life
  • Team games
  • Group discussions
  • Learning through fun and games

 

Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!)

Adolescence is one trying phase of life where an individual faces a host of challenges: peer pressure, entrance exams, expectations of parents, and their own intense emotions. The YES! program employs meditation and practical wisdom to endow teens with the skills to overcome these challenges with confidence.

 

What to expect in this course?

-Sudarshan Kriya

-Meditation and breathing techniques

-Techniques for overcoming anxiety and fear

-Techniques to develop concentration

-Simple tenets for daily life

-Interactive processes, group discussions, and team games

-Confidence building and leadership

-Fun-filled activities and games

 

APEX

 

As studies find happy employees more productive, organizations can no longer ignore their well-being. And while health insurances of employees can take care of physical health, there are no official arrangements ensuring the emotional health of employees. The APEX program bridges this need and not only ensures calm and happy individuals at the workplace but also ensures improved workplace performance.

 

What to expect in this course?

-Sudarshan Kriya

-Practical Wisdom

-Leadership development

 

 

There are no pre-requisites for doing the above courses. Just age eligibility for the YES! And Art Excel programs. And while the course contents are different, the objective of all courses is one: a happier and healthier individual. So what are you waiting for? Come on board to the journey to your happiest and highest self! And send your loved ones on it too.

 

So Which program are you enrolling in?

 

Vandita Kothari