Art of Living Stories.

As an Art of Living teacher I have experienced how Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar touches the core of every heart, even of those who are hard-core skeptics.

One time, I was giving an Art of Living program to a group of sheikhas in Bahrain. Sheikhas are Arab ladies from the royal families. One of them had come to the course with a cynical mind and kept shooting not so pertinent questions on the first day of the course. I told her to ‘hold’ her questions till the end of the course and if they still bothered her, I would answer. She agreed, not completely convinced but underwent the Art of Living course with utmost earnestness.

On the 6th day, the last day of the Art of Living Course, we had  a gift exchange process. Everyone was exuberant and totally blissed out. Our sheikha was all smiles!

Towards the end of the course, we had an experience sharing session. When the sheikha came to share hers, she was a completely transformed person. She held her gift so lovingly in her hand and said,  “I was skeptical about this course in the beginning. But today I feel very relaxed and happy like never before. When the gift exchange process began, I prayed to Sri Sri, “please let me get a picture of yours as gift. I want to carry you with me. And see what I got.” She held it up for everyone to see. It was indeed Sri Sri’s photo!

She kept writing emails of gratitude to me for quite a while saying ‘you changed my life for better’. But we know who changes everybody’s life. Don’t we!

Leela Ramesh
Faculty – Art of Living

Art of Living Wisdom.

Everyone wishes to be a bird. To be able to fly high up in the sky whenever they want, wherever they want. But I for once would want to be a kite.

Why a kite ?

A kite,  Colorful and Light… Able to reach the heights and yet stay connected to the ground. Bouncing in the air merrily. A splash of color in the monotone of the skies. And lastly a messenger.

A kite can reach as high as it want but not without the support of the string and the bearer of the string. People often call themselves as the puppets in the hands of God. But I feel that God has designed us all as kites. We all are similar, and yet so different. We are the kites and God is our string bearer, the string being our lifelines in the form of our family, friends, teachers and all those random people who help us reach the heights in our lives.

And as kites lets not forget few things…

We should remember that however high we reach we should not forget the grounds and roots from where we emerge. We should always remember our humble beginnings and never be arrogant about our achievements because the kite that flies the highest has more chances of being cut and falling.

Art of Living Blog - kite ground

We should never forget our lifelines – -the string of the kite, if ignored, can lead to the kite being cut. A kite without the string has perhaps no identity. Without the string it’s a mere piece of frail paper. There’s life in a kite because it is attached to the string. Similarly, we are nothing without the ones who have sacrificed for us, our families, our friends. We cannot live on our own and that is a fact. Even a hermit needs to commune with the nature and that is how he survives. And so we need the communication, we need the communion.

We should have faith in the one holding the string. He is the one who will guide us through all the tribulations. The one who subjects us to the tension because he believes enough in our capabilities that we can face them. We should never forget that he is the one who is holding our strings. When we face tensions, even his hands get cuts. Just goes to say that he shares our pain equally. Trusting him is all that is needed.

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And lastly, let us not fret when the kite gets cut and falls. Trust… while you feel the kite of your life is lost… Trust… While you feel that its falling into oblivion… Trust… That somewhere down there’s an eager kite runner, who is running the fastest race of his life just to catch you… Just to catch that beautiful colorful speck of the sky.. Trust that you still are the reason for happiness for many. Trust that you still are the reason for their smiles. trust that it is all a part of his plan… Trust… And take the fall, because he is there to catch you… in the form of that kite runner… Trust… And surrender…

Take the flight…
Take the fall…
That is life…
That is all...
Happy flying…


Bachhawat, Aditi