Art of Living Experiences.

Sudarshan Kriya experience of Shyama Sondhi, the first Art of Living teacher to venture in Kashmir, a lady and, a painter of repute-

I was comfortable in life – didn’t have anything to worry about. There was no particular prelude to my joining the Art of Living program. It was just an idle incidence, or so I thought…


Midway during the Sudarshan Kriya, I started feeling suffocated, tired and not up to breathing anymore. So I pushed myself up to escape through the door. But as I did so, there was a ruffle of whiteness beside me and I felt the meaningful touch of three fingers on my shoulder, followed by a silent whisper – “Don’t move… keep on breathing. You will be able to do it, I am helping you.” The feel of the touch lingered on. I felt the presence of a saintly figure giving me assurance. Then I was bathed in moonlight which was bright like sunshine. My breathing during the Sudarshan Kriya went on in its different rhythms. I let go of myself (it just happened).


Later on – much later, I heard somebody crying his heart out. There was such acute anguish and unexpressed pain in the crying that tears of compassion sprang to my eyes. The intensity of that outburst, that vulnerability and helplessness, was unbearable. I thought to myself that I would make friends with this person and give help by being around. There was a condensed loneliness in the whole affair of listening quietly to the heartbreaking crying of someone. When we were lying down after the Sudarshan kriya, I experienced an unusual sadness. An overwhelming emptiness engulfed me – how can anybody cry so much – how much hurt must be hidden inside!


When finally I opened my eyes, I found several pairs of eyes looking towards me. I felt awkward by the way other participants were taking care of me. I asked the person sitting next to me why I was being given so much attention. She told me, “You cried so much, why, what is wrong?”


Then the electric realisation dawned on me – “My God! It was me who was crying my heart out!” I was amazed how I felt that I was hearing the cries of someone else. The entire episode was vivid in my memory but as a witness. Then I looked around for the person who had stood next to me during the kriya but I couldn’t see the saintly presence in the room.


That night I slept like a new born child sleeps after its first bath. Sudarshan Kriya had stripped away long years of emotional blocks and tapped into my inner happiness. I was experiencing the boundless joy within. Me – humming, singing, dancing and trying to fly like a bird – the barriers were crossed. A new me had arisen. Physically my immune system improved. The chronic pain in my lower back which doctors could not cure for years, vanished instantly.


When I went to attend the Advanced Meditation Program at Rishikesh, I had the honour of meeting Sri Sri Ravi Shankar personally for the first time (I had not even seen his photograph till then).

I was dazed to see him because he was the one who had stood next to me during the difficult moments of my first kriya, keeping his hand on my shoulder. I was equally amazed at his remark – “So you have come!”

Courtesy – The Art of Healing

Art of Living Experiences.

The horror of living with a spouse addicted to alcohol is unimaginable.

My husband was an alcoholic. I say ‘was’ as now he is off drinks. I paid the price for this with the life of our only son who left us at the tender age of 10 in 2011. My husband had lost his job and had a labor case against his employer. With his only support being alcohol he eventually became an addict, turned paranoid and deluded. He saw things and people following him the family. While visiting a mall he picked up our only child and flung him down from the first floor of the mall and jumped down himself. I was watching in disbelief, as if detached from my body.

The mall was decorated for Christmas celebrations with white angels and fairies. There must have been real fairies and angels present as my son was leaving this Earth.  They must have all been there in millions to take him away, only I could not see them.

From the first floor of the mall I saw my son on the ground and my husband lying a little away from him. I came running down the escalator and when I went near my son there was already a big crowd around him. I was pulled away from my son and made to sit down. I called up my family in India and told them what had happened.

The ambulance came and took my son and husband away to the hospital. To help me go to the hospital one of my Art of Living friends came to the mall with his family. By the time I reached the hospital the entire Art of Living family from Bahrain was there.

My son was unconscious with a fracture on the head. My husband had a fractured leg and surprisingly he was conscious. I gave them healing through a technique learnt in the Art of Living blessing program.

Later my husband was taken into custody and put in a special security ward.

This was the horror I was facing and yet I remained totally detached and witnessed it all as a happening. Was that me? I wonder now!  How did I manage to stay centered and calm? I surprised the doctors and nurses as I refused to take any tranquilizers. It was as if a Divine force had taken over me.

I had become an Art of Living teacher just 3 months before this tragedy.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar my gurudev

My son came into my life with my Guru and soon after I became an Art of Living teacher, he left. He was my little guru, giving me all the knowledge points of Art of Living. My husband and son had a very loving relationship and it was the little one’s sacrifice that cured the dad of his addiction.

Like a concerned friend Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar telephoned me at the hospital and asked what happened. My husband was in police custody. I lost my son 4 days later when love of whole Bahrain was around me.  My husband did not know we had lost our child. He was not allowed to know as he was being assessed and interrogated.

The doctors expected me to be rolling on the floor, pull my hair, take a dagger and kill my husband. Nothing like that happened. Throughout my son’s passing away and his cremation it was the presence of the Guru that kept me in a sane, calm and centered state. People around me wondered, how is she managing to do this!

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I went to meet Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji soon after the incident and with his blessings made the decision to be with my husband. Do not see intention behind others mistakes- I knew he was not responsible for the act.  The knowledge given by Gurudev kept me centered and strong. I accepted the present moment as it is. I was not a football of others opinion who told me to leave my husband and let him go to jail. Opposite values are complementary, I was sure this had happened for a big reason. I kept hearing my son’s soul telling me “mom, I am leaving you as you have a lot of good work to do. I am setting you free, you don’t have to worry about my school, my eating and my extra curricular activities. Mom I will see you soon. I love you”.

My husband was acquitted of all charges and set free. It was a miracle in the legal history of this country. I KNEW WHOSE POWER WAS BEHIND IT.

It is now two and half years after the tragedy and I can say I AM HAPPY!! But for my Master and his wisdom I would not have been writing this today.

- Jayashree

Art of Living Experiences.

Any form of substance abuse is criminal. It makes you dead, even while you are alive.

One in four children in our country is exposed to alcoholism and drug addiction in the family. Thus one in four children in your vicinity might be hiding their embarrassment, confusion, hurt or shame about what’s going on at home.

An alcoholic or drug addict can cause big problems for his his/ her family.  Families of alcohol dependent persons risk facing violence, disruption of family rituals, separation, divorce, inappropriate role models and economic difficulties.

A child living with an alcoholic lose his/her childhood. With a higher rate of emotional troubles like anxiety and depression they face issues at schools such as difficulty in concentration and behavioral problems.

In the case of a teenage addict, the family faces insurmountable trauma. The parent child equation is completely strained in such a situation. Parents fear that they may lose their child completely and often get emotionally blackmailed.

 Addiction also comes in the way of a happily married couple. Your addiction to alcohol or drugs will make you see your spouse as a means to get that which you really love – drugs and alcohol! And when you don’t get it, you will get violent, stressed, depressed and dump all that frustration on your innocent spouse.

In this dark world of addiction, there is still HOPE!  Sudarshan Kriya is the journey from a harmful dependency to a healing experience. Yoga, Panayam and Meditation help in erasing the craving in you and take you to a happy world.

In fact hardcore addicts who have completely healed and transformed because of Sudarshan Kriya vouch for it. Sameer, from Bihar who consumed all kind of substance abuses including sleeping pills says, “Even if you meditate for five minutes in a day, you cannot do anything wrong”. Ashish Sachdeva, an alcoholic from Haryana, shares, “While Yoga helped me reduce weight tremendously, 35 kgs in the first year of practicing it; Sudarshan Kriya was positively influencing and working on my mind”. Narayan Agrawal, an addict from Orissa said, “Doing Sudarshan Kriya bought in stability in his life”.

It has been conclusively been proven that the Art of Living techniques developed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wipe out the inner void, due to which an addict turns to substance abuses. In fact, with the regular practice of Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya and meditaion, these addicts no longer crave for instant gratification from the world of substances. Instead, by gradually going inwards and they truly fall in love with themselves!

~ Sunita Nair