Art of Living Stories.

People have this idea that being a Guru is a serious business. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Presenting a hilarious sharing about Gurudev by Dvorah Adler:


It’s Saturday night and I’m getting ready to see Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tomorrow. I just took a hot bath and I’m ready for bed when the phone rings.
I assume it’s someone from Los Angeles wanting a ride up North to a course or my daughter calling to make sure I’m still alive.
I answer the phone and someone on the other line says:
“Dvorahji? Guruji wants to talk to you?”
“Me???” I chirp. “Why would he want to talk to me?”
Then I suddenly hear laughter: “Dvorah!! How are you?”
It’s Guruji. I’m speechless but my “brain” kicks in. “Hi Guruji. You’re calling Me????”

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“Dvorah, come, come to see me?” When are you coming?”
“Guruji this is the first time you ever called me!” I stammer.
“How are you Dvorah, how are you doing?”
“I’m great Guruji. You called me, of course I’m great!”
“Well you better be” He chimes. “You don’t want to ruin my reputation!” He laughs and I also hear people in the background, roaring with laughter.

“I’m coming tomorrow Guruji. I have a hotel, and my son’s paying for it.”
Well, he says: “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll take care you…”
“OH Guruji, that’s so kind and sweet of you, but it’s ok, I have a hotel”
“Ok, but remember, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll take care of you”

“Ohh Guruji, you’re too much! This is too much!”
“If this is too much I better go now!”
“NO NO- I CANT TAKE IT. Don’t go!” I’m gleefully pleading, but to no avail.
“Jai guru dev” he sings – and he is gone!

I sit there in my nightgown BLOWN AWAY!!!…
“BOY!!!!! He must’ve been bored if he called me!” I chuckle
OR….maybe my time is up and he called to give me last rites! (my dark sense of humor kicks in).
Wouldn’t that be a kick, I chuckle!! Jai Guru Dev and off to lala LAND. What a great way to go!! hahaha

The morning seems perfect. I get in the car and I’m off to San Jose. It’s a long ride and of course I get lost. (I’m a dyslexic driver).



He knew. He knew all along it wouldn’t work out. I am blown away with wonder. How the heck did he know????

I get in my car to try and find the Hyatt where Sri Sri is staying. I finally find it after driving around in circles and pull into a parking space.
How will I find him, I wonder, It’s a huge hotel with 14 floors.

NO sooner do I get out of the car then I recognize someone walking by with his family. I wave him down:
“I remember you, we were on a course together”.
He nods: ‘Hi Dvorah. I remember you too, I saw you on a course having fun with Guruji.”
I look at him thankfully: “Oh thank God I found you. Do you know where Guruji is?”
He points a couple of yards away: “He’s right over there, giving Darshan.”

We walk in and there is Gurudev no more than two feet in front of me. I smile like a crazy lady, I’m so happy to see him.

He throws a bunch of petals at me and sings: “OH Dvorah, you’re here!”
I’m still beaming like a crazy lady as Guruji takes my hand and asks:
“Dvorah, you have a room?”
I shake my head: “No Guruji”.
He calls one of his helpers over and points at me: “Find Dvorah a room”.
I twirl right in front of him, It’s all I could do to show my joy.

Guruji kept his promise. I followed his helper to my new hotel room. Where do you think the room was???? It was on the 14th floor, right next to His room!!

Can you believe that??? RIGHT NEXT TO HIM.

It was so weird, I was beyond shocked. How is that possible? I mean really? How is that possible?? I’m in a room RIGHT NEXT to the Guru. It’s Crazy!!!

No sooner do I put my things away then I’m called into Sri Sri’s greeting room. I walk in and all of a sudden we start having the most ridiculous, hilarious, outlandish conversation in front of an entire crowd of devotees and I AM STOKED. HAPPY TO BE A STRAIGHT MAN for my HILARIOUS, WITTY, TINGE OF SARCASM with A TOUCH OF DARK HUMOR – GURU. IT’S A BLAST!! I feel like Lucy hanging with Rickie (who happens to be my GURU). WHAT a trip!

This happens several days in a row, and by this time I’m so grateful, I’m begging for Seva!!! (and if you know me – that’s a miracle!!) I start bringing ice water to devotees waiting to see Gurudev in the hot lobby. I want to do more, but everything seems under control. I’m a guest, and I relax into my good fortune. I’m blessed for no reason WHATSOEVER. I JUST AM. And GUESS WHAT??? So are U! Yea! UUUUUUUUU!!!!

U are always taken care of. I promise U. U ARE ALWAYS taken care of. The DIVINE takes care of you. PERIOD. Relax. Just relax and the most amazing things will happen when you least expect it. The DIVINE is your nature. The GURU is your nature……and when you need IT/HIM - “He’ll” put you up in a hotel room right next to HIM and make FUN with/of U!  And you won’t know what HIT U. You’ll just know that life is good especially for U at this moment and IT ALWAYS WILL BE! (whether it seems that way or not!!) hahahahhahahahahahaaha


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This is the first of the three part story which have been written by  Dvorahji Dvorah Adler



Art of Living Wisdom.

 Millions worldwide celebrated the auspicious day of Guru Purnima with beloved Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji on July 12, 2014. Sri Sri is in Art of Living Retreat Centre, Boone, North Carolina. Apart from a few thousand who were with him in Boone, hundreds of thousands of people joined Guru Purnima Celebrations with the Master in the virtual world!



More than 1700,000 devotees expressed their gratitude to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and took his blessings through Facebook and Twitter. Sri Sri too responded to this outpouring of gratitude with special personal messages to 2 Lakh followers on Twitter.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was joined by people from more than 109 countries on the live Guru Purnima webcast for Gurupuja,, Meditation and Satsang.


Here is the essence of wisdom shared by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankarduring the Guru Purnima 2014 special Satsang :


Guru is present like the space in life. The Guru Principle is like Air! You just cannot escape it! It is Omnipresent. And just like air is all around but you can feel it better when you are closer to the fan, similarly you feel the essence of the guru tatva in the presence of the Master. Today is the day to recognize the Air, the Guru Principle and the role it has played in our life!


Gratefulness is the way to reach the Guru tatva. Gratefulness takes you to bliss!  Guru Tatva removes all suffering.


Guru Purnima with Sri Sri 

Humans need the Guru Tatva for wisdom. It is good fortune, a privilege to have access to wisdom and ancient knowledge. Today is the occasion to remember and celebrate the life with knowledge, in knowledge and for knowledge. Wisdom can eliminate misery in the world. If Wisdom cannot bring Happiness, nothing can. 


May you get even more gifts in life so you can share them with all. 


Wisdom is not just information. Wisdom is a quality of life and cannot be achieved by stuffing yourself with information. It is a quality of your consciousness ,which triggers and make you wise. This get transferred though good company. The presence of the Guru shifts the quality of consciousness.

You can feel the presence of the Guru tatva even without being in his physical presence. The point in between the eyebrows has been defined as the seat of the Guru by the science of Yoga. The Guru tatva pulls you to the inner space & you become pure and it connects you to bliss. When you enter pure space through sadhana/meditation, you reach bliss, the guru tatva. Wisdom come by the Shift in your consciousness which comes by Grace. 


Luck is something you cannot explain!


Gratefulness leads you to Guru tatva and eventually Bliss! When you find solace you feel even more grateful! So Wisdom is nothing but that quality of your consciousness. Words cannot describe what is wisdom and everyone their life experiences Wisdom. Wisdom holds the key for happiness. No wisdom no happiness.


People seeking happiness and better quality of life will have to come to the #Guru to attain it.

One who has a Guru in life tastes Nectar and the one who doesn’t have a Guru his life goes dry!  There is plenty of nectar in the inner realm of being. One who has a Guru has access to it.


The quality of Life gets a shift in the presence of the #Guru. It is a gift that is bestowed. Wisdom and Bliss cannot be given just like that. We have to earn it through a Guru. 


#Guru does not accept or reject anyone. It is the student who accepts (a Guru) as my Guru. 


 Wisdom is the quality of consciousness which can be developed through sadhana and grace. Simply taking your attention to a quality will help to imbibe that quality. Pratasmaraniya – Worth remembering first thing in the morning. A Guru is Pratasmaraniya. Whenever you wake up, think about the Guru first thing in the morning so that your consciousness becomes like Him. Emotion catches emotions, so thinking about a wise man will make you wise. 

 Guru Purnima with Sri Sri 3


When you walk around in life from now on you can walk with the faith that you have been given a gem inside you! Walk with the faith that you a carrying a diamond within you!  A Lady Saint called Meera was a devotee of Shri Krishna and realized that she cannot move on in life without a Guru, so she approached a cobbler an made him her Guru. The Cobbler gave her a Guru Mantra and Meera composed beautiful bhajans with her Mantra. 


Spiritual Wisdom carries you forward. Honour this wisdom. 


Compiled by – Anamika Khosla


Art of Living Experiences, Art of Living Wisdom.

 On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, a devotee express his gratitude for the tatva that lights up his life for real #ThankYouSriSri

It was no ordinary day. Being coaxed by my friends and a doctor as a possible cure for my migraine which was almost becoming chronic, I was attending the Art of Living Basic Course (as it was called then) in Bangalore with of lot of reluctance. The first two days were no big deal. Nothing extraordinary! It didn’t look like I was heading towards anything like a cure for my headache. I was feeling vindicated about my conviction that there is no way a white-robed, long-haired guru can cure my migraine which the modern science has failed to do so.


The world changed the next day. It was the day of the Sudarshan Kriya! The day when my Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lovingly whispered something very deep into my consciousness! The sound was so amazingly soothing that the meaning of what was heard didn’t really matter. I became just unconditionally happy! It was later that I got to know what “So Ham” actually means. Who cares? #ThankYouSriSri

Then on, life became beautiful. I felt light, I began to smile effortlessly. I became one with my own life. I became free! My anger dropped, negative feelings gave way to more refined and positive patterns! Oh, I almost forgot to mention about my migraine. No wonder! It’s has been 14 years since my last migraine attack and my first Sudarshan Kriya! #ThankYouSriSri


Was it a magic? Or did something logical really happen? Being a journalist who was trained and programmed to be a skeptic about anything under the sun, I was not going to dismiss it easily as an out-of-the-world occurrence! Was it something like hypnotism? There could be a thousand and one ways to explain that phenomenon. But one I actually think that made all the difference was that I connected with my Guru that moment. He whispered infinity into my ears!

In a few paces of breath, I was taken to a new world of serenity, bliss and liveliness! Until then, I was totally ignorant about and oblivious to the very existence of a world like that!

What wizardry did the guru do? He didn’t do any manipulation! He just lifted the veils and planted a new level of awareness in me! And that’s the role a true Guru plays! Unlike, the teachers who give shiksha (knowledge), a Guru gives diksha (heightened awareness). He kindles the life force. He awakens the pinnacle of intellect.

He actually started teaching me about life. Sri Sri made me realize how different layers of my existence interplay, what controls my mind, what nourishes my soul, etc. As I acquired a little understanding about life, it became simpler to handle. That’s logical, for anything you have knowledge about becomes easy to handle. For those who have knowledge of cooking, even making an elaborate and lavish meal is a child’s play. But to the one who has no knowledge, even making a cup of tea becomes a challenging task.

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That explains why we need a Guru, a mentor, in life. Whatever we have learnt in life is because we have had a teacher to teach us. I know writing because I had teachers who taught me journalism. Many of us know driving because we learnt it from that instructor from the local driving school. The equation is that simple. We have always needed a guru to gain knowledge. But paradoxically we feel we don’t need a guru to learn about life. How can it be possible?

Why, then, is this reluctance to accept a Guru for life? Is it because we don’t know whom to learn from about life? Or is it hard to trust someone with our lives? But Indian culture has always revered the concept of a spiritual guru. Even in the Sufi tradition, the system of peer-mursheed is sacrosanct! Having a Master was not just considered a matter of pride, but a mandatory progression!

This beautiful offering from the Guru Strotam by Adi Shankaracharya sums it up all. “Na guror adhikam tatwam, na guror adhikam tapa, Na guror adhikam jnanam.” There is no principle is greater than Guru. No penance is greater than Guru. And no wisdom is greater than Guru! I am at the centre of that ultimate principle! And that’s what I am really feeling grateful about this Guru Purnima!