How to become a calmer, gentler, and less reactive person…

In order to become a calmer, gentler, and less reactive person, it’s essential to understand that your experience of life is created from the inside out – not the other way around, as it so often seems. Imagine many people stuck in a traffic jam. A vast majority of these people had just finished work. […]

Understanding the Absolute Truth

At present, we are concerned primarily with two things: one, ourselves; and the other, the place where we live. In other words, we are concerned with two objects: namely, everything that is related to our gross and subtle bodies; and the world at large, with all its paraphernalia. But there are others above us, the […]

There are still going to be errors, but focus on doing the best you can

You can try and try – you can make allowances for contingencies and mix-ups, but there are still going to be errors. And when errors happen, forget a promise, meeting, or commitment; then someone is going to be hurt, upset, mad, or disappointed. Rather than becoming upset, defensive, or guilty, maintain your bearings and remain […]

Karma is a Complicated Play..

Karma is a Complicated Play — Whenever we ask our teachers about Karma (doership), they reply, ‘Gurudev says that it is a complicated play’. We want to know more about this complicated play. Karma is very complex. There are so many types of Karma, there is individual karma, family karma, society karma, karma of the […]

Difference between Dvaita and Advaita Philosophy in Hinduism

“What is the difference between Dvaita Philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya and Advaita Philosophy of Sri Shakaracharya?” This is a question raised by a devotee at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s satsang. Let us read Guruji’s reply to him… ‘Advaita’ is like quantum physics and ‘Dvaita’ is like chemistry. In chemistry you say there are these many […]

Does God really exist? If yes, then how can we experience the God?

Does God really exist? If yes, then how can we experience Him? Let’s read the reply of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji to the question raised by a disciple during a Satsang. I have come to tell you that God exists and He is in you. I have come to tell you this. Don’t try to […]

Characteristics of an Intelligent Man

A small child walking with his father goes on inquiring constantly. He asks his father so many odd things, and the father has to satisfy him with proper answers. When I was a young father in my householder life, I was over flooded with hundreds of questions from my second son, who was my constant […]

Arishadvarga (Six Enemies of the Mind), How to overcome Arishadvarga?

Arishadvarga, the six enemies of the mind are: desire, anger, greed, attachment, pride and jealousy. How do we overcome the six enemies of the mind? To this perplexing question from a disciple, Sri Sri Ravishankar (Founder of Art of Living) replied in his satsang. Let’s read what he said… If you have nothing to do […]

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism, Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living explaining about the concept of Karma in his own words. Now Karma means what? You have heard so much about Karma. The real meaning of is Karma is Action. Action can be classified into three: The past, present and future. The past […]

The Emperor’s Seed: How an emperor chosen his Successor

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor.  Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day.  He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the […]

Put yourself in the shoes of the person you are asking or seeking help

I’ve written or called hundreds of people during my career who have never written back or returned my call. I’ve learned that people are often overwhelmed and overcommitted, and therefore unable or unwilling to help me. Instead of feeling defeated, I try to focus instead on how grateful I am that many other people have […]

Significance of taking birth, dying and then again taking birth

Why do we take birth and what is the point in taking birth and dying, and then again taking birth? To this perplexing question from a devotee in Satsang of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravishankar replies…. Do you know games? I don’t understand why you play games. Why do you play cricket? Somebody runs […]

Significance of Ayush Homa on birthdays, anniversaries

What is the significance of Ayush Homa performed during birthdays & anniversaries? The chanting of mantras creates an environment of positivity and sacredness. Mantras have an impact at the subtle level also. Our physical body is the gross body, while our subtle body is 1.5 times larger than the gross body. And the Karana Sharira […]

Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Transcendental literature

Religion includes four primary subjects, namely pious activities, economic development, satisfaction of the senses, and finally liberation from material bondage. Irreligious life is a barbarous condition. Indeed, human life begins when religion begins. Eating, sleeping, fearing, and mating are the four principles of animal life. These are common both to animals and to human beings. […]

What Upanishads say about getting closer to Guru?

In the Upanishads you speak about getting close to the master. Does this also mean in a physical way? For this query raised by one of his devotees, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, explaining in a descriptive manner in his own words.. We are already here. We are physically sitting close here […]

Importance of Sandhya Vandanam

Sandhya Vandanam

I had my Upanayanam many years ago but I never quite understood the significance of the ceremony, the thread and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please explain? Isn’t Kriya enough, why Sandhyavandanam? To this doubt raised by a devotee in Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, explaining the importance of Sandhya Vandanam… Yes, you […]

Significance of Prana Prathistha of idols

Yes, the aagama literature has a lot of knowledge about it, how the prana (energy) is induced into a statue or an idol. In a temple, there are statues all over, everywhere, but they are not really worshipped. The one which is worshiped is in the center chamber, and they do a lot of ceremonies. […]

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva?

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva? What is definition of Shiva Tattva and how to learn or understand Shiva Tattva? You ask what is the Shiva Tattva. I tell you, what is it that is not (encompassed or contained by) the Shiva Tattva? We are all immersed in the Shiva Tattva. […]