Meaning: ‘Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharanam vraja… Sloka in Bhagavad Gita

In the Bhagavad Gita it is written that, ‘Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharanam vraja . Aham tvam sarva-papebhyo mokshayishyami ma shucah’. Does the definition of Dharma (here meaning one’s religion) become different before a Guru? Yes, having said all that He had to, at the end of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, ‘Sarva-dharman […]

Dharma holds Key to an integrated life

Human life represents progress from malignity to — excellence not a static, cyclic reputation of biological necessities. It is an advancement from the transient to the permanent, from ignorance to wisdom and from mortality to life immortal. Progress is also a dual process of conserving the value which we have acquired and adding on to them in other to meet the contingencies and demands. This is the […]

Scriptural Texts cleanse mind of impurities

“Do we have any chemical to wipe out impurities in our mind”, Yes, says our holy literature. Texts packed with spiritual exercises take the role of detergents in this task. The mind can be flushed of dirt by strictly adhering to the doctrines embedded in sacred books and by upholding the guidelines laid down in […]

Move Mountains With Faith

Move Mountains With Faith…. What a single glance can convey, a thousand conversations cannot. And what a moment of deep silence can convey, even a thousand glances cannot. Meditation is deep rest, and only your faith (in the Divine) can bring that deep rest. And what is the faith you should have? Faith that the […]

Symbolism of Janmashtami | Why celebrate Sri Krishna’s birth

Krishna as Damodara

Symbolism of Janmashtami and why celebrate Sri Krishna’s birth in words of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living. India would not be India if you take away Lord Krishna and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These epics are like the two eyes of our country. They are not related to just one […]

Ananya Sharan Bhaava (single minded devotion)? How does one acquire that?

Ananya Sharan Bhaava (single minded devotion)? How does one acquire that? Don’t get into the circle of acquiring this. Know that it is already inside you. Don’t do spiritual shopping. Sometimes people might tell you, ‘Come to this place and bring a black purse with you, and you will get all this luck or power’, […]

What do you do when people criticize your Guru, religious book or your belief?

What do you do when people criticize your Guru, religious book or your belief? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, explained it very well during a Satsang with his disciples. Just give a big smile. Tell them you smile at their ignorance. That one comment does more work than getting angry […]

The Big Four C’s: Commitment, Connectivity, Compassion & Creativity

What are the the Big Four C’s: Commitment, Connectivity, Compassion & Creativity? We need to see how we can bring these four Cs into the setup we are in. Commitment: We must take it for granted that people are committed. Never question the commitment of the person. If you tell someone that they are not […]

Sri Krishna’s Mission

Lord Krishna preaching Bhagavad Gita

God acts according to the wishes of His sincere devotes,Sri Krishna agrees to go as an emissary and bring about a rapproachment between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, avoiding the path of war in settling their dispute. Fully aware that His errand will not be a success, He complies with the request of His devotees […]

Quotes of Swami Vivekananda on Mistakes & errors in Life

Here are some quotes of Swami Vivekananda on our mistakes. He says mistakes and errors are the most common things in our life. We need to move on by learning from them. Here are the quotes of Swami Vivekananda.. “Our mistakes have a place here. Go on! Do not look back if you think you […]

Don’t Just Motivate, Inspire People

You know, the president of World bank once asked me a question. He asked me, ‘Gurudev, we do so many projects but most of them don’t reach the point of success. How come all your projects are successful? What is the secret?’ I said, ‘The secret is I don’t manage it, I let it go […]

Count to 10 before you speak, says Gautama Buddha

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If you react immediately to criticism then you’ll often react in a knee-jerk manner. And the words that come out may be overemotional, vicious and unnecessary. Count to at least 10 after someone has criticized you. Then respond. This simple way of calming yourself down and regaining some perspective can save you a lot of […]

Different Types of Speech, Different Types of Silence..

Are there different types of emptiness. Silence is silence, emptiness is emptiness. If a bowl is empty, you can’t ask what type of emptiness is it. But if it is filled you can ask what is it filled with. In speech, there are four different type of speech, Para, Pashyanti, Madhyama and Vaikhari. Vaikhari.is the gross level of […]

How to deal with Failure?

How to deal with failure? No learning, or advice is helpful in that state of mind. What do I do? Remember that you’re going to die one day. You are going to leave everything behind. All your degrees, awards, necklaces and diamonds, everything will remain here, of which you’ve been so possessive. So when you […]

Why are the rivers revered so much in India?

Why are the rivers revered so much in India? Sri Sri Ravishankar answers this question in his satsang at Art of Living. Well, in all ancient cultures around the world rivers, mountains and trees were all revered. There were considered sacred. Not just rivers, even trees are very holy. Like Peepal tree (or banyan tree) […]

Omnipotence of the Lord

Krishna can be in constant companionship with us because He is omnipotent. Therefore, He can be fully in touch with us by His words. His words and He are not different. That is omnipotence. Omnipotence means that everything relating to Him has the same potency. For example, here in this material world, if we are […]