Thursday, February 6, 2014


Caption: Sri Ravishankar Guruji, Founder of Art of Living, is seen delivering a spiritual discourse at the Open-Air Auditorium in Manasagangotri last evening.

Mysore, Feb. 5- “Patriotism and devotion are like two faces of the same coin. A healthy society can be created only if all of us involve in social service activities with the belief that the Almighty resides in Nature,” said Sri Ravishankar Guruji, Founder of Art of Living.

He was delivering a spiritual discourse on ‘Healthy Mind- Healthy Society’ as part of Art of Living’s Swastha Samaja Abhiyan at the Open Air theatre in Manasagangotri last evening, under the aegis of Art of Living, Mysore Kendra.

“The land, water, air and other natural resources gifted to us by nature must be kept clean and preserved. But we find that all the water bodies are polluted. Even the air is polluted. Trees are being felled and forests are getting denuded. If this continues, how can we have a healthy society?” questioned  Guruji and added, “Every individual must pledge to protect the environment. We can attain spiritual progress only if we indulge in social service works.”

“Liquor must be banned”

“The society can never be healthy unless consuming alcohol is totally banned in the society. People must realise that crimes like rape take place under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, violence must also be eradicated from the society,” said Sri Ravishankar and added, “Political rivalry, casteism, religious intolerance, discrimination and other social evils must be eradicated.”

Take care of health

“Mind is the foundation stone for a healthy life. For a healthy mind, a healthy body is essential. Every second, four crore information reach our mind, of which only 40 are saved and only three to four remembered in the memory. Hence, it is essential that a healthy body and healthy mind is maintained,” Ravishankar Guruji said and advised that healthy food must be consumed to attain this.

“Presently, there is only 0.4% carbon in the atmosphere. Hence, the food items that we grow lack nutrition. Soil fertility too has been adversely affected due to the excessive use of chemical fertilisers, weedicides and pesticides,” he said and rued that even the drinking water lacked essential minerals. He advocated for the consumption of Tulasi (Basilicum sanctum) and other plants that have medicinal values and called upon the farmers to take up organic cultivation.

‘Made Snana’ does not bring peace

“Practising rituals like ‘Made Snana’ (the ritual at Kukke Subramanya of rolling over leftovers on plantain leaves on which Brahmins had eaten) and walking on fire does not give one a peace of mind,” said  Guruji, adding, “Such rituals, avowals, certain ancient traditions and other religious practices do not atone one’s sins. It is only if one’s conscience is clear that the body will be clean and healthy.”

Humaneness of Mysoreans

In between the discourse,  Gururji recalled with pleasure his visit to Mysore when he was a student. “Mysore city was a very serene place then. It was said, in those days that if one has to witness humaneness, one has to visit Mysore. People who visited Mysore to witness Dasara were considered guests by the locals who provided food and boarding facilities. However, it is unfortunate that here too, incidents of crime are on the rise these days and the society’s health has deteriorated,” he rued.


After the discourse,  Guruji made the audience do meditation and some simple exercises for about 20 minutes. When he said that even the politicians must do regular exercise for a healthy society, the entire audience raised their hands in approval.

Before the arrival of the Guruji, Shalini-Srinivas couple rendered bhajans.

Earlier,  Guruji was received amidst the playing of chande. The houseful audience, comprising not only Mysoreans but also foreigners, were given a small slip to write their questions, if any, and hand it over to  Guruji who spoke both in English and Kannada.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

"Anandha Vaibhavam" Bharathiyar Songs

ஜனவரி 31 ஆம் திகதி குருதேவரின் கோவை விஜயத்தின் போது "ஆனந்த வைபவம்" என்ற சத்சங்க நிகழ்வில் பல இலட்சக்கணக்கான மக்கள் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து புரட்சி கவி பாரதியாரின் பாடல்களை பாடும் மிக பிரம்மாண்டமான நிகழ்ச்சி நடைபெற இருக்கிறது. குருதேவரின் வழிகாட்டுதலின் படி அதே நாளில் தமிழகத்தின் பல பாகங்களிலும் பாரதியார் பாடல்களை ஒன்று கூடி பாட இருக்கிறார்கள். எனவே தாங்களும் தங்களுடைய ஊரில் பள்ளியிலோ, கல்லூரியிலோ, போது இடங்களிலோ அல்லது வாழும் கலை மைய்யத்ிலோ வைத்து சரித்திர புகழ் வாய்ந்த இந்த நிகழ்வை நடாத்த கேட்டு கொள்கிறோம் . இதனுடன் அதற்கு தேவையான அனைத்து விடயங்களை இணைத்துள்ளோம்

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Mega Celebration at Coimbatore.

The entire Art of living family Coimbatore is eagerly awaiting Guruji's  visit on January 30th and 31st. Here is a glimpse on the arrangements and Programmes slated during Guruji's visit in a video. This may be shared with as many people as possible. We cordially invite everyone of you to come and be part of this Mega Celebration.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sri Sri praises Modi, asks people to vote for stable govt

CHANDRAPUR: In what could be viewed as another endorsement for BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi, spiritual leader and founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday praised the Gujarat chief minister for his performance in the state. He did not comment on Congress scion Rahul Gandhi but termed the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as inexperienced to lead the country. They even asked people to elect an experienced party which could give a stable government.

"I do not know Rahul Gandhi, I have never met him. But I have met Narendra Modi and he has done good work in Gujarat," Ravi Shankar said while interacting with reporters on sidelines of his visit to Chandrapur for Divya Satsang programme organized at Chanda Club ground.

He lamented that criminal elements are dominating politics and asked parties to scrutinize candidates before giving them election tickets. He also urged people to elect fair and non-corrupt candidates to help form a stable government.

Ravi Shankar ruled out AAP as a good option to run the country. Replying to a query regarding whom he preferred between BJP and AAP, he said, "Both are good, but the new party (AAP) lacks experience to lead the country. AAP should concentrate on governing Delhi for some time as they are new in the field (politics). People should prefer more experienced party to lead the country." He termed AAP as a motorist with a learning licence, who cannot be asked to drive over a mountain track.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Guruji's speech at International Yoga Festival Pondicherry.

Kind Courtesy Dinamalar.

Yoga is the best way to enforce prohibition, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says

PUDUCHERRY: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday termed people who do not practise yoga as ayogiyan (a term in Sanskrit and Tamil which means unethical person). "If you don't practise yoga, you are good for nothing. This has been the belief since ancient times," he said while speaking at the valedictory function of the 20th international yoga festival organized by the tourism department.

He was of the opinion that yoga would be the best way to enforce prohibition. "As violence is connected to alcoholism and substance abuse, we can eradicate the evils if we focus on promoting yoga. It will make our health and society better," he said.

Pointing out that most of the problems in the modern world were mainly due to lack of communication, he said yoga inculcated among people the skills to communicate. "Yoga brings the knowledge, passion and action together," he said.

He listed out types of yoga as bhakthi, karma and gnana and elaborated that love for the universe is bhakthi yoga, action based on love for universe is karma yoga and knowing what action is needed and how to reach out is gnana yoga. He said seer and poet Sri Aurobindo had practised integral yoga.

Sri Sri said there were 18 scriptures in Tamil Nadu and regretted that none of their scriptures were popularized. "If we teach those scriptures to our students they will get the much-needed spiritual strength," he said.

He advocated inclusion of yoga in school and college curriculums. Similarly, yoga and meditation must find space in the legal system. "Yoga and meditation are used in courts in some countries to resolve issues," he said.

Earlier, while speaking to a section of reporters, he sought Indian citizenship of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees staying at the camps in the country.

He said his organization had proposed to launch a movement to popularize works of Mahakavi Bharathiyar. "We will kick start the movement at Coimbatore on January 31," he said.

He appealed to people to spend at least one hour a day for water conservation. He said Aam Aadmi Party, which formed the government at the national capital, would need at least six months to one year to fulfill its poll promises.

He appealed to all voters to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections. read more at.