What is the Art of Living?
Art of living is all about leading a normal and enjoyable life, amidst
all the tensions and stresses that inundate living today. It is more of
a technique through which we learn to eliminate strains and worries and
increase happiness and joy in our life. The concept of art of living has
become so popular that it is being adopted at the corporate level also.
Organizations are using it to help their executives in dealing with high
levels of stress.
Art of Living Foundation by Sri Sri Ravishankar
Sri Sri Ravishankar is the one who pioneered the art of living concept.
He established a foundation, known as the Art Of Living Foundation, in
India, to promote this concept. People come to the various centers of
this foundation, also known as the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Foundation, to
listen to the Guru and learn the technique of coping with life. The
Mecca of Art of Living Foundation is in the Bangalore city of India.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
As far as appearances go, Sri Sri Ravishankar comes across as a tiny
little man with flowing hair and beard. But, it is his soothing voice
and the power of his words that keep people glued to their seat
throughout his discourses. He speaks very softly, eulogizing the virtues
of love and brotherhood. He embraces all the people who come to attend
his discourses. After attending the art of living sessions by
Ravishankar, you will feel more at peace with yourself.
Also known by the name of Gurudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been
walking on the path of a spiritual guide and a teacher since a long
time. Right from childhood, he was involved with scriptures and
religious environment. He has served the Transcendental Meditation Guru
and mystic, Maharishi Maheshyogi, as a senior and trusted lieutenant.
The credit of spreading Maharishi's gospel in South Africa as well as
the rest of world goes mainly to Sri Sri Ravishankar.
The Technique of the Art of Living
The main technique behind the art of living concept is the Sudarshan
Kriya. The basic course is based on this Kriya only and the other
courses also derive from it. As per this technique, the main reason
behind lethargy, inefficiency, ill health and sickness are the toxins,
which accumulate in our system at a cellular level. Sudarshan Kriya aims
at removing the toxins from the body, by oxygenating and revitalizing
these cells. This leads to a balance in the physical, emotional and
mental states and brings satisfaction in life.