The Art of Living
Art of Living

The Art of Living Foundation is a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational non-governmental organisations (NGO). It was founded in 1981 by Ravi Shankar. The Art of Living Foundation is spread over 156 countries.

Let Time celebrate your presence, you keep smiling as ever.
Your life is perfect, it is a perfect plan; it is a spontaneous miracle. It is both every moment.
The seed of this Universe is deep inside you; the Self. In this human body it is possible to realise it fully.
Your life is perfect, it is a perfect plan; it is a spontaneous miracle. It is both every moment.
When you recognise both the simplicity and complexity of life, you will be skillfully peaceful.
White is the pure simplicity, colours are the complexity of life. When your heart is pure, your life becomes so colourful.
Friendliness, compassion and meditation should continue as practices until you realise that they are your very nature.
You are a pure crystal, Niranjana, untouched and unstained by anything
Examine everything in life and say ” This is nothing” and what remains is Love, and that is everything
Being completely immersed in the mystery of life and creation is Samadhi

Longing for worldly things makes you inert, longing for infinity fills you with life

When you see events as just ‘happenings’ rather than as doings, you are liberated right away.
Creation is anxious to fulfill your desires when you are hollow and empty.
Arjuna means one who is hungry for Knowledge. Knowledge is given to one who is hungry for it.
The formless is ruling your life. The formless is ruling the world. And there is a greater formlessness that is ruling this entire creation. And you are the center of that formlessness.
The mind looks for something new. The heart longs for the old. Life is a blend of both.
When you consider Life as sacred,Nature waits on you.
This creation, this very life, is a mystery, and the mystery cannot be understood. But it can be lived in its totality.
The only purpose for this body to exist is to make you aware of how beautiful you are, and to make you aware that it is possible to live all the values you cherish and create a world of divinity around you.
There is a song deep inside you. You are born to sing a song and you are preparing. You are moving around in the stage with your dresses, but you are forgetting to sing—holding the mike, too, but you are keeping silent. Till that time, you’ll be free.
Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is free can free you; one who is love can kindle the Love.

The greatest fortune in human life is to be able to say, “I want nothing and I am here for you.”
The whole life is Sadhana. Doing Pooja and other rituals are important but one should also celebrate whole life as sadhana.
Living in a finite body and expressing infinity is the possibility of human life.
Feeling and experiencing infinity within this finite body, living timelessness within the timespan of life- this is what you are here for.
Just open your fist and the sky is there in your hand.
However your life may be, it may be a leaf, water, fruit, flower, however it is, offer it with devotion. Your life itself is the fruit.
When we get in touch with the source of life then all other tensions, worries fall off and we can sing, dance and be happy. Life can become very intense, intense in the sense of being joyful.
Life is infinite. Though life is in every moment, it is also infinite. Your life has been here from thousands of years- from centuries- and your life will continue to be here for centuries.
Look at your life in contrast with the magnitude of Creation, space and time. Your life becomes insignificant. Ego disappears.
Your life is infinite. You are as old as these mountains and you will remain forever.

The centre focus of our life is spiritual growth, is peace, and then all other things will be around that. Your first and foremost commitment in life is to be with the Truth, to evolve in truth.
The entire life is a futile exercise to express the inexpressible.
Everything in this universe is dynamic. There is nothing that is static. Even the mountains appear to be static, but they are not static, they are all dynamic. Every atom is dynamic in this universe.
Life springs from love- the origin is love and life seeks love. The goal of life is also love, and in between life is sustained by love.
The rush to enjoy robs the joy from life. All the rush that you have in your life only denies the joy and freedom of here and now. Slowing down does not mean lethargy or procrastination. It is easy to be in either extreme of being in a rush.
The whole philosophy of life is based on letting go.
Devotees are the fan; God is the air. The air is always there, but the fans make you feel it.

When a drop meets the ocean, it becomes the ocean. When a devotee surrenders to the Divine the Devotee becomes Divine.
One who is in love with the entire Universe worships everything in this Universe.
A disciple or a devotee has closeness and nearness as well as respect, all combined in one.
A devotee is not there even for wisdom. He is simply is in love. He has fallen in deep love with the Master with the infinite, with God. He doesn’t care whether he gets enlightened or not.
When everything is in abundance, dispassion happens. And when dispassion is there, everything comes in abundance.

Make your smile cheaper and your anger expensive.

Use anger as a tool but don’t be a tool of anger.
If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love

You should be ready for any challenge. This readiness will make you happy.
The best form of worship (puja) is to be happy, is to be grateful.
Be happy. This is a blessing and an order.
In joy, in peace, in that soothing inner state, you will find happiness.
Be happy: devoid of sorrow.
Happiness is when you want nothing, and you want to give. Where the wanting and desires end, and the sharing begin, happiness is exactly there.
Happiness depends only on your mind. When the mind is free of past impressions and future cravings, happiness is there.
In joy, in peace, in that soothing-very soothing-inner state, you will find happiness.
The love that is defined by a relationship is limited. Dive deep in a love that is beyond relationships

Only the presence of the Master will bring fulfillment to your life and to all your relationships
The presence of the Master in one’s life will bring fulfillment to all relationships. Every relationship will become complete with the presence of infinity, of the Master, in your life.
This is the ultimate relationship: When you can relate to your Self 100%. Then any face you look at, there is love, there is charm, there is beauty.
Most of the time, you impose your own views, ideas and feelings on others. And you feel that is how they are. This is ‘Viparya’ or wrong knowledge.
Welcoming is essential for expansion and growth, and resistance is essential for maintenance.
Only the presence of the Master will bring fulfillment to your life and to all your relationships.

The presence of the Master in one’s life will bring fulfillment to all relationships. Every relationship will become complete with the presence of infinity, of the Master, in your life.
Spiritual blossoming simply means blossoming in life in all dimensions- being happy, at ease with yourself and with everybody around you.

Attaining a spiritual level is simply recognising there is life everywhere, that there is spirit everywhere.
The source of your mind is love and whatever you do to go to that source is a spiritual practice.
Spirituality is nothing but caring and sharing; offering oneself in service.
To grow in unconditional love and in beauty is spirituality
Spirituality gives you strength; that inner strength to manage difficult situations and to keep you ever smiling.
The food of spirituality is love, joy, compassion and beauty.
Spirituality is a harmonious blend of outer silence and inner celebration; and also inner silence and outer celebration.
Finding security in inner space is spirituality.
The knowledge which gives us a broad vision and a big heart is spirituality.
Curiosity is the mother of science; Wonder is the mother of spirituality.
Don’t try to analyze karma because you cannot fathom the depth of karma. Just do your duty and keep moving ahead with love and prayer in your heart.

Sri Sri