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March 28, 2008: In a first-of-its-kind cultural event in Delhi yesterday, The Art of Living enthralled the crowds with symphonies played by 200 well-orchestrated musicians.

Lakhs of people thronged the Japanese Garden in Rohini, Delhi,even as instrumentalists, alternating with melodious Art of Living singers, created a vibrant atmosphere.

Mayor of Delhi, Smt Arti Mehra held a civic reception for the spiritual leader, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at he venue. Distinguished guests invited by the Mayor for Honouring the Seer were Shri L.K Advani, Shri Buta Singh, Shri Jagdish Tytler, Shri. Sajjan Kumar and several councillors across party lines.

Smt. Arti Mehra, felicitated His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living, for “his continuous and exceptional work in creating a peaceful and nonviolent world” and said, “Art of living is a legacy notnly in India but in 150 countries around the world with the initiatives and efforts of His Holiness in peace negotiations, poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, campaigns against female foeticide, child labour and caste system. In this century, he is an inspiration for us. He has travelled all over the world, spreading the message of love.”

Dedicating the evening to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke about the need to broaden our vision and spread the message of peace and love, “Thorns can also become flowers. Look into a child’s eye. And all the love that you are giving here today, give it to the country’s children. Our ancient sciences must reach all homes all over the world so today take sankalpa to do this. Maharishi said that when many people do satsang together, a new wave arises, an awakening takes place. Taking this to others is our duty. So that we can have a violence-free society, a healthy body & a confusion-free mind.”

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Question: What am I here for?

Guruji : Find out what you are not here for

1. You are not here to blame;
2. You are not here to cry;
3. You are not here to sleep;
4. You are not here to show off;
5. You are not here to fight;
6. You are not here to be miserable;
7. You are not here to be angry;
8. You are not here to worry;

When you follow fun, misery follows you…When you follow knowledge, fun follows you.

– His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar

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Art of Living on CNN Project Life – Dr Sanjay Gupta

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Some really beautiful lines from guruji

God is not a toy for your security or a concept for your convenience. God is love. God is the substratum of this universe, the basis of this existence. God is the space in which all things happen.

Spirituality nourishes the human values of compassion, love, caring, sharing, and acceptance.

Spirituality means going deep into your prayers, irrespective of what prayer and which religion you follow.

– Spirituality is the banana and religion the peel

– Life is sacred. Celebrate life. Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate than you. Broaden your vision for the whole world belongs to you.

– Enlightenment is the journey from head back to the heart, from words back to silence, to innocence in spite of your intelligence.

The whole evolution of man is from being somebody to being nobody, and from being nobody to being everybody.

–  When you follow knowledge, fun follows you. When you follow fun, misery follows.

– Often innocent people are not intelligent and intelligent ones are often crooked. What is desirable is a rare combination of intelligence and innocence

You can get the best out of yourself when you are aware of your lethargy, your laziness, and you get over it  The only enemy to talent is laziness, nothing else.

–  No use in all these talks. Don’t go on wasting your energy and time in talking.Be in silence. A thousand words cannot convey a glance, a look from your eyes.  And even many thousand looks cannot convey one minute of silence. Just stay, silently

– H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar

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Thanks to nirmit19@yahoo.com for sharing Holi Experience with Guruji at Bangalore ashram few days ago.

It was ‘holi celebration’ at yagya shala in ashram with sri sri today evening…as usual my steps just at the outskirts of the ashram..made me forget the whole day chaos of work …

It was time to enjoy relax and be in total bhakti and presence of my master..after hard days work…i was walking down the big road at the entrance of the ashram …and just thought once…oh guruji..i dont wanna walk so much today…and u take me soon inside…and a car stopped..and gave me lift…till the ashram..inside. ..amazing …i thought !!!!

Well the yagya shala was getting fuller with people joining in..slowly slowly… guruji had just come..perhaps and was asking everyone..how is everyone..he was seated on his seat..he looked as fresh n smiling as ever like a baby’s never ending smile…his bliss was flowing everwhere in those surroundings. .and in me too…

I just went ahead and kept moving in..till i reached the first row where everyone was seated down on the sand..so misty n fragrant…. there were big flat baskets of roses kept on stage in front of guruji..guruji asked everyone to pluck the petals from them…and collected them together again…he said today we will play hi tech holi…and smiled again…he said holi is a festival of colours..and we should wash ourselves off of all the past and play holi wih
fresh new colours…he said we should accept all the colours of life and know that life is not “neeras” it is full of “ras’..the juice …he said this is the message for the youth of tday on the day of holi…And he played holi with chandan water and flowerpetals ..he kept pouring the petals on all of us…as and when he kept moving from the stage from one side to another…the spirits of the atmosphere were high there was satsang going on with bhanu didi and others..full swing satsang…and most of us were lost along with guruji in the masti of satsang with we all getting wet with the holy water being sprinkled on us from above…as per the usual arrangement in yagya shala…thats what guruji meant by hi tech holi….water sprinkling on all of us from above ..in the form of his blessings… and we danced and danced and danced…full absorbed in the great satsang with all fast bhajan like narayan narayn jai jai govind hare..krishna govind govind gopala…nand ke lala lala..nad ke lalala..oooo nand ke lala ..nand ke lala…and many such lively bhajans…also we sang rang barse bhige chunar waali rang barse…and danced away… i found the aura so much soaked in supreme oneness…it was different, whatever it was..it was so beautiful… i was so lost in dancing away …so lost in the guru bliss…in that deep oneness …

some people from russia federation and a member of parliament from russia had come to meet guruji and they were so happy seeing all of us in that vibrant atmosphere.. .they thanked india and all present here to set an example that we all can unite in happiness too and said that this is an example for them to carry home…guruji also felicitated each of them with garlands..and said this is your second home..

He also said that artofliving is being asked for greatly in the countries outside india and people at international level are so much into spirituality meditations pranayams and yoga..we have to do lots of work here in india towards this..he said we have to revolutionize the spiritual movement in such a way that a huge wave of this knowledge spreads all across the world…to bring about total harmony and peace in the world…

Guruji said we all have to do lots of work together on this path..it was an amazing experience today..

Guruji’s smile was so deep and never ending so many got cured of their aches and pains when the expressed their physical suffering to guruji amidst
question and answer session…ya many got cured of their pain..and guruji said jahan main hoon wahan dard kahan?..( where i am there ..how can there be pain)

Guruji called dinesh bhaiyya and swami pragyapadji on stage and the following are some of the questions i remember him answering…

Q guruji i love a girl but cannot express to her .what to do?
A (LAUGHS) i dont know..you should ask this question to experienced people out here who have expressed multiple number of times to many people and be
prepared and go with a helmet on…(laughs again)..

Q guruji how to get out of this cycle of birth and death?
A u are at the right place . just keep doing what you are practicing here regularly..

Q
guruji if i have just to meditate n be in bliss and peaceful..then what is the use of all this studying and doing business?
A
guruji laughs…

Q guruji in silence no thought are coming in my mind.. i have become blank,how will i answer my mother when she knows i did nothing in the advance course..
A
guruji laughs

Q guruji can i become a swami or a rishi?
A guruji laughs..and says i will make u whatever u want to become…and laughs again

Q guruji can two people connect to each other via thoughts even if they are physically away?
A guruji said yes they can

Q guruji how do i know what is right or wrong for me?
A whatever u do if that makes u cry later know that is wrong, and that makes u peacful and happy , know that is right

Q guruji before my marriage i used to get along well with my parents but not any more what to do?
A u should either go and convince them or just express ur love to them and ignore all the negativities that occur between u two… the love is already there but u have to express it sometimes to them

Q guruji from childhood i was taught that i should love everyone and help everyone.. but gradually as i grew old i realised i am being used by everyone..what to do..
A.
. see u cannot be monotonous u have to be multi faceted personality if u want to succeed.. if just on past impression of some one using u , u wrong the
person next by thinking they are using you, then that is not right..now will u like it if somethinks like this about, based on their past impressions with
others?

Q guruji i am leo by birth sign and leo are born leaders? but i just keep escaping and shying from leadership?
A see if u are integrated, then the quality of leadership comes in you effortlessly, so just be natural..and dont make an effort to become a leader

Q guruji if you have attained spiritual dimension 1000th times more than me, then how come u say u and i are one?
A at gross level we all may appear as different and seperate beings, but at subtle level, we all are connected in unity with each other, at subtle level, know that i am a part of you and you a part of me

Thanks to nirmit19@yahoo.com for sharing her Experience with Guruji on holi celebration in ashram last evening,

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It has become a need for you to experience that the Divine, God, loves you so dearly. Though He has told you in so many ways with the flowers and with the birds, with the clouds, with the rain, and with all the friends and folks and relatives, still one is unable to experience the Divininty. So the Divine itself takes the form of a saint, a maharishi, guru, or master.

Daily Sutra by Gurudev H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar

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Just look at Guruji’s expression , its awesome….

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