Hindu Ashrams and Hindu Organizations
What is the Art of
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
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
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
Basic Course: The basic
course of the art of living aims at all round development of an individual
- at the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Art Excel Course: It is
meant for children between 8 and 16 years of age.
Sahaja Samadhi Course
There are also courses
for HIV and AIDS patients as well as the inmates in prison.
These courses are held all
over the world and are open for each and every one. The fee that is charged
for these courses varies from place to place.
Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore, India
The center situated in Bangalore is considered to be the Mecca of the Art of
Living Foundation. It is the headquarters of the foundation and lies in the
outskirts of the city, on the Kanakapura Road. The official name of the
center in Bangalore is 'Ved Vignan Mahavidya Peeth Bangalore International
Center'. Perched on a small hillock, it spreads over a large area. The
entire complex comprises of offices, snack shop, dining hall, residential
quarters, library, prayer hall, lawns, a lotus-shaped tower and a school.
How to Reach Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore
Bangalore airport has direct flights to all the major cities in the country.
Bangalore railway station has regular train services, linking it with the
key cities in India.
Bangalore is covered by an extensive network of roads