Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a famous Indian spiritual and humanitarian leader. He is referred to as Shri Shri recently. He has initiated a unique worldwide movement for a stress-free violence-free society. Shri Shri has reached over 500 million people across all over 160 countries through a myriad of programs and techniques, organizations like Art of living, and many others. He has developed several programs and techniques that empower, equip and individuals to handle challenges national, community, and individual levels. Read more
Best of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Famous Quotes
Today is a gift from God – that is why it is called the present.
Infinity means it is permeating all the finite things,
The three gunas [qualities] happen: sattva, rajas and tamas. These three gunas come in cycles into our life. When sattva comes, there is alertness, knowledge, interest, joy, happiness – everything comes. When rajo guna comes there is more desire, feverishness, restlessness, and sadness. When tamo guna comes delusion, attachment, lack of knowledge, lethargy – all these come.
Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence.
Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t bring joy.
Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t set you free.
Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.
Have “eternal wait,” infinite patience. When you have infinite patience, you will realize God belongs to you. Either through awareness or through practice you reach the same spot.
I say, drop all your defenses. Anyone can make a mistake — even you. Do not defend your mistakes; just accept them and move on. When you are totally defenseless, that is when you will be completely strong.
If you can win over your mind, you can win over the whole world.
Life works on strange laws of nature (Karma).
One never knows when a friend turns enemy & vice-versa.
Rely on your Self; self-reliance
To someone who is sleeping, it doesn’t matter whether he’s in a prison or in a palace. One who is asleep doesn’t even feel the bondage.
Why can’t we control our anger? Because we love perfection. Make a little room for imperfection in our lives.
Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.
We all cried when we came into this planet, but it is important, that at least when we go, we are happy and smiling. Do not have regrets in life. You should feel that, ‘I have done what I had to do, and whenever the time to leave this body comes, I will die happily’.
Science is about learning ‘what something is’ and spirituality is about knowing ‘who I am’.
When you don’t worry whether you win or lose, or you don’t even consider its effect, you give your hundred percent, then that is really playing, that is a real game.
Teachers can be a living example to their students. Not that teachers should look for students to idealize them. One who is worth idealizing does not care whether others idealize them or not. Everyone needs to see that you not only teach human values but you live them. It is unavoidable sometimes you will be idealized — it is better for children to have a role model, or goal, because then the worshipful quality in them can dawn.
There are four sources of energy — food, sleep, breath and a calm mind.
Your desire for pleasure or happiness makes you unhappy.
We should not exit from this world without finding out who we are and where we have come from. This is very important.
If there is fear or confusion in your life, it is because you lack commitment. The very thought, “I am here in this world to do seva,” dissolves the “i” and when the “i” dissolves, worries dissolve. Seva is not something you do out of convenience or for pleasure. The ultimate purpose of life is to be of service. An uncommitted mind is miserable. A committed mind may at times experience rough weather but it will reap the fruits of its toil. When you make service your sole purpose in life, it eliminates fear, focuses your mind and gives you meaning.
You need to see your life in context of time and space — how vast creation is, how big the universe is and how small your life is, relative
Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work
This temporary world is of death. Here, everything dies, and everything changes. Do you recognize that subtle field of energy, that subatomic level of energy which does not change? Objects disintegrate, but atoms remain the same. Atoms and molecules disintegrate, but the sub-atomic particles are the same. All these human bodies are different, but there is one field of energy, the mind, that flows through everybody. Do you realize that there is one thing that is in everybody? Do you recognize the one consciousness?
Human evolution has two steps – from being somebody to being nobody; and from being nobody to being everybody. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world.
The fire of love or fire of knowledge creates unpleasantness or a sense of longing in the beginning, but it moves on to the blossoming of bliss, the blossoming of fullness.
The universe is one organism. The world is one organism, one living Being and each mind is just a part of that. This is the highest knowledge and all knowledge has to lead to this universal truth.
Past should be seen as destiny. Future should be seen as free will. This is wisdom. Wise people do like that. Otherwise what you think; you think the past was free will so you regret the past and future you think is destiny and you do nothing about it. You simply sit. We must reverse this tendency.
When you share your misery, it will not diminish. When you fail to share your joy, it diminishes. Share your problems only with the Divine, not with anyone else, as that will only increase the problems. Share your joy with everyone.
Listen to others; yet do not listen. If your mind gets stuck in their problems, not only are they miserable, but you also become miserable.
In joy there is neither desire nor ambition. Ambition promises joy somewhere in the future. It creates a mirage of joy and leaves frustration in your hands.
Sadhyojata means “creating every moment anew, knowing every moment new.’ We are used to a certain dimension, so this may go beyond you.
life is a ball we should play with it !
Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short-lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong
Creativity can only come from silence. If we maintain two minutes of silence every day, then we will see that a whole new dimension of life opens up.
The path of love is not a tedious path. It’s a path of joy. It’s a path of singing and dancing.
Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence.
If something can bring you great pleasure, it can also bring you pain.
Have this faith that someone is there to take away your weaknesses. Ok, you slipped once, twice, thrice. It does not matter. Keep moving ahead. People take vows never to commit mistakes again. Breaking the vows makes it worse. Surrendering is better
Don’t Fall in love, Rise in Love!
But joy is never tomorrow; it is always now.
In true love, there is no heartbreak. A broken heart means broken demands, broken expectations, broken hopes.
In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy.
In always wanting perfection, you become angry.
In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.
I feel it is very important to teach our children and our people how they should handle their negative feelings and emotions such as anger, jealousy and hatred.
Calm, quiet and uniting all the loose ends of your existence. You become the object of your perception.
There is a skill to learning. It is all about what is and what is not. While Science is knowing what is, Art is creating what is not.
Once you feel jealous, you will justify all your wrong actions, because it clouds your discrimination, it clouds your wisdom.
Wise is the one who learns from another´s mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. The fool keeps making the same mistakes again and again and never learns from them.
If someone blames you directly, do not believe it. Just know that they are taking away your bad karma and let it
Life is nothing to be very serious about. Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don’t hold on to the ball.
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
Your comparison with your own performance is better, is healthy, but if you start comparing with others, in all probability, you will feel jealous.
You are not here to be sad. You are not here to blame. You are not here to be miserable. You are not here to worry. You are not here to show off. You are not here to get stressed out. You are not here to get irritated and irritate others.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Short Biography
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a famous Indian spiritual and humanitarian leader. He is referred to as Shri Shri recently. He has initiated a unique worldwide movement for a stress-free violence-free society. Shri Shri has reached over 500 million people across all over 160 countries through a myriad of programs and techniques, organizations like Art of living and many others. He has developed several programs and techniques that empower, equip and individuals to handle challenges at national, community and individual levels.
Shri Shri Ravi Shankar was born in southern India. By the age of four, he was able to recite the Bhagavad Gita which is an ancient Sanskrit scripture, and was often doing meditation. Shri Shri Ravi Shankar holds degrees in both, Vedic literature and physics.
Shri Shri is the founder of the Art of Living organization. In 1982, Shri Shri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga in Karnataka and that is how the Sudarshan Kriya was born. Later on, with time Sudarshan kriya became the centerpiece of the art of living.
The art of living is an international, nonprofit, educational, and humanitarian organization. The art of living offers several educational and self-development programs to get rid of stress and foster a sense of well-being.
Shri Shri has established the international association of human values in 1997, it coordinates sustainable development programs, enhances human values, and also coordinates conflict resolution in association with the art of living organization.
These two organizations have already reached over 40200 villages in India, Africa, and South America and volunteers are spreading growth in rural areas and communities.
Shri Shri Ravi Shankar is a figure of peace and has played vital roles in peace negotiations globally. From many states of India to several other different countries Shri Shri has had a huge impact on people involved in armed conflict to pursue the path of peace. In a world full of violence and conflict, Shri is offering another path where individuals find peace within which becomes the wellspring for peace and harmony in society.
At the national-community level, Sri’s programs have sought to address key societal problems.
In the US, youth empowerment programs are tackling problems of gang violence, drugs, and alcohol addiction in inner cities and schools. The celebrated Project Welcome Home Troops has given life-changing trauma relief for US war veterans, recorded in documentaries.
Sri Sri has pioneered and supported movements to revive being in public entities such as India Against Corruption and the World Forum for Ethics in Business.
In India, Sri has started 618 schools offering free education to the underprivileged in the remotest of areas benefitting over 70,000 children currently equipping them to become productive citizens.
Sri Sri has been bestowed with numerous awards around the globe. The President of India has also bestowed upon him the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s highest annual award for exceptional and distinguished service. He has been conferred 16 Honorary Doctorates globally. Sri Sri travels to almost 40 countries a year, with a simple but powerful message that love and wisdom can win over hatred and distress.
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