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The very sight of Guruji is enchanting. With a long and spotless white robe encircling his slender frame, flowing hair and a trademark disarming smile, the Guruji is as simple and natural as his prescription for the Art of Living one's life to the fullest. Addressed as 'Guruji' by millions of his devotees the world over; Sri Sri Ravishankar presented the world with his sudarshan kriya technique and the organization- The Art of Living .

Guruji's ability to connect with people is perfectly effortless and his spiritual appeal irresistible. To use the words of one of his ardent followers, Sri Sri is as compassionate as Jesus, as playful as Lord Krishna and as erudite as Adi Shankara. He has this uncanny ability of helping people unburden their stress-filled minds. His invaluable sayings act as balms for wounded souls. Here's a sample: " Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don't hold on to the ball."

To connect people across all communities and countries with love, to turn the tides of time by reviving human values and strengthening it to make our times special. A South African member of the Art of Living teaching program says, "After the Art of Living course, racial tolerance is no longer an issue. We've moved beyond tolerance to unconditional acceptance and love. Love has no dislikes, no boundaries."

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar completed a traditional education in Vedic literature and modern science when he was only seventeen. In 1982, he began to teach the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that cuts down stress and helps individuals focus on the present moment. Today this program is taught around the world as part of the Art of Living course. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded the Art of Living Foundation, a UN affiliated non-governmental agency, and is the inspiration behind many charitable organizations devoted to the service of others.

This paperback, edited by Bill Hayden and Anne Elixhauser, contains excerpts from five years of talks given around the world. The material is arranged into three thematic sections: the first covers some of the bad habits and selfish ways that we want to change; the second zeroes in on what it means to be on a spiritual path with discussions of service, surrender, and freedom; and the third examines "You, God and Beyond."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
believes that vows are a helpful tool when it comes to working on bad habits. By making a conscious intention not to do something for a certain period of time, we begin to focus our energies and learn the spiritual art of patience. Another strategy he suggests comes out of the Hindu tradition: If you cannot eliminate vices, magnify them. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi used to be greedy for the poor. Wherever he went he raised money for them. Shankar says: "What is the point of getting angry about small events? Be angry about the infinite, about Brahma . . . If cravings gnaw at you, crave the truth. If jealousy haunts you, be jealous about seva (service)." He suggests that we learn to be tender with our flaws realizing that in time, they will wither away. And here's some good advice: "Make your smile cheaper and your anger expensive."

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