One-sided love is considered unfortunate. I say, lucky are those whose love is one-sided. The love that withstands rejection, without turning into bitterness, is real love. It liberates you but with such love in your heart, you no longer look for liberation. #instawisdom
Wisdom and Meditation in Washington DC
Spirituality is that which brings a tidal wave of bliss in one's life & in society. From Mumbai to Manipur and Kapurthala to Kanyakumari, 75,000+ people did the Happiness Program across 2,500 locations in the last 3 days. Congratulations to the @ArtofLiving teachers & volunteers!
A public event of meditation and celebration in Bogotá, Colombia 🇨🇴
The Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, reflecting the tricolour of the National flag of India for Independence Day #HappyIndependenceDay
Gaze up at the stars, an empty sky without clouds or infinite space or think of a very good person - then your consciousness assumes those qualities and becomes the space. Listen to a waterfall or continuous sound and you will enter a space of pure silence. #instawisdom
In Caracas, Venezuela for meetings with political leaders to find a peaceful and non-violent solution to the ongoing social and political situation in Venezuela. Met with Mr. Juan Guaidó, a political leader of Venezuela and the President of the National Assembly who is recognised by the governments of over 60 countries as the interim president of Venezuela, as well as Ms. Marina Corina Machado, also a member of the National Assembly. Was also received by a delegation led by President Mr. Nicolas Maduro, Vice president Ms. Delcy Rodriguez and Foreign Minister Mr. Jorge Arreaza. Had fruitful conversations with all to seek a peaceful path ahead for Venezuela and urged them to continue the recently suspended dialogues in a cordial atmosphere. Also requested Mr. Maduro to release political prisioners and resume the dialogues at the earliest. Both sides have reassured that the dialogues will begin again in the best interest of the nation. We cannot delay to find a solution. The suffering is mounting continuously, I urge all the political leaders in Venezuela to come to the table, talk and resolve the conflicts as soon as possible. It is a matter with a sense of urgency.
With @ArtofLiving teachers and volunteers from Panama and 14 other Latin American countries including Costa Rica, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil. #OneWorldFamily
Arrived in Panama to a warm welcome. 🇵🇦
When we receive something that we are not deserving of, or which exceeds our capabilities, then that is what is called Grace. When we see that in our life, we have received far more than what we deserve or are capable of, then gratitude dawns in us. We become thankful, complaints disappear and abundance grows.
Friendliness gives you the biggest strength. If you are friendly then you exuberate friendliness. You become friendly with anyone who comes in front of you. Then your friendships will have no expiry date or any manufacturing date. Friendliness, compassion and meditation should continue as practices till you realise that they are your very nature. #HappyFriendshipDay.
The Context of Your Life Millions of years have passed and millions will come. What is your life: 60, 70 or 100 years? The span of life is insignificant. It is not even a drop in the ocean. In terms of space, you simply don’t exist! This understanding dissolves the ego. Ego is ignorance of your reality, your existence. Just open your eyes and ask, “Who am I? How I am on this planet? What is my lifetime?” Awareness dawns in the mind, and you will stop worrying about little things like, “This person said this thing to me and that person broke away with me and this happened with that person and I am going to say this.…” All smallness will drop away and you will be able to live every moment of your life. Your life revolves around your context. You should be happy in life. All other businesses involve ups and downs, which is natural. If there is a body, then it will get cold, cough, fever or something else, and it will go away. But take care to see that happiness is always established in you. That is known as purushartha. Our love, faith and belief should be deep-rooted, then everything else moves on its own. Are you able to maintain your equanimity? Not everything in the world is sweet. If you are grounded with faith, you will progress. Keep your mind in peace in all situations. The rest will be taken care of. You have to take at least one step forward, which is to be in peace and equanimity. The world is filled with love. Everybody has love inside them. You have to see that in your mind. If you review the context of your life, the quality of your life will improve. #instawisdom #life
It is not people who hurt you. It is your own foolishness, your own mind, your own vulnerability and your own emotions that entangle you, and make you feel hurt. Do you think people have no other business, that they want to come and hurt you? What can hurt you? Somebody’s words, somebody’s selfishness, somebody not caring for you. You love somebody and you think they don’t care for you, or you have helped somebody and they do not talk to you, and that hurts. My dear, wake up and see, is there an intention in them to hurt you? You need to see things from the other side as well. Place yourself in their position. Many times it happens that you never intended to hurt someone, yet they felt hurt by your action. What do you tell these people who feel that you have hurt them? You say, ‘I did not mean it, something happened through me. I did not mean to hurt you, but an incident or event happened that gave you an idea that I hurt you’. Now if you really intended to hurt somebody, then it means you have a deep hurt inside you. Even then, you are worthy of being excused, and you have to excuse the other person as well. If someone has hurt you intentionally, you should know that they are sick. What should be your attitude towards someone who is sick? You should be compassionate towards them. If someone has not intended to hurt you, it is an unintentional act, then it is your own mistake. You can only blame your own perception, and not them. If someone has scolded you or used harsh words that have hurt you, and they have done it with a very good intention, then you can only thank them. Then the friendship grows. If a friend has insulted you, knowingly, you can only thank them. This is because they have had the courage to give you their piece of mind, what you needed, otherwise why would they do it? Why would anyone want to hurt you at their own cost? Nobody wants to risk their friendship. What should your attitude be? ‘Thank you! You did something good to me, it has made me strong.’ It is all in your hands, how you view things; what type of intention you put out there, that will come back to you. #relationships #instawisdom
In this verse ‘Karmaṇy-Evādhikāras Te Mā Phaleṣhu Kadāchana (2.47)’, Krishna said, "Every action has an effect, every cause has an effect, and you have no control over the effect, Arjuna, but you have all the control over the action that you do.” . So, when an action has happened, don't sit and regret. You have freedom whether to regret or not to regret. Regretting just creates another regretful effect. Regret is not a right action, so regret will only bring regret. This is the beauty of yoga. #instawisdom #bhagavadgita
The mind has a peculiar nature. It desires something, and when it acquires or achieves it, it no longer finds it interesting. It drops it, and moves away from it, because it can’t stand being totally in the present. It dissolves. And if it doesn’t achieve what it wants, it gets frustrated. Then too, there is a rejection, a rebellion in the mind. Have you observed this? You want something and crave for it. And if you can achieve it, if you have it, the mind is not into it. It drops it very easily, very quickly. It doesn’t find joy in it. #instawisdom
Do you know why Lord Krishna stuck a peacock feather on his crown? How many of you do not know the secret behind this? Why the peacock feather on the crown? A crown is usually very heavy, and it symbolizes responsibilities. One who wears the crown is responsible for the entire society. So it can be a great burden for the one who wears it. Whom do you hold responsible when something goes wrong in the society? You hold the king accountable for the society, isn’t it? So the crown on a king’s head represents the burden of responsibility that he carries. But if you were to carry out all your responsibilities and duties as lightly and effortlessly like a peacock’s feather, then you would not feel any burden at all. That is what the peacock feather on Lord Krishna’s crown means. It symbolizes having being able to shoulder many responsibilities without feeling burdened by them. God never feels creation to be a burden. A mother never feels that her children are a burden for her. In the same way, Lord Krishna, who is also called Yogeshwara (Supreme among Yogis) never feels that any responsibility is a burden. Every responsibility feels light and easy. That is why his crown is adorned with a peacock feather. Just like a peacock’s feather has so many colours, so also He has many responsibilities but they are not a burden for Him at all. They simply appear to be a game. #instawisdom #krishna
Whenever there is a problem, we either deny it saying there is no problem or we sit to solve the problem and make it a big issue. Neither of these help. A problem does not disappear when you deny it and it does not get solved when you sit to solve it. The five steps to solve a problem are: *Acknowledge the problem - it is there. *See it as a small problem, and do not say it is big. *If it concerns people, keep in touch with them instead of avoiding them. *Talk less and give time a chance. *Get together and celebrate. When you celebrate and put the problem on the back burner, you will see that the problem gets solved in time. So it is wise not to sit to solve a problem. Most of the meetings to solve problems end up in disaster. #instawisdom #problemsolving
At the Indian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, with Indian Ambassador to Poland H.E. Tsewang Namgyal.
Intense longing is the sign of love. If there is love, there is bound to be longing. And if there is longing, know that there is love. These are two sides of the same coin. They cannot be separated. It is very fortunate to have such a longing - very necessary. But what do we do? We are in a hurry! When a little longing arises, we want to finish it off. But that longing is beautiful. That longing is called Radha. Radha means longing. Govind is love, giver of love, giver of unconditional, infinite love. That is Govinda. Radhe Govind means the intense longing and the infinite love. #instawisdom #radhakrishna #govinda #love #krishna #love #lovequotes
Unveiling Infinity - a series of talks on the ancient Vigyan Bhairav text at our ashram in Poland. ⠀ #AncientWisdom #InstaWisdom #VigyanBhairav
When you begin your day in laughter and love, your life gets divinely enlivened. True prayer is laughing in the morning from outside and from deep inside. Laughter comes from the centre of our Being, from the core of our heart. Our belly is so full of laughter that the laughter permeates every cell in our body. True laughter is true prayer. When things go all right, everybody can laugh, but when everything falls apart, and yet you laugh, that is evolution and growth. Nothing in life is more worthy than your laughter. Never lose it. Events come and go. Some are pleasant, and others, unpleasant. There is an area deep in you that is left untouched. Hold on to what is untouched. Then you will be able to keep laughing. Sometimes you laugh just to avoid thinking or to avoid looking at yourself. But when you see and feel within that life is present and intense every moment, nothing can bother you or touch you. That laughter is authentic. You might have observed babies, six months or one year old. When they laugh, their whole body is jumping and bouncing. Every cell in the body is laughing. That is enlightenment. That laughter is innocent, pure, without inhibitions. Opinions are the impressions we make on our minds. If we have one experience repeated four or five times, then, for the rest of our lives, we tend to see life through those same experiences. We need to be able to see things as they are. When life’s essence blooms from within, there is true laughter akin to godliness. Laughter opens us up, opens the heart. #InstaWisdom
Can you consciously cut off from all that is around you, even for a few minutes? If you could, that leads you to meditation and it gives you access to enormous energy that is within you. #WednesdayWisdom #InstaWisdom
Captured this over the main entrance of the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore. The idea of power 2000 years ago was to conquer land but Lord Buddha left his kingdom & conquered the mind. Unlike the powerful kings of that time, his conquest immortalized his name. His life & message continue to soothe the world like the full moon. #buddhapurnima
When the universe sent a sign... #artofliving #beginning
Received the Order of St George conferred by the Orthodox Church, Kottayam, Kerala. Appreciate the honour and the warm reception by Dr. Thomas Mar Athanasius Metropolitan & Ex CM Sri @oommen_chandy. The service projects & the interfaith initiatives by the Church are laudable.
Meditating for World Peace at the Wisnu Kencena Park in Bali, a temple dedicated to Vishnu. Vishnu is that which is in every atom. We are soaked in Vishnu, the consciousness which is benevolence and bliss.
The foundation stone for @ArtofLiving's Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Centre In Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, was laid yesterday.
Know that there is an energy that is always there for you. Caring for you and guiding you. With this faith, a happiness and strength comes in you, which no one can take away. #instawisdom
You are beautiful and pure just like a full moon, but that is not visible because of the clouds (here meaning inertia and negativity). When grace starts showering in life, all these clouds start to move away and disappear, and then the fully blossomed moon becomes visible. #fullmoon #instawisdom
Humor is something which can grease any situation. This is what we must learn. You should know how to carry along tough situations with humor. #instawisdom
Swami Ramdev ji received us with such warmth & hospitality at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar. The state of the art Ayurveda research lab on the campus is a facility India can be proud of. The vast herbal collection & the paintings of various herbs are really laudable.
An Asian Paradise Flycatcher takes a break at @theBangaloreAshram from its heavy workload. When you develop the habit of spending some time with yourself, you find that you are already in paradise.
Nature is full of colors just as our mind has many moods & feelings. Without these colors and emotions, life would be very dull & boring. Rejoice, knowing you are not them. #HappyHoli #Holi
The mahasatsang and celebration in Bathinda, Punjab echoed the enthusiasm of people to bring spirituality to daily life. They went back with determination to fight illnesses and the menace of drugs. In addition to the thousands that attended the event over 100 countries watched it live via webcast from more than 100,000 different locations. #Bathinda #DrugFreeIndia
.# @ArtofLiving signed an MoU with the Chandigarh Police force to conduct programs for their personnel. They recently rescued 280 children from drug abuse and have plans to rescue 1,000 more. #DrugFreeIndia
If you hold on to comfort, you can never grow. The more you let go of comfort, the more it comes along; in fact, it chases you. Holding on to commitment gives a direction to life. If you let go of your commitment, you cannot be successful. Don't give up commitment for the sake of comfort. If you commit to something wrong, it is alright to let go. When you let go of some commitment, take up a bigger commitment. #InstaWisdom
The candle is burning for you; you don’t have to do anything. The sun is shining for you, there is nothing to do. You have to be grateful, sit below it and enjoy and serve and be in love. It’s as simple as that. #InstaWisdom
. That which is, is Shiva. Anything that is, is Shiva. Other than Shiva, there is nothing. #Shivratri @thebangaloreashram
Conducting a week long discourse at @TheBangaloreAshram on Patanjali Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali consist of 196 sutras by Maharishi Patanjali that provide the basis for living a life established in the knowledge of the self and succinctly outline the art and science of Yoga and Meditation. #patanjaliyogasutras #yoga #patanjali #yogasutras
Thousands of students pledged for a #DrugFreeIndia at the energetic launch of the campaign at Chandigarh University. Along with @DuttSanjay, @BadBoyShah, @KapilSharma, @GurdasMaanJeeyo and VP Singh Badnore, 25,000 students took the pledge in Chandigarh and 10million (1 crore) across more than 12,000 colleges are also taking the pledge. Take your pledge also for the ‘Biggest Fight Against Drugs’ drugfreeindia.org.in / +91 222 8444808.
Connecting Hearts, a public program in Chandigarh. Looking forward to be with the youth today at Chandigarh University. #DrugFreeIndia
The @ArtofLiving has been included in the Limca Book of Records 2019 - ‘India At Her Best’, an annual reference book published in India, documenting world records, for its efforts to resolve India’s water crisis. The ‘Most Extensive River Rejuvenation by an NGO’ was awarded to the Art of Living for the organisation’s efforts impacting over 5 million people in 5,055 villages, by reviving 40 rivers and its tributaries, in four Indian states, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Due to the community led interventions, groundwater levels have gone up all the way from 1,000ft to 30ft in some areas, enabling farmers to grow upto three crops per year. Balasaheb Yadav, a farmer from Latur, used to make 30,000 rupees ($420) in an entire year from one acre of farm land- now he is able to make 1 lakh rupees($1,400) per acre, due to the Art of Living’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Program. Many of our volunteers work behind the scenes to make this happen and here are just some of the silent heroes behind our record breaking work. #RiverRejuvenation #Karnataka #TamilNadu #Maharashtra #Kerala
Maha Lakshmi Homa & Satsang on Sunday in Pune. #MahaLakshmi #Pune
Our youth have such promising potential to blossom in life, but drugs rob not just the individual, but their family, society and the nation of that promise. We must do everything in our capacity to stop the drug menace. Let us all join together to create a #DrugFreeIndia.
. Life is utterly simple and yet most complex. You have to simultaneously attend to both facets of life. When life appears most complex, turn to the simplicity. Simplicity brings peace. When you are peaceful, attend to the complexity within you. That will make you more skilful. If you are only with simplicity, it makes you lazy and dull. Being only with complexity makes you angry and frustrated. The intelligent ones balance them and rejoice in both. If you look only to simplicity, growth is not there. Looking only at the complexity, there is no life at all. All that you need is a skilful balance. If you recognize both simplicity and complexity of life, you will be skilfully peaceful! Colors are the complexity of life. White is the simplicity. When your heart is pure, your life becomes so colorful. #InstaWisdom #PureHeart #Balance
A giant statue of Lord Vitthal was inaugurated this week in Aurangabad, Maharastra. Vitthal is That which is present in every particle, in every moment. Don't seek It, just be still. In stillness, you are drenched in a shower of devotion. In devotion, you attain the Divine in a moment. #LordVitthal #LordVishnu #Devotion
A large group from Art of Living Chinese-speaking countries are in @TheBangaloreAshram to begin their New Year with a silence program. India and China have had a long cultural and spiritual connection through history. Chinese medicine and Zen have their roots in Ayurveda and Yoga. It is the spiritual temperament of both the cultures that is behind their longevity and resilience. Happy Chinese New Year! #ChineseNewYear #China #Zen #Ayurveda
It is faith that uplifts the mind from the mundane to the ethereal. Faith gives strength to those in distress and depth to those in joy. The Kumbh Mela is a grand celebration of humanity's faith. The care and compassion of the dispassionate saints is seen throughout the Kumbh Mela, with large kitchens, medical facilities, music and sermons for all. There are no caste, regional or religious differences here. It is a spontaneous emergence of human oneness. The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, India is being managed very well throughout - the rivers have cleaner water compared to before and the arrangements are excellent with bio toilets helping maintain cleanliness in the campus. One has to appreciate the enormous efforts of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath @MYogi_Adityanath and Prime Minister @NarendraModi. #KumbhMela #Faith #Humanity #OneWorldFamily
Inner silence and outer celebration, outer silence and inner celebration. The opposites complete life. Glimpses from Vigyan Bhairav at Surat, Gujarat.⠀ ⠀ #unveilinginfinity #ancientwisdom #instawisdom #vigyanbhairav