How far to heaven? Just open your eyes and look. You are in heaven.

LOVE is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within us.

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.

Your mind is trying to find an escape and doesn’t want to rise to that level to which the master is trying to raise you, trying to pull you up.

So what if somebody recognizes you: “Oh, you are a wonderful person.” So what? In that person’s mind that thought came and went. It is also finished. That mind has gone. Maybe they keep an attraction for you for some days, some months, so what? That also goes it also goes.

Life

Birth: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born on May 13, 1956 to Sri Venkat Ratnam, a scholar of languages, and Smt.Vishalakshi in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India.

Realization: He was said to be often found in deep meditation even at a young age. At the age of four he could recite verses from the Bhagavad Gita. In 1982, after a ten-day retreat into silence on the banks of the Bhadra river in Shimoga in Karnataka, India. “Sudarshana Kriya” a rhythmic breathing exercise — came to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar like a poem, an inspiration.

Death: Alive.

Teaching Style: Sri Sri travels to more than 40 countries a year to share his message of social responsibility, and that all great spiritual traditions share common goals and values. He founded different international nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He started international nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He founded the International Association for Human Values, a humanitarian nonprofit organization that advances human values in political, economic, industrial, and social spheres.

Fame: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader and multi-faceted humanitarian whose mission of uniting the world into a violence-free family has inspired millions of people worldwide . He is the founder of the international “Art of Living” Foundation which aims to relieve stress at an individual level, and to relieve disease and violence at a societal level.offers educational and self-development programs designed to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. He founded the “International Association for Human Values (IAHV)” to foster on a global scale a deeper understanding of the values that unite us as a human community.

Legacy: Sri Sri’s unique approach of facilitating outer peace through individual empowerment has effected long-lasting change in conflict hotspots across the world. This approach, combined with self development programs, the principle of non-violence, dialogue and rehabilitation programs, has helped every section of society, from militants and estranged youth to victims and security forces, transforming hate, bitterness and violence into joy. Millions of people revere him as their spiritual leader, and look up to him for inner peace and promoting ecumenical values.

Teachings

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s teachings of love, practical wisdom, and service promote harmony among people, and encourage individuals to follow their chosen spiritual path, while honoring other paths. He added, “I learned it and started teaching it. He says that every emotion has a corresponding rhythm in the breath, and believes that regulating breath could help people with their suffering. He emphasizes breath as the link between body and mind and therefore a tool to relax the mind

Deepening the mystery of creation is science. Deepening the mystery of the Self is spirituality. They are the two sides of the same coin. If neither science nor spirituality can create wonder and devotion in you, then you are in deep slumber.

Technology without human values would see nature as a dead object. Science gives insight into the life of nature, and spirituality makes nature come alive.Technology without spirituality is destructive. Spirituality is the technology of consciousness, and the whole world is the play and display of consciousness.

There are five factors that influence the mind: space, time, food, past impressions, and associations and actions. Although these five factors influence your life and your mind, know that the Self is more powerful. As you grow in knowledge, you influence them all.

There are five types of restlessness: The first is due to the place you are in. The second type of restlessness is in the body. The third type of restlessness is mental restlessness. There is also emotional restlessness.The fifth type of restlessness is rare. It is the restlessness of the Soul.

Heightened awareness brings you close to the reality. And for this, you have to increase your prana. This can be done through: 1. Fasting and eating fresh food 2. Pranayamas, Sudarshan Kriya, and meditation 3. Silence 4. Cold water baths 5. The right amount of sleep 6. Emotional contentment 7. Presence of the Master 8. Singing and chanting 9. Giving without Givership and service without Doership

God is never an object of isolation but the very core of your being. The difference between Self and God is just like the wave and the ocean.Can there be a wave without the ocean? God is love. God is space.The whole world is made up of love and everyone is made up of love. All is God.

Beauty has three levels: indication, expression and exposure. Spirituality indicates, art expresses, and science exposes. Beauty is associated with shyness, and shyness enhances beauty.

Be thankful for the qualities you have been bestowed upon as they are not your own making. In the same way, it depends on the part that you have been given to play.

We lead life through three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping.

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