Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader, humanitarian, and the founder of the Art of Living Foundation created in 1981. An organization that offers programs to relieve individual from stress, and focused on personal development.
Born on May 13, 1956, in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India, referred commonly as “Sri Sri,” Guruji, or Gurudev by his followers.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar‘s teachings are based on ancient Indian spiritual traditions, with a particular emphasis on incorporating practices from yoga and meditation. He emphasizes the importance of leading a balanced life that integrates physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
His involvement in peace initiatives has contributed to easing tensions and promoting reconciliation in areas facing social and political challenges.
In 2016, he was honored with the ‘Padma Vibhushan,’ India’s highest annual civilian award. Additionally, he has received 26 honorary doctorates from institutions worldwide.
In this blog post, we have curated 60 powerful quotes from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that have the potential to transform your life.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes
Do everything happily. Walk, talk, sit happily; even if you complain against somebody, do it happily.
Every emotion is connected with the breath. If you change the breath, change the rhythm, you can change the emotion.
When you wish good for others, good things come back to you. This is the law of nature.
Nothing stays forever. Good as well as bad times go away. Be happy.
Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence.
Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.
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.
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.
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
Today is a gift from God – that is why it is called the present.
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.
Grace has the ability to change anything at anytime.
Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong.
When you have inner calmness then you automatically succeed in what you do. The more silent you are from inside, your thoughts and actions become more powerful.
Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.
If you want to make sense it has to come from silence.
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 you don’t have a relationship with yourself, all other relationships become shallow. And if your relationship with yourself is so profound and steady then you naturally develop the skill to handle any kind of relationship around you.
Any fool can be unhappy when things are not okay. But it takes courage and to be happy even when things are falling apart.
Be happy. This is a blessing and an order!
Even if you lose everything, if you have confidence, then you can recreate everything again, and that is success.
Why can’t we control our anger? Because we love perfection. make a little room for imperfection in our lives.
Meditation makes you sharper, happier, and intuitive. Don’t you want intuition? Don’t you want the right thought to come to you at the right time?
The best form of worship is to be happy, to be grateful.
Prayer within breath is silence. Love within infinity is silence. Wisdom without word is silence. Compassion without aim is silence. Action without doer is silence. Smiling without all existence is silence. Soul to soul communication is silence.
Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work.
When you are confused, it’s a blessing because in confusion a concept is being broken in your mind and a new concept is being formed. This is a sign of progress.
What does meditation and spiritual practices do? They bring out the four ’I’s in you: Innovation, Intuition, Inspiration and Intelligence.
Yoga empowers you to feel the way you want to feel at any time, instead of being a victim of your own feelings. It makes you independent.
When you see your happiness in the happiness of others, that’s when you will be truly happy.
Feeling blessed is the first step towards the self.
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.
If something can bring you great pleasure, it can also bring you pain.
One thing you must know is that life moves in the direction of the best. On the way you may find rough roads, but is towards the better.
There is no use getting angry at something that has already happened. All you can do is your best to check it doesn’t happen again.
Turn your demand into gratefulness. The more grateful you are; the more love comes your way!
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.
Hold on to the faith that only good things will happen to you. If something unpleasant is happening it is because the nature wants to make you strong.
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.
With a pure mind and an honest heart, there is nothing to fear.
There are four sources of energy — food, sleep, breath and a calm mind.
Quotes on love by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Cravings bring sadness, sorrow, misery or problems. True love is devoid of all that!
Fear is lack of love. Only one thing can eliminate fear and that is love.
Love is seeing God in the person next to us and meditation is seeing God within us.
In deep love your mind is free from thoughts.
In love, you don’t expect anything. If you want something in return, don’t call it love.
When you give love a name, it becomes a relationship, and that restricts love.
Don’t make an effort to love or insist that someone should love you.
Love when distorted becomes greed, jealousy, fear and hatred.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes To Overcome Depression
When you have someone to please, it keeps you on your toes and you are happier. But if your goal is just to please yourself, depression is sure to follow.
Boredom is a blessing when it leads you to wisdom. And boredom is a curse when it leads you to frustration and depression.
In life, if you do not adore or appreciate anything, you will be filled with negativity; a person who has nothing to worship or adore is sure to fall into depression.
Depression is a sign of static understanding about life. When you feel everything in life is dead, static, there is nothing more, nowhere to go, that is when one gets depressed.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes To DeStress
The cause of distress is set concepts in the mind that things should be a certain way.
Sometimes we feel like giving up, frustrated. It is because of stress. That time do not take any decisions. You may regret it. Come back to yourself first.
If you have a stress-free mind, your thoughts will be positive.
Train the mind to live in the present moment. Drop the stress that you are carrying for nothing. Our smile is worth the whole world & more!
No work is stressful. It is your inability to manage your body, mind, and emotions that makes it stressful.
You don’t have to keep stress and anxiety. Just dump it. What are Masters for?
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