Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beauty on a Wall, Wisdom in a Pen

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is visiting our community soon!
by Charlie Leck

The founder of the Art of Living Foundation, a philosopher and wise man, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is visiting our community tomorrow and I intend to be among those who will meet him and listen to his interesting comments. He is most famous for his techniques regarding stress relief. The following quotations are from his book, Celebrating Silence.

"Knowledge is a burden if it does not set you free."

"Question: God is all abundant, all full and we are connected to God. Then why are we in debt? Why do some have and some do not?"

"Know that humiliation does not weaken you -- it strengthens you. When you have a sense of belongingness, you cannot feel humiliated. The more egotistic you are, the more humiliation you feel. When you are childlike and have a greater sense of kinship, you do not feel humiliated. Similarly when you are committed to truth and not to your ego, you do not feel humiliated."

"Legendary is the love that withstands rejection. It will be free of anger and ego."

"Wake up and see your life is too short. The realization that life is short will bring dynamism to your life -- unwanted things and distractions will fall away. When you must act or make an effort, know that life is short. Time is running out."

Shankar was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.

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