December 10, 2013 | By: Vidyanath Aarvi

Living is an Art-1

                There is definitely a need to explain the difference between Living and Surviving . Lot many of us do Survive but, people who Live are very few. On one of the weekends, I had an opportunity to know How to Live. I have many times heard about Art of Living Ashram, which is located in the outskirts of Bangalore. It is an amazing construction. In fact, a decade ago, for many people including me, the Name Ravi Shankar meant the Famous Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. The founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was introduced to the world as a leading humanist. People call him as 'Guruji'.
                Firstly I thought, what would these people teach me how to Live? Don't I know? Am I not living since two decades? Until few days ago, I had an opinion that I don't need to go for all the marketing techniques they play. Later, I observed some change in behavior of some persons, who attended some programs or had done some basic course. Then I felt There might be something good in that. Then I realized that I was not Living, but just Surviving in the society. In addition to that when you ask those people they calmly respond, "It is a wonderful experience, You have to know it yourself, we can't say it in words!". Even in the internet I didn't find much information on what they teach in Ashram. Professionally, though I am diligent and well prepared for whatever the discussions or  seminars I have, I didn't have any idea about what they teach? what they preach? With lot many unanswered questions, I reached Ashram late evening on Friday.

                Registration Process at help desk was quickly done. I was already tired of travelling from Chennai to Bangalore. It was around 10 'O' Clock in the night, I began to walk slowly towards my allotted accommodation with a backpack and a cabin baggage. Ambience was so pleasant with greenery, cool breeze and quiet atmosphere, that fatigue was not known at all.

                 I was walking through, I could see a building on the right. Colorful lights adorned that building. It is called Visalakshi Mantapam as per the map given at the help desk. The accommodation allotted reminded me of Osmania University Hostels. I was back into my Olden and Golden days of Engineering. The room was triple shared and furnished with beds, rugs and an attached bathroom. All seemed to be very comfortable and looked fine. Might be due to new location or I being Insomniac, even though I was tired, I was unable to sleep. Those drizzles, cool breezes, Gibbous Moon and sparkling stars Welcomed me with honor.

To be Continued..