SriSri Message to Corporates
New age guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has some very practical advice for the hurried and harried corporate.
He is the undoubted leader in stress management, time management and internal happiness. Art of Living, the foundation he started over 20 years ago, is today spread over more than 140 countries, teaching special breathing techniques, Yoga and meditation. With a schedule that reads like that of a corporate head honcho, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar still manages to remain calm, happy and healthy. CNBC-TV18 caught up with the new age guru to find out how he manages to hold onto his child-like smile despite travelling 25 days a month.
Q: What is the relevance of the Art of Living to the young corporate?
A: It helps them to cope up with the pressures of the day. It helps one mentally be happy and calm, peaceful. And physically, it makes them very strong and healthy.
Q: There are so many people who are followers of the Art of Living who are celebrities in their own right. How does this entire process actually happen?
A: That which is useful to people, they will take it. Like today mobile phones have become a common thing. Similarly a technology or an art, which brings some soothing benefit for an individual, they go for it.
Q: How does one adapt something to like the Sudharshan Kriya breathing technique or the Art of Living? Given we have hectic schedules, we rarely manage time for our families and friends.
A: It is just like personal hygiene. Whatever work one has, however busy one is, one takes time to brush their teeth. No body says that they have no time to brush teeth. In the same way if you do Kriya and a little bit of or Pranayam for 15-20 minutes, it brings so much alertness in you, it brings so much energy in you. So your time becomes a good time, it becomes quality time.
Q: Anything else that you would like to tell your corporate followers to keep in mind since they are battling very busy schedules, stress, deadlines, family pressures? What can you actually advice them?
A: Time-to-time get out of the steam and get into the team. Corporates should also take social responsibility, otherwise you become so greedy and when you become greedy, it kills the customer and it kills yourself too. So we need to bring up human values in life. This lack of spiritual values is causing violence and frustration or depression and suicidal tendency.
Q: What is your advise to these corporates who seem to be mindlessly following some mad rat race?
A: When the shoe pinches, then you know that you have to get out of it. So many people don’t even feel that pinch. They live life till they get sick and when they get sick then they start running around and try to find some alternative. So a healthy lifestyle needs to be adopted before you get sick. There is no end to greed and 24 hours it’s there for everybody, whether it is a peon in a bank or the Prime Minister of a country. Everyone complains that there is no time. When you complain that there is no time, you are simply underestimating your own capability. You can do so much more and you can always accommodate a little more time in your life and that willingness to stretch the time is what is creativity.
Q: Give one message to those corporates out there?
A: Underneath your corporate coat, you are a lovely human being. Don’t forget that. We should not forget human values in whatever role we play, whether as a corporate or as someone in politics or in industry or in business or in student life, underneath all the roles that we play, we are a beautiful human being.