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Art of living

Art of living is something that you learn as you progress during the journey of your life and those associated with you. I have learnt the art of living from my grandchildren too. In today’s world one must learn how to operate various gadgets. My grandson teaches me how to play various types of video games. I still don’t know how to access Instagram which I will learn from my granddaughter during my next visit to Cambridge. I have to personally book an uber taxi by paying cash which is a tedious job.

We have an abundance of ancient art to our credit which we recently saw during spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar’s World Cultural Festival organized on the banks of New Delhi’s Yamuna river. The Supreme Court had refused to entertain a plea seeking its direction to stop the three-day mega event. The National Green Tribunal had asked Art of Living to pay Rs 5 crore fine environmental compensation after coming down heavily on the foundation for not disclosing its full plans. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that the Art of Living (AOL) foundation will abide by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order and pay the amount ordered by it but as a ‘compensation’ and ‘not a penalty’. The spiritual leader also added that he is paying the amount for the development of Yamuna. On the other hand, Delhi’s Culture Minister Kapil Mishra asked Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to hold another World Culture Festival (WCF) in the national capital.

To develop an art needs lot of practice with dedication. The art of flying an aircraft, operating a ship, operating automatic guns and equipment, operating a tractor, thresher, water pump, a bullock cart ,operating various automatic machines, sowing and reaping various crops all such things require learning and practice. In Bhagavad Gita, karma yoga is a beautiful and useful concept. Keep quiet, drink a glass of water and proceed to work. Breathing and keeping cool is an art which helps you to cope up with adverse situations. Listening to people and not merely preaching them is an art. It is an art to detach yourselves from all worldly possessions.

There is a presence of an Indian character in the book ‘The Razor’s Edge’ by W. Somerset from whom we can learn several aspects about life. In Delhi senior citizens who have attained the age of 75 continue to remain attached with material possessions and they are the ones who were more interested in attending the World Cultural festival. I am sad to notice the lavish life style of our politicians as they unwilling to part with any comfort and are always craving for more luxuries. They then blame Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi. Both of them at least had run their business what did politicians do for the country? Most of them are wasting tax payers money by indulging in corruption and favouritism.

 

Mahendra Singh

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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