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7 Spiritual cities of India

7 Spiritual cities of India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q: Please tell us about the seven spiritual cities in India and their relationship with chakras in the body.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes. Seven cities in India correspond to seven centres or chakras in our body: ‘Ayodhya Mathura Maya Kashi Kanchi Avantika Puri Dwarakavati caiva saptaide moksha dayika’ Maya or Haridwar 1 corresponds to the mooladhar chakra situated at the base of the spine. When the jadata or lethargy goes and enthusiasm begins, you commence your journey. Haridwar, the starting point, is the door to the house of the Divine.
Kanchi 2 corresponds to the swadhisthana chakra situated behind the genitals, as the presiding deity here is Kamakshi, the goddess of kama or desire.
Ayodhya 3 corresponds to the third chakra, the manipura, situated in the navel region, where joy, generosity, greed and jealousy manifest. All these emotions are connected to Ayodhya. It was the jealousy and greed of Kaikeyi that made Rama take vanavas. Ayodhya is also known for the generosity of Rama. The joy of Rama's return to Ayodhya is celebrated as Diwali. Joy, generosity, greed and jealousy meet in the nabhi pradesh, Ayodhya. Ayodhya also means where there is no fight, where it cannot hurt.
Mathura 4 is anahata, the heart chakra. The heart is associated with three emotions: Love, fear and hatred. Mathura symbolises the love and devotion of the gopis for Krishna, as well as of the fear and hatred of Kansa, all matters of the heart.
Avantika, also called Ujjain 5, is related to the vishuddha or the throat chakra. Ujjain is the city of art and literature. Poet Kalidas hailed from Ujjain. It is also the city of Vikramaditya, of grief and glory. We feel gratitude in the throat region - we get choked. Kashi 6 represents the ajna chakra situated between the eyebrows. Kashi has always been the seat of knowledge. That's why the ajna chakra is also called gyana chakshu, the third eye. Kashi is the city of pundits and scholars.
Dwaraka 7 represents the sahasrara, the crown chakra on top of the head. Dwarka literally means: ÒWhere is the door?Ó The door is irrelevant if there are no walls. Infinity has no walls. Krishna left his body in Dwarka. Sahasrara also means thousand avenues. It means the pathless path. The path to liberation begins at Haridwar and culminates at Dwarka.
The soul is called Purusha. Pura means a town. Purusha means one who lives in the town. The Purusha is unbound and infinite. But the Purusha experiences bondage with all the negative emotions. Positive feelings with knowledge are liberating. Positive feelings without knowledge create negative emotions that are stifling, hence one experiences bondage. When you observe the prana moving through different centres associated with sensations, the negative feelings cease to exist and one is liberated from bondage.
The seven sacred rivers are the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri. Together with the seven sacred cities, they are linked to the seven sacred spots within you.

Haridwar, Kanchi, Ayodhya, Mathura, Ujjain, Kashi and Dwarka

Travel and meditation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Cambodia 24 to 27 March 2015

Meditation Retreat at Cambodia with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji is a wonderful opportunity from 24-27 March 2015. Seats are limited and bookings open till March 10. If you would like to register, please fill in the google form and we will get back to you. For more queries you can also e-mail us on or
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Cambodia 24 to 27 March 2015

Invitation for Maha Shivratri 2015 Celebration at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"When you sit and meditate, you are in the Shiva principle. And that Shiva principle is truth, benevolence and beauty. These three things together form Shiva." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahashivratri is an annual celebration at the Art of Living International Center in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sanskrit chants from the Vedas create a meditative and joyous aura in the place, overflowing with meditators.

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Invitation for Rudra Puja every Monday morning at Art of Living International Center, Bangalore

"The effect of Rudrabhishek is it creates positive energy and removes negative vibes" - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Rudra Puja takes place every Monday morning at the Art of Living International Ashram, Vishalakshi Mandap or Yagyashala.

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If you are wondering what is Rudra Puja, Click Here..

Rudra Puja is the most ancient, continuing form of prayer for the well being of the whole universe. It comes from the Rig Veda in India. It is chanted in Sanskrit.

Birds of North and South India

Black rumped flameback in Chennai, IndiaIn an age of so much inconsequential tweeting, it’s worth recalling the advice of yogis: Sit still, they say, so still that a bird can land on your head.

From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else. Residents and visitors, common and rare, more than 1,200 species have been recorded in India, which puts it somewhere between the United States (just under 900 recorded species) and Colombia (more than 1,800 species).

More: The New York Times

Kaliya Nag and Krishna, in a poem from Vrindavan, Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 49 of 144


कारेइ मोहन कारेइ सोहन, कारी कालेन्दजा के तट आयो।

खेलत गेंद गिरी दह में तब कारे से नाग लो जाय जगायो॥

नाग को नाथ लियो छिन में अरु कारे के सीस पै नृत्य करायो।

‘गोविंद’ यों प्रभु शोभा बखानत कारे कौ नाथ के नाथ कहायो॥४९॥

This Sawaiya verse depicts the episode of Kaliya-manthan in Vrindavan. Poet Govid says:

“Krishna was playing with a ball with his friends on the banks of dark, deep waters of River Yamuna, when his ball fell into Kaliya-dah, a part of the river where Kaliya Nag, the thousand-headed snake lived. Krishna fought with Kaliya and emerged victorious, dancing on Kaliya’s heads. I cannot describe in words the awesome scene…”

Kaliya Nag is a symbol of the 5 senses, and the episode signifies that the master of the senses should be Krishna, else the waters of life would be poisoned by the craving and misery that the senses are capable of bringing, just like the presence of Kaliya Nag in Kaliya-dah, Vrindavan, poisoned the fresh river water.

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