Sunday, November 27, 2011


 Auroville is involved in many activities that are beneficial to the nearby villages. Education is one of those activities which has positively impacted the local people. Arulvazhi  provides components of integral education not provided in village schools for the children of Marthandi Village. Arulvazhi also reaches out to the people in Tamil Nadu through   intensives at Auroville focused on the tecahings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Varadrajan, Syamala and the entire Arulvazhi team are dedicated to their goals and have been a source of inspiration for me in Auroville.
I am grateful for the many opportunities they have given me to share in the events they organize very regularly. One such event happened today and I had the privilege to share about mediation and conduct a meditation session. The participants are devotees of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and it was an extraordinary opportunity for me to learn form their experience through the interactive session. I feel satisfied and grateful.
I wish Arulvazhi all the very best in their activities and look forward to more such opportunities.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Personal Growth Lab at IIMI@RAK , U.A.E

This event was so special for me that I had to allow some time to pass before I attempted to write the blog.

This is the first IIM campus outside India, set up by IIMI in partnership with GEM
This is the first batch of PGP (the two year flagship program of IIMs)
This is the first course of the first batch
And, I had the privilege to take the first course of the first batch of the first IIM campus abroad!
And, this is my first Personal Growth event  abroad.
I am grateful to all at IIMI and GEM for this opportunity.
I woke up at 2AM and left Auroville at 4AM to catch the flight at Chennai. The flight was a bit delayed and reached the campus around 2:30pm. I received a warm welcome from Swapna, Vasu and the GEM team. After grabbing a quick lunch in the delightful company of Vasu, I walked straight into the inauguration, clad in a T-shirt and chappals! Vasu invoked the grace of Lord Ganesha and chanted "Namoh Bhagavathe Sri Aravindayanamah". I marvelled ta the divinne connection!  It was an honor for me to be the first one to light the ceremonial lamp. 

 We had the first session immediately after the ceremony and I was very happy with the participation of the students. We had three more days of the course and I suggested that we hold Pranayama sessions in the morning. This needed a lot of logistics to be taken care. Transport arrangements (as the hostel was away), breakfast arrangements, buying mats and cushions(you can see them at the back in some of the pictures), changing the timings etc. I was amazed that the GEM team did all this that evening and did with such positive energy. This is the first institution that arranged the perfect logistics for paranayama sessions!
 The sessions themselves gave me great joy and a sense of delightful fulfillment, thanks to the active participation of the students with such receptivity and keen listening. They were pulling the course to their lives and this was a wonderful experience for me. I am grateful to each and every one of the participants for giving me such joy and happiness. I have no doubt that they would practice the tools and techniques and derive great benefits in their lives. I am also certain that they would set new standards of excellence in PGP and create anew culture that  would be respected and admired by  all.

The picture on the right was taken at 12:30 pm on the last day and the students got it framed and presented it to me when we finished the course at 3:45PM! What gift for me! I cherish the love, affection and goodwill behind this extraordinary gift.

I wish this PGP course and the IIMI campus at RAK, UAE all the very best. I am sure that they will blaze new trails and create new realities that would be emulated by many.

My special gratitude to Kaushik, who willingly took on the role of class representative and provided me with all the support needed to conduct the course; Swapna, Vasu, Bala and all the GEM team for their kind hospitality, support and encouragement; Prof. Ravichandran and Prof Dipayan for giving me this wonderful opportunity.


Inner Healing

 This workshop happened after a long time - thanks to the initiative of Harini.
I have an axiom- the basis of all healing is inner. Mother said that ultimately, it is faith that heals. Faith is inner. One may choose many pathways, based on various aspects but healing happnes due to that faith.

Then what is inner healing?
It is pathway to overcome conditioning and develop faith by tapping into inner resources.
 This is a three and a half day retreat . The main objective is to develop three dimensions.

1. Balm for physical discomfort

2. Practices for inner cleansing -  let go toxic emotions , forgiveness etc.

3. Practices to systematically improve health, well being and explore the domain of being well.
 The workshop is hed in the blessed space of Savitrui Bhavan. There is something special here. We heard the saying 'Cleanliness is Godliness'. This is what struck me  first. I gradually tuned in to the energy behind the cleanliness and connected with the devotion of the team that has built and is instantiating Savitri Bhavan. I feel grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to be in this space to share my work.                        

                                                                     This retreat was also very special for me as my niece and nephew came form Hyderabad to participate in this retreat. I really enjoyed their presence and participation. Thank you, dear Kusuma and Prakash.

I am gartfeul to the participants for giving me an opportunity to offer this retreat and share the principles that are so close to my heart.

Wellbeing workshop at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture

 This is the foundation workshop in my offerings as it introduces the basics of inner growth - harnessing the power of attention and intention. The foreground is stretch exercises based on Yoga Asanas, Pranyama practices for beginners and Deep relaxation. But, in the background, we are working with attention and intention; specifically in developing awareness, visualization, developing inner harmony and being responsible for well being.
 The venue of Pavilion of Tibetan Culture is so wonderful and well suited for this workshop that I think that this is an ideal venue.
It is rainy season in Auroville and I am delighted that the participants were so committed to their well being that the rain was never a barrier for them to be there at 6:55AM. It is a pleasure and privilge to share well being with such a grooup.

I also introduce the concept of relating to yourself as an energy field and becoming aware of the energy exchange with the Universal energy field. The dietary principles for well being are based on this aspect.

I am grateful for the privilege to share these principles and practices in this wonderful space.