About Us

Harmonising the individual by balancing energies in the body, mind and consciousness

There are several special and unique aspects to the Indian perspective of reality and the meaning making created out of its cultural assumptions. One of the most significant is the nature of the hero that is reinforced in its culture. In India it has always been the householder or the ordinary family man/woman, unlike the warrior of the West or the wandering monk of China. In the ordinary every day existence of the householder amidst his commonplace concerns there must be a quality of transcendence and an inner unfolding. Dharma must be discovered and lived in the family and the market place, in the midst of a community, in the here and now.

Raghu and Sashi took up this journey simultaneously and began to delve into Yoga, Vedanta and Vaastu. Sashi followed the Vaastu stream for over 10 years with Shri Ganapati Sthapati, a renowned exponent of vaastu shilpa shastra, and Raghu followed the Yoga stream for the same number of years with his teacher Shri Krishnamacharya, a renowned yoga expert.

The primary focus of our work has been to unfold the creativity of individuals and groups through offering an appropriate culture for the individuality to grow constantly and, to address the overall health of both the individuals and the system.

 

How did we evolve this process?

In a recent interaction with some Feng Shui experts, I was asked this question ‘why do Indians let go of all their traditions without adequate study?’ I was forced to accept this criticism about us – that we do not respect our own past without assurances and encouragement from our colonial masters. Perhaps this is a necessary residue of being a conquered people, or a lacuna in our own psychical makeup. We are very concerned with the polarisation that seems to have emerged between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’. We strongly believe that if the best of the tradition should survive the ravages of time, then the quintessence should be judiciously blended with contemporary pushes and pulls.

 

Our plans :

Our current work is to develop refine and apply the process we call “Vaastu Healing”, which implies the holistic integrative understanding of the individual as well as the physical and psychological spaces he / she occupies. Vaastu Healing will be the vehicle for delivering what we refer to as “Dharma through living” – a process of discovering right living & right livelihood.

Vaastu Healing is an institution that facilitates this inner journey. It offers the space where one can visit ones’ inner world, and dissolve the life sapping knots. It offers a community space where new and resplendent expressions of the self and deep resonant relatedness can be discovered.

Vaastu Healing has created a space with the intention of reaching out to women, children, youth and couples -the whole extended human family- in such a way that their individual and collective potentials can be released and enriched.

  • Vaastu Healing comprises of a set of practices that will help the individual harmonise the home and the self, evolve a personal practice that is introspective and engage in work roles with vitality and conviction.
  • If the negativity and ill health of modernity should be healed, then our contemporary concerns have to stop, and we learn to listen to the wisdom of the land and its ancestors. The middle path is always a difficult one.

 

Our future plans :

Convergence of ancient wisdom and contemporary reality

We hope to make “Vaastu Healing” both a web university as well as a physical centre where the individual and group can come together to reflect and discover inner and outer unfolding and a convergence between ancient wisdom and contemporary reality. Some theories and philosophies of traditional India have played an important role in shaping the individual and the collective.

Ritambhara

In this path of creating newer movements we have recently brought in a group of young people and initiated a centre called Ritambhara (http://www.ritambhara.org.in) . We have also decided to create a physical centre for this experiment. The centre will come up in the Nilgiris in a small village called Konavakkarai around 8.5 kms from Kothagiri. The work has already begun towards this centre. We hope to have 8 double rooms, a training hall, dining and kitchen unit, as well as open air discussion spaces. The land is unspoilt as well as sporting a fantastic view of the forests around this area. Elephants as well as bison and wild pigs are inhabitants of this area. The centre will be ready by end of 2016.

 

The philosophies :

  • The individual consciousness or Jivatma is connected to the universal consciousness or Paramatma. By sensitising the Jivatma or individual consciousness one understands the meaning of life. Many practices have been recommended for this awakening to take place, such as work, art, devotion and intellectual understanding.  
     
  • These paths are known as Karma yoga or work, Gnyana yoga or knowledge, Bhakti yoga or devotion.

 

Insights and wisdom:

Who am I? Why am I here? A space to facilitate the person to answer such existential questions.

Every individual has the hidden aspects of innocence, dreams, compassion and love. But the process of living has submerged these feelings. In desperation we ask ourselves the questions that have reverberated over time. “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “What is the nature of this world?” “What is the purpose of life?” etc. Such questions can only be answered through sadhana.

A mind and a heart energized by absolving itself of these burdens, become capable of insightful, and joyous enquiries into the eternal mysteries of life. One becomes capable of discovering ones’ dreams, ones’ deep intent, and an ability to live in a manner that remains true to ones’ dream and intent.

 

Our experience:

Providing a space for self reflection and mutuality

In our years of work with different groups and people we have found that the average individual is getting more and more fragmented from his / her human family. In the social system, particularly in the larger cities, people are losing touch with their collective identities. The rapid changes and the stress levels prevalent in every day living, further intensifies the loneliness, and fragmentation. Traditional societies offered multiple social institutions which helped to replenish the human psyche / spirit. For example: the Panchayat system where local problems, celebrations, and announcements were handled by the collective and enriched over time through dialogues. But today, when an individual comes home after a hard day's work or study there remains only a neurotic engagement with "TV entertainment" which frequently adds to the stress and prevents genuine dialogues from taking place. We offer a workshop space for like-minded individuals to come together and create an ambience of sharing and collectively inquire about life, relationships, roles, meanings, aspirations, and dreams.

We also run workshops and programmes to facilitate these enquires.

The Team

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Sashikala Ananth