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Inner Transformation Through the Mahabharata

Article by Dr. Nandini Murali, a participant of Mahabharata Exploration Online program. Dr. Nandini is a Communication Professional, Author and a Researcher in Indic Studies. As a  seven-year-old, I sat under the mango tree in our home with my grandfather, as he helped me read aloud from C. Rajagopalachari’s retelling of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. A daily morning …

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Mahabharata Immersion 8 – A Reflective Dialogue

I see a bunch of smiling and delighted faces in the pictures shared by Raghu and other facilitators from the recently concluded MI. They were faces not from a holiday but a 6-day immersion into the self through yoga, Indian theatre, dance and self-reflective art. The Mahabharata Immersion, which is Ritambhara’s flagship program, conceived by …

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The Family Saptaswara – rasAtmik Moments of Togetherness

Exploring the Sapta Swaras as a Family By Priya Nagesh During the first week of May, Ritambhara Ashram hosted a Family Saptaswara– an experiment of sorts where the Saptaswara framework was improvised in two ways: a) for the context of parenthood/family and b) for children. The program included some sessions/activities in parallel for parents and …

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7 Steps to a More Aligned Existence – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on Saptaswara – the 7 Steps to a more aligned existence. The Saptaswara module we created has helped many people over the years reflect on their own individual journeys thus far and create a roadmap of sorts for their futures. In the first post of this series, we discussed the …

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Exploring Contemporary Issues though the Itihasa Purana (Part 2) – Mahabharata Immersion

Mahabharata Immersion (MI) is an offering from Ritambhara, an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the unarticulated and the disowned parts of ones self by working with the stories from the great epic. The following is a conversation between Gayatri Iyer and Raghu Ananthanarayanan, the creator of the MI, on …

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Exploring Contemporary Issues though the Itihasa Purana (Part 1) – Mahabharata Immersion

Mahabharata Immersion (MI) is an offering from Ritambhara, an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the unarticulated and the disowned parts of ones self by working with the stories from the great epic. The following is a conversation between Gayatri Iyer and Raghu Ananthanarayanan, the creator of the MI, on …

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7 Steps to a More Aligned Existence – Part 1

Searching for Equilibrium in an Ever Changing World Never before has the past been less reliable for steering oneself into a meaningful future.  In the last three decades almost all the practices for carrying out one’s everyday tasks have been replaced by completely new methods that have shifted the average person’s life into a new …

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Reinterpreting Vaastu

Last week, we featured a post by RASA member Anita Balasubramaniam, in which she dialogues with Sashikala Ananth, a renowned architect and expert on Vaastu Shastra. Sashi is the author of The Penguin Guide to Vaastu, and has been instrumental in bringing the ancient Indian tradition to an entire generation of architects and designers. Following …

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Why is Rama Blue?

We are all aware about Yogacharya T.Krishnamacharya being a pioneer in using yoga (specifically asana and pranayama) for therapy and well-being. But little did we know that he was a great scholar of our sacred knowledge and traditions. One of his long-standing students Raghu Ananthanarayanan has put together an interesting note about Ramayana from a …

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Have You Experienced The Delight of Inner Balance?

In our hectic lives, we often receive messages to “slow down”, “centre” ourselves, and “align” ourselves with a larger intelligence. Oftentimes the meaning of these words are elusive, and the people who offer them, even more so. However, Ritambhara offers a program that can guide a participant to an actual experience of an inner alignment …

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Sadbhavana: Extending A Hand For A Brave New World

“The condition of man…is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.” Thomas Hobbes A World At War If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that we are living in a climate of conflict. Debates are raging, battle lines are being drawn, and it feels as though we are being …

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The Power that is Prana: A Peek Into Svashakti Re-Birthing Breathwork

Ritambhara is proud to announce the start of a new series of workshops entitled Svashakti. The first of these workshops Svashakti: Re-Birthing Breathwork will take place at Ritambhara Ashram on October 11th, 2018. Anuradha Ramesh aka Usha, the lead facilitator for the program, shared her understanding of the work and her personal journey in developing …

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Temple Tales: A Meditative Experience of Temples

Experience Temples Like Never Before Do you marvel at temples, their architecture and the myriad stories (historical and mythological) associated with them? Have you always wanted to learn more about temples, their place in history and everyday life? Or have you perhaps wondered what all the fuss is about? Sashikala Ananth facilitates Temple Tales: A …

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Finding Your Personal Power through the Mahabharata

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is the ability to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl.   The 5 Seats of Power workshop evolved from the program Mahabharata Immersion. The MI, as it is often called, is a powerful exploration into …

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SaptaSwara – Awakening Songs of Healing, Love, and Beauty

How does one live a life where one can act with honour and live in peace? Never before has the past been less reliable for steering oneself into a meaningful future. How can a person re-envision oneself in response to a radically changing world? All of us are confronted with questions like this. We turn …

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Parenting Inside-Out – A Contemplative Space for Parents

It takes a global village to raise a child. As parents, we are charged with the great responsibility of caring for our children’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. And while we may be willing and have all the best intentions in the world, we are not without our concerns and fears, given a world …

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Immersed in the Myths of the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata Immersion is a powerful foray into the mythological universe of the Mahabharata as a mirror to reflect our individual struggles. Among our participants this July, was Padmakar Kappagantula, a 55 year old self taught artist. These startling and thought provoking digital art pieces, were created by Padmakar using his finger on an iPad …

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Contemplative Weekends at Ritambhara

“Alone but not lonely, the philosopher becomes attuned to her inner self and the world. In solitude, the soundless dialogue ‘which the soul holds with herself’ finally becomes audible.”  – Plato Weekend Getaways are the stuff that our weekday dreams are made of. Who hasn’t had their eyes glaze over at the computer on a …

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