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Navadurga- Awakening of the Feminine

  The symbolism and archetypes embedded in stories handed down to us intergenerationally when paid close enough attention to are rich with clues to support the unfolding of our inner and outer journeys. According to the Sankhya philosophy, all manifestations of life are considered to be Prakriti (feminine).The feminine has also held a vital and

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Celebrating the Vishwakarmas

We had the great privilege in organising Vishwakarma Jayanti, our annual event, for the second time ,this year to celebrate and honour the works of our traditional sthapatis (architects), shilpis (sculptors) and artists from Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Kerala. This initiative, in collaboration with Dr. V Ganapathi Sthapathi foundation is our  attempt to create a bridge

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VRIKSHA VASTU

As I sit at my desk trying to write, my attention is caught by a rustling peepal tree . In the blazing hot afternoon, amongst all the exhausted trees I can see a peepal tree glistening and dancing to its own song. Maybe that’s why Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita said:                aśhvatthaḥ sarva-vṛikṣhāṇāṁ

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Moving into a new home

  Moving into your own home is always filled with happiness, and the thought of the beautiful memories one will make in one’s own house will fill anyone with joy. We all still relish our homes where we spent our childhood; whether we live in a new city or a different continent, the house we

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The Center or the Bramhasthana

It is self-evident that some buildings live beyond their time in the elegance and beauty of their proportions even when they have been irreparably damaged, vAstu shAstras deal with the design and application of form in space.  A residential building, temple, school, town or village, palace, chariot, chair and sculpture piece, are all dealt with

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Understanding Yantra Mantra Tantra

asmin bimbe sri durga/ sri ganeshaH/sri vishnuH.. devaH dhyAyAmi, sri durga… devAm AvAhayAmi. yAni kAni cha pApAni, sarvAntaH kritAnicha. tAni tAni vinashyanti, pradakshina pade pade. yathA sthAnam pratishThApayAmi shobhanArthe kshEmAya punaH AgamanAyacha A dialogue between Sashikala Ananth and her student Shivangi   Yantra, Mantra & Tantra (YMT) is a simple procedure to bring out energetic

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A journey of learning Indian knowledge system- vAstu

This article was put together from some readings, inspirations and sharing after being asked questions by different people “If I apply vAstu concepts as a modern educated Architect, if vAstu is real and if what professionals today in the field of vAstu say is actually true?” At several levels vAstu is being considered as a

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Exploring Learning through vAstu

With each round of vAstu introductory course, we get the opportunity to unravel a new, deeper layer of learning through the experiential framework. In our last workshop, we explored the following fundamental questions – ‘What are the different ways in which we receive knowledge? And where does the knowledge get stored to be retrieved again?

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Vishwakarma Jayanti

Vishwakarma Jayanti Organised by Ritambhara in collaboration with Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati Research Foundation   On Sep 17th 2020, we celebrated ‘Vishwakarma Jayanti’ in the honour of Lord Vishwakarma and the traditional craftsmen, sculptors and architects across the generations, as an online event with participants who joined us from various parts of the world. As

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Demystifying vAstu and associated myths- In conversation with Sashikala Ananth Part 2

vAstu is not a Rule Book   Student 1: In the last edition, we cleared a few myths and common fears about the vAstu of a house. In this edition we will be dealing with the myths surrounding selection of site and also to demystify vAstu by further discussing its origin. Student 2: We will

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Enlivening our Space

  “An Indian Sthapati has to be A YOGI, he must feel the vibrations in the cosmos including the materials and users of that place”- Ar. BV Doshi   As human beings we started decorating our space and expressing the self into our space right from the Stone Age when we started drawing our hunting

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Demystifying vAstu and associated myths- In conversation with Sashikala Ananth

South facing entrance will not kill you! Student 1: Sashikala Ma’am… there are so many vAstu theories being floated around that leave most people confused and scared. As a vAstu practitioner, trained under Dr. Ganapathi Sthapati as well as a practicing architect, which is a rare and unique combination, can you please shed some light on a few common

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7 Steps to a More Aligned Existence – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 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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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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INNER SPACE AND OUTER FORM: Reflections on Vaastu workshop

The Vaastu Tutorial was conducted in April 2019 over 3 days with 5 participants. The whole intention behind the workshop was to train the participants to take my work and teaching all over the country. This was not something that I had particularly thought of, rather something that evolved from the participants who got in

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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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Temple Visits: A Dialogue

Sashikala Ananth and Anita Balasubramaniam anchor a program called Temple Tales; a unique Ritambhara offering that exposes participants to the history and social relevance of temples in our contemporary world. They weave stories about the history of the buildings and the science of temple architecture into the tangible physical experience of the modern day visitor,

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Engaging with the timeless questions

  To live with awareness Each of us starts our life on this earth holding the hopes and dreams of our parents and other ancestors. We also pick up the hopes and dreams that life seeds in us along our journey. The innocent child mind is awake to its full potential as it wails its

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