Testimonials on Lockdown Learning

Learning and staying positive during the pandemic times. Let us spread knowledge than spreading virus.

When the lockdown started and when everyone was thinking what to do and how to deal with the lockdown, our community quickly devised a learning plan so all of our paretns make use of the lockdown time effectively and enjoy it it positively. So for 3 weeks, parents from our community who have expertise in their own areas and are passionate about what they do and practice came forward to do the webinars. Thanks to every parent who contributed and selflessly shared their knowledge.

Thanks to Subash and Karthik from the technology team without their support it would have been impoosible to conduct the event.

Here is a huge list of feedbacks from our parents:

I do participate,I think all individuals who are doing seminar and the people who support them are great and we all are so grateful for the effort,the  most memorable thing and  u can see that most of parents are so grateful from their soul. So it’s a soul satisfaction to meet the great practitioner and like minded pioneers. I guess it’s the  first time in the whole great times that such wonderful crowd with positive attitude and great knowledge leaves the session and never forgets it..” – Deepa Babu

The webinar sessions are so informative and very useful as a knowledge source. Instead of lockdown period, these webinars can be conducted on a regular basis so that whichever topics need elaborate discussion can be handled. Above all, We are very grateful for the people who are presenting, thanking them for their time, patience and the effort to share their knowledge with others. Priya, you are doing an amazing job..I saw your first workshop in ezone learning and then today..You are an inspiration to many..It’s actually simple but we have all lost these practices due to our convience, say laziness and so called advertisement world..Thanks for people behind this wonderful session making is us realise” – Minu Amar

“The webinars are truly inspiring and informative. It has helped in lot of learning and now want to explore it by trying to make few changes in life. As told in the admin message the webinars are truly spreading wisdom within. Thank you to all who are taking the initiative”– Bharathi Balarajan

“I joined the group yesterday and attended two webinars live, Watched the earlier ones too. Really inspiring,motivating and informative. The people talk,convey things so lively in such a way that, While we leave the session,some values have already got transferred to us from the speaker.The talk delivery is simple,yet powerful that none can leave the session empty handed. Many thanks to everyone for this initiative, Thanks for the opportunity. We are getting a satisfaction that,The lockdown is being used for learning something new and valuable. Thanks & Regards”.

Ganga

“Amazing session Anusha. You shared lot of valuable information n tips .On my personal experience One thing I would like to share .I never took iron tabs during my preg though I have twin babies..infact my doct didnt suggest me at all.The reason is the values are always with in the limit.People who are anaemic or haemoglobin levels are dropping, the best home remedy is, take 2 to 3  dry dates n soak over night n take it with water.when you  chew the dates consciously actually you enjoy the juice.I have taken this throughout my preg. Also  make sure you take pomegranate or apple daily once min.These really helps alot in increasing the haemoglobin levels.  
When I tested my haemoglobin levels in 8th month actually it was increased by 0.3. Compared to 3rd month Thank you again Anusha for sharing valuable info.”
-Samatha Kudilika

“I am attending all the webinar daily. My sincere gratitude to the speakers, coordinators and everyone who is making it happen.  Started playing board games which I forgot. Exploring ancient art forms with my six year old. Inspired by up cycling session. Following yoga in a fun way with my daughter which is far easier than the counting. I loved all the sessions, looking forward for more of them. Special thanks to Velu Anna”– Amruta Zhope

I am not able to join in for the live sessions. However i am veiwing them later during my convenient time. The sessions are really good, very informative and helpful .– Balaji

“Lockdown webinars has been one of best part of lockdown. The range of topics and the experience shared by our parents has been truly overwhelming and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every webinar till date. So far I’ve missed only 2 live sessions,but I always ensure I view the recorded versions.
Today’s webinar on Special Children/Parents has touched my heart in numerous ways. My thoughts on todays webinar-“The more we approach without judgement.the more the kids open up. This is great and True. Its starts with mother. Love your child unconditionaly !!!
“Serve your child” is my take away message from this Webinar. These words apply to every parent and child relationship.” Thank you HLP team and Velu Anna for this initiative. My gratitude!

Madhuri

“The sessions are great with lot of information.. It’s a wonderful opportunity to know about new and unique topics like art forms, minimalism, upcycling.etc..” -Jisha

“Indeed a great Insight. Never missed any sessions. The good thing is I have started follow and implement the take away from each session. Except Day-9 session”- Vijay Tejas

“Really feel very blessed to be part of these webinars. My gratitude to each & every soul behind this initiative so far, Most of the topics were like it was particularly for me. Its really thought provoking. As Tanushree said in her Upcycling webinar about her machine -same story with me. I too have a new Machine lying untouched. I was actually exploring with old clothes available @ home during this locked down, now after the webinar i am going to try my hands on Denim as well. Going forward, will be very keen on buying stuffs. Likewise, each webinar has taught me sooo many good things. Thanks a bunch once again” -Shylendhiri Ravi

“I have been watching few webinars , had to miss the rest due to time constraint. They are extremely useful anf inspiring. Choice of topics were diverse and that way it made it more interesting. Kudos to the presenters and experts and the organising team.”-Ramya

“Hi, I am participating or watching recording daily. I am loving it. It’s very inspiring, informative and transformative..My kids also enjoy watching it with me..I don’t know how much they understand but I guess they like the energy of it.. Thank you all so much.” -Monika Mehta

“Today’s parenting session made me cry Priya .I don’t know why but I m not getting connected to my daughter the way I wish to maybe bcoz of my unstable health & due to which mind is always unstable at times & her energy s always on peak so I m getting under scale with her energy & to match her demands .Yes the Parenting session by Divya & today by Bindu had really touched me so deeply that If I express more than words teardrops will roll out .So,I just hope you can understand my feelings & thoughts . It’s really interesting very learning & very informative .Thank you to esteemed Parents,Community Members & ofcourse the Founder Anna”

Ruchi Parmar

“The sessions are very useful . All the topics are really great ‘ Eye openers ‘. Really appreciate all of them who have conducted the sessions with complete professionalism! The content  provided was  mind blowing !!! Each one them open heartedly shared everything that they know”– Vishnu Priya

“Thanks entire team for beautiful sessions.. though I couldn’t login at 9am.. I watch videos later.So much knowledge sharing.Thanks each of the speakers for wonderful sessions n knowledge sharing.Thank you admins n Velu Anna for giving all of us an opportunity to attend such sessions 20 Our Ancient board game with what we have!!Had great fun playing this game.my son enjoyed alot… infact he won the race .Thank u Roopa for reminding us at right moment.”- Harika Balam

“Thank you very much for giving this oppurtunity. Bindu haridas explained well. At the time of explaing about self support i got tears, my current situation made me cry. But her words gave me possitive energy to fase the situation. My 3.3 years autistic kid Athreya can enjoy today unwards with me while playing. Thankyou so much to whole team.” – Savitha

“Today’s session of Divya on parenting 0 to 3 years was too good..Every other sessions were also good..I felt very connected as i have a toddler and  felt to be very helpful information.Thanks Divya”

Kiranmayi Vikram

“Very very nice session.. I don’t have a child yet.. but I thoroughly learnt from it.”- Kanu Jain

Totally second that! Things you mentioned require continuous efforts and kudos to you to keep at it and improving on it.! Inspiration abundance! – Sandhya

“She has given wonderful food for thought..some are very small things that go unnoticed but cause huge changes. Wonderful session by @Priya” – Kiranmayi Vikram

“I connected most of the sessions. Loved the traditional games one! I heard that the rules of the games will be shared in the group. Would be nice, if it is shared. Dr. Lakshmi’s session was very helpful“- Uma Jairam

Although I am unable to be live for the webinars but I am catching up when ever I can. They are very interesting and informative.. The speakers all have immense knowledge and speak from years of experience. Thanks to all the speakers who share their wisdom with us.” – RituSinghi

“I am not able to join live and hence missing to post live queries as well. But I make it a point to go over later whenever I have free time. All the topics covered so far resonates to what I would like transform my lifestyle to. I loved the spiritual embryo topic, native eating and minimalistic living so much. The speakers are definitely experienced and are talking out of there own experiences which brings a different dimension to topics being spoken. I am thankful for the yoga webinar we got introduced to Bihar school of yoga and now while family does / follows yoga lessons from there YouTube site( we were doing random yoga sessions until now ) Gratefulness and looking forward for future webinars !

Nanda Pandey

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Testimonials on Aromatherapy

Aromas have direct influence in our psychology, physical well being and deeper spiritual experience

Aromatherapy is a lifestyle and wellness practice, which is part of our life and culture for 1000s of years, and it is part of our customs and all religious or Spiritual practices. Our ancestors understood that fragrance from various roots, herbs and flowers has a direct influence in our psychology, physical well being and deeper spiritual experience. They also are well aware of this fact that it helps in pain relief, mood enhancer, increase cognitive function and so on. Aroma therapy is acclaimed for its effectiveness in treating Depression, anxiety and stress related health issues. We learn various Aromas in the market that you can use to heal yourself and others. This is also a perfect tool to act as a complementary or stand-alone or integrated with other modern or alternative medicine.

Here are a couple of feedbacks from our parents:

This class was a good guide for me, it’s wonderful to know Aromatherapy is used for healing so many problems.

Sailaja

Thank you Velu sir for the teaching … two hours class is perfect , specially with this time difference . One things for sure , I remembered my collage days in these class , lots of writing .Thank you Velu, this was my first class with you. I really enjoyed it. Greatly appreciated“- Vasanthi

Obviously learning aroma therapy is as fascinating as healing trees for me as it connects with nature and plants especially. Plus we decoded many practises which were followed without knowing the reason behind it. Eg, applying sandal for newly married couples, and many extra tips and remedies.”- Archana

After I joined SWP and HLP every topic Anna says is very interesting and it answers most of my queries .Aroma therapy is really interesting for me which was actually question mark from my college days ..I never used diffuser at my home .I only have eucalyptus oil and sandal wood..I will use it today as direct application and post my feedback.It was really amazing session Anna..My heartful gratitude to Anna“.

Hima Bindu

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Testimonials on Spirituality and Money

How money and spirituality is interconnected and learn the art of planning your finances.

It is a common notion that money and spirituality don’t go hand in hand. But the fact is money and spirituality together can bring abundance into our life. Money is not everything, but it plays an important role in our lives towards a more aligned spiritual experience. Money is neutral and the way we think about money brings a greater impact on the kind of energy it brings into our lives. It’s our conscious efforts in handling the money that decides the true worth. Improper planning of your finances can create an imbalance to your inner self and your ambience.
We learnt the spiritual significance of money being the catalyst to heal and elevate our lives. In this webinar, we understood the art of planning and prioritizing your finances, needs, investments, saving, insurance and many more without compromising your cosmic ethics.

Here are a couple of feedbacks from the parents:

Thank you Anna, for a very insightful session. So many times it so happens that you need something so badly and when you actually get it you no more need it…I guess it happens because of unnecessary clutter which we carry in our minds…This session gave the required clarity and consciousness. Very thankful for this, will try to incorporate today’s teachings.-Shweta

Thank you for yet another wonderful session Anna.
Every session of yours, I am have a unique experience, I feel as if you are addressing/answering to that one problem I am facing in life, for which I hardly had a solution. Thank you for today’s gyaan, will try to practice the Formula you have shared.

Kanmani

My insight with money was changed. Never expect that there are so many things we have to plan. -Chitra

Was a great session and yet another learning this time. Have not given much importance to money and have treated as a commodity so long. Now have a new perception of money as something which is also god gifted and has so much purpose for spiritual awakening. Have a new found respect for money. Thanks Anna and team for all your patience and guidance

Madhu

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Testimonials on Decoding Dreams Webinar

A webinar to help you understand about dreams and how to decode it.

Finally, after the successful completion of our Live lockdown webinar series, we started our long awaited first Webinar Series on Dreams in the month of May. Thanks to some new parents who joined us to understand and decode the process of dreams. We began with understanding different types of dreams and effects of dreams in our day to day life. We discussed about the methods to decode dreams and were able to do it with few of the parents during the session. We will be doing the series of dreams sessions with the interested parents from our first webinar series in the upcoming months. It was really great to see parents from US stayed up still late night 4 AM to attend this session.
Amazing spirit.

My gratitude to technology team, Subash and Karthik for making this long-awaited Session happen online during this lockdown period.
Thanks to Minu for coordinating with the parents.

Here is are few feedbacks that we received from parents.

Hieee!! I’m a super fan of Velu Anna’s sessions (which I guess is usual )…Unfortunately I have not got too many opportunities though. I had signed up for this session with a lot of curiosity/questions and what I got is more than I expected….” Sirisha Kambadur

Loved the way the whole webinar progressed and the step by step approach actually helped…. Enjoyed every bit of it and for me it was also to do something different…. Over all – super happy.” – Radhika

“Today’s dream decoding technique, was another fascinating topic decoded for me.I remember my dreams from very young age and wanted to understand it, so with each topic samskaras, swarnaparshana, dream decoding my euphoric state keeps going higher. Thank you Velu, for the knowledge and in depth explanation.“-

Pavani

One good thing i learned today is karma…. nice explanation about how  we should cook and give not just giving donations.” -Dr. Jagruti K Jani

Today’s workshop was great! ty Anna!… The take-home message is to reflect on d day’s happenings@ bedtime & release the negative emotions & sleep relaxing each n every joint . Yoganindra….” -Divya Nadiyanselvam

“I was looking forward to this workshop for a long time. It was an amazing session with lot of learnings.  Thank you so much Anna for the one of a kind topics!!! Like every time, it was a great learning and experience..” – Divya Chittoor

“Dreams, is one of the subject which I wanted to learn, know and understand more.. I thoroughly loved the session session yesterday.. Bundle of knowledge.. At the end I felt I was in hypnotic state .. Not sure if was was or it was coz the time was 4am in the US.. But I had a deep sleep n went into a dream where I was watching a Dream..thank u Anna for taking time to give us this knowledge..Gratitude.”-Chitra C

“As always an amazing ,knowledgeable, exciting content from Velu Anna.. I m waiting to decode my dream as it is always disturbing and make me scared every time I get it… thanks Anna…” -Minu Amar

I was fascinated by name of topic itself. There was lot of curiosity quotient attached to it..I was waiting this for a long time to take place in Gurukul..the explanation was simple. Made me more aware. Thanks Anna for lovely session” -Kanmani

“As always it was a very unique session beautifully presented. The dream decoding part was the best! Even I felt numb and chill after the decoding session. I wish I had been more attentive, I had to prepare lunch and skipped some portions here and there. I wish the recorded version is shared!” -Ruchi

“It’s been really awakening Session on Decoding Dreams had never seen such thing.Especially the Dreams Category Slide & then the Decoding the Dream Slides were really amazing.Anna your an Ocean of Knowledge to any subject to touch or you . It was totally different & amazing experience.I have dream does have some meaning but never knew you your set can decode your own dreams in such a simple practical way that’s so amazing .Thnkyou Anna for an awakening session on Dreams a actually it’s a beautiful Subject in it.”

Nandini

“Had a good deep sleep yesterday.  Generally it will take sometime for me to sleep yesterday  as soon as I went to bed , I slept within 5 to 10 min.As soon as I got up today I got a good answer for something which I was thinking about for a long time. Thank you very much Velu for sharing your knowledge and clearing our doubts about dreams.” – Jyothsna

“Dream is a fascinating subject and the one that interests me the most. Velu anna told us how we can ask (in the process train) children to remember dreams. Had an  interesting event as soon as my daughter woke up she, on her own, told “Amma in my dream me and you went to Velu uncle’s color therapy class and I painted earth there. Hoping to decode dreams and unlock the treasure it can offer in various walks of life.Gratitude to Velu Jayaprakash Anna” – Shilpa Sudhakar

Hello everyone.  For me this workshop was an amazing experience. I could not believe how in a matter of 3 min i felt as i was in a trance and could decode a dream that i had seen sometime back.
I was left with a severe headache after the session but the night sleep helped.  The entire night i drifted from one dream to another.. The first thing i did this morning before coming out of the bed is take a few min to remember my dreams.Thank you for teaching us these techniques that can give us a key to understand the messages that have been sent to us in our dreams… Which otherwise wud have gone unnoticed.
“- Ritu Jain

“Thanks To Mr.Velu, As usual this session helps to have different vision on a known aspect,knowledge shared about How to sleep and what need to done before sleeping,how dream is helping us,how to look for solution through dream and that 3 minute dhyana will be very helpful,pls share the recording of that Webinar.
 It would be helpful,if PPT or small AV is shared to have a clear vision on certain Dhyana Techniques in each session, for example if we get it for  yoganithra in yesterday’s Session that would be helpful.Once again thanks To Mr.Velu” – Arun Kumar”

“Hi everyone. Had read that our dreams carry message, but did not think that at individual level I could interpret my own dream. Session was presented in simple way , full of knowledge. Definitely want to understand what messages I am missing.  Also Please share if possible the recording . Would like to revisit certain parts once again. Thanks.” – Neepa Kankaria

” Thanks for the wonderful session. Realised after the class that dreams carry information to us” – Marees Aravindh

Marees Aravindh

Today’s dream decoding technique, was another fascinating topic decoded for me.I remember my dreams from very young age and wanted to understand it, so with each topic samskaras, swarnaparshana, dream decoding my euphoric state keeps going higher.Thank you velu, for the knowledge and in depth explanation.” – Radhika

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Fruit Fasting Program-LEVEL 1

Your search for best fasting program ends here.

Fasting is a beautiful way to build awareness and focus. It elevates the sense of our connection with the universe. Fasting is one of the ancient practices that our ancestors propagated us to follow. Many religions and communities follow fasting so meticulously for its wide array of proven spiritual and health benefits.

Fasting, if done right, helps to rejuvenate and detox the body and holistically improves the overall health.

Why Fruit Fasting?

Fruit fasting, just like any other fasting technique, creates an environment for the body to heal when the stored toxins are being flushed out of the system. Most of us would have tried one or the other methods of fasting such as Fruit Fasting or Vegetable Fasting or the combination of both, etc. Also, many are stuck in one method of fasting and eager to move forward from one fasting method to dry fasting, which is the highest fasting level towards spiritual awakening. But fasting has to be done from the base level i.e Fruit Fasting and to be taken forward gradually with professional support, whereas random switching over different fasting methods is neither safe nor advisable.

Why HLP Fruit Fasting for you?

We at HLP community have stepped forward to clear the myths around fasting with the help of professionals who also happen to be our HLP Community members. Commencing this month, we have this guided fasting session with coaching and support from our On-Board Naturopath and Ayurveda Practitioners who will be available online to support and clear all your queries.
As every individual is unique, so is their health condition. One fixed fasting plan may not be suitable for all. Hence, the diet for Fruit Fasting is proposed only after careful study about every individual’s health history. Every member after the enrollment process will have a session with our Coaches to discuss the health concerns and zero-in on the fasting diet plans.

CLICK here To enroll

  • Enrollment starts on 6th May 2020 ,ends on 12th May 2020.
  • Preparation phase is from 13th May 2020 to 17th May 2020
  • Fasting is from 18th May 2020 to 20th May 2020

Enrollment process as follows:

On Submitting the enrollment form, your Profile with medical history will be analyzed by our Ayurvedic practitioner according to your Prakriti – the Vata, Pitta and Kaph combination.

The analysis will be continued by our Naturopath Practitioner in customizing the fruits diet based on your body type and your preferences to make this fasting journey an enjoyable one rather than unpleasant.

  • You will receive a communication with all the guidelines and schedules for Day 0 – Day 3 of Fruit Fasting.
  • After all, the real Spiritual journey is being at present to enjoy our life without any regrets.

What are the Levels in Fasting?

There are 18 Levels of Fasting. This periodic fasting cycle will be done once every month, commencing on an Auspicious Day.

  • May Month- Level 1 – Fruit Fasting,
  • June Month- Level 2 – Vegetable Fasting and so on…
  • Ending with the Last Level- Dry Fasting which is the highest goal in spiritual awakening.

Is Weight Loss a goal in this fasting?

Fruit Fasting is not a weight loss regime. Weight loss involves an altogether different approach and mechanism. The aim of this fasting program is to detox and reboot your mind, body and spirit.

Is it compulsory to take All the Levels?

We would love to have you travel with us from Level 1 and graduate happily till the highest level which is the Dry Fasting. Or you can choose to try Level-1 and explore your fasting practice gained in this program.

Important Note:

This program is not applicable for

  • Pregnant women
  • Lactating mothers
  • Menstruating women
  • Children below 18 years

Anyone under Serious Medical Conditions ( You will be filling the Health Form once you have enrolled, based on that you will be getting the next steps of the fasting process )

If you are looking forward to experiencing the purest bliss of chanting, meditation practice during your food fasting, then this is your beautiful beginning.

Come join us!!! Let’s Detox our system through this refreshing, rejuvenating and reviving Fruit Fasting Program with an amazing deeper spiritual experience.

Happy Fasting!!!

Fasting is not just a Physical Discipline, it is also a Spiritual Feast – Jentezen Franklin

Ancient Wisdom Transformation Survey 2018

Our whatsapp group grows bigger day by day. Yearly once, We conduct a survey to understand each other and realign our focus, so that we as a community can gear up for next year.

Important reasons are

  • This helps identify the inactive parents who block the space in the group. They do not respond to the survey, We know they do not read the message. So we move them broadcast group and make space for new parents. We cannot keep new parents waiting to join us.
  • It is always good to push ourselves out of comfort zone. So we reshuffle the group so new parents, new friends, new ideas.
  • Parents in our group for more than a years know this ritual. So please fill the survey there are hardly 5 questions. Be honest and share our thoughts…

Happy to share the survey results in public. Happy to see soo many parents want to join to revive our ancient wisdom.

Journey of the community in 2017 – Part 1

This brilliant newsletter was made by parents of 48 days program and few core parents. Archana, Vishalin, Yamini,Bharathi and Tejaswini.

Greetings from Swarnaprashana Team,

The year 2017 has been a phenomenal year marked with many Aha moments with sparkles of Magical stardust. Yes…who doesn’t like a celestial upgrade !! The Swarnaprashana community birthed to build community-based holistic living and for the revival of indigenous practices, has created a fresh wave of change. The driving force ingrained with social impact has transformed organically into  ‘Socio-spiritual’ platform and it touched many lives and families significantly.

“If what we cannot give socially, that we received spiritually..how can we uplift and heal other people !!”

The man behind this 5-year labor of love has always remained one among us and one serving us. He is the dreamer and the doer; planner and perfect executionist. The dawn of 2017 planted many fruitful desires on his visionary board and steps driven and strings pulled by the divine nature. The inner tussle made a loving inquiry, “If what we cannot give socially, that we received spiritually..how can we uplift and heal other people !!”. This brought forth a need to step into the limelight and blend his creative craftsmanship and the visionary leadership. Thus, Mr. Velu Jayaprakash, the founder of swarnaprashana community penned his title as Soul Coach and crafted a beautiful journey for the swarnaprashana family.

The year began with a skimming process. All the existing community members took the ANCIENT WISDOM TRANSFORMATION survey and only committed families joined us back. The response and the feedback were overwhelming. All the WhatsApp groups went through revamping and new groups were formed. With the new energies, the first webinar of the year was conducted. It was an intensive talk on Swarnaprashana by Mr.Velu to educate and empower all the new and existing parents. It was also a privilege that Mr.Velu was invited to give a talk at the National conclave on corporate social responsibility – Future perspectives in Chennai.

Ashwini 1st Pada

Earlier Sriram, a parent shared posts on herbal gardening. As a value addition, another blog was written by Hridya, a parent. This article Glory of gardening speaks about growing your own veggies as a necessary measure when the world is on the brink of natural disaster. Hridya shared her family experiences and how one gets to see the beauty of interdependence and sustenance in the ecosystem in our own backyard through elements of gardening.

Greenhands, our own community online organic produce shopping portal continues to grow and keeps up the practice of free salt donation. It brings us all fresh indigenous organic produce sourced directly from farmers and includes parentreneur’s ancient, natural home remedies. To share the same joy, Ruchi a parent has put up snacks stall made out of organic products received from Green hands as part of republic day celebrations at her community.

Raising social awareness and responsibility is another initiative that adds a feather to the community works. When Tamilnadu was raging with Jallikattu issue, Velu, the founder has taken a firm stand and delved the truth behind the politics and the controversy around Jallikattu to the community to save this indigenous practice of India. Another burning issue was mandatory vaccination drive introduced by the Govt of Karnataka was a major concern to many parents. Heaps of knowledge sharing and myth busters disseminated in a marathon discussion among all the parents across the community. To help parents make an informed decision and to bring this to a logical conclusion backed by the expert’s advice, Mr. Velu in association with Dr. Selva shanmugan, a Siddha specialist & President, World Siddha trust, India had released a special footage only to educate our community parents with the due disclaimer. This timely guidance has helped many parents immensely.

Ishani, the parenting expert of our community facilitated Art of holistic living workshop in Udaipur. This is our first and one of a kind workshop to spread the wisdom and rare practices to people outside our community. Besides holistic living, the Meditation during the session helped many find their life purpose. Many have pledged towards the path to go chemical free and it was an eventful workshop.

Building a wisdom centric community space has been one of the primary focus of SWP community. Mr.Velu is a significant contributor to nurture this space. He shared precious wisdom and shed light on many topics/practices uplifting the quality of life of many families. To name a few:

  • Kala Sarpa dosha
  • Wedding anniversary
  • Cradle ceremony
  • Sabudhana: veg or nonveg
  • Rethinking thyroid
  • About vaccine changes and lifestyle changes
  • Understanding Shatavari and many more….

A dream project has come to life in March 2017. The first-ever holistic spiritual retreat to the divine abode of Siddhars, the Sathuragiri hills was announced. Only the divine love bestows the keys of knowledge. We at the parent community were bestowed with these divine blessings to envisage and execute this spiritual trip. It is the first time ever that a group of 50+ individuals ventured into this hill, the best part is most of the parents have seen each other for the very first time. The trust and credibility earned by the leader were evident as parents came forward knowing that the place lacks basic amenities and everyone’s bhakti, physical and mental strength would be put through a stringent test.

Few experiences shared by parents who undertook this life-transforming journey.

When our intentions are true, nature does miracles. This trip indeed was one such divinely orchestrated one where help n guidance blessed every step. A beautiful mango groove as the base camp, healthy organic food cooked with love, trekking along steep terrain of jagged rocks were just a few streaks of experiences on that auspicious Shana pradosham day. Many divine coincidences and signs were part of these journey along the bodhi caves, Pathanjali lingam, Naaval Ootru the pond with sacred waters laced with miraculous herbs till the summit at the Sundara and Santana Mahalingam temple.  The descent was awaited with a fresh day where true to its essence, a talk by experts like traditional dinacharya by Dr. Selva shanmugan, Yoga Nidra by Yoga expert Mr.Ganesh and powerful kriya meditation by Mr.Velu were arranged as a learning bonanza. To etch everything eternally in the time capsule, drones were engaged and a documentary of the trip is captured. Thanku to all the divine souls who made this divine dream come true.

End of Part 1 of 3.

A meeting of Kindred Spirits – Part 2 of 3

5th Year Anniversary Celebration of Swarnaprashna Parenting Group

The second day dawned bright and early. The first session of the day was Yoga – guided graciously by parent Bhooma. Though Bhooma did not have any indication that she will be called on to conduct the session (as the other person who was supposed to do it had to drop out due to unavoidable reasons), she enthusiastically stepped in and ensured the parents were not disappointed. I heard the Yoga session was very energetic and rejuvenating. Unfortunately, I missed it! The early morning chirping of the many birds on campus and the peacocks from the nearby fields compensated a wee bit for missing such a wonderful session though (or so I consoled myself!).

Yoga session by parent Bhooma

After a quick breakfast, all parents gathered at the pyramid room with much anticipation and glee for the day’s program.  We were not disappointed. The formal program kicked off with a small recognition ceremony to honor the core parents who have contributed their time and energies over the last few years towards the growth of the Swarnaprashna parenting group. Without these do-gooders, our community will not be what it is today. Many thanks to these kind souls who continue to dedicate their efforts to the cause of holistic living and parenting.

Parent Nandhini and core member of Swarnaprashna Parenting Community getting honored (one of the many parents who have tirelessly worked over the last few years towards the cause of holistic living and parenting)

Parent Team honoring Velu Jayaprakash, the man behind Swarnaprashna who is making all this possible (through the guidance of his Guru as he likes to acknowledge)

After the recognition ceremony, Ranjan Mullaratt, a Kalaripayattu expert with 30 years experience in the art form, spent over an hour with us sharing his knowledge about the most ancient martial art of the world. Kalaripayattu (Kalari meaning an enclosed space and payattu meaning practice), which is said to have originated from South India, is believed to be taught first to Sage Parasurama by Lord Shiva.  The art form was eventually spread world-wide by Bodhirama including to China. Today, it is practiced widely in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh in India. Placing a high importance on the guru-shishya parambara, Kalaripayattu is extremely beneficial for both physical and mental health. It follows the principles of Ayurveda and incorporates traditionally guarded secrets on vital nerve points to disarm the opponent in a fight.

Ranjan Mullaratt, a Kalaripayattu expert talking to us about the age-old martial art form

Next up was the super fun, super powerful, super thought-provoking session on Natural Foods by Dr. Maran G. A raw food activist and a firm proponent of Naturopathy, Maran G is what you might call a bomb of energy and traditional knowledge. Dr. Maran runs a tiny food joint in Sivakashi, Tamil Nadu named “Thaivazhi Iyarkai Unavagam” (translated roughly as Traditional & Natural Food Restaurant) – it serves over 300 people each day with completely wholesome, raw and uncooked food and helps them fight many diseases and illnesses with food as medicine.

Dr. Maran G – A raw food activist and proponent of Naturopathy with Parent Gayathri (who helped translate Maranji’s priceless talk to English for the benefit of all parents who did not understand Tamil)

Known for his selfless and passionate work on spreading the wisdom of consuming raw and natural food, Maran G is a wonderful human being who has dedicated his life for the betterment of the health of his fellow beings. An hour or so with him was just not enough – his enthusiasm, deep knowledge, jovial nature, literary skills, and caring attitude made us all wish he could spend the entire day with us talking! WE just couldn’t get enough of the many tips and recipes he shared with us all so generously. God bless Maran G and his kind – we were in turn for sure blesses to be part of his session that day. Though I am planning to cover the tips/recipes given by Maran G in another blog post, here’s what he really wanted us all to take away that day, if not anything else:

Pearls of Wisdom from Maran G’s talk:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. The more flour/starch you consume, the more pain you will suffer. Avoid plan starch food.
  3. Follow the Natural way of life – have more fruits and vegetables (raw). Consume Amla/Guava/Dates/Fig in plenty.
  4. Walking for 10 mins barefoot is equal to walking 1 hour in shoe. Try to walk barefoot as much as possible and stay connected to Mother Earth.
  5. A lifestyle without physical work and filled with bad food habits is sure asking for trouble.
  6. One must do the super brain yoga (thoppukaram as it’s called in Tamil, usually performed in front of Ganesha with both hands on the ears) at least 21 times a day to stay fit, young, and healthy.
  7. At least one meal a day must be Fruits only. Once in a day at least, you must do fireless cooking!
  8. For Thyroid, Diabetes and improving memory power, soak 2 Ladies Finger in water overnight and have that water in the morning.
  9. Try to have a wholesome and raw breakfast. You can always add spice to it in the form of pepper, jeera, ajwain. Replace Coffee/Tea with Dry Ginger Tea.
  10. Physical exercise a must for a healthy body. If you don’t have time to do exercise, you can at least walk in the form of a 8 shape right at home
  11. Most importantly, pls ensure your children inculcuate the good habit of eating raw and healthy food – enrich their water bottles and tiffin boxes with the best food Mother Nature herself has prepared lovingly.
  12. Do not watch any TV, mobile or other devices while eating.
  13. Never eat after 7 in the night!

The above is just barely scratching the surface of what he shared. You must definitely attend one of his sessions if possible in the future.

Standing ovation to Dr. Maran – one hour with him is just NOT enough!

We all proceeded to lunch – thinking if we should start practicing all Maran G told us right away – unfortunately, bad habits formed over decades of lifestyle needs at least a few days of convincing one’s own mind and self before making the switch. Maran G, however, did not think so. He liberally shared his meager lunch of 2-3 fruits with everyone at the Lunch hall. Indeed, a very selfless Samaritan he is.

Usually, any session planned right after lunch will turn out to be boring (even if it is not really so – thanks to our full stomachs!). But we had a surprise coming for us. The team from Kreedaa Kaushalya, who came all the way from Mysore, enthralled us the next one hour with the traditional games of India. Right from Indian Chess, Pagaday, Aliguli Manay to Adu Huli Ata, it was a fun session where the children and adults even got to play a game or two.

Traditional Games that transported us to our childhoods

The team of RG Singh, Raghu Dharmendra, and Dileep Gowda have done extensive research on the traditional games, their use and their importance in our culture and have made their knowledge freely available to anyone who is willing to pay attention. In this day and age where children are glued to mobile screens for hours together, traditional games offer a hope and promise of getting them back to an engaging form of play which are also designed to make them more mentally agile and fit. Do check out the Kreedaa Kaushalya team at their shop opposite Mysore Zoo or catch them at their blog here: http://kreedaakaushalya.blogspot.in/. And don’t forget to introduce your children to the rich game culture of India.

Children getting lost in the wonder of Traditional Games, thanks to the session by Team Kreeda Kaushalya

The next session was on Karathandavam, another martial art form of India. It was very interesting to learn about this ancient art and appreciate the beauty of many practices that were part of our culture.

A quick demo of Karathandavam – another ancient martial art form

A quick water break later, all of us assembled again for another one of the most interesting sessions of the meet – Yoga point of view from Thirumoolar by Siddha Dr. Selva Shanmugam. A very deep subject, with profound wisdom and insights, Thirumanthiram and its teachings on Yoga and Medicine is not very easy to be discussed in just a few hours. But Dr. Selva Shanmugam did fantastic justice to it, while still keeping it absolutely relevant and informative, by sharing his decades of research and knowledge of Thirumoolar’s text. The following lines from his presentation stand out strikingly clear even today in my mind:

Andathil ullathae Pindam,

Pindathil ullathae Andam

Meaning what’s there in the Macrocosm (the Universe) is what’s there in the Microcosm (The Body) i.e. man is a universe in himself. These lines were said many thousands of years ago by Siddhas (ancient Tamil Sages) – and it is being discovered to be true by modern scientists even as we read these lines today. Whether one views these lines literally or with more spiritual intent, it is certainly not something one can just understand in a day and gain mastery (in fact, nothing in life is like that, but these kind of topics definitely need their own time, effort and dedication to really understand, let alone start practicing them).

Dr. Selva Shanmugam sharing his decades-long insights from Thirumanthiram

After that intense session, parent, healer and acupuncture therapist, Anandji did a light and simple session on Body, Mind and Soul – he gave us a very good understanding of the these three realms and even shared an easy way to meditate. Thanks Anandji – it was indeed a new way of looking at meditation (where one just lets the thoughts flow without getting too attached and instead focus on “who” is having these thoughts).

Healer Anandh talking about a simple meditation technique

Post that, it was time for little Ishita’s first birthday celebration!! A celebration where everyone wanted to get as close to the birthday cake as possible!! Joking aside, I am still in awe of the parents’ clear commitment and conviction towards holistic living (they sacrificed the usual first birthday celebrations and instead chose to attend the outing and celebrate the little one’s birthday with us). Anyhow, again on a lighter vein, thanks to dear Ishita and her parents, we got to taste one of the yummiest Millet based cakes made by parent Sharanya (again proving the power of parenting community coming together for the benefit of each other). God bless you, Ishita dear!

Little Ishita’s birthday celebration at Swarnaprashna’s fifth-year anniversary celebration 🙂

Someone called for a quick group photo before Maranji takes leave. Check out the cute little guy striking a pose in the front!

The day wound up with Dinner and another meditation practice session by Velu. This time, the meditation was focused on building a positive aura around ourselves, an energy ball of protection and good will. Suffice it to say, it was one of the most intense moments of my life! Beyond that, it is very difficult to write about what we all experienced – a mild sense of liberation, lingering joy and the thrill of having discovered our own mind power – definitely something to be experienced rather than heard from someone!

Children being very much a part of the day’s proceedings – thanks to all the parents who came together to keep them entertained

Author: Vaijayanthi

Vaijayanthi is a freelance business writer and full-time gardener. She coaches people on adopting a chemical-free lifestyle through her initiative called the Kaustubam for Sustainable Living Practices. She also conducts various physical workshops and training sessions on sustainable living and Gardening for children in Bengaluru through the initiative The Happy Child.

A meeting of Kindred Spirits (Part 1 of 3)

5th Year Anniversary Celebration of Swarnaprashana Parenting Group

It was Monday morning. I woke up with a strange and wonderful sense of peace and calm – very unlike other Mondays – in fact very unlike most other days as well! A quick recollection, and it all came flooding back – a weekend full of learning, unlearning, joy, celebration and a sense of time standing still. And yet, it all got over so quickly! Yes, I am talking about the fifth year anniversary celebration of the Swarnaprashna holistic living and parenting group.

Held on 10th and 11th of June 2017 at the very picturesque The School of Ancient Wisdom at Bangalore, the event was a meeting of kindred spirits and parents who became quick friends. Though packed tight with learning sessions on everything from Yoga & Meditation to Parenting & Healthy living, the two days were as relaxed as one can ever hope to get. For me, personally, it was a total treat, like a surprise package of all things that are on my “most liked list” – as if someone had gone through my mind map and picked the choicest of favorites and come up with an agenda that I would never miss for the world. I am sure it was the same for almost every parent who came to the meet! Now, that is not a small feat to achieve – but achieve it they did, the organizing team of Velu, Divya, Mani, Priya, Ananth, Nandhini and all the others who worked hard for more than a month to pull together this beautiful event for others. There is a reason I have emphasized the last word – I will elaborate more on it later.

The lush green and peaceful School of Ancient Wisdom

The beautiful environment of The School of Ancient Wisdom

All of us were to arrive by 5 – 6 PM on Friday evening. But as luck would have it, the rain gods decided to give us a shout! It started pouring delaying some parents from reaching the venue before 6.30 – no problem, said the kids who had arrived by then….We will just take our time getting to know each other so that we can hack our plans for the next two days! And that set the tone for the next two days – something you would never have seen in any other meeting of adults in your life am sure – a free rein of the meeting room for the kids to play, run, fight, sleep, eat and what not – amidst very serious discussions!

So while the adults listened, talked and took notes (pretending they don’t hear the noise!), the little ones had the time of their lives as well. This itself can be one of the best highlights of the meet – a highly tolerant and relaxed huddle of parents where every single parent took the disturbance (adventure for the kids!) in their stride and kept a watch on the kids collectively. Reminded me of the long forgotten huge joint families of yesteryears. Yes, I know, we are a parenting group and some might say this is expected but well, I can only thank the organizers and all the parents for proving we can have a productive meeting with our kids 🙂

After a quick round of introductions of all the parents and how they came to be part of the Swarnaprashna group, we came to know that one of the child had her first birthday the next day – and the parents have decided to spend it with us, in this retreat, instead of the usual party and merry – a awe moment of their dedication and interest to the cause of holistic living for sure.

It was soon time for Dinner followed by the Negativity removing mediation session by Velu. The day was also perfect for it – being a Friday AND a full moon day – a great combination to rid oneself of negative influences and disturbing feelings. If you have been following the discussions on the WhatsApp parenting groups, you will know that removing dhristi is one of the suggested weekly rituals one can follow to maintain emotional health and well-being for the entire family for those who believe in it. It is usually done with salt/chilies/mustard/eggs or any combination thereof (some also use natural straw/camphor and burn them after the cleansing ritual). Scientifically, we are using these high pranic energy filled items to “absorb” the negative energies around us, helping us keep a clean energy space around us. However, our meditation session focused on removing the negative energy within/around us in a different way by using a combination of visualization and self-suggestion. Each of us was also asked to hold a metal coin in our right hand (or a Lemon) which acted a medium to capture all the negativity – this was thrown into the fire built specifically for this purpose at the end of the meditation session.

One of the main things that we learnt during the pre-session discussions was on the importance of discarding the materials used for removing the dhristi (like the coin/salt/chillies…etc.) safely – without letting it affect another person (i.e. not throwing it in a public place where another person is bound to walk over it). As important as it is to get rid of our negative energies, it’s equally important to ensure we don’t pass it off to another person, knowingly or unknowingly. So it’s always best to discard any items we use in a space where another person/animal will not get exposed to it – for at least 24 hours. After that, the energy will get dissipated naturally. The meditation was a very soothing experience for me (not what one might expect out of a Dhristi removing ritual aka Black magic removing meditation!) – and helped me slip into good sleep in the calm and safe environment of The Ancient School of Wisdom.

Author: Vaijayanthi

Vaijayanthi is a freelance business writer and full-time gardener. She coaches people on adopting a chemical-free lifestyle through her initiative called the Kaustubam for Sustainable Living Practices. She also conducts various physical workshops and training sessions on sustainable living and Gardening for children in Bengaluru through the initiative The Happy Child.

5th Year Celebration of whatsapp group

It is a long journey from where this group of parents started 5 years ago, with 6 parents. Today, as we stand, this group of like-minded people committed to nourish their kids and live a holistic life with ancient wisdom gifted to us by our ancestors, has grown strong with 6500+ parents and continues to grow on a daily basis.

After the past Sathuragiri retreat, the community’s energy was so high and determined to meet each other and celebrate this 5th year. Happy to see parents in our community took ownership of this event, felt like a family get together. Some highlights of our WhatsApp post.

Out Station Parents

The plan was to start, at 5PM on Friday, the unpredictable weather took over, many parents were stuck in traffic. So we had to delay, all kids found their ways to keep them busy. We started to introduce all the parents and their journey of how they ended up in our group. It was finally good to put a name to face. Gratitude to @Ananth who took a day off on Friday to make sure out station parents reach the venue safer. In parallel he took care of posters, banners, etc. @Ananth @Rajasaker @Mani made sure all the banners were fixed on time. Really glad to see @Nikitha Jain flew all the way from Delhi for this event, @Yoga Jothy from Hyd, @Saranya from Chennai, @Vijaya from AP.

At the resort, we made a solid demand to replace 5 whites. Due to operations and financial issues, they could not do it. So from @Greenhands projects, we estimated the use of 2 poisons, white sugar, and white salt and replaced with jaggery powder and pink salt. In the last min, we came to know from Greenhands team that jaggery powder was not available, @Ananth took charge and arranged 25kgs to the event. To make the check-in smooth, @Divya and @Priya planned meticulously to allot rooms in such a way that parents have their own space. Unfortunately, the resort management wanted to fill block by block not random rooms at different rooms. It was the time when most of the parents are stuck in traffic. Then we took help of the resort management and tried to rearrange the rooms. The SoAW was kind enough to offer to upgrade the rooms to accommodate for kids too. So all kids were given same coats, some even had extra beds.

We made a history by planting Birth Star Trees

In parallel, we had plenty of issues to source 27 birth star trees, we had to refer back our blog to get alternative trees. @SriNandhini did multiple follow ups with them to make sure we have all the plants. Finally when the plants arrived, none of the plants had a name tag. We had no idea which plant was referring to which star. @Divya and @Srinandhini spent nearly 3 hours to figure out while the session was happening. Luckily Dr. Shankar was of handy help, he was able to help us spot some plants.
@Srinandhi also make sure all were given a small tulsi as a return gift.
@Priya also sourced seed balls from chennai as an additional return gift.

@Srinandhi @Divya – did an amazing work on getting those toys, stationery. They and other parents made countless shopping time for this events.

Parent Monika celebrated her daughter Ishitha’s First Birthday at the event.

The first birthday is always very important and special to parents than kids. We are honored to see when parents decided to celebrate with like-minded parents and seek blessings. @Sarayna our Nala group active member (and Admin) took charge and experimented with Ragi and millets to make a healthy cake. In spite of her daughter’s health issues, She personally baked and delivered the cake as a surprise. As the principles of reciprocity continue, @Monica arranged healthy sweets for all parents.

Shloka Time


Within 10 mins, @Roopa took charge of all the kids and made them practice shloka. Along with her, kids did a decent job of chanting.

Maran Ji – the showstopper among all speakers

Though all experts share their in depth wisdom, It was this humble healer, who stole the show! Though he is not fluent in other language than Tamil. His true intention, sincerely reflected in his voice and attitude. All our parents were breathless with his sense of humor and able to make his strong point in everyone’s mind. This is one of the reasons I wanted him to be the first speaker. (but have to make a switch in plan due to logistical reasons) @Gayathri did an amazing job to catch up with Maran ji’s high velocity speak into English. But many parents was able to make sense from his talk. His simple and effective solutions was an eye opener. After his talk…Few parents immediately made a commitment that they would translate his recipe book into multiple language book.

Laughter Therapy

On request of Maran ji. He handed over a small book about laughter therapy, he wanted some parents to quickly learn and do a session, @Vaijayanthi jumped into action and did a session (I really missed it, have to see the video to comment, heard it was good)

Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Though we know about the birthday we planned it well. But one of our parent @Divya was celebrating their anniversary, came to us as a surprise. In the mid of chaos at events, handling guest, kids, other running issues, the core parents really hacked a plan to at least arrange a flower bouquet. All parents showered flowers over the couple with their blessings. @Greenhands Mani later gifted Darbai grass meditation mat. Yes @Divya it was a small gift from our community.

Darbai Grass Meditation Mat

We wanted to give something ancient but spiritual for the guest. One side we have a negative budget to work on and another side, time was limited. At this junction, @Mani suggested this idea. But I strongly suggested standard size would not be really useful if you are really a meditation and seek to benefits from the grass. So he had to work his way to find a lengthy grass from Haridwar to make this custom size, I demanded. The extra mat was sold to few parents at the end of the event. (Yes, Greenhands will launch this mat on demand)

A Parent almost skipped a Wedding function to attend our event


@Priya known as a please use reply button admins, really skipped her cousin’s wedding reception to hand hold our event, late in evening, @Saranya took charge of her to reach the wedding at night and @Priya ran back to the event after the early morning wedding.

First Preview of Sathuragiri Footage

It was nice to see the energy of parents clapping and making notice like a movie experience. The first draft copy of the footage of our recent Sathuragiri retreat. Personally, the video has some elements like swp talk, and my long thank you note etc.. I felt this is not in context with the motive, so we will edit it and add some more footage of parents and publish it in few weeks.

Some notable gestures
  • Bhooma Balaji supported us in conducting the amazing Yoga session in the morning, since our Yoga expert could not make it at the last moment.
  • Roopa engaged the kids in one of the session by interesting Origami. Along with Vaijayanthi Roopa performed the role of time keeper
  • Pottery session was enjoyed by both kids and adults.
  • Nadiyan Divya’s hubby, took the initiative to take a child to the hospital due to unexpected emergency.
  • Shilpa’s mother was so thoughtful by sharing her homemade Marmalade pickle to our parents (Sunday lunch table had that).
  • Efforts of Raja by running multiple times for all the physical work.
  • Mani and Raja at the second day, gave their rooms to the camera crew and adjusted in a hall.
  • Healer Sangeetha Shah, only member outside the group who listened to her intuition and took part of our celebration.

Awards

We identified nearly 40 parents from the 1000s of parents who did the little things that mattered to the community. Parents who made it to the event received their awards. For parents who did not make it to the event, once we have enough budget, we will post it to your house soon. A detailed post is on the way about this tomorrow.

There are many untold stories to share about this landmark event of our WhatsApp group. I tried to bring that I could recollect quickly. I might have skipped some, this does not mean their work is unnoticed, it is just my memory (RAM space is limited).

Moving forward, As core group is restructuring, we decided to be more of quality focused and removed parents who do not follow group disciplines. The idea is reduce the group size and keep only like minded people who are serious about holistic living.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of two angels, ancient wisdom seeker, holistic adviser and Soul coach. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com