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A modern spiritualist this

R. Venugopalan propagates meditative techniques to find peace


IF YOU have a hectic schedule that does not allow you time for at least an hour of meditation every day, because of which you are losing out on focus, concentration and peace of mind at home and at work, R. Venugopalan, an author of some seven books on the subject and a homoeopath, provides a solution. He curtails the time required for meditation to just 15 minutes and the result, he claims, is "the same". Not only that, he has "techniques for students too for increasing their concentration level, mental faculty and creativity in just 15 minutes".

Claiming that any one can do it, the young healer, who belongs to a royal family of Tranvancore, says, "There is no age, religion or physical bar in doing such exercises. Only for breathing exercise a person initially might take a few days to adjust."

Venugopalan has been into all kinds of healing, from pendulum therapy to tantra to yoga to Reiki for 15 years now. He is no self-professed guru either. He detaches himself from spiritual ashrams, which he believes "are restricted in their exercises and good for only those who can afford time to take a longer course in samadhi or spiritualism."

Now he is all geared up to translate the 5000-year-old vigyan tantra scripture into English, available only in Sanskrit so far. This book has 162 sutras and 112 techniques of meditation, which are not time consuming. In the book, Shakti asks Lord Shiva and Parvati separately about soul searching, peace of mind and spiritual attainment without leaving the material world. Shiva answers each of her queries in the form of a meditation a common man can practice. The techniques help in retaining concentration and peace of mind.

Universal use

If it emerges from a Hindu scripture, it does not restrict people belonging to other religions from following it. "It is just about techniques of meditation in which a person does not have to remember any particular God. I also give alternatives from the religion if a person has any religious restriction in practicing any form of yoga or meditation," says he.

Venugopalan started taking interest in these things when his parents taught him about different religions and their scriptures. He also leant a lot from lamas and tantra. He has read the Holy Quran, learning Gurumukhi to read the Guru Granth Sahib and Pali language too. Venugopalan's techniques will soon be available on videos and CDs. He already has some 5000 disciples through the Internet, especially for his Kundalini Diksha.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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