Being able to pause to see and reflect on art and aesthetics is a core element of wellbeing at Raga. We need “symbols”, that is works of art which represent “life-situations”. It is one of the basic needs of human experience, to see life situations as meaningful. We discover and even create the worlds we live in through our interaction with symbols such as paintings, sculptures, music and dance.
Ashy-crowned sparrow lark is one of the little birds chirping around the Raga Svara campus. It is a small sparrow-sized member of the lark family. These larks are found in pairs or small groups and form larger flocks in winter. They forage on the ground for seeds and insects.
The world is going through difficult times. In these times of isolation and distancing, both physical and psychological, many of us are realizing the importance of taking a ‘pause’ in our lives. What we are all experiencing at the present time was not predetermined or by choice. However, the important thing is that we have got time to dedicate few moments from our daily lives to ourselves. The work we do, the money we earn, the people we meet; all that is to ultimately gain peace and happiness in life. But in the mad rush of things, it is peace that is lost first. The core philosophy Raga Svara is to enable everyone to attain peace by taking a ‘pause’. We encourage all of you to seize this opportunity and move towards understanding self and creating peace.
Buddha Purnima, the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, is celebrated on Purnima Tithi (full moon day) of Vaishakh. We wish a blissful Buddha Purnima to you. This Buddha Purnima learn from Gautama Buddha, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. Make the most of this beautiful day by connecting with yourself.
Every culture has different traditions of greetings. In many cultures of India, people greet each other with the gesture of Namaste. Namaste is also known as Namaskar. Namaste is performed by pressing the palms of the hands together with a slight bow. In Hinduism, Namaste has a spiritual meaning too, it means “I bow to the divine in you as the divine and soul is the same in everybody” .
At Raga Svara, we can find five-striped palm squirrel running around the campus and residing in the trees. It is also called the northern palm squirrel and is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae
Indian culture is steeped in traditions and history. RItuals of all kinds form a core element of our traditions. At Raga Svara, we respect and honour the traditions of all cultures and see them as a medium of expression and community building.
We want to present some rituals and share what they mean and signify. Rituals affect our body, mind and surroundings if performed frequently.
The ritual of marking someone’s forehead with a fragrant paste (tilak), of sandalwood or vermilion, is a gesture of welcome and expression of honour. It is worn on special religious occasions as well. There are many forms of tilaks, each with its history and significance
A conch (Shankha) is an important element of many rituals in Hinduism and Buddhism. The blowing of a conch shell creates a positive psychological state and stimulating emotions such as courage, determination, hope, optimism, and bliss, which can be felt by all people assembled and also by the blower
Raga Svara architecture – Antara the Yoga Centre
Plain tiger is a beautiful medium-sized butterfly flying at Raga Svara campus. It is also known as Danaus chrysippus and it belongs to the Danainae subfamily. Plain tiger is seen in Asia, Australia and Africa.