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Panchsheel Meditation and Holistic Living

Arpita Ganti Final Year B.Arch Id 2015-2016

Thesis Report On

MEDITATION AND HOLISTIC CENTRE Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of the degree of


Session 2015-16

Bharati Vidyapeeth College Of Architecture Kharghar, Navi Mumbai Affiliated with

The University Of Mumbai Undertaken By: Arpita Ganti Final Year B.Arch.ID

Guided By: Ar. Sweta Dabir


This is to certify that the Design Dissertation of the Project of Meditation And Holistic Centre of is the bonafide work of Ms. Arpita Ganti of Final Year

B.Arch.ID of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture and has been prepared under my guidance.


PRINCIPAL Ar. Ritu Deshmukh

Index Sr No.



Introduction to Meditation


Benefits To Meditation




Introduction To Holistic Living


Benefits To Holistic Living


Need And Scope


Design Philosophy




Sound Meditation


Dance Meditation




Case Studies A. Matri Mandir, Auroville B. Lotus Temple,New Delhi C. Art Of Living, Bangalore D. Pagoda Vipassana, Mumbai E. Soukya Holistic Centre, Bangalore F. Quiet Healing Centre, Auroville G. Jindal Nautrecure Institute, Bangalore H. Spirit Rock, U.S.A


Site and SWOT Analysis


Requirements And Area


Design Process And Program Schedule

Introduction to meditation Meditation is a method for training our minds to have a more beneficial state of mind or attitude. And this is done by getting into or generating a certain state of mind and repeating it, accustoming ourselves to that. And of course there are many, many different types of states of mind or attitudes that would be beneficial. One state of mind could be just more relaxed, less tense and worried. One state of mind could be one that is more focused. Or a state of mind that is more quiet, without just constant mental chatter and worry. One can be a state of mind with more understanding of myself, of life, etc. And one can be a state of mind with more love and compassion toward others.

Benefits of Meditation. As many studies show, a regular meditation practice offers numerous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and releasing stress and fatigue. In fact, meditating for half an hour provides more psychological rest than a full night's sleep. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being as well as greater energy and creativity. Today doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses. Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown it to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems. As stress is greatly eliminated through Meditation, our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality, and happiness. Practicing Meditation on a daily basis can help you to: Manage stress Reduce anxiety Improve your relationships Create inner peace Awaken your intuition Lower your blood pressure Become less judgmental Connect to spirit Enhance your sleep patterns

History The history of meditation is intimately bound up with the religious context within which it was practiced. Some authors have even suggested the hypothesis that the emergence of the capacity for focused attention, an element of many methods of meditation, may have contributed to the final phases of human biological evolution. Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas. Wilson translates the most famous Vedic mantra 'Gayatri' thus : "We meditate on that desirable light of the divine Savitri, who influences our pious rites". Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Confucian, and Taoist China, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity. Researchers suggest that primitive hunting and gathering societies may have been the ones to have discovered meditation and its many different states of consciousness while gazing into the flames of their fires. The history of Meditation has evolved over thousands of years, into a structured practice that people use daily.

Bahá'í Faith In the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith, meditation along with prayer are both primary tools for spiritual development and mainly refer to one's reflection on the words of God. While prayer and meditation are linked, where meditation happens generally in a prayerful attitude, prayer is seen specifically as turning toward God, and meditation is seen as a communion with one's self where one focuses on the divine. The Bahá'í teachings note that the purpose of meditation is to strengthen one's understanding of the words of God, and to make one's soul more susceptible to their potentially transformative power. Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the religion, never specified any particular form of meditation, and thus each person is free to choose their own form. “Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite the verses revealed by the merciful Lord. By so doing the doors to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings, and ye will then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts filled with radiant joy.” —Bahá’u’lláh

Buddhism Dynamic tranquility: the Buddha in contemplation. Buddhist meditation refers to the meditative practices associated with the religion and philosophy of Buddhism. Core meditation techniques have been preserved in ancient Buddhist texts and have diversified through teacherstudent transmissions. Buddhists pursue meditation as part of the path toward enlightenment and nirvana. The closest words for meditation in the classical languages of Buddhism are vipassana. Buddhist meditation techniques have become increasingly popular in the wider world, with many non-Buddhists taking them up for a variety of reasons. There is considerable homogeneity across meditative practices – such as breath meditation. In the TheravÄ da tradition alone, there are over fifty methods for developing mindfulness and forty for developing concentration, while in the Tibetan tradition there are thousands of visualization meditations.

Christianity Christian meditation is a term for a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God. Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (e.g. a biblical scene involving Jesus and the Virgin Mary) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God. Christian meditation contrasts with Eastern forms of meditation as radically as the portrayal of God the Father in the Bible. Unlike Eastern meditations, most styles of Christian meditations do not rely on the repeated use of mantras, and yet are also intended to stimulate thought and deepen meaning. Christians believe in justification by faith - that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ.

China- Taoist

Taoist or Daoist meditation has a long history, and has developed various techniques including concentration, visualization, qi cultivation, contemplation, and mindfulness meditations. Traditional Daoist meditative practices were influenced by Chinese Buddhism beginning around the 5th century, and later had influence upon Traditional Chinese medicine and the Chinese martial arts. Livia Kohn distinguishes three basic types of Daoist meditation: “concentrative”, “insight”, and “visualization”. Meditation seeks to merge and attain unity with the Dao. It was developed by Tang Dynasty. Daoist masters based upon the Tiantai Buddhist practice of Vipassanā “insight” or “wisdom” meditation. A meditator visualizes or actualizes solar and lunar essences, lights, and deities within his/her body, which supposedly results in health and longevity. Taoist meditation are jing ('quiet, stillness, calm') and ding ('concentration, focus').

Hinduism Meditation is a science practiced by followers of Sanatana Dharma (now called Hinduism).. Miraculous powers were said to have been acquired through diligent practice of yoga and meditation. There are many schools and styles of meditation within Hinduism. Yoga is generally done to prepare one for meditation, and meditation is done to realize union of one's self, one's ātman, with the omnipresent and non-dual Brahman. This experience is referred to as moksha by Hindus The earliest clear references to meditation in Hindu literature are in the middle Upanishads and theMahabharata, the latter of which includes the Bhagavad Gita. Meditation when it states that "having become calm and concentrated, one perceives the self (ātman) within oneself". These are ethical discipline (yamas), rules (niyamas), physical postures (āsanas), breath control (prāṇāyama), withdrawal from the senses (pratyāhāra), one-pointedness of mind (dhāraṇā), meditation (dhyāna), and finally samādhi, which is often described as the realization of the identity of the Self (ātman) with the omnipresent (Brahman), and is the ultimate aim of all Hindu yogis.

Islam Remembrance of God in Islam, which is known by the concept Dhikr is interpreted in different meditative techniques in Sufism or Islamic mysticism. This became one of the essential elements of Sufism as it was systematized traditionally. It is juxtaposed with fikr (thinking) which leads to knowledge. By the 12th century, the practice of Sufism included specific meditative techniques, and its followers practiced breathing controls and the repetition of holy words.The concentration technique, involving high-intensity and sharply focused introspection. Meditative is said to have a quality of healing and—in contemporary terminology—enhancing creativity. Tafakkur or tadabbur in Sufism literally means reflection upon the universe: this is considered to permit access to a form of cognitive and emotional development that can emanate only from the higher level, i.e. from God. The sensation of receiving divine inspiration awakens and liberates both heart and intellect permitting such inner growth that the apparently mundane actually takes on the quality of the infinite. Meditation in the Sufi traditions is largely based on a spectrum of mystical exercises, varying from one lineage to another.

Jainism In Jainism, meditation has been a core spiritual practice, one that Jains believe people have undertaken since the teaching of the Tirthankara,Rishabha. All the twenty-four Tirthankaras practiced deep meditation and attained enlightenment. They are all shown in meditative postures in the images or idols. Mahavira practiced deep meditation for twelve years and attained enlightenment. The Acaranga Sutra dating to 500 BCE, addresses the meditation system of Jainism in detail. Jain meditation and spiritual practices system were referred to as salvation-path. It has three important parts called the Ratnatraya "Three Jewels": right perception and faith, right knowledge and right conduct. Meditation in Jainism aims at realizing the self, attaining salvation, take the soul to complete freedom. It aims to reach and to remain in the pure state of soul which is believed to be pure consciousness, beyond any attachment or aversion. The practitioner strives to be just a knower-seer (Gyata-Drashta).

Sikhism In Sikhism, simran (meditation) and good deeds are both necessary to achieve the devotee's Spiritual goals; without good deeds meditation is futile. When Sikhs meditate they aim to feel God's presence and immerge in the divine light. It is only God's divine will or order that allows a devotee to desire to begin to meditate. Guru Nanak in the Japji Sahib daily Sikh scripture explains, "Visits to temples, penance, compassion and charity gain you but a sesame seed of credit. It is hearkening to His Name, accepting and adoring Him that obtains emancipation by bathing in the shrine of soul. All virtues are Yours, O Lord! I have none; Without good deeds one can't even meditate. The practices of Simran and NÄ m JapnÄ encourage quiet internal meditation but may be practiced vocally in the sangat (holy congregation). Sikhs believe that there are ten 'gates' to the body, the nine visible holes (nostrils, eyes, ears, mouth, urethra, anus) and the tenth invisible hole. The tenth invisible hole is the topmost energy level and is called the tenth gate or Dasam Duaar. When one reaches this stage through continuous practice meditation becomes a habit that continues whilst walking, talking, eating, awake and even sleeping.

Meditation Meditation is many things, but it is not always relaxing. It restores clarity, relieves stress, changes our brains for the better, encourages creativity and calms our nervous system. But a new study has found that we experience elevated heart rates during certain types of meditation. Participants in the study were asked to practise loving-kindness meditation, thought-observation meditation and a relaxing breathing meditation technique. The neuroscience researchers found that heart rate and effort were higher during loving-kindness meditation and observingthoughts meditations. "In contrast to implicit beliefs that meditation is always relaxing and associated with low arousal, the current results show that core meditations aiming at improving compassion and metacognitive skills require effort and are associated with physiological arousal compared to breathing meditation,“ The results support the idea of a 'meditation paradox', where, like the 'sleep paradox', restoration appears to activate and intensify biological processes.

In the case of meditation, certain techniques activate rather than calm cardiac rhythms. In one recent study, 201 people with coronary heart disease were asked to either participate in a health education classes or transcendental meditation classes. When researchers followed up with the participants five years later, they found the meditators had reduced their risk of heart attack, stroke or premature death by 48 per cent. While meditation might not be relaxing as far as our heart is concerned, even if it is healthy for our hearts, many also find meditation hard in others ways. Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not about an iron-fisted ability to stop thought or fidget. "Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it's much different than that," says Andy Puddicombe , the founder of Headspace. "It's more about stepping back, seeing the thought clearlywitnessing it coming and going - without judgment, but with a relaxed, focus mind." A relaxed, focused mind, but an activated heart.

Introduction To Holistic Living Holistic living offers a way to balance your life in all areas -health, relationships, spirituality,, we can learn to be more compassionate, loving, fulfilled individuals. In the same way, we can also become more productive, giving, and influential members of society, making a positive change in the world through our use of daily spirituality and the peace it brings to our lives. A discussion of a balanced life would not be complete without exploring the spiritual side of our minds -- the side that makes us human and separates us from every other species on the the planet. C separate parts. Instead they “Body, mind, and spirit are not are more like lenses, or ways of focusing. The awareness of oneness, and the peace it brings, can be nurtured by anyone who is interested.�

Benefits For Holistic Living Physical: • • Pain relief • • Relieves muscular tension (including the face and scalp) • • Releases tight nodules “knots” • • Relieves muscular fatigue & spasms • • Eases joint stiffness and inflammation • • Improves muscle function and joint mobility • • Increases cellular activity to assist tissue recovery • • Enables deep relaxation • • Improves sleep pattern C • • Regulates hormone levels • • Encourages detoxification of lactic acid and waste from the body • • Improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, muscles, bones and joints • • Boosts energy levels • • Improves digestion • • Strengthens the immune system • • Improves skin tone and texture • • Improves skin conditions

Benefits For Holistic Living

Psychological: • Alleviates mental fatigue • Increases mental clarity • Improves concentration • Increases feelings of wellbeing Emotional: • Eases anxiety & stress • Balances emotions • Increases confidence • Improves connection to the ‘self’ C

Naturopathy Naturopathy is a form of treatment of diseases through elements of nature. Nature is made of five elements - Jal ( water), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Akash ( sky) and Prithvi ( Earth). These elements also constitute our body. We get sick when there is imbalance in these elements and body just reacts to this imbalance by trying to get rid of impurities in form of cough, vomiting, fever etc. Therefore, it is beneficial to cure diseases not through drugs or surgery, but with help of these five elements of nature. Naturopathy says that our bodily functions are guided by nature's vital forces, therefore a holistic approach must be followed for curing ailments. Body has natural tendency to heal and naturopathy only facilitates the process of healing through energy C of nature.

Naturopathy is a method of treating diseases that employs no surgery or any use of drugs but uses diets, herbs, vitamins, massages to assist the natural healing process.

Naturopathy works on five principles : Do no Harm; use the healing power of nature to rejuvenate the body and mind; identify and treat the cause; treat the whole person and not the particular part with ailment; work on disease prevention and health promotion. Keeping all these points in mind, the Naturopathic Doctor treats the patient. There are certain kind of Naturopathic Therapies which are used by the Naturo-Doctors. Naturopathy works on the philosophy that every human being has the innate ability to treat himself. It works on self cleansing, self - repair and therefore self healing. As per nature-doctors, this stage can be achieved by focusing on immune, hormonal, nervous and detoxification of the body systems. Naturopathy being a Holistic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctors take C into consideration the individuals biochemistry, biomechanics and emotional pre - dispositions.

Naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of "natural" treatments, including homeopathy ,herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet (nutrition) and lifestyle counseling. Naturopaths favor a holistic approach with non-invasive treatment and generally avoid the use of surgery and drugs. Naturopathic medicine contains many pseudoscientific concepts and its practice can be ineffective or harmful, raising ethical issues.

The Five great elements of nature and the treatments based on them are: •Earth - Mud baths, Mud packs, •Water - Hydrotherapeutic methods in the form of Baths, Jets, Douches, Packs, Compresses, Immersions •Air - Breathing exercises, Outdoor walking, Open air baths •Fire - Sun baths, Thermoleum baths, Magnetised water, Colour charged oils / water •Ether - Fasting therapy Other Naturopathic Therapies: •Oriental healing techniques like Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy •Food and Nutrition •Magnetotherapy C •Physiotherapy •Chromotherapy

Yoga Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how old or young, or fit or frail, you come to your mat. As you age, your understanding of asana becomes more sophisticated. You move C from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the asana. Yoga has never been alien to us. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always find infants doing some form of yoga throughout the day. Yoga can be many things to many people. We are determined to help you discover your “Yoga Way of Life!�

Need And Scope Mumbai is the fast passed financial capital of India & Pune has grown from a quite and scenic town to the fastest growing city in Maharashtra. These two cities cater to a cross section of the population who are hard pressed for time. They are so busy with their respective jobs that they do not have the time to think about their physical or mental health. Even if they want to do so, while they have a host of gyms for their physical exercise, they hardly find any for their spiritual development. Todays youth as well as middle aged population are stressed due to the fast pace of their jobs. Hence Khapoli which is equidistant from both these cities has been chosen for the center. Set in idyllic surroundings, with natural springs (Adoshi waterfall) and beautiful climate on the slopes of the western ghats, Khapoli is an hours drive from both Mumbai & Pune. The Meditation center is holistic in nature which encompasses the five elements of nature, viz. Earth, Fire, Water, Air & Space.

Mediation Concept based on Interviews Meditation as the layman sees it is being silent and concentrating on a single object. Many are not aware of anything further. Most of those who tried meditation have given up as a waste of time. This is because they never understood it nor perused the same to the next level. Many have attempted meditation after reading books or in the internet or have given it a try after receiving basic rudimentary information from friends. The average time spent on this activity was about 6 to 7 minutes. Even this period many felt was too long. Some felt having soothing music, loud music was a no-no. Tranquility, serene, peaceful, earth-vibes, concentration, blank mind with no thoughts were some of the words used to describe meditation. Achieving a desired peaceful state and relaxing were the goals of meditation.

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Design Philosophy In the eyes of a layman meditation is generalized by these ideas. Eyes- needed to be shut. Represents darkness. Ears- silence should prevail. Touch- no change in position. No movement. Smell- pure fresh air. Taste- food/no food Mind- blank on in thinking To change this perspective, spaces thru design shall be constructed for the better understanding of the term meditation. Eyes- colours play a huge role while meditating. Different colours play a differnt role on the mind and the body. Colours like blue, purple and green calm the mind while red, orange and yellow are bright powerful colours. Ears- music or meditative sounds relaxes the body, mind and soul. Sounds of the water, music of the chirping birds are also sounds which rejuvenates. Touch- it is assumed that meditation means no change in position or no movement of the body. Different art forms or yoga techniques are also a manner to meditate. Ti chi, yoga, chi gong relaxation leading to receptivity & dynamism.

Taste- food/ no food Smell- fresh air. Smell of earth after the initial rains. Fragrance of different flowers and herbs. Sent of oils. Mind- blank or in thinking. Instead focus on one particular thing instead to stop all the extraneous unnecessary thinking, like worry. But if we have a clear mind, then we can think much more clearly where being more introspective about what’s going on inside us, what’s happening in our lives.

Chromotherapy Healing By Colour

Chromotherapy is a form of healing based on the principle that all illness is manifested in a disturbed energy field (giving off light), and by the proper application of color to this energy field, a correction can be achieved, and with that correction comes healing. Experienced and well trained chromotherapists use both color and light to balance the energy fields, and claim to effect a reversal of negative reactions manifesting in our composite physical, mental, and spiritual make up. Although not yet proven by the modern scientific method, the chromotherapists believe that their methods are indeed scientific, and instruments to verify the results are not yet manifest. Furthermore, chromotherapists adhere to the belief that colors do indeed bring about identifiable emotional reactions in people. The treatment in chromotherapy is in the application of color and light to specific areas on the body. The therapists believe that colors have both positive and negative effects on the body’s energy fields; with some specific colors in specified doses can effect the actual healing.

Colour Red Healing properties: Brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chilly and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch. Increases sexual desire and activity. Stimulates ovulation and menstruation. Red links with and stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature. It is excellent for anemia and blood-related conditions. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted. Esoteric/magical: Deities of love, passion, sexuality and war (to stimulate a healthy portion of assertiveness). Great energy, courage, will-power, determination, speed, assertiveness, aggression, masculinity, independence, physical strength, sports, competition, conflicts, health, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.

Colour Orange

Healing properties: Orange is warm, cheering, nonconstricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas. It is also helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression. Orange stimulates the lungs, the respiration and the digestion. Increases the activity of the thyroid. Reliefs muscle cramps and spasms. Increases the amount of mother milk. Orange links very strongly with the sacral chakra. Esoteric/magical: Deities of good luck and fortune. Attraction, charm, kindness, encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, feast and celebration, energy, achieving business-goals, investments, success in legal matters.

Colour Yellow Healing properties: Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerverelated conditions or ailments. It also energizes the muscles. Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains) Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. Speeds up the digestion and assimilation, and the stool. It helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself. Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center. It can be used for psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments. Activates and cheers up depressed and melancholic people. Gives lust for life. Esoteric/magical: Elemental air. Deities for trade, travel, knowledge and magic. Life-force, vitality, change, progress, contact, communication, trade, commerce, to persuade with confidence, joy, cheerfulness, learning, knowledge, mental clarity, concentration, memorizing, tests, speaking and writing, traveling, affirmation, visualization.

Colour Green Healing properties: Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. Green rings psychological and emotional harmony and balance. Green links with and stimulates the heart chakra. Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect. It cures hormonal imbalances. Stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Cleans and purifies from germs, bacteria and rotting material. Harmonizes the digestion, stomach, liver, gall. Has a healing effect on kidneys. Increases immunity. Builds up muscles, bones and tissues. Stimulates inner peace. Strengthens the nervous system. Esoteric/magical: Elemental earth (dark green) and elemental water (blue-green). Nature, fertility, growth, rejuvenation, recovering, healing, harvest and abundance, prosperity, harmony, balance, peace, hope, mother earth, home, herbal magick, plants and animals, counteract greed and jealousy.

Colour Blue Healing properties: Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. Cools down inflammations (don't forget rheumatic inflammations), fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, reliefs the bursting headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. Brings tranquility. Anti-itching. Antiirritation (for instance redness of the skin), anti-stress. Soothes suffering. Blue can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. Excellent forlaryngitis or inflammation of the larynx.

Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as the "power center" and "the greatest center in the body" because it is the primary center of expression and communication, through speech. Esoteric/magical: Elemental water and elemental air. Deities of the sea, truth and wisdom. Peace and tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, counsel, guidance, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity, prophetic dreams, protection during sleep, astral projection.

Colour Indigo Healing properties: Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent. Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent.

Indigo links with and stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual perception. It can be of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears. Indigo relates to self responsibility, that is to say, being responsible for one's own life; responsibility to oneself to follow the soul's path and needs and trusting one's own intuition. The ability to see things from a 'higher' viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one's material comfort. Intuitive messages are unique to you and are for your own personal.

Colour Violet

Healing properties: These are colors of transformation.They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification. Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle rays of Violet, as found in Church windows. Esoteric/magical: Elemental spirit. Divination and prophecy. Angels. Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity/black magic, reversing curses, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, astral projection, third eye, compassion, counter-acting depression.

Colour White Healing properties: White is the perfect color; for it is all colors, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Cosmic Consciousness, the Divine Light. Just about everyone has heard of surrounding people with the "White Light of Healing and Protection." White light raises the vibration of one's consciousness and the body, bringing harmony in all aspects of one's life. Directing white into to a part of the body that needs healing is one of the fastest ways to bring about healing.

Esoteric/magical: Purification and cleaning on all levels, contact with higher self and spiritual helpers, (inner) peace, aura-healing, truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity by raising your vibration, breaking curses, exorcism, meditation, divination, inspiration, clairvoyance, invoking spirits White can be a replacement for any other color your magic requires

Sound Meditation

It is believed that the primordial sound, along with the vibrations it produces, is the source for the creation of the entire universe. Sound indeed is a very powerful tool for manifestation. Humans, animals, insects and living creatures have utilized sound for understanding and communicating with the world around them. For thousands of years, sound has been widely used for spiritual practice, worship and meditation. These activities have resulted in a positive outlook towards understanding the self and beyond. Studies show how sound can alter the state of the mind. Light music can create a peaceful sensation while loud and distorted sound can be the cause for irritation and disrupt the natural state of the mind. Ancient eastern civilizations have explored and document both the benefits and the destructive properties of sound which science is slowly rediscovering and representing. Meditation is one of the natural ways to promote internal healing. While meditating we not only give ourselves some time to slow down but more so we allow us the opportunity to understand things as they are.

Sound And Vibration On Human Body When we use sound during meditation we are able to go beyond the chattering mind and achieve a blissful state of mind. The Om (AUM) sound is considered the first sound that was manifested. Just by understanding this three-syllabus sound, we can uncover the hidden secrets of creation as experienced by the eastern yogis. This syllabus contains within itself the creative force, the preservative/maintainer and the destroyer of ignorance. It is one complete sound. When using OM creating the A sound from the diaphragm, U sound from the heart and the M sound from the throat is recommended. When one is not familiar with the tools that lies within the self, has an active mind and is easily distracted, there are various tools to help them create sounds and vibrations. Tools such as singing bowls, bells, gongs and tingshaws have been used for thousands of years and have been observed to be positively effective on the body. Sounds thus created, work in conjunction with the energy centers of the body, resonates them and thus in the process align and enable the flow of chi (energy) throughout the body which releases the blockages that lie within them. When one allows themselves to be one with the universe, has an in depth understanding of actions and reactions, then one can break from the cycle of misery and suffering. Buddha describes suffering as follows: suffering is not what happens within the physical body but is that which takes place every time there is instability within our mind. When we have this deep understanding there is no suffering- it is just as is.

The Main Benefits of the Sound Meditation •Quieting the mind; •To enable participants to disengage their undesirable habitual patterns (emotional, energetic, intellectual, and physical); •To empower positive cognitive change; •Quitting Anti-Depressants and managing depression; •Considerable diminishing of anxiety and panic attacks; •To access and release traumas; •To bring the self into a state of inner peace and calmness; •To establish a state of resonance and attunement with the self; •Enhancing one’s state of presence and self-awareness; •To exercise a state of equanimity and no judgment; •Increasing self-confidence and attention; •Enhancing one’s ability to listen and gaining attention to a greater level of details; •Improving dynamics between couples; •Dealing with insomnia; •Triggering and enhancing one’s ability to dream.

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Meditation in which we use the rhythm, attentiveness, and an intuitive state which are typical qualities of many types of meditation and dancing -- even dancing which is recreational rather than meditational. Any kind of dancing can be meditative, but there is also a classification of "sacred dancing," which is the use of dance to explore and express our identity as soul. Dancing is a part of virtually all religions. Religious dancing is common in modern-day "primitive" cultures, and it was surely a part of ancient primitive cultures -- guided by shamans who would dance for the purpose of entering a trance. In nature-based societies and religions, the rhythm of dancing was an imitation of the rhythm of nature; more than mere mimicry, dancing was an attempt to understand and unite oneself with those rhythms. Dancing is a means of exploring life and spirituality. Dancing is a means of self-discovery. Particularly in improvised dancing, we delve into our feelings in order to find something to express; in this search, we perceive elements which we did not know.

Guidelines For Dance Meditation Focus on the dance, not the ego. We are not distracted by a need to impress people who are watching us, or to dance in accordance with our self-image or to set standards for any qualities such as gracefulness or spirituality. Instead, we become immersed in our moment-to-moment expression of the feelings and revelations which emerge. We might say that we "become the dance," or we lose ourselves in the dancing. We allow ourselves to be whatever emerges: wild or silly or sweaty or strange or primitive or ethereal. In order to achieve this unself-consciousness, we must either dance alone or in a group in which the people are accepting and non-judgmental, so that we can improvise, and put aside the persona, and express the intimate aspects our selves -our spiritual devotion, our unconscious impulses, and the feelings which seem to be too tender to be expressed in our daily life. Find the "dance energy" within yourself. Our body is filled with life, and it is constantly generating energy. While dancing, part of the meditation is to perceive the subtle energies and feelings which emerge from inside of us. We can detect the various places from which the energy radiates most powerfully -- the heart, the digestive organs, the brain, the sexual organs, the chakras, and other locations. We can notice the movement of energy throughout our body -- flowing upward from our feet, outward to our hands, etc. These energies propel our body in dance meditation. We sense the energy's uncompromising assertiveness and power; the best that we can do is to administer it respectfully and accurately as the thrust of our own life.

Guidelines For Dance Meditation Express those energies. Our meditation is to find a balanced point at which we are the intermediary between the impulses which arise and the body which expresses those impulses. We are an interpreter but we are not translating via our mind's analytical function, because neither the impulses nor the body can be fully perceived, understood, or expressed if they are viewed from an analytical perspective. Instead, we appreciate the phenomena of impulses and movement on their own terms, and we make a game of being a precise communicator of our feelings into action. We allow the body to improvise its own movements and then we are surprised and perhaps thrilled by the mysterious vitality which moves in ways which we never would have imagined. As we gradually diminish our conscious intrusion, our body asserts its own life. When we permit the body to express itself and to move in its own way, we are likely to feel a profoundly sensuous and exciting sensation streaming throughout us. This is the body coming to life.

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What is dance meditation? It is a type of meditation in which we use the rhythm, attentiveness, and an intuitive state which are typical qualities of many types of meditation and dancing -- even dancing which is recreational rather than meditational. Any kind of dancing can be meditative, but there is also a classification of "sacred dancing," which is the use of dance to explore and express our identity as soul Dancing is a part of virtually all religions. Religious dancing is common in modern-day "primitive" cultures, and it was surely a part of ancient primitive cultures -- guided by shamans who would dance for the purpose of entering a trance. In nature-based societies and religions, the rhythm of dancing was an imitation of the rhythm of nature (including the cycles of seasons); more than mere mimicry, dancing was an attempt to understand and unite oneself with those rhythms. In some cases, religious dancing became secularized and it lost its original sacred meaning, as in the case of the familiar "Maypole" dance, which is now an innocent children's game but which originally symbolized the plunging of a huge phallus into the earth to fertilize the crops.

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Dancing is a means of exploring life and spirituality. Dancing is a means of self-discovery. Particularly in improvised dancing, we delve into our feelings in order to find something to express; in this search, we perceive elements which we did not know previously -- different emotions, attitudes, and thoughts. Thus we learn more about our psychological nature, and we probe more deeply into subtle states which are identified as "spiritual" -including states of transcendence, rapture, and union. As our body becomes energized through movement, we discern more clearly the energy of the body and its relation to the energy of the surrounding worlds; the body becomes less of a solid mass and more of a sacred focal-point of spiritual power within the physical world. To explore different aspects of ourselves, we can dance with a variety of musical styles, including jazz, rock, classical, and international music (Middle Eastern, African, etc.). Dancing is a means of expression. Many mystics have said that words cannot communicate their visions and ecstasies; some of those mystics have used dance to express those inner experiences and their devotion to a deity. A simple hand-gesture can depict a revelation for which there are no words; the gesture might be understood by other people, whereas words might have provoked confusion or disagreement. In a group, dancing is a means of ego-transcendence. We re-define the separate ego as we merge into the group's common activity, emotion -- and rhythm

Sufi Dance Sufi Dance is a great method know as Dervish Dancing. The axis is remains constantly in one position, centered, and the wheel moves on it. Sufi Dance bring us in a state of meditation and remember our center inside as a center The sheikh stands in the most honored corner of the dancing place, and the dervishes pass by him three times, each time exchanging greetings, until the circling movement starts. The rotation itself is on the left foot, the center of the rotation being the ball of the left foot and the whole surface of the foot staying in contact with the floor. The impetus for the rotation is provided by the right foot, in a full 360-degree step. If a dervish should become too enraptured, another Sufi, who is in charge of the orderly performance, will gently touch his frock in order to curb his movement, The dance of the dervishes is one of the most impressive features of the mystical life in Islam, and the music accompanying it is of exquisite beauty, beginning with the great hymn in honor of the Prophet (na't-i sharif, written by Jalaluddin himself) and ending with short, enthusiastic songs, some things sung in Turkish.

Nataraja Dance •

The dance of Shiva in Tillai, the traditional name for Chidambaram forms the motif for all the depictions of Shiva as Nataraja. He is also known as "Sabesan" which splits as "Sabayil aadum eesan" in Tamil which means "The Lord who dances on the dais ". The form is present in most Shiva temples in South India, and is the prime deity in the famous Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram. The sculpture is usually made in bronze, with Shiva dancing in an aureole of flames, lifting his left leg (or in rare cases, the right leg) and balancing over a demon or dwarf (Muyalaka) who symbolizes ignorance. It is a well known sculptural symbol in India and popularly used as a symbol of Indian culture. The two most common forms of Shiva's dance are the Lasya (the gentle form of dance), associated with the creation of the world, and the Tandava (the violent and dangerous dance), associated with the destruction of weary worldviews – weary perspectives and lifestyles. In essence, the Lasya and the Tandava are just two aspects of Shiva's nature; for he destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again.

Tai Chi Often shortened to t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi in English usage, T'ai chi ch'uan is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of Pushin Hand, demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity Some training forms of t'ai chi ch'uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements Tai Chi has gained a popularity is some countries to the point of it becoming nearly as known as a health-oriented practice as Yoga. In fact, in modern times it is even more known for such benefits and methods of practice than it is known for its original purpose - a martial art. Thus, the term 'Tai Chi' has become synonymous in the public view with the notion of being a healthoriented pastime (often perceived as fit more for elderly people), both in China and the West.

What is Sacred Geometry

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Plato stated that God geometricized the universe while creating it and he still geometricizes it continuously. Sacred Geometry is the arrangement , configuration, composition and planning of forms used for the architectural plans of sacred buildings such as churches, mosques, temples, altars and other religious monuments and is also employed in religious art. People since ancient ages have been giving sacred meanings to certain geometric proportions and forms. The forms have importance in religious scriptures of many cultures. The source of these forms has many a times been from the nature, or the discovery of such forms, perfect in proportions, forms, or number has always left man curious.



Fractals A rough and fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts is at least approximately a reduced-size copy of the whole is called a fractal. Examples of fractals are abundantly found in nature.

Symmetry in Nature

Golden Spiral •

In Geometry a Golden Spiral, is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is related to ø and has a value 1.613 and is the average of the ratio of each consecutive 2 numbers in the Fibonacci sequence (0,1,1,2,3,5,8 13,21,34,55,89…) There are several similar spirals that approximate, but do not exactly equal, a golden spiral. These are often confused with the golden spiral. For example, a golden spiral can be approximated by first starting with a rectangle for which the ratio between its length and width is the golden ratio. This rectangle can then be partitioned into a square and a similar rectangle and the rectangle can then be split in the same way. After continuing this process for an arbitrary amount of steps, the result will be an almost complete partitioning of the rectangle into squares. The corners of these squares can be connected by quarter-circles. The result, though not a true logarithmic spiral, approximates a golden spiral .

Flower of Life •

The Flower of Life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced overlapping circles. They are arranged to form a flower-like pattern with a six-fold symmetry, similar to a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. Most common form of the "Flower of Life" hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle. To see a form of the flower of life pattern composed of complete circles only (making clear the way in which the pattern is constructed)

The Tree of Life

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The concept of Tree of life as a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all like on earth is related has bee used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology and other areas. A Tree of life is variously: A motif in various world theologies, mythologies and philosophies; A metaphor for the livelihood of the spirit; A mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet and A metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica the tree of knowledge, connecting to the heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree. According to some scholars, the tree of the life and the knowledge of good and evil, portrayed in various religions and philosophies are the same tree.

Case Study

Lotus Temple Location: New Delhi, India Type: House of Worship Architectural style: Expressionist Completed: 13 November 1986 Opening:24 December 1986 Height: 34.27 metres (112.4 ft) Diameter: 70 metres (230 ft) Structural system: Concrete frame and precast concrete ribbed roof Architect: Fariborz Sahba Structural engineer: Flint & Neill Seating capacity: 1,300 The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahá'í texts. The Bahá'í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions

Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall, that is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The surface of the House of Worship is made of white marble from Penteli mountain in Greece, the very same from which many ancient monuments and other Bahå'í Houses of Worship are built. Along with its nine surrounding ponds and the gardens, the Lotus Temple property comprises 26 acres (105,000 m²; 10.5 ha). Marble, cement, dolomite, and sand were used in construction of lotus temple. If you look this temple from top view it looks like half opened lotus temple. Construction of this architecture takes 10 years to complete. There are 800 people who have worked in construction of this temple. This team includes engineers, technicians, and workers. Outside of this temple there are nine reflecting pools. This temple has nine doors. White marble is used in construction of this temple and because of this beauty of temple is increased.

Construction Of Lotus Temple

Section Of The Interior Dome

MatriMandir Location:Auroville, Tamil Nadu. Type- House of Meditation, Peace. Started- 21 February 1971 Completed- February 2008 Height- 29m Diameter- 36m Structural SystemArchitect- The Mother, Roger Anger Capacity-

The Matrimandir is there for "those who want to learn to concentrate.." "No fixed meditations, none of all that, but they should stay there in silence, in silence and concentration. A place for trying to find one's consciousness. "What the new consciousness wants (it is on this that it insists) is: no more divisions. To be able to understand the spiritual extreme, the material extreme, and to find the meeting point, the point where that becomes a real force."

Concept At the very centre of Auroville one finds the Matrimandir, a huge gold disc-clad sphere, which seems to be rising out of the earth, symbolizing the birth of a new consciousness. The mother described as the “symbol of the divine’s answer to man’s aspiration for perfection” and as “the central cohesive force” of Auroville. It is situated in a large open space area called ‘Peace’, which is planned to be the site of beautifully landscaped gardens creating different atmospheres, from where the evolving township begins to radiate outwards. It contains an all white marble clad inner chamber with white carpet, where a beam of light focuses own onto a 70cm diameter optical quality glass globe surrounded by 12 white pillars.

Inner chamber There are no images, no organized meditation, no flowers, no incense, no religious forms. It is a place for those who want to concentrate.

The Petals Surrounding the central space there are ‘Twelve’ Petals, each planned to contain a meditation chamber with a different interior finish designed to create 12 different environments for meditation.

Pagoda Global Vipassana Pagoda Mumbai Location: Mumbai. Type- House of Meditation. Started- 1997 Completed- Under Construction Height- 89.93m Diameter- 93.82m Architect- Shri Parvez Dhumasia Capacity- 8000 people

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a notable monument in Mumbai, India which serves for peace and harmony.. The Global Vipassana Pagoda was built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching. Its traditional Burmese design is an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar for preserving the practice of Vipassana. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. But the Shwedagon Pagoda is made of solid masonry whereas the Global Vipassana Pagoda is hollow with an exceptional dome to welcome meditators. It was built combining ancient Indian and modern technology to ensure it lasting for a thousand years. The inside of the pagoda is hollow with a very large meditation hall of ~5,700 m2(~61,000 ft2). The massive inner dome seats around 8000 people enabling them topractice the non-sectarian Vipassana meditation. The construction work progressed without interruption supported selflessly by Vipassana meditators and devotees from around the world. It is expected to exist as a beacon of Peace and Harmony for the next 1000 years.

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Myanmar Gate Buddha Statue Bell Tower. Gong Tower 1. Beautification of the Global Vipassana Pagoda 2. Landscaping 3. Construction of Guest Houses Guest houses

The centre of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built free spanning (without support). The internal diameter of the main dome is 85.15 m, which is twice the size of the previously largest hollow stone monument in the world, the dome of St. Pierre of Rome which has 41.47 m diameter. The dome is surrounded by octagonal masonry. The external diameter of the largest section of the octagonal Pagoda is 102.62 m and the shortest section is 93.82 m. The clear height of the dome is approximately 26.27 metres. The height of the building is 89.93 meters. The pagoda consists of a main segmental dome of 85.15 m. A catenary dome sits above the main dome and is surrounded by an auxiliary dome. The top of the structure is crowned by a conical dome.

The Global Vipassana Pagoda complex will consist of the following structures: • • • • •

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Pagoda dome containing relics of Buddha (complete) Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Pattana (complete) Art Gallery depicting life of the Buddha (Complete) Two smaller pagodas on the North and South side (complete on the North side. The building of the South Pagoda, adjoining the Dhamma Pattana Centre, is complete, but the outer dome is under construction.) Library and study rooms (under planning) Circumambulation path around the dome (complete with landscaping and tiling still to be done.) Administration building (complete) Underground parkade Two Auditoriums (under construction)

SOUKYA Dr Mathai's International Holistic Health Centre Bangalore SOUKYA is located on thirty acres of beautifully cultivated land in the countryside east of Bangalore, about 50 minutes from the airport. Nine major structures are built around an oval, the centre of which is filled with lawns, flowers, trees and a symbolic Open Portal that encourages an open heart, mind and soul.

• Nine buildings -medical centre, • the administrative centre, • the yoga hall, • the therapy centre, • the dining hall, • four residential clusters all built in the South Indian traditional style, making use of as many local and handmade materials as possible. All buildings are ground-level structures, helping the body to connect at all times with the magnetic force of the earth. Treatments • Ayurveda and panchakarma • Homeopathy • Naturopathy • Yoga • Wellness • Medical

Holistic Wellness Programmes Panchakarma (21 And 28 Days) This ancient, authentic, time tested treatment is highly recommended annually for those above 40 and biannually for those above 60. This Special Rejuvenation protocol cleanses and revitalises the body to a new state of health.

Swaad - Ayurvedic Special (7 Days - 22 Treatments) This is for those who would like to experience what an Ayurvedic treatment would be like. This package offers a full body Ayurvedic massage done by 2 therapists simultaneously (also referred to as the 4 hand massage) and Shirodhara. SHAREERA - Weight Loss (14 Days - 66 Treatments) A practical diet programme combined with Special Ayurvedic weight loss treatments, specific yogic exercises and weight reducing hydrotherapy treatments. The package is individually designed to help lose weight. (Note: A holistic health evaluation may be needed in some cases)

Sundar - Anti- Ageing (15`days - 66 Treatments) Our Special Ayurvedic formula addresses the ageing process in a most profound way. Our experience so far with guests has also included the revival of senses that were once lost ! Such is the impact of the treatment that includes the best of Ayurvedic and Naturopathic protocols which include revitalising hydrotherapies, mud and herbal packs.

Shudha - Detoxification (10 Days - 50 Treatments) Unless the toxins that get harboured in our body at every level are released, a fit and healthy lifestyle is impossible. We help cleanse the body with special Ayurvedic cleansing treatments, deep cleansing mud packs, naturopathic hydrowashes and herbal packs, mud packs, Reflexology and Acupressure. Sukha - Destress (7 Days - 48 treatments) Ultimately stress management is self management. Our treatment include our Signature Ayurvedic Hot Stone massage, Reflexology, Acupressure, Yoga, Meditation, special ayurvedic and naturopathic treatments for distressing, refreshing packs and soothing hydro-therapy treatments. (Note: A holistic health evaluation may be needed) Santosha - Detoxification & Rejuvenation (15 days - 105 treatments) This addresses both the cleansing and revitalising of the body through special ayurvedic protocols, different kind of packs, hydrowashes, Reflexology and Acupressure.

Shakthi-Rejuvenation (7 Days - 42 treatments) Our unique revitalising programme will instill in the body a new zest for life. This is achieved through our specially designed Ayurvedic revitalising treatments

Art of living International Centre .

Location- The Art of Living, Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, 21st Km, Kanakapura Road, Udayapura, Bangalore, Karnataka. Started- 1997 Completed- Under Construction Height- 89.93m Diameter- 93.82m Owner-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Architect- Shri Parvez Dhumasia Capacity- 8000 people Located on a hillrock on the outskirts of Bangalore, it spreads over 70 acres of land. Non- profit, educational and humanitarian organization engaged in stress management and service initiatives.

Site Plan

Art Of Living is a discipline, both gentle and powerful, that integates elements from the different paths of yoga, especially hatha yoga, uniting the body, mind and breath in awareness. The center is the exquisitely constructed Vishalaskshi Mantap meditation hall, a 5 layered lotus shaped structure.

The amphitheatre is in the shape of a phaduka-the shape of a foot. Morning yoga and musicals are performed in this space.

The architecture is based on Vedic Concepts of building gardens (vanam), which help a seeker in his spiritual upliftment. It accomodates 2 lakh people. Guru Pauka Vanam

Yagyashala, located on the downhill slope in front of the Vishala Cafe is a theatre style auditorium that can seat up to 7000 people

Many a times, satsangs, pujas and other events are held here. The Navaratri puja, which is one of the most prominent events in the ashram, is conducted at the Yagyashala.

The Information Center is located directly opposite the Vishalakshi Mantap. The information desk can answer any questions.

Srikirti Wellness Centre Divine Shop is where one gets the ayurvedic medicines and oils made here and also other amenities.

Quiet Healing Centre

Location-. Chinna Mudaliyar Chavady, Auroville, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. Started- 1993 Completed- 1997 Owner-Maggi Lidchi-Grassi Architect- Architect Popo Pingel Staff- 30 Aurovilians and employs 20 villagers Quiet Healing Center is part of the Auroville universal township, 150 km south of Chennai (Madras) and about 10 km north of Puducherry. It is 6kms away from Auroville Healing work at Quiet is based on the understanding that the human being is first and foremost a spiritual being seeking to express its true self through its mental, emotional and physical 'bodies' or instruments.

Auroville’s health spa and wellness centre on the beach, offers a wide variety of natural healing therapies. A place to relax, rejuvenate, recharge and heal; a place to discover deep contentment, inner peace and joy.

Naturopathy Therapy. Acupunture, Aquatic Bodywork, Ayurvedic Acupressure Massage, Ayurvedic Kalari Massage, Bioresonance, Birenda Massage, Chiropractic, Deep Tissue Massage, Foot Massage, Healing Touch Massage, Heartworks Lomi Lomi Massage, Holistic Massage, Homeopathy, Hot Stone Massage, Lymph Drainage, Nutritional Disease Reversal, Physiotherapy, Quantum Shaitsu Massage, Quiet Massage, RainDrop Technique, Shiatu, Thai Yoga Massage.


Side Elevation of the Guest Rooms

Front Elevation of the Guest Rooms

Side Elevation of the Therapy Rooms

Front Elevation of the Therapy Rooms

Site Plan

Therapy Rooms

Guest Rooms And Enquiry Counter

Jindal Naturecure Centre Location-Jindal Naturecure Institute, National Highway 4, Jindal Nagar, Tumkur Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560073 Consructed in- 1978 Owner- Dr. Sitaram Jindal Architect-Sanjay Panda Staff- 500 people Area- 100acres Jindal Naturecure Institute (JNI) is a charitable naturopathy hospital which treats patients with a drugless regimen. It provides relief, prevention and cure of specific diseases through a non- invasive, drugless therapy which combines nature cure with yoga and other drugless regimens; namely, diet therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and Vega therapy (Germany). The Institute accepts, encourages and provides diagnosis only through scientific methods with modern medical equipment's. Naturopathy is a drugless system of healing. JNI helps you learn a new way of life that will be your companion, enhancing the quality of your physical, psychological and spiritual existence, even long after you have left this abode of health and wellbeing.

Site Plan

Entrance And Reception Block

Jaimal Hall And Library

Reflexology And Diet Centre

Spirit Rock U.S.A Location- Woodacre, CA Started in- 1987 No. of people estimated per year- 40,000 people Area- 10acres

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, commonly called Spirit Rock, is a meditation center in Woodacre, CA. It focuses on the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana, or Insight Meditation, tradition. The San Francisco Chronicle has called it one of "the Bay Area's best- known centers for Buddhist meditation.“ Buddhist ethics provides a foundation for the practice and community life of Spirit Rock. As a lay community, we are guided by the five training precepts of avoiding killing, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, false speech, and intoxication. These five are the basis for the Spirit Rock’s Teacher Code of Ethics.

Spirit Rock hosts a year-round schedule of residential retreats, daylong retreats/workshops, benefit workshops, and weekly classes. Daylongs are suitable for beginning and experienced meditators (unless otherwise noted) and include basic meditation instructions. For information about specific programs please refer to the links in the right sidebar menu. If you would like to browse through our calendar of up-coming events, you can click here. If you would like to find a specific event, or search for a specifc teacher, you can use the Event Search in the bottom right hand corner of the side bar. In consideration of all participants, please do not wear scented personal care products to Spirit Rock (including "natural" products). Insight Meditation (known as vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) is a simple technique which has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. Its presentation through Spirit Rock Meditation Center is nonsectarian, although the ethics and traditions of Buddhist psychology are included for guidance.


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Beginning Classes Continuing Education (CE) Daylong Programs Diversity Program Essential Buddhist Teachings Paths for Awakening Residential Retreats Special Guests & Benefits Webcasts/Online Events Weekly & Monthly Classes Family Program Young Adult Program Teen Program Multi-Year/Multi-Retreat Programs Community Dharma Leader Program Dedicated Practitioners' Program Advanced Practitioners' Program

Spirit rock. Exterior and interior

Site Analysis

Near Navi Mumbai

Maharashtra India

Opposite Khopoli

Dasturi Aadoshi Waterfall.

Route from Old Mumbai-Pune to Site

Site Analysis Nearest Cities Khopoli Mumbai Pune

How to get there By Car/ Bus Mumbai Pune Expressway. Exit From Khopoli toll road. Take Mumbai Pune Old road Right towards the Adoshi Mountain. Distance to the site Distance from Main Highway- 2kms (5mins) Distance from Khapoli – 10 Kms. (15 mins) Distance from Mumbai- 80kms (1hr 45mins) Distance from Pune- 78kms (1 hr 35mins) Mumbai & Pune enjoy the best connectivity in terms of Air, Rail & Road with rest of the country.

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Aadoshi Waterfalls are one of the famous waterfalls between Mumbai and Pune. It is situated below the Proposed Site. Meditation Centre is proposed on top of the Mountain of Aadoshi near a village called Dasturi. The land is owned by the villages staying in this village of Dasturi. It is around 2kms from the main Mumbai-Pune Express Highway. The total area of the Mountain is more then 100acres. The site is selected in such a manner that it doesn't get affected by future development. The site is selected a little futher away from the village as to not disturb their lifestyle. The Site is selected on one corner providing a valley view on 3 sides and entry from the other side.

View of the site from Aadoshi waterfalls.

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Site Entry

Present Internal Pathways


Site Pictures

Water stream

Pathway over the water stream

View from the site


Temperature Graph

Climate Table


Wind Speed Graph

Rainfall Graph

Contoured Site

Contour of 1m height Habitable Area- 23.6 acre Total Area- 35.6 acre

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Transportati Expansion Of on Route Site

Landslides On The Route Towards The Site

Viewing Points

Water Logging

Natural reservoirs

Plentiful of rains

Starting Point of Waterfalls

High Wind Velocity

Tree plantations

Serene & Idyllic

Close to urban centres

Within reach of the masses

Close to new upcoming Airport.

Commercial Better exploitation connectivity

Encroachmen ts Rapid Urbanisation

Requirements Public Area

Private Area

• Parking 4 Wheeler 2 Wheeler • For internal Purpose Golf carts Cycles • Security • Information + Viewing Point • Reception And Waiting • Shops • Café

• Main Meditation Centre •Mini Meditation Rooms •Amphitheatre •Gathering hall •Kitchen/ Dining •Organic farms/ cattle breeding •Room •Indoor/ outdoor games •Staff quarters

Semi Public Area

Recreational •Walking track •Cycle track •Lost gardens •Golf Cart Track

•Holistic Centre •Therapy Rooms •Library •Internet Café •Restaurant

Design Process Sketches

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Circulation Of Main Centre

Fire Element

Central Area

Design Layout

Main Centre

Information Centre


Deck Area

Mini Meditation

Semi Open Meditation

Mini Meditation

Main Meditation Centre

Design Process

Seed Of Life


Site with Seed Of Life

Flower Of Life

Main Centre

Site Progress

Site Development

Design Process

Site Plan

One Day Program

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7.00 -7.30 am 7.30 - 8.30 am 8.30 -9.00 am 9.00-11.00 am 11.00-12.00am 12.00 -1.00 pm 1.00-2.00 pm 2.00-4.00 pm 4.00-5.00 pm 5.00-6.00 pm 6.00-6.30 pm

Registration Light breakfast of Fruits Introduction Yoga Breathing Techniques. Art & Colours Lunch Music Therapy/ Aromatherapy Dance Meditation/ Chomotheraphy Meditation & Self Introspection. Snacks & Disperse. ……..

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Day 1 9.00 -9.30 am 9.30 - 10.00 am 10.00- 11 am 11.00-12.00 am 12.00-1.00am 1.00-2.00 pm 2.00-4.00 pm 4.00-6.00 pm 6.00-7.00 pm 7.00-8.00 pm 8.00 – 9.30pm 9.30 pm

Registration Light breakfast Introduction Yoga Breathing Techniques. Lunch Music Therapy Art & Colours Reading & Relaxing Dinner Lecture Lights Off

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Day 2 6.00-8.00 am 8.30-9.30 am 9.30-11.00 am 11.00-1.00 am 1.00-2.00 pm 2.00-3.00pm

Yoga Break fast Music Ether Meditation Lunch Break

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3.00-5.00 pm 5.00-6.00pm 6.00-7.00 pm 7.00-8.00 pm 8.00 - 9.30 pm 9..30

Music/ Auromathraphy Dance Meditation/ Chromotheraphy Art & Colour Dinner Importance of Meditation Lights Off

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Day 3 6.00-8.00 am 8.30-9.30 am 9.30-11.00 am 11.00-1.00 am 1.00-2.00 pm 2.00-3.00pm 3.00-5.00 pm 5.00-6.00pm 6.00 pm

Yoga Break fast Music Meditation Lunch Break Music Dance Meditation Disperse. ……

References http://www.trans4mind.com/

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Thesis Book- Meditation and Holistic Living  

Final year thesis book on spirituality and design

Thesis Book- Meditation and Holistic Living  

Final year thesis book on spirituality and design