My name is Nandan Kandanat, ‘Nandan’ for short. I created and maintain this website. The primary purpose of this website is to give an overall orientation on Meditation for beginners. I have endeavoured to provide a detailed introduction to Meditation within the context of life and its evolutionary purpose. With this foundational understanding in place, practicing meditation can become even more interesting and committed for most practitioners.
I have been on the path of self-inquiry for over 45 years now, and have been seriously practicing meditation for the last 20+ years. During this period, I have inducted and trained many people in Meditation. I am also an accredited meditation teacher from Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation at 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA. Swami Kriyananda who was a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda established Ananda Sangha Worldwide in 1969. Today Ananda has over 150 centers and meditation groups in over 45 countries.
My father was Yogacharya Govindan Nair, who was a well-known Yogacharya in Kerala, India, during his lifetime. He authored several popular books in the Malayalam language on Yoga and Natural Living. Apart from the traditional training in Ashtanga Yoga that I received in India, I have also taken a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from the International Metaphysical University in West Virginia, USA. I have worked in senior management positions both in India and abroad with reputed organizations. I am retired now and I live in Tripunithura, near Kochi, in Kerala, India.
One of my good friends and Guru Bahan Anjali Kanwar has kindly provided some of her Meditation Training videos which I have used on this website. Anjali Kanwar is a meditation teacher who lives in New Delhi. Anjali is a clairvoyant, clairaudient, and a healer. There are personal coaching sessions on meditation, healing, and feminine energy that Anjali regularly provides. She is also a professional corporate trainer with close to two decades of work experience in soft skills training and behavioural training. She is a post-graduate in management studies and has worked as a corporate trainer in multinational companies. Currently, she runs her training institute named “Skilltude” to train working professionals and freshers. I thank Anjali profusely for her kindness and for her permission to use them here.
There are many meditations practiced today. Regardless of the variety, all meditations are, aimed at the single purpose of stilling our mind and shifting our self-identification from the mind to the witnessing consciousness, which is what we really are. In everyday language, we can call this end-aim of all meditations, “self-realization”. The meditation techniques shared here are in the tradition of Kriya Yoga, as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda – the great Master of Kriya Yoga who wrote the all-time spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi“. These Meditation techniques will help the practitioner advance into Kriya Yoga practices if the practitioner wishes.
Meditation and Conscious Living are the two major topics of this website, for which two separate sections are dedicated. The Section on Conscious Living will give insights into some of the most supportive practices in our day to day life. This has immense practical value in translating theory into practice in our everyday life.
As part of these two principal topics, 3 other unique topics are included here which will help all spiritual aspirants to build a strong foundation upon which they can build their practice. These 3 unique topics are the following:
- Thirty Six Principles of Creation in Tantra -This will help the student to appreciate the overall picture of creation and help developing an individual relationship with the creative forces in Nature. It must be noted that a personal relationship with the creative force is an extremely helpful for a successful practice.
- The Seven Hermetic Principles – This will help the students to understand the fundamental principles of the world we live in. We can test these principles with our own direct experiences and observations. These 7 ancient principles are the 7 golden keys with which we will be able to understand many of the baffling phenomena that we commonly observe in our life.
- An introduction to Quantum Mechanics – This will help the students to give a scientific grounding to the concepts introduced. In fact, understanding the quantum behaviour of matter will be a major game changer for a serious student of meditation.
These three topics will be presented as YouTube lecture sessions, over a period of time. Hence periodic visits to this site will be helpful to watch the new videos.
I welcome everyone to “Dhyanavidya-dot-In” website. I earnestly hope there will be something for everyone to take home from these pages.