African Proverb – No person is born great. Great people become great when others are sleeping.
Ananya was born and brought up in the multicultural society of India and finished her schooling at Mount Carmel School Dwarka. Although not a seeker and with an interest only in science and sports she still explored and experimented with different religions and spiritual practices like Islam, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism and Christianity from an early age. This passion towards unlocking the true potential lead her to the doors of Raja Yoga Meditation of self-mastery when she was in 10th standard. She says, ‘Life was perfect, my parents are such that every friend I had would tell me I wish your parents were my parents, I was always loved by all my teachers and friends and in short I couldn’t ask for anything more’. At the age of 16 years, she somehow was led to the discovery of the big secret. The secret is that all change happens from the inside out. Man, consciously or unconsciously is writing the script of his own life with every thought and to change anything that happens in life means I reflect and transform my thoughts and feelings. Success without stress is normal and possible. This is not an academic subject or debate but a matter of realisation and experience. At that time in life when some crucial decisions about the future needed to be made and she could see students flagging in anxiety and panic, she was using the law of energy and would empower the self by connecting to the One Supreme being. Her aim is to see with ever-increasing clarity, a world that is normally invisible. Life is simple and a beautiful gift and all the pressure is self-created and began this lifelong study of RajaYoga. She understood that the most clever thing anyone can do is make inner well-being and gaining victories over weaknesses the number one priority. Without minimum effort in the outer world, there have been constant achievements and awards for Ananya whether it was for academics, being chosen as the school captain, sports, theatre, dance, singing and every relationship becoming respectful and harmonious.
“The mind in its own and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven”. John Milton
She then decided to pursue a bachelor’s in environmental sciences, majoring in sustainability and management in Melbourne. From being a girl who never liked stepping out of her house to choosing to study abroad straight after finishing her 12th in a foreign land seemed a daunting task however her passion for environmental sciences and delivering the message of inner peace to the masses lead her to move to Australia in the year 2018. While pursuing full-time studies, and working professionally she also self-started a meditation hub in west Melbourne alongside establishing a group in east Melbourne. Alongside managing a meditation centre and sustaining ongoing practitioners, she’s regularly invited for talk shows, public programs, radio shows and many more events. She organises and conducts retreats. She’s been awarded the Deakin Hallmark for Teamwork Excellence in Environmental Science from Deakin University after completing her studies. She also represents the Brahma Kumaris at interfaith platforms in Australia and spoke at the Youth Summit in the Australian Parliament on optimism. She an environmentalist and has participated at various Conferences and Seminars at National and International levels, UN World Food Day and United Nations climate change Youth conference, emphasizing how spirituality goes hand in hand in improving our day-to-day life.
Her entrepreneurial journey started 5 years ago in Melbourne, and now while being only 23 she’s an inspiration to many and a lifelong student and teacher of RajaYoga Meditation by the Brahma Kumaris which is a movement dedicated towards world renewal through self-renewal. She aspires to help enhance the well-being of people in from all religious and cultural backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and to use her platform to be a transformational leader in rekindling human dignity by taking charge of inner well-being. She supports the Brahma Kumaris initiative to connect people beyond the barriers of age, gender, religion, social status and language to discover this and for all to awaken and discover this profound big secret of life that all our efforts, energy and time to change people, situations, and physical health.
There are no answers in ordinary thinking. There are answers only when we step back and see the bigger picture. This is where the spiritual model came in her life.
I believe we all want peace and happiness in the world and there is something we can do to bring that peace and happiness outside to be at peace and happy at your own level.
As we all know a simple smile creates harmony in relationships and heals societies. An inner smile promotes harmony within the body and creates health in body and mind.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…..