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Aparna Nevatia, a spiritual leader and the initiator of Atma Gyan Dhyan Sadhana exemplifies pursuit of deep spirituality with an approach that perfectly blends science, logic, bhakti and dhyan.
The founder of ‘Rejuvenation- A Spiritual Foundation’, she has been teaching meditation for more than 15 years. With the support of her husband Sameer Nevatia and children Vedanshi and Soham, she established this proper center for peaceful meditation on 30th September, 2011.
Born on 23rd September,1969, Aparnaji has had no particular desire since the early childhood, but a seemingly perpetual thirst to know. For that she tried to search through different holy books, visited saints in different parts of India and even went on to try methods of occult science, but nothing could really satisfy that insatiable fire within. In 1990, following some divine intuitions she married Mr Sameer Nevatia, an equally spiritual, honest and noble man. In any given period of life, no matter what she was doing, her spiritual quest never stopped. Joys or sorrows, her devotion towards The One got strengthened day by day and at last, in the year 2003, one day, sitting in her home she met her Great Guru in a transcendental meditative state.
This highly charged encounter followed many more and gave her journey a definitive and obvious direction. Though, to balance the life of a house wife with that of being a Yogi was never easy but with the grace of her Guru she never gave up. “We have taken human birth to experience God!” – Believing this sublime truth she kept walking on the path shown by her Great Guru Yogiraj Shree Shama Churn Lahiree Maharaj.
Aparnaji is highly original and practical in her methods of teaching and spreads the seeds of Spirituality among her followers in various unimaginable and wonderful ways. Her mission is to awaken the spiritual dimension of human personality through gyan, dhyan, bhakti and karma.
Her teachings includes merging with Nature, synchronising with the harmony inside and outside and breaking the boundaries of cast, creed or religion. She says even the boundaries of mind and body generate causes of bondage and sufferings while indifference to be good or bad, the freedom of spirit and Bhakti blossoms into renunciation of Jeevatman, which can be very well achieved while performing household duties too.
Youthful young Rejuvenators have quite a significant place in Aparnaji’s heart. She believes that they are like wet clay which could be sculpted easily into perfect peace loving divine human beings. She often tells them, “To achieve your desired goal, do your bit by working for a better world tirelessly. For one cannot be at peace until the whole world gets that.”
In today’s concrete world she is like a calm shelter for every exhausted human being. Her compassionate nature envelopes all, whoever comes in her close proximity leaves only after getting soaked with her overpowering divine aura.
In her own words,”The bliss will only surface after deep and profound meditation …. When one takes the required leap of faith and becomes ready to accept the miracle, then that divine intervention occurs, the very atom explodes, the state where each breath becomes meditative and each pulse starts responding to the rhythm of the universe… you are in Bliss , you are The Bliss!”
An embodiment of knowledge of the Infinite, a mind that has realized its’ limitless, free yet connected to all, pure store of vigor surrounding a perfectly still centre…Aparnaji exemplies the yogic perfection she has mastered over many lives through intense sadhana and by the blessings of her Guru, Lahiri Maharaj. Having reached the pinnacle of what Patanjali describes as Yog, it is but a small feat for her, to sit in a day-long deep meditation, unmoved, in one posture.
“A Guru cannot be limited to a human being, it has to be the all-pervading, unlimited Brahmn that resides in one and all…or a manifestation of that Brahmn.” –Aparna.
Our spiritual guru, is just that, a reflection of our consciousness when bestowing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma, of the free flow of Gyan when articulating the deep meaning of Upanishads or Yog Sutras, of immense bhakti that loves one and all as no different from herself, and of our enlightened self while giving us the prasaad of our own Mantra or Atma Gyan Dhyan Sadhana, the one sure way to realization.
A true mothers’ love does not end with her biological children, it starts from there. Aparnajis’ unconditional love extends to each and every being that lives and breathes. As a mother to her pupil, she is there for them in their joys and sorrows, applauding their good action and correcting their wrong. As a mother to rejuvenation, she has nurtured the organization from a handful of members to a concept larger than life. As a mother to every orphan child, she spends a major amount of her time in providing them the missing security and celebrates their birthdays every year on Janmashthami. As a true mother, she cares deeply, but seldom for herself, and always for others.
An avid writer since a very young age, her oldest writing in her book ‘Kan Kan Me Baghwan’, dates back to when she was 17, and yet does not seem any less mature than her recent ones. In most of her pieces she has articulated her own experiences at the height of meditation, and each line in her text holds truth that can potentially enlighten any reader. Fluent in both Hindi and English, she reaches out to both, young and old, beginners and experts through her books, blogs, and write-ups.
Her vision reflects her yogic perspective even through the lense of the camera. Her passion for photography can be seen everywhere from her old albums to her Facebook timeline. Paired with mind blowing captions that reveal hidden perspectives, these pictures are appealing from many different angles.
With a degree in CCNA, Aparnaji amalgamates technology seamlessly with her workshops, events and meditation. She moves with the rhythms of this continuously changing world, and often knows more about website designs than many of her young, awestruck pupil.
While many will prejudge that a spiritual leader leads the life in solitude, Mrs. Aparna breaks through the stereotypes and makes in her mark as a great house holder. Her husband is in fact the President and the pillar of our organization. The perfect balance that she creates between her family and her organization has meant that her children lead as much a spiritual life as she does. Her unique role as a spiritual leader with a family has done the work of breaking long-standing myths of inaccessible saffron sages sitting in the Himalayas, and has made spirituality possible for many householders.
It is one thing to love the blossoming spring, but another to love the disastrous storm as much. As a true Yogi, Aparnaji loves Nature in its most basic form, or what we call Prakriti in Sanskrit. She can dance with the kids in rain, and talk about the insignificance of the world in thunder. She even does her part in keeping our surroundings clean and the organization as environment friendly as possible.
After a particularly fun youth event, an eighteen year old told Aparnaji, “You are the coolest aunty I have ever met.” The youth chapter of Rejuvenation would whole-heartedly agree with it. Aparnaji has an uncanny affinity with the young. They can trust her with their deepest fears and she understands them with the ease of a friend, a mother and a Guru, all in one. Her scientific approach has attracted many young proclaimed atheists as her avid followers. For her, the young generation is the life-blood of rejuvenation and the future of spirituality. Her ever-young ideas and highly active life makes her relatable to even the most difficult ages.