The Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries

The title “Mystic” was the name given to ordinary citizens of Athens who made an annual pilgrimage to a set of mysterious caves at Eleusis, 30 miles from the center of modern Athens on the Adriatic coast. Every September, for an entire week before the autumn equinox, Eleusis played host to the most significant annual religious festival in ancient Greece. …


Ma Durga in Navratri

Republished from my article in the New Indian Express on Sunday 20th October 2020

When Rishi Markandeya sat up in the valleys of Yamunotri composing the Puranas named after him, little did he realize that his epic representation of Chandi or Ma Durga would thousands of years later become one of the best handbooks for rewiring our brains and boosting positive psychology. You could say he was one of India’s first and greatest neuroscientist-psychologists.

In the Devi Mahatmya or Chandi Path, derived from chapters 81–93 in the Markandeya Purana, the scientist-sage describes an epic battle over nine nights when the…


An Indian Mystic on the Edges of Consciousness
My talk from the Science of Consciousness Conference on Turiya and Tantra

Imagine a gathering of hundreds of the world’s leading minds in consciousness research today and then discovering that only two were there representing India’s ancient wisdom traditions. Well it happened and one was Deepak Chopra and the other was me.

On 14 September 2020, over a thousand of the world’s leading neuroscientists, philosophers, computer scientists, and psychologists came together for 5 days in Tucson, well virtual Tucson this year in the age of COVID-19, at the University of Arizona in the United States for the much-acclaimed “The Science…


The meeting of WIll and Grace

I really am tired of the evangelical zeal with which Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga are now bandied around as the panacea for all ills in ourselves and society. In my experience real changes only occur when we turn inwards, focus on our intention, visualize it and surrender our desires to grace and a state of awe at the mysteries defining our universe. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating religion or any particular religious practices. But I am saying that a practical mysticism and an esoteric and philosophical approach are more appropriate to modern life than mindfulness.

Mindful people…


Watching Kamala Harris’ dramatic rise in the first Democratic Party debate left Indians all over the world nodding knowingly as to how this very ancient Indian name became synonymous with justice, anti-corruption, race balancing, and gender leadership in America. To them, Kamala represents two main aspects of their consciousness. First, she is the lotus, a flower that most Indians associate with purity rising out of the muck of life, blooming beautifully in water and symbolizing an evolving consciousness. Kamala is also the name and symbol of the ancient Vedic goddess Lakshmi who brings abundance, grace, balance, and beauty into the…


The Dance of Shiva Shakti by Raja Choudhury

How Tantra and Kundalini can empower Gender Equality and Planetary Balance

Do the ancient teachings of Tantra, Shaivism and Shaktism have a message for us in this age of hashtags like #metoo and #timesup? Can they play a role in the growing consciousness of gender activism and awakened living? Can we teach men and women to balance their polarities and create a more balanced, empowered, sacred world?

Shift Network teacher, filmmaker and TED speaker Raja Choudhury believes we can, and through talks, courses and films he raises awareness about our feminine energy, Shakti and how to balance it with our…


Keshub Chandra Sen

In 1870’s India, a mostly forgotten Calcutta philosopher and a leading member of the Brahmo Samaj at the time, Keshub Chandra Sen, formed his own movement called “The New Dispensation” which, unusually formed an alliance with the Unitarian Church of America that had evolved out of the Transcendentalist Movement. In fact, Sen’s right hand man Majumdar was the first Indian to come to America to teach the Universal ideals of Vedanta in 1875 speaking at over 50 Unitarian Churches. Sen’s students went on to be transformative of Indian culture including one who would take Vedanta to the World, Swami Vivekananda…


In a talk I gave in 2015, I explored the origins of Vedic and Zoroastrian religious thinking in the Soma/Haoma Schools in the Indus Saraswati Valley, Egypt, Turkmenistan and Turkey as well as the use of Psychedelic Plant Wisdom across ancient India and all over the World. As Marijuana gets legalized in many countries and new scientific research into Psilocybin and Ayahuasca/DMT at Imperial College and elsewhere shows amazing results for depression, addiction, and well-being, I think it is time once again for us to explore our relationship with plants and with the Earth especially as we have become so disconnected from nature and will continue to do so as 50% of humanity moves into cities in the coming years.


You fear death, we give you the afterlife and reincarnation and heaven. You fear life, we give you angels and light beings and prayer and meditation. You fear the future, we give you oracles and patterns to read. You fear pain and suffering, we blame it on your own choices, your karma, your past lives, and teach you techniques to heal the mind and overcome your own puny little self. You have a need for more, we teach you techniques to attract more. You fear loneliness, we give you soul mates, temples and community and group fold thinking with great…


At 6:45 am on 21st June 2015, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat on the dais at New Delhi’s Rajpath and brought about a cultural revolution. Singlehandedly, he was able to achieve a global diplomatic coup that would become the envy of China and Pakistan. 35,000 people at Rajpath and millions around the country joined him for 45 minutes of yoga poses. This was followed by millions of yogis around the world doing the same in an act of collective consciousness rarely seen before. India managed to flex its soft power muscles and became the official elder keeper of yoga…

Raja Choudhury

Observations from the edge of disruptive + conscious creativity, innovation, design and filmmaking. Exploring deep meditation. Just trying to follow my Bliss.

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