Hiking with Rajesh on the public trails on Annamalai
Kēdārnāthan Subramanian founded Siva Ashram in 2017 as a way to share a contemplative lifestyle of daily prayers, meditation, yoga and self-less service with like-minded souls.
Born in an evangelical christian family, God always took a place of importance in his life.
The ashram's vision took source in the deep passion he discovered for Hinduism through the study of Sivaya Subrahmuniyaswami’s Master Course program.
Kēdarnāthan started practicing yoga and received kriya yoga initiation in 2008, but had until then mostly qualified as a spiritual but not religious person and not fully embraced hinduism as a personnal path.
He worked as a mental health coach and counselor and had private practice from 2006 until 2018. He trained in unconventionnal intervention methods such as NLP, hypnotherapy, Neurosemantics, Energy Psychology, bodywork and Coaching. His 12 years of practice allowed him to encounter the depth of a wide variety of human constitutions and gave him great joy in bringing understanding, changes, hope and relief to his clients. One of the great gifts we find in the practice of modalities such as NLP is that we become able to gain greater control over our subjective reality changing our attitudes and beliefs about life.
This great tool also comes with some pitfalls.. if you can change your belief, does it mean you can believe in anything and that will work for you? Experience showed him that no, it does not... You can actually do yourself harm if you change your beliefs in a ways that are not "dharmic", not alligned with the laws of the "universe". What then are the laws of the universe ? What are the greatest and most ressourcefull beliefs one can choose and replace his old limiting beliefs with?
Such questions were beautifully answered for him by hindu philosophy. He also found much satisfaction and appreciation for traditionnal hindu worship, seeing there the work in action of many of the NLP patterns he had been working with for many. years.
After visiting Kauai Hindu Monastery in 2016, meeting the monks and Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, he went through a period of struggle with the calling to become a monk and the fact that he was then too old to join Kauai Hindu Monastery and that he couldn't find satisfying alternatives to fulfil his aspirations.
As a way to make as much of this lifestyle possible, he started sharing the teachings and practices that had brought peace to his soul with those interested and gradually started turning his place into an ashram.
To help him gather experiential understanding, he went to experience the Skanda Vale interfaith monastic community, in Wales, UK, and later on he went to live as a monastic novice with the Vedanta Society of South California, under Satguru Sarvadevananda.
After spending 9 months in India in 2020, he is now back on site with a renewed vision and appreciation for the opportunity to serve in his own country.
He is presently working on integrating his background in western psychology with eastern philosophy and practices through various workshops shared with the ashram short and long term residents.