He has been referred to as a mystic, a psychic, a healer, a spiritual guru and many other titles, but Shri Aasaanji pays no attention to any of it.
As far as he’s concerned, he’s just a human being – an ordinary one.
“Those are titles that are of no relevance to me. I’ve no extra power or magic ability.
“All I want to do is create a peaceful world with the knowledge I have acquired.
“People seldom spend time on wellbeing and awareness. In fact, living a simple life has become extraordinary in today’s world!” he says.
The Chennai, India-based founder of the AtmaYoga Foundation is an exponent of healing and meditation, and uses scientific approaches to help people regain their lost health, wealth, success and happiness with minimal effort.
It all begins with the mind.
Aasaanji’s interest in the science of the mind started at 13 when he was practising martial arts, and like any teenager, derived pleasure from overpowering his opponents.
“Conquering your enemies can lead you to feeling powerful, but it doesn’t give you the calmness inside. I started fearing and doubting, so I asked my teacher how to meditate. He said: ‘Think and do nothing.’
“It took me a while to understand, but I eventually did. Only overcoming yourself can make you peaceful,” recalls Aasaanji, who radiates a comforting aura and glow about him.
Meditation opened a new world. Not only did it improve his martial arts prowess, it also led to better health and less common colds and infections.
Noticing the benefits, he continues to meditate daily.
“In meditation, it is important not to analyse. It’s something we all have to learn,” he says.
Discovering a new path
Aasaanji, who is almost 40, graduated with a degree in engineering, but he never intended to become an engineer.
It was a natural progression as almost everyone in his family is an engineer.
“My family is very disciplined and religious, but status was not important. They treated everyone equally.
“They’d go to the temple, but I didn’t like going to the temple and we were always in conflict.
“The discipline got to me at times. They’d insist I wake up early in the morning whereas I wanted to sleep in, so for three years, I went away to live in an ashram surrounded by forests.”
That’s where Aasaanji learnt about siddha (a system of traditional medicine originating in ancient Tamilakam in South India) and ayurvedic medicine.
He incorporated some of this knowledge into his life and discovered his life improving in all aspects.
In 2007, after his sister’s death, Aasaanji put together all that he had learnt and practised, and decided it was time to share his knowledge with the world.
He created Prana-Vritti and Atma-Dhyana.
These are powerful energy and unique meditation techniques to activate inner transformation and self-healing for total wellbeing.
With these mind-tuning non-religious methods, he claims one can attain a blissful state and experience total transformation in all aspects of life.
“Nobody was born to suffer. Your external world is a reflection of your inner world, so you have to change your inner self.
“It’s your duty to give yourself good health and happiness – no one can do it for you.
“Only you can change your life and set yourself free from all the sufferings and limitations.
“I believe humans have the capability to change the world. My job is to provide you with the tools,” says Aasaanji, who will be in Kuala Lumpur to conduct a workshop next weekend.
Pain is joy
A favourite past time of Aasaanji is mingling with old people, blind folks and the mentally challenged.
You’ll see him on the sidewalks in Chennai and at special homes for the differently-abled.
“It’s spiritually enlightening when I spend time with them.
“For me, pain is joy. It may sound contradictory, but we all cannot avoid pain for it is real, but we can avoid suffering, as it is imaginary.
“If you can change this to create a better future, why not?
“Don’t you want to have a good time all the time?” he asks.
He also has an affinity towards animals and shares an incident from when he was 17.
“Our dog had delivered some puppies and one died. The mother took her living little ones to another place, leaving the dead one aside.
“Ants came to feed on it, and when I saw it, I was so distraught. I took the cold body and cleaned up the ants.
“Then the puppy started moving!
“I don’t know how it happened, but my sister thought I had magical powers!” he shares, laughing.
The back-from-the-dead puppy grew to live a long life.
Aasaanji has taught his method to more than 10,000 people and has conducted more than 2,000 workshops worldwide.
He says all that is required is about 25 minutes of minimal dedication a day.
“I call it a panacea for humanity. You choose the experience you want to have.
“Students (of this method) should flourish and prosper in what they’re doing without harming themselves or others.
“Without meditation, the mind will give in to non-essential, negative, self-destructive thoughts.
“With meditation, you should only have positive thoughts.
“Anger and fear generally arises from people who are not happy.”
He stresses that only you can heal yourself.
“We all choose the experience we want to have.
“We cannot determine how long we’ll live, but we can decide how healthy and happy we want to be.
“This is what I call the science of transformation,” says Aasaanji, putting his hands in prayer position as he takes his leave.