WHY

The reason we are embarking on this journey

Seekers are finding more challenging to readily access quality presentations of Vedantic knowledge through the traditional channels (discourses at Missions Center’s, access to literature, etc.) due to time constraints, distances to travel, availability of local centres etc.

Digital technology and ever increasing internet connectivity now offer a powerful, dynamic and cost-effective alternative to connect with an increasing sphere of people.

By leveraging the power of digital technology we propose to broadcast Vedantic knowledge and wisdom to everyone, anywhere and at any time.

As digital technology becomes an important part of people’s everyday lives, the traditional channels such as reading books, attending or listening to lengthy discourses, etc are becoming less appealing, especially to the younger generation.

The wisdom of Vedanta needs newer channels to connect and engage with people to empower them to deal with challenges in their everyday lives.

HOW

The way we will achieve this

  • Provide the Vedanta teachings through multiple technology platforms.
  • Connect the Vedanta teachings to challenges, dilemmas and events in people’s lives.
  • Deliver the “message” using allegory, metaphors and skeuomorphism.
  • Have the Vedanta teachings of available on demand.
  • Package the teachings for a global audience in a universal, practical, authentic, engaging and relevant way.

WHAT journey they take

  • 1
    INTRODUCE
    Explain that the answers lie within, not externally. There is more to life than the physical experience.
  • 2
    ORIENTATE
    Explore the layers of consciousness. Understand the ill effects at each level. Choose the layer they want to work on
  • 3
    RELATE
    Explain how the energy of pure consciousness can help. Understand what they can control in the situation (their reactions). Introduce the practices that can help
  • 4
    EDUCATE
    Guide people through the skill for their layer: - Physical > Problem-Solving. - Energy > Yoga. - Emotional > Meditation. - Mental > Meditation. - Morals and ethics > Making choices. 2 weeks lesson-based. Ongoing practice guide
  • 5
    ELEVATE
    Reflect on the effects of their training. Cement belief in our approach. Encourage them to explore the next layer of consciousness. Re-contextualise and train in new skills

WHAT we make:
For adults

  • Directly address the need for answers/solutions
  • Provide an understanding of the full spiritual spectrum
  • Help them discover where they currently sit
  • Guide them on how to grow to the next level

Our own symbol for divinity

  • Create a visual symbol the programme can own
  • Agnostic of any existing religious artefacts
  • Used to help people focus during their meditation
  • Users can opt to replace it with a visual from their own religion

Interactive consciousness

  • A visual device to holistically illustrate all the dimensions of human personality – ranging from the physical, emotional, intellectual, moral & ethical to Pure Consciousness
  • Explore the importance of each level
  • Identify the levels that require strengthening for the overall wellness of the individual
  • Provide  appropriate “exercises” for the strengthening of the various dimensions of the personality.

Training apps

  • A powerful way to guide change
  • Step them through new skills
  • Track their progress

WHAT we build:
For youth audience

  • Take a less direct approach
  • Use story-telling and gamification to make the topic more appealing
  • Help them to deal with the challenges they face growing up
  • Teach them some simple resilience tools

Modern story-telling

  • Bring the ageless stories of the Vedanta into the modern age, using the latest technology and techniques for engaging young audiences
  • Harness devises to make our message more accessible
  • Use games to teach the practical skills

Interactive Mediums

  • Create characters from the old stories in new forms that appeal to all faiths
  • Use new tools like Augmented Reality to make our tales more exciting

Other elements

All this will be contained within a global website and native apps for the iPhone and Google Android devices.
  • FAQs  – Help people feel their situation is ‘normal’
  • Video/illustration – Guide people through skills and explain complex ideas
  • Social media – Publishing content for people to find (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Email Newsletters – Ongoing engagement
  • Website Search – Find any of the content
  • SEO, Google Analytics, Facebook, website marketing and inbound marketing.

Our Team

Project Vision & Lead

Swami Tadananda

Has initiated projects in Fiji for leveraging digital technology for eLearning in Swami Vivekananda College, Telehealth solutions for medical services and online Agriculture training for farmers. Has a vision and mission to use ICT to deliver the sublime and universal Vedanta teachings to everyone, everywhere and at all times through simple, engaging, practical and relevant means.
Facilitator

Chetan Patel

Chetan is an Electrical Engineer in Digital Communications and a businessman. He is a serious student of the Vedanta philosophy. He is passionate about digitally sharing the universal Vedanta knowledge and practices globally for inner peace, mental wellness and as a practical philosophy for a meaningful life
Adviser

Alan Croker

An experienced architect, Alan’s recent projects include the new Universal Meditation Centre for Swami Vivekananda College in Fiji. He provides heritage and conservation advice to the Sydney Opera House since 2004 and authored it’s Conservation Management Plan, 4th edition. A student of Yoga, Vedanta and Vaastu, Alan regularly attends classes and retreats as part of a lifelong journey into the heart of the Indian tradition.
Adviser

Professor (Adj) Anil Thapliyal

Anil is a recognised leader and catalyst for transformation in mental health care through the application of information communication technology. He is the CEO of HealthTRx, New Zealand. He has advised many Government Departments in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and the USA and has led the development of key e-Mental Health strategy work internationally.
Customer Experience Designer

Simon Sievert

Simon is a firm believer in the power of ideas to inspire change. His role is to bring the Mission’s message to people in exciting new ways and use it to help them improve their spiritual wellbeing. Simon combines technology with creativity, to build experiences that help people to change their behaviour. He has applied this approach to some of New Zealand’s most effective social marketing efforts – including mental health, safer driving, drinking moderation and tax compliance. His work on the National Depression Initiative has won over 40 national and international awards, and improved the wellbeing of over 30,000 people. He has spent most of his adult life exploring spiritual practices and has enthusiastically embraced the Vedanta principles. “I look forward to the challenge of introducing this wisdom to new audiences in the West".
Solution Architect

Vikas David

Specialising in solution architecture, digital mental health and managing globally dispersed development projects, Vikas is a divergent thinker who loves solving problems. He has broad skills ranging from technical software architecture to sales and marketing. He specialises in partnerships within the healthcare segment. Over the last 20 years in Australia, he has worked across professional services, product management and provided consulting services to companies and government departments both locally and internationally. He is also the Director for Hashcode and CTO for multiple startups.