The Master Dr. Raaj Ittyandeo Appiah was born on the night of Shivaratree of 12th February 1954 in the Sugar Estate village of Rose Belle in Mauritius.
The Master exhibited a marked partiality for spiritual life from his early childhood: he would stand firmly against unfounded practices, but would undeniably support and promote the right way of living- dharma. His spiritual awareness further evolved at the age of seven, when he met Swami Venkatesananda, a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, at the Rose Belle Hindu Youth Club. In fact, he used go to the Club to learn yoga from Swamiji. His encounter with Swamiji had marked his life; his inner being was deeply touched and he felt that he had much more to explore in the spiritual field.
In his quest for the eternal truth, the Master joined the Divine Life Society and the Sivananda Ashram as life member after he completed his secondary schooling. He was a very active member and was fully involved in all the activities of the Society and the Ashram. As he set out on this spiritual journey, he had the opportunity to come into contact with several great sages both from India and the Western world.
His inordinate yearning for further spiritual knowledge also took him to the Ramakrishna Mission of Vacoas. He stayed there for three years. During his pupilage at the Ashram, he was initiated in the year 1976 by his Holiness Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj, world head spiritual master of the Ramakrishna Math of India.
Two years later, the Master joined the Government Service. Before long he took leave from work and went to Europe to study natural medicine. After having acquired all the necessary skills and experience as a fully qualified Physical Therapist, the Master pursued further studies in Health, Mental and Spiritual Science.
Today, Dr. Raaj is a full time Naturopath Physician, an Alternative and Complementary medicine practitioner, a Reiki Master as well as a Pranic Healer. He is also very well versed in Hindu culture and dharma. To share his experience with the world and disseminate knowledge to enlighten people, the Master founded the Brahma Vidhya Yoga Society in the year 1993. The B.V.Y.S stands for the Eternal Science of Wisdom, Yoga and Self-Realization. Being a yoga specialist, Dr. Appiah also teaches yoga and meditation techniques.
The mission and vision of this dynamic founder is to continue with and contribute to the prodigious works of all great Sages and help man to grasp and apply the basic fundamental principles of Yoga in his daily life. His teachings transcend all frontiers and he firmly believes in the saying: “An ounce of practice is better than tons of theories”. Determination, Devotion and Discipline are the keys of success while Ego is the source of all evils. He always preaches Universal love, Peace and Harmony- be thyself and love thyself.
The purpose of life is to know your being, to merge into your being, and then life is blissful
Transform hate into Love, then the mind becomes light
Ego is nurture, not your nature; your real being is divine
Doubts have been created by people who are mere followers of beliefs; you have to transcend the mind
When conscience arises, truth awakens
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