Bairagi is one of many “themed” gardens at Raga Svara. Located near Bodhi, the meditation centre, Bairagi has many shade loving plants and shrubs under the canopy of old coconut trees. It is a beautiful place to walk through and reflect.
The presence of the national tree of India – Banyan tree at Raga Svara, makes our campus more beautiful. Banyan tree is an important part of Hindu religion also and has ayurvedic importance as it is beneficial in many skin diseases, lipid disorders, etc. Due to its dense shadow and different structure than other trees, Raagis like to sit under this tree to relax and get peace. Banyan tree is known as ‘Bargad’ in Hindi, ‘Vad’ in Gujarati & ‘Nyagrodh’ in Sanskrit.
Ekayana – The Zen Garden is another peaceful place at Raga Svara surrounded by nature. One can heal, meditate and relax at this garden. Ekayana’s landscape consists of carefully composed arrangements of rocks, trees and bushes. Raagis can rake white sand or gravel here which represents the ripples of water. This mindful physical activity provides peace and calm.
Raga Svara is a campus where you can peacefully hear the chirping of beautiful birds. One of the birds chirping around the campus is the Indian Roller. They are very commonly seen perched along roadside trees and wires and are commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats.
Flowers & trees have a positive impact on our health. Raga Svara campus is home to incredible diversity of plants and trees. One of them is Flame of the Forest. Its flowers and barks are antibacterial and antifungal. Its flowers prevent skin diseases which occur at the onset of spring. In the Indian festival of color, Holi, flowers are soaked overnight and water is used for bathing/spraying the next day.
Raga Svara has a beautiful campus which is enhanced even further by one of the most beautiful bird “Peafowl”. Peafowl inhabits dry deciduous forests, village cultivation, and farm area. It is also the national bird of India.
We have forgotten how to cooperate with nature. We are habituated to establishing our dominion in all aspects of life, including nature. Living in harmony with nature is long gone. We use her for our gains which comes at the cost of other rightful members of the habitat. We have forgotten to respond to the seasonal and temporal patterns of nature, much to our own physical and psychological detriment. दिनचर्या (the daily routine) and ऋतुचर्या (the seasonal routine) don’t fit in our modern lives.
To be really in sync with oneself and nature is to understand and experience the time scale of nature around us. The road to our wellbeing is so simple and clear yet riddled with hardships. Eating सात्त्विक (essential, natural, clean) food, taking a stroll among the trees, practising योग (yoga), observing सिला (self-discipline), watching and hearing the birds, breathing in clear air, smelling the sweet flowers and pungent leaves. These go a long way in renewing and sustaining our body, mind and spirit. In Carl Jung’s words, “When you walk with naked feet, how can you ever forget the earth?” Let’s walk with naked feet.
We are building a place where we can pause and connect with nature.