He’s a 55-year-old Chilean lawyer, who likes to put on many hats. Pablo Cánovas just isn’t solely a grasp’s diploma holder in economics and taxation however has additionally studied defence, with specialization within the European area. He’s additionally creating clear vitality tasks. He’s a yoga practitioner since he was 18, and nonetheless does Sadhana, each single day. An Indophile, he has not solely studied the Bhagavad Gita deeply however has additionally been lecturing on it for the previous decade in varied Yoga centres.
He additionally participates in a gaggle the place they do yagyas (sacred fires), and sing mantras. He’s additionally the president of the Gita Basis, based a 12 months again the place they’re devoted to disseminating data on India.
Pablo Cánovas talks about his fascination with India and its tradition with Huma Siddiqui
Following are excerpts:
When did you realise your ardour for India?
My first contact with India was at 18 years previous, I’m at the moment 55. My brother introduced me the e book Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda as a present. I learn it very interestedly, I used to be fascinated and was particularly impressed by his tales of Benares and the Himalayas and his insatiable try and seek for his non secular grasp. Then there was a second decisive e book, `The Secret India’ by Paul Brunton, the mom of a pal gave it to me, in that e book, Brunton, recounts his itinerary till he met his grasp Ramana Maharshi, the seek for the grasp additionally impacted me, and because it lastly seems. From that second on, I wished to get to know India and confirm for myself the experiences that these authors associated.
When was the primary time you visited India and what attracted you essentially the most?
It was within the 12 months 2000, 20 years in the past, following the remark of a number of individuals who steered that I ought to go to see Sathya Sai Baba from Puttaparthi. So, profiting from research I used to be doing in Spain, I discovered about a suggestion of air tickets, at an excellent worth, so I introduced the tickets, and travelled to India, to Sathya’s Sai Baba’s Ashram. The place was stunning and clear, and it was the primary time that I got here head to head with what the Indians name a grasp, it was a stunning expertise for me as if time had stopped, it was etched in my reminiscence. In that Ashram, they bought totally different Indian books, so I purchased a number of of them. There I started to learn the Ramayana, and I introduced the well-known Bhagavad Gita. From that second, I started to get to know Indian literature, a distinct philosophy from the western one, the one that’s extra involved with the logical order of argumentation, this was intuitive and multidimensional, and full of ethical teachings, and it impacted me very positively.
Do you apply yoga each day? Are you additionally coaching household and mates in Yoga? That are your favorite Asanas?
Sure, I apply yoga each day, and I’ve taught mates and family members, however I’m not a Yoga trainer, I encourage the apply every time I can, since it is rather helpful for all elements of an individual. I apply Surya Namaskar and the Asana that pulls me essentially the most is Sirsasana, which is in my each day Sadhana.
You’ve gotten a Basis known as `Gita’ – inform us extra about it.
The inspiration is a undertaking to unfold data of India and different historical cultures. We did it on the finish of final 12 months, with a gaggle of mates, and it’s simply starting because the pandemic simply broke out and we couldn’t proceed, and an alternate was the movies concerning the Rig Veda.
You’ve gotten come to Indian for Kumbh Mela – what was it like?
I used to be in Kumbha Mela final 12 months, invited by the Indian authorities, it was a beautiful expertise, and I need to come again later, to remain for a number of days. I used to be pleasantly stunned by the group, as there are thousands and thousands of individuals day by day. They gave us books, and we toured the positioning the place it was positioned that 12 months, 2019, in Prayagraj. Then I gave talks concerning the Kumbha Mela in my nation, about its that means, how previous it’s, its origin and the way it is likely one of the pillars of Indian tradition.
You might be translating Rig Veda in Spanish. Please inform extra about it.
I’ve studied the Bhagavad Gita, for about 15 years, even educating it in examine circles. And, 5 years in the past, after studying some feedback from Aurobindo, concerning the Vedas, and the way that they had been misinterpreted by the western thoughts, I made a decision to review the textual content of the Rig Veda instantly. That is how I got here throughout the Rig Veda, commented on by Professor R L Kashyap, a disciple of Aurobindo and Kapali Sastry, the place there’s an try and get better the deep esoteric that means. They stated that on this means, many mantras made sense, that in any other case they didn’t, and with the benefit that Professor Kashyap has the pc, in contrast to his predecessors.
So with this model of the whole Rig Veda, I started to review it, and I used to be stunned, since what I used to be studying didn’t coincide with any of the feedback that I had learn, from totally different analysts, even Indian commentators. So after 5 years of examine, profiting from the pandemic, I felt that I ought to share it and I started to file it on youtube, with feedback from totally different students, and a few small contributions that I dared to make.
In translation, I’m at the moment ending the primary Mandala, however in movies there are 6 introductory movies recorded, and of the textual content of the Rig Veda, we’re as much as Mandala 1, Shukta 4, since one is launched every week, we’re simply beginning, however shifting ahead, step-by-step. This can be a undertaking which can go on for a very long time. The aim is to share that Indian thought reached unprecedented ranges of depth, a textual content just like the Rig Veda is one thing very huge, maybe the very best type of human thought, and the very best rationalization of the connection of the person with divinity, a relationship of cooperation and brotherhood. There isn’t a punishing God; no horrible sins; nor human sacrifices (in keeping with TV. Kapali Sastry); nor punished in hell; neither are there any renunciations of the world of needs. It’s merely a relationship between man and God, and learn how to advance in direction of it, step-by-step, following the mantras, with dedication and wholesome intention.