About Selvan Srinivasan

A Life Journey of Entrepreneurship and Spiritual Awakening

Selvan Srinivasan, the entrepreneur turned author, mentor, and healer, embarked on a profound voyage of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment, which transformed his life. This is the story of his remarkable journey.

The Origin of a Journey…

Born in Chennai, India, in the year 1962, Selvan spent his formative years in Mumbai, a vibrant and diverse metropolis. He grew up in a household brimming with entrepreneurial, spiritual, and intellectual fervor. At the tender age of three, he was exposed to a family environment that instilled in him the values of enterprise and creativity. His father, once a promising manager at Royal Enfield, took a courageous step by founding a startup manufacturing company, with the unwavering support of his mother.

Selvan’s grandparents, who played a significant role in his upbringing, left an indelible mark on his spiritual and intellectual odyssey. His grandfather, a deeply spiritual soul, introduced him to the ancient yogic practices of Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Asana, and the power of chanting. As a gold medalist graduate in English Literature, he inspired a family of avid readers, nurturing Selvan’s appetite for literature. The young Selvan voraciously devoured a wide array of books, from voluminous Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata to books on Yoga and Pranayama, as well as children’s classics like Enid Blyton and the Hardy Boys. His visual imagination was ignited by classic comics and storybooks, including Amar Chitra Katha, Walt Disney, Marvel, DC, and Chandamama.

Although Selvan possessed a natural aptitude for academics, school education failed to captivate his enthusiasm. He often found himself with an innate understanding of subjects, leading to quick boredom. Friends sought his help, particularly in Math and Physics, even for chapters he had missed in class. Astonishingly, he became the school topper in his twelfth board exams. His profound interest in Engineering and Technology waned as his father’s business faced a downturn, compelling the family to relocate from Mumbai to Hyderabad to start anew.


Many New Beginnings

In 1980, when Selvan’s father faced a severe road accident, rendering him bedridden for months, Selvan made a life-altering decision. He chose to step away from his Engineering college pursuits and stand by his father’s side. This marked the initiation of his journey as an entrepreneur and industrialist. It seemed that his father’s intention was to instil a profound sense of responsibility within him, a responsibility that would shape Selvan’s path in unexpected ways. This pivotal moment was followed by an early marriage in 1983. Selvan crossed paths with Hema, and they tied the knot later that same year. Aarathi, their first daughter, entered their lives just a year afterward, when Selvan was a youthful 22 years old. Their second daughter, Nithya followed five years later in 1989.

Over the next two decades, Selvan diligently refined his entrepreneurial acumen under the tutelage of his father. In 1994, a fascinating twist occurred in Selvan’s journey. He was introduced to his first spiritual guru during a transformative course called Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY). Despite his active involvement in his father’s business, Selvan delved into advanced teacher training courses, eventually achieving the status of an SSY teacher. This spiritual exploration ran concurrently with his professional pursuits, although, at that juncture, it predominantly remained an intellectual and conceptual undertaking. 

In adherence to his father’s wishes, Selvan relinquished his role as an SSY teacher and redirected his full-time focus to his father’s business. However, the late nineties brought a series of unforeseen losses and write-offs that compelled his father to close down his business empire and retire. This turn of events forced Selvan to confront a challenging juncture in his professional journey.

Image Description:  Collage to the top left: Selvan (second from the right, seated) as a young person learning the ropes of his fathers business. Image on the top right: Selvan on a trip to Japan as part of his apprenticeship. Bottom left: Wedding day, Selvan with his partner Hema. Image to the bottom right: Selvan as a new father.

Becoming a Leader & Industrialist

Undeterred by adversity, Selvan decided to launch a startup from scratch. Over the next seventeen years, he meticulously nurtured and expanded this venture into a major corporation employing hundreds of people. However, commercial success did not seem to fulfill the deep yearning that Selvan felt within. After a distinguished career in the manufacturing industry, Selvan retired. He sold his business interests and returned to Hyderabad in 2016, commencing a profound Awareness Journey.

Image Description:  Images on the top left, top right and bottom left: Selvan in Korea exploring joint venture businesses. Bottom left: Selvan and his spouse next to their brand new BMW.. 

Encounters with Spiritual Masters and the Quest for Happiness and Peace…

Continuing on Selvan’s journey, he encountered a myriad of spiritual mentors who played pivotal roles in his transformative evolution. Beyond his initial guru, Rishi Prabhakar, the founder of SSY, Selvan delved into diverse spiritual teachings. The Art of Living by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Reiki 3rd Degree in the Mikao Usui branch in India, Duality and Transcendence courses by Jeffery Allen, Creative Manifestation by Eckhart Tolle, and Energy Medicine by Donna Eden all contributed to the rich tapestry of his spiritual exploration.

Selvan’s reading choices further reveal the breadth of his spiritual influences. The writings of Paramahamsa Yogananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and other Indian authors left an indelible mark on his perspective. Simultaneously, Western authors such as Barbara Ann Brennan, Louise Hay, Stephen Covey, and James Redfield provided additional layers to his spiritual journey. The convergence of Eastern and Western spiritual philosophies in Selvan’s life underscores his eclectic approach to understanding and embracing diverse spiritual perspectives.

What propels Selvan to share his healing and mentoring services with the world is the profound transformative power he has witnessed in those who participate in his courses. The stories of individuals recovering from seemingly insurmountable conditions through the discovery of their inner sanctuary of happiness and peace serve as a testament to the efficacy of Selvan’s teachings. This aspect of his journey adds a dynamic dimension to his narrative, emphasizing the tangible impact of spirituality on the lives of those he mentors.
In conclusion, Selvan Srinivasan’s life story stands as a testament to the profound transformative power of self-awareness and spirituality. From his initial exposure to the entrepreneurial spirit and spiritual wisdom to his remarkable journey as an industrialist, mentor, and healer, Selvan’s experiences have sculpted him into a beacon of enlightenment and hope for others on their own paths of self-discovery and inner peace.


Image Description:  On the top left: Selvan leading workshop on energy  psychology top right:  Talks and programs on energy psychology and bottom left: Selvan celebrating the completion of his first book with a photoshoot for the books! Bottom left: Selvan having learnt energy psychology and using it to go back to running. Here with his children at one of the many 10K’s he inspired them to run along with.

My Awareness journey to discover how to be Happy

Throughout the years since 1994, I have had an arduous spiritual practice. I thought that I had a deep understanding of who I am. In 2016 I went through a transformative experiential journey, after which I realised that my past ideas about Awareness had merely been conceptual.

There are two parts to this overall journey, as you will realise when you do the course: The Journey into Awareness, which can be likened to Kundalini awakening or opening up of my spiritual awareness. This was followed by The Journey with Awareness.

As a direct consequence of this experiential journey I am physically fitter and healthier than I was twenty years ago. I am better at stress management and am able to enjoy complete stress relief most of the time. I am completely free from acidity and acid reflux problems, spondylitis, and lower back problems and also free from sinusitis. These were some of the crippling chronic ailments I had been suffering over three decades but had a coping and managing mechanism going, which, at the time, I thought was perfect, due to which I did not lose too many man days on the sick bed. Only now I realise how sub optimally I had been operating all those years. I could not run beyond 200 meters and if I walked more than 3 kilometres, I needed a strong energy drink or snack to keep me going but even with that, I never went beyond 5 km. Now I regularly participate in 10 kilometre running races! My fitness now seems to be an absolute miracle to me because I never ever imagined it possible even a few years ago.

My sinusitis and spondylitis used to be so severe that apart from several bouts of unbearable migraine every month; I was suffering a mild low-grade headache 24×7 over two decades. I had become so used to this continuous mild headache it became my normal. Only when I was completely free of it in 2017 did I realise that I had gone through years with a headache, my constant companion! What a miracle it seemed to me when I was totally free of it! For the first few weeks without it, I felt light-headed and almost as if I was floating! These are just the physical aspect of my story, my journey with PHYSICAL BODY AWARENESS.

I want to share some before/after stories to highlight what emotional awareness can do for you.  One day several years ago, my boss, in an extremely irritated mood gave me severe scolding in the presence of some of my colleagues.   His words, my faults he was pointing out and trying to correct and all were not heard by me because I felt extremely irritated and angry and at the same time deeply ashamed.  My face was turning red; I started sweating and only wanted to run away.  Later that day I developed nagging headache, which kept lingering for the next three days.  After three days, with no relief or respite, I went to my grandfather and recounted the whole thing and cried a lot.  He patiently heard me and just said a few words exactly pointing out my faults and what I needed to do to improve my output to avoid irritating my boss again.  It was so soothing; it went deep into me and helped me change my behaviour so much that my boss started pointing to me as an example for others to follow.

In this story, you can replace the boss with your client, partner, close relatives, anybody.  After my emotional awareness journey, my grandfather now sits inside me when I encounter someone who is extremely angry and filters away all the other things and lets me absorb only the final few actionable words.  So what took 3 days of sulking and suffering and intervention of a mentor now does not even take 3 seconds.

There is another incident sixteen years ago, when my startup business was just two years old, struggling to find its feet, the Purchasing Chief of my biggest client called me to say that their top management has decided to delist my company from their vendor list due to an internal vendor consolidation program.  I went five minutes late for the meeting and he shamed me for being sloppy and then conveyed their management decision.  My personal friendship with the purchasing chief went back 15 years but that day he was aloof and seeming heartless.  He just dismissed my presentation of how good our products are, how competitive and how much my startup depended on this business to break even and repay debts.  It fell on deaf ears, I returned back feeling deeply ashamed, worthless and dejected.  I handed charge of running my business to my partner and moved away from Gurgaon to Hyderabad.  It took me two years to move back to Gurgaon and another five years after that to put our company back on track.  Looking back, I see that at exactly same time we lost our biggest business, another client actually bigger than that was offering us business but we couldn’t grab it due to my emotional response to a huge loss.

Emotional awareness helps me now to deeply feel the sadness and shame, but also use these very same emotions to instantly bring me back to my groundedness and helps me to be aware of how each loss or downfall or problem could actually be an opportunity in disguise.

Emotional awareness is very different from emotional sensitivity.  Being emotionally sensitive helps in being social and to bring passion into your work which is effective to motivate others to do your work.  I used to be like this all my life, when you get irritated at some person or situation you would loose control and take wrong decisions or utter regrettable words.  I always used to be like this.  After emotional awareness, I am able to heal my anger, irritation or impatience instead of suppressing them and softly communicate with authority rather than aggression.  I would run away or hide or avoid situations that cause shame or fear or sadness for me.  If, I do not fulfil on a commitment, I would try my best to avoid meeting the client.  If I lose an account I would get away to lick my hurt wounds alone.  Now after emotional awareness, each of these events present to me exciting opportunities to strengthen relationships and deepen bonds.  It is still amazing for me to see how an impossible adverse situation can be turned around to bring about fulfilment and joy merely with emotional awareness and acting out of that awareness.

Mind awareness is again very different from IQ or a very sharp, clever logical analytic, quick mind.  An aware mind can help you switch off the over active logical right brain activity and open up to your own emotions as well as the emotion of others.  You might have noticed that highly intelligent people rarely enjoy deep bonding relationships.  This is because it is impossible for the mind to slow down and allow the heart to lead when needed.  I used to be like this, it would exhaust me and cause sleepless nights because my mind keeps going on and on with thoughts 24/7.

After mind awareness, I am able to slow down or even shut down the incessant logical and analytical thoughts, allow emotions to play a balanced productive role and even open up to the intuitive and creative side of me.  I am able to sleep better, be more healthy, balanced and effective now with an aware mind.

The mind is the doer or the executive. It will plan and executive a project to perfect completion. But the mind is not effective in deciding which project to choose for execution, that is in the purview of the intuitive aspect or sprit body. Here by mind, I refer to the logical, analytical mind and by spirit body; I refer to the intuitive, creative mind. When the underlying emotions are unbalanced, the mind cannot work with clarity and it will go around in loops. Let me explain with an example here. When I had to prepare for an important presentation or client meeting, I would get terribly anxious and scared. As a result, my mind will constantly keep replaying the imagined sequence of events of the meeting and this hyperactive mind will prevent sleep and also prevent any other productive activity or interaction until the event. By the time the actual event takes place, I would be totally exhausted and end up making a suboptimal presentation.

With mind awareness now, I can focus on the required planning and preparation for the presentation until it is done to satisfaction and after that simply switch off my mind and go and attend to the unbalanced emotions namely anxiety and then simply rest in a being state. This state would open up my intuitive aspect and I might get some new point or idea that could be added to my presentation to make it much more effective. I would also be rested with uninterrupted sleep and be able to make an effective presentation the next day as planned.

Spiritual awareness simply means to be able to open up your mind to intuitive inputs and creative inputs that are only available to your spirit.  You can learn to tap into your full intuitive and creative potential at will.  This has helped me to avoid taking hundreds of wrong paths and flawed decisions before zeroing in on the perfect decision or action plan.  Intuition paves the short cut for you, helping you select only the best of the opportunity and projects for you.  With my unlimited intuitive potential opened up, I am able to dramatically slow down on the action front while simultaneously being several folds more productive and effective than before.

This is made possible because I do not need to opt for trial and error to find which path or plan or project or opportunity is the best for me and what time frame is perfect for that plan or path.  There is no back tracking, covering up, correcting or regretting involved when your intuitive mind leads the way and logical mind follows.  Experiences of ecstasy, devotion, deep fulfilment, boundless joy and surrenderfulness which translates to unshakeable faith and confidence are only possible with spiritual awareness or Intuitive Mind Awareness.

You might have learnt about most of this and you might possess a good conceptual understanding of it. However this understanding itself may cause a block to actually experience your Awareness mind. 

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Author Recognition

Editorial Review of the book published in the March 2023 issue (page 44) of the Life Positive Print magazine.

Started writing articles on Elephant Journal

  1. How to be Present
  2. How can we train our minds to be positive.

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