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Aastha TV is India's No. 1 spiritual TV network, Established in 2000 it is owned by 'Aastha Broadcasting Network Ltd.', which is listed at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and has Santosh Kumar Jain and Prabhat Kumar Jain as its Directors. In 2005 the channel started the broadcast of "Aastha International through UK affiliate as it had done previously in the USA as a 24x7 service on the DTH platform of BSkyB in UK. and by 2006 it was reaching 160 countries around the world. Its programs feature spiritual discourses, socio-cultural ceremonies and religious events, accompanied by meditation techniques and devotional music. The core of its programming relies on discovery of holy places of pilgrimage, education on traditional festivals and vedic science, such as yoga, ayurveda, astrology, crystal therapy and aromatherapy.
Popular spiritual leaders on Aastha
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Jagadguru Sri Kripaluji Maharaj is the sole fifth Jagadguru of this age. He is a Jagadguru not by any right of inheritance to a monastic seat but by the virtue of his transcendental, spiritual merit and profound and prodigious authority over Holy Scriptures like the Vedas, the Upanishadas, the Puranas, the Gita, the Ramayan and the Ram Charit Manas. In this introductory brief, he would henceforth be referred to as 'Shri Maharajji', an epithet by which he is lovingly and popularly known.
It was on 14 January 1957 that the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD – an august and formidable body of five hundred scriptural scholars and each an expert of his own branch of study- decided to crown him with the hallowed title of 'Jagadguruttam', the best ever Jagadguru, after having heard him extensively for nine days on end. Just to put the record straight, it had so happened that some of the members of the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD along with their Vice-President Mahamahopadhyaya Pt. Shri Giridhar Sharma Chaturvedi got an opportunity to hear Shri Maharajji's enlightening, exhaustive and all-inclusive discourses rendered in indefectible classical Sanskrit earlier on in the "All India Conference of Bhakti Yoga philosophers' at Chitrakoot organised between 16 October 1955 and 31 October 1955. The conference was a learned gathering of philosophers, scholars, saints and spiritual aspirants from all over the country. Overwhelmed and deeply impressed like everybody, the members of the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD went back to Varanasi and narrated their astounding experience to the other members in lavish and exuberant terms of praise for Shri Maharajji. But being an august body of scholars and philosophers par-excellence themselves, they did not, initially, take their word for what they had said about hri Maharajji and resolved to hold a further scrutiny on him in theconference held at S Kanpur between 5 October 1956 and 19 October 1956. This time they commissioned their general secretary, Shatshastri Pt. Shri Raj Narayan Shukla to do the job. And to the shock of their surprise, he too reported back in the same tenor of unrestricted praise. So they thought of inviting Shri Maharajji to the forum of the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD at Varanasi, where they obviously intended to take a complete measure of his knowledge and authority.
Whenever the invitation was made out, Shri Maharajji gladly condescended to oblige them. The KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD heard Shri Maharajji's in-depth, duly illustrated and prolifically substantiated discourses on various scriptural issues to their heart's content and were fully convinced of his unusual perspicacity, scriptural insight, authority and transcending spiritual experiences. However hard they must have tried, they had not been able to find any room to contravene or contradict him on any doctrinal point. Eventually, they judged and regarded him 'the best ever Jagadguru' because he had deftly and with authority elucidated and thrown light upon the underlying unity and abiding harmony between the seemingly contradictory tenets found in different doctrines of Indian Philosophy. This was an unprecedented act of imparting a new perception and insight into the Holy Scriptures which had enthralled the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD and had filled them with awe of a kind. This made them unanimously agree to conferring yet another reverential title of 'Nikhil Darshan Samanyacharya' on him. It might be staggering to note that Shri Maharajji at that time was not even thirty five years of age and that he had never ever formally studied the scriptures nor philosophy. It is also worth the mention that during his sessions with the KAAHI VIDVAT PARISHAD, Shri Maharajji continued to draw out the knowledge stored within him stage by stage and the KASHI VIDVAT PARISHAD, as if in a bid to redeem themselves and compensate for the initial hesitation, continued to honour and designate him with title after title. They proclaimed him 'Ved Marg Pratishthapan Acharya,' ‘Bhakti-Yoga Rasavatar,' ‘Sanatan Vedic Dharma Sat Sampradaya Paramacharya' in addition to the titles already stated. The titles – 'Pad Vakya Praman Paravarin' and 'Anant Shri Vibhushit' were also conferred on him.
Swami Ramdev, an Indian, Hindu Swami teaches yoga, especially Asana and Pranayama, and healthy way of living. He is considered to be one of the popular yoga teachers, who focuses on spirituality and promotes holistic medicine, Ayurveda. He has been conducting Yoga Science Camps regularly within and outside India. Last year, Swami Ramdev spent almost a month in London teaching Asana and Pranayama.
Baba Ramdev was conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree by KIIT, Bhubaneswar, Orissa in January 2007, and Amity University in August 2010. ....
Swami Sukhabodhananda, a Swami who is known by his followers as the Chairman of Prasanna Trust, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, who runs a popular Life Program on Aastha Channel, that teaches people to be more positive about themselves, and their surrounding.
Swami Sukhabodhananda quotes not only Lord Krishna or Sankaracharya, but also Jiddu Krishnamurti, Osho and Ouspensky. His non-sectarian diversified approach attracts many non-traditional participants of personal growth workshops.
His teachings mostly concentrate on the five elements, that comprise different forms of energy: Air, Earth, Sky and Water. He preaches that The Mind is the most powerful of all energies and the least understood resource of the universe. He believes that it is only when we truly understand this energy and master it, can we really take control of our life and be content.
Smt. Jaya Row
The founder of Vedanta Vision, Smt. Jaya Row is dedicated to the promotion of Vedanta, the Indian philosophy and the oldest management school in the world.
Smt. Jaya Row has spent nearly 40 years researching and studying Vedanta. She has a first class academic record in Microbiology and has had an outstanding career in Management, which she quit to devote herself full-time to interpretation of Vedanta.
Vedanta is a science of living that empowers each individual to achieve success, happiness, growth and fulfilment. Smt. Row has worked on changing people's perception regarding Indian Scriptures, which had a reputation of being obsolete texts. She has revived it only to become a vibrant prescription for success, happiness and personal growth.
Pujya Deepakbhai Desai
Pujya Deepakbhai is one of the prominent Indian spiritual leaders, who has a satsang program on Aastha TV, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Born on 9 May 1953 in Morbi, Deepakbhai's calm and simple disposition was already evident from a very early age. He is the youngest of the five brothers and sisters. When still a child, his older brother took him to Dadashri and on 6 March 1971 Deepakibhai received the knowledge of the Self – Atmajnana from Dadashri. For someone who was already exhibiting somewhat ascetic tendencies, Deepakbhai now gained a tremendous impetus to self-learn, and attain the true goal of liberation.
He pursued his studies and attained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After launching his own business as a Consulting Engineer, he decided to join the spiritual path. Taking Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan's instructions sincerely, Pujya Deepakbhai immediately put it into practice. Within two to three years, his spiritual awareness soared to such astounding heights, that in 1977, Param Pujya Dadashri said of him,no one has attained such a level of awareness. This Deepak will become the jewel that adorns Lord Mahavir's teachings!".
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