Core Team

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With 10+ supporting faculty members



Manoj Pavithran, founder of the Swadharma course, is an integral yoga practitioner and educator living in Auroville since 1995. He has been following Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga psychology and its transformational practices since 1989. He is a co-founder of the Purnam Centre for Integrality in Auroville, where he offers transformative educational courses ( He has also made a film series called Evolution Fast-forward presenting the vision and work of Sri Aurobindo which can be found at He has authored a book - Pilgrims of the Infinite - in poetic prose capturing the essence of inner transformation



Co-Founder and Executive of Purnam Centre for Integrality, Auroville, Divyanshi is passionate about evolution of consciousness, building transformational learning communities, experiences and courses.


She has developed and facilitated several cohort-based transformative online courses, including Swadharma, Svadhyaya and Savitri Painting. She is also the leader of the Purnam Community, with its 450+ alumni and 20+ learning labs and practice groups.


She has Masters in Social Policy from University of Oxford and a Bachelors (Hons) in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, apart from having studied intensely Integral Psychology for a year at Indian Psychology Institute.



Surya, a Swadharma Alumni, is a Lead Facilitator and Head Designer at Purnam. Three years ago, Surya quit his job in the corporate world in pursuit of his inner calling, came to Auroville to participate in Purnam's Swadharma course, and ended up joining Purnam. At Purnam, he has grown exponentially in capacity and within through facilitating groups. He thoroughly enjoys learning through action and holding spaces for the community with love. He is actively involved in video editing, graphic design and content writing. Surya also has a deep love for music and plays the guitar and sings as well.

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Palak is a Lead Facilitator and Operations Manager at Purnam. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer, currently working with a US-based consulting firm as a Business Associate Consultant. She aspires to live the groundbreaking vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in day to day life. She participated in Purnam's course Svadhyaya two years ago, therefrom she has been an active part of transformational community-building.

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Niharika Sanyal is a Soul Purpose Guide™. Her work serves people who are longing for more meaning in their lives. Formerly an architect, her inner quest was catalysed by encountering Auroville, following which she spent ten years on a largely solitary purpose-seeking journey. Realising, in the process, how little support there is for people to find their true calling, she now finds deep joy in guiding people to align their lives with their souls. As a Soul Purpose Guide™, Associate Director & Senior Mentor at Purpose Guides Institute (USA), and Soul Plan Practitioner, she has deeply guided 100+ people on journeys to find their soul purpose and mentored Purpose Guides™ to support other seekers. Niharika graduated from Harvard with an Ed.M in Human Development & Psychology.

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By profession, Smrati was a software engineer for the last 9 years. During Swadharma course with Purnam,  she discovered that bringing joy & health through food is her soul's true calling. This Journey got deepened and became sacred when I connected with the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo during Svadhayaya and Savitri Painting. Since then, she is on a beautiful journey, co-traveling with fellow seekers who want to learn spirituality experientially and live life from their deeper souls.