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Core Team

With 7+ faculty members, and several supporting resource people



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



Divyanshi Chugh is the Founder and Chief Executive of Purnam Centre for IntegralityAuroville - a UNESCO-recognised international city-in-the-making with an intention of "realising human unity".  She designs and facilitates transformative experiential courses for adults based on the integral yoga psychology of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, yogis and seers. She has developed 30+ transformative courses so far and built an active community of more than 1000 student-practitioners. Some of the well-known courses developed by her are SvadhyayaSwadharma Online, and Savitri Painting.

She also coaches student practitioners and co-facilitators to design and facilitate practice-orientated community-based transformative courses, through the Purnam Labs Platform. Divyanshi is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Lady Shri Ram College (University of Delhi). She loves to write poetry, dance, create meditative interior decor, and coach seekers. She is passionate about India's spiritual gift to the world, and through her work, she envisions reviving the spiritual lustre in all aspects of life. 



Surya Ravishankaran, 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 Dubey 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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Smrati Humar, by profession, 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. 

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