Silence is a Source of Great Strength
Sensei Subramanyan is a master of Chinese internal art of Tai-Chi Chuan. Having practiced this art for almost three decades, Sensei Subramanyan is the senior most Tai-Chi master in the country. As a well traveled person around the world including China, the birth place of Tai-Chi Chuan, he came across many internal art masters who appeared very soft outside, but were incredibly strong internally, exhibiting fearlessness at the same time and above all perfectly healthy. According to Sensei Subramanyan, his Master Mr. Toyo Kobayashi, who lives in Germany, is a perfect embodiment of Tai-Chi Chuan.
Sensei Subramanyan advises that everyone should practice Tai-Chi Chuan and experience the magic of this incredible art. Nevertheless, he feels a master must have undergone the magical journey himself, before he can share it with others. Practice of Tai-Chi will give one the glimpses of higher consciousness. For this reason, it is better to learn Tai-Chi from someone who has not only mastered it physically, but who also is spiritually advanced. Besides being a master in Tai-Chi Chuan, Master Subramanyan is also a master of Pranayama (the art of yogic breathing) and Kundalini Yoga. Born in Sri Lanka to Indian Parents, Master Subramanyan presently resides in Bangalore with his family and travels extensively teaching this unique art.
Sensei Subramanyan began his Karate training in the year 1969 . Having started in Judo and Karate together, but more fascinated by the dynamic art of karate, he continued to train in this art of Karate to this day. Born in Srilanka for Indian parents, he came to India in the year 1968. According to him, since the time he set foot in this land of mystics, he has been always drawn to many mystics who thought him the true meaning of life . Along with Karate and the higher form of Yoga, Sensei Subramanyan, after his journey to Japan, was lucky enough to come across many internal arts masters. He still remembers that day… while he was attending a Gashku (Intensive Training Camp) near Mount Fujiyama, after the morning workout and while he was running along with others, he saw Kancho Kanazawa practicing Tai Chi; it looked as if he was floating in the air. This made him to enter into the Chinese internal art of Tai Chi & Qi Gong in 1982. Sensei Subramanyan feels that past karma brought him to this land of spiritual wisdom; to make him realize that he is just not this physical body. One day in the year 1987, at Rameshwaram, while he was having a dip in the Agni Thirtham, it happened to him – The whole world turned in to One , One entity, One indivisible certainty. He was everything. He was the sea, he was the sky… even though this was only for a fraction of a minute perhaps. Sensei Subramanyan is a Nana-Dan and the senior most Tai Chi Master in India, he teaches everyday and also trains everyday. He feels that you also learn by teaching; the reason for his gratefulness towards his students. Less wonder that some of them have been with him for more than 30 years. He recollects a mystic asking him whether by practicing these arts, can he heal a sick person or help an alcoholic let go of his habit. Sensei Subramanyan says, keeping this in mind, he is training everyday to develop this unseen energy which the Japanese call ‘K1’; the Chinese, “Qi,” and “Prana” in India.
As a thought, Tai-Chi Chuan emerged from a search for unified philosophy of life where the human mind was conceived to be of an unlimited dimension. Tai-Chi means ï¿½the ultimateï¿½; it means improving and progressing towards the unlimited. Tai-Chi is guided by the theory of opposites: the Yin & the Yang. According to Tai-Chi theory, the abilities of the human body can be developed beyond their commonly conceived potential. One reaches the ultimate level or progresses towards that direction by means of the balanced ladder and its natural motions, Yin - the negative power (yielding) and Yang - the positive power (action). Thus, it is the interplay of constructive and destructive forces that causes the essence of life to materialize, the material to manifest. And the spiraling movement of the forces seems endless.
Chinese call it 'Chi' & in Sanskrit it's called 'Prana', this intrinsic energy flows in & around us throughout our life. As long as this subtle energy is not stagnant and flowing through proper channels, we will remain healthy. To ensure this balanced flow of energy in the body, there are many methods. One of the most effective methods is Tai-Chi. This can be considered the Chinese way of Indian Kayakalpa - the age old secret of youthfulness & healthy long life. It is cultivating Chi in the human body, along with Yin and Yang that makes the art of Tai- Chi such a unique mental and physical system of discipline.
Our Taichi classes in India are practiced in Bangalore & Shimoga
Coversations with Sensei K.V Subramanyan
Yes, certainly we need Tai-Chi in today's world more than any other time. Look around you, people have either forgotten to relax or there is no time for such things. Everybody is in a hurry. Fast food, fast life, no time for relaxing. Somebody said "when I was a small boy I was dying to become big & go to college, and then when I joined college I was dying to get a job. When I got a job, I was dying to get married & have children. Then when I had children I was dying for them to grow up. When they grew up, I was dying to see them get married & have children. Now I have grand children and I am old & dying. Suddenly I realize that I have not lived at all" Most of us are like this man. Always living either in the past or a glorified past which we call the future. So where does Tai-Chi fit in & how can it help? When you perform Tai-Chi at least for a few seconds it makes you live at the present, which is the only reality. They say "tomorrow's work do it today & today's work do it now. This is fine, but not at the cost of your health. Your breadth in your chest, and tensed, with the blood pressure shooting up. This is where Tai-Chi helps. Along with Tai-Chi, when I conduct intensive training camps, I combine Zazen (sitting meditation) and Pranayama. After many years of teaching and practice I have come to realize that no one can teach meditation. Meditation has to happen on its own. A master can only prepare you for the meditation to happen. Tai-Chi is meditation in movement.
Ashtanga yoga, is divided into three potions. Bhahiranga yoga, Antaranga Yoga, and the last Antarathma Yoga. Tai-Chi can fit into the second, i.e. Antaranga Yoga. Moving slowly with awareness, hardly aware of your own breathingï¿½you are entirely transported to an other world. This is internal. In yoga you stretch & relax, in Tai Chi you relax & stretch. Since Tai Chi is a slow moving exercise you can perform it with your mind somewhere else. But then it is not Tai Chi. Correct Tai Chi is done with awareness, every moment is done with intention. When you move your body with slowness and the mind over it, then that movement has its own beauty, your breadth is calm & mind is at ease. To me, slowness makes this art a unique one. Such inner satisfaction which cannot be put into words.
Tangible benefits of Tai Chi practice can be first inner control. The feeling of living life more intenselyï¿½ good health. It can eliminate many nervous illnesses; Tai Chi is one of the best ways to control physical & mental activities. It is perfectly possible to accomplish enormous amount of work while still remaining in a with drawn state of mind. Only the unwise think that in a life every thing must be done fast. Tai Chi classics say "Once you learn Tai Chi you are reborn".
In the beginning you learn the internal art of Tai Chi from a master who has already mastered it. Then once you have learned it, you must practice it regularly, otherwise you will forget it. It is told most difficult thing in Tai Chi is to remember Tai Chi. Once you have learned the art, then you will do it in a slow rhythm without paying attention to your breathing (if you concentrate on your breathing the movements will be clumsy & the internal energy 'Chi' will be disturbed.) you will suddenly feel you are very light in the body. A very nice soothing feeling. Then more and more will start happening which you will feel only if you keep up your regular practice.
I, having spent many years with some great but very little publicly known masters, who could by a mere touch transport you to a higher state of consciousness. This has made me to realise that many of the internal arts, for instance like 'Chi Kung' has its base in india. Once when I was attending course in Kundalini Yoga, This master who has never been out of India showed certain movements which is very similar to Chi Kung. Now how did this master know this? This only shows that these internal arts have been existing for years and years in India and always kept well guarded secret. India's greatest contribution to the world is 'Dhyana'. And coming back to Tai-Chi Practice it is nothing but Dhyana in motion. Zen advocates mindful meditation and Taoisim again advocates similar methods of reaching higher state of consciousness. But ultimately it is all the same.