Raja Choudhury aims to disrupt human consciousness and awaken each of us to our true evolutionary potential using his deep knowledge of Kundalini Shakti, Tantra, and Kriya Yoga. In a personal quest of over 20 years, Raja has comparatively explored most of the great (and some unknown) wisdom traditions of the world and has experienced many teachings and transformative methodologies firsthand. He now wants to share this magical adventure and discoveries with everyone.
Raja’s own shift occurred in 2006 when he underwent a dramatic Kundalini awakening that rewired his system and opened up a new universe of potential. Raja initially started life as an architect from London’s Architectural Association and then went on to become a Webby-winning digital creative director in New York where this awakening occurred. Raja then created numerous documentary films on wisdom and consciousness, including Spirituality in the Modern World with Ken Wilber and Traleg Rinpoche; Yoga: Aligning to the Source; and acclaimed films on many great spiritual teachers. In 2014 he was awarded India’s prestigious National Film Award for his film, The Quantum Indians. He’s currently making a film for PBS on Swami Vivekananda called First Guru. Raja gave a TED talk on Indian Wisdom for Today’s World in 2012 and a TEDx talk in 2015 on yoga. His talks on Kundalini, Shiva, the Third Eye, and Meditation are very popular on YouTube.
In his own spiritual quest, he was initiated first into Kriya Yoga in 1998, and went on to take deep initiations into Raja Yoga, advanced Kriya Yoga, Trika, and then Sri Vidya from Guruji Amritananda of Devipuram. Raja sees life as one continuous quest for inner awakening and illumination and shares his adventures and discoveries with all.
Raja also practices Aikido and Qigong and is a passionate student of neuroscience, history, esoteric traditions, and the mind. His teachings and films are a syncretic blend of Eastern and Western ideas. In the past year, he has taught and initiated over 900 people into the magic of Kundalini awakening, the deeper truths of Tantra and he shares his Shakti energy with them and the world via the Internet. Raja lives with his wife, daughter and a cocker spaniel named Max in New Delhi.
Speaker and Teacher: Faculty on The Shift Network: 2018 - Present. TED@Bangalore speaker on “Indian Wisdom for Today’s World” | TEDx Walled City speaker on “Yoga 3.0” |Keynote at Porter Prize in Septemeber 2015 on "Rewiring the Brain" using mindfulness in front of 150 CEO's. Also taught the very popular Universal Quest Salons 2015 - Present at IIC to mainly young people (over 80 at a time) on Soma: The Psychedelic Origins of Religious Experience, Kundalini: Awakening the Shakti Within, The Art and Science of Meditation and The Third Eye: Awakening the Pineal Gland.
Filmmaker: I Believe on Dr. Karan Singh, Spirituality in the Modern World on Ken Wilber, The Modern Mystic on Sri M, The Quantum Indians on Saha, Bose and Raman – awarded the National Film Award of 2014, Yoga Aligning to the Source and the UN and India’s official film on Yoga for the first International Day of Yoga: Yoga Harmony with Nature. His new film scheduled for release via PBS WTTW Chicago in the US in 2017 is First Guru and tells the story of how Yoga and Vedanta first entered the American conversation with the arrival of Swami Vivekananda in 1893.
Digital Media: Raja’s websites and digital campaigns include the Webby Award winning sites and www.CBCWorldwide.com, and most recently AlchemistGroup.com, tGELF.org and the soon to be released TheShiftNetwork.com. Raja has organized events on Leadership (Life 2013 and 2014), Youth Empowerment (The Shift Series)
Architecture: Raja has been designing buildings, exhibition displays, multimedia installations and digital kiosk networks since 1993 - The VID Zone Music Network (London 1993), MeTV Network (London 1997), Fasttake Video Network (US Wide 1999), Coca-Cola Dilli Dil Se Network (Delhi 2009) and more.