Nithya Shanti is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, seminar leader and educator, committed to sharing practical wisdom teachings for happiness and enlightenment with people in a joyful and transformational way.
Blending a deep study of ancient teachings, along with a rich harvest of contemporary learnings, Nithya Shanti specializes in facilitating profound shifts in awareness for people to release limitations and awaken latent potentials for a balanced and fulfilling life.
An interest in inner growth and spirituality from an early age inspired him to study with many wise teachers and awakened masters. Not content with intellectual understanding alone, he began a daily practice of meditation at the age of sixteen and attended many meditation retreats.
Nithya Shanti completed an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and then worked in the corporate sector. Despite having a promising career, he was drawn to pursue his spiritual quest further. In 2002, he ordained as a Buddhist Monk.
After six years of living in forest meditation monasteries in Thailand, Sri Lanka and also various parts of India and the US, he was guided to live, learn and serve in broader ways than the traditional role of a monk permitted. With the blessings of his teachers he stepped out of the robes in early 2008 and now shares joyful teachings in Happiness Joyshops, youth programs, corporate trainings and meditation retreats around the world.
He has been invited to share his insights around the world by leading universities, corporate and non-governmental organizations, he has coached CEOs, senior government officials and school teachers, and taught these principles at international conferences such as TEDx and also in prisons.
Nithya Shanti’s aim is facilitating a paradigm shift from ‘seeking happiness’ to ‘spreading happiness’ through simple, joyful and practical teachings.
Inspired by her friends, my mother started a new tradition in our home last night. She invited the family of our maid Madina to come home for dinner. She had earlier sent dad and me off to buy all the groceries and special food was prepared for them. We all ate together and had a lovely conversation as well. It was also a humbling experience for me and made me realise anew what a privileged life we lead.