Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

Chopra Center Educator

Born in Liverpool, England, Roger Gabriel spent his formative years in the United Kingdom and first learned meditation there in the early 1970s. It instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

After moving to the U.S., Roger began studying Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health care. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars, and workshops; taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate; and helped to train hundreds of people to become teachers of meditation, Ayurveda, and yoga.

Roger has been blessed to meet and study with great teachers in India and the West, and he has traveled extensively in India. He incorporates much of what he has learned in his practices and teaching. In 2006, Roger received his spiritual name Raghavanand from Shree Satuwa Baba Maharaji of Varanasi, India.

As time permits, he involves himself with charity programs in India and takes like-minded seekers on tours to some of his favorite pilgrimage sites there. Roger currently serves as a member of the Chopra Center Certifications’ Advisory Board and is a Chopra Center–certified educator who teaches regularly at the Center’s workshops, seminars, and teacher training programs. He lives in Encinitas, California.

Articles by Roger Gabriel

The body can be its own best healer. Here are six techniques to help you heal with sound.Read More
New to meditation and unsure where to begin? Here is a quick overview of what it is, why it can be beneficial to incorporate into your life, and how to get started.Read More
The Purusharthas are the inherent values of the Universe. They include Artha (economic values), Kama (pleasure), Dharma (righteousness), and Moksha (liberation). Follow these tips that can help you along your journey through the Purusharthas.Read More
The change to a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and set the stage for your desires in the next year. Follow these suggestions to release the old and embrace the new.Read More
Mantras are sounds or vibrations that create a desired effect, such as healing, transformation, or self-awareness, to a specific area of your body and/or life. There are mantras for everything; here a few practical uses for you to try.Read More
How do you meditate? Do you reflect? Contemplate? Use a mantra? Don’t limit yourself. Learn about eight types of meditation and find the one—or ones—that work best for you.Read More
To be the Master of your own Self is to fully understand who you really are. Check out the steps you can take to unlock the full potential of your Self-Mastery.Read More
Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and meditation are vast subjects that can each take many years, if not a whole lifetime, to fully understand. However, when used together in a practice like Primordial Sound Meditation, they can have lasting healing benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.Read More
Forgiveness is an essential part of your spiritual growth and a necessary tool to cleanse karma. It is the key that unlocks the heart and the door to the body of love. Follow these steps to forgive, and show yourself grace in the process.Read More
An ashram is a sacred place that represents an opportunity to step away from worldly affairs and return to a simpler way of living. It’s a place to nourish your soul, deepen your spiritual practice, and awaken to your true Self. Find an opportunity to visit an ashram and discover your inner freedom.Read More
Your first visit to India will be a total sensory experience, with a plethora of sights, tastes, smells, and sounds. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.Read More
All suffering stems from these six illusions (or delusions) of life, according to Vedic Texts. Learn how you can move beyond the illusions and expand your view of reality.Read More
Rather than focusing on eliminating the ego, try these tips to help balance it so that it acts in harmony with all your other layers of life.Read More
If you feel restless or impatient during your meditation, you are not alone—many new meditators experience these feelings. Try these tips to manage your restlessness and impatience.Read More
Sacred rituals and ceremonies are typically not part of the modern world. Learn how to incorporate Vedic Rituals to bring intention and connection to your life.Read More
As you progress on your spiritual journey, sooner or later the question arises, “Do I need a Guru or can I do it alone?” Learn what to look for in a Guru on your path toward Self Realization.Read More
When sharing your spiritual journey with others, you may come across some challenges—what to say, how to say it, and even how much to say. Here are some tips to help you interest others in your practice.Read More
The festivals of India are times to celebrate and bring people of different traditions together. Here is a look at the main festivals, and some ways in which you can enjoy them from afar.Read More
Whether your motives for practicing meditation are personal or more altruistic, the effects for the people around you will be the same: everyone benefits! Read how you can help serve the world around you through meditation.Read More
Vedanta offers us four paths of yoga to help us rediscover who we are and return to a life of joy, bliss, and freedom. Read how you can incorporate each of the paths into your life.Read More
You may chant “OM” in your yoga or meditation class, but do you really know what it means? Learn how the sound of OM weaves into your daily life, and how it relates to spiritual growth.Read More
Having expectations during meditation introduces effort and will keep the mind at a superficial level. Letting go of expectations is the doorway to profound experiences—here's how.Read More
Vedanta is part of an ancient tradition. However, its principles are still relevant in today's world and can lead you in the direction of happiness, harmony, and, ultimately, the knowledge of who you are. Learn how to apply Vedanta principles to your life.Read More
Everything in the universe is connected. We are all one. But our daily habits can separate us from oneness. Follow these steps to achieve oneness.Read More
We often hear the word Vedanta in yoga classes, meditation groups, and spiritual gatherings. What is Vedanta, and where does it come from? Here's a breakdown of the term and why it matters.Read More
Unless you are a highly evolved, enlightened being, Karma affects your life in every way—Karma dictates the direction of your life and your experiences. Here are eight practices that can help you live the life you choose with Karma on your side.Read More
In our pursuit of perfection, we often suffer unnecessarily. Perfection is a state of awareness; it's not found in things. Here are some tips to release the need to strive for perfection, and discover the perfection already within.Read More
When you decide to let go of ego and embrace a spiritual life, the rewards are abundant. Learn to open your heart and open yourself to this way of life. Here's how.Read More
Tune yourself to vibrations of health, happiness, and unity. Follow this guide to learn about the many ways sound can help you heal and transform.Read More

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