Kundalini Yoga with Bijay J Anand

How Kundalini Yoga got me sucked back into acting after 17 years

Bijay J Anand,



Twenty years ago, a very prominent director from India – Ravi Chopra – walked into a meeting that was being held for the final casting of his new project, Ramayan. As soon as he walked into the room full of around 25 of his team members, even before he had sat down, he said, “put Bijay’s name down for Laxman.”

The entire room reeled in shock. For two very good reasons. First of all, how do you cast Laxman, who is Rama’s brother, BEFORE you cast Rama himself? Secondly, they had collated hundreds of options to be discussed and deliberated upon for each character, so why cast someone arbitrarily?

Ravi Chopra had a one-line answer to all of their salvos, which shut them up in a hurry, and, I quote, “are you guys mad? Have you ever, ever in your entire life seen anyone as hot-tempered and aggressive as Bijay? Now just do as I say and put his name down. End of discussion.”


Why I don’t believe in astrology, numerology and Vastu anymore

Bijay J Anand,

Why I don’t believe in astrology, numerology, Vastu and Feng-Shui anymore

There was a time, not very long ago, when I had a team of ‘advisors’.
One was a Vastu consultant, another was a Feng-Shui expert and the third was an astrologer.

Which direction I faced when I was sitting to make important decisions, what would be the prescribed direction of the door to my house, the direction of my bed, and matters like where the money of the house should be kept – all of these decisions were made only after consulting my Feng-Shui consultant.
Interestingly, a Vastu consultant also was used for a ‘second opinion’.

And then there was the astrologer. Charts were read and re-read. Predictions were made. Prayers, poojas and havans were done to appease the right kind of planets. Charity was offered on the right days. New cars were booked only on auspicious days and then brought into the house only on other auspicious days. New business ventures were launched at auspicious times. In fact, most important life events had a correct time, one that was suggested by the astrologer.

And then Kundalini Yoga happened to me.

Overnight, my perspectives changed, and I realized one critically important aspect of life, which I would like to share with you.