My name is Hemal Trivedī and I am a lifelong student. I have dedicated my graduate and undergraduate studies to the fields of Indian Philosophy and Psychology.
I firmly believe that the philosophies of ancient India and modern psychology can intersect and greatly contribute to our psychological well-being. Most of my research is concerned with the topics of Yoga, the psychology of mind, Meditation (Mindfulness, Chanting), Self, Narrative Formation, Meaning Making and many other topics. I am particularly drawn to Sāṅkhya/Yoga philosophy which delineates the nature of the immaterial and material world and how the practitioner is required to engage his/her mind to achieve psychological and soteriological goals.
I greatly enjoy writing prose-poetry, spoken word and short stories. I am fascinated with self-study and introspection. Understanding oneself is a never ending process which yields great insight into our healthy and maladaptive behaviors. For this reason, I believe self-inquiry, asking “why”, and silence are powerful tools for self-knowledge.
Master’s of Arts in Religious Studies || University of Texas at Austin
Master’s of Arts in Religious Studies || Rutgers University
Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology || Rutgers University
Associates of Science in Biology || County College of Morris
Dr. Edwin Bryant || Professor of Indology || Rutgers University
Dr. Stephen Phillips || Professor of Indian Philosophy || University of Texas
Dr. Satyanārāyaṇa Dāsa || Professor of Sanskrit, Indian Philosophy and Guru || Jīva Institute
Dr. Rājarāo Baṇdāru || Professor of Engineering and Sanskrit