Pune, India 09th February 2024: In an unprecedented international collaboration, Santulan Veda e.V., based in Munich, Germany, along with the Jnana Prabodhini Institute of Psychology (JPIP) in Pune, India, is thrilled to announce the launch of a pioneering research project. This ambitious study aims to rigorously test the effects of the SOM Program, a comprehensive wellness approach devised by the esteemed Shreeguru Dr. Balaji Tambe.
The SOM Program, standing for “Santulan Om Meditation”, is a holistic practice developed over four decades by Padmashree Dr. Balaji Tambe, a spiritual master and an expert in Ayurveda. It encompasses a series of methods including Mantras, Flame Gazing, SKY Yoga, Mudras, Relaxation with Music, and Deep Sleep Yoga Nidra technique, all designed to harmonize and enhance the inner self. Detailed in Dr. Tambe’s book, “Communication with the Self – The SOM Program,” the method has gained significant traction in Europe, with the German edition witnessing thousands of copies sold.
Objective of the Research Project
The research project spearheaded by Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology aims to scientifically evaluate the SOM Program’s impact on mental wellbeing, quality of life, and resilience. Additionally, by measuring tangible parameters such as blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, respiration, and blood sugar levels, the project seeks to validate the numerous positive testimonials received from global practitioners.
Importance and Scope
This Indo-German initiative will span 15-18 months, incorporating project coordinators and participants from both countries to ensure a comprehensive cross-cultural analysis. The study will feature experimental and control groups of 100 each in both India and Germany, exploring the universal applicability and impact of the SOM Program across diverse cultures and geographies.
Why the SOM Program?
Dr. Tambe’s vision extends beyond academic confines, aiming to instigate positive, creative change in individuals and societies at large. The SOM Program, with its accessible, scalable practices, presents an ideal subject for rigorous academic scrutiny.
The announcement about the launch was made at Patrakar Bhavan, Pune in the presence of Mr Sanjay Tambe – Chairman of Santulan Veda, Mr. Thomas Trinter – SOM Program Workshop Trainer and Ayurveda Physiotherapist, Ms. Anagha Lavlekar – Director of Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology, Ms Veena Tambe – Director at Balaji Tambe Foundation and Dr. Pranita Jagtap – Senior Researcher, Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology.
At the event, Sanjay Tambe, Chairman of Santulan Veda, reflected on his father’s legacy: “For over five decades, Shreeguru Dr. Balaji Tambe has been enriching lives with wisdom and practices aimed at fostering contentment, physical, and economic well-being—essentials that the entire world seeks. The SOM Program, a testament to his lifelong work, has been evolving for years. In alignment with his vision, we are committed to scientifically validating the program to share its profound benefits with a global audience.”