Pranav Ramanathan  •  Aug 1, 2013  •  3 min read

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We spent a lot of time developing the word Coacharya.

The word Coach means many things to many people. Given its sports origin, many people still consider coaching as a skill development process, much as this may make the coach blanch. Even with professional organizations, confusion reigns over the distinction between coaching, mentoring, consulting, counseling, and related disciplines. Distinctions continue to be made, often semantic, since many coachers still combine many of these approaches in their practice to ensure results.

To us at Coacharya, coaching has 3 key tenets:

  1. Mindless exploration of Self in relation to the Collective, and applying derived insights to enhance one’s joyful life
  2. A trusting, respectful and equal relationship that endures beyond the coaching journey, hopefully for life
  3. Non-dependence of client upon coaches during and after the coaching journey, leaving the client to say, ‘I did this all myself’, the ultimate compliment to the coach.

So, we borrow this term acharya from Sanskrit and add it to Coach to define ourself as Coacharya.

An Acharya in Sanskrit, and ancient Hindu learning, refers to a spatially inclined guide who walks with the learner, often for life. He awakens the inner intelligence of the learner, merely by questioning and exploring. In this sense, an acharya behaves more Socratic than the traditional mentor.

An Acharya reflects no knowledge, only wisdom. An Acharya learns constantly, and in that learning process works with others guiding their learning exploration.

Traditionally, an Acharya concerns himself with the inner awakening of the person he guides. As Coacharya, an acharya blending into a coach, we go further.

At Coacharya, we believe that all of can create our future. Our thoughts, Hindu scriptures proclaimed and Buddha echoed, create our future. What we conceive, we create. The future lies in our minds, and our minds alone.

This belief is the wisdom of the ancients and not original or unique. What stays unique and original with Coacharya stems from the simple yet intense mindless process we use with all our clients, and teach those who express interest.

We elaborate elsewhere on the fundamental concept that mindfulness, as understood my many people in the West, need not be restricted to the here and now, but can expand in time and space to what we call mindlessness. True awareness, mindlessness, integrates present with past and future, and the individual with the collective. It brings quantum science into spirituality, and both into daily living.

Mindlessness starts with the simplistic raisin in the mouth physical awareness, expanding to breath and body awareness, as in the practice of Zen and yoga. This awareness applies to the physical gross body, barely touching the mind. At the next level, mindlessness expands into the mind space, exploring emotions, relieving blocks through reliving, a process that can take a week or more of intense practice.  Further explored, awareness enters the cognitive space, where thoughts appear in seed form, at which point we can reformat them to what we desire. Finally, beyond the physical, emotional and cognitive spaces, awareness disengages from all these into a pure witnessing consciousness. At this stage, we become fully mindless. Hindu scriptures, such as Upanishads, describe these stages to learn.

Creating one’s future through the mindless awareness, while possible, requires mastery of the process and intense practice. In Sanskrit, we call this sadhana, an integration of learning, mastering, and sustaining practice with deep commitment and selfless interest. One cannot learn, let alone master such processes through best selling books and audiotapes, or two-day courses.

One needs the guidance of a Coacharya, and a life long commitment to practice.


Pranav Ramanathan


Pranav is an operating executive at Coacharya, a global leadership development firm, and Ellipsis, an award winning video production agency. An entrepreneur with 20-years of experience, he has deep expertise managing brand and product marketing services for companies in the technology, media and non-profit sectors. Pranav is an ICF-accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC).


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