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Yogiraj Siddhanath Gurunath

Everyone has heard of the Himalayas, some have even visited, but he's lived there. At 19, he left the wealth and comfort of his aristrocratic Gwalior family and went to the holy mountains in search for truth -- barefoot, without anything in his pockets.

Meditating 12-14 hours a day in the caves, he delved deep into the subtleties of his existence. His search brought him to the feet of many great masters like Ananda Moyee Ma, Swami Satyananda Giri and Shivabala Yogi, but it wasn't until he met his own master, Mahavatar Babaji, that he became Yogiraj Siddanath Gurunath.

Singing melodic verses without any musical accompaniment, speaking fluently in many languages, and being well versed in ancient scriptures, Yogiraj Gurunath has traveled the world as a teacher of Kriya Yoga, Hamsa Yoga and Surya Yoga and currently runs an ashram in India. He sums up his message in one beautiful sentence:

Humanity is my only religion, breath is my only prayer and consciousness is my only God.

On Wednesday, August 11th, we will have the privilege of hosting a revered sage, as Yogiraj Siddanath Gurunath shares mind-bending stories from his search for truth. This inspiring evening of meditation, dialogue and conversation is hosted in our home and there is no cost to attend; please RSVP for more details (sorry, we can only fit the first 80 folks!).

'The Final Straw' (a childhood experience)

"Once my grandfather bought me a watch which stopped after a few days. Thinking it to be dead, I gave it a ceremonial burial in the backyard and decided to set off for the Himalayas. I could see the idea of men dying, but to see a watch die was the final blow to my positive way of thinking. I thought to myself, this is the last straw. If living things die, it's O.K., but when dead things die, I'm through with life. A deep shadow was cast over my heart and I thought I should renounce like the Buddha or something; find ways to eternal peace and not feel so bad about things. So I decided to go to the Himalayas and do intense meditation and ask God what all this dying and stopping was about. I thought He was playing with us, bringing us birth, only to have us die about eighty years later. So how to overcome death and be immortal in God's Eternity became the quest of my way of thinking then."

'Mind Transformation'

As a leaking vessel never can fill
Waters of Life so pure and still
So distracted mind fails to retain
Wisdoms nectar in its brain

To ease disease of random mind
A suitable remedy we must find
A rhythmic breathing tension free
With absorption the sovereign key

'Storehouse of Giving'

"The person must put service before self. He must sacrifice his smaller pleasures to first serve the larger Self. Upon doing so, the spiritual aspirant begins to experience an indescribable joy flowering within himself. So engrossed in the sorrows of others is he that he forgets his own little sorrows. He becomes a storehouse of bliss, radiating to others. So absorbed is the servant of humanity in seeing to the needs of others that he forgets his own. He then is not in any need. He neither craves nor wants anything, becoming a fully satisfied storehouse of giving."

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