P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's simple, pure love and devotion to the welfare of mankind changed the hearts and the lives of the thousands of people he touched.
P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas was a great saint, whose search for spiritual enlightenment took place during another era, in an India that no longer exists. He walked barefoot across India in the 1890's and early 1900's, through what were then jungles but are now cleared and settled lands, meeting saints who lived in seclusion, completely detached from the mundane world.
Born in Bihar, India, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi was a very spiritual child. Prior to his birth, his mother had had a vision of Lord Krishna indicating the coming of a great being. His spiritual quest began in earnest at age 7, when he left home in search of God. Although he was quickly found by his parents, he left home again for good at age 13.
The next 30 years were spent traveling all over India learning whatever the saints and yogis would teach him. He mastered Mantra, Yantra, Hatha, Raja and Jnana Yogas, and became adept at yogic philosophies and scriptures. Yet after 30 years of austerities and intense searching, he still had not attained his highest goal, the ultimate encounter with God. Finally, in 1921, on Mt. Abu, he came into the presence of his final teacher, a great master named Shri Yogiraj Parameshwardas, who gave him Shaktipat initiation. He immediately went into the highest state of samadhi and attained the ultimate goal of God realization. He remained in that condition for three days.
P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi was a unique being. As a result of his own search, and more specifically, through the grace and guidance of Shri Parameshwardas, he became a master of Kundalini Maha Yoga, with the power to awaken the dormant Kundalini in spiritual aspirants.
For many years, he lived in a small ashram in Bandhwad, in the Indian state of Gujarat, where he carried on his work and teachings. In 1960, he was inspired to begin public instruction in Kundalini Maha Yoga and to conduct group meditation programs throughout India. In doing so, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi became the first teacher in the entire history of this multi-thousand year lineage to come out into the open and work at a mass level to raise humanity's consciousness.
In 1976, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi came to America as part of his worldwide mission to help spiritual seekers. During his four years here, he established local groups from coast to coast and initiated thousands into the path of Kundalini Maha Yoga. He returned to India in 1980 and spent his remaining years in residence in Ahmedabad, India. To his students' great sorrow, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi consciously left his physical body after 116 years, entering Maha-samadhi on August 29, 1994, the anniversary of Lord Krishna's birth.
P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's simple, pure love and devotion to the welfare of mankind changed the hearts and the lives of the thousands of people he touched. Today, his energy continues to work at the subtle level and through his spiritual heir, P.P. Shri Anandi Ma.
P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi said that P.P. Shri Anandi Ma was the most spiritually advanced person, for her age, he had ever met.
P.P. Shri Anandi Ma is P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's spiritual heir and was known for many years as Asha Ma or Ashadevi. In January 1993, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi gave her the spiritual name, Anandi Ma, which means, "One who is in Bliss and keeps others in Bliss." Her early years passed in a quiet and uneventful manner, in an environment rich with spiritual practice and energy. One day in 1972, at the age of fourteen, she spontaneously entered a very deep, meditative state. In her own words, she saw "the light of a million suns," and in the same moment, had a vision of the Divine Mother, and merged with Her.
P.P. Shri Anandi Ma's father went to P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi and asked him to come, meet her, and provide guidance and assistance. P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi went to their home and woke her. Later that day he asked her to describe her vision of the Divine Mother. "Did you see her as a picture, a statue, a living being?" P.P. Shri Anandi Ma answered, "Just as I see you now." Later that day, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi said that P.P. Shri Anandi Ma was the most spiritually advanced person, for her age, he had ever met. With her parents' consent, she left home shortly after receiving Shaktipat to stay permanently with P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi.
He took her under his wing and trained her to control and radiate her energies for the welfare of humanity, especially by giving Shaktipat. He said, "I have been asked by my Guru to hand over the powers of this lineage to her," and put aside all his major activities to work almost exclusively with her, day and night, for four years. During this period P.P. Shri Anandi Ma would enter profound states of meditation for hours or days at a time. From the beginning, P.P. Shri Anandi Ma worked alongside P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi wherever he traveled, and accompanied him when he came to America in 1976. When P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi returned to India in 1980, he told P.P. Shri Anandi Ma and P.P. Shri Dileepji to marry and continue his work together.
Today, P.P. Shri Anandi Ma and P.P. Shri Dileepji travel extensively in India, the United States and Europe, conducting meditation programs and yoga retreats. They provide spiritual guidance and Shaktipat initiation to sincere seekers. As part of her role as P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's spiritual heir, P.P. Shri Anandi Ma has also assumed the responsibility for continuing the humanitarian works begun during P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's lifetime. These include operating a hospital, sponsoring eye surgery camps, and providing food for the poor. In all these works, she continues to spread the love and light of her lineage and of her beloved sadaguru, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas.
...some disciples visiting in India asked, "What is the nature of the energy that flows through P.P. Shri Dileepji?" P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's answer was simple: "Mine."
P.P. Shri Dileepji, like P.P. Shri Anandi Ma, has been P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's student since his early teens. Over 30 years ago, P.P. Shri Dileepji's father, one of P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's greatest devotees, told his teacher, "I have five sons. I would like to give you one to do your work." P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi responded, "When the time comes, I will take P.P. Shri Dileepji."
It was P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's deep love and compassion for humanity that touched and inspired the young P.P. Shri Dileepji. Throughout his years of schooling, P.P. Shri Dileepji spent as much time as possible with P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi, growing up with him, accompanying him in his travels, and absorbing P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's nature and temperament. With P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's guidance and blessings, P.P. Shri Dileepji performed intense spiritual practices, mastered many yogic disciplines, and became one of P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's most advanced disciples.
P.P. Shri Dileepji is empowered by P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi to perform Shaktipat initiation.
After completing his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in India, P.P. Shri Dileepji came to the U.S. in 1974 to obtain a degree in Microbiology. At that time, P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi told him, "You go and I will come later."
Previously known as Deepakji, in 1993 P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi gave him the spiritual name, P.P. Shri Dileepji, which means, "One who wins the hearts of others." At that same time, some disciples visiting in India asked, "What is the nature of the energy that flows through P.P. Shri Dileepji?" P.P. Shri Dhyanyogi's answer was simple: "Mine."