Birth and event at the time of birth
Gurudev was born in a village of Kanpur, in the state of Uttar
Pradesh, India. He was told later by his family members that
almost no sign of life was found in him at the time of his birth.
Just before he was to be declared dead, an old lady in the village
noticed some sign of life and thus his life was saved.
Now, he is
before us with his great spiritual accomplishments. He realized
the reasons of this strange condition after attainment of much
advanced stage of spirituality. During the period of extreme
'Sadhana' (Yog practice) he asked for the reasons to 'Prakriti
Devi' (a female deity who controls Apara Prakriti, which includes
14 lokas including the earth), whose description we frequently
find in his books. The answer that was given by the 'Prakriti
Devi' that before the birth, he had been in a very special state
called 'Prakritilayawastha', and he had taken birth from this
state, and hence the present birth happened to be his last birth.
As our Gurudev says, it is not necessary that all the yogis who
have their last birth, go through the similar condition at the
time of birth. However, one thing is similar in all such yogis
that their life is full of misery, and after going through a
extreme Sadhana they have to achieve 'Tattavagyan'- the ultimate
knowledge, the wisdom, and then only they are not compelled to
take any birth further.
Our Gurudev's life is not an exception to
this. Even before his birth, all the incidents he would be going
through, in the present life were put before his vision, and was
told, "You are going to reap the fruits of Yog, go and
destroy your rest Karma- by bearing them up." Gurudev says
that the life or lifestyle of such yogis is related to their
Karmas and work-outs. This is the reason that life of such yogis
is surrounded by odd circumstances and depravities. Normal men are
usually unable to perceive what actually they are.
Education and Interest in Yog
Gurudev went to a school in a nearby village.
He was a vivacious child at school,
and was good at studies. While he was in high school, he used to
read some spiritual books. He preferred to read them in solitude,
the reason being to save himself from father's scolding who never
wanted that his attention gets deviated from studies. One of these
books was 'SukSagar' authored by Maharshi Vayasa (who also authored the great epic Mahabharata and eighteen Puranas).
Later, he became interested in the Holy Bible, and he studied it in a
great depth. Though, he belonged to a well-to do family, his
education could not go much higher due to indifference of the
elders in the family.
After completing his education, he came to
Delhi for a job. At job, his supervisors were quite amazed at his
quick learning, and intelligence. The life was going as usual,
suddenly everything changed. He mentions in his book, one day he
asked for some book from his friend, just to spent his leisure
time. His friend gave him a book on Yog, which was in a torn
condition. The book was written in Hindi-"Kisi Ek Ki Sadhana Gatha" ("Saga
of Sadhana of some one"). He started reading it. After reading a
few pages, an interest grew in him. He continued reading it to
next 2-3 days, after the office schedule until he finished.
He further writes- "After reading the book, I asked to myself,
can I also do Yog? I sat for Dhayana in the way suggested at the
end of the book. I felt some kind of inner sensations in my body.
When the Dhayana was over, I was stunned - it was a forty minutes
whereas I imagined it to be just five minutes. After this
event, I never looked back in this path."
The author of that
book Maa "Om Malti Devi" became his Guru. In her guidance, he touched
the heights of Yog.
We can know the details of his Sadhana period
in his first two books-"Sahaj Dhyan Yog" and "Yog Kaise Karen-Ek
Yogo Ke Anubhav"(How to do Yog-Experiences of a Yogi). Later he
wrote another book -"Tattavagyana" after he attained a special
state called "Ritambhara Pragya". (According to Gurudev, the
state of "Ritambhara Pragya" can also be taken as attainment of
"Gyana", as after this, there is no any possibility of spiritual
downfall in Sadhana, no new karma can stick in Jiva-Chitta.
However, it may further take several years to get completely
devoid of one's rest Karma which is the attainment of perfection.)
While, writing these books, there was an inspiration of Great sage
Adi Shankaracharya- a great Yogi and the proposer of the
philshophy Non-duality. (Gurudev saw him several times in Yogic
vision, a description of it can be found in in his second
book-"Yog Kaise Karen-Ek Yogi Ke Anubhav" ) . While writing his
third book, Maharishi Patanjali was
available to help him, this is described in his third book. As
Gurudev told us, during his Sadhana period, he saw several other
Yogis in his (Yogic) Vision, with some of them he was related in
his previous births. He got various guidance from these Yogis.
During his life time till now, he has raised the Kundalini Power
of many Sadhakas. Gurudev beware us of the word Kundalini, which
is mostly misused now-a-days; there is hardly a person he found
who really had experienced it, though claimer are so many.
Gurudev still does his Sadhana.
extracts his time for spreading Yog, by guiding the Sadhakas, or
by writing books on Yog and sometimes answering to satisfy the
curiosities of general masses.
His books are available in his website and
various central libraries across India.
He will continue to spread Yog, until he chooses
to cut himself completely off the
society to complete his final Sadhana.