Yoga

Yoga, or the practice of union with the Divine, has been a part of me since 1994, when I met a devotee of Krishna at the University of Puerto Rico. Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of love and devotion to the Supreme Being, as espoused by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has had the strongest influence on my spiritual unfoldment.

I have also been influenced my Paramahamsa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, which I first read in 1994. More recently, I came across Scientific Healing Affirmations, and was blown away by the power and clarity of Paramahamsa Yogananda’s message.

In 2002, I became a certified yoga teacher (Yoga Siromani) at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Canada. I also practiced privately with the legendary Swami Buaji, and with Dharma Mittra. I have intermittently taught asanas and pranayama free of charge, but prefer to share the practice of bhakti yoga.

In 2006, as explained on the landing page, I became initiated in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of bhakti yoga. I’m known in those circles as Ananta Rama Dasa (or Anantaram das). During that trip, in addition to receiving the blessings of Srila Gurudeva Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja and of my most senior gurubhai, Srila Bhakti Vichar Bishnu Maharaja, I also received the blessings of Srila Haridas Sen Babaji Maharaja (Dandabhanga sadhu) and the head pujari of the Jagannatha Temple in Puri (who addressed me in Bengali). In 2014, I had the great fortune of meeting Pran Krishna Das Babaji Maharaja in Radha Kunda.

This introduction would not be complete without properly thanking the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), established by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  Watch this beautifully-crafted documentary to learn more about the work of this great spiritual teacher and his worldwide organization.

Here’s an article I wrote in May of 2008, explaining some philosophical issues pertaining to Vaishnavism. It’s more for the practitioner than for the casual reader.

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