Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jai Parama-Guru!

Swami Kailashananda, also known as Yogi Gupta, was one of the very first Yoga Masters to bring Hatha Yoga to America. In 1954, he was invited to speak at a Health Convention in Chicago, and thereafter he began teaching in the U.S. Born in Kanpur in Northern India, he practiced law before renouncing all worldly ties and being ordained as a monk in Benares (in the Holy Order of Sanyasa) as Swami Kailashananda. He practiced yoga in the Himalaya Mountains until mastering 9 forms of Yoga; and he was an Acharya of the Yoga Vedanta Forest University. In 1952, he established the Kailashananda Mission Trust (including the Kailashananda Nature Cure Centre), in Rishikesh, India, which has been serving humanity continuously since that time.

He is the Guru of Sri Dharma Mittra.

He was an early proponent of a live diet.

He was a Master of Nine Main Forms of Yoga: Raja, Kundalini, Bhakti, Mantra, Tantra, Yantra, Jnana, Karma and Hatha Yoga.

He's the author of Yoga and Long Life and Yoga and Yogic Powers.

When I first saw his picture in one of those books, the heart melted. How could I not love him; he is my Guru's Guru.

He left his body last Friday.

In class last night, Dharma said that no one dies and that God is everything and everywhere.

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.

Read some of Yogi Gupta's writings, here.

Learn about Dharma's famous poster - a selfless gift to his beloved Guru - here and here.

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