the Vashi yoga lineage timeline
Sri Bhagavan Vashi Baba, founded Hridaya Hermitage, a retreat dedicated to finding the true nature of a human being through Yoga, in 1989. Since then he never stopped to improving and increasing his awareness of life and how Humans could really express their true nature. After his enlightenment, in 1997, he became the current lineage holder of Vashi Yoga and Guru at Hridaya. Vashi Yoga literally means “union with the controller”, it is a shaivite yogic lineage which worships Lord Shiva, The Supreme Being, the first Yogi. In 1999 Sri Mirabai Ishwari joined him as his wife, together holding the Vashi Yoga lineage and Gurus to the aspirants living at the Hermitage.
Encounter with consciousness: guru Ramana Maharshi
Deeply moved by the state of the world, Sri Bhagavan VaShi Baba had an intense longing to find the answer to the proverbial questions that so many great beings had dedicated their lives to: What is our ultimate purpose as a Human Being?
Searching fervently through all the great religions and spiritual traditions his questions were not answered. Until he discovered the scientific path of Yoga and the holy men of India. Elated by the clarity and rationale of Yogic knowledge, he realized that to fully fathom a means of change in this world one would need to have an enlightened mind. VaShi Baba, then known as Bhagavan Das, discovered his Guru in the well known south indian sage and irrefutable holy man, Sri Ramana Maharishi. At the time he was searching relentlessly for his Guru, approaching countless saints and teachers full of devotion and sincerity, however, he was consistently denied. It was as if they all knew his higher calling and ultimate destination.
This led to a series of auspicious happenings that confirmed his fervent search for his Guru, leading him to the feet of Sri Ramana Maharishi. Also endearingly known as “Bhagavan”, Sri Ramana was known far and wide as a perfect expression of the Absolute. Quoted as “A sage among the masses in troubled times,” he spoke the simple yet profound message of inquiry into the nature of the Self, through the view of non-dual philosophy. Through direct mind to mind transmission Bhagavan received Guru Diksha from Ramana eventually leading him to a fully enlightened consciousness. Guided to Vashistas Gufa (cave) in India he there received the final instruction from Bhagavan known as Tivra Madhya Saktipata or "Supreme Medium Grace". A rare spiritual illumination and liberation transmitted directly from Shiva, without initiation or instruction from an exterior guru. Bhagavan entered the cave a disciple of Ramana and emerged from there a fully enlightened being, one with his master and the embodiment of Bhagavan (great lord or supreme being.)
An enlightened mind is the state of being in which one merges with that which is real and eternal, no longer blinded by the ego centered, delusional view of the world or nature of the mind. Recorded throughout history many Yogis, Sages, and Saints have sought and attained this divine state of mind, yet despite their intense efforts, none made any lasting impact influential enough to fully counteract the declining trajectory of the world caused by humanity. Often these great beings shunned or rejected family life and led reclusive lives to the point of negating the body, embracing the view that the world was not real and the only point of life was to be liberated from this samsara (world of suffering) of existence. This was however not the case with Bhagavans realization.
Encounter with life force: sat guru Sri Bhusunda
Bhusunda is the Sat Guru of Vashi Yoga lineage, the guru of our Guru, the fountain head of fulfillment, the One who gave our Guru the Mission of gather practitioner yogis around the emanation of the true nature of human being and to emanate it to benefit all beings. According to Bhusunda the essential key to Pranayama is a sense of devotion and fixed attention for the natural and effortless movement of Prana. Pranayama is the contemplation of Prana. In no way does he seek to alter or influence its natural movement, instead all breath regulation techniques are aimed at encouraging the remembrance and surrender to the natural flow of Prana. This contemplation is ultimately the experience of identifying with the natural movement of Prana and Apana as the natural state of oneself, which is Bhusunda’s experience of immortal liberation.
The practice of Pranayama, in terms of breath regulation techniques, intends to increase a practitioner’s ability to identify and experience the flow of Prana. The greatest concentration of Prana exists within the air we breathe, however distinctly unique from the breath itself. Bhusunda describes the appearance of Prana as “ 1/1000th the width of a filament from a lotus stalk”, poetically referring to it subtle, nearly invisible nature. Since it is crucial to identify with the subtle form of Prana the techniques of Pranayama aim to regulate breathing by slowing down the rate of breath while expanding the volume of inhalation and exhalation. Through this process the natural flow of Prana and Apana are enhanced and become more evident to the practitioner. Increasing the experience of identification with Prana, which ultimately leads to a natural balancing, or union of Prana and Apana that prompts the amazing transmutation Bhusunda experiences.
Furthermore, it is through this contemplation of Prana that Bhusunda experiences an enhanced identification with infinite consciousness and the elements of matter essential to life. Unique to Bhusunda, is this concept of integrating the practice of intense focused attention on all the components that define Life, merging together the identification of Consciousness, Prana (Energy), and Matter (Elements) into a singular, inseparable discipline. Though humble, he makes it very clear that we all experience the fruits or burdens of our attention. He simply is what he puts his attention on and concludes that others become what they put their attention on.
As seen within procreation and all aspects of life the two principles of consciousness and energy together produce a third, what we commonly refer to as manifestation or elemental matter (Tattvas). These elements are constantly in motion as witnessed within the body and the known universe. The purification of these and their balance are crucial for the vitality, and longevity of any organism.
Encounter with matter: Sri Siddhanath
Bhagavan VaShi Baba, who was also a master Vaidya, highly skilled in the traditional Ayurvedic and Indian healing methods, knew that this elemental principle was key for the sustainability and enhancement of all life. On his first spiritual voyage to India in Tiruvanamalai at Ramana ashram Bhagavan met his Kaya Kalpa Guru, who initiated him into the secrets of the elements and Kaya Kalpa healing. Sri Siddhanath was at the time 89 years old though he looked no older than 35. This Diksha transmission would plant the seed for bodily transmutation attained through Yoga and what later would become the natural life style all members of Hridaya Hermitage follow, through guidance of Bhagavan Vashi Baba. Sri Siddhanath imparted to Bhagavan the secrets of inner alchemy that had been used to perfect and enhance the bodies of great masters and to extend the life of saints and rulers in order to lengthen the quality and time of their lives.
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