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During the twenty-eighth Dwapar age when Dwaipayan, son of Parasar, will be Vyas and Lord Vishnu shall incarnate as Lord Krishna, son of Vasudeva, I too shall incarnate in the body of a celibate and shall be known as Lakulish. The place of my incarnation shall be siddhakshetra and it shall be renowned among men till the earth shall last. (Shiv Puran, Shatrudra Samhita, 5:43-50). This prophesy came to pass nearly 4500 years ago, when Lord Lakulish appeared on earth at Kayavarohan, a well-known holy pilgrimage center in western India. He preached the principles of Sanatan Dharma and the spiritual science of Divine Yoga. His spiritual tradition flourished for nearly 3000 years. In 1913 Lord Lakulish reappeared and gave spiritual initiation to Swami Pranavanandji, and thus once again revived his spiritual tradition. Swami Pranavandjii, the second spiritual head of the lineage, achieved significant yogic attainments through intense secluded sadhana, even conquering hunger and thirst. At the very instant of the death of Pranavanandaji, Lord Lakulish merged into his body and assumed its identity for the purpose of initiating a young man who would subsequently become the third spiritual head of the lineage. That 19 year old youth was destined to become Swami Kripalvanandji (later to be lovingly called Bapuji by his disciples). Bapuji had the great fortune to spend 15 months with his Guru, Swami Pranavanandji, but he did not discover his Guru s true identity as Lord Lakulish, the 28th incarnation of Lord Shiva, until some 23 years later, by a divine incident that occurred in 1955, according to destiny. During the months he spent with his Guru, he witnessed many miraculous events, but Pranavanandji had told his young disciple that he should neither speak about him nor write his biography until he, Bapuji, attained nirbij samadhi. At the same time he gave bapuji permission to share these experiences in the future with his favourite disciple. In 1971, Swami Kripalvanandji ( Bapuji) initiated Swami Rajarshi Muniji as his prime disciple and passed on to him the secrets of Divine Yoga. While teaching Rajarshi yoga and the deep mysteries contained in certain scriptural passagages, Bapuji would often talk to him of Dadaji s (Swami Pranavanandji s) extraordinary character. But Bapuji specified that Rajarshi not make the stories public, according to Dadaji s instructions, until he, Bapuji, attained Nirbij samadhi. After Bapuji left his mortal body towards the end of 1981, Rajarshi Muni was in mental strife over whether he should make the episodes from Dadaji s divine life public. His thoughts were that it would not be proper of him to hold back the treasure of these valuable incidents from others and that if he were to die suddenly, this precious collection would vanish with him. Subsequently Swami Rajarshi Muni, the present spiritual head of the lineage, narrated the story of the extraordinary spiritual tradition of Lord Lakulish in modern times in a 1989 published book entitled Mari Guruparampara (My Spiritual Lineage). It tells the story of Bapuji from his birth to his Maha-Samadhi in 1981 and includes greater detail about Bapuji s Guru, Swami Pranavananji, than had hitherto been made public. The English translation of this book, Infinite Grace, its first English edition, was published in 2002. The reader will not want to put this book down, once started.

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SWAMI RAJARSHI MUNI Swami Rajarshi Muni was born in 1931 in the lineage of the Jadeja rulers of the former State of Kutchh in Gujarat, India. He briefly served in several Governmental roles before he renounced the world and received sannyas from his guru, Swami Kripalvanda. He has pursued the study and practice of Yoga since early youth, and has been engaged almost exclusively in secluded Yoga sadhana for at least ten hours a day since he received sannyas initiation in 1971. For many years Muniji has undertaken intense research in the Vedic Scriptures and the associated literature of ancient times. He is a Sanskrit scholar and a profound philosopher who has written many books, most of which are published in Gujarati, his native language. Until recently only a few of these works have been translated into English. Thus relatively few readers in the western world have had the opportunity to engage his extraordinary mind and appreciate the depth of his philosophical insight. More importantly, Muniji is a highly advanced yogi who for the past thirty-five years has successfully engaged in the most intense and demanding sadhana (spiritual practice). In this way, his vast practical experience in the pursuit of Divine Yoga matches his grasp of the fundamentals of the philosophy and science of Yoga. In 1993 he emerged from secluded sadhana in response to a spiritual calling to undertake certain works for the advancement of the public good. At this time he set out to propagate the moral, ethical and spiritual values of the sanatan dharma as well as the knowledge of true Yoga. These goals are central to the mission of the Lakulish spiritual lineage, of which he is currently the spiritual head. His efforts to accomplish these goals have led to the establishment of the Life Mission, a world-wide organization that serves as a vehicle to spread the knowledge and practice of both Yoga and the sanatan dharma. He has also created a major new pilgrimage center in western India. Finally, he has increased the vast library of his published works to nearly 100 titles in four different languages, including ten books in English. These unique works on Yoga and the spiritual and cultural heritage of India are unlike anything that has been seen in the modern world in that they are both supremely profound and eminently practical. His work in the world duly completed, he reverted to secluded sadhana once again in February 2007. Swami Rajarshi Muni is an advanced yogi, a realized Master in the classic mould of Indian adepts: a knower of the Kundalini and master of khechari mudra. He is a gift to the world from the eternal culture that since ancient times has shared the gentle light of Brahmavidya, the knowledge of God.

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This book describes the quest of Yoga by Swami Kripalvanandji. If I were to describe the book in one word, it would be - Impressive! The book tells you about the magical experiences of Swami Kripalvanandji (referred to in this book as Bapuji) and Lord Lakulish (referred to as Dadaji). There is a vivid description of what Kripalvanandji went through as he visits many places with Lord Lakulish: Bombay, Vrindavan, Mathura, etc. His plight as a young yoga student is very evident. As a 19-year-old going through various conditions, it must have been torturous! The book describes the emotions of the young Swami Kripalvanandji and how close he was to his guru, how the guru recognizes him as a future top rated Yogi and guides him through his conquest. The author describes how long it took Swami Kripalvanandji to get to an advanced yogi state. The author does say that it takes many lifetimes' work to be in a state of a higher yoga. The book also talks about various states of Yoga as his disciple Swami Rajarshi Muni goes through it. That gives a perspective to an uninitiated one about the path of Hath Yoga. The book also describes what the Divine Body is and how it is formed, although not in as much detail as the book Divine body through Yoga(Same author). The book is well written, especially considering that it was originally written in an Indian language and then translated to English. It is an easy read until you reach towards the end where there are letters exchanged between the guru and disciple (the author). Apart from that, it is very hard to put the book down! If you are looking for what Yoga is and how to do it, this is not the book. For that look for the excellent book, Classical Hath Yoga, a book well organized with tremendous wealth of information in it. As an aside, I visited the temple of Lord Lakulish at Kayavarohan when visiting India in December 2007 and it did allow me to visualize what the author describes about the temple construction. Both the temple and the idol are impressive. The Yoga Institute is located on the same grounds and does have favorable timings for Yoga. --G Man Yogi, Amazon.Com, October 20, 2008

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