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Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas was an Indian saint born in Bihar, India. His disciples include Anandi Ma and Omdasji Maharaj. He was Master of Kundalini Maha Yoga. Born in winter of 1878 in Durgadi, a village in Bihar, India, to Sampatti Devi Mishra and Ramdahin Mishra, he was named Kashinath after Lord Shiva. Prior to his birth, his mother had had a vision of Lord Krishna, regarded in India as an auspicious sign indicating the coming of a great being.
Kashinath was spiritually precocious from childhood. His family was pious and he learned to worship from a very young age. Often while the other children played, Kashinath meditated. At age seven, inspired by a deep inner longing, he ran away from home in search of the meaning of death. He was quickly found by his parents and sent to school. But at the age of thirteen, he again ran away from home for good to search for spiritual enlightenment.
Thereafter, for thirty years he traveled across India, often walking in remote and unsettled areas, where he sought and met saints and yogis living in seclusion, and learned whatever they would teach him. Thus, with his longing for spiritual knowledge he became adept at Mantra, Yantra, Hatha, Raja and Jnana yogic practices and philosophies. At the age of 27, Kashinath was given the spiritual name of Madhusudandas, upon taking vows of renunciation (sannyasa).
Although he had mastered many yogic paths and practiced intense austerities, he was unable to attain his ultimate goal of self-realization until he found his Satguru. Finally, that happened after thirty years of austerities and intense searching. In 1921, while he was practicing stringent austerities in a cave on Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, his Guru Shri Yogiraj Parameshwardas, a master of Kundalini yoga, came to him. Thereupon, Shri Parameshwardas bestowed Shaktipat initiation on Madhusudandas. Immediately he attained the highest state of samadhi and the ultimate goal of Self-realization the exalted state for which he had yearned since childhood.
He recounts that when he opened his eyes three days later, he beheld his Guru seated before him in the form of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman, was the quintessential devotee of Shri Rama embodying the highest level of bhakti (devotional love), jnana (knowledge of Reality), vairagya (renunciation or detachment) and seva (selfless service). And these Divine qualities of Lord Hanuman became the hallmarks of Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas.
Through the guidance of Shri Parameshwardas, Shri Madhusudandas became a master of Kundalini Maha Yoga, with the power to awaken the dormant Kundalini in spiritual aspirants, and to then guide their spiritual evolution from subtle levels. In recognition of this attainment, Shri Parameshwardas conferred on Shri Madhusudandas the honorary title “Dhyanyogi.” Thereafter, for many years Shri Dhyanyogi lived and carried on his work and teachings in a small ashram which he established in Bandhwad, in the Indian state of Gujarat.
In 1960, he began widespread public instruction in Kundalini Maha Yoga, conducting group meditations throughout India. For millennia Shaktipat had been an esoteric path to self-realization, not openly bestowed, or explicitly discussed in ancient Vedic scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita. Shri Dhyanyogi became one of the first teachers of this ancient tradition to openly work at a mass level by bestowing Shaktipat initiation on all who sought it from him.
Dhyanyogi displayed extraordinary physical prowess, emanated exceptional spiritual energy, and sometimes demonstrated what Westerners call “miracles”. Even after he became physically debilitated, he emanated an amazingly intense and extraordinary shakti energy field. Dhyanyogi was especially interested in scientifically demonstrating yogic powers of mantra and of mind. Accordingly, he presided over scientific demonstrations of how pulse and blood pressure readings of meditators could be influenced by his chanting of powerful Bija (seed) Mantras. Also, he demonstrated that he could at will increase or decrease his own blood pressure by his yogic powers. He was amongst the Indian yogis who first demonstrated to Westerners the power of yoga and meditation on the physical body.
After four years of tireless efforts in the US, Shri Dhyanyogi became extremely debilitated. In 1980, at age 102, he returned to India where he spent his remaining years in or near Ahmedabad, in Gujarat state. On August 29, 1994, the anniversary of Lord Krishna's birth, Shri Dhyanyogi left his physical body at age 116.