Swami Nardanand



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Fast Facts
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Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Siddha Maha Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
1958
Place of Birth: 
Uttar Pardesh, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Other Related Gurus: 
Swami Gangadhar Tirth, Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj, Yoganand Maharaj, Swami Vishnu Tirth, Swami Narayan Tirth Maharaj, Swami Shivom Tirth, Pandit Harbanse Lal Sharma, Deepak Yogi

Biography

Swami Nardanand was born in 1958 in a small farming village of Uttar Pradesh state in North India. As a specially gifted boy of 10, and with the blessings of his family, this eldest son moved to the banks of the Ganges at the holy city of Haridwar to attend gurukul, which is the ancient way of training in Sanskrit and spiritual matters.

When Swami Nardanand was graduated, he not only was the leading student of his class, but also was given a special award for his accomplishments and expertise, presented in person by the President of India.

At the age of 14, Swami Nardanand was initiated as a monk by his teacher, Paramahansa Lakshmananda, who now resides in the city of Vrindivan.

Later, Swami Nardanandji met and was initiated into the more esoteric spiritual teachings by his teacher, Swami Shivom Tirth, a widely recognized adept who is now in his 80’s and maintains silence in complete seclusion, no longer seeing anyone publicly.

In 1990, Swami Nardanand founded Siddha Ashram along the banks of the Shipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, one of the four major Kumbha Mela sites.

During the 2004 Kumbha Mela at Ujjain, Swami Nardanand was appointed as Mahamandaleshwara of Akhand Akhara.

Swami Nardanand teaches Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra in India, Europe, North America, and South America.

The Hiranyagarbha temple complex (with a parad lingam, a parad shriyantra and a dome-shaped meditation hall) is a unique structure built by swami Naradananda for the welfare of the world, paramartha. It is al multi-layered work of art, each aspect of which, on itself, is a radiant storehouse of divine power and rarely seen in this modern world. Even in older days they were cherished and highly venerated by the rishis because of their auspicious qualities. One can image the energy created when all these aspects are united, a creation never seen before.

Teachings

Shaktipat means “Descent of Energy”.

Shakti descends from Master (Guru) to Disciple (Sishya). This descending energy makes the inner Shakti (Chetna) of the disciple to be introverted. While extroverted, the same Shakti collects Samskars (Prasav Kriya) and when introverted it dissolves Samskars (Prati-Prasav Kriya). Untill all the Samskars are dissolved Shakti continue to work. Her kriyas don’t stop for a single moment. During this process she also purifies the body (Nadis in subtle body) and mind stuff. Shakti is omniscient and omnipotent. She chooses the best way for the cleansing. Her mysterious kriyas start from a gross level and becomes subtler as the cleansing becomes deeper.
The process of cleaning can be classified into four parts, each part pointing to a particular sect of Yoga. All Asan, Pranayam, Mudra fall in the sect of Hatha Yoga. The mantras chanted by the aspirant come under Mantra Yoga. Focusing the consciousness on a particular point (Chakra) comes under Laya Yoga. Finally knowing the self by dissolving the ignorance is called Raja Yoga. Due to combination of four sects of Yoga Shaktipat meditation is called Maha Yoga. All these sects of Yoga happen to the aspirant spontaneously, without any effort, so it is called Siddha Maha Yoga (Self-Performing Yoga).
When all the Samakrs are cleared off the aspirant becomes free from ignorance. He breaks the knot of illusion. He finds the knowledge of the true-self (Atmagyan). His mind floats in ecstasy. A never ending bliss starts to drench his heart. He becomes free from the sorrow of the cycle of death and birth.
As per scriptures all other types of Sadhna like Bhakti, Karma, Gyana, Tantra etc. only aim introverting Shakti in the aspirant. But these paths are lengthy and require continuous effort from the aspirant. Whereas the same can be easily achieved by the grace of Guru (Master) through Shaktipat.

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Shaktipat is the way of freedom, Shaktipat is freedom.

If the teacher in a spiritual practice gives lots of rules and regulations then their students are following the structure of that particular teacher's mind within that particular tradition. Then the students are following the conditioning of time and place. [We may well wonder, what is the relevance to us at this time and in this situation, in this very moment?]

Shaktipat is completely different, Shakti is free from concepts. When Shakti is awakened and She becomes our guide- always present, fresh, inspired. Shakti is all-powerful and omniscient thus she works within the structure of our own mind. She leads us to do, from within, exactly what is required for our awakening. Shakti gently awakens us to our natural state, free of conditioning.

Notes taken during satsang with Swami Nardanand (winter 2011)

Locations

Siddha Ashram
Type: 
Ashram
Details: 

Since summer 2011, Swami Nardanand is traveling around the world giving Shaktipat. Currently he is travelling to Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech. Hopefully US someday soon. He lives in Ujjain India Dec-March. All interested aspirants are welcome at his Siddha Ashram in Ujjain.

Address: 
Ujjain, MP , India