Who is Shunyamurti?
Can the question really be answered? (For that matter, can it be answered for anyone?) There is a Buddhist doctrine of Two Truths, which states that we must distinguish the levels of relative truth from that of Absolute Truth. The word Shunya signifies the Absolute, while Murti signifies form, which pertains to the relative phenomenal plane. Our function is to integrate both in ultimate non-duality.
In the Absolute sense, Shunya is not a person at all. The energies and the teachings of Sat Yoga emerge from the contemplative Silence of the Absolute. But the dialogues and Dharma combat, the individual sessions and the listening skills, are a form of play in which the relative and the Absolute are intertwined. This is the essence of spiritual teaching.
A lifetime of integrating the paths of East and West
Shunyamurti’s background includes doctorates in psychology and law; advanced work in Jungian and Lacanian analysis; decades of practice as a healer; ten years as a monk; deep and extensive entheogenic shamanic practice; profound realization of non-duality; a lifetime of integrating the paths of East and West, to unravel the knots in postmodern consciousness.
Before moving to Costa Rica, Shunyamurti maintained a flourishing private practice as a transformational healer in California for over twenty years, integrating the healing power of psychoanalysis, Jungian dreamwork, and other modes of therapeutic action with kundalini energy transmission.
Advocate for Truth:
From Common Law to Karmic Law and Cosmic Law
Shunyamurti has been an attorney at law and a political scientist, who worked within the structure of the establishment. During that time it became clear to him that changing the trajectory of history could not be done through the system, but rather it required a quantum leap of human consciousness. He realized that humans must evolve beyond ego and return to our Real Being.
Formal Yogic Training
Shunyamurti had made contact with the power of Yoga in his youth, and developed his own form of meditation combined with writing poetry. But in his college years, he began a long apprenticeship in both martial arts and formal Yogic training, including five years of intensive practice under the direction of Baba Hari Dass. This was followed by ten years spent in a Raja Yoga monastic order in India. While at the ashram, he was often asked for counsel from other students, and he came to understand that the western mind is too fragmented and complex to be able to benefit from the austere and simple Eastern approach to meditation and ego transcendence. Recognizing that a more integral approach must be developed, he returned to the U.S. to study psychology and to discover what other modalities of transformation were available. He became an adept therapist and shaman, able to work with both normal psychological conditions and in paranormal realms of consciousness.
A Journey of Self-realization
His profound path of training included deep study of nearly every advanced esoteric tradition. He also studied logic, semiotics, and sciences such as quantum physics and complexity theory, which further support his realization of nonduality. Shunyamurti is thus uniquely qualified to guide seekers through the process of inner purification and, beyond the event horizon of the ego mind, to realization of the Absolute.
Shunyamurti recognized this goal as the original intention of Yoga, and he reconstituted Yoga on a foundation both relevant and coherent to postmodern rationality. This approach came to be called Sat Yoga (meaning union with the Ground of Being), and he has delved ever deeper into the essence of Mind, while serving as a healer and teacher, a remover of obstacles for those on the spiritual path.
Responding with Love & Power to a world in chaos
In 2001, on September 11, while hiking in the French Alps, Shunya was told about the World Trade Center attack. He recognized the historic significance of the event, and sat on a promontory to meditate. He entered into deep samadhi, receiving a call to build an ark to survive the cataclysms of a world descending into chaos. He foresaw the urgent necessity for humanity to create self-sustaining, creative, yogic eco-communities that could serve as a refuge and as a transitional medium to bring people from the current mode of ego-consciousness to Self-realization. He intuited that Costa Rica would become a major center of the new global culture of peace and spiritual renaissance. Thus was the Sat Yoga Institute conceived—and soon manifested.
A master teacher of the Heart
Shunyamurti speaks eloquently of deep Truth to open our hearts to divine love. His words integrate all aspects of life and every field of understanding, from quantum physics, complexity and chaos theory, dreamwork and psychoanalysis, to ancient Greek philosophy and forgotten teachings of little-known schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and the original forms of Yoga. He is an inspiring presence who guides us through the dark night of the soul to the supreme illumination.