Shunyamurti

Biography

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 Time of Accelerated Growth

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.

Shunyamurti connects always with the resonant presence of Sri Ramana Maharshi as his closest teacher, for whom he feels the deepest reverence.

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Brahmachari:

One whose consciousness has merged with Brahman, the Absolute, and thus has been liberated from all desire, fear, attachment, and material frames of reference. Thus, a Brahmachari naturally lives a life of celibacy, simplicity, and inner solitude.

Satsang:

Meditative meetings in which the highest teachings are shared. Shunyamurti also offers guidance during questions and answers to resolve the most difficult and delicate matters of the heart.

Teleological:

Information, energy, or nonlinear change that occurs as the effect of events that take place in the future and alter the past, which is perceived in the present as non-ordinary phenomena, synchronicities, unpredictable emergent properties or other notable explicate arisings. The source of such forces may also lie beyond chronological time, in higher dimensions of the Real.

The process of non-process:

Since awakening is instantaneous, along with the recognition that one was never really in the dream, but enjoying the creation of the dream, it must be understood that making awakening into a process can only be part of the dream, and has nothing to do with Awakening itself.

The Real:

When we speak of the Real, unless otherwise qualified, we mean the Supreme Real. The Supreme Real does not appear. Appearance is not Real. All that appears is empty of true existence. There are no real things. All that is phenomenal is temporary, dependent, and reducible to a wave function of consciousness. The world does not exist independent of consciousness. There is no matter or material world. All is made of consciousness. Pure consciousness is Presence. It is no-thing, non-objective, not in space or time. All that appears in Presence, or to Presence, is an emanation of Presence, but is not different from That. This is one meaning of nonduality.

The Real is also a term used in Lacanian psychoanalysis. What Lacan means by the Real is that aspect of phenomenal appearance which is overwhelming, traumatic, or impossible. We would call that Real One. It is a relative Real, not Absolute. We add that there is a Real Two, which consists of divine love. Love is not an appearance, but it changes appearance, through recognition of its Source, into a divine manifestation, a projection of God’s sublimely beautiful Mind as infinite fractal holographic cosmos. Real Three is the unchanging Absolute, beyond all conception or image.

Dharma and dharma:

When we use the term Dharma (capitalized), we refer to our dedication to living in accord with the timeless principles of impeccable integrity that keep us in harmony with Nature and our Supernatural Source.

When we use the term without capitalization, we refer to our acceptance of the community’s processes, protocols, and chain of command with the “Haji! Spirit” of going the “extra mile” and working overtime when necessary to make the impossible inevitable, as our unconditional act of surrender to Love.