About

Shunyamurti

A Spiritual Teacher

A Life-long Quest for Truth

and the Power of Healing

Shunyamurti is an adept healer who functions also as a researcher, author, leader, guide, retreat facilitator, and teacher. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Sat Yoga Institute and Ashram.

Shunyamurti’s teachings are paradigm shifting, heart opening, paradoxical, profound, and timeless.

His energy is empowering and presence transformative. A spirit filled with divine madness, he is a poet, and a shaman. He is the guiding light of the Sat Yoga Ashram and community. ​

Shunyamurti’s life-long quest for Truth and the Way to heal our souls and our world has brought a deep understanding of the dynamics of the traumatized ego, the karmic trajectory of the soul, transmission of healing Shakti, and abidance in the radiant blissful silence of the Real.

Biography

Shunyamurti became aware of yoga as a spiritual path at an early age and was immediately drawn to it. He spent many years of meditation practice and training in numerous forms of yoga, including apprenticeship with Baba Hari Dass, deep study of the life and teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, and ten years of vowed association with a Brahmachari ashram in India.

The teachings of such Eastern approaches to consciousness as Sankhya, Advaita, Advaya, and the insights of esoteric Shaivism and Buddhism, have been supplemented by the intensive study of Western metaphysics, and profound exploration of the dimensions opened by entheogens.

From formal study of transpersonal psychology and hypnotherapy, various forms of psychoanalysis, including Kleinian and Lacanian approaches, and post-Jungian analysis and dreamwork, to the perennial philosophies, including Taoism, Kabbalah, and mystical Christianity, to postmodern philosophy, Shunyamurti has been a lifelong student and meditator.

Shunyamurti has touched the hearts of countless beings all around the world. His uncanny capacity to penetrate past all our defenses with compassionate wisdom heals and empowers all who know him.

Whether in satsang or individual meetings, or his video transmissions on YouTube and beyond, Shunyamurti guides seekers lovingly and adeptly through a sacred process of ego death and divine rebirth.

Once Upon a Timelessness

A timeless Shunyamurti teaching from the archive

Shunyamurti recounts, in fairytale fashion, the paradox of the journey of the Self, embedding itself within a matrix of ignorance and then getting out through the science of consciousness (yoga), ego transcendence, and liberation from all illusion and suffering.
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Shakti:

This term has several meanings.

First, it can refer to the active side of God-consciousness that determines the unfoldment of destiny at all levels.

Second, it refers to the feminine side of God-consciousness, which is also the active and immanent side. Thus, the world is understood as the love play (lila) between Shiva and Shakti.

Third, the term refers to spiritual energy emitted by Shiva for the upliftment and empowerment of a devotee (in which case it is referred to as Shaktipat). This energy can also be channeled through a human guru or advanced disciple.

We also call our style free form because Shunyamurti tends to employ wild and free forms of visualizations and guided meditations during retreats that have very powerful effects but are never repeated.

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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.