“The existence of consciousness has been long debated over by both scientists and philosophers alike. Consciousness cannot be understood until one makes tangible efforts to attain self-realisation through intense meditation and rigorous self-control.” – Vishwaguru Sri Shivananda, Kangra
The Himalayas, since time immemorial, has been the abode of mystics, ascetics and sages. One immediately gets entranced when one finds themselves among the majestic mountains. The natural allure of the beautiful peaks is enough for one to seriously consider giving up all worldly pleasures and lead a peaceful life in all essence.
One such holy soul living in these mountains is Sri Shivananda, in the breathtakingly beautiful valley of Kangra. Sure, the name sounds like that of an ascetic, or a mystic, or even a godman. But Sri Shivananda is none of these. True mystics and sages never refer to themselves as godmen, though they can certainly lead the path towards God. Simply put, Sri Shivananda is a more conscious human being than the most of us. The reason being him attaining self-realisation at the tender age of seventeen. It did not take him long to understand his life’s supreme purpose: the upliftment of humankind to higher consciousness and uniting all sentient beings.
It was on February 10 2005, when Sri Shivananda entered the realm of self-realisation through meditation. Since then, there has been no looking back. His life so far has been an endless saga of a sacred, adventurous and most importantly, a transformational spiritual journey. His rational, and simple methods of preaching peace and leading a blissful life easily have drawn more people towards him.
Sri Shivananda has been an ardent worshipper of Maa Durga(Mahishasuramardhini), since his childhood. He is a firm believer of the Shakti Swaroopaa(embodiment of Supreme Energy) and derives his own divine energy from Maa – the universal Mother. In 2006, he built a Mahisasuramardini(yet another name of Maa Durga) temple within his home premises in Kangra. This holy sanctum of Maa is infused with sacred energies.
To his many followers around the world, Sri Shivananda or Babaji (as he is fondly addressed) is more a friend than a spiritual leader, who gently guides those who approach him, bringing about a silent transformation in their everyday lives. He is a Guru, a guide whose door is open for sincere spiritual seekers.
Meeting Sri Shivananda is Anandam(Happiness), which leads to Antaranandam(Inner Bliss) eventually culminating in Shivanandam(Oneness).