future Shiva Rudra
Balayogi was named Seenu by his parents following his
birth on September 20, 1954 in Kolar, India.
following letters were written
by two devotees for whom we have
great respect. The writers refer
to Shiva Rudra Balayogi as "Baba"
and his guru as "Swamiji."
is our feeling that Baba is the
real thing and that Swamiji is
truly working through him with
a lot of purity. He doesn't claim
to be Swamiji in the literal sense
which is in and of itself refreshing.
He defers to Swamiji with the
utmost respect, always acknowledging
him as his Guru, and teaches in
puts Swamiji on a higher plane
than himself. He is quite humble
and very sweet. But his presence
even over the phone is quite something.
There are no successors for people
like Shivabalayogi. How could
someone succeed the sky or the
ocean? Baba is his devotee but
will be able to transmit to others
a very profound sense of who Shivabalayogi
is. Then he grows in us. There
is no need to "follow", no beliefs
to propagate. Even if we never
think of him, he is there forcing
a child he was interested in meditation, prayer, and
temple worship. Early influences included Shankara,
and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. In 1970, while studying
at the University of Mysore, he met Shivabalayogi and
immediately became a devotee.
1977 he was initiated as a sanyassin (monk) and took
up residence at Shivabalayogi's Dehradun Ashram. His
responsibilities included caring for retarded boys who
lived at the ashram after being abandoned by their parents.
Shivabalayogi died in 1994, he appeared to Seenu in
a vision and authorized him to undertake an intense
five-year regimen of meditation to eradicate his ego.
"Either you come out as a yogi or your dead body
should, but do not discontinue, don't bother for anything,"
Shivabalayogi told him.1
returned to Dehradun Ashram where he sat in samadhi
for a minimum of twelve hours a day for five years.
During the third year, he took the name Shiva Rudra
Balayogi. (For the meaning of this name, see
the successful completion of this regimen in 1999, he
devoted himself to continuing his guru's work. His first
world tour is scheduled to occur in 2001.
"Shiva Rudra Balayogi." Pamphlet published
by Sri Sri Sri Maharaj Charitable
Trust, no author or date, p. 7.