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Shiva Rudra Balayogi

1954 —

Shiva Rudra Balayogi is a disciple of the famous South Indian yogi Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj, who died in 1994 without naming a successor. Shiva Rudra Balayogi has impressed many observers as an authentic transmitter of his guru's teachings. (See Letters From Devotees.)


The future Shiva Rudra Balayogi was named Seenu by his parents following his birth on September 20, 1954 in Kolar, India.



The 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."
It 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 his name.
Baba 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 our growth.

As a child he was interested in meditation, prayer, and temple worship. Early influences included Shankara, Ramana Maharshi, and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. In 1970, while studying at the University of Mysore, he met Shivabalayogi and immediately became a devotee.

In 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.

After 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

Seenu 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 below.)

Following 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.

1. "Shiva Rudra Balayogi." Pamphlet published by Sri Sri Sri Maharaj Charitable Trust, no author or date, p. 7.


The three parts of Shiva Rudra Balayogi's name have the following meanings:

Shiva is one of the three gods of the Hindu trinity. He is the great primordial yogi, and human yogis often wear matted hair in imitation of his.

Rudra is an early name for Shiva used in the oldest Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, where he appears as a terrifying red god of lightning, storms, sacrifices, nourishment, and songs. The name is used today to suggest Shiva's awesome powers of destruction. The word rud means “cry” in Sanskrit.

Bala means "boy," so a balayogi is a person who becomes a yogi in childhood. (Shiva Rudra Balayogi's guru, after whom he's named, entered samadhi for the first time at the age of 14.) But Bala is also a name for Shiva's consort, Parvati


Courtesy Shiva.org
  His guru, Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj, was famous for bringing followers into deep meditative states. He founded several ashrams and charitable organizations. For more information about him, click here.


Shiva Rudra Balayogi has written the following about his teaching:

"Efforts can bring miracles. Meditate and you will lose the ego and be realized. Faith can work wonders. Surrender and you will find the Guru within you.

"Human life is a very rare gem. By using the human body, we can realize the Self and know who we really are. We are more than our bodies. We are immortal souls."2

2. "Shiva Rudra Balayogi." Pamphlet published by Sri Sri Sri Maharaj Charitable Trust, no author or date, p. 2.


Shiva Rudra Balayogi
Website devoted to Shiva Rudra Balayogi. Includes biography and tour schedule.

Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj
Website devoted to the guru of Shiva Rudra Balayogi. Includes biography and downloadable magazine articles.



Vasistha's Yoga
Translated by Swami Venkatesananda

Shiva Rudra Balayogi's guru told him that this famous Vedantan classic stated his teachings more clearly than any other book.

This page was published on February XX, 2001.

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