Our Inspiration & Lineage
The essential teachings of yoga focus on the Direct Experience of the True Nature of Reality, which is called Shri Vidya, or Knowledge of the Supreme. These timeless teachings of yoga have been passed down from teacher to student since ancient Vedic times by such great masters as Vasishta Maharshi, Sage Agastya and his consort Lopamudra, Adi Shankaracharya and many other awakened souls.
We have had the wonderful fortune to study and learn some of the great systems of yoga from the lineages of Shivananda, Krishnamacharya, Jois, Iyengar, and others, and the essence of the Blooming Lotus Yoga programs lies in the embodiment of the Pure Bliss of Being that is being guided by the teachings and grace of the enlightened Masters – embodiments of the One Absolute Supreme Self.
Shri Ramana Maharshi
Shri Ramana Maharshi is one of the greatest spiritual teachers and Masters of the last century. Considered as a Jnana Yogi, His teachings focus on the One Supreme Truth of Being; non-duality or Advaita Vedanta. He taught that we must simply abide in our True Self; our natural state, and that this could be achieved through the direct path of Self-Inquiry. At the young age of 16, Shri Ramana Maharshi had a life-changing ‘near death’ experience whereby He experienced the Absolute Self. Leaving his family, Shri Ramana left for the sacred Hill of Arunachala where He spent the remainder of His life. While most of His time was spent in deep meditation in the caves of Arunachala, Shri Ramana eventually gave teachings and darshan, although He considered silence to be the most powerful form of transmission.
Although Shri Ramana Maharshi wrote few formal works Himself, His disciples recorded many of His talks and teachings and transcribed them into a plethora of literary resources. It was Shri Ramana Maharshi who prophesized the birth of Shri Amma Karunamayi as Divine Mother, as Amma’s birth mother, Shri Annapurnamma was a devout discipline of the great Maharshi.
Amma Shri Karunamayi
Amma Shri Karunamayi is revered as the embodiment of Divine Mother. Outpouring compassion and grace on all sentient and non-sentient beings, sharing the sacred knowledge of the Supreme Self; Shri Vidya, and helping all beings everywhere to live in peace and happiness is Amma Shri Karunamayi’s mission. “Amma”, or Mother, as she is affectionately called by Her devotees, is a living saint, humanitarian, peace leader and spiritual teacher worldwide. There are many stories of Amma’s Divine nature, and spending over 11 years in severe tapas in the Vedic forests of South India, Amma meditated on behalf of all beings and the entire cosmos to alleviate suffering and foster our True Nature of ever-abiding peace.
She works selflessly and tirelessly to help all beings through Her charitable projects, Her teachings, and Her Divine Love. Embodying the highest of Realization, we are endlessly grateful to have Her Holiness as our Guru and spend many months with Her in India in deep meditation and Yoga tapas.
Ratu Pedanda Gunung
High Priest of Bali
The sacred land of Bali is the home of over 400 yogis, called Pedandas, or “high priests,” which oversee and guide the spiritual lives of the Balinese people and their beautiful culture. Of all of them, Ratu Pedanda Gunung is the living lineage holder of an ancient form of yoga and tantra which originated in the same sacred land as Ramana Maharshi’s home, Arunachala, South India. Brought to Bali by the siddha yogis of ancient times the authentic yogi teachings have been preserved in his family for over 500 years. As the Teacher of the High Priests, Guardian of the Balinese Yoga Tradition and Yoga Master, Ratu Gunung is revered by the Balinese much in the same way as the Tibetans honor H.H. the Dalai Lama. Rarely accessed by westerners, it has been our privilege to spend time with him both in Bali and on pilgrimage to India and Tibet. Under his loving guidance and care, he has given his blessing for us to teach our yoga training and retreat programs here in Bali to help bridge the gap between the classical yogic wisdom with the needs of the modern world and western yogis.
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