Shivabalayogi Devotees

Telling the Truth

Recognizing Mahatmas

Yogis with Ego

Spiritual Leaders’ Powers

Old & New Devotees

Silent Teaching

Swamiji Doesn’t Forget

A Yogi’s Dramas

Associations with the Famous

Guru Brothers & Sisters

Bhava Samadhi

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Use of Spiritual Experiences

The book Swamiji recommended

Perspectives on the Mission Today

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Lessons from Shivabalayogi’s Example and Guidance

Shivabalayogi Bangalore August 7, 1987

Shivabalayogi sitting between two disciples after he consecrated the Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara temple at the Bangalore ashram, August 7, 1987

  Telling the Truth  
“Swamiji did not care about anybody, only the truth.”

  Recognizing Mahatmas (Great Souls)  
Get to Know Them

  Yogis with Ego 
Not Everyone Who Completes Tapas Is without Ego

  Spiritual Leaders’ Powers 
Not All that Glitters Is Gold

  Old & New Devotees 
Making Way for the New

  Silent Teaching 
Swamiji discouraged using words to teach meditation or describe spiritual experiences.

  Swamiji Doesn’t Forget
Remembering His Devotees

  A Yogi’s Dramas
The Shiva in Shivabalayogi

  Associations with the Famous
If Swamiji is famous, it is because he has done twelve years of tapas.

  Guru Brothers & Sisters
It Makes Sense Only If You Add It All Up

  Gurus, Obedience & Ashrams
A true yogi doesn’t tell others what to do; ashrams are for devotees.


At least in the United States, Shivabalayogi spent a lot of time and spoke many words trying to get people to understand what it means to be a yogi and, by comparison, a spiritual leader.

It’s not just that yogis have attained God realization through meditation in samadhi, and what spiritual leaders know they get from reading books.  It’s not quite so simple.

Not all yogis are without ego and many spiritual leaders have profound insights, experiences and powers which they generously share.

There are many spiritual teachers in the modern world.  We can study many spiritual traditions that historically were kept secret.  We are learning how the mind and body work together.  We have ancient and modern rituals and therapies that we can practice.  And we are learning to respect that different people are drawn to different practices, beliefs and teachers.

The truly great masters teach in silence, through their presence and their example.  Although they reflect the circumstances in which they were born, they are beyond any particular path or belief.  They serve to empower the student to recognize the Teacher within.

By his conduct, Shivabalayogi gave many examples of what it means to serve people selflessly.  By his expressions of anger, he warned us about mixing politics with spirituality.