--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Buck" wrote: > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, navashok wrote: > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Buck" wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, srijau@ wrote: > > > > > > > > great guy but for those easily confused,its not Maharishi Mahesh Yogi > > > > nor Maharaja Adhiraja Rajaram! > > > > > > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivabalayogi > > > > > > > > > > Yep, another example of an extraordinary holy person who has visited > > > Fairfield. As a story and package he is a real trip but was helpful to > > > some Purusha and others here who had never had much by way of sitting > > > with clear experience of samadhi in their meditation practice. > > > http://www.shivabalayogi.ca/about.html > > > > > > > Buck, which Shivabalayogi? > > Interesting distinction charted between spiritual teachers and yogis. > > Dear Navashok, I am not invested in this guy as a saint enough to know the > ins and out of this whole deal or which one comes to Fairfield, but it's the > guy in the link.
Neither am I, nor am I judgmental about him. I think he's the guy my friend is organizing for, they have a center in North Carolina, IIRC his original name is Singh and he was Agra based. In general my opinion about approaching any saint / guru etc is, that one has to see the guy before judging. I like the story you posted. I think that it is much more advantageous to meditate with a person who has this kind of Shakti or Samadhi experiences. Like Barry I think that this is more conducive to attain a deep meditative state than learning a technique. Learning a technique is good though for people who are starting. Some things have to be transmitted. Personally, I would be more interested in him than in Adyashanti or Tolle. (Again I can't judge them as I have never seen any of them). But what I collect from here and the report of friends, the later would be more something like spiritual teachers, I think it's probably enough to read their books, one doesn't have to meet them. > This one was really powerful [field effect] to sit with and meditate. Was > simply about dhyan meditation and he is cultivated that way. He was > spiritually quite helpful to a number of people here who came to visit with > him as he came through Fairfield. It was interesting to see. -Buck > > > There are several contenders for succession. I know of only one original > one, and at least 3 who continue his work, or whose body he has overtaken. > There is Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi > http://www.shivabalayogi.ca/livingyogi.html, there is Shivabalananda > http://www.meditate-shivabala.org/tour.html there is Shivarudrabalayogi > http://www.shivarudrabalayogi.org/shivarudra-balayogi. The original site says > that all his devotees are his successors, and he has not explicit successor > > > > http://www.shivabalayogi.org/Shivabalayogi_Successors.htm > > > > "Shivabalayogi repeatedly rejected any notion that yogis start lineages or > > named successors. Spiritual leaders, not yogis, talk in terms of > > successors. For example, when Swamiji was asked about lineages like that > > of Nityananda, Muktananda and Gurumayi, he insisted that such lineages had > > nothing to do with yogis. He said that Nityananda is a yogi and those who > > promote their lineage to him are spiritual leaders." > > > > I know that the original Shivabalayogi visted the USA, but I don't know if > > he went to Fairfield. I went to his Ashram in Bangalore, while he was > > there, but didn't see him, yet meditated there and had a strong Kundalini > > experience. That was in 1993, I went there again last year, and there was a > > meditation and aarati, and they said that one of the successors I believe > > was coming there regularly, but I don't know who. > > >