Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

New AHYMSIN Managing Director

We are proud to announce that Rabindra Sahu has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of AHYMSIN at SRSG by Swami Ritavan Bharati.

Rabindra Sahu was born in Odisha; an Eastern state in India. He was introduced to the ancient Yoga teachings at an early age by his father within the tradition of Alekha Mahima Dharma  a mystical tradition of “Shunya” as well as “Knowledge Mixed Devotion”.

Although he never was initiated in his father’s lineage, he learnt mostly by observing and absorbing from his father’s ordinary lifestyle, who preferred to remain unknown.

His father had lived in jungle monasteries from a young age with his Guru before getting married. Rabindra’s earliest memories are of falling asleep in his mother’s lap as she chanted the scriptures. His home was crowned with the sounds of the Srimad Bhagavada Mahapurana and the Shiva Purana every evening.

Rabindra loved to sneak the keys to his father’s library, and would hide the sacred texts behind his school books which held little interest for him. He studied various ancient texts and contemporary teachings by many spiritual masters, and yet remained unsatisfied. His father always stressed the importance for him to focus more on reading about the lives of the spiritual Masters over the ancient texts, which kindled a deep longing within him to look for his Guru. It was a biography indeed, which helped him find his Guru later in life. When he happened upon the book Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama in 2011 and instantly felt connected.

Ultimately he received a Bachelor’s in Biology before moving to Delhi in 2005 for jobs where he worked with Hewitt Associates for 3 years. When his father left his body in 2008, it turned out to be a turning point in his life. He felt a great void on his spiritual path as well as a great responsibility towards his mother as the only son. He had to choose whether to continue to work to support his family or devote himself to the studies of yoga full time. He chose the former and eventually came back to Delhi to work with Tata Consultancy Services and Sun Life Financial. His role in these organizations often required him to travel overseas in the areas of business development and project management. His last foray into the corporate world was as a project leader where he was instrumental in setting up the Project Management Office (PMO).

With a deep longing to find his Guru, he decided to finally leave behind his corporate career to devote himself to yoga studies in 2012. Soon after, he joined the HYT-TTP and met Swami Veda Bharati and his search for his Guru was fulfilled. Even though he had been introduced to the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra at an early age, he understood the intricacies of this knowledge only after he was initiated in the Himalayan Tradition. Life continued while the Mantra and the Guru-Force started carving up his childhood fantasies of sitting near his master and serving him. He soon frequented his visits to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).

During this time, he trained himself in several highly recognized yoga institutions and subsequently started a yoga organization in Delhi to spread the ancient teachings of yoga meditation within India and abroad. He taught in a number of countries (Germany, Australia, Japan and Indonesia) as an invited guest teacher for special programmes at universities and embassies apart from traveling and teaching within India.

In 2015, he was initiated into the preliminary vows of Brahmacharya by Swami Veda Bharati, who asked him to manage the HYT-TTP office at SRSG along with other responsibilities. He then decided to move to SRSG permanently. Since then, his role at SRSG and AHYMSIN has grown to include teaching at SRSG, traveling within India and overseas for outreach programs, apart from co-ordinating the activities at AHYMSIN. He has travelled to Maldives, South Korea, and Japan to share the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition. He joined the AHYMSIN Board in 2016 and is also the representative of the “Veda Youth leaders”.

He owes the best in him to his father and his Guru, Swami Veda Bharati. He remains focussed on the guidance he received from Swami Veda, “… your (a) sadhana, (b) studies and (c) teaching in SRSG and wherever you are dedicated to will need to remain an essential part of your plans.

Photo by Jay Prakash Bahuguna.

Article written by John Sellinger and Joanne Sullivan



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