Spiritual Lineage

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It is said as follows in the Shiv Purana: “During the twenty-eighth Dwapar age when Dwaipayan, son of Parasar, shall be Vyas and Lord Vishnu shall incarnate as Lord Krishna, son of Vasudev, I too shall incarnate in the body of a celibate and shall be known as Lakulish. The place of my incarnation shall be a siddhakshetra and it shall be renowned among men till the earth shall last”.

This prophecy came to pass nearly 4500 years ago when Lord Lakulish incarnated on earth at Kayavarohan (near the city of Vadodara in Gujarat) as was foretold by Him. He preached the principles of SanatanDharma and the science of Divine Yoga. He himself departed the earth in due time but the purpose of his incarnation continued to be served by four adept yogi disciples, Kushik, Garg, Mitr and Kaurush. The tradition is believed to have flourished for about three thousand years. Eventually however, with the passage of time, the teachings of this tradition ceased.

In 1913, an event of extraordinary spiritual importance occurred. BhagwanLakulish himself once again revived his spiritual lineage for arranging the execution of certain lofty and noble plans he had for the benefit of human beings by initiating Swami Pranavananda and imparting to him the secrets of Divine Yoga.

The present day disciplic tradition of Lord Lakulish so started survives to this day and is presently headed by Swami Rajarshi Muni.

Swami Pranavanand

Swami Pranavanand received spiritual initiation from this timeless being in 1913 and in this manner this spiritual tradition was revived and acquired the profound secrets of Divine Yoga. Swami Pranavanand spent his sannyas life in the secluded practice of Divine Yoga and conquered hunger and thirst. Subsequently he imparted the knowledge of Divine Yoga to Swami Kripalvanand in 1931, installing the latter as Yogacharya and the third Kulguru in the modern day spiritual lineage of Lord Lakulish.

Swami Pranavanand is considered the second guru of this lineage. He spent the period of his spiritual practice only in the secluded practice of yoga and meditation as befits the highest class of sannyasi in search of final salvation. Instead of becoming a preacher he spent his life in the study and practice of the priceless knowledge of yoga received from his divine guru and attained a very high stage of progress. He conquered hunger and thirst, a major accomplishment in the spiritual practice of yoga.

Swami Pranavanand in turn passed on the profound mysteries of divine yoga to his own chosen disciple Swami Kripalvanand in 1931.

Swami Kripalvanand


After receiving Yoga Diksha or initiation in the profound mysteries of Divine Yoga from Swami Pranavanand in 1931, Swami Kripalvanand faithfully practiced yoga sadhana for forty years and observed silence for nearly twenty three years.

In 1956 the Divine Guru Lord Lakulish appeared before him during meditation and gave a command to construct a new temple and work for the resurgence of Indian culture. In compliance of the command of his divine Guru he had a new Lakulish temple constructed at Kayavarohan and performed the pranprathishta (ceremonial installation) of the idol-cum-linga there and so reactivated this ancient teertha (pilgrimage place).

Likewise, in compliance of the command of his Guru, he propagated the spiritual principles of Sanatan Dharma in India and abroad for the resurgence of Indian culture. On the 13th of November 1976, he inaugurated the ‘Lakulish Institute of Yoga’. The following is an excerpt from his inaugural speech.

“To-day I experience great satisfaction by inaugurating LAKULISH INSTITUTE OF YOGA. In fact I had done its inauguration six years ago by way of initiating Rajarshi Muni as my sanyasi disciple. Real institute is not a building made of bricks and cement but a pious, renounced and realized yogi.

India is the birth place of yoga and she has spread the light of this spiritual knowledge in the world since ancient times. In present time the light of Yoga has become flickering. We shall have to be careful for preserving this precious treasure of life, namely yoga, which is a gift given to us by our ancient sages and seers.

I wish that Lakulish Institute of Yoga may grow to become full-fledged University of Yoga, in which the spiritual aspirants from all the religions of the world may learn and practice Yoga. I know such a herculean task cannot be fulfilled without the grace of Lord Lakulish. By inaugurating this institute, I have merely obeyed His command. I leave the result to His divine will. I Pray to Him that this institute may produce real yogis and offer spiritual guidance to the whole world”

Swami Rajarshi Muni


Swami Kripalvanand gave yoga Diksha to his chosen disciple Swami Rajarshi Muni in 1971 and initiated him into the profound mysteries of Divine Yoga. He is thus the present Guru of the spiritual tradition founded by Lord Lakulishji.

Like his Guru, he too had interest in abstaining from all external activity and pursuing his yoga sadhana in seclusion. He was in fact exclusively so engaged but in 1993 Lord Lakulish appeared to him in his divine form and commanded him to advance the task of cultural resurgence left unfinished by his Guru Swami Kripalvanand.

To do this, Swami Rajarshi Muni has established the Lakulish International Fellowship’s Enlightenment Mission (LIFE Mission). Through this Mission the work of securing the spiritual welfare of mankind and turning the attention of people towards spiritual and cultural values is being carried on. Swami Rajarshi Muni has accepted a voluntary cut in his secluded yoga practice and has launched a campaign for world-wide reawakening of people towards moral, cultural and spiritual values.

The Divine Meeting

His Holiness Swami Rajarshi Muni had entered into secluded sadhana in 1971 and had remained in relative seclusion until 1993. But by late 1992 Rajarshi’s sadhana had seemingly hit an impenetrable wall. He had been impatient to gain entry into Laya Yoga and all his research into the scriptures had not been able to give him the answers to his bewildering questions. But where could he turn?

Then, on February 15, 1993, Lord Lakulish manifested before him in his meditation and directed him to withdraw from seclusion and to serve mankind.

“I began to perceive a spot of light before my inner eye… A human form seated in padmasan began to emerge from the circle of illumination… the glow of his form was brighter than polished gold… As my eyes opened my eyelids flickered in the dazzling glow. I could now see the very same vision with my physical eyes. The same glowing person was seated before me in padmasan, floating about four feet above the ground…

Without even an iota of doubt, I instantly understood that this was the divine embodiment of Dada Gurudev Bhagwan Lakulishji….Every pore of my skin became vibrant at the sight of this miracle. On this day the deepest desire of my heart bore fruit… Still the miracle was incomplete. Slowly fountains of light began to emerge from Dadaji’s Divine figure. As I was touched by the waves of purifying light I became uplifted in my mind and thoughts. My heart over-flowed with indescribable joy. For a few moments I felt free of the shackles of time and space.

My eyes were still dazzled, so I had not yet properly seen Dadaji’s Divine Body. Perhaps Dadaji understood my difficulty, for as if to resolve the issue he said in a soft, loving voice “Child, the energy-filled Divine Body blinds the seer, but the metaphysical body is perceivable to the human eye. To satisfy your desire I will convert this Divine Body into a metaphysical one. “Seconds later… Dadaji’s metaphysical body, well built and attractive, became visible. Now form and face could be seen more clearly….Dadaji’s divinity was self-evident, overflowing with unparalleled divine beauty… His constitution was strong and the body was well proportioned. His skin had a bright golden tinge and his hair was black and wavy. His face was devoid of moustache or beard, and he appeared to be eighteen or nineteen years of age. His forehead bore a tripund mark of ash. A small saffron loincloth encircled his waist. The piercing gaze emanating from his half-closed eyes flowed unobstructed, as if observing the entire universe. There was a faint smile on his lovely face, which once seen could never be forgotten. His divine personality was fully manifested…

Sweet pleasure was visible on his face. Paternal love overflowed from his half open eyes. From his divine gaze I experienced the flow of boundless grace. I reveled in this divine vision as the highest achievement of my life.”

I attempted to catch the soles of his feet turned upward in padmasan and place my head upon them, but nothing came into my hands. It was like clutching at thin air. I was astonished that this body, which appeared to be so alive and immediate could at the same time be so intangible but I quickly realized that anything that occurred at this moment in Dadaji’s presence was beyond the boundaries of human understanding.

Dadaji answered the questions that had been perplexing Rajarshi and gave him the most secret guidance to Divine Yoga that would be the key to his forward progress in his sadhana and to fulfilling his goal of attaining the Divine Body.

At the conclusion of this guidance and of dispelling some misconceptions Rajarshi still had of the value of seclusion, Dadaji became somewhat somber.

His eyes looked towards the skies. His piercing gaze had sufficient depth to penetrate the cosmos. It seemed that his vision beheld the eternal ongoing pantomime of the universe.

Then he spoke in a deep voice: “Rajarshi, I wish to give you a special command. This is another reason for meeting you today.”

The Divine Command

“Understand my command well. Through the agency of my spiritual tradition, you must launch an enlightenment campaign for the re-establishment of the highest values of human culture” (sanatandharm).

The field of this campaign is not to be limited to Gujarat or India alone but should embrace the whole world.

In modern times the work of cultural resurgence is necessary for all mankind

“Sanatandharm commends a life of simplicity. Therefore man must learn to curtail his needs and live a simple life. Yet acquisitiveness is increasing among the people of the world and this is causing the spread of all manner of wrongs and evils. The increase in wants and needs has resulted in the propagation of selfishly motivated competition in the world. As a result, people tend to put away principled living. This rot does not take long to spread, and corruption comes to be regarded as the normal coin of the day.”

“Because of scientific research, the world will continue to see explosions of energy. If man does not control this energy through morality and restraint it will assume evil forms and lead him on the path of moral downfall and total destruction. To prevent such harmful consequences, science must be kept in check with the rein of dharm. This does not mean the limited scope of sectarianism.

Dharm is the sum total of morality, truthfulness, restraint, and right conduct. That which Indian scriptures refer to as dharm is an indestructible principle. That is why dharm, the guiding principle of life, is sanatan, or everlasting. This dharm is the foundation of all creation, and the source of all good qualities. The principle known as dharm is very subtle and profound. Dharm is auspicious for humans not only in this world but also in the world beyond. Without its universal acceptance the world community cannot experience peace.”

All works must start at the appropriate time “that time has now ripened for starting the campaign for the enlightenment of humanity.”

Culture and Spirituality

“A man becomes truly cultured when his spiritual development takes place along with his physical and mental development. God created man not that he may fall, but that he may ascend. Thus culture without spirituality remains incomplete.”

The Three Pillars of Culture

“This campaign must take in hand the task of gradually creating an atmosphere of peace, righteousness, ethical behaviour and spirituality in the world. Mankind can progress only if human conduct is based upon ethical, moral and spiritual values which are the three pillars of culture: Ethical behaviour is the foundation of culture; righteousness is its mansion; and spirituality is its roof top”.