Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda
|Disciple of||Baba Muktananda and devotee of Bhagavan Nityananda.|
|Lineage initiations||Siddha Yoga senior swami, sannyasa initiation from Baba Muktananda, 1977.|
|Non-lineage initiations||Installed as a Mahamandaleshwar of the Maha Nirvani Akhara by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Vishveshwarananda Giri in Ganeshpuri, India, in 2010.|
|Main ashram||Shiva Ashram, Melbourne, Australia.|
|In a nutshell||Founded Shiva Yoga in 1986, an expansive path which weaves together the traditional teachings with the realities of modern life. Emphasis on Shaktipat, Kashmir Shaivism, meditation and Self-inquiry. In Australia since 1991 where he established an ashram and community, near Melbourne. Prolific author. An early Western disciple of Baba Muktananda, lived in the Ganeshpuri ashram from 1971-74. Baba sent him to Ann Arbor in 1974 to open the first Siddha Yoga ashram in the West, and later ran other Siddha Yoga ashrams. Participated in the Three Gurus programs in 2004-2006.
See: Shiva Yoga swamis
|Publications||Consciousness Is Everything: The Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism, Happy for No Good Reason and others.|