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The Life of Sunyogi Umasankar
Sunyogi Umasankar is an authentic yogi of the ancient Vedic school. It is rare to find these days when yoga has lost its former glory and integrity at the expense of commercial interests. Sunyogi is a true scientist. He has dedicated his life to studying our physical world and nature through observation, experience, spiritual practice, and experimenting with himself. Today, Sunyogi travels the globe to teach Sunyoga and spread its message of universal peace. Sunyogi is also a recognized skilled acupressure therapist, an ancient art he has taught worldwide.
Sunyogi was born on the 22nd of June 1967 in the small village of Lachhipur in West Bengal outside Kolkata in India, an area known as the birthplace of many prominent prophets and yogis. Despite growing up in a Hindu family, he never bothered about which creed, color, or social class we humans have, believing that what truly matters is wanting to reach an agreement through peace and friendship. Early in his youth, he developed deep philosophical questions like “What is the purpose of life?”
His hunger to get answers to these questions drove his spiritual zeal to understand more of the world we live in. Later, after becoming a successful electrical engineer and businessman, he was initiated by his mother in Kriya Yoga and went to Pondicherry ashram to focus 100% on finding the answers to his philosophical questions.
Sunyogi began his education at the Aurobindo ashram in 1995. One morning, his realization started as he sat on the beach and watched the sun’s rays reflected in the seawater. Intense energy led him to close his eyes, thinking he had lost sight. When he opened his eyes, he was surprised to notice that the vision had instead become much sharper, so sharp that he could even see the water molecules. He soon realized the benefits of looking into the sun’s rays and soon dared to look directly at the sun, even if it went against what he had learned from science.
Initially, he watched the sun rising, then day by day, he began concentrating on it as it rose higher into the sky. He continued his meditation, and after a couple of months, the sun started to appear as a “clear hazy ring with soft blue sky inside.” The harsh brightness disappeared, and he felt it become increasingly soothing.
As time passed, he saw “seven bright colors radiating from the sun, slowly reaching closer to the ground.” Three months after starting his concentration on the sun, Uma Sankar Sunyogi felt these rays – the sun’s cosmic energy – touch his body, creating an indescribable feeling of peace and calm within him.
As an experiment, Uma Sankar Sunyogi stopped eating breakfast and continued concentrating on the sun. Six months later, he stopped eating his dinner, and then six months after, he stopped eating all food. From the 17th of August until the 7th of December 1996, Uma Sankar Sunyogi stopped eating and sleeping for four months while working 18 hours per day without needing any sleep. His body weight remained the same, and he continued his daily work in the ashram in perfect health.
In 1997, he left the ashram in Pondicherry to continue his search for the root of human suffering. He went barefoot, with no possessions but a simple outfit, to visit India’s entire country and spread the message of universal peace and brotherhood. Seeing all Indian states took him six years and three months.
He suffered many difficult situations, and his self-confidence and faith in God went through severe challenges. During his trip, he met many people who became interested in his technique of meditating with the sun, and from there, he began spreading the knowledge of Sunyoga. He thus established an annual peace conference of gathering all interested in Sunyoga in one place.
The conference is held yearly, a force for peace and unity that aims to connect Science, Technology, Spirituality, and Religion to pursue peace. An ashram was also built in Sunyogi’s native country in Lachhipur. In this place, Sunyoga practitioners can come and immerse themselves in the practice of Sunyoga, as well as carry out social work and organic cultivation.
With time, Sunyogi noticed that many people and the media focused too much on the fact that he did not need to eat or drink. He felt that the practice interfered with the message he wanted to convey, while all the sound spiritual effects and health effects people experienced did not get the attention they deserved. For this reason, in 2007, he resumed eating. Surprised, he noticed that his energy increased even more, which led him to realize that he had abused a Siddhi (a yogic superpower) for 12 years, limiting his development.
At this time, he felt he needed to go into a more profound meditation. He went to Tapovan for a two-year retreat (Gnatavasan), spending much of this time in an isolated ashram at an altitude of 4700 m near the source of the Ganges, high in the Himalayas., where he stayed over the winter of 2007 with temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celsius.
Sunyogi meets Mahavatar Babaji
In December 2007, Mahavatar Babaji (the immortal prophet known from the book Autobiography of a Yogi) came to meet Sunyogi physically while Sunyogi was performing a walking meditation. From Babaji, Sunyogi learned about the five elements and how the Earth and life on Earth had been created from them.
The following winter, Mahavatar Babaji again returned to Sunyogi. This time, he showed him how the Universe was created, and Sunyogi experienced an expansion through all chakras (29 energy centers) that enabled us to connect the micro- and macro cosmos. Sunyogi was taken to the center of the Universe and got to experience the Universe, the black hole, its three poles, and the fundamental physical laws of the cosmos.
From Babaji, Sunyogi received his full enlightenment and knowledge of Sunyoga. Sunyoga, in its purest form, comes directly from Babaji, which Sunyogi conveys during Sunyoga courses. The ancient Vedic scriptures mention Sunyoga, while the thorough knowledge of how it can be practiced has been forgotten and remained unknown to the ordinary person for a long time. Thanks to Mahavatar Babaji and Sunyogi, this knowledge has become available to a broader group of practitioners again.
Sun Meditation is not the only element in Sunyogi’s teaching; it is just part of the path to achieving inner peace, the first step to bringing peace to the whole Universe, which is the ultimate goal for all of us. The purpose of one’s spiritual journey, explains Uma Sankar Sunyogi, is peace, achieved through the union of the individual and universal consciousness.
Babaji’s light gave Sunyogi the solution to create a better future for humanity and all beings in the Universe. Sunyogi has traveled far and wide across the world to help thousands of people to increase their awareness, help them achieve self-realization, and set them on a mission to bring peace to the Universe. His future goal is to create a self-sustainable and independent community, an optimal environment for growth on all levels—these seeds he has sown for our future balanced and peaceful universe.
Be inspired by and rejoice in the extraordinary life of Sunyogi, the living proof we can live on solar energy alone and survive in extreme climates and temperatures with only a little clothing. In search of the most incredible wisdom, he went high up among the snow peaks of the Himalayas, where he had the fortune to meet the ageless saint Mahavatar Babaji. Despite growing up in poverty and struggling for food and education, he found answers to our most profound existential questions and acquired an unfathomable feeling of bliss and calm.
The author reveals how he discovered the technique of looking towards and connecting with the sun, a method that can solve any problem and provide rapid spiritual progress. We are guided through all Indian states in his six-year-long barefoot walk, introducing cultures, yogis, and spiritual concepts.
Sunyogi’s adventurous life will make your journey to dangerous and scarcely known places, where he constantly fought for his life against fanatics, black magicians, and wild animals. His rich life experience and deep introspection have shaped his philosophy, from which anyone can learn fundamental teachings.”
“The author is a man in full, intelligent, courageous, compassionate, and judgment-free. His spiritual experiences are many, inspiring, humbling, and deep. Perhaps the most interesting part is the account of his travel adventures, featuring great yogis, saints, and a veritable rogues’ gallery of brigands, black magicians, homicidal villagers, serial murderers, a shy tiger, and rampaging bears. India is a terrifying place, requiring constant vigilance of any would-be pilgrims.”
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