Childhood and Meeting the Guru


Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji was a Sampurna Siddha of the traditional Kundalini Maha Yoga. He was born in Bihar State, India in the winter of 1878 to Sampatti Devi Mishra and Ramdahin Mishra. He was named Kashinath after Lord Shiva.His family was pious and he learnt to worship from a very young age. While the other children played, Kashinath meditated. He ran away from home at the age of seven but was found and brought back and sent to school. Later, at the age of thirteen he ran away from home once again.

During the next thirty years he traveled all over India.At the age of 27, Kashinath was given the spiritual name of Madhusudandas. He had great thirst for knowledge and mastered all types of yoga – Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Mantra, Tantra and Yantra. He practiced intense austerities but could not attain the highest goal of self realization as he had not found his Sadguru.

In 1921, while he was practicing stringent austerities in a cave in Mt Abu, Rajasthan, his Guru Dhyanyogi Parameshwardasji came to him. Dhyanyogi Parameshwardasji was a great master of Kundalini yoga and he gave Madhusudandasji the Shaktipat of Kundalini Yoga. Madhusudandasji went into Samadhi and attained the exalted state he had yearned for. When he opened his eyes three days later, he saw his Guru seated before him in the form of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman, the quintessential devotee of Shri Ramaembodies the highest level of bhakti (love), jnana (knowledge), vairagya (detachment) and seva (service). These qualities of Lord Hanuman became the hallmark of Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji.

Dhyanyogi Parameshwardasji conferred his blessings on Madhusudandasji by giving him his personal title of “Dhyanyogi”.Dhyan means meditation and Yogi is one who unites self with God. The Guru answered numerous questions posed by Madhusudandasji and blessed him with power and knowledge. He told Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji to travel and help the thirsting devotees with spiritual knowledge and Shaktipat. Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji was now ready for his life quest.