Origin of M.R.Y. – the Lineage of Yoga Masters
Aghori Kapalin Nath yogis’ tradition is a lineage of India’s saint yogis, mahasiddhas, realised yoga masters (those, who have fulfilled spiritual practices). Strict sadhana, continuous link with spiritual knowledge, asceticism and isolation have prevented the disappearance of this teaching lineage, which is considered to be an indescribable spiritual treasure, as it guards the secret of spiritual powers ‒ siddhis (perfect supernatural abilities).
Naths are the lords, masters, guardians of authentic yogic teaching.
In Sanskrit language, the word aghora is used to describe the state of the Highest Consciousness. In India, the lineage of aghori kapalin masters is said to be an incarnation of divine yogis. A unique attribute of this teaching lineage is a skull kapala, held in a yogi’s hand, symbolizing the universe. The saint yogi aghora is holding a skull in his hand, revealing the Highest Self-realization.
In India, the lineage of aghori kapalins is known as a carrier of the Highest Self-realization ‒ mahasamadhi (the Great Exit, Liberation).
Sanskrit scriptures testify about the yogic traditions and the great teaching of yoga, but the mystery of this teaching is passed on from one generation to another through the method of Guru Parampara. This means that since ancient times till these days the true yogic teaching and the secret of it is received directly by the word of mouth only from Guru to a disciple. In yoga tradition there is a saying: “The disciple has matured, so the Teacher came and gave the knowledge.”
Guru Mai Ram
Mai Ram Devi is the Guru of aghora kapalin teaching lineage, who is continuing the yogic tradition and passing on the classical yogic teaching as well as spiritual knowledge. Guru Mai Ram was born in Lithuania on the 15th of January, 1969, the day of Makara Sankranti festival. Makara Sankranti is the return of the Sun from the dark period to the light one, when the sun starts moving north. This day symbolises the end of ignorance and the beginning of truth, when darkness is transformed into light, one state turns into another. It is Makara Sankranti that was the day of mahasamadhi of Guru Hari Ram, a great siddha of the tradition, whose ashram in Varanasi, India, is a place where Guru Mai Ram continues the sadhana of nath yogis. Guru Mai Ram conducts her sadhana in Lithuania as well, at the initiated Mai Ram Yoga Ashram in Vilnius. Also, construction of a new Mai Ram Yoga ashram in Varanasi, India, has begun in 2019.
Guru Mai Ram is the founder of the Mai Ram International Yoga Association.
The association has been established for the purpose of developing and expanding the yogic teaching according to the classical integrated Mai Ram Yoga, organising workshops, seminars and conferences, and collaborating with allied organisations in Lithuania and abroad.
Mai Ram Yoga is classical yoga integrated by Guru Mai Ram, intended for a present-day human being to foster self-knowledge and step across the limitations of the body and mind by expanding the consciousness.
M.R.Y. is based on Guru Mai Ram’s long-term practice experience, observing and teaching yoga to people of different age, different nationalities and races. Guru Mai Ram is spreading the yoga teaching in terms of practical, scientific and classical yoga approach.
Every year the M.R.I.Y. Association organizes qualified yoga teacher training courses, which are attended by people of different ages from Lithuania, Germany, France, Slovakia, Ireland, Belarussia, Spain, Austria, Norway, Great Britain, Russia, America, Canada, India.
Timeless physical, mental and spiritual aspects of classical yogic science are being taught in Mai Ram Yoga ashram, schools, centers and studios in Lithuania and abroad.
Ashrams, sadhana places, of
Guru Mai Ram Devi
Since 2009, Guru Mai Ram has conducted her sadhana at the Hari Ram’s ashram in Varanasi, India, since 2010 – at the Mai Ram Yoga ashram, established in Lithuania, since 2019 – at the Mai Ram Yoga school in Slovakia. Also, in 2019 construction of M.R.Y. ashram has begun in Varanasi.
Mai Ram Yoga Ashram, Vilnius, Lithuania
Hari Ram Ashram, Varanasi, India