Prabhuji is a Yogi, a writer, a painter, and a mystic, considered by many to be a spiritual master. He is a recognized authority on Eastern wisdom and different aspects of Hinduism (Vaidika and Tāntrika), and an internationally acclaimed master acharya of hatha yoga. He is also an erudite in all the different branches of yoga (karma, bhakti, hatha, raja, kundalini, mantra, and jnana) and has a profound knowledge of different religions and spiritual paths (Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, etc.).
His studies with masters from different traditions led him to spend many years away from his native country, in places as distant as Israel and India. His profound studies, the blessings of his masters, his research on the sacred scriptures, as well as his vast teaching experience, have earned him an international recognition in the field of spirituality.
He was born in Santiago, the capital of the Republic of Chile, on March 21, 1958. When he was eight years old, he had a mystic experience that sparked his search for the Truth. For more than fifty years, he has dedicated himself to the deep exploration and practice of various religions and spiritual paths. He has devoted his life to deepening the early transformative experience that marked the beginning of his process of involution. For Prabhuji, all religious traditions share the same essence, which can be experienced directly, and he affirms that the next step in humanity’s evolutionary process is the awakening at the level of consciousness, or the transcendence of the ego-phenomenon. Prabhuji is not limited to a particular sacred scripture, but accepts and respects all holy books and often quotes them to demonstrate that the essence of all religions is to know oneself. His syncretic non-dual vision (advaita) includes the essence of all religions, which is the recognition of consciousness.
Prabhuji is considered a controversial master because of his liberal attitude toward human sexuality based on his deep knowledge of the ancient Tantric tradition. Therefore, many of his statements and teachings have sparked criticism and controversy within different circles of society and religious orthodoxy. His revolutionary attitude toward established society and institutionalized religiosity has divided his readers into detractors and staunch supporters.
Prabhuji dedicated more than forty years to studying hatha yoga with prestigious masters in the field of classical and traditional yoga, such as H.H. Bapuji, a disciple of Paraṁ-pūjya Avadhūta Śrī Mastarāma Bābājī Maharāja, H.H. Swami Viṣṇu Devānanda Sarasvatī (1927–1993), H.H. Swami Jyotirmayānanda Sarasvatī, H.H. Swami Satchidananda Sarasvatī (1914–2002), H.H. Swami Vignanananda Sarasvatī (1933–2008), and Śrī Madana-mohana.
He attended several systematic hatha yoga teachers training courses at various prestigious institutions until he achieved the master acharya level in this discipline. He graduated from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta, Ananda Ashram, Yoga Research Foundation, Integral Yoga Academy, Patanjala Yoga Kendra, Ma Yoga Shakti International Mission, Prana Yoga Organization, Rishikesh Yoga Peeth, Swami Sivananda Yoga Research Center, and Swami Sivananda Yogasana Research Center.
During his forty years of teaching in different countries, he has trained thousands of people of different nationalities, cultures, and professions interested in yogic methodology and personal development. He has taught countless courses, seminars, and retreats, and has personally trained a large number of guides, instructors, teachers, and masters of hatha yoga, many of whom have opened successful centers in different countries.
His interest in the complex anatomy of the human body led him to study chiropractic at the prestigious Institute of Health of the Back and Extremities in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 1993, he received his diploma from Dr. Sheinerman, the founder and director of the institute. Later, he earned a massage therapist diploma at the Academy of Western Galilee. The knowledge acquired in this field deepened his understanding of hatha yoga and contributed to the creation of his method called Prabhuji Yoga.
Prabhuji Yoga is the result of efforts to improve his own practice and teaching. It is a system based solely on the teachings of his gurus and the sacred scriptures. Prabhuji has systematized different traditional yoga techniques to create a methodology suitable for the Western public. Prabhuji Yoga aims at the experience of our true nature. It promotes balance, health, and flexibility through proper diet, cleansing techniques, preparations (āyojanas), sequences (vinyāsas), postures (asanas), breathing exercises (prāṇayama), relaxation (śavāsana), meditation (dhyāna), as well as locks (bandhas) and seals (mudras) to direct and empower prana.
Since his childhood and throughout his life, Prabhuji has been an enthusiastic admirer, student, and practitioner of classic karate-do. From the age of 13, he studied in Chile different styles, such as kenpo and kung-fu, but specialized in Shotokan in the most traditional Japanese style. He received the rank of black belt (third dan) from Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi (ninth dan). He also learned from Sensei Takahashi (seventh dan) and practiced Shorin Ryu style with Sensei Enrique Daniel Welcher (seventh dan), who granted him the black belt (second dan) rank. Through karate-do, he obtained additional knowledge about the physics of motion. Prabhuji is a member of the Funakoshi’s Shotokan Karate Association.
He grew up surrounded by an artistic environment, since his father, José Luis Montecinos Santos, is a great Chilean painter. Thus, Prabhuji’s love for painting was developed from a young age. His works of abstract style reflect the depths of the spirit.
Among his śikṣā-gurus, or “instructing spiritual masters,” we encounter a variety of prominent religious and spiritual personalities: H.H. Swami Viṣṇu Devānanda (hatha and raja yoga), H.H. Swami Jyotirmayānanda (vedanta), H.H. Swami Satcidānanda (hatha yoga), H.H. Swami Kṛṣṇānanda (vedanta), H.H. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa Gosvāmī (bhakti), H.H. B. A. Paramadvaiti Maharaja (bhakti), H.H. Atulānanda Swami (bhakti yoga), H.H. Swami Kirtanananda, H.H. Narahari Dāsa Bābājī (bhakti), H.H. Swami Svarūpānanda, H.H. Swami Mahādevānanda, H.H. Mātājī Rīnā Śarmā (Tantra), H.H. Mā Yoga Śakti, H.H. Swami Dayānanda (Vedanta), H.H. Swami Viditātmānanda (Vedanta), H.H. Swami Swahananda, H.H. Jagajivana Das, H.H. Bhagavan Das Swami, Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu (Judaism), and Rabbi Dov Lifshitz (Hassidism) . The instructions he received from each one of them illumined different stages of his long and arduous path.
In 2003, the Prabhuji Mission was founded with the aim of preserving his vision and literary work.
In 2006, Prabhuji founded the Prabhuji Institute, a virtual institute intended to spread his teachings by creating an online platform where spiritual seekers from around the globe can study and deepen their understanding of his message from their own homes.
In 2011, he founded the Prabhuji Ashram, which is his place of residence as well as the headquarters of the Prabhuji Mission. It is a peaceful retreat center, located in the Catskill Mountains in New York, USA. It offers an environment of peace and tranquility, ideal to take a break from the hectic modern world. Prabhuji Yoga classes and meditation gatherings are regularly held there.
Many visitors spend their vacations at the ashram every year. The Prabhuji Ashram, spread over 47 acres of forest and picturesque creeks, is home to different species of birds. This rural area with its clean air serves as a natural refuge for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The paradisiacal landscape provides ideal conditions for meditation and revitalization. It is a place that promotes harmony and integration between body, mind, and soul. Visitors from different parts of the world come every year to the Prabhuji Ashram in search of peace and tranquility. The Prabhuji Academy of Hatha Yoga also operates there, and disciples offer Hatha Yoga training under the supervision of the master.
Several authorities of prestigious religious and spiritual institutions from India have honored Prabhuji with various titles and diplomas. The Bhaktivedānta title was conferred on him by H.H. B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaja, a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda and the founder of Vrinda. The Yogācārya title was given to him by H.H. Swami Viṣṇu Devānanda, a disciple of H.H. Swami Śivānanda Sarasvatī and the founder of the Sivananda Organization, as well as by the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Sciences and Research of Indore, India, the International Yoga Federation, the Indian Association of Yoga, and the Shri Shankarananda Yogashram of Mysore, India. The sannyāsa order was conferred on him by H.H. Swami Jyotirmayānanda Sarasvatī, the founder of the Yoga Research Foundation, by H.H. B.A. Paramadvaiti Mahārāja, and by H.H. Bhaktivedānta Atulananda Acharya Maharaja, both disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda. Finally, in 2011, he renounced to the sannyas order to be initiated into the very elevated avadhūta bābājī order directly by Paraṁ-pūjya Avadhūta Yogacharya Śrī Brahmānanda Bābājī Maharaja.
In January 2012, Prabhuji’s health forced him to officially renounce public life. He decided to stop managing the mission, spreading his message, and accepting new monastic disciples.
In recent years, Prabhuji lives in solitude in his home, the Prabhuji Ashram. He spends his days completely away from the public, writing in silence and absorbed in contemplation. In that paradisiacal place, surrounded by forests and creeks, he shares his message only with a few pilgrims, sincere seekers, and inquisitive souls who travel from different parts of the world to personally associate with the hermit writer. When his health allows, he grants meetings and personal sessions.
In 1973, he met the famous Uruguayan writer and poet Blanca Luz Brum and struck up a sincere friendship with her. She was a source of inspiration in his literary work.
His vast literary contribution includes books in Hebrew, such as Yoga: experiencing your presence, The classical hatha yoga, and a commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali; in as well as Spanish and English, such as Yoga: union with reality, Tantra: liberation in the world, Kundalini yoga: the power is in you, What is as it is, Bhakti-yoga: the path of love, Experimenting with the Truth, Spiritual stories, as well as commentaries on different sacred scriptures, such as Nārada Bhakti Sutras, Īśāvāsya Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, and others.
Prabhuji is a respected member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the American Association of University Professors, the Southwestern Philosophical Society, the Authors Guild Professional Organization for Writers, the National Writers Union, PEN America, the International Writers Association, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, and the National Writers Association.
Despite being completely retired from public life, Prabhuji continues to operate various humanitarian projects due to his conviction that “to serve the part is to serve the Whole.”
The Prabhuji Ashram offers the opportunity to reside there for a limited time; even though the Ashram accepts visitors since 2010, the mission no longer accepts monastic residents.