Prabhuji Today

Prabhuji is retired from public life

Prabhuji is a writer, painter, and avadhūta mystic. In 2011, he chose to retire from society and lead a silent and contemplative life as a hermit. He spends his days in solitude, writing, painting, praying, and meditating. Since then, he is no longer participating in sat-saṅgs, lectures, gatherings, meetings, retreats, seminars, study groups, or courses. We ask everyone to respect his privacy and do not try to contact him by any means for gatherings, meetings, interviews, blessings, śaktipāta, initiations, or personal visits.

 

Prabhuji’s Teachings

As a mystic, Hindu avadhūta, and realized Spiritual Master, Prabhuji has always appreciated and shared the essence and spiritual wisdom of a wide variety of religious practices from around the world. He does not consider himself a member or representative of any particular religion. Although many see him as an enlightened being, Prabhuji has no intention to present himself as a preacher, guide, coach, content creator, influencer, preceptor, mentor, counselor, consultant, monitor, tutor, teacher, instructor, educator, enlightener, pedagogue, evangelist, rabbi, posek halacha, healer, therapist, satsangist, psychic, leader, medium, savior, or guru. In fact, according to Prabhuji, spirituality is an individual, solitary, personal, private, and intimate searching and not a collective endeavor through social, organized, institutional, and communitarian religiosity.

To that end, Prabhuji does not proselytize or preach. Instead, he shares his personal experiences, learnings, and realizations solely through books and lectures available on the Internet, by which he does not try to persuade, convince, or make anyone change their perspective, philosophy, or religion. Others may find his thoughts and practices helpful in their personal spiritual journeys, but Prabhuji’s teachings are not meant to be personal advice, counseling, guidance, self-help methods, or techniques for spiritual, physical, or psychological development. He seeks only to share what he has experienced on his own spiritual journey. His experiences will not provide solutions to all of life’s spiritual, material, economic, psychological, emotional, familial, social, or bodily problems, nor does Prabhuji promise miracles, mystical experiences, supernatural powers, or spiritual salvation.

 

Prabhuji Mission

Prabhuji visited the USA in 2000 and during his stay in New York, he realized that it was the most appropriate country to found a non-profit religious organization to preserve his teachings and literary work. Thus, in 2003, the Prabhuji Mission was born, a Hindu church aimed at preserving Prabhuji’s universal and pluralistic vision of Hinduism and the “Retrogressive Yoga.”

Although Prabhuji’s emphasis has not been on attracting followers, for 15 years (1995-2010), Prabhuji considered the requests of a few people who approached him asking to be his monastic disciples. Those who chose to see Prabhuji as their spiritual master voluntarily accepted vows of poverty and dedicate their lives to spiritual practice (sadhāna), religious devotion (bhakti), and selfless service (seva). Although Prabhuji no longer accepts new disciples, he continues to guide the small group of veteran avadhūtas of the Ramakrishnananda Monastic Order that he founded.

Service and glorification of the guru are fundamental spiritual principles in Hinduism. Prabhuji Mission, being a traditional Hindu church, practices the millenary guru-bhakti tradition of reverence to the master. Some disciples and friends of Prabhuji Mission, on their own initiative, contribute to preserving the legacy of Prabhuji’s interfaith teachings for future generations by disseminating his books, videos of his private talks, and websites.

 

Public services

The Prabhuji Mission maintains an active temple (The Śrī Śrī Radha-Śyāmasundara Mandir), a monastery (the Avadhutashram), and a vast library that provides the congregation with religious and spiritual education, instruction in various forms of meditation and yoga, education in various theologies and philosophies that allows to deepen the studies in Prabhuji’s message, worship and religious ceremonies, and the opportunity to express their devotion to God in the form of devotional service by selflessly contributing their skills and training to the Mission’s programs, such as Prabhuji Food Distribution program, among others.

Although the Avadhutashram does not accept monastic residents, visitors, or volunteers, and no donations, collaborations or sponsorships are solicited or encouraged, the public is cordially invited to participate in daily religious services and attend devotional festivals at the Śrī Śrī Radha-Śyāmasundara Mandir temple.