Sources of Inspiration
H.H. Bhaktikavi Atulananda Acharya Swami
H.H. Avadhuta Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja
Hacham Mr. Yosef Har-Zion ZL”B
Rabbi Shalom Dov (Dober) Lifshitz ZTL”B
H.H. Mataji Reena Sharma
H.H. Swami Vishnudevananda Maharaja
H.H. Swami Jyotirmayananda Maharaja
H.H. Swami Dayananda Saraswati
H.H. Swami Swahananda Maharaja
H.H. Narahari Das Babaji Maharaja
H.D.G. Bhaktikavi Acharya Atulananda Swami Maharaja
vande ‘ham atulanandam-
vinatm hi mano-yasya
“I respectfully bow down to His Divine Grace Atulananda Acarya, who is adorned with devotion, and whose heart endowed with wisdom and shines with humbleness.”
mano dattam supavanam
“He gave his surrendered and well purified mind and heart to Śrī Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa through his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda.”
Srila Bhaktikavi Atulananda Acharya Swami (1952-), disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) has devoted himself entirely to propagating the mission of his master, for which he founded in Chile, together with his collaborators, the Sarasvat Gaudiya Seva Congregation, with branches inside and outside the country. Since the early 1990s, he has published his books, essays on Bhakti yoga, devotional poems, and poetic translations into Spanish of essential Vaishnavism books and songs. One of his main books is English is Bhagavad Gita: A Poem for the Soul (2018).
Being the son of a diplomat, he was born in Santiago de Chile but grew up in different countries. At age 15, he embraced yoga in Belgium. Today he is a regular practitioner of yoga and director of A.Y.A, his Adhyatma Yoga Association, which trains instructors, worldwide, on the path of recovering the original practice of yoga as a path towards Bhakti yoga, whose cultivation is the primary goal of his mission Sarasvat Gaudiya Seva.
Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Atulananda Acharya Swami favors a presentation of the Vedas in verse to direct his audience toward this transcendental knowledge and motivate them to deepen their studies through reading the masterpieces of his gurus, in particular H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual brother, H.D.G. Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja.
It was in 1976 that Prabhuji met His Divine Grace Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Ācārya Swami, at that time he was the temple president in Puente Alto, Santiago, Chile. From the first moment he saw him, Prabhuji accepted him in the heart as his eternal spiritual master. Years later, he was officially accepted as disciple and received first initiation and brāhmaṇa initiation. Finally, he initiated him into the sacred renounced order called sanyāsa within the line of disciplic succession Brahma Gauḍīya Saṁpradāya.
H.H. Avadhuta Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja
brahma-dhyāne sthitiste veśo’vadhūto’sti ramyaḥ
brāhmīṁ prāpya sthitiṁ tāṁ nityaṁ samādhau nimagnaḥ
kāruṇya-prema-gāthāṁ smṛtvā tvadīyāṁ suśiśyāḥ
brahmānandaṁ guruṁ tvāṁ nityaṁ namāmo namaste
״O Guru Maharaja His Holiness Baba Brahmānanda! You are situated in the meditation of The Supreme Lord and your form of a renounced person is attractive. Attaining that state of meditation of the Supreme Lord you are always deeply lost in the state of Samadhi. remembering the story of your kindness and love, we bow down to you, salutations to you.״
His Holiness Avadhuta Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja, whom Prabhuji calls Guru Maharaja out of respect and love, is guru and one of the main sources of inspiration of Prabhuji. He was born on November 13, 1930, in Lakhimpur, a small village on the banks of the river Seryu, close to the holy city of Ayodhya in India. He is a disciple of the great siddha His Holiness Avadhuta Sri Mastarama Babaji Maharaja. Over the years, Sri Brahmananda Babaji became a living example of the light and wisdom of his great master.
After years of sadhana, Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja’s spiritual master gave him the sacred initiation “Avadhuta”. Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja was a fully enlightened being and lived his life in full enjoyment of the divine bliss. He attained complete realization of karma, bhakti, hatha, raja, kundalini, tantra, and jnana yoga. He instructed and guided Prabhuji for more than 15 years in all the different aspects of yoga. The last years Guru Maharaja resided in Attipra, Thiruvananthapuram, India, and left his body on May 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in Rishikesh.
The first meeting
By Swami Ramananda
In 1996, Prabhuji was walking on the banks of the Ganges near the holy city Rishikesh where, attracted by a melodious silence, he sat on the bright sand to meditate. Something in this place captivated him, but he did not know what it was. When he opened his eyes after a long and deep meditation, he noticed a nearby cave. He could not resist entering the cave and, once there, he felt an even more mysterious power, and he submerged into a deeper meditation.
There was something different in this place, different from any other place he had ever been, as if the sand, the stones, and the waters were bringing him closer to himself.
The next day, still excited from what he experienced in the cave, Prabhuji noticed a sadhu standing next to Shiva Temple. His white shining clothing and his noble movements separated him from the rest of the sadhus. Prabhuji approached the sadhu, and asked him for his name.
“This has no name,” answered the sadhu pointing to his heart.
“Where do you live?”
The sadhu silently pointed his finger towards the Shiva Temple.
“May I learn from you?”
Although he never accepted any disciples before, the sadhu agreed.
In the following days, Prabhuji spent many hours with the sadhu, learning the mysteries of yoga and meditation. The sadhu, who is known by the name Baba Brahmananda, became Prabhuji’s beloved diksha-guru.
When Baba Brhamananda took Prabhuji to the Ashram of his spiritual master, Prabhuji recognized that the Guru of Baba Brhamananda was Mastarama Babaji Maharaj, the same powerful sadhu that used to live in the magical cave. Then Prabhuji understood that through his presence, which lives on in the cave, he experienced this most amazing meditation, and that by his grace he was receiving the wisdom of the Vedas from Baba Brhamananda.
Even today, while chanting “Jaya Bhagavan” to his beloved Bhagavan Mastarama Babaji, Prabhuji is going back to the same cave, enjoying the nectar of Babaji that still inhabits the empty cave in his heart…. and fills the hearts that listen to his sweet voice chanting in ecstatic devotion to the great soul that was His Holines Mastarama Babaji Mahraj.
Hacham Mr. Yosef Har-Zion ZL”B
tsadik katamar yifrach Ke’erez bal’vanon yisgeh
shetulim beveit H’Shem
b’chatsrot Eloheinu yafrichu yafrichu
od yenuvun b’seyvah
d’sheinim v’raananim yihyu
l’hagid ki yashar Adonai,
tsuri, tsuri v’lo, v’lo avlatah bo
“The righteous man shall flourish like the palm (tree) he shall thrive (grow tall) like a cedar in Lebanon. Rooted in the house of the Lord In the courtyards of our G-d they shall bring forth fruit in our old age they’ll be ever fresh and green, proclaiming that the Lord is just, my rock, in whom there is no wrong.” (Psalms 92:13)
Hacham Yosef Har-Zion ZL”B was born in Santiago, Chile, on January 25, 1940. Philosopher and mystic that from an early age felt an inclination for the spiritual search. His great passions were the study of Jewish mysticism, as well as philosophy, painting, philately, and chess. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Santiago. In his youth, he practiced Jiu Jitsu. He married very young in 1957. As a businessman, he managed to support his family in a decent way but without great luxuries.
Away from the public, he devoted much of his time in solitude to Torah study. From his earliest childhood, he showed a privileged memory that allowed him to retain much knowledge of sacred books.
His search for Truth overflowed the boundaries of the Jewish religion, taking a serious interest in Eastern spirituality. He studied Vedanta at the Suddha Dharma Mandalam and later studied Bhakti Yoga at the Krishna Temple in Puente Alto, Chile. In 1970, he decided to emigrate with his entire family to Israel.
He used to talk a lot with his son Prabhuji from an early age about Hebrew spirituality. He always supported him in his search for the Truth, becoming his first spiritual master. He passed away in 2019 and his remains rest in peace in Karmiel Cemetery, Israel.
Rabbi Shalom Dov (Dober) Lifshitz ZTL”B
Rabbi Shalom Dov (Dober) Lifshitz (May 1, 1930- September 23, 2011) was the Rabbi of the HABAD community in the city of Ramat Gan, Israel, and the founder and Chairman of the Yad Le Achim organization. He was a close and loyal disciple of the Lubavitch Rebbe and dedicated his life to the study of Torah and Hassidut, and to serve the mission of his Rebbe.
Prabhuji met Rabbi Lifshitz in 1997. The relations between them were close and warm from the first moment. Prabhuji often visited his home, where they would sit together for long hours to study Torah, Talmud, Tanya and writings of the Chabad Rebbes. Even after Prabhuji moved to the US, they continued to meet and study together at every opportunity when Rabbi Lifshits visited New York. Rabbi lifshitz supported the activities of Prabhuji and appreciated his passion and love for the Divine. He considered Prabhuji as an intimate disciple, and Prabhuji saw him as his Rabbi.
Rabbi Lifshitz was born in Unecha, Russia, to Israel-Leib and Zlata Masha Lifshitz. His father was a disciple of the Rebbe RAYYATZ, and studied at the “Tomchei Temimim Yeshivah” in Lubavitch. Rabbi Shalom Dober Lifshitz’s childhood days were spent in Onecha. His memories of that time were saturated with the devotion of his father, R. Israel Leib, who was engaged in the activity of maintaining religion and spreading Judaism among the town’s residents, with self-sacrifice and dedication. In 1937, at the age of eight, he immigrated with his family to Eretz Israel and settled in Ramat Gan. He began his studies at Tiferet Zion in Bnei Brak (under the direction of Rabbi Yaakov Schneidman), and after the end of his studies there, he entered the “Achei Tamimim Lubavitch” yeshivah in Lubavitch in Tel Aviv, led by the influencer Rabbi Haim Shaul Brock, The chassidic character and influence of R. Shaul, as well as the outstanding humility which characterized him, accompanied by an uncompromising demand for truth and seriousness and discernment have been engraved in Rabbi Lifshitz for the rest of his life.
On Shabbat Kodesh Tisha B’Av 5768, after a long illness, His father Rabbi Yisrael Leib was taken to his eternal abode, with a Tractate Shabbat, which he studied at that time, on his desk. At about the same time, he began studying at the Ponivez Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, near his mother’s residence. In 1959, he asked to travel to the United States, to study at a yeshiva with the Rebbe RAYATZ, and even received an immigration permit from the yeshiva administration, but for various reasons eventually the plan was not realized.
In the early 1950s, he headed a group of yeshiva students who founded the “Association of the Torah camp activists” (later- Yad Le Achim). They began working in the immigrant caps of Israel, to offer the young the possibility of Jewish education. In Elul 5755 (1965) he married Miriam, a clinical psychologist, daughter of the Chabad influencer Rabbi Nahum Goldschmid.
Rabbi Shalom Ber was in a close and continuous personal contact of guidance and advice with the Lubavitch Rebbe, in person, in numerous privet meetings as well as through letters and phone conversations. This included personal and spiritual guidance as well as guidance regarding his activities and projects. Rabbi Shalom Dober served also as a messenger and mediator between the Rebbe and other personalities.
The Rebbe expressed many times affection and appreciation towards Rabbi Shalom Dober, and he mentioned several times that his activities and service was desired and blessed by him.
The Rebbe also expressed his will that Rabbi Shalom Dober will serve as a Rabbi of the Ramat Gan community. Following this guidance, Rabbi Lifshitz served as rabbi of the Hillel neighborhood in Ramat Gan and a member of the city’s rabbinical office. After Rabbi Gedaliah Axelrod left Ramat Gan in 1981, he was appointed rabbi of the Chabad community in Ramat Gan. He served as head of the Maorot Yisrael Kollel in Ramat Gan and was behind several projects in the field of Torah literature. He was also one of the founders of the Rabbinical Association for Mental Supervision.
Rabbi Lifshitz was taken to his eternal abode in 24 of Elul, at the age of 82.
H.H. Mataji Reena Sharma
viśvāmbāyāḥ svarūpaṁ jñātaṁ hi yat-san-nidhānāt
yā śrīr dharaṇyāṁ suyogaiḥ prāptā mahā-devī-rūpā
svopasthityaiva yā nas jñānasya sarvasya dātrī
rīnā-śarmābhidhānā tasyai hi devyai namaste
“Salutations to that Goddess, Śrimatī Reena Sharma, in whose companionship, the manifestation of the mother of world is realized. With good fortune appeared on the earth that radiant Mahā-devī, who bestows all wisdom just by her presence.”
jñāna-pradāyai namaste yasyā gurur deva-devaḥ
sākṣāc chivo jñāna-mūlas gaṅgā-dharaḥ pārvatīśaḥ
tasyai namaste priyāyai divya-svarūpa-sthitāyai
śānti-pradāyai namaste śakti-prade te guro naḥ
“Reverences to you, giver of wisdom, whose direct guru is the God of gods, Lord Śiva, the lord of Pārvatī, who carries Gaṅgā on his head. Salutation to you, beloved guru, established in your divine appearance. O bestower of divine power (śakti), to you, the benefactor of peace, we bow down.”
Her Grace Mataji Reena Sharma was born on September 21st, 1958, in Ranipur, Punjab, India. She is a master and fully enlightened saint, considered by many an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Along her spiritual path, she was guided and taught directly by Shiva. Her parents are Krishna Dev Sharma and Maya Devi Sharma; her brother’s name is Lokesh Sharma. She is married to Hari Om Sharma and together they have two daughters and a son. Mataji founded the Kali Mandir.
Prabhuji met Her Grace Mataji Reena Sharma in New Delhi, India. From the first moment he saw her, he felt a connection to the Devi. Recognizing her as an incarnation of Mahadevi, Prabhuji opened his heart and instantly experienced all the wisdom of Tantra directly from The Divine Mother of the Universe.
In Prabhuji’s words: “From the first moment I saw her, I felt my chest open, exposing my heart, and tears poured down from my eyes like a waterfall. Ma looked straight at me and we stayed that way for a long time; It was as if the hundreds of people attending the satsang had suddenly disappeared, and only Ma and I were left.”
Prabhuji was initiated by this holy master, which led him to the direct experience of the Devi. Her Grace Mataji Reena Sharma is a very important aspect in the life and teachings of Prabhuji, who later wrote the book Tantra… liberation in the world, based on the revelations received from this divine being.