The Retroprogressive Yoga

Prabhuji is the creator of Pūrvavyāpi-pragatiśīlaḥ Yoga (पूर्वव्यापि-प्रगतिशील-योगः), the Retroprogressive or Retroevolutionary Yoga. He refers to his message as a retroprogressive process because it involves an advancement towards the source, an approximation to the origin. As one progresses, one is closer to the originary and primary. Although Prabhuji’s teachings are universal, liberal, interreligious, and inclusive, it would be a mistake to disconnect them from the framework of the very ancient Sanātana-dharma religion, commonly referred to in the West as Hinduism. By Hinduism we mean a theology in which vaidika and tāntrika fusion is felt in almost all its aspects. Although the basis of its message is its own direct experience of Truth, its theological and philosophical foundations are deeply rooted in the Vaishnava Krishnaita school from an Advaita Vedanta perspective. Living up to its title of Bhaktivedānta, Prabhuji’s version of the Sanātana-dharma religion includes both devotion (bhakti) and wisdom (jñāna).  The highest devotion to His Lordships Śrī Radha and Śyāmasundara is organically combined with his extremely non-dual realizations.

The integral message of this great avādhuta mystic is a path of liberation that, while remaining traditional and classical, proves original and novel by integrating all the various branches of yogic wisdom (jñāna, karma, bhakti, haṭha, rāja, kuṇḍalinī, tantra, mantra). Prabhuji reveals an inclusive, advaita-rooted version of Vaishnava Krishnaist Hinduism in which the same essence can be found in all the different revealed scriptures of humanity.

According to Prabhuji, Kṛṣṇa is the source and origin of every experience, the substance of every experience, and the place where every experience occurs. Kṛṣṇa is the beginning, middle and end of everything and everyone.

अहमात्मा गुडाकेश सर्वभूताशयस्थितः ।
अहमादिश्च मध्यं च भूतानामन्त एव च ॥ १०-२०॥

ahamātmā guḍākeśa
ahamādiś ca madhyaṁ ca
bhūtānāmanta eva ca

“I am the Self, O Guḍākeśa, seated in the heart of all beings; I am the Beginning, the Middle, and also the End of every being.” (Bhagavad Gita, 10.20)

He is both personal and impersonal. As the personal is bliss and as the impersonal is peace.

The main practices recommended by Prabhuji are:

  • Meditation.
  • Japa or repetition of the Holy Maha Mantra: Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare.
  • Devotional service, or work without the intention of obtaining financial remuneration.
  • Svādhyāya, or study of the sacred scriptures.
  • Haṭha-yoga.