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"An excellent contribution to the little known science of immortality." -- C. Srinivasan, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Botany, Annamalai University, India

"It is the most accurate and comprehensive exposition of the ancient Kriya Yoga tradition and method published in English to date" --E. Ayyappa, a long time disciple of Babaji

About the Author

About the author: Marshall Govindan has practised Kriya Yoga intensively as a disciple of Babaji since 1969. He studied and practised Kriya Yoga in India for nearly four years with Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, a direct disciple of Babaji, assisting him in the establishment and development of 23 Kriya Yoga centers around the world over two decades. He practised Babaji's Kriya yoga an average of 8 hours per day for 18 years. After fulfilling certain rigorous conditions, he was asked by Babaji on Christmas day, 1988, to go and teach Kriya yoga to others under his guidance and inspiration. In 1990 he was married for the first time, to Gaetane Annai Ouellet of Quebec in a traditional ceremony at the Chidambaram Shiva temple in South India. In 1991 he authored the bestselling book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. In 1992, he and his wife, Annai founded Babaji's Kriya Yoga Ashram on a beautiful mountain top, 40 acre estate. It is located at 196 Mountain Road, St Etienne de Bolton, Quebec, Canada J0E 1P0., near Montreal. They organize initiations and retreats here year round as well as summer camps which host a variety of teachers. In 1993 he edited and published the first english translation of Thirumandiram: A Classic of Yoga and Tantra by Siddha Thirumoolar. At the end of 1994 he retired after 25 years of work in some of North America's largest corporations, where he integrated the practise of Kriya Yoga with a life of dedicated service as an economist and later as a leading professional and author in the field of computer systems control and auditing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Kriya Yoga Publications; 2nd edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895383005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895383003
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda) is the President of Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, and a disciple of Babaji Nagaraj, the famed Himalayan master and originator of Kriya Yoga, as well as his late disciple, Yogii S.A.A. Ramaiah, (1923-2006). M. G. Satchidananda has practiced Babaji's Kriya Yoga intensively since 1969. He studied and practiced Kriya Yoga in India for five years with Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, assisting him in the establishment of 23 yoga centers around the world during an 18 year period as a dedicated. During this period he practiced Kriya Yoga for eight hours per day on average, and as a result attained Self-realization.

While in India he studied the Tamil language and the works of the Tamil Yoga Siddhas. In 1980 he assisted in the collection and publication of the complete writings of Siddhar Boganathar in Tamil. In 1988 he was asked by Babaji Nagaraj, the founder of Kriya Yoga to begin teaching. In 1989 in founded "Babaji's Kriya Yoga and Publications" to facilitate research, publication and education related to Babaji and the Yoga Siddhas. In 1991, he wrote the best selling book, "Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition", now published in 15 languages. In 1992 he founded Babaji's Kriya Yoga Ashram on a beautiful 80 acre mountain top site in St. Etienne de Bolton, Quebec. He offers classes, seminars and retreats there year round. In 1993, he edited and published the first international English translation of "Tirumandiram: a Classic of Yoga and Tantra."

In 1995 he retired from a 25 year career as an economist and later a systems auditor to devote himself full time to teaching and publishing in the field of Yoga. Since 1992, he has traveled extensively throughout the world guiding about many Kriya Yoga study groups in over 20 countries, ashrams in Canada and Bangalore, India, and a lay order of 26 teachers of Kriya Yoga: Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, a non-profit educational charity, incorporated in the USA, Canada, India and Sri Lanka. Since 1989 he has personally initiated over 13,000 persons in Babaji's Kriya Yoga in a series of intensive sessions and retreats.

In October 1999 he was blessed with the darshan of Babaji Nagaraj near his ashram in Badrinath, Himalayas. He 2003, he was again blessed with His darshan, at Val d'Aosta, in the Italian Alps, and given the name "Satchidananda."

From 2000 to 2001, he completed the writing of, and publication of "Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Siddhas," in several European languages. Since 2000, he has co-sponsored with Dr. Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., a team of scholars in a large scale research project engaged in the preservation, transcription, translation and publication of the whole of the literature related to the Yoga of the 18 Siddhas. The Yoga Siddha Research Project, based in Chennai, has produced during this period six major publications related to the Yoga Siddhas. A new translation with commentary of the "Tirumandiram" was completed and published in ten volumes by Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas in 2010. The transcription of more than 150 palm leaf manuscripts written by the Yoga Siddhas will be published by 2012.

He is the author of:
Babaji and the Eighteen Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition (1991)
Kriya Hatha Yoga: Eighteen Postures for Relaxation and Rejuvenation (1992)
Kriya Yoga Sutras of the Patanjali (2000)
The Wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas (2006)
Kriya Yoga Insights Along the Path (2008)
Most of the above works are published in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese

And the editor and publisher of:

Thirumandiram: A Classic of Yoga and Tantra (1993)
The Yoga of Siddha Boganathar volume 1 (2003)
The Yoga of Siddha Boganathar volume 2 (2004)
The Yoga of the Eighteen Siddhas: An Anthology (2004)
The Yoga of Siddha Tirumular (2004)
The Yoga of Siddha Avvai (2005)
Tirumandiram, (2010)
Babaji's Kriya Yoga: Deepening Your Practice (2010)
The Yoga Toolbox: An Everyday Guide for Shaping Your Life (2010)
Kailash: In Quest of the Self (2010)

He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

For more information visit his websites at www.babajiskriyayoga.net, www.thewisdomofjesus.net and www.tirumular.net and see his biosketch on wikipedia.net

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Mihalyi on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Marshall Govindan writes with insight and intelligence on the history of the Siddhas. It is, therefore, very difficult to understand the motivation behind some of the scathing reviews on this page - perhaps it is a matter of Govindan having offended the fundamentalist Christian mindset by delving into the topic of immortality; although one wonders why such people would even pick up a book like this one. I would have liked to see more information on Babaji himself, as the current offering is rather sketchy. Nevertheless, the book is well-researched and illuminated by Govindan's gentle style. It is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in following the paths of the Siddhas, particularly the ones who have allegedly transformed the physical body into an immortal vehicle, transcending ageing and death. Govindan also gives us a concise and well-organized overview of Kriya Yoga making this book an excellent introduction to the topic.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Siva Balan on May 3, 2005
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This book revels the unlimited potential of human evolution.It shows that the current human development is at its infancy and it is very possible to achieve immortality with the human body.

To prove my point I would like to recommend other inspiring books such as the ''conversations with God series'' by Neale Donald Walsch which clearly states that the human body is designed to exist for eternity. That book also revels that our current physical, spiritual, intellectual and technological development is at its infancy compared to other civilizations in the universe.

There is a striking similarity between these books. M. Govindan has shown that Mahavatar Babaji and the other perfected beings are not myths. In the ''The Complete Conversations with God (Boxed Set)'' series, God has also revealed that a number of human beings had achieved immortality in the physical plane and He made a reference to Babaji as an example!

The main reason that this book as received some negative reviews is because the readers themselves do not believe in their own divinity. Didn't Jesus teach that we are all gods and the kingdom of heaven is within us?

I highly recommend this book for those who wish to improve themselves in their thoughts, words and deeds. This book shows that nothing is impossible to achieve.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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After having read Autobiography of a Yogi, I felt eager for more information on the ultimate source of this Yoga lineage. While I was interested in taking the Kriya Yoga path I could not do so unless I knew the whole story.
I believe I found it in the book Babaji & the 18 Siddhas. The author not only provides details of the lives and accomplishments of these masters of Yoga. He also grounds their existence into the historical and geographical context of ancient India. It helps us to connect more easily with this little known lineage of Yoga masters.
Finally the book is also very practical in giving us the great lines of the various techniques offered to achieve not only spiritual enlightenment but also physical immortality. Yes the promises seem too good to be true. Yet the author writes in a factual and knowing manner. While it remains for each of us to decide whether this is truth or not,no one who is serious in their search for enlightenment thru the Yoga way should be without this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hunben on March 24, 2000
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A brilliant exposition of an Indian tradition: the Siddhantham of the 18 Siddhas of the South of India. One reason for the western ignorance about this Tradition is because the Siddhas wrote in tamil, not in sanskrit. So, there are no translations of the writings and the knowledge of the Siddhas. The book is an erudite work of Marshall Govindan that transmits the love that the author has for this Tradition. He received these teachings from his master, Yogi Ramaiah. This books opens new looks and points of view about Kriya Yoga to the western mind, for those who are ready to understand a bigger picture of the Yoga lore, a picture that includes the past (with the knowledge of the origins of the Yoga tradition) and also the future.

The system of Kriya techniques of this lineage is different of the lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya. I have seen strong changes for better in the lives of people who practice it; it is designed to improve your life in all levels; the Saiva Siddhanta tradition doesn't run away from the world, but uses the gifts of Yoga to improve the society and the world (the Siddhas wrote a lot of works about different matters, including medicine and philosophy). These techniques are wonderful treasures, but only for those who are ready to practice them, they are not for faith fundamentalists looking for controversies, those who always think that there is only one way - their way. Saint Thomas Aquinus defined well the fundamentalist when he said, "I am afraid of the man of only one book!" (Most of the negative reviews here of this book were written by the same person!).

Yoga is an experience, not a faith. The Siddhas themselves were very critics against faiths; they offered the Kriya techniques as a pathway to direct experience. Their message and scientific approach to spirituality are completely alive today!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bob Butera on December 22, 1999
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The book, Babaji and the 18 Siddha Tradition, is of the kind that inspires on several levels. It inspires through the wealth of information it provides on some of the great Siddhas and their world vision of love and service. In addition, it includes glorious color prints of Shiva and Murugan and Sri Aurobindo and the 18 Siddhas which are powerful inspirations if one meditates on them. Moreover, I have found that as I have used the book it has become a faithful tool in my sadhana. Due to the Shakti, which must have guided the hand of the author, I am guided to various teachings from the Siddhas whenever I need them. This book is so much more than it appears to be. It is a book which opens us to the possibility of knowing Kriya Babaji and the 18 Siddhas in this world, today.
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