Our Gurus / Teachers:
Lord Shiva as the Primal Guru
Swami Virajanand Saraswati (1778-1868)
Guru of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and one of the greatest
Sanskrit and Vedic scholars of India.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883)
Founder of Durgadas's family lineage Arya Samaj and great
reformer of the Vedas.
Vimla Devi Singh-Varma
Maternal grandmother (Nani) of Durgadas and great devotee of Goddess Saraswati and Lakshmi and teacher to his Mother and Guru, Shobha Devi Singh-Varma. Pictured here with Durgadas as a baby.
Shobha Devi Lingham (1956-2009),
Durgadas's Mother and Spiritual Guide,Guru of teaching him Yoga,
secret mysteries of & greatest Shakta (Goddess) and occultism and Vedas. Daughter of Vimla Devi Singh-Varma.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa(1836-1886),
Great devotee of Goddess Kali
Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950)
India's greatest modern Jnana Yogi India's greatest modern Yogi-Rishi
and exponant of Advaita Vedanta (Non-dualism)
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)
The Goddess and Vedic Teachings Philosopher of modern India and Vedic scholar who brought about a new wave of Vedic teachings and also a new Yoga - Integral Yoga.
The Mother (1878-1973)
French Yogini and spiritual companion of Sri Aurobindo.She continued his work to new "Integral Yoga" system bring down the new
Durgadas's Vedic Lineage:
Four Primal Rishis:
Rishi Agni, Rishi Vayu, Rishi Aditya and Rishi Angira
(Around 2 Billion Years ago)
Rishi Ved Vyasa
Rishis Vaishampayana and Jaimini
Swami Virajananda Saraswati
Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati
Thakur Randhir Singh-Varma
Krit Singh-Varma & Vimla Devi Singh-Varma
Shobha Devi Singh-Varma
Ved Kovid, Durgadas
Spiritual Lineage of Durgadas:
The Rishi Parampara comes through from the ancient Vedic Rishis - Rishi Agni, Rishi Vayu, Rishi Aditya and Rishi Angira who were revealed the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas respectively.
The Supreme (Brahman) is said to heave revealed these four Vedas in the hearts of these Rishis in meditation.
From them it came to mankind and was passed down through the Rishi lineage for millions of years.
The later Rishis included:
A famous Vedic Rishi and the grandfather
of Parashara Rishi.
We can also take him to be an ancestor of Parashara Rishi also, rather than his true grandfather directly.
The father of Vyasa and a famous Rishi and authority on Astrology in his own right. His garndfather was the famous Seer Vasishtha and his father was Shakti Rishi.
Maharishi Dayanand notes Rishi Parashara as in the Gotra or family lineage of Parashara through the Verdic tradition.
Vyasa was famous in the period of the Mahabharata (c.3200bce), a friend of Sri Krishna (3227BCE-3102BCE) and also one of the last Rishis of the Vedic tradition.
Rishis Vaishampayana and Jaimini
Vaishampayana and Jaimini were disciples of Vyasa Rishi in the Vedic tradition and continued on from him,
From these Rishis, the Vedic tradition was handed down through many traditions and retained in India.
Later Vedic authorities included Rishi Patanjali, the famous author of the Yoga Sutras and also Gaudapada and Shankaracharya (c,500BCE), who kept the Vedic traditions alive.
These traditions were handed down for the next 2,500 years in various lineages, including the Dasanami Sampradaya (also known as the Eka Dandi) in which ten various names were given to those associated with it. Durgadas hails from the Saraswati line, one of the most common.
1. Swami Virajanand Saraswati
Swami Virajanand (1778 - 1868) was of India's greatest Sanskrit and Vedic scholars who envisioned a return to the Vedic philosophy in India. Although blind from a young age, he progressed in his spiritual practice and became a renowned Yogi and Philosopher.
Swami Virajanand himself was a student of the renown Swami Purnanand, a famous Sanskrit scholar, under who he learn the ancient revealed literature of the Rishis or Seers of ancient India as also Sanskrit grammar (vyakarana) and etymology (nirukta), going back to the original roots of Hindu philosophy and Yoga as in the ancient texts such as Ashtadhyayi, Mahabhashya, Nirukta and Nighantu.
It is said that after years of chanting the sacred Gayatri-mantra, Swami Virajanand had an inner vision of light of which denoted his spiritual awakening and success in the mantra.
He advocated (being blind) that man need no use of murthis or images nor the science of Astrology to attain realisation. He taught his disciples to see the Supreme in all things as the all-pervader, not just in an image or temple alone, but in our own hearts!
He is said to have come from a Panjabi family in North-Western India.
2. Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati was the founder of the Arya Samaj movement in India and a great exponent of the Vedic texts, Sanskrit learning and of the Vedic Yajnas or sacrifices, especially the Agni-Hotra or Homa, the Vedic Fire-ceremonies.
He was one of very few in the past 5,000 years of India's history who had been called a Maharishi or traditional seer, especially given his connection to the ancient Rishis of the Vedas.
Maharishi Dayanand came from a Shaivite Brahmin family in the town of Tankara, Gujarat, India and in his lifetime fought bravely against the influences of Islam and Christian Missionaries in India, holding debates with scholars of all faiths with great success.
He was one of India's first to discover the hidden Yogic keys in the Vedic texts and translate them as per traditional lights and was a student of Swami Virajanand Saraswati and promoter of the original Vedic Yoga.
Like his Guru, he also beleived that man need no use of murthis or images nor the science of Astrology to attain realisation or beleive in "fate" or "destiny", but create his own through his own good actions.
Dayanand stated that man created his own actions as per the law of karma in Hinduism, which even Hindus had forgotten and also that the Supreme (Brahman or Godhead) didn't reside simply in a holy place (tirtha) or in an image or idol (murthi) alone, but pervaded everywhere, as per the Yoga doctrine and system and the higher Vedantic systems.
He advocated Yoga in it's original Vedic form and strongly criticised the 12th Century Hatha-Yoga system and its dangerous applications and went back to the Vedic texts such as Veda Samhitas, the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras, the original authentic Yoga texts to bring out the Original Vedic Yoga, the original Yoga-system of India, free of all distortions!
He was also the first to show that the ancient Vedic texts knew of science; we need not wonder at this, since the Hindus as is well-known, have given us our mathematics, surgery and even our numerals (non-Roman numerals) and the concept of Zero - which are historical facts!
Long before Mahatma Gandhi, Maharishi Dayanand was the first Indian to proclaim 'India for Indians' which inspired great philosophers and freedom fighters such as Tilak and Sri Aurobindo - the latter of whom praised Maharishi Dayanand as the first to arrive to the clues for deciphering the Vedic texts in a Yogic / Spiritual light!
Many referred to Swami Dayanand as one of the makers of modern India. Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the second president of India noted that he was the 'highest ranked amongst the makers of modern India'.
3. Thakur Randhir Singh-Varma
Randhir Singh-Varma was an exponent of the Arya Samaj Philosophy and defender of the Vedic faith.
He came from a Rajasthani family in Jaipur, in North-Western India, known as the 'Pink City' and like it's founder, Maharaja Jai Singh, was dedicated to Vedic philosophy and educating his children in the traditional system also.
Randhir was a descendant of the same lineage of the Royal family of Jaipur and a descendant of the great Solar-King, Sri Rama of ancient India, the hero of the epic Ramayana, through his son Kush, who founded the lineage of these Rajput people.
He is the great maternal-grandfather of Durgadas.
4. Krit Singh-Varma
Krit Singh-Varma was an ardent devotee of the Vedic Philosophy and a Sanskrit scholar from one of the oldest D.A.V Arya Samaj schools in India and studied in Dehradun, Northern India and had great faith in the Vedic texts, Yoga, Sanskrit language and Gayatri-mantra which was passed on to his children.
Proficient in all Four Vedas and the Vedic rituals, he promoted the Vedic Homas or fire-ceremonies in his community and became a great defender of the Arya-Samaj Philosophy and Vedic ritualism - to such a degree that he preferred the Sanskritic Shudh-Hindi language over the common Hindusthani dialect which has many imported non-Sanskrit Persian loanwords and influences; a tradition he also passed down.
After studying the ancient Sanskrit texts, Krit has himself a more liberal view of the Vedic faith and philosophy and learnt some of the failings of the Arya Samaj which were revealed to be more or less rejection of certain elements for the purposes of the less-educated people it initially targeted and therefore introduced his own Anumana or inference as per the Vedic system of logic, beyond blind belief alone.
He was the maternal grandfather (Nana) of Durgadas.
5.Vimla Devi Singh-Varma
Vimla Devi Singh-Varma (nee Prasad) came from a family devoted to the goddess, especially in her forms as Saraswati and Durga.
Being attracted towards the stories in the Puranas, she made sure that Shobha, her eldest daughter was exposed to these, and she herself was a great devotee of the goddess in the forms of Saraswati and Lakshmi, as also Radharani, the divine lover of Sri Krishna.
It was through Vimla Devi that Shobha herself received much of the devotion to the Goddess and also the ancient Puranic traditions of India such as the stories of the great-goddess Durga from the Devi Mahatmyam.
She also possessed a deeper knowledge of the older Yugas or periods of mankind and the various advances of Vedic people in these earlier ages which she also passed on.
She is the maternal grandmother (Nani) of Durgadas and had a special attention for him as a child and Durgadas had a vision of her on her death surrounded by a halo, before it was officially announced to the family.
6. Shobha Devi Lingham
A prominent businesswoman, Shobha Devi Lingham (nee Singh-Varma) grew up in her father Krit's footsteps, following the Vedic rites and Yoga closely and eventually attaining the higher level of a spiritual aspirant who attained the siddhi or mystic power of the Gayatri-mantra.
Like her father, she was a defender of the Shudh Hindi and Sanskrit language, free of the impurities of the modern traditions.
From an early age she was drawn to occultism and was fascinated by the tales of the goddess from the Puranas and the worship of goddess Saraswati that she learnt about through her Mother (Vimla Devi Singh-Varma, nee Prasad) who were devotees of the Goddess.
Shobha (meaning 'Beauty' in Sanskrit) was so named after the goddess Lakshmi, of which her Mother saw her as an avatar or form of, being born at a time when the family was struggling and her mother had failed to get pregnant and all this changing with her arrival!
At a young age she was taken to a temple when suffering from accute astham attacks, of which she overcame by special sadhanas or spiritual rituals that she was told to do and had faith in the science of Astrology (jyotish) from then onwards.
She had an interesting ability to communicate with the Goddess Gayatri-Saraswati and other subtle Gurus on a deeper subtle level of which was passed on to Durgadas. She often referred to Seven or Ten astral guides she had - the forms of the Matrikas and Dasha Mahavidyas, the seven and ten manifestations of the Goddess.
As well as a keen interest in these sciences, she also extended her field of knowledge to astrology, the paranormal and also herbology and taught Durgadas many secret sadhanas or spiritual practices she had herself gained and had herself many higher spiritual visions and powers she had gained over the years of her Gayatri-sadhana, making her a powerful Yogini in her own right!
She has the secret of using Ayurvedic and other herbs for curing many diseases and was also herself a qualified Horticulturalist, as well as being an Accountant and prominent Businesswoman and Mentor, for which she received several accolades.
She actually died on the date of International Woman's Day after delivering a speech early that morning!
That day, she passed into the consciousness of the great-goddess in 2010, predicting and giving warnings about her own death just days before it occurred!
Continuing on from his Mother Shobha's influences, Durgadas grew up with a keen interest in the Vedic sciences of which he expanded and gained success in Gayatri-sadhana at a young age as well as occult visions that lead him to the goddess Kali and Lord Shiva and their visions.
His Mother had told him of the unusual events before his birth and during pregnancy and also his spiritual life which would manifest.
In his early teens, he was drawn to the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Sivananda, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and later Sri Ramana Maharishi, The Mother and Sri Aurobindo of who had had visions of and insights from and several other mystical experiences.
He later came into contact with the works of Pandit Vamadeva Shastri of whom he also shared a similar view with, with regards to the Vedas, Tantra, Hinduism and Indian History and began to study his works and teachings along with Vamadeva's guidance in these sciences, also expanding his studies in Ayurveda in India and related sciences such as Yoga and Jyotisha.
Wanting a return to tradition, Durgadas studied the Ashtavaidya system of Ayurveda in southern India under traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyas or doctors and therapists, learning all aspects of Ayurveda from herbal to clinical and researched the ancient Ayurvedic texts to restore a more traditional system of the Rishis also.
Seeking also to restore the original Vedic Yoga as put forward by Swami Dayanand and an Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo, Durgadas created the Vedic Para-Yoga System, which is the Yoga of the Rig Veda according to Tradition, as well as a new system of Levels of the Cosmos and Human Psyche as well as a deeper application of the 21 Chakras, all of which through meditation and research, he traced back to the Rig Veda itself in concepts!
For the first time in known modern history, Durgadas revealed the 107 Marmas, the great Ayurvedic Acharya, Sushruta and the Dasha Mahavidyas all being contained in the Rig Veda, of which he has mentioned in his several works and books.
Durgadas has also brought out the Purna Ayurveda system of Ayurveda, a complete system of Ayurveda based on tradition and the original Ayurvedic teachings in the classics in it's Integral or Complete and Traditional form.
At the age of 15, he began to compose several books on the Vedas, Hinduism, Tantra and Yoga of which took shape more recently in 2011-2013 in collected and organised form, in which period these insights and writings have taken the shape of 14 published books on Vedic sciences so far.
Pandit Vamadeva Shastri has stated that Durgadas
"has a profound knowledge of Veda, Tantra and Yoga, including of the original mantras and higher deity energies that few are ever able to gain. He is a veritable treasure house of Vedic and Tantric lore, not simply of an academic or informational nature, but reflecting detailed Yoga practices understood only to rare souls who can truly extend their awareness beyond human consciousness.
"Rodney (Durgadas) must have been born with this deeper knowledge and have as a mission to sustain it in this world. He has already seriously taken the task of guiding others and is carefully transmitting his knowledge to select students.
"Rodney (Durgadas) is bound to be one of the most important Vedic teachers for decades to come. He reminds one of ancient rishis like Vishwamitra and Bharadvaja who not only had the higher knowledge but made sure that it was protected and shared in the proper context of devotion and respect."
Kalidas is a senior student (sadhak, practitioner) and most advanced student of Durgadas who has been studying the Vedic sciences and higher applications of Tantric Yoga with him for over a decade.
As his name suggests, Kalidas is a devotee of the Goddess Kali and has mastered her sadhana, as well as that of the ancient Gayatri mantra of ancient India as handed down through generations in Durgadas's family.
He has mastered some of the ancient key secrets in application of mantra and yoga practices that Durgadas has taught for the preservation in the future in the traditional Gurukula system of ancient India and is charged with being his spiritual successor.
Other advanced sadhakas:
Taradasi, meaning "devotee of the goddess Tara" is the second to have received the higjher initiation into the goddess and Shakti tradition by Durgadas.
Upon meeting Taradasi in India, Durgadas immediatly recognised the goddess within her and her previous associations and deep connection with the Goddess. He gave her initiation into the sacred mantra of the Goddess and other sacred mantras revealed to him, knowing that she had the deeper power and awareness to use these wisely.
Taradasi is an Aurvedic Practitioner and Therapist in Europe and passes on many of these blessings to her clients.
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