Baba Rampuri, an American expatriate, has lived in India since 1970, when be became the first foreigner to be initiated into India’s largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis.
He is now a guru with a number of disciples within the order. In 2010, he was given a permanent seat in the Council of Juna Akhara, and given the title, “Shri Mahant.”
He is the author of “Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India,” and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and Post Colonial Thinking in his talks, workshops, and blogs.
During his long discipleship in the mystical and sometimes dangerous world of the Wisdom Tradition, he received oral teachings in sacred speech, mantra, tantra, ayurveda, logic, ritual, and, encompassing all the above, the way of the yogi in the Yoga Tradition.
Baba says, “Your tool of knowledge is Speech, because its boundaries establish the possibilities of the world.”
Baba Rampuri was born in Chicago, the son of world renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Stephen L. Gans, who helped establish the field of pediatric surgery and was one of its greatest innovators. Growing up in Beverly Hills, California, amidst the wealthy and famous, he became critical of the “culture of spectacle,” and started exploring other cultures, as well as counter-culture alternatives. Influenced by teachers such as Alan Watts, and his reading of India philosophy, Baba left for India in 1969.
After founding the Hari Puri Ashram in the Himalayan foothill town of Hardwar, in 1984, Baba has since become a member of the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara, Ujjain, Central India, and the special envoy of its Pir. He divides his time between his ashram in Hardwar, Ujjain, and Goa. He hosts an international camp at Kumbh Melas (the most recent being the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 2013), hosts retreats, teachings, and initiations in India, and gives lectures and teachings throughout the world on consciousness and inner exploration.
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Entering the Extraordinary World Initiation Rites Video
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