DEAN DAS is the founder of Mind-Yoga (Aust).
Dean Das is a Western-born Meditation Master, teaching for over 35 years.
Dean Das commenced practicing Yoga at 15 years of age. In 1974, he met the great Siddha Yogi, Swami Muktananda Sarasvati who was visiting Australia. Upon meeting, Muktananda instructed Dean Das to travel to India, and live in his Ganeshpuri Ashram. Through ‘an act of grace’ , Dean Das was led to his Guru, the revered Siddha Master, Swami Prakashananda Sarasvati ('Babaji') of Sapta Shringi Devi mountain, Western India. Dean Das lived with his Guru in a 'father-son' discipleship for 7 years at his remote Ashram atop Sapta Shringi Devi mountain, Nasik District, Western India. He took initiation into Bramachari Sannyas of the Dashnami Sarasvati Monastic Order. He experienced what is called shaktipat, (the transmission of spiritual energy from Guru to disciple), the entry point to the inner process of years of sadhana (spiritual work), culminating in what is known as Samadhi, the state of Self-Realization. In 1982, Dean Das returned to Australia and took up a family/householder life. He worked as a University academic, a Mental Health Specialist, and a Private Consultant / Expert Witness to State and Federal Courts in the field of Criminology/Forensic Psychology.
In 1980, Swami Prakashananda (Babaji) prophesied that ‘Dean Das will take my name around the world through the teaching of Meditation’. Mind-Yoga (Aust) is dedicated to introducing sincere students to the methodology of Meditation Yoga as taught within the tradition of the 9th Century, Siddha/Nath Yoga lineage of Western India.
Mind-Yoga conducts Meditation Yoga Courses / Intensives, and regular Chant Satsangs. Dean Das presents at Yoga Conferences / Yoga Festivals, and contributes Journal articles on Meditation, Yoga and the Mind. He is currently producing The Prakashananda Documentary', a documentary film on the life of his Guru, titled, ‘The Light of Love’ . 'http://prakashanandadocumentary.com
SWAMI PRAKASHANANDA SARASWATI ('Babaji') meaning 'revered father', lived at the top of Sapta Shringi mountain for 27 years, an isolated mountain range dedicated to the the Devi (Mother Goddess) near Nasik, Western India. Living in a cave for the first 7 years, gradually The Shree Gurudev Ashram was established to feed, house, and educate many young children from poor families. In residence was small group of Hindu sannyasins (monks), and the occasional Western yogi. Many hundreds of devotees throughout the years climbed the 3.5 to 4 hours steep mountain paths to receive Babaji’s ‘darshan’ (blessings). In 1988 Babaji left his body. He was a revered Siddha Yogi (God-Realized/Self-Realized Yogi) recognized throughout India, who had a profound impact upon all who were fortunate enough to meet him. He was described as 'the living embodiment of Love'.
Babaji saw himself as a simple and humble man describing himself in terms of an 'Agaram Bagaram Baba' ( 'a bit of this, a bit of that' Baba'). Yet behind this humble exterior was a man of immense 'spiritual power' capable of 'awakening' a seekers latent 'spiritual consciousness' via direct transmission of his own spiritual energy (shaktipat)
(Recommended reading on Swami Prakashananda Saraswati is 'Agaram Bagaram Baba' by Titus Foster, and 'Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels' by Kirin Narayan, listed in Menu under 'Book References'. For direct purchase of these books, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the book will be posted to you.