In early April Yogi Baba Prem was interviewed by the staff of Yoga Curious in India. Subjects ranged from Yoga to Ayurveda and even Hinduism.
Let’s start interview with Sri Yogi Baba Prem
Yetta: Sri Yogi baba prem, can you please share how you start your journey with yoga, Ayurveda and Hinduism?
Yogi Baba Prem: I began as a child trying to find and reconnect to yoga; however, at that time it was almost impossible to find much information on yoga. As a child, I would frequently go into shoulder stands, but at that point I was not able to fully recall my past lives; so it was difficult to make the connection with yoga. As years passed, and stresses of life mounted, I developed stress pains within my chest. By this time, yoga had developed a little in the U.S. and I began with the study of philosophy and kundalini yoga. Eventually, after years of intensive study, I became certified in Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Raja and Kundalini yoga systems. Intuitively I realized that we were only scratching the surface of the depth of knowledge and wisdom contained within the yoga traditions.
I found myself powerfully drawn to the Vedas, but once again, it was difficult to find information. In time I found myself drawn to Ayurveda and did not realize it was an upa-veda (secondary Vedas). Eventually I found an excellent home study course by David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Ayurveda and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology). My Guru Mahavatar Babaji told me that I would study with David Frawley for awhile. I studied in-depth for approximately 15 years, which allowed me to explore the Vedic tradition in more depth than I could have imagined. I am credited with over 3000 hours of study through the institute; though more importantly, my study has been mostly oriented towards direct perception as opposed to just memorization of books. I learned to see the relevance and application of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) to yoga and to Ayurveda. I also learned to deepen my understanding of the Vedic teachings and quickly realized that Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma was what I had been looking for all my life, and in essence what I was practicing all along in my yoga study.
Yetta: Since when, you have been practicing yoga and what was your source of motivation??
Yogi Baba Prem: I began the study of yoga and philosophy back in the early 1980’s. Pain and suffering were powerful motivators within my life. I was in my early 20’s and working on a successful career in radio, but there were things lacking or missing within my life, things that material goods simply did not address. Over time I realized that I was looking for clarity as to the purpose and meaning of life; I suppose many people are looking at the same issue at some point or another. After several years of practice, my kundalini ‘awoke’ or more correctly moved into a dynamic state. This was a powerful and extremely transforming experience. It is interesting about the kundalini awakening, as many people believe that the kundalini awakening is the end of the journey, but for me it is just the beginning. I discovered that modern yoga, in the west, lacked the nomenclature to express such experiences. Admittedly, language is somewhat limited when trying to describe the mystical experience in general. Rather than trying to ‘reinvent the wheel’ so to speak, I found immersing myself deeper into Hinduism provided answers and more importantly tools and a clarity in terminology that aided me in exploring the mysteries of our true nature. I have been fortunate, as I have not struggled with motivation; I have always seen mediation as a precious gift that is given. I quickly found that meditation is my mother, the nurturer, and healer. When one realizes the gift of mediation, motivation becomes quite easy.