I’ve been steeped in this tradition all my life. On my first day of primary school at the age of four I had my first Sanskrit lesson and was introduced to the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads not long after. (Yes, it was a very unusual school!) But the truth is that I was too young to properly understand what it was all about.
Having gone to a more ‘normal’ secondary school and studied Social Anthropology at university, my life appeared to be taking a very different direction. Until, while visiting my sister in India in 1995, I met my teacher, Swami Shyam, and had a powerful spiritual opening. I realised that all of the teachings I’d heard at my primary school were not just philosophical concepts but were about me, about what I actually am in reality, about what you are, about what existence is, and that we are One and the same Being.
From then until 2019, my partner Jonty and I spent most of our time living in the ashram in the Himalayas, receiving daily teachings, studying scriptures and meditating under Swamiji’s guidance.