Living Himalayan Yogis
Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi
Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi are a Yogi and Yogini couple. They are Adiyargal (ardent devotees and servants) of the Divine Mother Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. They manifest and personify the pristine energies of Pratyangira Devi and are in Ekatvam, in Oneness with Her.
Swami and Amma are currently in the Himalayas, in Tapasya, a profound spiritual discipline, spent mostly in solitude and aimed at lifting the consciousness in the world. They are fulfilling their Dharma as living Himalayan Yogis. They help people advance on their spiritual path by sharing their energies and teachings in subtle, yet powerful and transformative ways.
The goal is to build a Temple in every heart, to serve as a beacon of light to the human spirit, it is about bringing you into Oneness, or Ekatvam, with your Higher Self. That is the true Temple for a person where the inner teachings reveal themselves and become the reality.
Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi
The thing about Swami and Amma is that they don’t want you to follow them. They want you to become like them. It’s a hard concept to grasp when the prevailing conditioning is one of “worshiping a guru,” but this morning I woke up and thought “oh, I get it.” Empowerment, the light bulb turned on.
Samuel G, San Francisco
The energies of Mother Pratyangira have been with Amma since her childhood. As a young girl, Amma would often go into divine ecstasy, reaching states of Samadhi. Similarly, Swami was pulled towards the grace of the Divine Mother. The same energies that manifested in Swami and Amma separately brought them together, to form a complete union of the Shiva-Shakti energy. As the years progressed, their experiences with the energies they carry deepened. In 1997, they received the tremendous blessing of an open-eye Darshan of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. It was a powerful and life-altering event. The Divine Mother Herself revealed the mission of their life, guiding them to awaken the Divine Mother within people, in the same powerful way as She awoke within them.
Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi learned about Pratyangira Devi through direct experience, and not through books, scriptures or self-proclaimed authoritative figures. Before the Devi revealed Herself to them, Swami and Amma did not even know about Pratyangira Devi, nor were they seeking Her. It was through inner self-experiences that the Mother revealed Herself and guided them to become Her Sadhakas (spiritual practitioners or disciples). It is for this reason that the Yogi and Yogini couple consider Pratyangira Devi to be their Gurumata (spiritual parent and teacher). Whatever knowledge they share or spiritual practices they follow and teach is through Atma Vidya, the direct guidance from the Mother, through Akashic records.
For thousands of years, Himalayan Saints held true knowledge and energies of Pratyangira Devi in secret. However, over time, many false notions have been formed about Her, and people have tried to use Her energies in negative ways. Because of their direct experience with the energies of Pratyangira Devi, Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi bring out the Mother’s energies beautifully. They share the most authentic information about the Devi, dispelling misconceptions and misuse.
Mother Pratyangira is present in the Swami and Amma’s lives in a Yogic form, and not in a ritualistic form. Over the years, there has been a progression from a conventional mode of worshiping to a more subtle and powerful Yogic form. This progression is a natural unfolding of the stages of spiritual evolution leading them to be in the final stage of Gnanam, of just being.
Transcending religions, traditions and cultures, it is Swami and Amma’s mission is to help everyone in the realization of Oneness, of Ekatvam.
Guidance from the masters
Besides the direct experiences of their Gurumata Pratyangira Devi, Swami and Amma have been blessed by many masters during their eventful spiritual journey. Some Masters have appeared in physical form and others in their astral form. In particular, Sri Mahavatar Babaji and Sri Ramana Maharshi have had a profound effect on them. Both these masters present themselves as incarnations of Lord Muruga to Swami and Amma. The centerpieces of their current Tapasya, Self-inquiry and being quiet in silence, is directly influenced by Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Students of the heart, Not Gurus
Swami and Amma do not consider themselves to be Gurus or Masters of others. They do not want to be Gurus in the traditional sense of the word. Nor do they want disciples or Shishyas. This cuts out all the associated human ego, Maya (illusion), hierarchy and Guru authority. They consider everyone to be fellow brothers or sisters on the spiritual path. They see themselves as mentors or stewards, to guide people along the spiritual path which they have already walked. Swami and Amma consider all souls to be equals and worship the Mother in every individual. They consider themselves to be Students of the Heart. Through direct experience, they know that one’s true Guru is their Highest Self.
They firmly believe that each person should be empowered to transcend themselves to become One with the Divine, to become Masters in their own right.
Swami and Amma's daily life, practices, teachings, and writings reflect these beliefs, experiences, and knowledge. They have distilled and simplified the Sadhana of Mother Pratyangira for contemporary times, yet preserving the core essence and spiritual benefits. These simple techniques when practiced daily advances one’s soul towards Self-realization.
Swami and Amma married in 1995 and have two children. Leading a regular family life and yet walking the highest spiritual path, they integrate the two. They understand the challenges of walking the spiritual path in the modern world. Swami and Amma relate to real people and real problems and help others integrate spirituality into everyday life. The two children sometimes face questions about their parents and their line of work. Read their heart-felt response to get a perspective of the Yogini and Yogi from the eyes of their children.
Friendly and open, Swami and Amma exude a wonderful lightness. They worship the Divine in every individual, relating to everyone as a spiritual brother and sister. Accepting the Divine Mother as their Jivatman (their spirit) and the gift of this lifetime, they are humble and unassuming despite the great energy they carry within them, and they bow to the Divine Mother within each of us.