A Brief History of the life of Swami Lakshmanjoo.
Swami Lakshmanjoo was born on the 9th of May, 1907, in Srinagar,
Kashmir, India. As a child he showed clear signs of spirituality,
and from the age of three would become easily absorbed in his own
inner nature. Too young to find the appropriate yogic expression,
the young child described this state as "badhi bhod" which
in Kashmiri means "greater than the greatest."
The young boy approached his spiritual practice with burning zeal
and had his first glimpse of God Consciousness at the age of nineteen.
After that glimps of the Divine he took a vow of lifelong celibacy
and dedication to the realization of the highest state of God Consciousness.
During the next three decades Swami Lakshmanjoo soaked himself
in the oceanic depths of Kashmir Shaiva philosophy, at every step
verifying his intellectual understanding with his own personal experience.
1965 news had quietly spread that the oral tradition of Kashmir
Shaivism was alive and well, fully embodied in the person of Swami
Lakshmanjoo. For the next thirty years a regular stream of visitors
from India and abroad sought his audience. To all sincere seekers
Swamiji freely distributed the treasure of his wisdom.
As the last in an unbroken chain of Masters of this unique 'oral
tradition' Swami Lakshmanjoo dedicated his life to the sacred teachings
of Kashmir Shaivism. In 1991 he left this mortal world but not before
giving clear guidelines for the future.
In India he established the Ishwara Ashram Trust to carry out
activities in a manner which would uphold the truths he himself
had lived for. In the United States, for the purpose of carrying
his message to all who had a spiritual thirst and longed to know
the ultimate truth of life, Swamiji laid the foundation for the
establishment of the Universal Shaiva Fellowship.
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