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Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler)

Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler)

About Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler)

Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa is a highly respected yoga guru (teacher) coming in a long line of authentic spiritual masters in the ancient Vedic tradition known as Vaishnavism. He is the founder of the Science of Identity Foundation and has expertly taught students all over the world in the science of yoga (the science of identity). Many disciples and students of Siddhaswarupananda around the world are doing their best to make these teachings and practices available to people in their neighborhoods and communities. As stated by the organization’s founder, Siddhaswarupananda: “The goal is to give yoga to as many people as possible. In order to achieve this, the work must be decentralized. There cannot be just one teacher or guru—there must be many. It is the responsibility of each person who learns the science of yoga, which is the science of identity, to pass that on to others.”

As a long-time proponent of nonsectarianism, Jagad Guru has worked in union with other Vaishnava acharyas (teachers), including Puri Maharaj, Paramadvaiti Maharaj, B.B Tirtha Maharaj, and others to establish the World Vaishnava Association, an umbrella organization composed of more than 30 different Vaishnava missions around the world.

Vaishnavas recognize that despite the various ways and methods that different acharyas teach, the apex of perfect yoga, and the ultimate goal of the human form of life, is the achievement of spiritual love (bhakti). Yoga can be simply compared to a ladder. The lowest rung is yoga asanas and the highest rung—the culmination and definition of yoga—is perfect spiritual love.

Next: Siddhaswarupananda’s Historical Spiritual Lineage

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