Rajivji started his inner search for the Self by being initiated into Kriya Yoga from his Guru, Sri Dubeyji of the Panchanon lineage, which he then practiced devoutly for fifteen years. After this time, however, he reached a point where he felt he could no longer make further progress. He saw that Kriyas were preparatory practices, and although very helpful in steadying the mind, they were external to the ‘I’ that he was intent upon realizing.
“On the path of wisdom alone, one can have only a few “Ah ha’s” in an entire lifetime… but when combined with the path of LOVE, a Jnani can have an ‘Ah ha’ in each and every moment.”
Along his journey, Rajivji met many Masters and Sages who provided him with instruction, practices and insights. Around this time, he was irresistibly drawn to the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, and he embarked deeper on the journey of Self-Inquiry. He soon began to effortlessly fall into ecstatic bliss, and experience profound states of consciousness.
At first, these states of joyous samadhi were temporary, but eventually they became continuous and uninterrupted as they were ‘realized’. He soon became a living embodiment of bliss, illustrating every individual’s natural and potential state of being once one sees past the ‘ego-I’ illusion. Some of this deep journey of unraveling is illustrated through the transcribed dialogues and conversations in Rajiv’s first book, Autobiography of a Jnani.
In order to purify and remove the last of the latent vasanas and tendencies, Rajivji’s practice continued for several more years after his realization. Finally, in the midst of daily life and raising a family, Rajivji’s realization became complete as the final vasnasas were burned through dedicated practice and the auspices of Sri Ramana.
“There is only one step, one pointer: abidance in I-Am, abidance in the Self.”
Rajiv connects with his students through his live and online Satsangs, retreats, articles, books and private sessions which are offered in Mumbai and other parts of India, as well as around the world. In particular, Rajivji’s committed and intensive practice of instruction and personal guidance through his private online Satsangs has been a truly special opportunity for his students to connect with him on a consistent and meaningful basis.
Rajiv continues to devote his days to supporting and counseling his students through his many forums, both online and in-person, as well as writing articles, discourses, and books, while also taking care of his family and practical affairs. Performing all these duties in a spirit of humility, abundance and joy, he is a fountain of inspiration and love to all who are graced by his presence.