Gurudev's Life Sketch
Read about Gurudev’s spiritual life in brief
Gurudev Siyag was born into a poor peasant family in Palana, a small village with a typical agrarian backdrop 25 km to the north of the city of Bikaner, on November 24, 1926. Gurudev’s childhood was marked by an intense struggle for survival — made more difficult by the sudden demise of his father when he was barely 3 years old.
The pressure of illogical panic that had seized was so intense that he performed the daily ritual with utmost sincerity and concentration. It took him three months to complete the ritual. All throughout this long period, the nature and intensity of concentration and prayer constantly remained the same. Morning from four to seven and in the evening from seven to nine, chanting continued uninterrupted.
Recalling those days, Gurudev was to comment later that it was as if a divine force had propelled him into an artificial state of fear only to change the mundane life that he had led until then and to goad him unto the spiritual path.
Out of habit, he woke up at 4:00 am but since chanting wasn’t to be done, keeping his eyes closed, he kept lying on the bed. While he was lying with his eyes closed, he saw a strange type of white light within him from navel till throat. It was a kind of bright light that he couldn’t compare with any other — not even with sunlight.
The divine glow brought another discovery for Gurudev. He realized that behind the façade of his identity and existence in the material world, he was a very different entity altogether.
A strange quality had come within him after this experience that if his mind and heart concentrated intensely on any goal of life, the outcome was seen clearly like on a television screen much in advance and later the incident would happen exactly the way as it was revealed to him.
It was shortly after stopping the chants, one night when he was sleeping in his village, around five in the morning he heard a voice which distinctly said, “Son, now chant only ‘Krishna.” This voice was heard very clearly two times. He woke up suddenly but who said that, he couldn’t understand.
When you will leave all of them in the prime of their youth, their call for you in distress, full of misery and pain, will lead to your downfall. This way by becoming “Yogbhrasht, it will become the reason for your downfall. Now do as you think is right.”
After this, till 1983, Gurudev actively worked at various positions for Worker’s Union and Rajasthan Farmer’s Union. Since he had developed complete faith in the miracles of the spiritual world, his attention was constantly focussed there. He had almost become used to doing most of the work of physical world through the guidance of the spiritual powers. This was the reason that he was rarely unsuccessful in his work. Whatever work he undertook; he was successful in it.
Meeting with Baba Shri Gangainathji Yogi
Heeding Swami Vivekananda’s advice, Gurudev began search for a Guru in right earnest. Fortunately, in the month of March or April of the year 1983, he got the good fortune of meeting a great saint and an empowered spiritual master Baba Shri Gangainath ji Yogi, an ascetic yogi who lived in the village of Jamsar, 27 kilometers to the north of Bikaner.
Baba’s messages from the after world
One night after he had retired to bed, he had a vision in a dream. In the vision, he was shown a passage from what he could vaguely perceive to be a holy book and a voice pronounced, “Thou art that; thou art that.”
Though the dream remained a puzzle for him, Gurudev began experiencing a new calm. He returned to Bikaner from Palana, where he had taken a refuge following his turmoil-ridden phase, reported back to work and resumed normal duties in the office. Strangely, no one took any serious objection to his long unofficial absence from work, which would have normally led to his being fired from the job. It was as if he had never deserted his job at all. This was two years after he had first prayed at the Samadhi of his Guru Baba Gangainathji.
Once back in Bikaner, Gurudev asked around in his social circle if Christians followed any holy book like the Hindus did the Bhagwat Geeta. It was then that he learnt about the Bible. He was told the passage from the holy book, which was shown to him in the vision, formed a part of the gospels in the Bible written by St. John, and that what he had seen in the dream were chapters – 15:26-27 and 16:7-15.
Gurudev was to learn later that the Old Testament, the first part of the Bible that Jewish people follow, contains similar prophesies made by prophet Malachi about the advent of the Messiah, whom He describes as E-li’jah. Reading prophesies from the Holy book followed by both the Christians and Jewish people made Gurudev realize that they were somehow linked to the preaching offered by Lord Krishna in the Geeta thousands of years ago that preceded Christianity and Judaism.
Assuming the role of a Siddha Guru
Reading further about what the Comforter is prophesied to do convinced Gurudev that somehow he had a role to play in the realization of these prophesies through the inner Yoga that he was learning during deep meditation since the Navratri incident.
Baba also conferred Gurudom on Guru Siyag and directed him to initiate people into Siddha Yoga as his disciples. Gurudev started initiating people into Siddha Yoga in 1990 through Diksha programs initially in Jodhpur and a few other cities in Rajasthan.
Gurudev then traveled to different cities in India and also to Israel and the United States of America and put thousands of people on to the path of Spiritual Evolution and good health. However, Gurudev said that until the people in the western hemisphere join the spiritual path that Baba Gangainathji has shown, there will be no real peace and prosperity in the world.
Spiritualism of the East needs to join hands with the materialism of the West, without which the world will never see the end of conflicts and discord. It is this spiritual union of East and West that I have set out to accomplish to usher in lasting peace in the world.
- Gurudev Siyag
Gurudev left this world on June 5, 2017. (On Nirjala Ekadashi as per Hindu Calendar)