ABOUT Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram
Satguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati is the spiritual head of the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram in Downingtown PA. We call her Gurudevi, which means Divine Teacher. She has dedicated her life to serving those who yearn to become Self-Realized.
A modern-day sage and Guru, she awakens Kundalini, your inner spiritual energy, through Shaktipat. As a Shaktipat Guru, she propels you into the recognition of your inherent Divinity. She supports your process of seeing the Divine in everyone and everything. A residential community lives and practices with her along with a Vowed Order whose members live nearby and in other locations.
The Ashram operates Lokananda (“Bliss Place”), a full-service retreat facility, in Downingtown. There, Gurudevi offers Shaktipat, meditation and yoga healing retreats. Many of these immersions are available online as well. The Ashram also offers professional training courses for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and meditation teachers.
Weekly, Gurudevi offers satsangs (spiritual teachings) including chanting, meditation and discourses to guide you on your path. These profound yet accessible teachings are recorded and offered as podcasts. With Gurudevi as your teacher, the inner journey is deep and easy. She also writes monthly Teachings Articles. Several decades of these articles are in our Freebies.
Gurudevi’s teaching is based in the ancient wisdom of Kashmiri Shaivism. In “Yoga, Sweat and Mysticism,” an article written for Yoga Alliance, she explains the essence of yoga:
"Yoga itself claims to be a science. It uses proven methodology to get predictable results, just like the battery in your car. On the physical level, the methodologies provide reliable results, often likened to medical therapies, yet the sages always targeted a deeper goal… [to] become one with Consciousness… to know your own Divine Self (svaroopa), inherent within you. The results are reliable: if you do what the sages teach, you will experience what they promise. This is yoga — pure mysticism, meaning it is about the mystery of life, the mystery that is hidden inside every human heart and being."
This perspective informs Gurudevi Nirmalananda’s teaching. Warm, lighthearted and down-to-earth, she makes the mystical teachings accessible through examples from our everyday lives and relationships. Students cherish their relationship with Gurudevi. It carries them forward into yoga’s ancient promise. Longtime students describe the Guru’s power:
Gurudevi Nirmalananda never ceases to amaze me… she is a master teacher and is both forthcoming and real in every moment.
— Rosemary (Rudrani) Nogue, Calgary AB, Canada
Her presence is like tapping into the main stream. The hot socket.
— Lori (Priya) Kenney, Portland OR
Gurudevi Nirmalananda credits her own Guru, Swami Muktananda, with everything. Years of living in his Ashrams in the USA, Europe and India allowed her to indulge her total focus on his teachings. Now Gurudevi Nirmalananda ensures these ancient teachings are alive and thriving, in online and onsite offerings.
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