More About Rudra Meditation

Rudi (Swami Rudrananda) was a spiritual master, born and raised in New York. As a young man his need to grow spiritually had taken him to India in search of a teacher. In India Rudi had discovered that the teachings given in the east do not work for the western psyche. He then, with the help of God, devised a simple breathing exercise that helps open the spiritual muscles within us and connect to a higher creative force.This meditation is not about Mantras and external manifestations. Wearing long robes and beads are not an inherent part of the inner search. In the final analysis spiritual growth depends on a human being’s need and their sincere effort to evolve. Spiritual work is not something practiced only on remote mountaintops or isolated monasteries. The inner work in Rudra Meditation is a spiritual work that bridges between our everyday life and our inner life. There is no separation in this work. We don’t punch a time card at the end of our day and move on to meditate. Our life is a meditation and a deepening of our consciousness.

The lotus flower is a beautiful and stunning flower. Its roots are sunk deep in the scum of the lake, sucking its nutrients from mud and dirt, only to manifest such a magnificent crown. We can live life this way. We can consume the roughage of life, all its pain and difficulties and use it as raw material for our growth. That way, no one else is to blame for our situation. We assume full responsibility and move on to grow. We grow from encompassing the challenges, not from dealing with what is easy. We need to welcome that which forces us to change. The meditation we practice is an open eye meditation. The eyes are the channels through which we absorb energy that is essential for our growth. The teacher serves as a catalyst for this energy.