Logo Butterfly2इष्टम् ISHTAM 

Revelling in the Absolute  

Whatever we love the most is called our Ishta.
Dreaming, worshipping and resonating only with that in our hearts, sanctifying it, we make it our god.
Called our Ishta Deva or Devata, as the sole object of our love, our Ishta can be anything.
Unable to stand apart or separate, when we are at one with our beloved Ishta Dev –
we are at peace.
At our most peaceful and most powerful 
this is
ISHTAM  इष्टम्


ISHTAM इष्टम् Trilogy

Quintessential Yoga

Sri Adi Shankara

ISHTA VIDYA  इष्ट विद्या  | Knowledge for Life  | The Teachings that Yoga Forgot 

Through the ocean of time, since we first started questioning ourselves as human beings, the teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all of our questions. So important were they to the Indian sage Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, he dedicated his life to its revival.

Subsequently getting lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy, but for modern revivalists reviving ATMA VIDYA again and translating it into English, the teachings may well have been forgotten and the methodology lost.

Enlightenment, once seen as the preserve of saints and sages of the past, is being dragged out of the dark ages and made available to the common man. In 21st century India, elementary and primary schools are teaching what was once seen as exceptional to school children. 

Education closes the gap. Education makes the exceptional normal. 

Only a few years ago, a person, able to read and write was considered exceptional. Now through education, modern school children by the age of 8 are expected to read and write.

So with the new revival of Self-knowledge, education means enlightenment is no longer the exclusive domain of saints and sages. Becoming the new normal, soon not knowing your true nature as a human being you will be considered abnormal. 

As human beings, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing.

Free already, that no one knows this, shows just how ignorant we all are. As human beings, that we spend our whole lives trying to free what is already free and make whole what is already whole and complete, is the source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi! Lost in all our own ideas about happiness and ideas about freedom, that happiness and freedom are already ours, only our ideas are false, is the cause of all our suffering.

Not a goal or destination, happiness has always been the true nature of the human being. Ever present and available, while we keep mistaking happiness for a goal and see freedom and completeness as our destination, always looking in the wrong places, our destination is never reached an goal never accomplished. 

The more we try and keep searching, the less complete we feel and more miserable we become.

As long as I remain ignorant my suffering continues. ‘As though’ sleep walking through our lives, while we keep living in the shadow of our ignorance, like living in a blindfold we keep stumbling around in the dark. As long as I am a victim and prisoner of my ignorance, I cant live a normal life. Until Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya points out my obvious mistake. Stumbling around in the darkness, my life becomes a series of conflicts and crises.

Just like the sun rise in the morning obliterates all the darkness, Atma Vidya, Self-knowledge by destroying all our ignorance shatters the darkness and instantly. Removing the blindfold Self-knowledge instantly sets us free.

Like the earth ‘appears’ to get swallowed by its own shadow at night, lost in the blackness of ignorance, we can’t help get swallowed up by the darkness and see no end of suffering.

But darkness never real is always an illusion. Only light is real. 

Once our ignorance disappears, knowledge – Self-knowledge – takes away all the darkness. 

Proven Track Record 
Self-knowledge throws us the lifeline that we need. Having a proven track record, over thousands of years, Self-knowledge has successfully solved the problem of human suffering. Revealing our true nature, Self-knowledge has been uplifting countless generations.


If you feel trapped in darkness of your own ignorance and cant see the wood for the trees, SK (Self-knowledge) shines a huge spotlight on the inner workings and mind of the human being. Instantly shattering the blindfold, because we are all free already, discovering the truth is easy. Self-knowledge only confirms what has always been existing. Freeing the already free is easy.

– ‘John, your teachings really blew my mind in the best possible way. I was literally hanging on every word thinking yes, yes yes that speaks exactly to me and my experience, thank GOD someone has finally explained this to me in a way that makes sense so I can get on with my life!!’ – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW

Once our true nature is pointed outfree to revel forever in the abundance of truth, we know our true outcome which knows no limitation. Knowing ourselves as the absolute, nothing but pure peace, pure unbound potentiality and happiness, pure unlimited freedom, called satchitananda is permanently ours.

Having never been hidden or separate, this has always been our true nature and the true meaning of YOGA. All we need is pointing out. Finding out no matter what the reason for our conflict or how deep our suffering, it is always the result of ignorance, is the purest gift anyone can receive in their lifetime. 

Like getting lost in a big city, looking for an address, you ask someone local the way and discover that the address has always been right there, you just couldn’t see it. Getting lost in the creation, eventually we find a teacher and teaching only to discover that the truth we have been looking for has always been right here as ourselves. (Until someone who knows points it out, incapable of seeing it, we don’t know!)

It is therefore with good reason the sages like Shankara warn not to try and do this on your own!
Wanting your journey to end successfully while trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of existence on our own and without guidance is always advisable.

Just as no one has ever had to learn how to breathe, we don’t have to learn how to be present.

Already present, our presence, our existence is obvious. What is present, what is existing and the meaning of existence is not.  

‘I feel this incredible freedom that I don’t need any of the shit I thought I needed to be happy –  some destination where I will magically find happiness – ha! I look at it now and it seems so stupid. …  and the idea that it’s ok to have desires, that I don’t have to become some swami who lives in a cave and eats dal every meal.
All the therapy to try and think myself out of my depressed state that is caused by my thinking – trying to cancel thoughts out with more thoughts – imagine how stupid this is! And then the mindfulness training, knowing that I need to detach from my thoughts but not understanding how to do that because I didn’t understand the whole happiness concept because nobody had ever explained who I am in a way that I understood.’

 – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW

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ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला

ISHTA-MALA इष्ट माला   A Practice for Life 

ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is a suite of vintage yoga designed to match your everyday lifestyle and fit any timeframe. Reminding you of your already absolute nature, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला done daily brings you back to the heart of yoga.

No compromise yoga in the very depth of tradition, once ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is memorised it becomes your daily practice for life.

To become adept takes just a practice a day. (Read More)


Bhoganathar Siddha Maha Guru of Babaji and Patanjali SIddha

ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय | The Great (Maha) Siddha Kriya Method |The Breath of Life

The Kriya breathing and meditation practices that transform your life is a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.

Your body is your personal nuclear power plant. The Siddha Kriya breathing Method shifts gears from yoga asana to breathing, that dynamically transforms and reinforces the bodies energy, expanding vitality and wellbeing.

Voluntarily influencing the sympathetic nervous system, ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय boosts the body’s immune system dynamically enhancing ones capacity to tackle life’s modern challenges and ward off disease.

Learn the Siddha Kriya Method taught in the living tradition.  

Recognising John as Yogiraj, John was given the name Siddharthan and appointed to represent the dynastic Bhoganathar Siddha Parampie (traditional lineage) abroad.

Private only and One on One classes currently available. (Read More)

Eternal Pranams to The Ever Present, Ever Existing, Ever Omniscient, Ever Whole Ever Complete –
Sharing in the Light of Living Tradition
that is Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya
OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA –