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Revelling in the Absolute  

Whatever we love the most, resonating with that alone in our hearts, sanctifying and worshipping that we make it our god.
 Called our Ishta Deva or Devata, as the sole focus of our love, our Ishta can be anything.
Unable to stand apart or be separate from our beloved Ishta Devata, at one with it we are at peace and at our most powerful.
This is called
ISHTAM  इष्टम्


ISHTAM इष्टम् 

Quintessential Yoga

The Teachings we almost Forgot 

Through the ocean of time, since man first questioned himself and his origins, teachings called ATMA VIDYA because they have always answered all of our questions have survived. 

Surviving countless generations, after getting revived nearly 2500 years ago by the great sage Adi Shankara, who dedicated his life to its survival, getting lost in the secrecy of religious taboo and orthodoxy, the teaching almost got lost again. Hidden in secrecy, had it not been for today’s modernist movement reviving ATMA VIDYA again and translating the teaching into English from sanskrit for the first time, the methodology might have been forgotten and teaching been lost to humanity forever. 

Once the preserve of only yogis and saints, now Atma Vidya is being taught to children in primary school. Dragging so-called ‘enlightenment’ out of the dark ages, India is making enlightenment the new norm.  

Only a few decades ago, a child able to read and write would have been considered exceptional. Now through education, school children by the age of 8 are expected to read and write and if not, are considered to have a learning impediment or disability.  

Teaching Self-knowledge, ATMA VIDYA to primary school children, soon growing up knowing your true absolute nature as a human being in India will be considered normal and enlightenment will no longer be the exception. 

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

All already free, that we don’t know it, shows how ignorant we are. Our whole lives as human beings until now are spent ignorantly trying to complete what is already whole and complete and free what is already perpetually free. The source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi (one who knows!) as we lose ourselves in our relative ideas and dreams of happiness and completeness, that absolute freedom and completeness is already gained, and true permanent happiness is already ours, only our ideas are false, is not known to us. That this causes all our human pain and suffering is also unknown to us.

Until the teachings of Self-knowledge – ATMA VIDYA. 

Happiness not a goal or a destination,
Happiness is the true nature of every human being. Which means true permanent happiness is ever present and ever available.
To keep making happiness our destination, mistaking freedom and completeness for a goal, an accomplishment, means our destination is never reached and our goal can never be accomplished. 

The more we keep searching and reaching out for completeness that already belongs to us, the less complete we feel and more miserable, desolate and desperate we become in our lives.

Taking all our ideas of happiness and completeness to be the truth, the ensuing crisis is inevitable. 

As long as happiness remains a pipe dream, that long all our suffering continues. ‘As though’ sleep walking through time, while our true nature already present, stays hidden beneath a cloud of unknowing, we can’t help but suffer. Living in perpetual darkness, blinded by ignorance, we keep stumbling around in the blackness. Getting constantly caught up in conflict and lost in crises, without the teachings of Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya it is impossible to break free of the blindfold and get rid of our ignorance. Incapable of living a free and normal life we are forever swinging from crisis to crisis and living in endless conflict.
‘As though’ stuck in a vacuum, a victim of our own unknowing, our life keeps getting nowhere.

Just as the sun rising in the morning obliterates the darkness, Atma Vidya, Self-knowledge instantly shatters our ignorance and removes the blindfold setting us free.

From purest ignorance, getting the pure knowledge of Self ATMA – because we all are free already, knowledge, Self-knowledge finally sets every human being free. 

Proven Track Record 
Self-knowledge throws us the lifeline of the 21st century. It’s proven track record over countless generations, proves that when it comes to human suffering, Self-knowledge lifts the burden and solves the problem of human ignorance.Through its methodology, revealing our already true nature, Self-knowledge uplifts the human being and releases us from all suffering as it has done for thousands of years.


Like Google is to the Internet, Self-knowledge shines a huge spotlight on the inner workings and mind of the human being. Because we are all free already, the books like the upanishads and yoga sutras all talk about it. Instantly shattering the mythical darkness Self-knowledge removes the blindfold. So the truth of who we are, already ever present can shine forth.

Discovering the truth is easy. All that has to be pointed out is the truth that has always been existing.
This is why Self-knowledge works. Because even before we can go looking for the truth, the Truth has already found all of us!

Free already, that we don’t know it all we require to remove our ignorance is the teaching of Self-Knowledge. (Pramana)

– ‘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 revealed, knowing that our true outcome was always assured, we are free to revel forever in the nature of our own abundance, knowing happiness that knows no limitation. Thereafter nothing but pure peace, pure unbound potentiality, pure unlimited freedom, called satchitananda is permanently ours. In reality our happiness knows no limit. All that ever limits happiness is our own understanding of ourselves as the happiness itself.   

Having never been separated from happiness, that ananda bliss abounds, and has always been our true nature and real meaning of YOGA., hidden only by a cloud of ignorance and indifference, is all that needs pointing out. Finding out that no matter what the reason for our conflict or how deep our suffering, it was always just a matter of ignorance, is the sweetest, most profound teaching anyone can receive in this lifetime. 

Like getting lost in a big city, searching endlessly for an address, you ask someone local the way only to discover that the address you were looking for was always right there, you just couldn’t see it. Getting lost in the creation, eventually you discover the truth of who you are has always been right here. (Until someone points this out, we just don’t know!)

It is therefore with good reason that sages like Adi Shankara warned us not to try to do this on our own!
Wishing for a successful outcome, trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of the infinite that we are, and that we already experience 24/7 on our own, without guidance, is not possible nor is it advisable.

Just as we have never had to learn to breathe, so we don’t have to learn how to be present.

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

This is all that needs pointing out. 

‘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 in any timeframe. Reminding you of your already true and absolute nature, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला done daily brings you back to the heart of yoga that is your Self.

No compromise yoga in the very heart of tradition. Once ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is established in memory 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 | Is The Great (Maha) Siddha Kriya Method |The Breath of Life

The Kriya breathing and meditation practices that transform your life are 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 expansive breathing. True breathing 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 wards off disease.

Learn the Siddha Kriya Method taught in the living tradition.  

Recognising John as Yogiraj, giving John the name Siddharthan he was 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 a Living Tradition
Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya
OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA –