Logo Butterfly2इष्टम् ISHTAM 

Revelling in the Absolute  

Whatever we love the most 
dreaming, worshipping and resonating with only that, sanctifying it, we make it our god.
Called Ishta Deva or Devata, as the sole object of our love, our Ishta can be anything.
The moment we are not separate, at one with our beloved Ishta Dev –
at peace and at our most powerful.
it is called
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 mankind first questioned himself, teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all our questions. So important was the teaching to the sage Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, that he devoted his whole life to its revival.

Subsequently getting lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy, if not for Indian modernists reviving the teaching, ATMA VIDYA might have been lost and its methodology forgotten.

Today what was once taught under a Bunyan tree, is being taught to school children in India’s Elementary and Primary schools.

Dragging the teaching out of the dark ages of ‘enlightenment’ into the classroom, through education, what was once considered exceptional becomes the new norm. Once considered the exclusive property of prophets, saints and sages, ATMA VIDYA is the jewel of Advaita Vedanta wisdom. Referred to in classical texts (sastra) as Atma Gnanam, Sri Vidya, Brahma Vidya, or Para Vidya, soon, rather than the rule, anyone not knowing their true nature will be considered exceptional.  

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

Free already, that no one knows it, shows just how ignorant we are. That as human beings we spend our lives trying to free what is already permanently free and make whole what is already perpetually whole and complete, is the source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi – the one who knows!

Lost in all our own ideas of ourselves and our ideas about happiness, that happiness and ourselves are always real, it is only our ideas that are false, is not known to us. This ignorance is the source of all our human confusion and results in all our human suffering. That happiness is never a goal, but the very nature of every human being, ever present and ever available, means, looking for happiness elsewhere, our destination is never reached. 

That we keep on seeking completeness in a world where it does not exist means, the more we seek, the more incomplete and miserable we feel as human beings and the more we suffer.

As long as I  am ignorant of my true nature, ‘as though’ walking around in a permanent blindfold, that I don’t know it until Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya points out my obvious mistake, means I keep on stumbling around in what seems like perpetual darkness.

But like the sun rising in the heavens in the morning obliterates all the blackness, Atma Vidya Self-knowledge instantly destroys all ignorance and frees us from the darkness.

Just like the earth ‘appears’ to get swallowed up by the blackness of it’s own shadow at night, lost in the blackness of our own ignorance we get swallowed up by ignorance and only see our suffering.

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

That is why Self-knowledge throws us a lifeline. Revealing our true nature for thousands of generations, Self-knowledge solves the problem of human suffering.
Shining a huge spotlight on the inner workings and mind of the human being, the teachings of Self-knowledge instantly shatters the blindfold and stepping out of the darkness we are literally free forever.

– ‘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

Freeing what is already free, once our true nature is pointed outfree to revel in forever in the abundance of our outcome we know no limitation. Knowing ourselves as already absolute, nothing but peace, pure unbound potentiality, happiness and freedom, called satchitananda is permanently ours.

Having never been hidden or separate, this has always the meaning of YOGA. All it needs is pointing out. Finding out that no matter what our conflict, or how deep our suffering, suffering is always the only the result of our ignorance, is the best gift anyone can receive in this lifetime. 

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

It is therefore with good reason that sages like Shankara warn us not to try to do this on our own!
Wanting our journey of life to end successfully, trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of existence on our own without guidance is never advisable.

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

Already present, our presence, our existence is obvious. But what is present and existing and its meaning is not obvious.

This is why we need Self-Knowledge. To learn what is forever present and ever existing we need ATMA VIDYA and the teacher of Self-knowledge to point out the truth.  

‘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 individual lifestyle and timeframe and bring daily remembrance of your already absolute nature. Depending on which type of student you are ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला adjusts and expands accordingly.

Yogabhyasa (daily practice) of ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला brings you back to the very heart of yoga.
No compromise yoga in the very depth of tradition, once you memorise ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला it becomes a practice for life.

To become adept just takes one 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

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

Using your body as your personal nuclear power plant, The Siddha Kriya Method shifts gears from yoga asana to breathing, dynamically reinforcing and expanding the bodies energy, vitality and wellbeing.

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

The Siddha Kriya Method is taught in the living tradition of Siddha Yoga Kriya of ancient India.  

Recognised as yogiraj, given the name Siddharthan, John 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 EverPresent Ever Existing Ever Omniscient Ever Whole Ever Complete –
Sharing the Light of Living Tradition
Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya