MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO INDIA  
By Anna Cipollone—teacher by profession for the last 20 years

The inspiration for these three articles came during Anna Cipollone’s first trip to India in February – March 2003.  At that time she was on an unpaid leave of absence from her work as a high school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (a career which began in 1982), and had come to India to learn more about the science of Kriyayoga as taught by Swami Shree Yogi Satyam. Anna was so much inspired by the teachings of Kriyayoga and by the selfless life of service of Yogi Satyam and other members of the Kriyayoga Research Institute to the villages and villagers of India, that she has since resigned from her teaching career and has returned to India to continue learning the science of Kriyayoga, as well as to join in the work of spreading this eternal, ancient teaching.

Reflections of India      Spiritual Journey to India       Travels With Yogi Satyam




Guruji Swami Shree Yogi Satyam addressing 
the concerns of villagers

Young and old, men and women, people of all faiths and varying levels of education were all drawn to the empowering message of Yogi Satyam that the answers to all of life’s problems lies within, because God lies within.  Kriyayoga is the scientific method by which one can learn to tap into one’s infinite power and wisdom.



Anna Cipollone



Anna Cipollone is seated towards the LEFT, 
3rd from the front row in a light green suit

The level of understanding and commitment of these people was absolutely remarkable.  Many of them willingly walked for two or three hours in order to attend class, even women with children in tow.  Nothing could dampen their spirits—not even a hail storm which occurred the second last night of our program at Karounda Math, causing crop damage.  Watching the throng of followers hovering around Yogi Satyam at the conclusion of each program, or the villagers reverently bowing as we passed by in our jeep, with children running after us, brought me in touch with what it must have felt like as a disciple of Jesus to witness the reception that he had received as he entered the city of Jerusalem.


 

 

 

As I journeyed through the remote villages of the Deoria area of Uttar Pradesh with Yogi Satyam and his entourage, my mind flashed back 2000 years to Palestine and the work of Jesus of Nazareth, who, like Yogi Satyam, traveled from village to village teaching the TRUTH.  Such is the nature of the work being done by Yogi Satyam as well as the magnitude of the impact that he is having on the lives of these people, who, faced with the harsh realities of village life in rural India, are spiritually hungry.  It is in Yogi Satyam and the teachings of the science of Kriyayoga that this hunger is finally being satiated.

What I have been a witness to in the short period of time that I have been “on the road” with Yogi Satyam has moved and inspired me beyond words.  There is no doubt that I am seeing history in the making—the birth of a movement that is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate.  There is no more evidence of this than the events that unfolded during the week that we spent at the Karounda Math Ashram and its surrounding villages from March 6th to March 13th, 2003.  Something magical happened during this week.

As had been the case in our previous weeks of travel together, the pace was hectic—with each day consisting of an early morning (6:30 a.m.) Kriyayoga class, four to five school visits (lectures) and an evening class.  The difference was, however, in the incredible response of these villagers to Yogi Satyam and to the teachings of Kriyayoga.  Class size grew from approximately 200 who attended at the beginning of our stay at Karounda Math, to over 2000 by the end of the program.  Young and old, men and women, people of all faiths and varying levels of education were all drawn to the empowering message of Yogi Satyam that the answers to all of life’s problems lies within, because God lies within.  Kriyayoga is the scientific method by which one can learn to tap into one’s infinite power and wisdom.

The level of understanding and commitment of these people was absolutely remarkable.  Many of them willingly walked for two or three hours in order to attend class, even women with children in tow.  Nothing could dampen their spirits—not even a hail storm which occurred the second last night of our program at Karounda Math, causing crop damage.  Watching the throng of followers hovering around Yogi Satyam at the conclusion of each program, or the villagers reverently bowing as we passed by in our jeep, with children running after us, brought me in touch with what it must have felt like as a disciple of Jesus to witness the reception that he had received as he entered the city of Jerusalem.

Words cannot adequately capture the feeling of the events that unfolded at the Karounda Math Ashram from March 6th to 13th.  Something special happened here that week, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a witness to it all.