I have long had an interest in the spiritual, and have explored various religions and spiritual paths. I have gone in search of the sacred feminine – the Goddess- in many of Her forms. I was particularly drawn to Celtic and First American (Native) traditions.
My main teacher since 2004 is Eliot Cowan, founder of the Sacred Fire Community and the Blue Deer Centre in the New York Catskill mountains.
As well as teaching me plant spirit medicine, Eliot introduced me to Tatewari – the Huichol people’s name for Grandfather Fire, through the wonderful Sacred Fire Community.
A few years ago my spiritual life took a surprise turn and I became immersed in the beautiful Vaisnava tradition of India.
I was fortunate enough to meet my dear friend Dau Dayal das (Dauji) http://daudayaldas.com and he introduced me to ‘Bhakti Yoga’ which is all about connecting with Divine Love in the form of the Divine lovers Radha and Krishna. I went with him to India where I learned more about the spiritual practices of meditation and chanting of the ‘Mahamantra':
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krisha, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Dauji also introduced me to worship of the Divine in statue form – known as ‘Thakurji’.
Following this path generates extraordinary feelings of intense happiness – spiritual ecstasy, and purifies and refines one’s consciousness in indescribable ways.
I have found many wonderful spiritual teachers, also known as Gurus (one who removes darkness), to guide me on this journey:
I was given my spiritual name Praneswari dasi by Sri Anirudh Das Adhikari. Praneswari is a name of the Supreme Goddess Radha. It literally means ‘She who is the life air of the Supreme Controller’ (Krishna being the Supreme Controller, aka God). I am her dasi – her instrument or servant.
Prabhupada Premgopal Goswami of Radha Madan Mohan temple in Nabadwip (India) is in the Nityananda Vamsha. He is the 14th direct descendant of the Guru of Gurus in the Vaisnava tradition, Lord Nityananda himself. I was really fortunate to be accepted by the incomparable Premgopal Goswami for diksa (initiation) into this astonishing tradition.
I am very fortunate to also be close to two siksa gurus who are teaching me much about the path of love:
Affectionately known as ‘Dadaji Baba’, Raman Bihari das Babaji lives in Radha Giridhari Mandir, Vrindavan, India where he dedicates his life to service. He generously comes to the UK every year and does a wonderful 3 day kirtan festival at Shekinashram, Glastonbury.
The wonderful Sadhu Maharaja of Munger Raj Mandir, Vrindavan exudes warmth and love from every pore, and many lovely European devotees regularly visit his ashram and temple Munger Raj Mandir in Vrindavan.