Anantapur Ashram, 1982



Shivabalayogi at the Anantapur Ashram
October, 1982

Anantapur is in the state of Andhra Pradesh, several hours by road north of Bangalore.

Swamiji used to visit this city as part of his tours between Bangalore and Adivarapupeta.

We have almost three hours of video taken on the occasion in October of 1982 when Swamiji consecrated the red colored linga that he named Anantishwara, Lord of Infinity, an idol of the Divine Mother whom he named Anantishwari Devi, idols of Subramanyan and his two wives, and an idol of Swamiji himself.

It was during this visit to the Anantapur ashram that some of the most wonderful images of Shivabalayogi were recorded:  Swamiji singing extemporaneously about the gods.


Bhajans & Bhava Samadhi, Anantapur 1982

Bhava samadhi (spiritual trance) during bhajans (spiritual song) in the presence of Shivabalayogi at his ashram in Anantapur, India, October of 1982.

This was the occasion when the great yogi consecrated a Shiva linga (form of God) at the ashram which he named Anantishwara (Lord of Infinity).

Particularly graceful is the dancing of one young man in the bhava of Nataraja (Lord of Dance, a form of Shiva).  One can also see a trance swami burning camphor on his tongue, then swallowing it, a not uncommon display during the powerful trances that Shivabalayogi evoked.

Shivabalayogi Singing, Anantapur

Swamiji enjoyed singing extemporaneously, often making up verses on his Divine Guru, Lord Shiva, or Divine Mother, or other gods.

This is a portion of a song that he sang for the video camera at the Anantapur ashram in October of 1982.