Meet Sanjay - Former Monk of 20 Years
"I was born to serve others," says Sanjay.
"My life's mission is to help people in need. Not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually."
About Sanjay C Patel:
* Former monk of 20 years. He hails from a blessed yoga heritage 2000 years old and rarely practiced in modern times.
* Yoga and meditation expert. He practiced yoga and meditated continuously for 6-8 hours a day every day for 20 years. This was to gain self-control and mastery over the mind. He also fasted for days on end while serving others.
* Columnist for the Sunday Times of India. His essays and op-ed pieces were loved and read by millions! He was so popular he was allotted his own column and often appeared in op-ed pieces. His Sunday Times articles became so popular he was also short-listed to write for TIME International Magazine (South Asia edition).
* Globally respected scientific researcher. His work has been published in the finest research journals, and is post-PhD level.
* Author of 11 books. His best selling books are The Yoga Miracle. More than 107,000 copies sold worldwide! He has also written God Is Real which has sold 78,000 copies worldwide.
* Motivational speaker. He has received numerous standing ovations wherever he spoke! Renowned and charismatic he was invited to train Maharastra's police department of more than 100,000 personnel for stress management and also the entire teacher's fraternity and student population of Maharastra's colleges and universities.
* Left monkhood after 20 years to share the wisdom he absorbed. He loved life as a monk. Now he’s loving life as a happily married man in the USA sharing his wisdom and experiences with a wider audience.
For 10 more years, Sanjay researched, meditated, and practiced what he learned as a monk in the real world.
Now he's back in the public eye, writing, speaking, and serving!
The yoga practiced by Sanjay is the completely undiluted form of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga as practiced similarly by the monks and sages of yore. At age 20, seeking enlightenment, he left the western comforts of home and family in the city of London, UK to live and meditate at a monastery (ashram) as a yoga monk in the wilderness of India.
He doesn’t teach yoga merely from what he has read in books or heard at seminars but from the intense experiences of what he has lived, breathed, and practiced in yoga's ancient practice of self-mortification and self-sacrifice.
Sanjay rejected all pleasures and comforts of the body and delved into yoga, meditation, self-control, self-development, spirituality, and helping the poor.
Without receiving any salary or compensation or other source of income whatsoever for 20 years, Sanjay in effect committed career suicide when he dedicated the prime youth of his life to helping the poor and those afflicted by floods, famine, and earthquake in India and around the world.
"My motto and message," says Sanjay "is the Yoga verse: "Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions."
- 'Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah.'
"Even if kings and queens seek advice from us," continues Sanjay, "we should remain humble like an empty pot and eager to accept wisdom from all sources. One of my biggest inspirations is a generous-hearted beggar boy who used to collect plastic trash off the streets and lived near our monastery. Other isnpirations include Hellen Keller, Fritjof Capra, Deepak Chopra and another former monk Jay Shetty. Edkart Tolle is another noble person amongst thousands of other inspiring 'ordinary' people who do extraordinary things. Even when an antagonist speaks, I search for nuggets or grains of inspiration. This is the humble path of yoga. This is the path to true inner growth."
Sanjay developed self-control by meditating five times a day, by focusing his 5 senses 'inwards' - that means by controlling the worldly focus of his eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin and sending it inwards towards his true self and inner divinity.
He endured fasting without any food or water for eight (8) days a month, every month, and every alternate day during one month of the monsoon period every year, often enduring an additional 4-6 days consecutive fasting. He subsisted on simple vegetarian foods, renouncing delicacies and savories such as onion, garlic, tea, coffee and chocolate.
He avoided television and radio, lived in open dormitories and slept on the hard floor. He observed celibacy and endured the furnace-like heat of summer and the freezing cold of winter, without heating or air-conditioning, walking barefooted on the scorching earth or through the muddy fields.
He practiced and studied Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation in all its arduous eight levels. He also practiced Hatha Yoga, studied Sanskrit and yoga philosophies, theologies, the World Faiths, and Modern Science.
He learned yoga from Yoga’s greatest: HH. Pramukh Swamiji (BAPS), the Dalai Lama, Chidananda Swamiji (Divine Life Mission), Chinmayanand Swamiji (Chinmaya Mission), Chinna Jeer Swamiji, Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj ji, Ramdev Swamiji, and many other monks and scholars.
Consequently, he experienced the blissful transcendental experience called Yoga Samadhi. This is the highest goal of yoga, rarely attained. It is a condition of spiritual bliss and inner awakening that reveals the spiritual connectedness and oneness of all people and things.
Sanjay taught genuine and life transforming yoga postures, breath control, meditation, philosophy, mysticism, self-control, methods to achieve success and achieve one's dreams to tens of thousands of seekers in USA, UK, Canada, Europe, India, and Africa.
He was also involved in numerous charitable projects directly helping thousands of needy people and children in rural India.
This is just a small glimpse of how Sanjay has lived for 20 YEARS.
Sanjay C Patel is a REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER with Yoga Alliance. Right Yoga School is also registered with Yoga alliance.
Sanjay is the author of 11 books and has appeared on numerous radio programs and spoken at numerous venues. He has taught employees of Apple, Oracle, Google, Walgreens, Barclays, Walgreens, and many other large companies, including universities and colleges. He has also spoken at mega conventions before audiences of 10,000 attendees or more.
In response to his deeply touching experiences, Sanjay embarked upon a mission to help others connect with their own spirituality and experience its priceless rewards – self-control, success, and the fulfillment of ones dreams. He has traveled extensively around the world with his message of experiencing peace, harmony, and personal success through yoga.
In August 2004, Sanjay delivered an enlightening talk on Work-Life Balance to 600 medical doctors at a seminar in Chicago on the same platform along with the bestselling author Dr. Deepak Chopra.