Master Teacher Roundtable: Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Last night I attended a talk by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait — a highly regarded tantra yoga master yogi.  He is the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute and the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.  He’s written 14 books.  He holds two PhDs.  He’s praised by two of his students with whom I’ve studied, Rod Stryker and Mia Park.

Having never read anything about him or by him myself, I was curious to hear what he had to say.  Would I be so touched by the power of his words?

The honest answer: yes and no.

While Pandit Rajmani Tigunai’s talk was energizing — if not sometimes hard to follow, due to his strong Indian accent — there was nothing especially new-new that I took away from it.  He talked about the how tantra embraces all of the pleasures and joys of life, sprinkled in funny anecdotes about his own life, and guided us through a simple meditation with emphasis on breath placement within the nostrils.  I suppose there is only so much you can do in two hours, so expecting some brilliant revelation from the man would have been a bit lofty.  Energizing reminders about the philosophy behind and practice of tantra, however, are always positive, wonderful things!

While Pandit Rajmani Tigunai’s words may not have struck any strong chords within me last night, his presence made the night special in a different way:  He inspired my dad to attend the talk with me.  (My dad is familiar with Pandit Rajmani Tigunai’s work.)

It was the  first time my dad joined me for a lecture at Moksha’s studio — after nearly nine months of inviting him to talk after talk after talk.  For one reason or another, he always had to decline.  Finally having him in the room, someone in my own family who understands and appreciates the value of plugging inward — someone I used to make fun of for it as a child — was pretty special.  Plus, my dad could finally witness this amazing community that I’m a part of at Moksha.  As a daughter who still looks to her parents for approval and confirmation, I was so proud to share this with him.

After the lecture and meditation, we grabbed a late dinner in Logan Square, and I also got to share with him what was going on in my life — my feelings, frustrations, aspirations, ideas.  It can’t remember the last time I had an opportunity to do that.  It’s already settled into a beautiful memory.

So: Thank you, Pandit Rajmani Tigunai.

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