Mahayogi Satyendra Nath is the ultimate guru and the flag bearer of Kaula Siddha Dharma. His spiritual name is Mahasiddha Ishaputra. The title “Ishaputra” was given to him by one of his 38 guru when he perfected a particular sadhana that his guru had given him. He is also the head of tantric peeth “Kaulantak Peeth” and all other peeths cumulatively under “Panch Peeth”. He is also a living encyclopedia of “Hindu Dharma” as well as Agama-Nigama, Yoga, Mantra, Yantra, Ayurveda, Rasayana and various other spiritual wisdoms.
He is a modern day “Mahasiddha” who has sound knowledge in both Astika and Nastika school of Hindu Dharma and other philosophies. He is also the knower of various 64 art forms. Because of him being the masters of various spiritual wisdoms, his gurus had sent him on a mission to the society to propagate the essence of Himalaya tantric lineage to the society so that the knowledge and wisdom of Rishi/Munis would not perish from this earth.
His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra was born on the dawn of 23rd August 1983, at Larji, Himachal Pradesh in the land enclosed by confluence of three rivers, Tirthan, Vyasa and Parvati to late Mohar Singh Thakur and Yugal Chandra Thakur. It was a divine week because of the Janmasthami and the area echoed the divinity of the festival as well as the auspiciousness of the land of Markandeya Rishi who is also one of the leading authorities of “Siddha Dharma”.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, after his birth, Mahasiddha Siddhanta Nath who had been in deep Samadhi at the Khandadhar hills woke up. He woke up as he was ultimately waiting for the day when Mahasiddha Ishaputra descends in the physical world so that he could take him in his tutelage and educate him through the guru-disciple lineage of tantra. He appeared before His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra’s parents at the age of 3 and demanded that the baby be submitted to him. He also presented some evidence of Mahasiddha Ishaputra being his disciples from past birth by showing some vital signs in the body of Mahasiddha Ishaputra. His parents were reluctant to hand over His Holiness to the great Mahasiddha. Ultimately they agreed that Ishaputra will live with his parents but will be initiated into the lineage of Kaula Siddha tradition.
After his initiation, he was inclined to the spiritual wisdoms of the siddhas. As per “Siddha Dharma” because of his past good deeds and karmas, he began to question the nature of existence at a very tender age when he witnessed his cow die and proper burial was not given. It was thrown in the ravine and everyday he witnessed the body being torn apart by vultures and also seeing it decay and disintegrate. The question also reinforced in him when he further witnessed a dead bird among the flock. This led him to a deep contemplation of the nature of existence and death.
He went in the search of his guru Mahasiddha Siddhanta Nath in the Himalaya. After several days of perseverance, he finally met his guru and he raised the question to him. His guru tried to dismantle Ishaputras demand through logics but Ishaputra was adamant to know the answers. His guru told him that the only way to answer his question is through the glimpse of past life. Mahasiddha Siddhanta Nath then gave him “Brahmapaat” as Ishaputra lied unconscious on the ground for several days. After he woke up, he was a different person. Nobody knows what he realized but his realization would shape his destiny later.
After the incident he began to practice his sadhana more rigorously. He was touched by deep sense of purpose. He now had a purpose with him. He further came to know that his past life body was mummified in the caves of Himalaya. This is the practice of Himalaya yogi because they believe that the soul and the consciousness don’t die but only the body does. The preservation of the body through mummification is also done so that the siddhas be attached to the Himalayan caves and they figure out their real purpose in earth. It also means not overtly being attached to the society because physical death is inevitable.
He later through his sadhana became “Kaulantak Peethadhishwara” or the lord of Kaulantak Peeth at a very young age. He also holds the record for being the youngest peethadhishwara in the history of the Peeth.
Lineage, Guru and Gurumandala
As per “Siddha Dharma” revelations, Mahasiddha Ishaputra hails from the lineage of Kaula Siddha Kula. He belongs to one of the best kula out of more than 250 predominant kulas of the Himalaya. The history of Kaula Siddha Kula dates back to Lord Shiva. He anointed Maharishi Hiranyagarbha Nath Ji as the first human peethadhishwara and also gave him the duty to continue the lineage. Maharishi Lomesh as well as other contemporaries Maharishis all hail from Kaula Siddha lineage.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Kaula Siddha lineage is Shaiva lineage whose modus operandi for the perfection of sadhanas is through the shakta tradition. In short, it is the mixed path of Shaiv and Shakta tradition. Therefore, the Shivling is also represented as the union of Shaiv and Shakt path. The Shivling is the whole philosophy personafide of the Kaula Siddha lineage.
As per Mahasiddha Ishaputra himself, his guru is the best among the siddhas of the Himalaya, Mahasiddha Siddhant Nath. He further reveals that the origin of his guru is not known by him nor known his other three god brothers because his guru never revealed it to them. All they knew was that their guru had been practicing sadhana in the Himalaya for a very long time. Before Mahasiddha Ishaputra became Kaulantak Peethadhishwara, his guru held the seat.
As per “Mahasiddha Ishaputra”, he was taught by thirty eight different gurus. The main guru being Mahasiddha Siddhanta Nath and other gurus were Siddha gurus. The 38 gurus collectively make the relative gurumandala for Mahasiddha Ishaputra. There are uncountable gurus in this universe who are all the part and parcel of Lord Shiva and all have their own group and methodologies. The 38 gurus collectively is the relative gurumandala of Mahasiddha Ishaputra. They all help him add more knowledge into his pre-existing knowledge and wisdoms.
Through them, Mahasiddha Ishaputra learned all the wisdom available in the Himalaya through different kulas and methods. The knowledge and wisdom gathered from them were very instrumental in him being the Kaulantak Peethadhishwara later.
Mahasiddha Ishaputra and his thirty eight gurus
As per “Siddha Dharma” and from his accounts, the thirty eight gurus of His Holiness are mentioned below.
Story behind the name “Ishaputra”
As per “Siddha Dharma”, His Holiness received the name from one of his guru, Mahasiddha Isha Nath ji. When his guru called him “putra” or son, he was then known by the name Ishaputra meaning the son of “Mahasiddha Isha Nath” and not like the literal meaning, “son of god”. People often mistake his name to be “son of god” which has no truth behind it. People therefore should look for “Siddha Dharma” to discern the original meaning of his name rather than the literal meaning.
The “Siddha Dharma” reveals that almost all the gurumandala are engrossed deeply in “Mahakruradagdha Vrata” therefore they do not entertain the idea of keeping any disciples. But under the recommendation of the highly modest, the master of all art forms, shree Siddha Siddhanta Nath who is also the main guru of His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra, the gurumandala accepted him and his god brothers as their disciples.
The methodology of imparting wisdom by the gurus is different from the normal one and it is known as “Sanketika”. The “Sanketika” is a cognition technique through which the big epics and scriptures can easily be understood and memorized. But learning the technique is one complicated process in itself. It takes some considerable numbers of years for someone to master the cognition technique. Therefore, within 3 to 6 years, all the god brothers of His Holiness were pronounced ineligible by the great gurumandala. This added a lot of pressure on both Mahasiddha Ishaputra and his guru the great Siddha Siddhanta Nath. Meanwhile, the health of Ishaputra also deteriorated because he was just a kid and he had to cop up with such standards.
He regained his health through the perfection of Hath yoga and slowly gradually with great perseverance, Mahasiddha Ishaputra was accepted by the gurumandala and he was the only one who was accepted. He never ever let down any of his gurus. Though he was selected but he too was very weak in perfecting the cognitive technique and being par with the standards of the gurumandala teachings. But one day things changed.
When Mahasiddha Ishaputra entered into the cave of one of his guru, Mahasiddha Isha Nath to inquire about his questions, he found his guru lying down on the floor. He called his guru but he didn’t receive any answers. He even touched the body of his guru and found out that the body of his guru was dead cold. He panicked and wanted to help his guru so he exited the cave and went outside. It was snowing heavily there and the forest was somewhere down. He then descended down to the forest piercing the veil of snow to collect woods to lit a fire and provide warmth to the body of his guru. Fortunately, even before reaching the forest, he found a dead log of wood in the rocks that separated the Snow Mountains with the forest. He brought it into his cave and through great perseverance managed to lit a fire with one of those traditional techniques with the use of stone that he collected.
When his guru woke up, to his amazement, he was very surprised as to how a small kid managed to ignite a fire in such isolated places on the earth? When he then found out the reason for His Holiness lighting a fire, his guru was very much moved by his dedication. Mahasiddha Isha Nath embraced him and told him that there was no imminent danger to him. He was simply practicing the state of Samadhi. His guru then called him “putra” or son and this is for the reason he was called, “Ishaputra” or the son of Mahasiddha Isha Nath. Since, the gurumandala openly accepted him as his son therefore, out of reverence, the Himalayan Siddha tradition then started calling His Holiness as “Ishaputra”.
Mahasiddha Isha Nath besides calling His Holiness his son also bestowed and empowered him into “Mahamaharthamtuwati Kapali”, the energizing diksha which in turn multiplied the cognitive ability of Mahasiddha Ishaputra manifolds. It is because of this diksha that Mahasiddha Ishaputra is considered to be the living encyclopedia of Himalayan Siddha tradition and culture. Furthermore, Mahasiddha Ishaputra also matched many attributes of the prophecies of the Himalaya therefore he was paid special attention.
But one day, Mahasiddha Isha Nath called His Holiness and told him that although he embraced His Holiness and called him his son or putra, it should not be the sole ground for calling him “Ishaputra” because it would just be an entitlement based on preferences. Furthmore, “Ishaputra” is also a title in the lineage of Jwalamalini tantra. Whoever, masters Jwalamalini tantra and other tantra related to it is given the title of “Ishaputra”. He then asked His Holiness Ishaputra to go to Kamet Mountain and perfect the sadhana. Only after the perfection of the sadhana, his name “Ishaputra” would be well deserved. He went to the Kamet Mountain and he returned back with the perfection of “Jwalamalini Tantra” and he got his name as well as the title of “Ishaputra” from his guru, Mahasiddha Isha Nath.
The “Siddha Dharma” doesn’t interpret the name of “Ishaputra” as the son of god but the son of Mahasiddha Isha Nath and the one who has achieved perfection over “Jwalamalini Tantra”.
Mahasiddha Ishaputra and Nastika School
As per “Siddha Dharma”, he was first initiated into the Nastika School by his guru. He was initiated into the practice of yoga at an early age because yoga is a Nastika method and wisdom and also a research methodology for pursuit of perfection.
To understand why his guru initiated him into Nastika School, one should first understand what Nastika School is. Nastika School is an empirical school which doesn’t believe in metaphysical aspect of the existence of anything whatsoever. It only believes in the empirical self. They believe in soul because soul is an empirical reality which can be realized and experience by oneself through sadhana. The basis of all empirical research of Himalayan tantric lineage is primarily the body, mind and the kundalini inside.
When one masters the body and the kundalini, the person becomes siddha because he opens his crown chakra and he becomes a jivan mukta. Mahasiddha Ishaputra perfected everything in the empirical or Nastika school after the attainment of Samadhi.
Mahasiddha Ishaputra and Astika School.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, when he perfected the Samadhi, his guru Mahasiddha Siddhant Nath then initiated him into Astiks School. Astika is the belief of existence of metaphysical entity named god. Soul is the highest perfection for the Nastika School but perfection of god is the highest perfection for the Astika School.
The real journey of any Astika starts from the perfection of Nastika. After the perfection of Nastika, the highest achievement i.e. the soul realization, the siddhas then proceed to the realization of the ultimate god. In spiritualism, the ultimate is inferred through the help of the soul but inference and experience are two different things. It is the experience of the universal existence which is the ultimate path of Astika School.
In his youth, when he perfected Samadhi at the tender age, he proceeded to the perfection of Goddess Kurukulla, the supreme goddess or the saguna aspects of goddess. It was a rigorous penance which Mahasiddha Ishaputra failed miserably because he could do nothing to please her. But he persevered which is also called sadhana. He sought the help of Yakshinis to aid him for the divine glimpse of the revered goddess but they also warned him against the pursuit because it was ultra-vires for them.
The only help they offered him was the advice to perform the sadhana on Garudasana Mountain. He went to the mountain and invoked the Yoginis and he took their consent for the sadhana and also protection. He was assured the protection by the Yoginis and he started his deep penances in the Cave of Garudasana Mountain.
The penance was a more rigorous then the previous one. He went 26 days without food and water. He continuously kept chanting the mantra but in vain. One day he felt like urinating so he went outside the cave and urinated. He was so weak that he had to drag himself to the cave but he couldn’t make it because he lost his consciousness and fainted.
When he woke up, he was amazed to be caressed by a local Himachali woman who was collecting herbs of the Himalaya. She helped him reach the peak of the mountain where he was exposed to the sunlight. After regaining full consciousness, she scolded him to not undertake such penances in the risk of his life. He continuously argued with her for three hours but slowly it dawned on him that she was the goddess in disguise. He out of his deep reverberation cried but for sometimes. He would touch the body of the goddess and cry even louder.
After his confession to the goddess, the goddess asked him to return home and build a chariot and establish her idol. He then returned back and made a chariot which is still in Kaulantak Peeth premises today and the temple is situated in his private property in the form of chariot.
Mahasiddha Ishaputra and Kaulantak Peeth
The Gurumandala collectively pronounced him as the head of Kaulantak Peeth or Kaulantak Peethadhishwara in his late teens. He was anointed the head of the peeth through rigorous test among his other three god-brothers.
After his anointment, he was sent to the society to preach the message of siddhas through “Siddha Dharma”. The message of the siddhas is the reinstatement of sanatana mode of lifestyle where there is social cohesion among humanity as the result of embracing their inner journey.
For the same purpose, a monthly sadhana camps and occasional courses are organized under His Holiness guidance and tutelage. The peeth also maintains a youtube channel where there are more than seven hundred videos for the general public on the subjects of dharma.
Establishment of Siddha Dharma
His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra received his education and initiation from the siddhas of Himalaya and this is for the reason, he constantly practiced sadhana, yoga and performed spiritual practices and as per his guru the great, His Holiness Siddha Siddhanta Nath ji, he attained the state of siddhahood. At the Khandadhaar hills range of the Himalayas, Ishaputra separated himself from the hotchpotch of the traditional approach and modern day approach infused in the current day Dharma system. With the permission of ‘Gurumandala’, His Holiness Ishaputra on 1998 A.D onwards started to impart sermons and empowerments to his disciples and that became the framework of ‘Siddha Dharma’.
The ‘Siddha Dharma’ is different from other dharma in many ways and also similar to them. The original identity of the ‘Siddha Dharma’ is the wisdoms and teachings of the yogis and siddha’s of the Himalaya. Although, the ‘Siddha Dharma’ is the bearer of “Kaulantak Peeth” tradition but it nevertheless has different philosophy from the other similar dharmas and for this reason the ‘Siddha Dharma’ received the form of new dharma. Because of the distinct philosophical aspect of ‘Siddha Dharma’, the old fashioned religious stereotype people after witnessing Ishaputra and the “Kaulantak Peeth” tradition, started blaming that ‘these things do not prevail in their religion’, those old fashioned religious stereotype people also started to give threats of litigation on certain matters. This very philosophical and traditional trench gave ‘Siddha Dharma’ a strong motive to separate itself from the modern day dharma system.
Currently, the siddhas of ‘Siddha Dharma’ has started to increase drastically. The Youths from all over the globe have started to connect with ‘Siddha Dharma’ because of its simple philosophy.
His Holiness, Mahayogi Satyendra Nath Ji Maharaja has authored the following books:
- Words Of Wisdom By Ishaputra: Selected Sayings on Life & Spirituality
- Flight to Freedom: Ishaputra’s Divine Quotes
- Ishaputra Says Vol-1: Selected Sayings on Life & Spirituality
- 30 Thoughts For 30 Days: Life Enriching Contemplations.