Swami Satyapati Ji Parivrajak


Born in 1927 in Muslim family in the Farmāna, a village in the district of Rohtak, Haryana, he spent his childhood and teenage years amongst the village folk tending to the daily chores. He did not receive any formal education till the age of 19. He learnt Hindi alphabets through his own initiative with the help of some individuals.

He was an eye witness to the murder of thousands of innocent people, women and children when India was partitioned in 1947. That carnage distressed him so much and triggered waves of Vairāgya (detachment and renunciation towards worldly things) in his heart. He cut off all family ties and ventured out in search of truth. He adopted the Hindu religion and was then known as Manudev. He quickly learnt Hindi and Sanskrit. He delved into the study of the spiritual literature and was strongly inspired by the teachings of Maharshi Dayanand, in particular the Satyārtha Prakāsh. There from, he got familiar with the Gurukul paramparā (education system of medieval India) and the Ashtānga Yog (eight-fold practical yog for self and God-Realisation) as prescribed by Maharishi Patanjali. He then took a vow to devote his life to the spread of the authentic Patanjali Yog to the humanity.

At the age of 22 he entered the Arsha Gurukul at Jhajjar. For over twelve years he remained under the guidance of the Achāryas (learned tutors), studied Vaidik grammar, Darshanas (Vaidik philosophy), Upanishads and the Vedas. He then moved out to propagate the message to the people of the country. In 1970 he took Sanyāsa diksha from Swāmi Brahmamuni Ji Parivrājak and became known as Swāmi Satyapati Parivrājak. He continued to travel all over India to impart practical training in Kriyātmak Yog. By organizing such Yog Shivirs (camps) he has inspired thousands of people towards the proper spiritual path. He has also travelled abroad viz. Australia and Mauritius to spread the Vaidik Dharma.

For training and extending assistance to Vaidik scholars he founded several ideal institutions, namely – (1) the Darshan Yog Mahavidyālaya, Rojad, Gujarat, (2) the Arsha Gurukul at Sundarpur, and (3) the Vishva Kalyān Dharmārth Trust.

Swāmi Satyapati Ji Parivrājak is the life-time Prāchārya (lead-preceptor and inspiring figure) of the Darshan Yog Mahavidyālaya.

Swāmiji’s life is dedicated to serve humanity. His word and his deeds are correlated, no divergence. True to his name he has an unbendable faith in truth. Meticulous in his teaching methodology, he adheres strictly to time schedules and targets; no single minute goes waste in his agenda. He has trained a large number of scholars who are in turn engaged in training a new generation of scholars and disseminating the Vaidik Dharma in the far corners of India and abroad.

His books, Yog MimānsāSaral Yog se Ishvar ShākshātkārYogdarshanam which includes his commentaries under the caption Yogārth Prakāsh, constitute a spiritual heritage to mankind.

1999 – Public Felicitation through Cheque of Rs 51,00,000 /-

In 1999 his works were duly acclaimed and he was publicly felicitated through an award, a cheque of 51 Lakhs Rupees which he donated to establish the Vānprastha Sādhak Āshram, a brain child of the Darshan Yog Mahavidyālaya.

2012 – Title of Arya Ratna (Gem among the Aryas)

In recognition to the bold initiatives to spread the real knowledge of Patanjali Ashtāng Yog, the Vedas and the ārsha granthas, i.e. the supplementary knowledge expounded by rishis, Swāmi Satyapati Ji Parivrājak was conferred the title of Arya Ratna by the Rāo Harishchandra Arya Charitable Trust. This award was remitted during the 2012 Antarāshtriya Arya Mahā Sammelan (International Conference of the Arya Samaj) held in New Delhi.

More information regarding his life and works can be found in his autobiography 'Merā Shankshipt Jivan Charitra'.1