Rajiv Kapur is a spiritual teacher who weaves together key aspects of ancient Indian traditions such as Kriya Yoga, Tantra and Advaita, offering to the contemporary world a unique perspective of direct spiritual experience through practical tools. He is a powerful inspiration to many spiritual aspirants from around the globe, personally guiding them in their quest for freedom through his warmth, wisdom and loving attention. Even though the primary focus of his teachings is based on the principles of Advaita Vedanta, he does employ some Yogic and chakra related meditations in order to prepare one to realize the final Advaita state of the SELF being the ONE and only reality as laid down by Sri Ramana Maharishi.
Living in Mumbai, India, with his wife and two children, Rajiv is devoted not only to his immediate family, but also to his ‘larger family’ of innumerable students the world over. He balances his dual role of householder and spiritual guide with effortless ease, thereby serving as a living example of the paradox ‘to be in this world, but not of it’. He continues to demonstrate that through disciplined practice, commitment to inner growth, proper guidance and instruction, and a profound hunger for God (which is bound to attract grace), it is possible for anyone to attain Self-Realization.
Rajiv was first initiated into Kriya Yoga by Shri Ramendranath Mukhopadhya, son and disciple of Shri Gyanendranath Mukhopadhyay (lovingly addressed as Gyana Maharaj), author of the classical text "Pranab Gita".
Under Shri Ramendra ji, Rajiv made great progress in a relatively short time, but unfortunately Shri Ramendranathji left his body before guiding Rajiv to his SELF.
After a few years of frantic search for another Guru belonging to an ancient traditional lineage, a miraculous and chance encounter brought Rajiv in touch with his Guru, Sri Dubeyji, from the Shri Panchanon Bhattacharya lineage, who initiated him into deeper mysteries of Kriya Yoga. Once Rajiv became a student of Dubeyji, he had the distinction of belonging to two of the most revered and traditional lineages of Kriya yoga, ensuring that the original Kriya Yoga teachings were passed on to him.
He continued to evolve spiritually through his intense practice of Kriya Yoga for over 15 years, and he has maintained a refined version of this practice to this date. Indeed, this intense discipline was his constant companion throughout his inner journey of yore.
Along the way, Rajiv met many Sages and Masters alike who provided him with instruction, insights and direction, as he regularly began to experience profound states of consciousness. He was irresistibly drawn to the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, as he embarked deeper on the journey of Self-Inquiry where his need to employ all yogic techniques too fell away.
Eventually, as Rajiv continued to turn his gaze inwards, delving deeply into the subject 'I', he began to spontaneously experience deep samadhis of ever-expanding bliss. At first, these states were temporary, but eventually they became continuous and uninterrupted as they began to be ‘realized’. He soon became a living example of bliss, illustrating every individual’s natural and potential state of being, once one sees past the 'ego-I' illusion. Some of this deep journey of unraveling is illustrated through the transcribed dialogues and conversations in Rajiv’s first book, Autobiography of a Jnani.
Drawing on his many years of exploration and his direct experience with consciousness, Rajiv has developed a simple, direct, yet profound practice that he calls the Implosive Self-Inquiry Protocol™ (ISIP). This powerful system not only helps aspirants develop a life-changing discipline of formal meditation, but also helps them integrate that practice into daily life, establishing an ever-evolving relationship with all aspects of their spiritual path. Sri Ramana Maharshi and his teachings continue to be a profound inspiration and guiding light to Rajiv and to his growing, worldwide Sangha.
Rajiv connects with his students through his live and online Satsangs, retreats, articles, books and private sessions which are offered in Mumbai and other parts of India, as well as around the world. He offers a committed and intensive practice of instruction and personal guidance through his private online Satsangs for his online Sangha students.
All who meet with Rajiv, either in person or online, often feel a profound transmission of his love and devotion. His presence radiates an intoxicating bliss and a palpable sense of peace, offering aspirants a profound invitation into deeper consciousness within. Students find him very approachable, practical, and incisive (along with a wonderful sense of humour), inspiring confidence in novices and advanced seekers alike as he lovingly shares his beautiful expression of truth, wisdom and insight to all who seek a deeper spiritual connection.
Rajiv continues to devote his days to supporting and counseling his students through his many forums, both online and in-person, as well as writing articles, discourses, and books, while also taking care of his family and practical affairs. Performing all these duties in a spirit of humility, abundance and joy, he is a fountain of inspiration and love to all who are graced by his presence.