Apprenticed To A Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography

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About the Book This book is the unfolding of the Spiritual ‘rags to riches’ story of a Young man from Kerala, who by Sheer dedication, sincerity and single-Mindedness evolved into Sri ‘M’, a living yogi. Through his simple prose, Sri M gently shares with the reader his Fascination travels across the Himalayas And back, profound knowledge of Upanishad philosophy and deep Spiritual insights born out of first hand Experiences, promising the reader a Unique and thought...
About the Book

This book is the unfolding of the Spiritual ‘rags to riches’ story of a Young man from Kerala, who by Sheer dedication, sincerity and single-Mindedness evolved into Sri ‘M’, a living yogi. Through his simple prose, Sri M gently shares with the reader his Fascination travels across the Himalayas And back, profound knowledge of Upanishad philosophy and deep Spiritual insights born out of first hand Experiences, promising the reader a Unique and thought provoking journey. One of the many unusual and intriguing Aspects of this story is the fact that Sri M was born Mumtaz Ali Khan.


About the Author

Sri M was born in Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala, At the age of nineteen and A half, attracted by a strange and irresistible urge to go to the Himalayas he left home.

At the Vyasa Cave, beyond the Himalayan shrine of Baddrinath, he met his Master and lived with him for three And a half years, wandering freely, the Length and breadth of the snow clad Himalayan region. What he learnt from his Master Maheshwarnath Babaji, transformed his consciousness totally.

Back in the plains, he, as instructed By his Master, lived a normal life, Working for a living, fulfilling his social Commitments and at the same time Preparing himself to teach that entire he had learnt and experienced, At a signal, from his Master he entered the teaching phase of his life. Today, he travels all over the world to share his experiences and knowledge.

Equally at home in the religious Teachings of most major religions, Sri M, born as Mumtaz Ali Khan, often Says “Go to the core. Theories are of No use”.

Sri M is married and has two children. He leads a simple life – teaching and heading the Satsang Foundation, a Charitable concern promoting excellence In education, At present he lives in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, just Three hours from Bangalore.



Before I take you with me on this adventurous Journey, from the southern coast of India to the snowy heights of the mystical Himalyas and back, meeting extraordinary individuals, and sharing unusual and incredible experiences, I would like to say few words which will put everything in its proper perspective.

Until now, I have held most of the experiences I have written about in this book, close to my heart, not letting even my closest friends, persuade me to come out with anything more than a hint of what lay hidden in the depths of my consciousness.

Why was I so secretive in these matters and why have I now spilled the beans, as the expression goes? Let me answer these questions now:

My Master Babaji, although he had hinted that I would At some point, write an autobiography, the green signal to do that, which expecting from him, did not come till two years ago. Even after that, I deliberated a great deal for over six months, before reluctantly beginning to write, mainly for two reasons:

One, I was afraid that, caught in the fantasy of the fascinating saga, the sincere spiritual aspirant might miss out the practical and necessary aspects of the spiritual journey.

Two, that the critical reader, finding some parts of the narrative unbelievably strange, might dismiss the whole book as a cock-and-bull story.

However, what clinched the issue in favour of writing this autobiography was the following factors:

First; it occurred to me that it was my business to write what I experienced and leave it to the small minority of skeptical readers to accept or reject. I felt, I was being unfair to the majority of readers, by hesitating to tell my story for fear of the minority.

Second; after the appearance of the autobiography of a Yogi, very few authentic spiritual biographies have appeared, and the writers of even those are no longer alive and available for discussion. Also, however authentic Swami Yogananda’s autobiography is, he hadn’t personally spent much time in the Himalayas. Therefore, I thought it was important that I relate my experiences, especially those I had in the Himalayas, right now, so that I am available to the reader for a one on one.

Third; I wanted to prove the point that great teachers like Babaji and Sri Guru, influence the tide of spiritual evolution silently, behind the scenes, even though very few know of their existence.

I appeal to the readers to ignore those parts that appear to them as too fantastic to be real, of need be, and read the rest so that they don’t miss the great teachings of Sri Guru and Babaji. about my guru, “A particle of dust from his blessed feer could have created a thousand Vivekananda.”

Substitute ‘Vivekananda’ with ‘M’ and you’ll know what I mean. So, come with me on this wonderful journey dear reader; and may the blessings of the Masters be with you.




  Acknowledgements viii
  Foreword t ix
1 The Beginning 1
2 A Visit from the Himalayan Master 15
3 The Gayatri Mantra 20
4 Meeting Yogi Gopala Saami 25
5 A god-Intoxicated Sufi 32
6 Inside the Subramanya Temple 36
7 Preparing for the Ascent 39
8 The Story of Sri Narayuana Guru 46
9 Strange and Timely Inputs 50
10 The Mastan’s Blessings 55
11 Three Monks 61
12 Mai Ma 68
13 Understanding Holy Madness 73
14 Trial Run 77
15 Towards the Himalayas 83
16 The Cave of Vasishta 98
17 The Naga and Learning the Mahamantara 104
18 The Cobbler and the Monk 110
19 The Seeker at Badrinath 114
20 Meeting Babaji 119
21 My First Initiation 122
22 Lighting the Kundalini fire 127
23 The Old Tibetan Lama 130
24 Yoga, Vendanta, and the Math Pant 134
25 Tholingmutt and the Mountain Man 140
26 The Valley of Flowers and Hemkund 148
27 Meeting the Siddhar 153
28 Kedarnath: Opening the Channels 161
29 The Fireball from the Sky 167
30 The Healing and Meeting the Grand Master 174
31 A Truly Holy Man 188
32 Sri Vidya Initiation 197
33 Lessons from the German 202
34 Going Back to Trivandrum 206
35 Preparations for the Mission 212
36 Lessons from a Sufi Master 216
37 The Ramakrishna Mission 224
38 Sri Devi and Neem Karoli Baba 234
39 The Aghori from Banars 243
40 Alandi, Shirdi and Walking Through Doors 251
41 More Travels: New Insights 258
42 Babaji at the Taj Mumbai 268
43 Meeting Laxman Joo and J. Krishnamurti 274
44 Vasant Vihar 283
45 Babaji Leaves His Body 297
46 The Passing Away of ‘K’… 302
47 Marriage and Shifting to Neel Train 307
48 M Neel Bagh and the Satsang Train 312
49 The Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra 317
50 The Journey continues 328
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Item Code: NAD058 Author: Sri M Cover: Paperback Edition: 2016 Publisher: Magenta Press and Publication Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9788191009606 Language: English Size: 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch Pages: 340 (40 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 490 gms
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