Visit to the Shivapuri Baba Ashram and tour of Nepal
11 day Pilgrimage to Nepal
The main purpose of this Pilgrimage is to visit and work at the
Shivapuri Baba Ashram in Kathmandu.
We will plan on working as volunteers for 5 /6 days at the
Shivapuri Baba Ashram doing any work that needs doing, studying the teachings and connecting with the community.
When we have finished our work, we will then have the opportunity to make a tour of important spiritual and heritage areas around Nepal:
Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara, Kathmandu
A portion of the fees for this pilgrimage will be to cover any material costs needed at the ashram.
We hope to have a group of at least 15 people for this Pilgrimage.
Once 15 people have expressed an interest in this pilgrimage we will start the process of confirming dates etc...
The cost of this pilgrimage are approximate : Pricing depends on choice of accommodations, travel dates, and number of travelers. Please email us for pricing details.
$1,540.00 per person * shared twin bedded room
*single supplement $610.00 ( $2, 090.00)
$3080.00 2 people in Double bedded room
Please note International Airfare not included
Who Is The Shivapuri Baba?
a bit of information
Govindananda Bharati also known as Shivapuri Baba is a Hindu saint and a traveller hermit who taught the world swadharma, the ancient system of living.
Born as Jayanthan Nambudiripad in Akkikkavu of Thrissur District in 1826, he lost his family at the age of 9. His grandfather Achyutam, who was a well known astrologer in the court of Tipu Sultan, looked after him. Govindananda left his home when he was 24 with his grandfather and attained Iswarasakshatkaram in Amarantaka forest of Madhya Pradesh. After getting enlightenment, he became sanyasi in Sringeri Math and changed his name to Govindananda Bharathi.
John G. Bennett had made contact with the Shivapuri Baba, a Hindu sage living in Nepal. He had first heard of the Shivapuri Baba in the early 1940s, and now learned from Hugh Ripman (a fellow student of Ouspensky) that the yogi was still alive. Bennett visited the Shivapuri Baba twice between 1961 and 1963, by which time the Shivapuri Baba was reportedly 137 years old. Bennett was impressed with the vitality and simplicity of the Shivapuri Baba's teaching, and later referred to him as his teacher. Bennett undertook to propagate the Shivapuri Baba's teaching and made various attempts to incorporate it into his own work.
Shivapuri Baba died in 1963, shortly after he had approved the draft for his biography, Bennett's Long Pilgrimage - The Life and Teaching of the Shivapuri Baba
The book takes the form of six essays covering the life and teachings of Shri Govindananda Bharati, known at the time of his death as the Shivapuri Baba. The first chapter describes his origins from his birth in 1826 in Kerala, his religious training and preparation and his 40 year circumambulation of the world, meeting all the major world leaders of his day, and his forty year retirement in a forest hut outside Kathmandu. Subsequent chapters, describe his practical teachings, which are so simply explained and so universal that they will always be relevant to seekers. Ancient teachings are presented in a modern interpretation. The Shivapuri Baba himself described his teachings as "the Bhagavad Gita brought up to date'. The final chapter presents a revolutionary world view which reveals an immense wisdom and understanding of human destiny, presented in a form that all can appreciate. The Shivapuri Baba left this life in January of 1963, and at that time few knew of him, and nothing at all had been written about him. The present book was the first public account of the saint, appearing in 1965. In 2001, Thakur Lal Manadhar's son Giridhar approached J.G. Bennett's family requesting the rights to republish in English and Nepali. Giridhar was able to provide a number of photographic images not published previously and many of which were from his own camera. The present edition is taken from the 2001 publication. At the launch of the book in Kathmandu in 2007, Giridhar was asked by a reporter whether the Shivapuri Baba had actually read what was written, noting that the text indicated that he had seen and approved it? Giridhar said that he believed that he had not read it, and stating that at the end of his life, the Shivapuri Baba did not want to engage with anything which would tie him to the world he was preparing to leave for the last time. To Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, visiting in 1956 he said: "I teach three disciplines: physical; moral spiritual." These disciplines form the foundation of Right Life - Swadharma, and the journals of Thakur Lal Manandhar relate how these disciplines were taught in the practical application to every day life. This is a simple but inspiring book from which everybody can benefit .
A new publication was published in 2014. These lectures were not included in Long Pilgrimage, and had never been published previously.
Four public lectures given by John G. Bennett in London in 1962 describing his two visits to the Shivapuri Baba in Kathmandu, and the interviews he had with him.
The Shivapuri Baba Facebook Group