kamleshdpatel-profileHaving the qualities of humility and simplicity, you can consider that you have everything you want; there is nothing more.

Kamlesh D. Patel is the fourth and current spiritual guide of the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation.

His life is a perfect example of the integration of spiritual and material existence. As a pharmacy student of 19, he came across this form of meditation and came to the feet of his guru Ram Chandra of Shajahanpur (Babuji). It was a sustaining base for the successful unfolding of the career in pharmacy that followed in New York.

Following the passing of Babuji in 1983, he continued as a dedicated devotee of Babuji’s successor, Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari (Chariji), fulfilling many roles in the organisation in India, USA, Oceania and Africa, and supporting the growth of centres around the world. He was announced as Chariji’s successor in October 2011. He is married with two sons, and encourages his followers to embrace family life as the best place to develop the heart-based qualities of love, compassion, acceptance, patience and tolerance. He also advocates what he calls the ‘Wisdom Bridge’, which is the opportunity for young people to spend time with grandparents and other elderly people, so that the wisdom of a culture is passed down the generations.

The breadth of his life experience enables him to be at ease with people from all backgrounds. This is also reflected in his talks and writing which profoundly nourish spiritual understanding and inspiration. All can feel that they are honed from a rigorous reflection based on his deep experience and study. He is particularly interested in encouraging the younger generation.

As we move higher and higher, the need to be recognised becomes less and less, until we become one with infinity and dissolve in infinity and become infinity. So in the material world there is ego fulfilment, while in the spiritual world there is absolute dissolution of personal ego. That is the beauty of the spiritual path.