Format: DVD Video
Time: 45 minutes
A divine projection
I hate to confess but when I first came across a copy of Wings to Freedom: Journey of a Nath Yogi, I rolled my eyes thinking to myself, “Here’s another new-age guru claiming enlightenment”. But when I saw a reference to Mahavatar Shiv Goraksha Babaji, it piqued my interest in Yogiraj Siddhanath, of whom I had heard nothing. Yet as I watched the video, I sensed that he was speaking from another level, from some higher realm of consciousness.
In 1967 Yogiraj, a householder yogi, set out on his quest to meet Babaji. Each evening he would go up to the confluence of the Alakhnanda and Mandakini rivers at Rudraprayag and settle down there to meditate along the peaceful sounds of the flowing water. On one moonlit night, he had the experience of a light shining through him. As this violet and lilac hue flashed at him he fell unconscious. When he came to, he had the experience that changed his life forever, one that every yogi yearns for. Standing before him was none other than Shiv Goraksha Babaji himself. Then Yogiraj goes on to share his blissful interaction with Babaji, who is believed to be Lord Shiva, the divine consciousness or chaitanya, from which all creation comes forth.
What I liked was the way Yogiraj draws a parallel between the universe and the human brain. He explains how the many stars in the sky are akin to the neurons in our brain, while the black hole is like the third ventricle [a hollow space in the brain]. He speaks with authority and command but also with a humility that comes only with years of yoga sadhana.
The film has some very neat graphics and special effects to accompany the vivid description of the evolution of consciousness. But nothing to beat the breathtaking locations of the Himalayas—they are an absolute treat to the eyes. There’s a lot in this film for every spiritual seeker. But even if for nothing else, watch it for its visual appeal—it’s sure to transport you to another world.