This film, made in 1980 , portrays the life of Swami Kripalvanandji.
Affectionately known as Bapuji (beloved grandfather) , Swami Kripalu was a kundalini yoga master from India renowned for the depth of his compassion and the intensity of his spiritual practice - for more than 30 years he spent 10 hours a day in meditation. Bapuji's teachings were brought to this country by Amrit Desai, who founded the Kripalu Yoga Fellowship as an ashram (residential yoga community) in Sunneytown, Pennslyvania.
The film traces Bapuji's life in India from his early yogic training with a remarkable sage to his emergence as an enlightened master. It then follows him to Sunneytown, where he lived from 1977 to 1983, meditating, writing, and teaching from the ancient yogic scriptures. A prolific writer and talented musician, Bapuji was also a moving speaker and lively storyteller who revealed great truths through simple and often humorous stories. He has been an inspiration to thousands of people seeking knowledge and transformation and his teachings still serve as the foundation of the Kripalu Center's approach to yoga and life.
Swami Kripalu's primary message was one of love. In his words, "Love is the only path, love is the only God, and love is the only scripture."
With footage from the ashram days, this film also provides some historical context for Kripalu Yoga and Kripalu Center, which has evolved into a secular nonprofit educational organization with the mission to promote the art and science of yoga as a foundation for a revitalized society.