Dada Gunamuktananda was born in New Zealand and is also known as The Monk Dude.
While attending medical school, he had a change of heart and dedicated himself to a spiritual life and became a yogi.
He practiced meditation for many years and since 1995 he is a meditation and yoga teacher. He has trained and helped many people around the globe, including in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
Dada currently lives in Los Altos Hills, California, where he runs the Ananda Marga meditation center. Also, he works at UC Berkeley, California as a teacher and trains people the practice of meditation.
“The exploration of inner space, our own consciousness, is ultimately connected to our discovery of outer space. Just as the world becomes a smaller place with an increase in communication and transport technology, so the universe becomes a smaller place with the increase in meditation technology!”
Dada Gunamuktananda books:
He is the author of the book “Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind – a Practical Guide to Spiritual Meditation”.
His spiritual teacher was Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (also known as Baba) – the founder of Ananda Marga, a spiritual and social organization that offers instruction in meditation and yoga.
“Cosmic Consciousness abides in the very sense of existence, in one’s very heart’s desire.” – Shrii Shrii Anandamurti quote.
In Consciousness – The Final Frontier Ted talk, Dada explains us the benefits of exploration of the inner space, our own consciousness, which is ultimately connected to our discovery of outer space. This can be done through spiritual practice, like a meditation session on the daily basis.
“Both the substance and the intention of the Universe come from a deeper reality than the material one, we normally perceive with our minds and senses and that reality is consciousness and all-pervading blissful awareness inherent in everybody and everything.
Just as your own consciousness is the essence of your own mind, cosmic consciousness is the essence of the entire Universe. It exists within everything and everything it exists within it, essentially everybody and everything is part of and full of consciousness.”