When Yogi Protoplasm was a science student of Andhra University he read Paul Brunton’s book, “Search in Secret India” which inspired him to visit Ramana Maharsi at his ashrama three days before Maharsi took mahā samādhi. Since then he was highly motivated into spirituality. It was a turning point in his life. Yogi ji was also highly inspired by the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swāmi Vivekananda.
When you ask him why he calls himself Yogi Protoplasm he coolly replies –
“All plants, animals, insects, bacteria are made up of protoplasm. Protoplasm is one but has taken the shape of many forms. Its description is similar to that of Brahman. Through the discovery of Protoplasm scientists are corroborating the Vedantic principle that there is one atman in all whether you are rich or poor, black or white, male or female. Thus protoplasm is not only my name but your name also”.
Yogi Protoplasm is a tapasvi and has been living on a diet of only milk for the past thirty years. Yogiji came in close contact with the Self Realised saint Yogi Rama and served him for ten years from 1952 to 1962. In 1962 when Yogi Ramaiah appeared to be ill, Yogi Protoplasm and other took him to Dr TN Krishnaswamy, a great devote of Ramana Maharshi and Yogi Rama at Chennai. Thinking that Yogi Rama was in a semi conscious state, the doctor asked him – Do you know where you are? Yogi Rama who had not been speaking since three days answered – I am Everywhere. These were the last words of this great Yogi.
Paramahamsa Yogananda the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, met Yogi Rama at Ramana Ashram when he visited India in 1935. Later he told his American disciples that if he had stayed with Yogi Ramaiah for another half an hour he might have given up the idea of going back to America.
In 1992 Yogi Protoplasm was living in a cave in Uttarkashi where he got inspired to design Atma Parisodhana Yoga Sādhana scheme in which there is a preliminary Paricaya course and then advance courses like Sadhana Praveena, Siddha and Arudha. Participants in the sadhana camp have to achieve targets like still body (Āsana siddhi of 3, 6, 9 and12 hours duration), and still mind (Niścala Manas) and Prajňa Pratyaviksana and Brahma Bhavana. At first, camps were held in Rishĩkesh in Nirvana Ashram, Mayakund. Later on the camps were conducted all over India and now regularly held at Yogi Rāma Tapovanam Āshram, Nellore, Annareddy Palem village and at Prashanti Kutiram, the campus of S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru inspiring seekers to do serious sadhana to attain the Self. To discard Dehatma Bhavana and attain Chaitanyatma Bhavana is the goal. He often quotes Swami Vivekanandas saying The first step in Spirituality is to know that you are not this body.
“Yogiji practical approach emphasizing on understanding and practice takes the sadhaka to Niddidhyasana from mere sravana and manana.”- Dr. HR Nagendra (Vice Chancellor SVYASA University) Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhāna Samsthana (S-VYASA Yoga University) Bengaluru honoured Pūjya Yogiji by offering him the Ramana Maharshi Smaraka Dhyana Yoga Pĩtham on 24th June 2010. Yogiji has been a great source of inspiration and guidance for all faculty, students and sādhakas at S-VYASA and he has taken the mission of imparting Ātma Parisodhana Yoga Sādhana to all participants. Yogiji guides those who seek his help.