Bhagavan Das (yogi)

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Bhagavan Das
Bhagavan Das with Amulya Maa in October 2020
Bhagavan Das with Amulya Maa in 2020
Kermit Michael Riggs

(1945-05-17) May 17, 1945 (age 77)
OccupationSpiritual teacher, singer, writer
  • Bhavani
    (m. 1972; d.[2] 1984)
  • Usha (common law)[a]
    (m. 1974; sep.[2] 1984)
  • Sharada Devi[3]
  • Amulya Maa
    (m. 2020)

Bhagavan Das (Devanagari: भगवान दास) (born Kermit Michael Riggs[4] on May 17, 1945), also known as Baba Bhagavan Das, is an American yogi who lived for six years in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Bhagavan Das is a bhakti yogi, kirtan singer, spiritual teacher and writer.


In 1963 at the age of 18, Bhagavan Das left California and journeyed solo through Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, eventually arriving in India. During the six years he spent as a wandering ascetic in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, he received numerous initiations and teachings from various saints and sages.[5] In 1965, Bhagavan Das met his guru, the Hindu holy man Neem Karoli Baba. He became an initiate and devotee of Neem Karoli Baba.[citation needed]

In 1967, Bhagavan Das guided spiritual teacher Ram Dass (known then as Dr. Richard Alpert) throughout India and introduced him to Neem Karoli Baba.[6] Bhagavan Das was featured in Ram Dass' 1971 book Be Here Now, which described Bhagavan Das' role in Ram Dass' spiritual journeys in India.[7]

Bhagavan Das is the author of the 1997 autobiography, It's Here Now (Are You?).[1] In 2002, he released his seventh full album, called Now, that was produced and arranged by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, an East-meets-West musical pairing that broadened the scope of Bhagavan Das' audience.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1972 in California Bhagavan Das married his girlfriend, Bhavani, who was expecting their child; subsequently their daughter, Soma, was born in New York.[9] In 1974 in Berkeley, California, he met Usha, who eventually became his common-law wife and they had a son, Mikyo, and a daughter, Lalita.[10]

Bhagavan Das was married to Sharada Devi for 12 years.[3]

Bhagavan Das and his current wife Amulya Maa originally met in 2007, but it was not until late 2018 that they reconnected, both personally and professionally. In early 2019, they began singing, teaching, and offering sessions and events together. On October 1, 2020, Bhagavan Das married Amulya Maa.[11]



  • It's Here Now (Are You?): A Spiritual Memoir. Broadway Books. 1997. ISBN 0-7679-0009-X.

Radio plays[edit]

Selected discography[edit]

  • AH, 1972
  • Now (produced by Mike D of the Beastie Boys),[8] 2002
  • Holy Ghost Sessions (with Richard Sales), 2004
  • Golden Voice, 2007
  • Love Songs to the Dark Lord, 2009
  • The Howler at Dawn, 2009
  • Mother Light, 2014

Selected video appearances (self)[edit]


  1. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997): "[I] wasn't divorced from Bhavani, and yet I already had 'wife' number two."



  1. ^ a b Rottenberg (2016).
  2. ^ a b Richardson (1998), p. 87.
  3. ^ a b Sharada Devi (n.d.).
  4. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997), p. 265.
  5. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997), p. 179.
  6. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997), p. 151.
  7. ^ Ram Dass (1971), p. [page needed].
  8. ^ a b Now at AllMusic
  9. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997), pp. 190, 194.
  10. ^ Bhagavan Das (1997), pp. 220, 221, 238.
  11. ^ "Updates".

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