|Citizenship||Russian Federation, Australia|
|Occupation||Guru of Nath Sampradaya|
Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj is a Guru of Russian origin recognised in India (his mundane name is Maxim Matsiendranatkh). He was born in Bryansk, the city of the Russian Federation, graduated from Youngdong University (Youngdong, South Korea), where he did Bachelor of Physical Education in "Master of Kouksundo (ancient Korean health system)." He also studied religious rituals, yoga and tantra in India and Nepal.
In Russia, he is known as the first of the Russians who has been ever initiated in the Nath tradition. The principal spiritual Master (mula-guru) of Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj in the Nath lineage is Yogi Shri Mithileshnath Maharaj, the head of the Patan Devi Mandir (Tulsipur, Uttar Pradesh). Yogi Matsyendranath was completely trained in Nath Sampradaya in India, he has been ordained to be a Guru and attorned the authority to initiate adepts into the Tradition. He has translated and published several fundamental texts belonging to the Nath Tradition from Indian languages into Russian. In addition, under his guidance the magazine "Adesh", dedicated to the Nath Tradition, has been issuing since 2008 to the present. Moreover, Yogi Matsyendranath also learned from other Gurus in India, who are well known nowadays in Russia thanks to his support and activity. Among them we can mention Vagish Shastri, Rakesh Pandey, Ramacandra Seth and others. Yogi Matsyendranath has his disciples and followers all over the world in such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as in Europe (Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, France, etc.), America, Australia, Israel, South Korea. He promotes the Nath Tradition, which traces back to the ancient yoga teacher Gorakshanath — the founder and distributor of Hatha Yoga. Despite the fact that modern Hatha Yoga is largely oversimplified and has assumed rather a form of fitness nowadays, having lost its spiritual content, the influence of the Nath Tradition upon this mass social phenomenon is still significant.
Being the first who has introduced the Nath Tradition to Russian people and opened the way into the Tradition for spiritual seekers, Yogi Matsyendranath has also promoted other currents allied to Nathism, such as Tantrism, Shaktism, etc. He has been given an access to certain Tantric lineages, where those who are not from India or Nepal by origin are rarely initiated. He has received higher initiations in the Tantric Shrividya cult from Guru Shri Chidganandanatha (Kishingarh, Rajasthan), and the authority of the initiating Guru.
Yogi Matsyendranath gives constantly seminars, lectures, conferences and pravacanas in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, France, Israel, India, England etc.
In recent years, he is actively involved in interfaith dialogue, taking place in Melbourne (Australia). He shares own spiritual experience and participates in interreligious retreats including discussions of original scriptures and practices of other traditions. In collaboration with members of the Mela Interfaith Association (MIA) he as well regularly conducts lectures, series of teaching and performs spiritual ceremonies in celebrations of Hindu festivals at the Warburton Interfaith Ashram.
- Youngdong University newsletter, August 2012
- Natha Tradition official website news, November 2013
- News archive (2011-2015) of Natha Tradition official website
- Mela Interfaith Association Newsletter Volume 1, Number 2 (Warburton Highway, Warburton Victoria 3799, AUSTRALIA).
- Natha Sampradaya — multilingual website of Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj.
- Forum of Natha Sampradaya — forum of Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj where it's possible to ask a question directly to the Guru.
- Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj Blog
- Portal Nathi.RU — website of Yogi Matsyendranath's students in Russia.
- «Yogi Matsyendranath» — website of Yogi Matsyendranath's students in France.
- Magazine "Adesh" — the first magazine in Russia dedicated to fundamental Nath practices, the theory of yoga and tantra, etc.
- Harmony in Diversity - interview with Yogi Matsyendranath on Australian TV ("Harmony in Diversity")