Yogi Vilasnath Maharaj

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Yogi Vilasnath Maharaj
Yogi Vilasnath Maharaj
Yogi Vilasnath Maharaj
Occupation Guru of Nath Sampradaya

Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj (born 19 September 1957) is a famous Guru of Natha Tradition, who is making a lot of efforts for the development and spreading of tradition in India and abroad. Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj is the main successor of Shri Baba Anandanath Maharaj who was a Mahamantri in Nath Tradition. In 2012 during the Great Ceremony of Shankhadhaal for his Guruji Anandanath Maharaj, Yogi Vilasnath ji was also appointed Mahant of Om Shiv Goraksha Panchayatan Mandir in Galane, Maharashtra. Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj is a member of "Akhil Bharatvarshiya Avadhut Bhesh Barah Panth Yogi Mahasabha" (the organization of 12 Panthas), where he is engaged in the development and distribution of tradition (Prachar Prasar Adeksha).[1]. He is widely known in the Tradition owing to his extensive knowledge, his books and paintings. Yogi Vilasnath had been next to his Guru for over 20 years and with his blessings written many important books on nath’s practices, particularly the well-known of them is "Shri Nath Rahasya" which contains almost all of mantras and rituals of Nathas, and nearly every Nath-yogi has this book. He is the author of Shri Goraksha Chalisa, Shri Natha Siddha Kawacha that are also known in India.


Yogi Vilasnath was born on 19 September 1957 in Nashik, Maharashtra in India. His father's name is Mr. Shankar Rao Kapile, and his mother's name is Mrs. Vatsaladevi S. Kapile. Yogi Vilasnath was educated on B.Sc. with Physics in 1979 in Bytco college (Nasik) of University of Pune. After that he worked as Supervisor in Pharma Synthechemical Factory, Nashik, from 1981 to 1984 and as Shift Supervisor in FFC LTD, Nashik, from 1984 to 1991. During the Kumbh Mela in 1991 Yogi Vilasnath was initiated in Nath Sampradaya by his Guru Yogi Anandanathji Maharaj and moved to the Guru Gorakshnath Mandir, Haridwar, as a Nath Yogi of Ai-Panth.

During his long life near Guru, among Nath-yogis and sadhus, traveling over all India, Yogi Vilasnath had great experience in perceiving of Atman and Paramatman, supreme knowledge, in meditation on the different forms of God and Goddess. He also had experience in samadhi in different condition like in water, wine, ground, on the trees etc. These were the milestones or foundation towards Vilanathji’s way to Moksha. During his spirit journey, Yogi Vilasnath had discovered Author, Painter & great Orator inside him. He wrote many books which are very much helpful to the Nath Sampraday as well as for the Common Man. He went on to draw many wall paintings at Galana, (Malegaon) Maharashtra at his Guruji’s Ashram & also at Guru Gorakshnath Temple Haridwar. Haridwar is also the place where Nath Sampradaya is having its strong presence and is ever expanding. Haridwar itself is a place having long history, it is place where King Bhartrihari meditated at the place where now a huge and famous temple of Guru Gorakshanath is standing. For a long time Yogi Vilasnath was the Main Pujari in this Mandir.

Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj on Omkar Parvat mount

Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj made pilgrimage to a lot of sacred places allover India and nearby countries. In 2004 Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj visited Mrigasthali Temple and Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal for research on Guru Gorakshanath ji and Nath Sampradaya history. On autumn 2007 he went for pilgrimage to mount Kailash which is considered as an abode of Lord Shiva himself and Lake Manasarovar which is known as Mata Parvati dwelling on Earth. In 2007 he also visited mount Omkar Parvat in Nepal. During his stay there Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj made a spiritual research about nature of the sacred bīja “AUM” and its’ relation with three gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Later in 2010 this research was resulted in his book “Nath Siddho Ki Om-kar Siddhi”.

Yogi Vilasnath became a member of European Academy of Tibetan Medicine and Yoga as a Honorable Doctor of Yoga Philosophy (Germany)

For supporting and extending the tradition of Natha yoga, in 2011, Yogi Vilasnath was invited by Yogi Matsyendranath to visit Russia and Europe, where he held a number of satsangs and gave his advice and blessings on the development of schools of Yogi Matsyendranath in the CIS and the West.[2] During this visit Yogi Vilasnath became a member of European Academy of Tibetan Medicine and Yoga as a Honorable Doctor of Yoga Philosophy (Germany). In December 2013 Yogi Vilasnath visited Russia again for support Natha yogis in Tumen, also gave a big Satsang in Moscow.

In Poland in June – July 2016 at Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda (Sulislaw) Mahant Dr. Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj has given seminars and satsangs, on which he explained the concepts of Natha Hatha Yoga. Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj also guided Hatha Yoga classes and spiritual practices, performed a Homa Rituals and gave Nathas Dikshas for his polish disciples: Yogi Iśvaranath and Yogi Iśvarinath. He visited Guru Gorakhnathji Forest Ashram in Stanislawow, Mazowieckie District, Poland and had given eleven Naths Traditional Books to The National Library of Poland.

Seminar of Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj during International Yoga Day 21 June 2017 in Kryvyi Ryh

In June-July 2017 Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj visited Ukraine. During the visit, he gave several seminars and satsangs explaining the different concepts of Natha Yoga to the wide public. The main seminar was held on International Yoga Day 21 June 2017 in Kryvyi Ryh. The program of the seminar included lecture about spiritual side of the yoga, workshop on hatha yoga asana and pranayama, satsang with open question-and-answer session and interview for local TV[3][4]. The important part of his visit was performance of the Shankhaldhal process which helps to get the final liberation of Mukti to the yogi who has already left the body. As an author of “Shree Natha Siddhom ki Shankhadhal” book, Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj is considered one of the main authority in Nath Sampradaya regarding this elaborate process. This Shankhadhal was done in Nath mandir in Kryvyi Ryh that is managed by his shishya Yogi Adyanath ji Maharaj. According to Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj this was the first time that Shankhadhal was performed outside the Indian subcontinent. During the Shankhadhal he gave Upadeshi Diksha, i.e. initiation to the Yoga Maya Bala Sundari mantra, to about forty disciples from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Israel, Latvia, Belarus and Russia. Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj also visited Nath ashram in Zaporizhia where he held a hatha yoga class, gave a satsang on Yoga Maya Bala Sundari spiritual practice[5] and performed a homa. Exploring the connection of ancient pagan culture of Ukraine and Sanskrit culture, Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj visited such places as old pagan shrines in Khortytsia and sanctuary “Gorka” near Kryvyi Ryh. As an author of many book about Natha, Yoga Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj presents his books to Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine in Kyiv.

Guru Parampara in Ai-Panth[6][edit]

Adinath → Udayanath → Matsyendranath → Gorakshanath → Yogini Vimalanath (Vimalamata) → Yogi Kankai Bhusakainath Maharaj → Yogi Ladhainath Maharaj → Yogi Sahajainath Maharaj → Yogi Khecharnath Maharaj → Yogi Ghodacholipanath Maharaj → Yogi Saraswatayinath Maharaj → Yogi Shrutainath Maharaj → Yogi Bhagainath Maharaj → Yogi Bhramainath Maharaj → Yogi Narmainath Maharaj →Yogi Mastanath Maharaj (MahaSiddha) → Yogi Totanath Maharaj → Yogi Meghanath Maharaj → Yogi Chetnath Maharaj → Yogi Mahannath Maharaj → Yogi Prananath Maharaj→ Yogi Shrevnath Maharaj→ Yogi Anandanath Maharaj → Yogi Vilasnath Maharaj

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 1998 - Shri Natha Rahasya (parts 1,2,3), description of the methods and mantras
  • 2000 - Shri Goraksha Siddh Chalisa
  • 2001 - Shri Prachin Bhartrihari Gufa Mahatmya
  • 2002 - Shri Nath Siddha Kavacham (Hindi Edition)
  • 2002 - Shri Navanath (Charitra Darshan & Sakshatkar Vihdhi)
  • 2003 - Shri Nath Siddha Kavacham (English Edition)
  • 2004 - Shri Natha Rahasya (part 4), description of Shankhadhal ritual
  • 2006 - Shri Nath Siddh Path
  • 2009 - Shri Goraksha Tantram
  • 2009 - Nath Sampraday Arati Bhajan Sangrah (Upasana)
  • 2010 - Nath Siddho Ki OmKar Siddhi
  • 2010 - Om Shiva Goraksha Vrat-Katha


  1. ^ "Members of Sampradaya". GORAKH NATHA SAMPRADAYA. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yogi Vilasnath's satsang in Moscow. February 2011". Nathas Tradition. February 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "TV interview with Yogi Vilasnath ji Maharaj". 1tv Kryvyi Ryh. 
  4. ^ "International Yoga Day 21 June 2017 in Kryvyi Ryh". 1tv Kryvyi Ryh. 
  5. ^ "Yoga Maya Bala Sundari mandala explained". 
  6. ^ "Parampara of Nath Sampradaya and 12 panthas". GORAKH NATHA SAMPRADAYA. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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