An Interview with Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)

Question: Could you tell us about yourself?

Jagad Guru: I am not very important. What’s important is what I teach.

Question: So if I come to know what you teach, then I’ll come to know you?

Jagad Guru: Yes, in the deepest sense. To truly know someone, you must know their heart and soul. What I have learned and understood from my gurus and yoga scripture is my heart and soul, and that is what I now try to pass on to others. So if you wish to truly know me—my heart and soul—then contemplate upon what I am teaching and apply it to your personal life. If you do this, you will actually be greatly benefited.

Question: Many people refer to you as Jagad Guru. How would you define that term?

Jagad Guru: Jagad Guru is a term that usually refers to a yoga teacher who has disciples in different parts of the world and who come from different cultures, races, religions, etc. Most importantly, it means that the teaching I’m passing down from our line of gurus is relevant to and can be applied by every single person in the world regardless of his or her race, nationality, ethnicity, age, religion, political affiliation, etc.