140. Stuart Perrin

Stuart PerrinStuart Perrin, an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga who has been quietly teaching small groups of students around the world for the last thirty-nine years, and is a direct disciple of Swami Rudrananda, more commonly known as Rudi. Stuart studied six years with Rudi. In 1973, Rudi died in an airplane crash and Stuart was one of three survivors.

Stuart Perrin was born August 10, 1942 in the Bronx, New York. The first child and only son of Sylvia and Michael Perrin, he began his spiritual quest at the age of sixteen. Sitting at his father’s deathbed, he was shocked and awakened to a simple reality. “Why,” he asked himself, “is it the first time I’ve seen my father in such a profound state of inner peace? Why did he have to wait till the last moments of his life to be filled with so much love and serenity?”

Stuart realized he’d have to find someone to train him in deep meditation practice. His search for a spiritual teacher took him to Europe, Africa, Mexico and all over the United States. Stuart spent nine years looking for a master only to find him in his hometown, where he met Rudi, who trained Stuart in the fine art of deep inner work and Kundalini Yoga. “What did you see when we first met?” Stuart once asked Rudi. Rudi answered, “I saw my spiritual son lost in the universe. I pulled you in the door of my shop.”

Stuart’s training with Rudi was filled with profound and ancient teachings, “streetwise yoga”, humor, and more than a few swordstrokes to the ego. “See that weed in the sidewalk crack. It’s got more life in it than you,” Rudi once said to him while they were walking on a Manhattan street when Stuart complained to Rudi about his living situation. After four years of intense training Stuart became a teacher in Rudi’s lineage. Besides the formal technique of deep inner work, a technique that uses the mind and breath to strengthen the chakra system and build a link between the spiritual practitioner and Higher Creative Energy in the Universe, Rudi taught Stuart the necessity of using spiritual work in everyday life. “We must live here and there at the same time,” Rudi told him. “If we don’t master day to day living, we never work out our karma. We are never free.”

Stuart taught meditation at Rudi’s New York City center for two years. Then Rudi asked him to teach at a newly-formed meditation center in Denton, Texas. While in Texas, Stuart started meditation programs for hungry and homeless people, for people in prison and ex-offenders, addicts and ex-addicts, the elderly, high school students, and other people in all walks of life. He also initiated devoted disciples into the mysteries of inner work, and he, in turn, created new teachers of meditation.

In February 1973, Stuart and Rudi were in a plane crash in the Catskill Mountains, a plane crash that took Rudi’s life. “I never feel he is gone,” Stuart wrote of his guru. “When I wish to be with him, to learn from him, I just open my heart. He is there, sitting, smiling, sharing his teachings. The moment he died, I felt his soul pass into me.”

Stuart moved back to New York City in 1980 and continued his work as a spiritual teacher. He continues to train many more people, and has meditation centers in the U. S., Israel, and Brazil.

A well-known and respected author, Stuart has published The Mystical Ferryboat (1983), Leah (1988), A Deeper Surrender: Notes on a Spiritual Life (2001), Moving On: Finding Happiness in a Changed World (2004), an essay for Kundalini Rising (2009), and most recently Rudi: The Final Moments (2011)

Interview recorded 9/29/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

43 thoughts on “140. Stuart Perrin

  1. ”…If there are certain shifts/experiences/visions that are considered part of the Kundalini unfolding (ie. Blue Pearl perhaps) , if others don’t pass these same signposts or markers (if you will), are they missing something? Off course? Not fully awake yet? It’s a fun aspect of the journey to investigate…”

    Mike, the answer to that is in the way certain traditions emphasized or chose to emphasize certain experiences above others as marking points. Again, this kind of exchanges were very much an area of a very private dialogues between the teacher and the student. I don’t think the teacher used to announced out loud, ‘hey are you seeing this and that’? More like close up encounters, with eye to eye, heartbeat to heartbeat contact – experiences where shared and interpreted mouth to ear if need be.

    I did have most of the so called classical stuff going on, but learned it post-factum, simply because I knew there’ll come a time when these would have to be related and not just on the level of ”eh, ah”, I wanted to be versed and familiar with the jargon.

    So ‘Blue Pearl’ is indeed a very precious experience especially when it grows before it gobbles down all existence.. one could say that was the fusion of the left and the right, where all the cortexes are waved by Gamma. Yet many are confused about the ‘seeing’ of Nilshwari. It’s not the specks of indigo blue scattered around like stars, nor the patches of deep blue color. It’s distinctive as it gives an immediate sense of deepest peace and eternity, spot of shimmering electric-blue not larger than a dot… It comes out of the pitch black sky of meditation which many buddhist mistake for Shunia.

    Is it a must to go through? I don’t know. Kabir wrote of it, so are many other saints of that part of the world. Having been at Siddha Yoga you know how much Muktananda spoke and wrote about it. Personally, its very soothing experience, to just shut the eyes and be in the presence of that light. But when it explodes it’s another matter all together. Universe explodes in your head and you’re lost in that indescribable bliss… until something else takes place for you to find the ground to stand on.

    That said, I’ve never logged for any of these experiences, and perhaps it helps to not to expect but allow anything to take place on its own. Whence some traditions simply avoided the grounds for speculation. Tantra on the other hand is aimed at rapid progress and perhaps in that there was this need for more explicit, physical and meta-physical experiences to allow introspective perspective on the process accompanying the transformation.

    Does it mean not being fully awake if not having these kind of experiences? Not necessarily, one could be well awakened yet the velocity of the process is subjected to the soul’s trajectory whence the work is being done at some other planes before the more ripe experiences will manifest on the path. On the other hand there are some more or less definitive ways of knowing if awakening is not fully took place, by closer examination where certain markings are quite telling.

  2. Thanks again for the clarifications Vama … it’s really striking a resonant chord here. Fascinating to wonder what this body may yet be going through — and would be welcomed now, without all the association of ‘past’ fears, or any projection of ‘negative’ meaning. It is now just understood as shakti energy doing what it was created to do. Also, as admittedly my understanding of the correct terminology is sadly lacking, it’s helpful to see the important distinctions between the different manifestations of these phenomena, as they relate to the effects on the physiology, both gross and subtle. But again, now that there is no longer any expectation of how this *must* manifest, I can really just enjoy the ride. :-)

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