Igor Anvar Kufayev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In his childhood he had many experiences associated with awakening. An artist by nature he studied philosophy, theology, aesthetics and sacred geometry. In his late twenties, faced with crisis brought by personal traumas, he was trampolined into the higher level of awareness. Initiated into meditation in a dream, Igor immersed himself into the practice of yoga. A year later he learned Transcendental Meditation and practiced it diligently for several years.
Biographical details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Kufayev
At the age of thirty-six Igor underwent a radical transformation of consciousness which subsequently blossomed into spontaneous unfoldment of Grace. For the next five years he continued long hours of meditation, integrating expanded state of awareness throughout his daily activities. Around that time he began sharing his insights with those who were attracted by the energy emanating in his presence.
Igor points out that awakening takes place in the body on a cellular level and it is the body, with its nervous system, that acts as a support for individual consciousness to mature into full Enlightenment. It could be said that his methods are rooted in Tantra, having studied such diverse traditions as Vedanta, Tantra, Sufi and Zen for many years he remains elusive to categorization. Saying that: ”Abiding in a state of spontaneous absorption transcends the boundaries of any given truth based on intellectual grasp of ultimate reality…”.
He emphasizes the biological nature of self-realization and sees the process as progressive purification of Prana. For vital force directs and orchestrates all movements in the body, and all cognitive processes are linked to the electric current of which Prana is a conduit.
Igor’s style of teaching is based on spontaneous and intuitive insight which allows him to empathize with uniqueness of each individual conditioning. He embraces life in its most terrifying contrasts through direct experiences of Love, Life and Death, if only to appreciate more fully the predicament of human condition.
He lives with his partner, Emma Devi and their two small children, Ramana and Keahnu. He looks after his mother who struggles with dementia, while the family is (currently) based in Costa Rica. Igor continues working with those who require guidance, sharing his time between family duties and editing his 10 year correspondence into a book under the title, ‘Letter to a Siddha’.
Igor’s spiritual name is ‘Vamadeva’ (Sanskrit), meaning – preserving aspect of Shiva in his peaceful, graceful and poetic form.
Films/Documentaries on Igor’s Work
Other BatGap events with Igor:
- Igor Kufayev 2
- Igor Kufayev with David Loy
- Igor Kufayev with Jac O’Keeffe, and Francis Bennett
- Igor Kufayev, in Panel Discussion with John Hagelin and Mark McCooey
- Igor Kufayev, in Panel Discussion on Kashmir Shaivism
Interview recorded 3/10/2012
Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.