Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar


Sri Shyamji was born and reared in India.  At age 12, he met his guru in the Himalayas and spent several years under his guidance. The Guru initiated him into the Saivite tradition of Tantra—imparting a rare oral tradition of sacred sounds (Naada yoga), breath (Svar yoga), and spiritual wisdom.

The grace of the guru (guru krippa) and the spiritual practices his guru imparted (sadhana), are the basis for Sri Shyamji’s extraordinary intuition and unique chanting of sounds and mantra. For millennia this tradition was passed down from generation to generation through an oral tradition which preserved its purity. It is a rare opportunity to learn the science of sound from a true master.

At age 24 he migrated to the USA. initially he lived in California. it was the beginning of his work on the effects of sound on consciousness. In the 1970s he frequently taught at Esalen Institute and was a guest lecturer at Berkley, California.

Inspired by his 1965 tour on the East coast, Sri Shyamji relocated to New York City, where he became a counselor to youth who were struggling to find their spiritual identity. He became known for his unending compassion, effective therapy and esoteric wisdom. He taught classes at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

In 1966, he undertook an intensive pilgrimage in the Himalayas. It was at this time that he had a vision of his own chakras. Vortices of light emanated throughout his subtle body and illuminated three channels which fed into the two hemispheres and lower portion of his brain.

This vision was the beginning of a path which led to the discovery of the microchakras, which are distinctive rays emanating from the chakras.

That year, Sri Shyamji co-founded "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" (truth, goodness, beauty) with Harish Johari and Pundit Rameshvar Panday in Bareilly, North India.


This organization was founded with the intention of synthesizing the knowledge of East and West, in order to aid those seeking to understand these principles in the conduct of their everyday lives.

In early 1967, he had an intuition. In five hours of automatic writing he revealed that each of the seven major chakras contained 21 microchakras™ and described the precise details of their functioning. This revelation is the basis of Microchakra™ Psychology.

He began presenting his work internationally in major growth centers and universities, including New York University, Bombay, Sorbonne and Cambridge University, The New School, Asia Society, and many others. He introduced a unique method of education for young children, Conch Play, at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. His first open air mantra meditation concert was at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). In 1968 he was invited by Dr. Bernard Aaronson, a psychologist at the neuro-psychiatric institute of Princeton, to experiment with the effects of sound. Around this time, he commenced his international teachings in Europe.

In 1970 Sri Shyamji established the Chakra Institute, (an evolute of Satyam Shivam Sundaram), a not-for-profit organization for the promotion of the integration of ancient

 Indian wisdom and artistic expression with modern science and psychology. The Chakra Institute has hosted rare spiritual teachers. It has also sponsored some of the greatest Indian singers to perform in the U.S. such as Pandit Pran Nath, Sant Karunamayee, Pandit Kundan Lal Sharma and Salamat Ali Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

In 1975, he was invited to the Royal Tropical Museum in Amsterdam to present his model of Microchakra™ Psychology. Professor Henri van Praag, a noted parapsychologist, created a department of Chakra Studies for Sri Shyamji at the University of Lugano (Switzerland), awarding him an honorary professorship. (For more information about Dr. Van Praag, visit

In 1991, he met Dandi Swami Atmanandendra (SwamiJi) a rare saint. SwamiJi is the foremost disciple of his Holiness Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswati, the internationally acclaimed authority on Shankara Advaita Vedanta. Sri Shyamji met SwamiJi while walking in the high Himalayas. His life and work have been profoundly affected by meeting SwamiJi and by his teachings which are pure Advaita Vedanta.

Currently he has a worldwide network of students including professionals that he teaches at various Chakra Institute locations. He has also served on the faculty of the New York Open Center.

For over half a century, thousands have enriched their lives through Microchakra™ Psychology and InnerTuning®.