About The Teacher

Madhukar is a leading authority on meditation and an internationally renowned master of the ancient Indian Advaita. 

He has helped already countless people to find inner peace and happiness, through his Enlighten Life Retreats across the world. His unique teaching enables people not only to meet all the challenges of a modern 21st century life, but to awaken to their true potential. Madhukar is hosting retreats worldwide since more than 20 years.

Madhukar is a direct disciple of Papaji (Sri H.W.L. Poonja), the „Lion of Lucknow“, whose Guru was the famous sage of Arunachala, Sri Ramana Maharshi. 

Born in Germany in 1957, Madhukar began already in his youth to ask a multitude of spiritual questions which grew more urgent after an experience of Oneness and a near-death experience. After experiencing a spontaneous Kundalini awakening, Madhukar ended his professional career and became a student of the Dzogchen Master Namkhai Norbu and continued looking for absolute truth. This search ended in 1992 in India where he met Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji). Madhukar had arrived at his Master who ultimately awakened him to his own true nature. 

Madhukar, founder of Madhukar - Enlighten Life and the Yoga of Silence was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He lived in Amsterdam, Holland and roams India since decades. He studied economic science and philosophy and began a career as a TV journalist before being led to his calling. His inquisitive mind and personal longing for freedom sparked his journey in search for truth. After a transformative experience of an overwhelming sense of oneness while mountain climbing in the Himalayas in 1981, he roamed through mystical India, his heart and mind in union with the mystery within. 

Two years later he experienced a spontaneous Kundalini awakening. Thereupon he ended his career, became a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a Dzogchen Master of Tantric Buddhism, and continued teaching meditation and yoga while looking for absolute truth. 

1990 he had a near-death experience as result of an motorcycle accident which convinced him of transpersonal eternity. In 1992 whilst in India, he had a conversation with a Yogi who told him about “some Guru” in Lucknow called Papaji, who was teaching “There is nothing to do!”. Something resonated deep within and he set off to Lucknow with nothing more than a name and a feeling. Through divine grace, he met his Master H.W.L. Poonja, Papaji, a disciple of the great 20th century sage Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Now his search was over. 

For more than three decades the philosopher and former western pioneer of yoga and vegetarianism has been travelling non-stop from North to South, from East to West following invitations and sharing his wisdom and guidance. 

It is Madhukar's outstanding pristine presence, which enables genuine seekers to rather quickly realize their true self. Deep silence and uncompromising self-inquiry are the means that lead the seeker to truth - blissful peace, divine love and eternal being.

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