KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, July 13, 2006: On July 12, Guru Purnima day, at 3:30 p.m. Malaysian time, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, passed away in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 83. Two days earlier he had suffered a stroke, and was hospitalized. His remains will arrive at his ashram in San Thome, Mylapore, Chennai today, and will be interred at his ashram in Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu, on Friday, July 15, 2006.
Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, "Yogiyar," founded Kriya Babaji Yoga Sangam, in San Thome, Mylapore, Madras, in 1952 along with V.T. Neelakantan. It eventually grew to include 50 centers worldwide. Yogi Ramaiah was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Babaji Nagaraj near Badrinath in the Himalayas in 1954. He was one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga Therapy. Trained as a physical therapist at Mumbai's G.S. Medical College from 1958-61, he subsequently operated a free rehabilitation clinic in San Thome, Chennai. A pioneer of Yoga in America, he established ten centers in the USA and Canada from 1968 to 1977. In 1986 he established a college of Yoga Therapy at Athanoor, Tamil Nadu, where he continued to give classes until recently. A scholar of the writings of the Tamil Yoga Siddhas, he published several volumes of the works of Boganathar, Agastyar and the 18 Siddhas. He established temples in several locations: Murugan Temple in Richville, N.Y. (1971); Rameswaran Koil and Palani Murugan Koil, in Yuma, Arizona, 1983 and 1985; Babaji Koil, Washington, D.C. (1977); Babaji Koil, Katirgama; Sri Lanka, 1979; Kali Koil, Grahamsville, N.Y. (1990), Palaniandavar Koil, Athanoor, India, 1987. From 1954 to 2005 he conducted 52 annual Parliaments of World Religions and Yoga in different locations world wide. Satguru Kriya Babaji Nagaraj's mission is continued by Babaji Yoga Sangam (URL above) and Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharya, here. Read about his life in the linked article on this site here