Mynavati’s Spiritual Background


Life has been Mynavati’s greatest training.  From birth she faced many challenges, some of which she relates to in her books, but she also received the grace of much spiritual help and inspiration.  She has met with near death experiences which catapulted her from the possibility of a mundane worldly existence to one where meaning was filled with Divine Love.

She drowned at the age of 9, experiencing a spiritual heart awakening as she chose to live.  At the age of 30, she faced death as well as the death of life as she knew it and experienced the first of a series of Kundalini energy awakenings, which catapulted to her ever deeper ongoing transformation.

Between the age of 30 to 40 Mynavati was a well respected healer and intuitive, helping and teaching others.  She explored therapeutic techniques, shamanic traditions and Jungian psychology and entered 3 years personal psycho-analysis with Bani Shorter, a respected Jungian Analysist.

As well as having a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology, Mynavati also trained in Jungian based Dreamwork with Strephon Kaplan Williams and on completion became a dream leader in her native Edinburgh.  But Mynavati was catapulted into a deeper Truth when she travelled to India in 1993 and was introduced to Tibetan Buddhist teachings and Indian Advaita philosophy through many wonderful holy men and woman from the North to the south of India.

She received blessings, teachings and Initiations from His Holiness the 14th  Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Eminence Tai Situ Pa, His Eminence Gyaltsop Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Tricin Rinpoche, Dodrup Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and many other great Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

When she first visited India in 1993 Mynavati stayed with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and his family in the Himalayas in Sikkim for more than 2 years.  At that time, Mynavati also received teachings and Initiations from Rinpoche as well as His Eminence Tai Situ Pa, His Eminence Gyaltsop Rinpoche and Dodrup Rinpoche who were also in Sikkim at that time.

In 2000/2001 she received refuge and teachings from His Holiness 17th Karmapa who named her Karma Chozemo Lamo, The action of the Goddess whose wishes in the Dharma are fulfilled.

In the Indian Vedic tradition she has received blessings and teachings in particular from Her Holiness Mata Amritananda Mayi, Mother Meera, Sri  HWL Poonjaji, affectionately known as Papaji and from her Guru, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The Self-Realised Advaita Master, Sri H.W.L. Poonjaji, affectionately known as Papaji, who was a disciple of Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi, gave the name Mynavati to her.  Before Poonjaji left his body in 1997, Mynavati stayed in Lucknow, India for more than 2 years and studied with Him there.

Mynavati co-ordinated the opening of a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Bangalore called Choe Khor Sum Ling which was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the request of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama.   The center is for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. The Center name means ‘The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma.’

In 2004 His Holiness Dalai Lama gave his first public talk in Bangalore at the invitation of the centre.  As co-ordinator of the centre Mynavati officially invited H.H. Dalai Lama to come and was one of the main helpers in the organization of the event.

Shortly after the establishment of the centre and the event of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s public talk, Mynavati happily stepped down as role of co-ordinator so that local Indian people could take over the running of the centre and help facilitate the monks from Sera Monastery to continue their teachings.

Mynavati remained many years in India with her beloved Guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba and had the grace to sing for her Him in International choirs as well as helping to organize some of the adult and children choirs International Christmas Choirs.

Through her deep devotion to Sai Baba and the inspiration and Love she received from him, Mynavati has written 6 published books to date.

Mynavati now happily resides in the UK and continues to visit her beloved India for extended periods each year.