“My pursuit began at an early age, when I was sixteen years old, in Mexico City. I encountered the spirituality for the first time through the Yoga practice at the first Yoga Institute established in that city. From that moment on, I met my guru Juan Víctor Mejías, the then director of the Universal Great Brotherhood. I lived in an ashram in Venezuela and my guru sent me to Spain in 1973 with the mission to establish some centers of Yoga. My quest has always been constant and continuous, teaching Yoga and establishing several centers throughout Spain.
The goal of my spiritual pursuit has always been the achievement or realization of the
Samadhi or Jiva Mukti, and the tradition of the Tamil Siddhas shows the right and proven path to reach it.
I established El Molino in the year 1993 as a school for personal inner growth and for many years I worked there with Leonard Orr, founder of Rebirthing. I also worked on several paths: Shamanism, Buddhism, the Kabala, some training in Africa. I was trained on Holotropic breathwork by Stanislav Grof. I did some works with Melquisedec and was trained in Tantra Yoga by Ronald Fusch.
The above works have only a supplementary character as I have always been devoted to the training of Yoga teachers, because the main support for my spiritual practice has been and is the Yoga. My work has been invariably focused on the threefold goal of making Yoga known, training Yoga teachers and practicing Yoga as the axis… of my life.
As of 1999 I began to contact the tradition of the Siddha yogis and it was from that point on when my life gave a dramatic twist as far as my spiritual search is concerned; from that moment on I have devoted myself to the investigation and the practice of this tradition. Nowadays my mission is to divulge this millenary tradition that has remained hidden through thousands of years. For this purpose I have founded the first ashram where it can be practiced and taught. It is my belief that this tradition is the most comprehensive and profound one for the full spiritual evolution of the human being”. Ramón Ruedas Gómez, fundador de El Molino.
Savitri Rosa Blasco
Graduate in Medicine at the University of Barcelona. Family Doctor. Qualified in Dietetics and Nutrition, Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
Postgraduate in “spiritual concepts of the nature” at the University of Gerona. Yoga Instructor and Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Acharya.
Author of several books and many articles on health and self-help topics.
Raquel Castillo Prieto
There are two constant factors in my life: the search for something transcendent since I was a child and the teaching activities. I can still remember when I was studying Classical Ballet at the Sevilla Higher Conservatory of Music, one of my teachers used to ask me why I did not devote myself to teaching activity. At that time, I rejected the idea as I did not want to be a teacher. However, life took a turn and the opportunity to teach a class appeared soon and thus I began… and I loved it.
Later on I cooperated as a voluntary with an association belonging to a marginal neighborhood in Sevilla, working with children aged from 6 to 18 years. These experiences made me study Teaching and then I specialized in Psycho-pedagogy. My wish was that children grow happy since their most early childhood. I have always thought that knowledge is the basis of happiness, but I was unable by then to determine the nature of such knowledge. For a while I was teaching at the University and I also loved the experience; I like sharing with others and helping them to find and discover the world. Then my own children came and I started looking for some other educational system for them, more respectful of them, based on the joy of learning, on the autonomy, on the principle that each and every human being pursues happiness in a constant way. All the above led me to work on both non-directive and active educational systems (Montessori, experiences of Rebeca Wild in Ecuador, democratic schools, holistic education); to sum up, a different way to educate; to educate just “to be”. However, after an experimental period reading and reflecting on the matter I felt that something was missing, that the Transcendent aspect of the individual was not taken into consideration by those types of education. And I might say that this is the end of a kind of first part of my life, being the next one my meeting with Yoga.
There was a time when I became conscious of the fact that the search for the Self (the Transcendent) had been abandoned on my part. Since I was a girl I had been testing different alternatives as I wanted to get to know who I am and why we are here in this world, but something was missing. When I met Yoga everything took a radical turn and I could perceive with crystalline clarity that Yoga was my spiritual path; that it had always been next to me but I had never made the decision to embark on it. I began my practices guided by a teacher of Yoga who was a friend of mine, but soon I knew that this was not the kind of Yoga I was looking for. Then I read the book by Yogananda and it awak
ened in me the feeling that it represented something similar to what I was looking for. I continued my tireless pursuit and got acquainted with Babaji’s Kriya Yoga; and thus I arrived at the Vasi Yoga (the Yoga of the Siddhas) which I knew thanks to Ramón Ruedas (the person who brought it to Europe).
Really, all those educational systems with which I have been working (the so called non-directive and active pedagogies), although keeping intact the joy of the inner Self they do not show the path to the discovery of the Self as a certain state of consciousness. I normally use an agricultural metaphor: the traditional education is like the traditional agriculture, it suffocates the child –it applies so many pesticides that people end by losing contact internally. The non-directive education (possessed of several options) is like the ecological agriculture, it keeps lit the flame of the search for what we are because the self of the individual is protected and respected from the very beginning; the goal is to identify where the children interests and also their needs are and the teacher accompanies them throughout their development, the target being the autonomy of the individual from the outset. But all this sowing is aimed at the physical, emotional, mental, cognitive development and its target is the external world. They also work with the identification of the needs and wishes of the person. The Self
is something more than that psychophysical identity; it is a state of consciousness free from all desire and this is what the Vasi Yoga works on.
The contribution of Vasi Yoga to the education consists in the clarification of its true goal. In spite of being focused on the child, his development, his needs and his autonomy and freedom to make decisions, thus resulting in happier, more cooperative and more self-connected individuals, all of the movements that have tried to reform the educational system do, however, not go into the question of how to reach a state of consciousness free from thoughts and emotions and also do not show the way to be finally freed from the “ego” and from the activity of our own mind. It is a matter of the dissolution of what we call identity. The Siddha yogis –who are the fathers of the Yoga, demonstrated and proved the way in which it was possible to reach our essence; all of them got enlightened, i.e. they attained this state of Absolute Bliss on a permanent basis and many of them wrote down their experiences and the manner to arrive at such liberation in the form of verse.
Summing up, this is to what I am devoted at Vettaveli –to show the path of the Siddhas to those souls dwelling in children bodies. As Siddhas say, any knowledge that does not help the man to know and free himself is a false knowledge. The education ought to contain in itself something mor
e than a kind of knowledge centered exclusively in the functioning of the external world.
My function is exactly to convey to the families, boys and girls the instruments used by the Siddhas to attain a state of Pure Consciousness so that the individuals are enabled to evolve from the very beginning, without being forced to wait until becoming adults to approach the inner Self.
The last third of my life is inscribed in the tradition of the Siddha Yoga where doubts do not exist and everything is only certainty. I am one more worker within this tradition and the story of the rest of my life will be written with such a tradition as the basis.