What is the Rudi Movie?

In 1970 Swami Rudrananda (Rudi) hosted a visit  to the U.S. for his then-teacher, Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri, India. It was Muktananda’s first visit to the States, and Rudi & his students went all out to make it memorable. The event included bringing Swami Muktananda and his contingent up to Rudi’s Big Indian ashram in the Catskill Mountains. A four-person film crew of Rudi students and a freelance cameraman from CBS documented the classes, lectures and festivities over several days. A 28-minute documentary of that historic visit was completed in 1981.

Why Is The Rudi Movie Important?

It came as a shock to everyone when Rudi was killed on February 21, 1973, in a small plane crash in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York while traveling with three students that included Stuart Perrin. While many snapshots and amazing teaching pictures were taken during Rudi’s brief life, the film footage shot in 1970 remains as the only substantial legacy we have of this remarkable teacher of Kundalini yoga giving lectures, offering shakti, and teaching classes on film. To this day the film is a valuable vehicle and teaching class that students of any spiritual tradition can use to broaden their inner work and to receive Rudi’s shakti.

RUDI: The Teachings of Swami Rudrananda is available on DVD (almost sold out) and streaming on demand worldwide.