What Is the Rudi Movie?
In 1970 Swami Rudrananda (Rudi) hosted a visit for his teacher, Swami Muktananda from Ganeshpuri, India. It was Muktananda's first visit to the U.S., and Rudi and his students went all out to make it a memorable and, more importantly, a nourishing visit for everyone who attended.
The event included bringing Swami Muktananda and his contingent up to Rudi's Big Indian ashram in the Catskill Mountains of New York, newly-renovated for his visit. A four-person film crew of Rudi's students and a freelance cameraman from CBS documented the classes, lectures and festivities over several days.
Over a decade later after Muktananda's visit, a 28-minute 16mm documentary was completed in 1981, and had its debut in Big Indian, NY. It was simply called the RUDI movie.
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. 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.
What Is The Rudi Movie DVD?
In 2005 the RUDI movie project was initiated to preserve and restore the original film to DVD, which also offered the opportunity to reclaim never-before-seen footage.