Acharya Bhairava (Kurt Keutzer)

Disciple of:
Swami Khecaranatha, Swami Muktananda, Swami Shankarananda, Swami Shivom Tirth
Lineage initiations:
Initiated as a teacher and Acharya by Swami Khecaranatha (2003/2017).Authorized to give shaktipat initiation by Swami Shankarananda in 2012.
Other initiations:
many initiations in Indian as well as in Tibetan Buddhist traditions
Main Location:
El Cerrito, CA; Los Gatos, CA
Name of Organization:
no organization
I aspire to aid people to realize their divine birthright.
Kundalini FAQ; Siddha Mahayoga FAQ; Kundalini Yogas FAQ; Fireball of Primordial Wisdom: The Practic
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Bhairava first encountered the Rudrananda lineage in a small class with Rudi’s student, Michael Cassidy, in Indianapolis in 1972. He went on to meet Swami Rudrananda and Swami Chetanananda in 1973. He also received shaktipat from Swami Muktananda in 1974. The fire of kundalini was lit within him through these encounters and he has spent the rest of his life relaxing into complete surrender to that all-consuming energy.

This fiery process has also inspired Bhairava with a passion to understand, as completely as possible, the many branches of the practices of kundalini yoga and its Tibetan cousin, tummo.

Following their meeting, Bhairava continued to practice intermittently with Swami Chetanananda over the next 25 years in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and retreats in Portland. Seeking to understand the roots of the Siddha Mahayoga tradition Bhairava began to seek out and practice under Swami Shivom Tirth beginning in 1992. Bhairava continued to join him annually in retreat until Swami Shivom Tirth’s retirement from public life. When Swami Khecaranatha moved to Berkeley in 2000 Bhairava began to practice intensively with him and he continues to practice regularly with this Swami. Published as Kurt Keutzer, his “Kundalini FAQ” attracted Swami Shankarananda’s appreciation after its publication in 1996, and Swami Shankarananda has been a warm and supportive mentor figure since that time. Bhairava has also studied the Mahasiddha tradition in its Tibetan branches from masters of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and he has translated numerous texts from the Tibetan tradition.