|About the founder of our Tantra Yoga school - Gregorian Bivolaru|
Perplexing synchronistic events would link the events of his dreams with the events of his daily life. Gradually, Grieg learned to recognize the significance of these events and to put them together into a coherent system of fundamental spiritual truths of huge proportions.
Because of this, he was able to attain in a very short time, by practicing on his own, a whole series of psycho-mental accomplishments that are generally considered paranormal. All these experiments culminated at the age of 19, when he had a decisive breakthrough and attained the state of spiritual awakening.
In parallel with his yogic experiments, he eagerly studied the eastern teachings of wisdom (already analyzed in depth by the Romanian yoga expert of international fame, Mircea Eliade) and found in these texts many confirmations of what he actually experienced in his practice.
Grieg went deeper and deeper into the yogic practices and studies of the sacred yogic scriptures as well as of the works of some modern sages like Ramakrishna, Sivananda and Yogananda, and successfully practiced the techniques he encountered.His building of a western yoga school was founded on his own practical experience of the ancient methods for self-realization.
He started to teach yoga in Bucharest in 1978, and from the very first time his approach to yoga was recognised as revolutionary and extremely efficient. Practically, he created a new avenue for the yoga practice in Romania. He collaborated extensively with the Romanian Ministry of Health and with the Association of Psychosomatic Medicine of Bucharest, and helped many people to heal themselves from terminal diseases with the help of yoga practices.
In a relatively short time, Grieg became a centre of attraction for the Romanian intellectual elite, who immediately recognised the practical value of yoga and enthusiastically involved themselves in yogic practices under the direct guidance of Grieg. After a few years though, the communist mentality (against any form of organized, non-governmental enterprise that teaches people to think on their own) started to manifest very violently, and Grieg’s activity was targeted as being highly undesired. The dictator Nicolae Ceausescu put a ban on yoga teachings and in general on all teachings that had an oriental flavor (martial arts, Transcendental Meditation, acupuncture, etc.). This makes Romania the only country in the world who officially issued a law against all oriental practices of medicine and self-development! (Not valid today).
Grieg continued to teach yoga "underground", and in the following years the infamous Romanian Secret Police surveilled, bugged, ransacked, arrested and tortured Grieg and several of his students. Grieg spent almost 2 years in the Romanian prisons, just for being a yoga teacher! He also spectacularly escaped the worst of them (a maximum security prison in the very heart of Bucharest) in protest, giving birth to stories about his unusual paranormal yogic skills, which he confirmed afterwards.
As the Romanians revolted against Ceausescu and the communist era ended in December 1989, Yoga was again permitted, and Grieg founded (in 1990) MISA - The Movement of Spiritual Integration into the Absolute. Romanians, as much thirsty of outer and inner freedom, literally flocked to his courses, and in short time Grieg's students were in the thousands.
(MISA has now many ashrams in Romania, and additionally, is heading centres of research, teaching and healing according to the yogic principles. The oldest classes of the Integral Yoga course in Romania have now reached the 22nd year of study).
Grieg’s teachings soon spread beyond Romania and reached those thirsty for genuine spirituality in many other countries. There are now Yoga centres, founded on his teachings, established in most of Europe as well as in India, America, South America, Australia, and Thailand. These yoga schools are all members of Atman. See here for a list of International Yoga Centres