Guru Jagat, Sanskrit for Bringer of Light to the Universe, was famous for her understanding of ancient Kundalini yoga. Jagat founded the RA MA Institute in New York, California, and Spain to teach meditation and yoga to a global audience. Jagat’s prowess made her a favorite of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Jagat was committed to making RA MA a global brand. She created RA MA TV and launched RA MA Records. Furthermore, she guest lectured at Harvard Divinity School and authored several books and yoga workbooks.
Guru Jagat passed away on 1st August 2021 due to a pulmonary embolism
Colleen Wachob, the co-founder of mbg, wrote on the company’s website that Guru Jagat passed away on 1st August 2021 due to a pulmonary embolism. She noted that Guru’s sudden death had shocked the mbg community.
“Jason and I are heartbroken by the loss of someone who has left an incredible legacy of in the well-being world and was a life-changing visionary to so many leaders and experts,” Colleen wrote.
Jagat’s death has rocked the RA MA community, which has vowed to remain unified in prayer and practice as Guru taught them. On 2nd August 2021, the community commenced a 24/7 virtual meditation session to send off their teacher. The post on Guru Jagat’s Instagram page reads:
“To keep out incredible community unified in prayer during these pivotal days ahead, a live stream of the Guru Ram Das meditation is now open on zoom 24/7 so we can chant together around the world. Help us send Guru Jagat the strongest beams of healing and strength we can collectively hold.”
Jagat, who had dreams of being a rock star, has left behind her husband Teg Nam
Guru Jagat has left behind her husband Teg Nam. We know little about Teg, except for the fact that he shared a close bond with Guru. Via an early August Instagram post, Teg shared the following message from him and Guru:
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. We are so grateful. My body is weak but my spirit is STRONG!!! Everything is going in the right direction. All of our love.”
Such mystery surrounding Guru Jagat’s life only added to her allure. Jagat grew up wanting to be a famous rock star. She achieved the fame she wanted, not as a rock musician but as a renowned Yoga instructor.
Like most yoga instructors, Guru had a steadfast commitment to spirituality, but unlike others, she advocated for the accumulation of wealth. She lived by her mantra, opening several businesses and dipping her toe into the fashion industry.
“I’m a serial entrepreneur,” Guru said. Known initially as Katie Griggs, she acquired the name Guru Jagat from controversial yoga instructor Yogi Bhajan.
She did not live out her rock star dream, but she was referred to as ‘the punk rock Kundalini teacher.’