Autobiography of The American Guru

The Story of Steven S. Sadleir, or Sai


Steven began meditating, innately, as a child and practicing yoga in high school and teaching yoga in college. At 16 he had a vision while meditating on top of the Palisades in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, and began a twenty year quest to study and write about every world religion, philosophy, form of yoga and meditation and path to enlightenment in the world. Looking for God, a Seeker’s Guide to Religions and Spiritual Paths of the World became an Amazon best-seller and he has since written several other books on Eastern and Western religion, philosophy and science. He completed his Masters training in the Kriya lineage under Chuni Lal Lahiri in Varanassi, India. He completed his Kundlini training under Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi in Chennai in the Siddha tradition and SKY Yoga, and he founded the Self Awareness Institute with the Maharishi in 1985. Steven completed his Yoga Tapas (extended meditations) under the direction of Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj. He was given the name Sai by his first guru Satya Sai Baba. Steven has since trained hundreds of teachers and initiated thousands into Shaktipat, in person, and via interactive media. “The American Guru” is a moniker coined in India.

Steven is the author of over a dozen books, hosted three Cable/Internet network television shows,  such as Hallmark’s Spirit Clips, and has starred in three movies on enlightenment (Spiritual Revolution, 3 Magic Words and Enlightenment Now, the Awakening of Humanity). Steven has hosted Enlightenment Radio for decades which has reached millions via Libsyn, iTunes, iHeart, Spotify, FM, Audible and dozens of other stations. Educationally, Steven has a Bachelors of Science in Business from Menlo College and a Master’s in Economics, as a Rotary Scholar, from the University of Wales, UK. He has worked as an economist, investment banker and fund advisor for many years, but retired in 2008 to teach full time and is now semi-retired and living in Hawaii. Steven has never married and has no children and lives as a yogi. Leave us your email if you would like to keep in touch. For an extended version of Steven’s life story and training click here.



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