Dileepkumar Thankappan internationally known as “Avadhuta H. H. Jagat Guru Dileepji Maharaj” (Spiritual Name) and otherwise known as “Guruji” is a world-renowned Yogi from Kerala, India. His Interfaith family is ancient and well respected for its Vedic knowledge of Yoga, Vedanta, Universal Spirituality, Kalaripayattu (origin of martial arts), Ayurveda & other natural self-healing systems, Sanskrit, Literature, Art, Social & Cultural activities and Interfaith teachings for Peace and Harmony. He is a Humanitarian, Spiritual Guru, Interfaith Minister, Monk, Kirtan & Bhajan Singer, Martial Artist, Traditional Healer, Ambassador of Peace, Artist, Promoter of SDGs and much more! Guruji was a spiritual traveler from his young age, In his yogic life journeys, he met and learned from self-realized Himalayan masters, saints, honored yogis, Sidhas from South India, artists and alternative medical doctors including Jagatguru H. H. Swami Bua Ji Maharaj (lived over 120 years) whom Guruji lived with and took care of his last days in New York City and received countless blessings. In 1979, Guruji started to teaching yoga to his sports team members and friends in his native place Tripunithura also known as the capital of Cochin kingdom. Guruji was the founder and director of “International Gurukulam, LLC. DBA / Yogabhavan in New York City. He was a manager of the Crag Management LLC. DBA / Extra Vertical Climbing center “The Tallest Rock Climbing Wall in New York City” on 62nd Street on Broadway and trained numerous people in rock climbing and conducted numerous rock climbing competitions for the Big Apple community. Through the rock climbing training center, Guruji served numerous children from Public Schools, members of JCC, New York Cares, cadets of Scouts, Hollywood Artists, FD & NYPD Officers, pioneers who climbed Mount Everest, journalists from major media and tourists. Moreover, he is the founder of the global movement for the “International Day of Yoga” and conducting Annual World Yoga Festivals globally since 1993. In 1999, he moved to New York City and started the promotion of “International Day of Yoga” movement internationally. Over 35 years he is organizing numerous global festivals, meetings, gatherings, training, events, workshops and classes on Yoga, Meditation, Interfaith & Inter-religious dialogues, Gender Equality, Universal Spirituality, Global Culture of Peace & Harmony, Ayurveda, Natural Self Healing Techniques, Vedic Teachings of India, Human Values & Rights, Global Citizenship, Total Literacy, Gender Equality, Non-violence, Healthy Living, Environmental Protection, Climate Change, Oneness Wisdom Fellowship, Sports & Games, Global Social, Cultural & Economic Development, Eradication of Poverty, Indigenous Knowledge and other Development Goals of the United Nations. He received numerous titles and international awards from various institutions and organizations for his humanitarian activities including yoga, global culture of peace and Interfaith harmony. Guruji is the Founder, Global Chairman & CEO of the World Yoga Community which is a not-for-profit charitable organization and an NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, Founder of the International Gurukula Community and an executive board member of the “All Faiths Seminary International” in New York. Additionally, he is an NGO representative, an honorable guest speaker, clergy leader, musician and event coordinator for many international partnership events and the Vice President of the UNSRC-Salus Wellbeing Network at the United Nations. Having experienced a yogic and universal spiritual lifestyle for over 50 years, Guruji lived in Himalayan caves, ashrams, and palaces as well as living under Gurukula (guru-shishya-sampradaya), and modern educational systems. His mission is to cultivate global peace and harmony through yogic life teachings. His vision is to fulfill the ancient Vedic wisdom of great masters from India and create a global family “Vasudaivakudumbakam”. He follows the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi “Simple Living and High Thinking” and the teachings of Swami Sivananda Saraswati “Love All, Serve All”.