Grand Master Choa Kok Sui was a healer and Master of Energy in the Eastern traditions. He developed the practice of Pranic Healing to bring wholeness to the physical body, and the concepts of Arhatic Yoga to bring peace to the spirit. Choa’s name is translated as “Fortune of the World.”

Master Choa was born August 15, 1952, in Cebu City, the Philippines. His parents were of Chinese descent and had found success in the business world. Choa read voraciously as a youth, preferring books and studying to playmates and outdoor activities.

Although Choa was raised in an environment of business and absorbed its lessons, he was captured by spirituality, Eastern thought and tales of spiritual leaders. He questioned his parents about figures from the past, such as St. Francis of Assisi, and when he was old enough to attend University he sought out mentors that could teach him more.

Choa had three personal guides on his spiritual path, but his primary teacher was Mahaguruji Mei Ling. Choa believed that the Mahaguruji had been instructing him through eons of time, reconnecting with him across multiple incarnations. While under the tutelage of his mentors during his years of university education, Choa became a yogi.

He also earned a degree in chemical engineering and followed his father’s modern footsteps into business. Although he became a wealthy and successful businessman, Choa ultimately chose to pursue a path of inner growth and the seeking of life’s essential principles.

The search for opportunities to learn from a multitude of practitioners in as many disciplines as possible lead to 40 years of immersion in yoga, Kabbalah and chi kung. Choa studied crystal healing, psychic self-defense, meditation, clairvoyance and feng shui, among many other practices.

From 1983 to 1987, Choa took a break from his intense studies and began to try to synthesize everything he had learned from Mahaguruji Mei Ling and his many other teachers. In these years of reverie and deliberation he originated two systems for the purposes of helping humanity eliminate its weaknesses and embrace its virtues. These systems were Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga.

The practice of Pranic Healing was introduced in his 1987 book “The Ancient Science and Art of Pranic Healing,” later released as “Miracles Through Pranic Healing.” This book saw wide acceptance, being published in 27 languages throughout 40 countries.

Prana is the Sanskrit word for “vital life force.” It is an invisible energy that surrounds and infuses all life, bringing balance and harmony. It is freely available from the sun, air and earth. In historical times only a few noble practitioners were allowed to provide healing through the manipulation of prana. It was Choa’s intent to develop a system that would allow anyone to understand and master the techniques of Pranic Healing in a short time, making the benefits of the practice available to all.

Pranic Healing does not involve touching the patient; it is wholly concerned with the person’s aura, an energy field that surrounds and flows through the body. The principle is that the healing practitioner can detect imbalances in the aura and cleanse them, then draw prana from the surroundings through the aura and into the body, directing it to the area that needs to be healed.

Once it is cleansed and in a state of balanced energy the body has the power to heal itself. Aftercare involves exercise, a healthy diet and calming one’s emotions. Patients who experience Pranic Healing report feeling physically and emotionally balanced, uplifted and alert.

The second system developed by Choa addressed the spiritual rather than the physical well-being. Called Arhatic Yoga, this is a blending of many yogic traditions. It has the benefit of being a program that can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities. The purpose of Arhatic Yoga is to use the virtues of love, intelligence and will to enable spiritual growth.

The practice of Arhatic Yoga involves exercises and meditation to align one’s chakras, increase one’s mental powers and intuition, and develop control of one’s emotions and improvement of one’s character. The ultimate goal for the practitioner is to make oneself a more devoted servant of the earth and humanity.

Master Choa traveled extensively all over the world for more than 20 years to share and teach his methods. His intent to make Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga easy to understand and learn was triumphantly realized. He was known for being an effective and approachable teacher, giving his students not only the skills they were seeking but an enjoyable and spiritually fulfilling experience.

Master Choa went on to publish 25 more books in thirty languages. These included “Pranic Psychotherapy” in 1990, “Pranic Crystal Healing” in 1996, and “Meditations for Soul Realization” in 2000. He also established more than 100 healing centers in over 90 countries.

Outreach efforts by the followers of Pranic Healing were facilitated by two agencies founded by Choa: the Institute for Inner Studies, founded in 1988, and the World Pranic Healing Foundation, founded in 1990. The Institute was established to serve the Western hemisphere, while the Foundation focused on developing countries. Choa also established the MCKS Charitable Foundation to bring food assistance, medical care and disaster relief to needy areas across the globe.

Grand Master Choa Kok Sui left his physical body on March 19, 2007, in Quezon City, the Philippines. He was 54 years old. Master Choa’s followers believe they understand why he died at a relatively young age. They believe that the healing he imparted to others over his decades of service drained his energy to the point that his body was unable to fight off the pneumonia that he was battling. They also recognize that he could help many more people from the spiritual realm than the earthly realm, and he may have simply chosen to pass on so he could be of greater service to others.

The work of Grand Master Choa is being continued by his disciple and student Master Stephen Co. Master Co teaches Pranic Healing and lectures worldwide on the message of his teacher and the practice of his methods.