Who reclines on anante
in the eternal ocean of bliss
Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in 1923 in a small town near Almora, at the foot of the Himalayas. As a child, he showed outstanding abilities and at the age of six he experienced the first spiritual shock. Many sages and sadhus, passing by his house on the way to the heights of the Himalayas, blessed the impressionable boy, who from an early age was instinctively drawn to spiritual attainment. At 19, he leaves home and family, hoping to find his spiritual teacher. Soon he meets his guru Swami Siva-nanda in Rishikesh. For 12 years, he faithfully and devotedly served his teacher, and Swami Sivananda said that this student worked for four. Swami Satyananda really worked from dawn until late at night, not disdaining any work – from cleaning to managing the ashram. To serve the guru was his passion and joy. He piously fulfilled the covenant of the teacher Swami Sivananda, who said to him: “Work hard and you will be enlightened. Do not think about the light. He will emanate from you. ” And so it happened: Swami Satyananda Saraswati became the bearer of hatha yoga and kundalini tantra. After 12 years spent with the guru, Swami Satyananda traveled extensively throughout India, Afghanistan, Burma, Nepal and Ceylon, meeting with many outstanding yogis and saints, and during the hours of solitude he improved his yoga technique, pondering how to help those in need.
In 1963, he founded the Movement of the International Yoga Society. Soon the Bihar School of Yoga in Munge appeared, as a means of spiritual rebirth, and the Light reached out for the School. The teachings of Swami Satyananda began to spread rapidly throughout the world. In 1968, he embarked on a world tour, widely popularizing the ancient yogic tradition among all people, regardless of religion, nationality or race. Since then, Swami Satyananda has become the leading leader of Yoga and Tantra.
In 1983, he appointed Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati as his successor. Since then, his beloved student has been the President of the Bihar School of Yoga and the spiritual leader of all the associated yoga centers.
In 1984, Swami Satyananda founded the Shivananda Math Charity and Social Institute and the Yoga Research Institute.
In 1988, the Teacher left Munger and accepted the renunciation of Kshetra Sannyas, that is, the renunciation of all economic affairs and the pilgrimage to the Siddha Tirthas (sacred places of India. – Approx. Ed.) As a wandering sannyasin who does not accept any help even from those ashrams. and institutions that he himself founded …
Now Satyananda Saraswati lives the life of Pa-ramahamsa sannyas, who has universal vision.
Bihar School of Yoga
The Bihar School of Yoga in Munger was founded in 1964 by Swami Satyshard Paramahamsa as the main center of the International Community of Yoga, the purpose of which is to acquaint everyone with the ancient practice of yoga traditions. In 1968, the first preparatory courses for yoga teachers in Europe opened here. Since then, the fame of this Center has spread to the most remote corners of the planet, and the Center itself, with its famous school, has been replenished with a large number of followers and new branches in India and abroad. Today, the Bihar Yoga School is located on the picturesque Ganga Darshan hill, from which a magnificent panorama of the sacred Ganga opens. Here, in the ashram, in an atmosphere of natural beauty and surrounded by beautiful fragrant gardens with green lawns, a vision of a new yogic life is formed. Here they teach various techniques of integral yoga; specially trained sannyasins are engaged with students in recreational programs designed for both groups and individuals; there are also Kriya Yoga courses and teacher training courses; Consultations and training in simple asanas and pranayamas, etc. are held regularly. It was here, in the Bihar School of Yoga, that the program for training Sannyasins among women began. The school has an excellent library, which presents rare books and scrolls on yogic therapy, and is equipped with printing equipment, which makes it possible to carry out the entire publishing process from typing to publishing and distributing books. The system of conventions, seminars and lecture tours promote the spread of yoga “from door to door” and “from shore to coast”. Qualified sannyasins organize meetings, seminars and lectures throughout India and abroad, as not everyone can afford the luxury of coming to India and living while studying in an ashram.
The Sivananda Math is a socially-charitable mission, founded by Satyananda Paramahamsa in 1984 in honor of his Master Swami Sivananda Saraswati. The purpose of the Mission is to help the outcast and the poor, especially in rural areas. To date, the Sivananda Math has completed the following projects: the issuance of scholarships to more than 500 capable students; free distribution of clothing to victims of natural disasters; commissioning of 50 wells in Munger to supply the population with additional water; regular two-week trips to the villages of the mobile hospital to provide the necessary assistance to people and animals; organization in Munger bus stop. In the near future, it is supposed: to organize patronage over other villages, to build a number of model settlements, to supply backward areas with school textbooks. However, the most important strategic goal of the Shiva-Nanda Math is still a combination of such tasks: providing drylands with a sufficient number of reservoirs, wells and hand pumps; the construction of schools, libraries, research centers, dormitories, orphanages, orphanages, rest homes, ashrams, hospitals, sanatoriums, ambulance centers, and homes for those lagging behind in development. All the above measures will be implemented, of course, regardless of caste, social or religious affiliation.
Yoga Research Foundation
The Yoga Research Foundation was founded by Satyananda Pa-Ramahamsa in 1984 with the aim of scientifically substantiating yoga practice as the most important essence of the further evolution of humanity. For five years, the institute has been studying the nature of the most common respiratory diseases. Published reports have convincingly shown that regular yoga practice brings significant benefits.
The research program, which was solemnly opened by Niranjanananda Paramahamsa on Ganga Darshan on February 10, 1989 in the presence of the international medical community, was subsequently demonstrated in Europe and Australia. These programs were based on a testing system and had computer software that allowed them to monitor the condition of trainees before and after the exams. Participants were trained in various yoga practices and received relevant instructions for further research.
Yoga Nidra – divine relaxation.
Usually, people do not part with their stresses and problems even in their sleep. It is just a nidra. But there is yoga nidra, a sleep free from burdens.
When the essence of the soul is separated from the modifications of the mind, when wakefulness, dreams and dreamless sleep are removed from the face of the soul, its shining light penetrates self-consciousness, saturating it with the highest bliss of yoga nidra.
Nidra (or sleep) – just rest and a kind of relaxation for the mind and senses.
Yoga nidra is the highest relaxation and the highest bliss, the true liberation of the soul from the darkness of imprisonment. Tantra defines yoga nid-py as the gate to samadhi.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga nidra, ascending to Tantra, is a powerful technique of conscious relaxation, which has nothing to do with sleep. This relaxation can not be compared with the so-called. “Rest” when we are comfortably seated in an armchair, armed with a cup of coffee, a drink, a cigar and a newspaper in front of the TV. This is rather sensual entertainment than relaxation (or relaxation), because yoga nidra is a conscious dream, a special systematic method of complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term “yoga nidra” consists of two words: “yoga” is a union, unity (or one-pointed consciousness) and “nidra” is a dream. Outwardly, from the outside, it may seem that a person practicing yoga nidra simply falls into a dream, while in reality his consciousness continues to function, penetrating into the subconscious. That is why yoga nidru is often called mental sleep, deep relaxation with inner awareness, when on the verge of sleep and wakefulness there is spontaneous contact with the sphere of the subconscious and the unconscious. Yoga nidra leads to a state of relaxation due to the distraction of consciousness from external impressions and its immersion into the innermost depths of the psyche. If consciousness is separated from both external perception and from sleep, it is filled with power that can be used for various purposes: strengthening memory, accumulating knowledge, enhancing creative abilities, transforming the whole personality. In Raja Yoga, Patanjali mentions a condition called pratyahara when the connection between the perceiving mind and sensual channels is broken. Yoga nidra personifies such pratyaharu, which leads to higher states of concentration of consciousness and samadhi.