Changes at BSY

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Bihar School of Yoga is indebted to all disciples for making it reach where it has reached. Had it not been for the disciples, it would not have been possible to extend yoga into every corner of the world. Now the state of yoga as taught by BSY has to change. It was appropriate ten or twenty years ago but today the situation demands something else.

The swamis at BSY are just yoga teachers and not spiritual masters. In the recent past this was found to be a shortcoming in our teaching methods. When Swami Satyananda was at Ganga Darshan, he never taught asanas or pranayama but he was available for solving people’s spiritual and worldly problems. However, people are still what they are. The need for an update and change in the methods is necessary. It will require some sacrifice from disciples and devotees, who will have to remain away from the ashram for one whole year.

Do not knock

We promise that what you receive from the ashram today, you will draw many times over after 1991. Give us only one year. The last sannyasa training took place from 1970 to 1973, and everyone is still reaping the benefits today. Whatever there is today in the ashram is the result of that sannyasa training. If you have any problems during this one year, please consult any of the fifteen mandalacharyas appointed by Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Their list can be had by post from the Munger ashram on request.

Please do not knock at the ashram doors till December 1991. On 1st May 1990 I relieved myself of the ashram’s day-to-day activities and will not be available at least till December 1991. My program is totally time-bound with every single minute taken into consideration. The ashram administration will henceforth be looked after by Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati. All your spiritual problems and enquiries should be addressed to Swami Dharmashakti.

8 July 1990, Ganga Darshan, Munger