New Year's Message

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Cults can never be the worldwide culture. It is yoga which is going to be the future culture. We have made mistakes, and we are still persisting to make mistakes. The world can never be saved unless a complete process of reorientation of yogic culture is imparted to every man, woman and child. Otherwise, we can never change the world, the country or society.

In order to change society, it is necessary to rethink and restructure all of the social, moral, spiritual, and even political values. The present way of thinking, behaving and believing creates a total paradox between man's ideals and reality. As such, yoga has to be established in every city as an important part of its culture.

Yoga is an international culture. From the North Pole to the South Pole, from Japan to Beirut, you find God in English, Allah in Arabic, Bhagawan in Sanskrit, Karoul in Tamil. Every language has a different representation for the one God. The only spiritual science which is always one and the same is yoga.

In every language, yoga is yoga, mantra is mantra. Similarly, there are thousands of terms in yoga and tantra, like kundalini, chakras, nadis, prana, guru, Shakti, Shiva for which there are no other words in any language. From this you understand how international in nature, how universal in character, how total in its influence yoga is. Whether you go to England, America, Spain, Germany, France or Russia you will find-the same terms being used.

In religion, we use various terms to signify the same experience, one says emancipation, another self-realization, nirvana or kaivalya. This is the difference in religions, but the yogic culture is based on one term and one presentation of ideas, symbols and systems. Therefore, yoga is a universal culture. It represents the feelings, sentiments and ideals, not only of one nation, but of the whole world.

—8 March 1981, Bhilai Silver Jubilee, India