20 October 2018

Morning satsang

In his talk on the development of Satyananda Yoga and the Yoga Chakra, Swamiji emphasized that the yoga chakra is not something new but had been conceived of by Sri Swamiji in the early 1960s. Thus the integral yoga of Swami Sivananda took the form of a yoga chakra, the wheel of yoga.


Progression of Yoga

In 2013, during the World Yoga Convention, it was made clear that the age of yoga propagation was over. The Stone Age is gone; the Bronze Age is entering. The age of yoga propagation was the Stone Age, and exploring and experiencing the yoga chakra is the Bronze Age. . .

The yoga chakra is not for teaching; it is for understanding, for experimenting, for experiencing, it is for living. That is the next step. It was explained during the World Yoga Convention, that now we have to look into yoga with commitment, seriousness and sincerity. And those three words indicated that we have to change our own understanding and vision of yoga – not as a vidya which helps support our life in society, but as a vidya which helps transform our lives for the better while we live in society.

These are the six yogas: hatha yoga complements karma yoga, raja yoga complements bhakti yoga, kriya yoga complements jnana yoga. These are the six spokes of the wheel, the yoga chakra. A wheel is never static. The wheel is always rotating, and the rotation of the wheel means advancement. By the time one spoke is down and comes back again the wheel has gone forward three feet, one metre. The yoga chakra indicates a progression of yoga.

If you go back into your own memories to the lectures and satsangs of Sri Swamiji, you will recall that he would always speak of ida, pingala, sushumna. Ida, pingala and sushumna also form the backbone of the yoga chakra, for they represent the expressions and behaviours of life.

Afternoon session – Connecting, Imbibing, Expressing

Acharyas from around the world spoke on their connection with Sri Swami Satyananda and how they imbibed his teachings and expressed it in their lives.

Rishi Arundhati from Canada told the rapt audience how she met Sri Swamiji in 1968 in Vienna and how since then her life has been and still is a dedication to his mission.

Swami Vedantananda explained that the behaviour and appearance of yoga teachers is important as they represent the tradition and yoga vidya. The examples of Sri Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjanananda always serve as a source of inspiration.

Swami Gorakhnath delighted everyone with anecdotes from the early days at BSY. He explained how Sri Swamiji used everyday situations to impart his teaching and help aspirants to understand their shortcomings and grow.

Swami Anandananda remembered the discipline with which Sri Swamiji lived his life and the way he was always prepared and ready.

Sannyasi Vijayashakti spoke on the development at Ganga Darshan over the past five years since the World Yoga Convention in 2013. She mentioned the new training programs which have become the first steps in the 2nd Chapter of Yoga and the energy of a new direction given by Swamiji.

Evening session – country presentations

In the evening Swami Yogajyoti presented Satyananda Yoga in Ireland. Sannyasi Dharmajyoti spoke on the history and development of Satyananda Yoga in Delhi. Sannyasi Mangaldharma presented a slide show on the development in Romania.