Bishwa Nath Singh
As I happened to be one amongst those few disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati who enjoyed learning at his feet while he use to stay in Shiva- Bhawan at Bhagalpur when I was just a college freshener. Ma Yogshakti used to be with him those days. His eternal love had brought admiration for him in my heart and remained close to him for many years when he wanted to send me abroad for yogic mission that I had refused politely perhaps it was not in my destiny.
( Photo of Paramhansha Satyananda Saraswati )
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Swami Satyanand Saraswati is widely remembered as the foremost authority and inspirer of the modern yogic and tantric renaissance who was born on the 24th of December 1923 in Almora town of Uttar Pradesh. of India. At the tender age of six, Swami Ji started having spontaneous psychic and spiritual experiences. During such events, he used to become completely unaware of his body for quite a long time. By the time he reached fifteen years of age, Swami Ji started practicing Kundalini Yoga. In another two years, he began asking complex questions like as what is the difference between perception and experience. At nineteen years, he decided to find a Guru who would guide him towards the highest state of consciousness and left his house in this pursuit. It was in the year 1943 that he met Yoga Master Swami Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh city of Uttar Pradesh and his search came to an end. He stayed with the Guru for a period of three years. Thereafter, he was initiated by Paramhamsa Lord Sivananda Saraswati into the Dashnami order, as a Poorna as well as a Paramahamsa Sanyasi. He was then given the name of 'Swami Satyananda Saraswati'. Paramahamsa Satyananda completed his initial sanyas training of twelve years in the year 1956. This was followed by his initiation into Kriya Yoga, again by Swami Sivananda. Thereafter, he began to practice Parivrajaka (Mendicant) stage of sanyasa. During this period, Swami Satyananda Saraswati traveled all over the Indian subcontinent. This travel helped him in meeting numerous saints of that time as well as knowing the needs of the society. Swamiji spent years in seclusion, practicing and perfecting his Yoga Sadhana. Swami Satyananda Saraswati went on his first World Tour in 1968, under the guidance of his Guru. This was followed by several international and national tours, to promote the teaching of yoga. In July 1963, after Swami Sivananda Saraswati passed away, Swami Satyananda established the headquarters of his mission in Munger city of Bihar. In the subsequent years, he set up the Bihar School of Yoga, International Yoga Fellowship Movement, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation. In 1973, Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati was recognized as an Adept (God realized Yogi). The International Yoga Convention was held to commemorate the Sanyasa Golden Jubilee renunciation of Swami Sivananda. It was here that the renowned saints and sages of India accepted him as one of the principal experts in the filed of esoteric knowledge as well as the leading proponent of Yoga. He lectured and taught globally for the next twenty years and authored a number of books which remain popular to this day.In the years that he devoted to Yoga teaching, Swami Satyananda Saraswati mastered over eighty masterful Yoga texts. He renounced teaching, in 1988, to take up the lifestyle of a Paramahamsa. After settling in the small village of Rikhia, he has been leading a life of meditative seclusion. Since then, he was involved in the practice of the severest of the Vedic Sadhanas, such as the Panch Agni Sadhana. He lived in seclusion as a Paramahamsa Sannyasin.He use to meet people once in a year, for few weeks, to share his radiance of truth with them. He died at his ashram in Rikhiain Jharkand State of India on the 5th of December 2009.Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to His lotus feet and seek His bliss to give us wisdom not to drift away from humanity and devote our time for doing well to others!
SiR you are a blessed one.