Adhiyoga – A unique study of Yoga Shastra
The invaluable gift of Yoga Shastra given by India to the world is spreading fast all over the globe, along with the other two such gifts of Music and Ayurveda. The world population is tired of expensive medication. Everywhere people are trying to make use of Yoga therapy. Practice of Yoga Asanas is spreading house to house. One book in my collection uses the term Arogya-Asanas (Arogya – Health) instead of Yoga Asanas. Medicine is getting more and more expensive day by day. In order to resolve Health-Disease issues and to cure old as well as newly found diseases, poor and rich alike are using Yoga therapy that includes deep breathing, Pranayama, Sun Salutations and Yoga Asanas such as Sarvangasana. Once they experience benefit from the physical Yoga practices, they start thinking deeply about the subject of Yoga.
“yogena chittasya padena vacham
malam shareerasya cha vaidyakena
yopaakarottam pravaram muneenam
Sage Patanjali, the foremost proponent of Yoga Shastra, composed Yoga Sutras a few thousand years ago. That is a very laudable work. However, now the world has changed a lot. There is a need to study Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with modifications and in a new form. Many new works on Yoga Shastra are published almost daily in various languages. This is most satisfying news.
But, Neel Kulkarni has prepared a Samidha (a sacrificial substance) of Eighteen Chapters containing a few hundred Sutras for this Yoga Grantha Prakashana Yajna (A Sacrificial Ritual in the form of Yoga Book Publication). All his Sutras are in English. Therefore, they shall be studied and taught all over the globe, I have not even a hint of doubt about this. The efforts made by Yoga scholar Neel Kulkarni for this invaluable writing are amazing. It will take at least 15 days for a serious Yoga student to get an overview of this book. The great Sanskrit scholar, Dr. G. U. Thite has contributed the Sanskrit translation.
This book has over 400 pages and is blessed by Dr. Thite and Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. Kharwandikar. The comparative study presented through English Sutras, Sanskrit translations, and Bhagavadgita citations is an intellectual feast! The meaning that emerges from reading and reciting the Sutras gives immense peace of mind and joy.
Dear Yoga enthusiasts, you want to read this book, and to persuade your friends to purchase and read it. My salutations are to Neel Kulkarni. May all be well.
P.Y. Vaidya (Khadiwale)