It is universally established that Yogadarshan (Shastra) is an art and science of living which if practiced methodically with the proper understanding of its philosophy will help each Sadhak to achieve health, happiness and spiritual goal of liberation, so earnestly sought by all human beings. To achieve the same, each Sadhaka must study this eternal science of yoga earnestly, with its spiritual connotation which will enable him to be on correct path to achieve the goal. Yoga practice requires diligence, patience and perseverance to achieve desired goal.
Mahamuni Patanjali nearly 2500 yrs. BC has written 195 sutras to narrate the pathway to reach Kaivalya (Spiritual Liberation). Yogadarshan is complimentary to Sankhya Darshan. In addition to 25 Tatvas of it, Yogadarshan accepts 26th Tatva i.e. Ishwara. After lying dormant for centuries, Yoga Shastra was restricted to few seekers in Bharatvarsha. It surged like phoenix and spread like wild fire all over the world in the last few decades. There has been sudden awakening which culminated in great desire to study and practice the Science of Yoga. It also transcended the barriers of nation, race and religion.
However in great eagerness and hurry to learn, practice and propagate, it is observed that pure science of Yoga has been diluted with deviations and aberrations. And hence short courses by so called Yoga teachers / Masters erupted like mushroom and spoiled its pristine form for material and commercial benefit.
In presently competitive and highly stressed society it has become very difficult to master time management. Is it then possible to practice Yoga in its purest form which demands quiet peaceful life? Taking a leaf out of this problem Prof. Neel Kulkarni who has truly mastered the ancient science of yoga has come out with Adhiyoga, with his own Sutras without disturbing the essence and true spirit of Yoga Science. Author gives detailed commentary to his own Sutras which is particularly creditable. A.Y.S. for Today of Neel Kulkarni has arranged his Sutras very systematically and logically which enables students to set goal at various levels.
He has achieved this with in-depth study, research and thoughts. He has realized that Yoga Sutras must fulfill the demands of eager seekers of today. He is convinced that ardent follower of Yoga can achieve health, happiness along with spiritual liberation with the practice of A.Y.S. Sutras. He has provided few new methods to address today's problems of the seekers. He has incorporated pure health sciences into Yoga Shastra for attaining vibrant physical and mental health.
He gives total freedom for personal goal which is a boon for today's ambitious persons. (2.3)
Authentic Yoga System for Today helps us to be practical, open minded, yet effective, by accepting few – corrections. (3.4)
In Body – Mind – Spirit Complex, he simplifies the knowledge regarding the Maanas, Buddhi, Chitta, Smriti and Ahankara, so essential to deal with them. (4.2) In this he also explains Karmasidhanta which prepares the foundation of spiritual life. (4.5) He further describes classical Yoga for spiritual path finders. (4.11)
Purush and Prakruti concept, from 5.1 to 5.4 sutras give us idea of Sankhya Philosophy. He beautifully explains the Ishwar, with the help of Bhagvat Geeta (15.16,17,18) and Patanjal Sutras (1.24, 25, 26) with a statement that “Climax of Yoga Practice results in total surrender to the will of Ishwara.” Now onwards are the chapters of applications. Healths, fitness, Rest, Exercise are the crux of today's need.
For fitness he carefully guides us for exercise, nutrition and rest; with a special mention of rest being intentional absence of physical or mental activity. In his exercise sutras (9.1 to 9.10) he elaborates about Hath yoga practices, in detail, with a warning that 'More may not be better!'
From chapter 10 onwards his sutras are dedicated to core Yogic practices, with a aim of individual evolution or salvation in mind. His crucial guidelines like mental focusing, subtle intentional modification in breathing, serene & stable mind so useful for meditation, help the inquisitive students.
Chapter 13 on Meditation gives a clear pathway for meditation practice. The sutras 13.1 to 13.9 explain the classical and applied meditation, where the aims are different, but process is same. Lastly he elaborates main concepts of spiritual Yoga Practice, and briefs us about karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Dnyna Yoga & Bhakti Yoga. He concludes by saying that even though people fall under one category, due to numerous tendencies in a single person, all people follow a combination of all four practices to some degree.
Adhiyoga thus introduces, narrates and explains the theoretical and practical aspects of Yoga. It also warns about the mistakes and obstacles. It makes a student cautious in selecting a teacher & deciding the aim.
Adhiyoga is innovative and authoritative in the field of Yoga, for a new comer as well as for a dedicated practitioner to achieve health, happiness & spirituality; I congratulate the author for his unique achievement and contribution. Adhiyoga will no doubt attract scores of enthusiasts who are keen to make Yoga part of their daily life.
Dr. S. M. Hardikar, M.B., F.R.C.S.