Paramapoojya Dr.Prof. Bhashyam Swamy, M.A., Ph.D, D.Litt.; Recipient of “Rajya Prashasti – 1994” & Recipient of “Rajyotsava Prashasti – 2012”; Recipient of Titles -Veda Varidhi, Veda Vachaspati, Veda Marthanda, Krishna YejurvedaVisheveda, Agama Kushala, Pancharatra Agama Rartnakara, Mantra Ratna, Mantra Mani, Jyotisya Ratna, Mantrashastra Mahodadhi, Mahagnananidhi, Gyananidhi, Sarvajana Maharshi, Jayaratnashree; Member – Prasikshana Parishat, Karnataka Sanskrit University, Bangalore ; M.Phil.- Guide - Karnataka Sanskrit University, Bangalore; Member – State Level Steering Committee for seeking Central Assistance – Dept. Of Kannada & Culture,GOK; Joint Secretary cum Treasurer – Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melkote; Principal - Government Maharaja’s Sanskrit College, Mysore; President – Sri Yoganarasimha Charitable Trust, Mysore; Member – Advisory Committee JSS Ayurvedic College, Mysore; Member Secretary- Selection Committee for Faculty Appointment of Govt. Maharaja Sanskrit College, Mysore; Peethadhipathi, Sri Sudarshana Narasimha Kshetra, Vijayanagar, Mysore 570017
At the very outset I wish to commend the humbleness of Prof.Neel Kulkarni who visited our Sri Yoganarasimhaswamy temple at Vijaya Nagar extension in Mysore to present a copy of his noble work contained in a book form titled Adhiyoga to enable me to have a glimpse of it and express my views on it. The way he sent the book thro’ one of our volunteers to reach me by himself standing at a distance shows how much respect and devotion he has towards me.
Due to my pre-occupation it took some time for me to go thro’ the contents of the book. This work is just not a way of exposing Patanjali Yoga Sutras for the benefit of human entity. BUT it is a Sixth sense’s revelations. Here I remember one of our Srivaishnavait Alwars and Acharyas known as Kuratalwar who could write the contents of the Bhodayana Sutra the manuscript of which was stolen and lost. So to say this is a divine blessing and not merely a human effort.
The year 2014 which has made experience a lot of catastrophic calamities in this part of the universe, is coming to an end and let us all hope the year 2015 will do well to the humanity to march towards the soul searching for peace. Why I am saying this is the minds of human being with special reference to our Bharat has shattered and people have started soul searching to seek peace and salvation.
Thus it is at this juncture the essence of systems of Yoga like the Adhiyoga comes in handy as a readymade food for thought as well as for preparing the body to seek salvation – right opportune time. It is often said that we don’t find Yoga, but that Yoga finds us.
As a food for thought to the interested persons choosing to pursue acquiring in depth knowledge empowerment on Yoga I would like to touch upon the Ancient History or the Origin of Yoga as the recent explosion of Yoga’s popularity around the Globe has portrayed Yoga in so many various shades and colours and finding the most authentic Yoga may pose a challenge. The definition of Yoga was not restricted to the bodily postures, as is being depicted by many; but rather, it encompassed a wide range of ways to connect with One’s highest potential.
When we say this, the first thing which comes into our minds is the Yoga in Bhagawad Gita. While some may prioritise the three aspects of Yoga - Asana (posture); Pranayama (breath) and Mudra (focus), to my mind I go back to Gita which deals with three types of yoga – that is – Karma yoga leading to Gyana yoga which in turn leads to Bhakti Yoga as told by Lord Krishna to Arjuna for performance. This is the real Triyoga, as in these 3 types there lies all the essence of One’s potential which can enlighten him to perform his life in the right direction and to full extent.
The Bhagawad Gita’s Yoga is something nearly every human being practices or participates in, to one degree or the other, in one form or the other. BUT they just don’t know it for lack of proper initiation by a right Guru.
Similarly the essence of authenticity of Adhiyoga (which incidentally is divided into 18 chapters just like the Gita) can be got only if it is initiate by a right Guru. Here the Author of the said Book – Adhiyoga himself being a practitioner of over 4 decades of involvement and his trained disciples can be of great help in reaching the fruits of pursuing this system of yoga.
While I wish to congratulate the author of the book, for his noble task, if I am not mistaken, I wish to take this opportunity to reach the beneficiaries of yogic sciences to know that, like this, there are several Sanskrit Texts too which can high light the origin of Yoga dating back to Vedas, Upanishads. Considering all the above facts it is indeed that Yoga is one of the oldest Sciences of the world originated from India, which is very useful for both getting and maintaining the physical, mental and moral health of any individual.
According to one of the classical texts of Yoga known as Hathayoga Pradipika, Lord Shiva is the first teacher of Yoga, where as the Gita tells Lord Krishna is the first teacher of Yoga.
Some historical researchers have proved that Yoga was prevalent during the time of Vedas. After the period of Vedas, a great sage Maharshi Patanjali systematized Yoga, its meaning and its related knowledge through his Patanjali Yoga Sutra about which you all aware.
In this connection I would like to specially draw your attention to the contribution for the Yoga of a foremost Srivaishnava theologian and Saint and himself being a Yogi, called Nathamuni, (822ad to 930 ad) a contemporary of Saint Nammalwar, was an extraordinary person who revolutionized many customs prevailing at his time. Among his authorship is the text known as Yoga Rahasya. which contains a lot of practical information of how yoga plays a role in the different stages of life (including the pregnancy stage of a woman). The title (Yoga Rahasya) itself means secrets of yoga and true to its name. This wonderful master piece offers many deep insights into the use and application of Yoga.
From the list of eminent persons who have written Forward / Reviews I can feel that the book is already reaching the right hands to give a boost to the scholarly work by Neel Kulkarniji who richly deserves congratulations not only from me but also from all those who can digest the essence of the book.
May the scholarly work by Neel Kulkarni spread all over the universe at a desired speed as it is suited for all age groups of the yogic knowledge seekers.
May he be the recipient of the blessings of our Lord Yoganarasimhaswamy along with my Aashirvachanams.
Dated:Tuesday (Utwana Dwadashi Day) the 4th November 2014 @ Mysore – the City of Palaces, in the State of Karnataka of India.