Our dear Swami Visnudevananda left his physical body on November 9th 1993. He dedicated the majority of his life to tirelessly giving teachings on the vast science of yoga and working toward world peace. I dedicate this blog post to him, although I have never met him in the flesh, he has had a vast impact on my life. It was Swami Sivananda that sent him off ‘to the West’ with ten rupees in his pocket, telling him that people were waiting. Swami Visnu or SwamiJi as he was lovingly known arrived eventually in America and finally founded the Sivananda schools of yoga through Canada, America and back in India, where he began the teacher training courses, without which I wouldn’t be sitting here in the same place as I am now. He had a great sense of humour and was loved so much by his students. He offers solace, hope and guidance and above all joy and love to all who listen to him and stays with us always in our hearts and within the many books and recordings he made.
After class at Pranamaya yoga centre Kathmandu, Friday 9th Nov 2012, we will have half an hour silent meditation session to honour him, finishing with a chant for peace. Class begins at 6.00pm until 7.15pm, meditation will start at 7.30-8pm, please come and join me. For now I will leave you with an extract from the book Vishnudevananda Upadesa, teachings of Swami Vishnudevanda, available from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Om Shanti.
“Yoga means union. It shows us how to unite all our life-forces by directing them inward. The goal is happiness and happiness lies within. You can go anywhere in the world, to nightclubs and restaurants, to London or Paris and still not find happiness. If happiness were to be found in Paris, then all Parisians would be happy. If happiness is at home with the family, then you must all be happy – but are you? Happiness does not exist outwardly, even here. Happiness, the kingdom of heaven, lies within.” Swami Visnudevanda
“Whatever we see, whatever we hear, whatever we smell and taste we accept as real, not illusion. In daily life, we think that what we perceive is real. Only when you begin to discriminate do you understand that perception is not real. You can have televisions, video games and all the modern conveniences. But really there is nothing there. It is all empty like a shadow, it is a mirage. Most people today behave like a man running after a mirage in the desert – he thinks he will find water but instead he dies of dehydration. So don’t run after a mirage. God is the only reality, the only true thing is God.” Swami Visnudevananda.
Have a blessed day and hope to see you on the mat,
Mangala / nicky