Inauguration of Basant Panchami and Satyam Vatika
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati and Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati
Ganga Darshan Yogapeeth, 12th February 2013, morning
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati:
Satyam Vatika, this historical park in the grounds of Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth, is a very special place, as it is dedicated to the sankalpa of our guru, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and to the mission of Bihar School of Yoga.
Realization of mind and heart
Satyam Vatika does not speak of enlightenment and emancipation and self-realization, but the sankalpa which you will find here speaks of cultivating that quality in which one can be happy, optimistic, creative, and joyous all the time. That is the sankalpa of Sri Swamiji and the mission of Bihar School of Yoga. Through yoga realize the mind: that is one wing of the bird which is Sri Swamiji. The other wing of the bird which is Sri Swamiji is Rikhiapeeth, opening and experiencing the openness of heart. Realizing the mind and realizing the heart – these two are the gifts of a saint to humanity.
Golden Jubilee of Bihar School of Yoga
This year we are celebrating the Golden Jubilee, 50 years of his first mission and vision, of the Bihar School of Yoga, the propagation of yoga. One can read here on the panel in Satyam Vatika that Sri Swamiji undertook the propagation of yoga as it was the mandate of his guru. He set aside all his personal ambitions, aspirations, thoughts and desires, all that he wanted to do, and focused himself to fulfil the mandate of his guru, nothing more than that. This is his creation, for eternity, and the yoga which Sri Swami Sivananda and Sri Swami Satyananda have brought to us will stand tall for eternity too, as long as we are connected with the sankalpa of our gurus.
Satyam Vatika is the historical park dedicated to our guru, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Bihar School of Yoga. People can come here to receive inspiration, to know the sankalpa of our guru, and to know the areas of yoga activity of Bihar School of Yoga in the last 50 years. You also can make your own plan of how you can live yoga and celebrate its Golden Jubilee in your own life. This Golden Jubilee park should be an inspiration to you to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of yoga in your life, and to bring alive the sankalpa of the sannyasins in your heart and mind.
With the inauguration of Satyam Vatika, we are embarking on this year-long celebration, the Golden Jubilee of yoga, Satyananda Yoga, the Bihar Yoga tradition. This will conclude with the celebration of the World Yoga Convention in the month of October, from 23rd to 27th . You have one whole year to spend your time here, and to participate in the celebration of life, because yoga is nothing but a celebration and worship of life.
On this auspicious and memorable occasion of Basant Panchami, we complete the 50 years on 15th February 2013, as it was Basant Panchami Day in 1963 that saw the foundation of Bihar School of Yoga and on Basant Panchami Day, 19 January 1964, that Sri Swamiji lit the undying flame, the akhanda jyoti. According to the lunar calendar this year Basant Panchami is on 15th , so that is the day when you shall be witness to the same akhanda deepak, the undying flame, still lit in Jyoti Mandir, still burning and still bright.
It is the oil of your faith and the wick of your commitment that keeps the light of yoga burning bright, so always remember to come here with two things: oil and wick, the oil of faith and the wick of commitment.
I’m happy that I’m a witness to these celebrations, and happier because from today we shall be having the satsang of Swami Girishanandaji, who has come here from Jabalpur Saket Dham and is also very closely associated and dear to us. He has been blessed by our guruji, Sri Swamiji, and he is also a disciple of a very great luminary of this land, Swami Akhandanandaji, whose name is known to everyone in this country. He shall be giving the satsang from 3-5 pm, along with the children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal conducting havan, chanting and kirtan, and then in the evening from 6-7.30 pm we are having a special program, a beautiful and inspiring dance-drama presentation on the life of our guruji, Sri Swamiji, by the devotees, disciples and artists who have come from the Satyananda Yoga Centre in Chennai.
There is a saying in India that gold shines more when it is adorned with a red mark. If you have a plate of gold and you put a red mark on it, the beauty of the gold is even more visible, it is even more attractive and intoxicating. That is only because of a red mark, which enhances the beauty of gold. We are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Bihar School of Yoga, and the beautiful red mark here with us to enhance the beauty of this Golden Jubilee is Swami Satsangi. It is the fortune of Bihar School of Yoga that she is here after 23 years spending five nights here in her home. We shall of course be blessed by her presence and inspirational satsangs.
Hari Om Tat Sat.
Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati (Swami Satsangi):
Munger is not just my home, it is my birthplace. Along with all the great names that you can read about in the Satyam Vatika, the names of great people who were born in Munger, my name also comes in that I was born here. I don’t know if I qualify for greatness, that my guru will judge, not me or anyone else, but along with them I was also born here. This is my spiritual birthplace; being born again in the same body, punar janam, what is called rebirth. You can die and be reborn, you can abandon this body and be reborn, or you can choose to be reborn in this body. That is what sannyasa is, punar janam – in the same physical body, with the same mind, to be able to attain a new direction, a new goal in life.
You’re walking this way, and suddenly you start walking straight. You’re walking this way or that way or that way or that way, and suddenly, you start walking straight. That happened here, because everybody is searching. We are searching very deep, so this is a very profound moment for all of us, and especially for me; profound, inspiring, and touching. Anything that is profound goes to the depths of the soul, and that is what was born on that day, so it is a very, very profound moment for me, and I’m indeed very happy to be here for the next five days. It is a privilege and an honour, and I wish that it was more than five days. But all good things have to come to an end.