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Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…



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11 Apr 2024

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Online Gurukulam ‘Learn with Masters’
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Online Gurukulam ‘Learn with Masters’ 

Bhagavad Gita teaches us both Brahma-vidya and Yoga Shastra. It is a perennial and eternal teach­ing. Brahmavidyaya. Yogasastre Srik…arjunasa.vade– Bhagavad Gita makes us learn and understand theory, practice, and finally realisa­tion.

There is theoretical physics, prac­tical physics, and there is the technological implementation of it. Theoretical physics is the ad­vanced conceptualisation of the fundamental structure of physical reality, in whatever form. Then, with this insight gained through a methodological, systematic study of the constituents of matter, matter becomes more amenable and one can handle it more easily.

Brahma-vidya is the science of the Absolute—that system of thinking which is enabled to comprehend within itself at any time the total structure of things. To conceive the Absolute is to at once take into con­sideration, in our processes of thought, all things connected with the object of thought—not only the inner constituents of the object as such, but also the relations that the object bears to other objects.

The Bhagavad Gita is a message addressed to each and every human individual to help him or her to solve the vexing problem of overcoming the present and progressing towards a bright future. In the Webisode 7 on March 15, 2021 of Online Gurukulam by Pujya Swa­mi Atmapriyanandaji, Director, Standing Academic & Accreditation Committee, Indian Yoga Association spoke about Bhagavad Gita— A Unique Blend of the Science of Brahman-realization (Brahma-vidya) and the Technology of Yoga (Yoga-shastra).

Online Gurukulam is an endeavour to provide yoga lovers and followers of our vedic culture a chance to meet the world-renowned Yoga Gurus and learn from them free of cost. As a self-regulatory body of Yoga organisations, IYA aims at bridging the gap between the Guru and the disciple. The online ses­sions will be held on every first and third Sunday of the month.

Online Gurukulam— an exemplary initiative by IYA is being held with AyurYoga Life (www.iya.ayuryoga.life) where you can watch the live ses­sions and earlier sessions well.

Bhagavad Gita— A Unique Blend of the Science of Brah­man-realization (Brahma-vidya) and the Technology of Yoga (Yoga-shastra)

Pujya Swami Atmapriyanandaji in his session ex­plained in detail about Bhagavad Gita. He said, “Bhagavad Gita is a universal text of mankind. It is universal because it transcends times and transcends place. It is not confined to a particular place, region, religion, class of people or followers of different faith.

Bhagavad Gita is an extraordinary text which cap­sules 700 verses; the gist of human aspiration. Our ancient sages and seers and thinkers classified human aspiration into four. Aspiration is called Purushar­tha— desire aspired for by a human being.

Everybody wants to enjoy. To enjoy (kama) you need money (artha). All humanity need it at all times. These two have to be regulated as everybody has aspirations. It is important that these aspirations of different people don’t come into conflict.

They should be regulatory principle in society, by which artha and karma have to be properly regulat­ed, and the right one person should not be impinged upon by somebody else. This regulative principle is called the principle of sacrifice. And this principle is what brings society together. Holding together is called Dharma.

Dharma is very often wrongly translated in English as religion. Dharma is much larger than that. It is re­ligion, dharma is righteousness, dharma is goodness, dharma is all that holds society together in the path of virtue, goodness and beauty. The modern word for dharma is sustainability.

Principle of sustainability is Dharma. One of the basis of the principle of sustainability is sacrifice. The individual has to sacrifice his or her self-interest for the collective. So the whole society is based on the principle of sacrifice. This is known as yajna in the Bhagavad Gita.

Yajna which is symbolically performed as pouring ablations of clarified butter and ghee into the fire with Swaha, Swaha, Swaha means I sacrifice, I sacrifice, I sacrifice. So the individual is constantly sacrificing himself in the collective. The Bhagavad Gita in the third and fourth chapters, describes yajna in innumer­able ways. It says that the whole life is only yajna. Eating food is also yajna. You are offering food and drink to the prana.

The fourth chapter of Bhagavad Gita explains that the ladder that you are using to sacrificing is also Brahman, the key, the obligation that you pour is also brahman. The agni (fire) is also brahman. The per­former is a sacrifice also brahman. And through this sacrifice one reaches Brahman alone.

This is a wonderful vision of seeing Brahman ev­erywhere.

The Hindu religion, the Sanatan Dharma, based on the Upanishads and Gita, particularly is divina­tion realisation of your whole life and existence. Your life is divine, don’t live this ordinary, worldly, carnal, animal life, sensory life or sensual life. Raise your status to see the divine everywhere. Brahman is everywhere. The entire world is only a manifesta­tion of the Supreme Brahman.

The vision of divinity in me, you and everywhere—this is the great integral vision of Vedic sages, seers and rishis. The Bhagavad Gita captures is so dramatically and intuitively. The third and fourth chapters you so many kinds of sacrifices.

When I’m talking to you the words which emanate from my mouth enters into an ear as obligations, I offer my words as ablation into the fire of your ear and enters into your heart and transforms you. There is also a sacrifice. Every point we are sacrificing.”

As a self-regulatory body of Yoga organisations, IYA aims at bridging the gap between the Guru and the disciple with Online Gurukulam- Learn with Masters, a series of virtual sessions IYA Gurus. We are glad to inform that we have been receiving wonderful response from all the yoga corners. You can Register for FREE on www.iya.ayuryoga.life for forthcoming sessions.

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