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SRINAGAR India (Xinhua) -- Indian paramilitary trooper of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) perform Yoga exercises ahead of the International Yoga Day at their base camp in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. The International Yoga Day is on June 21. XINHUA PHOTO - JAVED DAR


We should pay homage to the mystic Paramhansa Yogananda

NEW DELHI India -- We should pay homage to the enlightened mystic Paramhansa Yogananda who started it all. He was the Yogi who introduced Yoga in United States almost one hundred years ago, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

As excitement mounts for celebrating the first United Nations International Yoga Day, many people talk about the ‘recent’ popularity of Yoga in the United States.

They quote pop icon Madonna as one of the key celebrities who popularized yoga.

They list the scores of different styles of yoga studios mushrooming across USA.

They say it all happened in the past 15-20 years.


Yoga was introduced and popularized almost a hundred years ago!

Yes, by the enlightened Paramhansa Yogananda after he landed in USA 1920 to address the famous Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston.

Later, he toured hundreds of cities, taught the largest yoga classes in the world of that time.

He introduced yoga by writing books and by training trainers in the long continuance of his great mission, "Yoga for the West".

He called his yoga Kirya Yoga.

In his words, The Kriya Yogi mentally directs your life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man.

One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.

In 32 years that the spent in the United States, he personally initiated in yoga no less than 100,000 students.

A photograph in his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, shows him standing amid a large group of 10,000 Yoga students in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1926.

He continued with this mission until he left his body in 1952 in Los Angeles.

His best-selling autobiography describes his unlimited zeal in promoting yoga during his active lifetime. Paramhansa Yogananda continues to inspire many people today but let us not forget the real guru of yoga who first enthused hundreds of thousands of Americans almost a century ago.

Get to know the sage who
created Yoga through Osho

As the first United Nations International Yoga Day is celebrated round the world, Osho’s matchless discourses on the founder of Yoga, Sage Patanjali, need to be remembered, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

For 5,000 years, nobody could improve on Patanjali and for 5,000 years nobody has explained, elaborated and examined Patanjali as Osho has done.

Osho is unmatched in his comments because the unique combination of his insight is impossible.

Osho and 'Yoga - the ever present flower' | Coastweek

Osho and 'Yoga - the ever present flower' [top left], writings of Paramhansa Yogananda [top right] and the mystic speaking to Americans 1926.


He says of Patanjali, to have a scientific attitude and to enter into inner space is impossible.

Thus Patanjali will remain and remains the last word on Yoga.

So does Osho because Osho combines the wisdom of the spirit with the situations of today and tomorrow.

These Osho talks originally entitled, Yoga: The Alpha and The Omega on the sutras of Patanjali enable the modern person to understand and appreciate him.

"Meditation is the ultimate yoga," says Osho:

"All that is known in the name of yoga is just introductory.

"Those body postures, asanas, breathing techniques; they are just to prepare the body.

"But many get lost in that; they think ‘This is all’, and their whole life is simply wasted in a kind of gymnastics.

Good in itself, nothing wrong in it—health-giving, vitality-giving, prolongs the life—but ultimately it is meaningless."

"Patanjali—I call him the scientist of the religious world, the mathematician of mysticism, the logician of the illogical.

"Two opposites meet in him.


"If a scientist reads Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras he will understand immediately," says Osho explaining the duality of the great sage who gave us Yoga as we know it.

All these asanas – postures - lead to meditation.

These are the preparation for meditation.

Let this be never forgotten.



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