A difficult subject dealt with simplicity and
in depth by Shri Yogendra who devoted all his life in simplifying a complex subject
like yoga, so that it is understood by the layman. The book deals with some
important topics like respiratory activity, sexual drive and its control brain and
nervous system with its complex network skin the largest organ of the body and
hygiene in general.
The fundamental purpose of yoga is to transcend the
limitation of sense of I the ego in order to merge with a higher consciousness,
resulting in a healthy disease-free body, mental stability, emotional balance,
intellectual insight and spiritual awakening; the ultimate goal of human life.
About the Author:
Born Manibhai Haribhai desai in the year 1897 in
rural Gujarat the boy later to known as the Founder, Shri Yogendraji suffered from
poor Health. With the help of a sympathetic schoolteacher however he was able to
completely transform himself into a robust individual known for his feats of
strength. This influence fired him with a burning zeal for reformation from this time
onwards. While undergoing college education in preparation for a career in the
I.C.S. he met under auspicious circumstances Paramahamsa Madhavadsaji of
Malsar and completely renounced his wordly career to be a pupil to his Guru.
During the following years, Shri Yogendraji wrote and published several literary
works of distinction including the first Gujarati translation of Tagore's Gitanjali. In
1919 at the behest of his teacher the Founder left the shores of India for America
after having he founded the first organized centre on yoga.
In 1974 The Yoga
Institute got its permanent headquarters at Bombay. In 1958 with the objective of
preparing trained teachers to teach Yoga. The Teachers Training Institute was
started. In 1971 under the auspices of the Government of India, medical research
was conducted with a panel of 14 doctors. In 1973 The International Board of
Yoga was founded. Put in an epitome, the whole life of Shri Yogendra has been a
crusade to preserve the pristine purity of Yoga for the benefit of modern
He has preferred to be forthright in his views and is content that the
Institute he has built though small is self-supporting vital and strong besides being
imbued with the classical spirit of yoga.
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