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July 2006

Satyananda Yoga Golden Jubilee 1956–2006

In this issue we pay special tribute to Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who began his yoga mission in 1956, with the establishment of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement in Rajnandgaon. The subsequent expansion and success of his mission in both India and abroad is captured in a selection of articles, newspaper extracts and tributes.

The True Disciple
Swami Sivananda Saraswati

A Real Guru
Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Guru Seva
Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Yoga – Blueprint for Perfection
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

International Yoga Fellowship Movement
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The Moving Spirit
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

News Reports

Revolution
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Yoga – The Gift of Peace
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

On Guru and Mission
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

World Culture
Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Tributes



A Real Guru

Here are the characteristics of a real guru. If you find these qualities in anyone, accept him at once as your guru.

A real guru has full knowledge of the Self and the Vedas. He has equal vision and a balanced mind. He is free from attraction, repulsion, egoism, anger, lust, greed, attachment and pride. He is an ocean of mercy and an embodiment of love. He is absolutely fearless. He does not expect anything from anybody. He has an exemplary character.

Guru is Brahman. Guru is Ishwara. Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. His tender smile radiates light, bliss, joy, knowledge and peace. He is in search of real aspirants. Living in his company is spiritual education. His mere presence is elevating, inspiring and stirring. His very company is a means of self-illumination. A real guru is a blessing to suffering humanity.

Salutations to the lotus feet of the guru. I fully believe in a real guru. I have great adoration for a guru. My heart longs to serve his lotus feet forever. I believe there is no purifier more powerful than service of a guru in removing the impurities of the mind. I fully believe that the only safe boat that can take us to the other shore of immortality is the constant company of a guru.

—Swami Sivananda

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