Global Tribute – Serbia

Swami Omgyanam

We have come from Serbia to participate in the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Bihar School of Yoga, and to express our solidarity with the mission of Sri Swami Sivananda, Sri Swami Satyananda and Sri Swami Niranjanananda, and the yogic vision that they have propagated through the Bihar School of Yoga.

Satyananda Yoga came to Serbia in the 1970s and people embraced it wholeheartedly despite the communist regime and its restrictive systems. This well-developed system and its gradual progression with an integral approach is what we need, and through the strong guiding hands of Sri Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjan, we have benefited immensely. As a people we have lived through many challenging situations – civil wars, occupations, communism, poverty – which have affected us in a way that does not make it easy to appreciate our inherent strength. But Swami Satyananda understood the Serbian character and we felt accepted, appreciated and loved by him. And we loved him immediately in our own way. Bihar School of Yoga is very much present in Serbia with many teachers and many, many followers. It has given us so much: how to live a disciplined life, cooperating with each other, and most of all, it opened our hearts.

We have come to pay respect to the tradition that has uplifted our lives.