Mantra and yantra constitute the instruments, mediums or method by which on can explore and realize energy patterns and awaken the dormant centers of consciousness. Mantras and yantras are not only a combination of sounds and visual images used in meditation, but represent the first subtle manifestation of the two cosmic powers of consciousness and energy, as mantras and yantra.
The Yogadrshri (Yoga vision) series of satsangs consists of discourses given by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in Munger as part of the new life he embarked upon in 2009.
Mantra and yantra was the theme of the santsangs in March 2010 during Chaita Navaratri. Here, Swami Niranjan traces the origin and nature of mantra and yantra and how they act as a link between the individual and the cosmos.
These satsangs introduce both the theoretical and practical aspects of a vast subject, providing aspirants with an understanding of mantra and yantra as tools for sadhana.
Swami Niranjanananda was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) in 1960. Guided from birth by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, he came at the age of four to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences through yoga nidra. In 1971 he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa, and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas, mastering skills in varied areas, acquiring an understanding of different cultures and helping establish Satayananda yoga ashrams and centres in Europe, Australia, North and South America.
At the behest of his guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a Paramahamsa sannyasin and in 1995 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharti, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the yoga publications trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to steering the activities at Munger, he travelled extensively to guide seekers around the world till 2009, when he received the command to embark on a new phase of sannaysa life.
Author of many classic books on yoga, tantra and the Upanishads Swami Niranjan is a magnetic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he continues to nurture and spread his guru’s mission from his base at Munger.
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