Shri Vivek Atray- The Universal Applicability of Yoga through the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda
Shri Atray began by explaining the importance of Yoga and Mahabharata in the lives of individuals. Through the philosophy of Pramhansa Yogananda in his autobiography, Shri Atray mentioned some valuable lessons present in Yogananda’s works. After a brief mention of Yogananda’s life and school of thought, shri Atray talked about the contribution Yogananda has provided to yoga and meditation in both east and west. Mentioning some of yogananda’s impeccable works, the talk of shri Atray explained how yoga was being universally built in places across the world through the works of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Moving ahead with the practice and philosophy of yoga, Shri Atray mentioned that Yoga is not a sect, it’s a universally applied science. It is for everybody. Inventions of science are boundary-less and is for all mankind, so is Yoga. Method of yoga, mentions the love of the body. Its impact on freedom comes through cosmic consciousness. Mentioning the relationship between body and consciousness, shri Atray talked about the battle of Mahabharata as mentioned in the Bhagvadgita. Centralising on yoga and meditation he mentioned that these aspects are the key to win any battle or hurdle of life.
Towards the end of his lecture, Shri Atray, talked about the necessary balance between the mind, body, and soul. He ended his explanation by quoting Paramhansa Yoga Nanda - “clamly active and actively calm.”