Happy Teachers Day 2017

Happy Teachers Day 2017

Ancient India has a rich tradition of Guru–shishaya “parampara” (“lineage.”) Rig Veda has equated a teacher or Guru to be equivalent or comparable to a supreme consciousness or God.

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु र्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः

गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः

Just like a candle that devours itself to pave the way with light, a Guru or teacher by imparting knowledge and wisdom shines the future of his students so that they may lead a successful life.  Since time immemorial, this rich tradition has seen many great Gurus to name a few

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan– He was a legendary teacher, staunch educationist and a great philosopher. He was the first Vice President and second President of India. He firmly believed in ‘spiritual education.’ He exemplified philosophical teaching.

Maharishi Valmiki was a great Sanskrit scholar. He composed Holy Scriptures like Ramayana and Ramacharita Manas. He is revered as a great saintly teacher.

Ved Vyasa has written the legendary holy scriptures of Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. A gifted intellect who single handily split the original version of Vedas and simplified it into four parts: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.

Chanakya was a great thinker, economist and philosopher. He taught “Arthshastra” in ancient India.

Aryabhatta was a great Indian mathematician and an astronomer. Aryabhata was the head teacher of Nalanda University.


PARAMHAMSA MADHAVADASJI (FOUNDER’S GURU) His Holiness Paramhamsa Madhavadasji was born in 1798 to a Mukhopadhyaya family in Bengal. At the tender age of 23, he left his home in search of higher pursuits. He learnt different yoga traditions while travelling around Assam, Tibet, Himalayas etc. In 1916, at the age of 118, Paramhamsa Madhavadasji was in Mumbai at Madhavbaug for a discourse where he met young Yogendraji (then known as Mani). Since then, a strong bond developed between the teacher and student and he personally guided and trained Mani on the path of yoga.

FOUNDER of The Yoga Institute -SHRI YOGENDRAJI He was born as Mani Haribhai Desai in 1897 in Gujarat. Through a chance meeting, he found his Guru, Shri Paramhamsa Madhavadasji and learnt all about yoga from him. With the blessings of his Guru, Yogendraji founded The Yoga Institute at ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova in 1918. There, he cured many people from various ailments through therapeutic yoga. Along with his wife, Sitadevi Yogendra, he continued to teach and spread the awareness of authentic classical yoga at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz until his death in 1989.

SMT. SITA DEVI YOGENDRA (FOUNDER’S WIFE), fondly known as Mother, married Shri Yogendraji in 1927 and joined him in his mission of spreading the knowledge of yoga in the world. She began teaching women and children at The Yoga Institute and has written many articles and books on yoga. Mother Sitadevi passed away in 2008 at the age of 97.

Dr JAYADEVA YOGENDRA (PRESIDENT OF THE YOGA INSTITUTE) – Born in 1929, Shri Yogendraji’s son, Dr Jayadeva Yogendra, is a scholar and a true Yogi. He continues to carry on the Founder’s legacy in his silent and sincere way. Dr Jayadeva completed his PhD (Dr. of Philosophy.) He has introduced several courses, pioneering work in Yoga Education and Therapeutics. Students at the Institute continue to draw constant inspiration from his wisdom and unflinching commitment to truth.

SMT. HANSAJI JAYADEVA YOGENDRA (DIRECTOR OF THE YOGA INSTITUTE)– A dynamic and charismatic personality, Smt. Hansaji, the wife of Dr Jayadeva Yogendra and present Director of The Yoga Institute, has dedicated her life to the running of the Institute and teaching yoga as a way of life. Smt. Hansaji has been selected as “Woman of the Year 2000” by the American Biographical Institute, U.S.A. She is popular throughout the nation due to her involvement in the television series ’Yoga for Better Living’, first aired in 1980. She has conducted several seminars and lecture tours in India and Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States of America. She was invited by the National Council for Education Research and Training along with Dr Jayadeva to advice on formulating a Yoga education syllabus for schools nationwide.

Smt. Hansaji believes it only through right knowledge that pain, disease and suffering of humanity can be eradicated. Every human being on this planet should learn and adopt Yoga as a way of life.

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