Author: Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Jnana Yoga was the theme of the satsangs which Swamiji gave in May 2011 at Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth. Providing a fresh, new perspective on the classical components of Jnana Yoga, Swamiji renders this complicated subject accessible.

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“The method of understanding the process of Jnana Yoga has to be understood properly. Is Jnana only questioning? No. It is enlarging the scope of percepition. It is not enquiry. It is like working with an adjustable torchlight. You can twist its head to bring the light to a narrow point or enlarge its perimeter”.

The Yogadrishti (Yogavision) series of satsangs consists of discourses given by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in Munger as part of the new phase of sannyasa life that he has embarked upon since 2009.

Jnana Yoga was the theme of the satsangs which Swamiji gave in May 2011 at Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth. Providing a fresh, new perspective on the classical components of Jnana Yoga, Swamiji renders this complicated subject accessible.

He outlines the step-by-step training necessary to attain the aims of jnana yoga and describes how the profound statements of the Vedas, the Mahavakyas, unfold naturally in the process.

The discourses shine with spiritual inspiration and practical guidance in the method of applying intelligence and developing true wisdom in life.



Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati was born at Rajnandgaon, Madhya Pradesh in 1960. An exceptionally gifted child, he was considered a yogi from birth and was selected by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, for a special upbringing and education. At the age of four he joined the Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) at Munger and his secular and spiritual education were personally supervised by Swami Satyananda. At the age of ten, he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa in 1970

In 1971 Swami Niranjanananda was sent overseas to further his training and education. He lived in many ashrams and yoga centres throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia.

He traveled widely in these countries, assisting in the development of ashrams and centres, and conducting many yoga programs. During this period of his life, he not only furthered his education, but also achieved a profound understanding of the needs of the different communities and countries he visited. As well as acquiring fluency in many languages, including Hindi, English and Spanish, he also made intensive studies in Sanskrit and ancient texts and is, today, considered a master in this field.

In 1983, Swami Niranjanananda was recalled to India and, although only twenty-three, was appointed president of BSY. He also took over the administration of Ganga Darshan, the Yoga Research Foundation, and Sivananda Math, and was also appointed the first paramacharya of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement (IYFM).

In 1990 Swami Niranjanananda was initiated into paramahamsa sannyasa. In 1993 he presided over the Tyag Golden Jubilee-a world yoga convention in honour of his guru’s fifty years of dedication to sannyasa and the upliftment of humanity.

This event was attended by people from all over the world, who came, not just to listen to various spiritual masters, but also to eminent scientists, doctors and educationalists, who discussed the results of yoga in their particular field. During this convention, Swami Niranjanananda announced his retirement from the presidency of BSY in order to have more time to travel overseas and spread the message of yoga on a more global scale.

Since 1994 he has visited most western countries including North and South America, Europe and Australia, as well as making extensive tours within India where he has been instrumental in introducing yoga into prisons, medical colleges, villages, schools and the army.

In 1994 he founded the Bihar Yoga Bharati, Institute of Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences (BYB) at Munger, India as an educational and charitable institution for advanced studies in yogic sciences. It is the culmination of the vision of Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda. BYB is the world’s first accredited institution wholly devoted to teaching yoga. A comprehensive yogic education is imparted with provision to grant certificates and diplomas in yogic studies. It offers a complete scientific and yogic education according to the needs of today, through the areas of Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Applied Yogic Science and Yoga Ecology. Swami Niranjanananda is its present chancellor.

In 1995, during the celebrations of the Sat Chandi Maha Yajna rituals at Rikhiadham, Swami Satyananda transmitted his spiritual powers to Swami Niranjanananda, and he thus became a guru in the tantric tradition.

Swami Niranjanananda has authored over twenty books and guides national and international programs. He is a man who belongs equally to both East and West. His cosmopolitan background has contributed to his inherent understanding of people and their particular needs, no matter what society or walk of life they come from. He is universally revered and loved as a spiritual master, not just because of his infinite wisdom and compassion, but because he is a man who radiates joy and celebrates each moment of life.

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The Yoga Publication Trust was founded by Paramahansa Niranjanananda in 2000.

It is an organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of yogic knowledge and related disciplines such as psychology (ancient and modern), ecology, medicine, knowledge of the Vedas, tantra and Upanishads, philosophy (eastern and western), mysticism and spirituality. national and international level through the distribution of books, magazines, audio and video cassettes and multimedia supports.

The main purpose of the YPT is to publish textbooks in the field of yoga philosophy, psychology and applied yoga science; the practical texts and inspiring expositions of eminent personalities and spiritual authors, aim to elevate humanity through a yogic lifestyle, the practice and knowledge of yoga.

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