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Sri Nathamuni, widely regarded as the first among the Srivaisava Acarya-s, lived in the ninth century AD, and is best known for his revival of the Drevide-vede-s, also known as the Nalayira-divya-prabandham.

This revival formed a firm base on which later Acarya-s would establish the Sri Vaisnava-sampradaya and the Visistadvaita tradition. These Acarya-s included his own grandson Sri Yamunacarya and Bhagavad Ramanujacarya, who stoked the spark of light lit by Nathamuni into a radiant and strong tradition.

Nathamuni was also a master exponent of other Vedic philosophies including Nyaya and Yoga, on which he composed the texts Nyayatattva and Yogarahasya respectively. Literally meaning 'The Secrets of Yoga. It also reveals Nathamuni as a remarkable Yogi, who revolutionized many customs prevailing at his time. A prime example of this was his advocacy of Yoga for women, which was not at all common in the ninth century.

For unknown reasons this meeting did not take place and the text was lost for many centuries. This same tamarind tree was the place where Sri Nathamuni had earlier revived the Nalayira-divya-prabandham. The revival of this text brings to life the great Yoga teachings of Sri Nathamuni, and provides us with invaluable information on how to use the different tools of Yoga to deal with different situations, This text formed an important reference for T Krishnamacharya's teachings, and has been a platform for the development of the tradition now known around the world as Viniyoga.

Kausthub Desikachar and Dr. Sreeram Jaganathan, provides the original text in Devanagari and Roman transliteration form, its translation into English, word-to-word meanings, and additional academic commentary by Dr. Kausthub Desikachar to help understand the deeper meanings of the text.

He is an acclaimed Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. His objectives include the sharing of the authentic teachings of Yoga in the modern era, as well as building bridges between different healing modalities to promote physical, emotional social and spiritual health.

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He began studying Yoga when he was nine years old under the guidance of his teacher and father TKV Desikachar and started teaching at the age of thirteen. D in Alternate Medicine. Kausthub Desikachar also works as a Yoga Therapist and offers clients astute and effective solutions for all sorts of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses. He combines his classical training in Yoga and Ayurveda, his modern education of psychology, and his Interactions with traditional healers worldwide, to offer optimum and effective synergetic solutions to alleviate a wide range of problems.

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For more information on his teaching schedule or to be part of his training programs, please connect through the following channels. Ever since man set foot on earth, he has experienced a life of pleasure mixed with pain. Sufferings have increased from time to time. Preventive measures have been taken to get rid of this worldly misery but they have not borne any appreciable result. In fact eradication of misery has been next to impossible. There have been enlightened men called Rsi-s who discovered that the mistaken identities between the sentient soul and the non-sentient material world become the cause of these miseries.

They taught this to people who came to them and also guided them in the means to get rid of their painful experiences. These Rsi-s lived in India at different periods of time and in different places. What they preached took the shape of systems of thought called Darsana-s which became classified into Astika and Nastika. Astika admits that the Veda-s are the valid means of knowledge and Nastika denies it.

To the former group belong the systems of Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta which are of paramount importance. The Samkhya system prescribed that knowledge of the spirit and matter and the difference between them are the means of getting relief from worldly ills.

Mere knowledge however could not lead to the final destruction of human misery. For, even when knowledge dawns upon man, he is not likely to detach himself from material affiliations. The mind is very hard to control as it is ever unsteady. Control over the working of the mind is necessary to make it concentrate upon an object of reality. This is what the system of Yoga preaches. It is action Kriya that matters most, after acquiring knowledge of reality.

The word Yoga is derived from the [verbal] root yuj which means to join, unite and concentrate. The methods of controlling mental activities are given in great detail in the Mahabharata, Visnupurana VI. The Sutra-s of Patanjali form a classical text on Yoga explaining the methods of practice and the results that may be attained. The writers on Vedanta have attempted to make use of the concepts and doctrines of Nyaya, vaisesika, Yoga and Mimamsa for maintaining their own doctrines which are mainly based on the Upanisad-s.

For instance, Nathamuni wrote the Nyayatattva on Vedanta logic and the Yogarahasya on Yogic practices. Vedantadesik wrote the Nyayaparisuddhi, Nyayasiddhanjana and Sesvaramimamsa to show how the concepts of Nyaya, vaisesika and Mimamsa are to be expounded in line with the Vedantic concept. Though it involves separation or disjunction [viyogal the system is called Yoga.

In this sense, the spirit is in complete isolation" This interpretation could be considered correct according to the concept of Moksa in the system of Yoge.

The Vedanta takes experience of Brahman as the goal. Yogi Krishnamacharya justly brought this out in the Yogavalli, his commentary on the Yogasutra, that the word nirodha in the Yogasutra 1. In other words, the experience of Brahman results, unobstructed by any factor.

In the light of this observation, the word Yoga must be taken to mean the contact between the Self and the Brahman. The union of that mental activity, which is endowed with the knowledge of the Jivatma and qualified by efforts in the form of Yama, Niyama etc. After bringing the mind under control, the Self could find the path of approaching God to serve a better purpose, like experiencing the ineffable charm of God and finding extreme delight in rendering service unto Him. The concept of the state of the Self in the released stage is one of isolation Kaivalya from matter.

This is said to be Nirbija-samadhi. This concept is admitted in the Vaisnava school. When taking nirodha in the sense mentioned above, the aspirant has enough concentration in the savikalpa stage where he is in touch with the true nature of reality, His mental functions cannot be operated except with the object of meditation dhyeya , that is God. This is best illustrated in the case of Nammalvar. This Alvar is called Sathajit, the subduer of the Vayu called Sathe, which makes the child forget the past as soon as it is born.

At the time of his birth he had reached the stage of Savikalpasamadhi. This kind of Samadhi was experienced by Nathamuni who did the Japa of Madhurakavi's 'Kenninun Siruttsmbu' and had the vision of Nammalvar. His grandson, Yamuna refers to him as the best among those who had self-control. Vedantadesika observes that Yamuna described Nathamuni as being devoted only to Visnu in his thoughts, words and acts. He further says that Nathamuni used to be absorbed in profound meditation.

He is known to have had the direct vision of the three Tattva-s - cit, acit and lsvere, through his power of Yoga svayoga-mahima-pratyakita-tattvatraya. Nathamuni wrote two works called Nyayatattva and Yogarahasya. The former is lost and the latter has been restored and published. The former must have been an extensive work on Nyaya, Mimamsa and Vedanta. The quotations and citations which are available in the works of Yamuna and Vedantadesika6 throw light on its contents.

The extensive nature of this work is revealed by the titles of the sections mentioned by Vedantadesika such as Karanapade eighth adhikarana , Prameyapada seventh adhikarar , Bharantyadhikarar, etc.

Nathamuni had two nephews through his sisters. Their names are Vardacarya and Krsnamacarya. They lived in houses situated to the western and eastern side of Nathamuni's residence. Hence they were known as Melaiakattu-azhvan and Kizhaiakattu-azhvan respectively.

They wrote Sridharayoga-kalpataru and Sridharayogapaddhati respectively on Yoga, particularly with reference to the meditations upon Sridhare [another name for Lord Narayana].

Jnanavarahacarya was the son of Nirmaladasa. The name of this work remains unknown. Kurukesa, also known as Kurukaikavalappan, was the son of Jnanavarahacarya and a regular practitioner of Yoga. He was one of the disciples of Nathamuni. It is said that Yamuna, Nathamuni's second descendant in succession, was born when the latter was alive.

Kurukesa, the fourth descendant in succession of Nathamuni is stated to be one of the direct disciples of Nathamuni. It is doubtful whether Kurukesa lived during the lifetime of Nathamuni.

Admitting Kurukesa was the direct disciple of Nathamuni, it must be said that the genealogical version is faulty in mentioning the descendants of Nathamuni through his sisters. A reference is made to an account of the Yogarahasya and its continuity is found in the Yogavalli on the Yogasutra-s of Patanjali, Pada-I. It is mentioned here that the Yogavallari, a work on Yoga, was written by Ranganatha, who was Nathamuni's daughter's son Maudgalyagotra.

This work is a summary of Nathamuni's Yogarahasya which was divided into four Kanda-s. Yogi Krishnamacharya states here that he further condensed the Yogavallari. It is not known whether the Yogavallari is available at present. The text of Yogarahasya that is published now has four chapters. They have , 64, 42 and 44 slokas respectively. The titles of the four chapter mean introduction [Prakarana], [appropriate] application [Viniyogal , reflection Vimarsanal and parts and the whole of human Kala respectively.

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Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Rahasya

Sri Nathamuni, widely regarded as the first among the Srivaisava Acarya-s, lived in the ninth century AD, and is best known for his revival of the Drevide-vede-s, also known as the Nalayira-divya-prabandham. This revival formed a firm base on which later Acarya-s would establish the Sri Vaisnava-sampradaya and the Visistadvaita tradition. These Acarya-s included his own grandson Sri Yamunacarya and Bhagavad Ramanujacarya, who stoked the spark of light lit by Nathamuni into a radiant and strong tradition. Nathamuni was also a master exponent of other Vedic philosophies including Nyaya and Yoga, on which he composed the texts Nyayatattva and Yogarahasya respectively.


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