The great Yogiraj Yogananda Puri, known lovingly known as Raghupati Yogi, was the teacher responsible for preparing Nithyananda’s body and mind for enlightenment through the Nithya Yoga system. Nithyananda was under Raghupati Yogi’s care and guidance from the age of three to thirteen in Tiruvannamalai, his birth town.
Raghupati Yogi taught yoga to Nithyananda in the sacred precincts of Arunachaleshwara Temple itself. His daily lessons were held in a hall filled with approximately 21 stone-pillars known as kritika mandapam. Raghupati Yogi would teach the young Nithyananda a variety of rigorous, traditional yogic practices such as asana, pranayama, dhyana and mudra. Raghupati Yogi used to ask Nithyananda to go into deep meditation, set an intention and climb the hall pillars. Nithyananda recalls, “He used to make me climb up and down using only one hand. He used to tie the other hand behind my back! I never understood why Raghupati Yogi made me do such a practice; I did not think it had anything to do with yoga. But it was here that Raghupati Yogi taught me the deepest truths of yoga.”
Raghupati Yogi delivered the core teachings of Patanjali to Nithyananda: “The mind creates the body.” Raghupati Yogi would say, ‘With whatever intention you make your body active, that intention, that experience gets deeply recorded into your muscle memory.” Nithyananda explains further, “By putting me in deep silence and then moving my body intensely to climb the pillars, the experience of that silence was inserted into my muscle memory and there after, that silence started radiating through my body.”
It was only after his enlightenment that Nithyananda understood that he had received his training and initiation into the Science of Yoga and other spiritual matters from a yogi who had experienced the consciousness of Patanjali, the great sage who compiled the Yoga Sutras and who is considered the Father of Yoga.
In his first Yoga Spurana Program in Vancouver, BC Canada, during the YOGAM Tour in 2009, Nithyananda said, “I feel I have too much to talk about, too much to share, because I myself am a yogi. From a very young age, the first path I started travelling was the path of yoga. Now, everything I do, the shadow, smell and presence of yoga is always there.”
The Truths in Nithya Yoga
By your very nature, you are Complete; you are Bliss. The practice of Nithya Yoga leads you to the experience of your true Self – the space of completion, the space of positivity and possibility, the pure consciousness, a formless dimension of bliss. You might ask, if our true nature is bliss, then what blocks us from experiencing it?
Our bio-memory carries a heavy load of thought-patterns which block us from experiencing this bliss. A thought pattern is a pre-defined way of responding to any situation based on a powerful past experience such as failure, rejection, being punished or being subjected to abuse. We often carry these thought-patterns with us through adulthood, sometimes never realizing it. These inadequate cognitions about ourselves and the world are what Nithyananda calls incompletions. Incompletions hinder you from responding to Life as it happens presently. Incompletions are retained in our muscle memory and routinely resurface as similar or repeating thoughts and situations arise in life. When incompletions are relived again and again, they are strengthened and become part of our bio-memory. When you feel like life is pulling you down – when you feel powerless, depressed and depleted of energy – it is due to incompletions. Incompletions block the experience of bliss. By examining these incompletions through the Science of Completion, we can bring ourselves into the space of space of positivity and possibility, the space of eternal bliss, nithyananda.
“With whatever intention, thought, emotion you move your body,
that experience gets deeply recorded into your muscle memory.”
Yoga is completion in action
COMING SOON: This will be explained in detail in the section below on Science of Completion.
Yoga is authenticity in action
COMING SOON: This will be explained in detail in the section below on Saptanga Yoga – authenticity.
In Nithya Yoga, we consciously bring awareness to our thoughts and feelings, our inner space, and consciously create the space of positivity and possibility by the process of continuous and spontaneous completion. That space becomes our muscle memory. When it happens again and again, it becomes our bio-memory, and becomes our Life. Nithya Yoga sculpts the body to hold the high frequency of positivity, possibility, leadership and enlightenment. It is the sankalpa, the intention, the space in which we are moving and breathing that is the path and the goal. Nithya Yoga is the direct way to restore our muscle memory to the original space of eternal bliss.
The mind creates the body
While this truth is becoming more widely accepted by today’s scientists, the mystics and masters of the Vedic Tradition have known about it for ages. This can be looked at from the standpoint of both Yogic psychology and Yogic physiology.
Your thinking goes hand in hand with how you want to build yourself. Look inside and identify the thoughts and images that are constantly in your mind. Incompletions that are remembered again and again are strengthened until they become your life. They first become your muscle memory with remembrance, then they become your bio-memory with constant, repeated remembrance, and ultimately, they become your space and your life. For example, if you keep telling yourself you are unhealthy, you will eventually fall sick even when you were not sick.
As you start completion with your negative thoughts patterns and root patterns by reliving them consciously, you become relieved of them and you will be able to create what you truly want in your life.
From the physiological standpoint, emotions that are repeatedly and intensely experienced have a strong impact on the body. For each emotion, different glands in the body release different chemicals in response to that emotion. In time, the constant release of stress hormones creates an imbalance in our metabolism and body systems, leading to what we call disease. Not only does this show up at the cellular level, it is also visible physically. One look at someone can tell us what state of mind and what emotions this person is experiencing on a regular basis. What is the facial expression of someone who is constantly angry? What is the physical posture of someone who feels the burden of life? In comparison, what is the manner of someone who has full confidence and joy in life?
Every cell of our body is constantly replaced by new cells
This is a well-known fact in the scientific community. Over the course of a few years, every organ in our body is practically a new one! This has been proven in modern-day allopathic medical science and described in Ayurveda, the ancient holistic system of medicine from the Vedic Tradition.
If new cells are being created, but we carry the same mind, we will carry the same disease in the new cells and in the new body. Our mind creates our body.
We ourselves are responsible for carrying our old diseases. By its very nature, our whole being wants to experience fulfillment, joy and bliss! But unconsciously, we keep bringing back the same pain, the same suffering again and again, by connecting our past memories and the future projections to the present moment. We never live in the present moment. Some part of the past or present is always with us and affecting how we think, feel and move. If we think that we have had headaches continuously for the last 10 years, we will expect to have the same headache tomorrow as well! This is how our bio-memory takes shape. This is how the mind creates the body. It remembers negative memories. Nithya Yoga can bring us back to our natural state of balance and health.
Nithya Yoga Is For Everyone
Irrespective of culture, religion, fitness level and flexibility, every body can practice Nithya Yoga. You do not need prior experience with yoga, just the intention to heal your mind and body.
Yoga Is Now
Patanjali says in Chapter 1, Verse 1 of Yoga Sutra, “Atha yoga aunshasanam”. In his commentary on this sutra, Paramahamasa Nithyananda says, “Yoga is now. Come to this moment and yoga will start happening. Come down from your dreams and fantasies. Enter into reality.”
Come to this moment and you will experience yoga
Completion brings you back to this moment, from where you respond to life spontaneously, without the influence of past thought root patterns.
“Nithya Yoga is the process to tune your bio-memory to the highest possible coherence
for living, radiating, sharing the inner bliss and causing our reality and being the cause
for others reality to happen.”
Yogic Body, Vedic Mind
A yogic body is one which is well built, healthy, flexible, graceful and joyful. It is a body awakened to its peak capacity. A Vedic mind is one which practices liberated thinking, analyzing, finding solutions, expressing itself through the Four Inner powers of life (Authenticity, Integrity, Responsibility, and Enriching), from the space of positivity and possibility. Nithya Yoga is a lifestyle to create a yogic body and a Vedic mind.
Nithya Yoga liberates you from the limited cognition of your mind
The cognition mostly created from an incident of powerlessness or unbalanced feelings which happened at a young age. You create a completely new bio-memory based on the cognition that you are a complete person of unlimited potential and possibilities, where your consciousness radiates the state of completion, of Nithyananda, eternal bliss.
Nithya Yoga teaches you to live life to its peak, to live from a space of positivity, possibility, leadership and enlightenment, where Life itself starts happening.
What is Saptanga Yoga?
Saptanga yoga is a seven-part system for enlightenment revealed by Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Saptanga Yoga plays a major role and is the underlying thread in Nithya Yoga practice. These seven parts are meant to be practiced consciously and simultaneously, and become the lifestyle of Nithya Yoga acharyas:
1. Providing authentic listening to self and others
2. Completing with self and others
3. Living with integrity with ones words to self and others
4. Living with authenticity to ones thoughts
5. Living with responsibility to ones feelings
6. Enriching (constantly expanding) oneself and others
7. Causing the reality for self and be the cause of others to cause their reality
These seven parts are for our thinking and logic, our actions and interactions and methodology in teaching. Nithya Yoga acharyas teach from the space of awareness and consciousness, the space of completion, to enrich and cause their reality and be the cause of their students’ reality. Acharya means the one who practices and lives what he or she teaches.
Living in AIRE
Nithya Yoga is not simply information that the teacher carries and disseminates, or information that is left in the classroom. What is being taught in Nithya Yoga is a state of being, a way of living. A teacher can lead the student only as far as he himself has gone. He can point a light only into places that he himself has been willing to go. He can empathize with the student’s personal quest, and the issues that may arise during that quest, only because he himself has embarked on such a journey. So, first and foremost, a great yoga acharya should be an example of how life should be lived, regardless of the style, school, or tradition from which the yoga practice originated. To move towards this space, Nithya Yoga acharyas practice AIRE:
When one radiates the space of high consciousness and awareness, he or she is able to enrich others and cause their reality.
A small story:
Once, a lady went to the doctor’s office with her son who had eaten too many sweets. She asked the doctor, “Please tell my son to stop eating all these candies!” The doctor replied, “Come back in a week.”
One week later, the lady came back, and this time, the doctor sat with the son and told him, “Stop eating candies. They will ruin your health.”
The mom was surprised. She asked the doctor, “Why didn’t you tell him that a week ago?”
The doctor said: “A week ago, I was also struggling with my habit. Now that I quit, I’m able to tell him to stop!”
An acharya shares and radiates his experience and is taking your towards your highest possibility through his or her experiences of yoga. That is why, when an acharya leads a class, his words come spontaneously from his inner experience; when an acharya asks you to inhale bliss and exhale bliss, he is also inhaling and exhaling bliss; when the acharya takes you into the deeper space of meditation, it is because he has also experienced meditation; when the acharya invites you to drop any incompletions, it is because he has also dropped his incompletions.
While extolling the benefits of a disciplined practice, yogic texts do not hesitate to declare that the results equivalent to 12 years of strenuous sadhana (spiritual discipline) can be granted by the Guru in a moment to a disciple who is open to it. While theoretically, the entire kriya may be assembled and taught by anybody with sufficient knowledge of the yogic scriptures, the benefits of practicing the same kriya in the presence of a highly evolved being are simply inestimable. This is especially so when participants are open to the revered process of deeksha (initiation by the Master).
The highly scientific yet mystical experience of deeksha can be explained to some extent by the principle of resonance. Just as a bowl of water will begin to hum when struck with a metal rod at the right frequency, an energy adept can subtly entrain the practitioner’s energy into higher spiritual frequencies by the sheer pressure of his own positive vibration. At such moments, the body and mind lose their natural resistance and awaken to their own highest possibility of health and well-being.