Interview Swami Satyananda Saraswati: "man hopes to be understood"

It asks that we move to Hinduism leaving aside prejudices and ideologies predominant and recognizing our roots, i.e., our aspirations of self-knowledge, reunion and fullness. It is an interview of Yoga network.

Swami Satyananda

Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Barcelona, 1955) has lived three decades in the India. He knows the hindu tradition, especially the Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism and the philosophy of yoga.

In 1976 he met Swami Muktananda, who start on the path of meditation. In 1982 he received votes as have resigned (sannyasa) of the order of Sri Shankara. Set at the foot of the mountain of Arunachala accompanied by direct disciples of Sri Ramana Maharshi. He studied Sanskrit at Pondicherry and Varanasi. Later, in Thapovanam (Tamil Nadu), delves into the contemplation of the Upanishads under the guidance of Swami Nityananda Giri.

He currently resides in Catalonia, where teaches lessons on Hinduism for three years. He has edited the collective work Medieval hindu Mystic (Trotta, 2003) and is the author of several contributions to Indian-themed works. He is founder and promoter of Advaitavidya, an association dedicated to the practice, contemplation and the study of the hindu tradition.

It has condensed his great knowledge about Hinduism in a great book, Hinduismedited by fragments, and presented a few days ago in Madrid in its Spanish version.

What can bring Hinduism in depth knowledge to men and Western women?
The knowledge itself can bring well-being and peace of mind, but if this knowledge becomes in practice and internal transformation, can lead to another way of living completely different. Because the cause of our problems is the mind; If we're going knowing that mind to the "Observer of the mind", which is free of mental movements, and we are identifying with that essence, all our way of understanding life, ourselves and other changes, and we will live much more harmonized.

When did writing the book HinduismWhat was its purpose?
The objective is to present an introduction to hindu Dharma, Hinduism, based on its sources, which was rigorous and simple and that reflect the essential. Vedic Hinduism, its basic texts, their most fundamental concepts, are covered. There are things that have not entered, as modern Hinduism and the deities, because the book would be much broader, but the basis of Hinduism is here.

The base is essentially philosophical...
Philosophical but as philosophy is understood in the Graeco-Roman world, as a path of inner transformation, death and rebirth, not only in mental philosophy. Hinduism and all the Eastern tradition is not accumulate knowledge that helps us very little, but transform us.

In the West, anything that sounds like a religion is not at its best. How get us closer to a way of thinking, such as Hinduism, which goes beyond the religious? Can you how people overcome those prejudices?
The first thing is not to be polluted by the predominant ideologies, and secondly, recognize our own roots, the philosophical roots of the ancient Greece, that variety of philosophers, of systems, compression of the cosmos; such inquiries, these mystery traditions or the gods, or beyond the gods, and purely philosophical and observation. That is up to us, may have been obscured, but is here. The human being aspires to be understood; There is an infinite part in our hearts that want to reunite. Why anything that is finite we will never make happy, because we need that fullness.

How would he engages in his book yoga?
In the book he sets in the chapter on the roads, you margas them. Once expressed the Vedas, the Upanishads, the basic texts, the fundamental philosophy, would become this transformation? Then following a path and following the guidelines that lead to the transformation. Hence comes across an ancient tradition of teachers, from the rishis until today, that Hinduism has fortunately remained. It is a living tradition; There are still many teachers who teach you age-old practices that more than five thousand years you taught in the same way. There is a source of transmission, a very powerful and ancient channel.

A channel of transmission that is still alive but very adapted in the West...
Some teachers have adapted it to the West, others have adapted it very little to the West, others have decided not to travel to the West. But it has to do with this concern which looks for himself.

And you personally would follow a more tailored way, less adapted, more traditional, less traditional? Or do not have this importance?
Each must find the path according to their predispositions, your mentality. I think that the traditional path has a strength, and It is not that we want to adapt this ancient truth to the designs of our mind, but that our mind should be able to transcend certain concepts to understand that truth so pristine, so ancient, which is still valid today. The human being has not changed; they have changed their conditions, but this quest for infinity, by the eternal, is still present. We read conversations in the Upanishads that it might take place today.

Values highlights of Hinduism, apart from self, that can help in everyday life?
Self made you to accept yourself, who recognize this transcendent part in you and also this relative part, you love as a relative character and also as this infinite light and you see the same thing in the other. You see your part and this light of consciousness that is at the heart of all. This would naturally and without forcing love, compassion, solidarity, to another form of society where usury or things that have standardised would not exist, because we would see this Divinity in the heart of the other.

Does yoga seem valid as shown here in the West? Not individual transmission, absence of guru...
You are referring to hatha yoga, or the yoga fitness, isn't it? It is a principle; anyone can go to a yoga class because it hurts his back, he doesn't recognize his infinity, but it hurts his back. If the Professor is related to tradition and to the knowledge of yoga, slowly will make this person not only surely solve their back pain but that go entering spaces of non-thinking where you feel full and discover something very big in itself. The purpose of hatha yoga is samadhi, the absorption in the reality, not to improve the back or have a very beautiful body, that a good teacher must be a medium that classes take you to aspire to something more , especially that show you that inside you there is a treasure, a huge light that you can discover.

How does it decide, after so many years living in India, return to Barcelona?
No I decided nothing in reality. Four years ago I went to Barcelona and did not arise the need to return to India; I felt well here. It was creating a group of people interested in learning and I felt very good teaching, I thought that time had come because it was very natural. Although I still do my escapades to the India.

More information:

Other articles on
By • Sep 22, 2014 • section: Interview