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This Spiritual tradition was founded by Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya was born in the 8th Century AD. He is well known Yoga Master and Guru who united all sects in India and guided the various traditions. He propogated the philosophy of Advait Vedanta. The ultimate truth is one which is supreme being 'Brahmin', the manifested universe is illusion 'Maya'. The Brahmin is everywhere, in everyone and in everything. The oneness of all was his message.

He was a great visionary who established the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition in order to unify various Hindu groups and unite the spiritual aspirants to live a disciplined yogic life. He directed the sannyasins to spread the teachings of Yoga to all the sections in the society.

Dashnami Sannyasins still continue to convey his eternal message of the synthesis of all beliefs culminating in Advaita, the monistic vision of reality in which all things are understood, ultimately, to be one.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The founder of the Institute "Bihar School of Yoga" at Munger, Bihar, India.

Swamiji was born on 26/07/1923 in a small town of Almora in U.P. He met his Guru Swami Shivananda Saraswati in 1934 in Rishikesh and adopted Sannyasa way of life. In 1955 he left his guru's ashram to live as a wandering mendicant and later founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1963 and the Bihar School of Yoga in 1964.

Over the next 20 years he toured internationally and authored over 80 books. In 1987 he founded Sivananda math, a charitable institution for rural development, and the Yoga Research foundation. In 1988 he renounced his mission, adopting Kshetra Sannyasa and now lives as a Paramhansa Sannayasin.

The Great Yoga Guru Paramhamsa Swami Satyananda, a life which inspired millions on the path of yoga, took mahasamadhi at midnight on the 5th of december 2009. He called his disciple, Swami Satsangi and told her that it was time for him to enter into mahasamadhi. He then sat down in Padmasana and left the body.

When a powerful yoga guru takes samadhi like Swamiji has taken, his blessings and energies become a million times more powerful. Anyone following his message and life teachings gains a lot of inspiration and positive energy by his blessings.

Swami Niranjananand Saraswati

Yoga Guru Swami Niranjanananda was born at Rajnandgaon, Madhya Pradesh in 1960. At the age of 4 he joined the Bihar School of Yoga and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa at the age of 10. From 1971 he traveled overseas and toured many countries for the next 11 years. In 1983 he was recalled to India and appointed President of Bihar School of Yoga.

During the following 11 years he guided the development of Ganga Darshan, Shivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation. In 1990 he was initiated as a Paramahamsa and in 1993 anointed Preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda. Bihar Yoga Bharati was founded under his direction in 1994. He has authored over 20 books and guides, national and international yoga programs.

Swami Niranjanananda connected our institute and school to the spiritual lineage of Swami Satyananda and gave his blessings and best wishes for the propagation of yoga.

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Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik - Guruji (Rishi Dharmajyoti)

Born in 1944 in the holy city of Nasik, he completed his education from Pune. In 1967 he graduated from University of Pune as Bachelor in Electrical engineering. Yogacharya started his career as a Engineer but after working there for 12 years eventually he started his own business in Nasik in 1978, expanding to Pune and Aurangabad in next few years. While he was looking after his business, he started Yoga Vidya Gurukul in 1978, utilizing the morning and evening hours for the noble cause of Yoga Education.

He retired from his business in 1995, adopting Yoga Education as his life mission. Today Yoga Vidya Gurukul is one of the big yoga institutes in India. He has authored more than 18 books and over 50 audio cds, 2 software on Yoga Education, applications of Yoga, Yoga as a Therapy, Yoga for Kids, Women etc. He is the editor of the monthly Yoga Magazine called "Yoga Sugandha" for the last 25 years.

He is the head of the two Yoga Therapy Centres and has been the source of inspiration to thousands of yoga seekers, volunteers and teachers all over India and other countries as well. He has received many awards in the last 30 years, most prominent of them are "Outstanding Citizen award", "Lifetime Achievement Award" by College of Engineering Pune, prestigious "Saraswati Award" by Kailas Math Nasik, "Ideal Yoga Teacher" etc. The true recognition of his work came when Paramacharya (Chancellor) of Bihar Yoga Bharati (First Yoga University in the World) Paramhamsa Niranjananda Saraswati honored him with the title "Yogacharya" meaning Best Yoga Teacher.

On 6th March 2007, Paramhamsa Niranjananda Saraswati of Bihar Yoga, initiated him to Rushi Sannyasa (part of higher sannyasa tradition) and gave him the new name "Rishi DharmaJyoti".