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The Light Within


WHILE THE world was busy discussing the Nostradamus prophecy hinting at the Twin tower disaster, a different prophecy of his was apparently taking shape on our own side of the world. Here's a man whom sun gazing affected in more ways than one, and quite early in his life, Surya Swami, as he is popularly known, was fascinated by the "changes in physical, mental, psychological and spiritual being" that "the omnipotent Surya's presence" can bring about.

While, the knowledge of one's greatness can at times be the greatest folly of a man, Surya Swami maintains that his increasing popularity and a continually growing number of disciples do not affect him, for the "true master is the Sun". And his disciple, co-worker in the "mission without a commission" ardently vouches for the "master's "humility and greatness".

Three years, successful tours across 16 Indian states, and 8000 followers later the Swami's belief in the legitimacy and power of Surya Yoga has gained acceptance. In his view, a world that is rife with stress and tension, in all areas of life, spiritual path is the only way out. "Isn't this escapism?" "Of course not. We must incorporate high moral values and conduct in our day-to-day lives." The idea is to let the mobile and the mind coexist in harmony, he says, having just answered a call from one of his disciples. The disciple had just called in, he mentions, to inform that he had totally regained his normal vision, not needing the spectacles he had, prior to Surya Yoga, depended on.

Surya Yoga is propagated, free of cost, in over 26 centres in Mumbai and many others across the country, "one of the only Swamis who doesn't want money or any such thing" his disciple affirms. The Swami himself quotes with ease from a variety of sources, from the Bible to Rig Veda to various American theoreticians to back his theory that healing through the sun is the future of medicine. During his extensive touring, the Swami has addressed the youth of the country, and even held a corporate workshop to further his views.

A combination of "yoga, nada, rishi gyan and Buddha stage" Surya Yoga is a "powerful technique" that gives people the opportunity to "return to nature" and gain from its "manifold benefits".

So far of course, the prophecy of Nostradamus seems to have held ground, and the times being such, one hopes that the promise is for real, and that there is, in fact, light at the end of the tunnel.

AJAY GOVIND

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