In 1956, Swami Sivananda called Swami Satyananda and said "Rishikesh is too small for you. You have to go out into
the world and bring the message of yoga from door to door and shore to shore." Swami satyananda said to Swami Sivananda,
"You are giving me this order but I have no background in yoga." Swami Sivananda siad, " I will teach you."
In fifteen minutes Swami Siviananda gave shaktipath to Swami Satyananda into the yoga tradition and culture." Only a
capable guru can transmit knowledge to a capable disciple through shaktipath. Only the wire with the capacity to carry the
highest electrical current without burning or fusing can be the recipient of high voltage.
A modern rishi
with the grace and the shaktipath of Swami Sivananda, Swami Satyananda started the development of yoga. His contributions
in the field of yoga are manifold. He systematized pranayama as vitalizing, tranquillizing and balancing practices. Previously,
pranayama was taboo. Pople only knew about nadi shodhana which in traditional language was called anuloma viloma, inhalation
and exhalation. He created a system to the practices of asanas, where on starts with pawanmuktasana, not with the headstand,
and prepares the body to allow the vital energies to flow. He classified the techiques of pratyahara and developed the techniques
of yoga nidra, antar mouna and ajapa japa. Swami Satyananda has redefined the yoga we know today, and history will consider
him as a modern rishi of a greater calibre than Patanjali. Patanjali wrote only one thesis on raja yoga; Swatmarama wrote
only one book on hatha yoga. Swami Satyananda was successful in presenting the whole system and tradition of yoga in a practical
understandable, modern and scientific manner.
YOGA magazine of Bihar School of Yoga March 2011, Year 10, issue
3. Sivananda Math, Ganga Darshan, Munger, Bihar, India.