In continuation of a 20-Day tour and conduct of Yoga Treatment and Training Camps at Vijayawada, Machilipatnam and Gannavaram by Yogiraj Shri Swami Devi Dayalji Maharaj , Chief Yoga Pracharak & Pradhanacharyadev of Hardwar, Delhi and scores of other Yoga Centres of India from 31-12-1987 to 19-1-1988 as a follow up, the Machilipatnam Branch of the Andhra Pradesh Yoga Sabha undertook to take YOGA to important centres where large sections of people are employed viz., District Collectorate with allied Departments of Social Welfare, Treasury, District Rural Development Agency, Housing Corporation, Revenue Divisional Office besides Bharat Electronics Ltd. (Andhra Scientific Company), Divisional Head Quarters of Life Insurance Corporation and local schools and colleges. This Yoga Campaign is in addition to the organization of a Yoga School in the Yoga Sabha’s premises in Shankar Muth, Godugupet, Machilipatnam where daily Aarati, Dhyan, Pranayam, Asan and Kriyas are done and imparted to other seekers and weekly ‘Shatkriyas’ like Neti, Dhauti etc. are held with ‘satsang’ in the evening session, on Sundays. Treatment through Yoga therapy and herbal medicines in also done on the lines of Shri Swamiji.
Monday, the 1st February, 1988 was a day of significance for the Yoga Sabha and great benefit to hundreds of officials of the District Collectorate where a Lecture-Demonstration on Yoga was held under the auspices of the Revenue Recreation Club by the Machilipatnam Branch of Andhra Pradesh Yoga Sabha. Dr. M. Subba Rao, President of the Yoga Sabha presided and Mr. A.S.V. Prasada Rao, Additional District Megistrate –Cum- District Revenue Officer was the chief guest. Mr. Prasada Rao exhorted the official both ladies and gents present to sincerely follow the path of Yoga and alleviate their mental tensions and physical ailments, for total cure was possible only in this therapy. Dr. P.G. Krishna Murthy, General Secretary, Yoga Sabha, in this main speech traced the origin of Yogeshwar Shri Ramlal Prabhuji and His cult of Yoga, its evolution through His Chief disciple Yogiraj Shri Mulakh Rajji and now through his principal disciple Shri Swami DevI Dayal JI Maharaj. Dr. Murthy pointed out as to how the Yoga system of this tradition was unique and efficacious for all kinds of ailments of body, mind and soul of people of all ages and how all people irrespective of cast, creed, religion, language or sex were welcome to receive initiation in Dhyana. He underscored the mission of Shri Swamiji Devi Dayalji Maharaj as threefold viz construction of Yoga Ashrams, conduct of Yoga Treatment and Training camps and publication of books on Yoga. He said that Swamiji’s Ashrams numbering over fifty all over India with the latest one of Gannavaram, Kesarapalli, opposite Vijayawada AirPort called Shri Ram Mulakh Chidananda Yoga Ashram have been attracting a large number of seekers. His mission is attracting attention of people abroad also and there are already some foreign countries affiliated to Swamiji’s central Ashram in Delhi.
Swamiji’s treatment of chronic diseases through medicated ghee, jal kriya, Jal Paan, Sutra Neti, Dhauti etc. is unique. The Jeevan Tatva (Kayakalpa) a typical and at once simple method of fundamental Yogasans viz., Naadi Taan, Paad Chaalan, Naabhi Chaalan, Shushka Neoli, Antra Chaalan, Bal Machalan found in this Yoga Darbar of Shri Ramlal-Mulakh Raj-Devi Dayalji are easy to practise for all and useful to men and women of all ages according to Dr. Krishna Murthy. He detailed the advantages of these and got them demonstrated by Ch. P. Bhagat Ram, a student of Andhra Jateeya Kalasala, Oriental High School, Machilipatnam who also showed some more important asans like Paschimottan, Sarpa, Shalabh, Pavanmukta, Chakra, Sarvanga, Vriksha etc. with their benefits underlined by Dr. Krishna Murthy in his commentary.
Detailing the ‘pranayama, kriyas Dr. Murthy touched upon the basic Purak, Kumbhak and Rechak for the Purification of innumerable veins in the entire region of head. The other cited were Bhasrika, Sitali, Sitkari etc. followed by some Dhyan mudras like Shanmukhi, Sambhavi, Kechari, Tratak. Dr. Murthy strictly in accordance with the directions of Swamiji and his Yogarcharyas counseled the listeners and seekers in Yoga to have absolute control over their food, movements and what they see and think, Dr. Murthy termed ‘Brahmadathun ‘ or washing the stomach with a number of glasses of medicated lukewarm water taken in and vomited out as the excellent anti-dote for piled up ailments concerning the stomach and that it was only in this tradition of Yoga.
The literature and herbal medicines displayed by the Yoga Sabha also attracted the officials of the Collectorate Complex offices and many instantaneously took them for their personal use and came forward to join the Yoga Brotherhood and practise Yoga at the Yoga School run by the Yoga Sabha.
The practice of taking Yoga to various institutions from time to time with the pioneering experiment of the one detailed above is sure to bring dividends not in monetary terms but in the real service modes of operation to the needy.
Mr. C. Satyanarayana, District Housing Manager, proposed a vote of thanks who also welcomed earlier. He said in his concluding remarks that all those who attended the Lecture Demonstration session returned with a great satisfaction of having acquired knowledge of new openings for remaining healthy and happy through YOGA.
Dr. P. G. Krishna Murthy
Head of the Dept. of English,
National College, Machilipatna