Open to the Fountain of
An Interview with Satya Kalra
By Randy Peyser
Kalra is the
author of Yoga Beyond
Asana: The Complete Guide for Blissful Life, which offers a 30-day
program to open to a greater fountain of happiness in one’s life. Satya is also the founder of Path to Anandam,
a non-profit that promotes the “Anandam Lifestyle”
Asana is a guide for self-transformation that explains how to apply the true
meaning of yoga to one’s life. It takes the reader on a beautiful, daily
spiritual journey to access one’s Higher Self.
with individuals in seminars, small study groups, and online venues, and also
leads workshops at large conferences in the U.S. and India. When you look at Satya’s picture, you can see that she embodies the bliss
she teaches. Her personal mission is to live in love, peace, and Anandam, propagating blissful living.
Asana contains daily messages and beautiful color illustrations, and makes a
perfect gift for those who want greater happiness. A Daily Planner in the back
makes it easy to do personal transformational processes.
Why did you write Yoga Beyond Asana?
Millions of people practice yoga postures (asanas)
without understanding the true meaning of yoga. Most people see yoga as a
physical practice. If they can do their poses, touch their toes, and feel more
flexibility or become slimmer, they feel they are doing yoga. These are all
parts of yoga that are concerned with external activities. However, yoga offers
so much more than physical exercises; yoga connects you with your True Being,
your Self, and the Divine, the Supreme.
Yoga has 8 elements. Asanas (postures) are only one of the elements. Weakness in
the body requires asanas. However, some of the other
elements include: the recitation of AUM, which is AUM Yoga; Surrender Yoga or
Let Go Yoga, which is where you put yourself in the arms of the Divine; Action
Yoga, where you perform services for others without expectations of a return;
and Compassion Yoga, where you feel compassion and express love for people,
especially when they’re sick or need emotional support.
There is also a form of yoga
called, Sorrow Yoga or Despondency Yoga, which involves the calling for Divine
help during a difficult situation and acting accordingly with faith.
Sorrow is the foundation of
first Yoga. Many people get connected to Divinity through sorrow, which might
be the first time they’ve asked the Divine to help them. It might also be the
first time a person starts to feel humble, more human, or even appreciates help
from others when they are sick. Sorrow makes people feel more grateful.
Randy: Can yoga apply to
every aspect of our lives?
every activity can be yoga, and every moment of our lives can be a practice of
yoga to keep us connected to our super consciousness. People can even practice
yoga on their death bed (by reciting Aum mantra Gita 8.12.13). Yoga takes you beyond your body and connects
you with your mind and with your Supreme Higher Self, which is what we call
Spirit or God or Super Consciousness. Basically, we connect with the Higher
Randy: So yoga can help
people make choices in their lives by helping them to establish a deeper
connection with their Higher Self.
Yoga helps you discriminate between what to do, what not to do, and how to do
it. Then you can make your own choices and your choices will be coming from
your Higher Self, not just from the physical or mental level/ego. When we make
choices from our mental level, we do not have that global vision. Yoga gives
you higher vision to help you make your own choices.
Randy: You were a CEO of a
successful biotech company. What led you to leave that life behind?
Satya: I left
India 42 years ago and arrived in a new country, with a new culture, and a new
language. I felt lost and disconnected. I got degrees in life sciences, but
also took courses in business management. Whatever career goals I set, I
achieved, but the higher I reached in the biotech world, I still was not happy.
My inner voice kept telling
me to do another path. I had been meditating for 35 years. With God’s blessing,
one night when I was pregnant with my second daughter, Mintee,
a golden energy with an AUM symbol encapsulated me. Every night, I drew that
golden energy to me like a blanket and entered into that golden energy and
slept all night in that light. I think that was my guiding light.
I was still doing all my
other activities, but I did not get disconnected. I stayed fully connected. But
I was still not happy within my life. I was spending so much time in my career
that I could not share what I was experiencing within my inner world with
anyone and I could not help people as much as I wanted to.
Finally, with God’s grace,
the Divine call came to me. I re-signed from my CEO position and started Path
to Anandam to help people become happy, and that is
also the reason I wrote Yoga Beyond Asana.
Once people learn how to open
up the fountain of happiness within themselves, they
want to share their happiness. Then wherever they go, people will ask, “How
come you are so happy?” When I shake hands with someone, people often ask, “How
come I have goose bumps just from shaking your hand?” The answer is that the
Divine energy flows when you find that blissful place to live from. That is the
true purpose of yoga.
Satya has so generously offered to donate the profits from sales of Yoga
Beyond Asana to help Awareness Magazine staff writer,
Randy Peyser, pay medical bills for breast cancer.
To purchase Yoga Beyond Asanas or find out about Satya’s upcoming workshops in the U.S. and India, visit: PathtoAnandam.org/yoga-beyond-asna.php.
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