Vishwaguruji tours Slovenia for YIDL 30-year Anniversary
30 May - 4 June 2019
Vishwaguru Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda, founder and author of Yoga in Daily Life – the System, spent six days on tour in Slovenia, visiting and inaugurating ashrams and participating in a Conference and weekend Yoga Seminar, in celebration of 30 years of Yoga in Daily Life in the central European country.
The Yoga in Daily Life Ashram Tour started on 30 May 2019, with a visit to the Maribor Yoga in Daily Life Ashram in the north-west of the country.
The tour continued with an evening satsang in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where the largest Yoga in Daily Life Center in Slovenia is located. Devotees from Slovenia and abroad came to greet their master, returning from his recent trip to India.
On May 31st, Vishwaguriji spoke as key speaker in the Slovenia Yoga Union National Conference at the Faculty for Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. The conference theme was, 'Nation, Culture, Tradition and Vision'.
In the evening, a Yoga in Daily Life Weekend Seminar commenced in the city of Novo Mesto, dedicated to the celebration of 30 years of Yoga in Daily Life in Slovenia. Guest of honor at the evening satsang was His Excellency Paramjit Mann, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Slovenia, who congratulated Vishwaguruji for spreading ancient Indian wisdom and knowledge in this part of Europe.
Slovenia Yoga Union president, Jože Sraka, thanked Vishwaguruji in his opening speech for his immense love and guidance during the past 30 years, which he said, "has encouraged thousands of citizens of Slovenia to practise Yoga in Daily Life."
During the three-day Yoga in Daily Life seminar, Vishwaguruji stressed the importance of regular, disciplined yoga practice, with both asanas and pranayama, as well as meditation – in that very sequence. He explained that with asanas the body warms up; after that, pranayama releases toxins from the body and purifies digestion; and it is then that one’s inner self is ready for meditation.
“Practice your mantra with a mala, but use your brain – you will see how happy and healthy your heart will be,” VishwaguruJi advised.
On Sunday June 2, after the end of the three-day Yoga in Daily Life seminar, held in the Leon Štukelj Hall in Novo Mesto, Vishwaguruji visited Novo Mesto Ashram for a satsang with bhaktas (devotees).
His journey then continued towards Nova Gorica, where in the evening, the inauguration of a new Yoga in Daily Life Center took place in the presence of the mayor of Nova Gorica. The YIDL Center, which was given the name, 'Sri Madhavananda Ashram', is located in the very center of the city of Nova Gorica, where regular Yoga in Daily Life classes have already been taking place for 25 years.
Nova Gorica is also the birthplace of Slovenian yogi, Swami Yogeshpuri, also known as architect of the famous OM Ashram in Jadan, India. Vishwaguruji took the opportunity to commend Yogesh Ji for dedicating his life to the construction of the OM Ashram.
On Monday, June 3, Vishwaguruji visited the Peace Tree in Nova Gorica, which he planted during his visit in 2010 in the presence of then Deputy Mayor of Nova Gorica.
Monday was also designated to inaugurating the Yoga in Daily Life Center in Koper, another Slovenian city in the Primorska coastal region, near the border with Italy. Vishwaguruji explained the roots of the Yoga in Daily Life parampara (lineage of masters) and consequently inaugurated Koper YIDL Ashram as 'Sri Alakhpuriji Ashram'.
The Monday evening program continued with yet another satsang, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, where famous Slovenian singer, Rok Terkaj, performed his own rap style bhajan (devotional song) performance for Vishwaguruji.