Yogi Shri S. N. Tavaria - An Introduction
Shri Tavariaji met his master, Shri Ram, when he was only seven years old. Over a period of 12 years, he learnt the practices of a very secret Yoga System from his teacher. He said that this system was passed from master to disciples in the Guru-Shisya parampara, originating from Maharshi Patanjali who is credited with the authorship of the Yoga-Sutras.
Shri Tavariaji condensed the system into a few simple exercises together with the Three Step Rhythmic Breath, so that the benefits of such a rich system of Yoga could be easily available to everyone. His teacher advised him to be a householder, so he lived as a family man throughout and is survived by his wife and two children. He said that the real test of Yoga is in a normal family life.
Shri Tavariaji had two engineering degrees and two degrees of Master of Arts.
He had a tremendous control over his body-brain system brought about by Yoga practices. Even though he ate only three meals a week, he was able to lead a normal and very active life.
Shri Tavariaji has written two valuable books:
1) Yoga Sutra - Explanation and Exposition
2) The Purpose of Birth and Death
Moreover, he has left a tremendous amount of notes. He left his physical body at the age of 76.
I met Shri Tavariaji in 1988 and very soon, my whole life started revolving around him. Until he left his physical body in 1994, not a day passed without some kind of connection with him. It was as if I was a small child learning how to walk by holding someone's hand. Never have I met a more simple and unassuming human being. And his simplicity was a kind of living poetry: the way he went about his normal day-to-day acts of life had the beauty, purpose and creativity of a painter spraying his canvas with innumerable colours.
That he was a teacher of the deepest Yogic sciences was hidden in his simple approach to life. And the teaching is so simple, but so complete and scientific. It weaves its way into our daily normal life without upsetting it in the least. And as we continue the practices and the rhythmic breath (as shown in the book) diligently, one day, the transformation happens.
Shri Tavariaji said that every student has his real guide or teacher in himself. If you follow the practices with intensity and regularity as Shri Tavariaji would say, ''as if white hot heat", then one day this inner teacher will reveal himself and guide the student to the very heart of Yoga. It is with this purpose, that a few excerpts of Shri Tavariaji's teachings are given here for interested students. I hope that it will give the student a basic outline and a glimpse of Shri Tavariaji's deeply revealing Yogic science.
-- a student
02 March, 1997