About Pratilom Yoga

The fundamental realisation of all spirituality is that our inmost Self, deep down, far far in, beyond senses, mind, intellect, opinions and prejudices or any bodily identification is one with the Supreme Self, the Self of all, the Absolute,  the immutable, the transcendental, universal and beyond space and time yet immanent. This state of the union is the precise meaning of the word Yoga, to yoke, to join, to merge. This is often depicted by the imagery of a drop merging with the rest of the water and expands to the whole by a rippling action. So it's not losing one Self but more like forging, merging, expanding.

This is beautifully expressed by the Vedic parable of two birds. It talks about shifting of identity from a limited self that experiences the state of duality, experiences of pleasure and pain to identifying with the Supreme Self, One who's the source of all delight. And this shifting of identity is the essence of the word Pratilom. Pratilom literally means converse, to inverse, to change the relationship. The Parable is as follows, this particular version is from Mundaka Upanishad:

द्वा सुपर्णा सयुजा सखाया समानं वृक्षं परिषस्वजाते।
तयोरन्य: पिप्पलं स्वाद्वत्त्यनश्नन्नन्यो अभिचाकशीति॥
समाने वृक्षे पुरुषों निमग्नोऽनाशया शोचति मुह्यमान:।
जुष्टं यदा पश्यत्यन्यमीशमस्य महिमानमिति वीतशोक:॥
यदा पश्य: पश्यते रुक्मवर्णं कर्तारमीशं पुरुषं ब्रह्मयोनिम्।
तदा विद्वान्पुण्यपापे विधूय निरंजन: परमं साम्यमुपैति॥
“Two birds, beautiful of wings, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two one eats the sweet fruit of the tree, the other eats not but watches his fellow. The soul is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that others who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him. When, a seer, he sees the Golden-hued, the maker, the Lord, the Spirit who is the source of Brahman, then he becomes the knower and shakes from his wings sin and virtue; pure of all stain he reaches the supreme identity.”
(translated by Sri Aurobindo)

The word “Pratilom” (and also the meditation method called Pratilom Dhyana) and its lost essence were revived and brought into the limelight by A.M.P.P. Rev. Abajibapashri of Kutch and A.M.P. Rev. Shri Narayanbhai G. Thakker (Narayanmama, The founder of Swaminarayan Divine Mission) and we name our website Pratilom yoga to pay homage and expressing our heartfelt gratitude toward them, for sharing their teachings with the world without any reserve orexpectation.  Both of these exalted beings dwelt incessantly in a state of Supreme Bliss and Union with not just the impersonal and all-pervasive aspect of Divine but also His/Its Supreme Personality (the Purushottama, the Parabrahman, the Neti Neti called the source of  Brahman in the above Upanishadic verses), even while engaged in their daily worldly obligations and routines.

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A.M.P.P. Rev. Abajibapashri of Kutch 

At Pratilom Yoga we focus on that shifting of identity from limited Ego Self to Oneness with the Supreme Self. This is the quintessence and fulfilment of all Yoga. All other practices whether physical poses (Asana), breath control (Pranayama) or the psychic powers (siddhis) etc. are relative achievements and like chaff compared to grain.

This website serves the following purposes:

  1. Making highly sophisticated mental vibratory technology called “Meditation and Prayer” accessible to all. Click here to know why meditation should be free.
  2. Sharing a system of Yoga, that involves not just the therapeutic benefits of physical movement and breathing practices but also the internal gains, which is the true aim of Yoga. This unique approach to yoga is not limited to what you do on the mat but has equal if not more emphasis on daily life. It’s a Living Yoga. 

Besides this, we discuss practical tips and tricks, life lessons, meditation stories and practices beyond the boundaries of any particular tradition, faith or religious belief. If it’s authentic, if its works, if it raises one’s level of consciousness we apply and share it, anything that’s opposed to this we discard.