Tribute to Yoga Master Sri T.K. SRIBHASHYAM
Sri T.K.Sribhashyam passed away on November 12, 2017 in Nice, where he had lived with his wife and two children for many years. He succumbed to a serious illness that he fought with great courage for three years. His passing leaves us saddened and orphaned in the world of yoga where he figured as one of the last direct representatives of the teaching of Sri TK Krisnamacharya, his father and teacher.
T.K. Sribhashyam was born in Mysore in 1940 as the third son of Sri T.K. Krishnamacharya and his wife, Srimathi Namagiriammal. All six children received instruction from their father in philosophy, yoga, and Ayurveda as a living example of this rich culture that was dear to his heart. This oral tradition or « Guru Shishya Parampara » had been transmitted continuously since the 9th century.
Krishnamacharya’s family is part of the philosophical tradition of the Vishishta Advaita, which is part of the Vedanta.
At sixteen, T.K. Sribhashyam began teaching philosophy and practicing Ayurveda under his father’s supervision while continuing his studies in Madras (now Chennai). In 1970, T.K. Sribhashyam took up the considerable challenge of teaching Yoga and Indian philosophy in Europe, to Westerners, while remaining true to his own tradition and values.
To the question asked in an interview, « was it difficult to come to Europe and teach Western students who are so far away from Indian culture?” He replied without hesitation, « No, because I was used to Europeans coming to India. My father was among the first to teach Westerners. Europeans ask a lot of questions; they are not shy to ask; they want to know; they expect an answer. »
In 1982, TK Sribhashyam founded his training school in Switzerland called « Yogakshemam » (literally « happiness here and beyond ») to continue the transmission of yoga as he had studied it with his father. This teaching is far from being restricted to the mastery of postural yoga, but rather includes a very rich and complex palette of physical knowledge, of course, as well as psychological, cultural, ethical, contemplative, meditative and above all spiritual:
« We all have a spiritual element in us that is eternal and not subject to decrepitude and death. It is a « ray of the Creator » that is like a ray of sunshine. It is perceptible, but can’t be grasped. The hope of a human being, even unconscious, is to find this element in him or her. »
This remarkable and authentic teaching has spread rapidly in France, Belgium and other European countries. In 2011, he published the book « The Emergence of Yoga » where Sribhashyam admits that he decided to put in writing what has been transmitted orally for centuries. He undertook this approach knowing that this would be the only way to preserve this teaching.
As a member of the UEY and as a personal student of T.K. Sribhashyam, I am saddened by his unexpected departure and at the same time extremely grateful for having benefited from his last teaching at the 2017 Yoga Congress in Zinal.
« ATHA » « Yoga is now or never, » as he said emphatically, certainly much more aware of the depth of his message than the majority of the audience…
Lucie Wildi, graduated from Yogakshemam School 2006
Doc.Ing.Janka Jablonská CSc
Swami Veda Bharati
On the 14th of July 2015 at 03h local time, Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati D.Litt., passed away. He was the guest of honour many times at Zinal and a world renowned yogi, one of those who in spite of living and teaching on nearly all continents remained pure, open hearted and kind to all. He has been guiding thousands of sadhakas towards the ideals of yoga from around the globe. May his regained freedom benefit all.