In 1984, after nearly 50 years of intense teaching, he announced his intention to leave to the next generation, his daughter Geeta and his son Prashant, the responsibility to teach classes at the Institute. In reality BKS Iyengar up till today continues to have a very active role at the Institute, in particular in therapeutic classes where his knowledge remains unsurpassed. He is also actively involved in the projects of the Bellur Trust, a charitable organisation founded to help the people of his native village Bellur. Until his death in 2014 at the glorious age of 95 BKS Iyengar continued with his genius to inspire and guide generations after generations of yoga practitioners. His religious fervor never left him and his practice was always intense (the picture on the left which shows him in Shirshasana has been taken after his 95th birthday!). He is acclaimed as the greatest yoga master of this century. He received many awards in his own country as well as worldwide and he was nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize for his untiring effort of sculpting manking by spreading peace through the practice of Yoga.
'Before we can find peace among nations we must find peace inside that small nation which is our own being' BKS Iyengar
Brahmaanandam Parama Sukhadam
Kevalam Jnaana Murtim
Dvandvaa Teetam Gagana Sadrisham
Tatvam Asyaadi Lakshyam
Ekam Nityam Vimalam Achalam
Sarvadhee Saakshi Bhutam
Bhavaateetam Triguna Rahitam
Sadgurum Tam Namaami
This sloka tries to describe the qualities of a true Guru. A real Guru has the following qualities. He experiences the supreme Bliss of Brahmaananda (transcedental divine bliss). He enjoys and confers changeless supreme happiness. He is beyond space and time (there is nothing higher than him). He is the embodiment of wisdom which is the basis for all types of knowledge. He transcends the pair of opposites (such as happiness and sorrow, gain and loss). He is more Omnipresent than space itself. He is the very embodiment of the Divine principle, which is the inner meaning of the four great pronouncements Prajnaanam Brahma, Aham Brahmasmi, Tat Tvam Asi and Ayam Aatma Brahma. He is One without a second (ekam). He never changes under any circumstances (nityam). He is without any type of impurity (vimalam). He is steady and motionless (achalam). He is the witness of everything. He transcends mental comprehension and verbal explanation. He is beyond the three gunas (sattva, rajas and tamas). I offer my humble salutations to such a Guru who possesses all these qualities.
Adho Mukha Svanasana