“ Be it any subject, a teacher should emphasize on inculcation of ethical values amongst students, while planning out a subject matter to be taught. ” - Swami Kuvalayananda.
Kaivalyadhama Shreeman Madhava Yoga Mandira Samiti, ( K.S.M.Y.M. Samiti) , which is responsible for the foundation, conductance and management of GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA COLLEGE OF YOGA & CULTURAL SYNTHESIS, is recognized by the Central and Maharashtra State Governments as a Research Institute and has been getting Grants from these Governments for its Scientific and Philosophico-Literary Research in Yoga. The Samiti’s research has been greatly appreciated by scientists and scholars, both in India and abroad.
Literally meaning Integration the science of Yoga , originated and evolved systematically in India more than five thousand years from now, has remained secular essentially , and so remains worthy of acceptance by peoples of different religions , races and nationalities . Yoga is a path of spiritual enquiry directed to an objective understanding of life and living. Over the years, yoga has also evolved into a science of Health and Healing.
According to Swami Kuvalayananda, if understood through the modern scientific approach, Yoga would help greatly in the spiritual and material renaissance of the human society. This has been the very philosophy behind all academic and social activities of GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA COLLEGE OF YOGA & CULTURAL SYNTHESIS, since, its inception.
With a view to prepare well grounded yoga teachers, the first College of Yoga of its kind named GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA College of yoga and cultural SYNTHESIS was established in Oct. 1950 by late Rev. Swami Kuvalayananda under the auspicious of Kaivalyadhama S.M.Y.M Samiti. However, its formal opening ceremony was performed in April 1951 by late Shri B.G. Kher, the then Chief Minister, Mumbai State. This could become possible only with the generous donation received from Sheth Makhanlal Seksaria in the memory of his father late Shri Gordhandas Seksaria. The first convocation was held in May 1953 when the Hon. Shri Dinakar Rao Desai, the then Minister of Education, Mumbai State, presided and Shri H.V. Divetia, Vice – Chancellor, Gujarat University, delivered the convocational Address. Rev. Swami Kuvalayananda was its Founder Principal who started a Course of two year duration named Diploma in Yoga Pravishtha. Since then the College is continuing his legacy in sending out batches of students every year without any break.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COLLEGE
Yoga is not only the foundation of Indian Culture but also of the different cultures of the world. Keeping this aspect in mind following are the objectives of this college, as reflected in its name –
- To train young, intelligent and educated men and women into basics of Yoga with all its pure and pristine form.
- To acquaint them with prominent features of all cultures so as to enable them to perceive broader horizons of Yoga encompassing all world cultures.
- To enable them to discover Yogic tenets in their own cultures.
- To get them well grounded in a cultural synthesis so that they may strive not only to lead a well integrated life themselves but also to teach others to attain the same to establish brotherhood of man on the face of the earth.
LOCATION OF THE COLLEGE
The College is located at Lonavla, a small hill station on the Central Railway line between Pune and Mumbai. Lonavla is 128 kms from Mumbai and 64 kms from Pune. Railway trains are available at 1 to 2 hours of intervals from both sides. The Kaivalyadhama campus is about 2 kms from Lonavla station. Taxis and three wheelers are available during the day-time, between these two locations.