Indo-American Yoga-Vedanta Society

(est. 1971)
   The Indo-American Yoga-Vedanta Society was founded in 1971 when His Holiness Sri Swami Sat-chidananda Buaji (b. 1890) settled in the United States. The swami had been visiting and teaching in North America and Europe since 1948.
   Satchidananda was born with a crippling birth defect, for which there was no medical treatment at the time. His parents were told he would not survive to adulthood. However, they allowed their son to be raised by a teacher and yogi, Swami Maharaj. Maharaj treated him with herbal remedies while teaching him HATHA YOGA in incremental stages to straighten out his dis-figurement. Buaji began to heal. By the time he was a young man he had been successfully cured of his disability and was also a master of YOGA. He dedicated his life for a number of years to the Divine Life Society founded by Swami SHIVANA-NDA SARASWATI.
   When he began to travel he allowed himself to be the subject of scientific studies researching how the body functions. He revealed considerable prowess in masterful demonstrations of yoga for the public. As an elderly man he settled in the United States and founded the Indo-American Yoga-Vedanta Society, headquartered in New York. Well over 100 years old, Swami Bua continued actively teaching as of 2005.
   Further reading: Bhakta Wallace, “The Mysterious Story of Swami Bua (Buaji),” VNN Vaishnava News, January 25, 2002. Available online. URL: Accessed August 30, 2005.

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