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Happy Holi!

Group photo on Holi

Holi is one of the most exuberant and joyous festivals in India. A rite of spring, Holi is celebrated with much enthusiasm during February/March (in the month of Phalguna according to the Hindu calendar). Celebrations vary depending on region and local traditions but the common part is the exchange of color. People use tools and tricks to spray, paint and drown friends and relatives in color. Here at SRSG, the peaceful, serious ashramites transformed into mischievous pranksters, gleefully smearing gifts of color on one and all. Enjoy the play!

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Gurukulum Outreach

For approximately one week the Gurukulum students took a small break from their own classroom studies to partake in some hands on teaching opportunities with young people. They traveled to fifty schools within about a one hour radius of the ashram. Their mission was to share a bit of the tradition with the youth and children in the community as part of India's National Yoga Awareness Week.
On average, the Gurukulum students taught 2-4 hour sessions of yoga in both primary and secondary schools.  Lessons included basic asana and pranayama techniques . The children ranged in age from about 5 to 16 years old and class sizes were anywhere from 30 to 200 + students each. Over all it was a great experience for everyone who participated.

Gurukulam students teaching school students   

   
       
   
   
   

Stabilizing the Spiritual Mindfield

Since February 2007 our Community has undertaken a special practice of the    Ity-uktaa mantra. The goal set by Swami Veda is: 500 people doing one mala (108 repetitions) per day for 3 years, to complete 50 million recitations in 3 years.

Three years of this mantra practice will be completed in February 2010. The sacred fire-offerings will take place 1– 12 February.

Swamiji encourages you to join us. "Those who have not practiced are also welcome; they will benefit immensely."

At that time, the initiation for the next set of practices will be given. Be here in person to receive them!

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The following notes are from a lecture given by Swami Veda 26th February 2007 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

Gurudeva Swami Rama started pretending to be absent ten years ago. For the past nine years we have undertaken special mantra practices for the entire initiate community.

First, for three years from 1997, we did the Saumya Mantra to give the mind a moonlike peace that was much needed at that time, and it is still needed.

Today we are completing what you all have been doing for the last three years, the Mrtunjaya mantra – Tryambhakam yajaamahe. That yajna, the sacred offering, has been your most beautiful gift to me. Now that you have granted me a longer life by Guru’s grace, the next step is stabilizing.

If the individual minds are not stabilized, the individual lives do not become stabilized. If there are instabilities in life, they are so, not because your circumstances are unstable, but because your minds are unstable. With a stable mind, you can stabilize all external circumstances.

So the chain is as follows:

  • When you stabilize your personal mind,
  • Your personal lives become stabilized.
  • People thus stabilized become part of a larger mindfield,
  • A mindfield thus stabilized is called a Spiritual Community or a sangha.

A community is a single mindfield in which the stabilized personal minds, the stabilized lives of individuals, are as soft, gentle ripples in the calm lake.

Our next task, our next undertaking, is stabilizing the mindfield of the Community, our sangha. The Community and its mission and its work will be stabilized.

So, for the next three years, today, we are embarking on a new mantra, the     Ity-uktaa mantra, for that purpose.

When you begin the practice, surrender the fruits of this particular practice that,

  • May through this mantra, my mind be so stabilized,
  • That my emotions and consequently the relationships be stabilized,
  • Thereby the entire mindfield of my spiritual community becomes stabilized.

So surrender the fruits of the mantra to stabilize our spiritual community’s mindfield.

A mantra does not go by its literal meaning. It has a hidden power. It is the whole composition. It is the sound, and a deeper realization that comes from that mantra. Do read booklet titled “Special Mantras” and again the writings of Swami Rama and myself on the meaning of the mantra.

Although mantras do not go by literal translation, I will give you a literal translation anyway, word by word and then, we have to put it together.

To download and hear the correct pronounciation of this Mantra, click this audio link of Swami Veda.

ityukta sloka

 

   
       
   
   
   

Remembering Raj Verma

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To remember Raj Verma, such a beloved friend and fellow sadhaka, means at this time to acknowledge her passing on 19th February 2009. She left her body in an auspicious manner and location - upon finishing two of her three planned months of silence at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. Geeta Anand, Raj’s youngest sister and a resident of SRSG, was at her side during this last period.

raj2Raj Verma, born in India, married a Punjabi man and lived in Singapore for over 50 years. Together they raised three children and had the pleasure of five grandchildren.  She came to Sadhana Mandir in 2000 and helped organize our 2002 dedication of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. Raj personally oversaw the outfitting of all the cottages at SRSG and remained very active in this community.  Swamiji requested her help with many tasks. She traveled not only to the ashram to serve and do her sadhana, but met him many times throughout his world travels.

Raj was noted for many things. She was a "master of silence" and undertook several periods of extended silence at SRSG. She was also highly successful in business and in her family and personal relationships. The way she conducted her life was an inspirational example of spiritual commitment.  When not in silence at SRSG, she counseled, taught English and served wonderful gourmet meals in cottage 9.  Her way was plain spoken but with warmth and humor. 

There is much more to be said but our hearts in those depths of silence speak only of the love that connects us all.  She individually touched so many lives. Such was the sentiment expressed by so many of her friends and family. 

With a smile of my mind and a loving feeling in my heart, I acknowledge the passing of a great and dear friend.

Submitted by Peter

   
       
   
   
   

HYT-TTP March 2009

Namaste Dear Readers,

We cannot say enough about the amazing group of people that participated in the Teacher Training Program this March. They came from countries spanning the globe’s circumference. It has been a joy to get to know them all. Some of them also attended the Meditation for Pain Management Conference which immediately preceded the TTP.

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Our international group included the following participants. From “down under” (Australia) came Nina Pulaska (L2), a Polish student living in Australia. From the tropical island of Mauritius (in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar), came long-time initiate Geeta Curimjee. From the snowy northern hemisphere came Paavo Kavinen of Finland, our own French Canadian (now resident of SRSG) Pierre Lefebvre, and from Minnesota (USA) Drew Madson, an initiate of the Himalayan Tradition since birth (we are witnessing a growing “next “generation of youth at the ashram).  Pamela Khudan (L3), back for a second time in just three months, is from another beautiful sun-filled Island, Trinidad. We welcomed a group from Japan led by Iida Fukumi from Japan. Their names are: Takahashi Nanami, Kakizaki Akiko, Kakizaki Tomomi, Iwasaki Akiko, and Suzuki Tomoko. To complete our circumnavigation of the globe, Kalpana Garyali joined us from India’s capital city of Delhi. 

I will close with comments from two of our teachers in training.

“As a practitioner I can only be grateful to having come in contact with teachers that share from their own experience. The group was small enough to allow personal guidance, and varied nationalities and background gave a spice to learning. The multitude of people in the ashram enriched the stay as well. Finally, the energies in the ashram supported self understanding by bringing into awareness the need for continuous self observance in working with my emotions. This was also a valuable experience for me.”

“For me this course proved to be very educational and enlightening. I enjoyed my stay here thoroughly. It has opened the doors to new dimensions of life for me.”

Submitted by Maryon Maass

   
       
   
   
   

SRSG, “Little Hungary”

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Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was recently transformed into a "Little Hungary." Forty Hungarians called the ashram home for four weeks during February/March. Led by Anna Mezosi, the well-prepared group completed a very ambitious program, beginning with a ten day silence program. Twenty-eight people then attended the Meditation for Pain Management Conference while the others took excursions into the Himalayan mountains.

The last two weeks of their visit, the group participated in a special program of advanced training taught by senior teachers Maya, Swami Ritavan, Ma Radha, Peter, Ashutosh, Swami Nityamuktananda, Jagadananda and Vishnu. Each day began with an hour and a half breathing intensive. Deepening their meditation, asana practice and study of philosophy were also daily focuses. Vishnu led the group in fire offerings.Thirteen members of the group received personal mantra initiations and eight received Gayatri initiations.

The strength of the Hungarian group reflects the amazing growth of participation in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition programs in Hungary. At present, twenty-two students are in Level 3 of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) and another twenty-four are now in Level 2. Another group of students will begin Training once the Level 3 students complete their program. The number of students taking Teacher Training is a testament to the encouraging influence of Maya (Margo) Balog.

There are now sixteen books of Swami Rama and Swami Veda translated into Hungarian, with two more ready for printing. In addition, all the Level 1 and 2 TTP materials have been translated and are available on their web site. Emola Hollo is primarily responsible for the translation of Swami Veda’s lectures while Maya translates his meditations.

Swami Veda has been making yearly trips to Hungary since 2003. In that first year, 200 people attended his lectures. Last year, 2008, 350 people attended Swamiji’s lectures and forty were initiated. Swami Veda will again visit Hungary at the end of June 2009. He will lecture June 26-28 and follow with two days of initiations. The TTP will then be held.

We are looking forward to next year when the Hungarians will once again grace the ashram with their presence, once again making it their own home away from home.

   
       
   
   
   

AHYMSIN-WorldWide

AHYMSIN-Europe

europeSwami Veda will be in The Netherlands from 16 to 29 March. During these two weeks there will be a variety of events including a Congress/International Dialogue, interviews, Family Day, Retreat, and an AHYMSIN-Europe meeting.

18 – 19 March
The International Dialogue on “Cultural Diversity: Catalyst for Citizenship, Creativity and Communication – Enabling Sustainable Lifestyles.” Hosted by the Foundation China-Europe Dialogue and Exchange for Sustainable Development and the Municipality of The Hague.

20 March
Meetings and interviews with the press and media

21 March
On Family Day, Swami Veda will meet 150 people, most of them children, and talk with them in his own way. This meeting with children is a connection to the Children’s retreat in December 2011 in Rishikesh. There will hatha and meditation with the children and there also is a program for the parents.

24 – 27 March
An In-depth Training Retreat on "Meditations from the Upanishads.” The retreat will take place in a beautiful old monastery in the south of the country. About 100 people will participate in the retreat. The retreat will also be supported by Swami Ritavan and Wolfgang Bischoff. In addition, Komal Bisseswar and Dirk Gysels will make contributions on two topics: "Mantras," and "History of the Upanishads."

At the same time, a meeting of AHYMSIN-Europe will take place. The countries that will be represented in this meeting are Hungary, Greece, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and England. Fifteen participants will be part of the talks and discussions. The objective is to "Meet & Greet" and explore the regional possibilities in Europe for cooperation and supporting each other in the activities of the Himalayan Tradition in Europe. Swami Veda will be present as our spiritual guide.

AHYMSIN-Asia

Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan – Adviser
Datuk Hiew Thien Choi – President
Jenny Lee I Miaw – Deputy President ( Representing Tai wan)
Datin Judy Rajah / Leong King Ngoo (Vice president – teacher training)
Venugopal Sukumaran – Legal Advisor
Jean Tan – Hon. Secretary ( Representing Kuala Kumpur)
Yvonne Sall – Hon. Treasurer (Kuala Lampur)
Joseph Wong – Director (President, KK center)
Judy Chin  – Director (President, Keningau center)
Fukumi  lida --  Director (President, Japan center)
Helen Choe - Director (President, Korea center)
Fauja Singh - Director (President, Singapore center)
Thaniya Kevali - Director (President, Tailand center)
Shi Hong - Director (President, Hong Kong center)
Tinyu Chen – Director (President, Taiwan center)

(Excerpts from a letter written by Swami Veda to the leaders of AHYMSIN-Asia)

asiaIt is with great pleasure that I congratulate all of you for graciously accepting the office to which you have been elected, as members of the Board of Directors of AHYMSIN – Asia.

Ahymsin Asia is a very unique organization. It comprises people of various races, religions, cultures, languages and politically or geographically different nations.

Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan your advisor is a former Federal Minister, founder of IDS Sabah, and former Director of Sabah Foundation.

Datuk  Hiew is a former Director of the Sabah Public Works Department and Director General of Kota Kinabalu City. He is supported by all of you who are very experienced people.

We look forward to you to set the foundation for the future growth of AHYMSIN-ASIA as a strong and meaningful organization that will benefit generations to come.  

The success of AHYMSIN - Asia is now in your hands. I wish you all the best.

Blessings.

Swami Veda Bharati

AHYMSIN-North America
Listen to the Song of Silence

200 & 600-Hour Teacher Training: July 18 - August 1, 2009
Yoga Teacher Continuing Education: July 17- August 1, 2009
Spiritual Retreat: July 17- August 1, 2009
Location: University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota

In July, The Meditation Center (TMC) will be hosting the 2009 Himalayan Yoga Tradition Congress at the University of St. Thomas.  Swami Veda Bharati will bring his Himalayan Yoga Tradition Academy and his highly acclaimed international faculty to Saint Paul, Minnesota to lead this spiritually inspiring event. This year’s congress theme is Listen to the Song of Silence focusing on Silence , the most essential element of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition.

In keeping with the Congress theme, The Meditation Center has invited Russill Paul to perform this year’s Kirtan and to lead a day-long “Sounds of Yoga” workshop during the Spirituality Weekend.  

We invite you to immerse yourself in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition (HYT) for up to two weeks by registering for full accommodations in one of the three concurrent retreats:

  1. Teacher Training Retreat (July 18 - August 1, 2009)
  2. Yoga Teacher Continuing Education Retreat (July 17- August 1, 2009)
  3. Spiritual Retreat (July 17- August 1, 2009)

ameriaAll retreats follow a daily Ashram schedule (Swami Veda’s Indian Ashram schedule) including daily silent meditations, hatha yoga, contemplative walks, morning and evening prayers, and more. Click Here for retreat details.

Whether you are aiming to deepen your Yoga practice, further your education, or planning a spiritual journey, you will be delighted with the opportunities awaiting you at the 2009 Himalayan Yoga Tradition Congress.

Teacher Training & Continuing Studies Retreat: July 18 - August 1, 2009
HYT-TTP, offers an integrated program of self-transformation leading to self-realization in the authentic tradition of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. For those wishing to deepen their personal practice, we offer a Continuing Education program. For those wishing to become teachers, we offer a 200-hour and 600-hour program both registered with Yoga Alliance.

Yoga Nidra Weekend: July 17 to July 19, 2009
Yoga Nidra cannot be taught; it can only be transmitted.  This weekend intensive gives one the skills and the opportunity to experience the Power of Conscious Sleep with Swami Veda.

Prana Vidya for Hatha Yoga Teachers: July 19 to July 24, 2009
Prana Vidya is the meditative style of performing asanas that reveals a new depth of self-knowledge, vitality and self-purification. This workshop is recommended for those wishing to enhance their yoga teaching skills.

Spirituality Weekend: July 24 to July 26, 2009
Spiritually experience the unifying single stream flowing through all religions.  Join Swami Veda, Russill Paul, and other spiritual leaders as they explore the unifying concept of Peace through kirtan, meditation and other spiritual practices.

Silence Sessions: select 4, 5, 6, or 10 days July 18 to Aug 1, 2009
Immersing oneself in Silence provides a window to witness with deepening awareness the nature of one’s own mind.  Over several days, the subtlety of that awareness moves one beyond the mind to reveal one’s inner teacher – the Inner Guru.

Take advantage of any or all of these events and design a retreat from 2 nights to 15 nights or consider one of the six inspiring "Song of Silence Suggested Packages" (A-F)

Click Here for a detailed description of each 2009 Congress event. Most events are also available for non-retreat registration.

Please book your reservation as early as possible as there is limited space. Weekend and Early Bird Specials apply to those that register by 5/1 or 6/1/09.

AHYMSIN- International Headquarters in Rishikesh

The International Conference on Meditation for Pain Management was an outstanding success. Read about and see photos of the Conference at
www.swamiveda.org  and  www.ahymsin.org

 

   
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS AND CALANDARS    
   
   
   

At the SRSG ashram:

April 12 – 19, 2009

Intensive Yoga Camp for Indians (Hindi speakers)

October 18 – November 1

TTP Levels 1, 2 & 3

February 1-12, 2010 

Ity-uktaa final fire offerings, AHYMSIN meetings

February 2011
Yoga Nidra: Conscious Sleep Conference

December 22-31, 2011 

Yoga-Youth and Children’s Retreat

February 2012
Yoga and Meditational Cultures Conference

Contact:  [email protected]

Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP)

St. Paul, Minnesota

July 18 – August 1

Level 1, Continuing Education

Rishikesh

October 18 – November 1

Level 1- 3

Contact:  [email protected]  www.himalayanyogatradition.com

Where in the world is Swami Veda?

March 18-27

Amsterdam

Contact: Willem Meijer
[email protected]

April 2

Rishikesh

Contact: ahymsin office
Mail: [email protected] .com

April 12-19

Indian Yoga Camp

Contact: ahymsin office
Mail: [email protected] .com

May 8

Full moon meditation

May 16

Bangkok (Thailand)

Contact: Thaniya Kevalee
Mail: [email protected]

May 20

Taipei (Taiwan)

Contact: Jenny Lee
Mail: [email protected]

May 25

Hong Kong

Contact: Shi Hung
Mail: [email protected]
[email protected]

June 11-14

Edinburgh

June 18

Rostov (Russia)

Contact: Peter Fridman
Email:[email protected]

June 25

Budapest (Hungary)

Contact: Joszef Papp
Tel: 36-30-4730334
Mail: [email protected]

July 5

Minneapolis

Contact: Meditation Center [email protected]  Tel: 1-612-379-2386

July 31-August 14

Rancho La Puerta (Mexico)

September 10

Poland

Contact: Sivanand
Mail: [email protected]

September 18

Germany

Contact: Mirian Kroener
Tel: 04102-995216
Fax: 04102-51220
Mail: [email protected]_institut.de

September 24

Holland

Contact:
Willem Meijer
Mail: [email protected]
Firoz Nasrullah
Mail: [email protected]

October

Return to Rishikesh

Contact: Ahymsin office
Mail: [email protected]

Full Moon Meditation Dates

2009

JAN 10

FEB 09

MAR 10

APRIL 09

MAY 08

JUNE 07

 

 

JULY 07

AUG 05

SEPT 04

OCT 04

NOV 01

DEC 02

DEC 30

 

2010

JAN 30

FEB 28

MAR 29

APRIL 28

MAY 27

JUNE 26

 

 

JULY 26

AUG 24

SEPT 23

OCT 23

NOV 21

DEC 21

 

For more details please visit : www.globalmeditations.org , www.swamiveda.org , www.ahymsin.org , www.bindu.org , www.yogaineurope.eu , www.themeditationcenter.org  etc.  

TIMINGS: 

7 AM        

in India (IST), surrounding countries adjust the time accordingly, for example Iran is 5 AM.

8 PM

in East Asia, 8 PM Singapore time. Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand etc. adjust their times to coincide with Singapore time 8 PM.

8 PM

in U.K. (Greenwich Mean Time).Those in all European, and all African time zones, please adjust your sitting time to coincide with 8 PM United Kingdom (GMT).

10 PM

in New York. Surrounding countries and regions of South, Central and North America and the Caribbean to match their time to 10 PM  New York time.

                       
WHEN IS THE FULL MOON ?

The dates of the Full Moon Meditations are announced after our Ashram Pandits have worked out the exact hours and minutes of the full moon each month. The hours of the full moon span two calendar days in western time. By Swami Veda’s request, the date with the most full moon hours is chosen for the Full Moon Meditation.

Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

Below image shows the location of Swami Rama Sadhka Grama (SRSG) on the globe. Also visit this link to know the exact location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in the world http://maps.google.co.in/maps?q=Swami+Rama+Sadhaka+Grama&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&mid=1237030782

Locatation of SRSG in World

 

   
       
         
       
         
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