Power of One 10.10.10,
Swami Veda’s first three public lectures in Trinidad took place at very different venues but his powerful message was the same. The common thread of course was “meditation.” At all three lectures, the practicum set the tone. At the Chinmaya Mission, there was a very large crowd. As Swamiji entered, we all saw that the audience was fully participating as Savitri led gentle stretches and postures with breath-awareness. At the University of the West Indies, Swamiji’s topic of “Unifying Streams in Religion” was very well received. As he went through a series of examples of how similar the important themes are, there were nods of assent and smiles from the audience
At the Raja Yoga Center, Swamiji voiced his observation that he was very happy to see changes in Trinidad and that members of the community seemed more spiritually aware. He congratulated all on the progress made on that quest. In his opening remarks, he wished that in this very life all come to personally know God. Swamiji’s lecture was so philosophical, poetic and inspiring!
After the first three public lectures finished, there was a beautiful dinner on the balcony of the Raja Yoga Center in San Fernando. Sister Hemlata and all of the Brothers and Sisters were so gracious, warm and welcoming and happy to be able to host Swamiji. Everyone in Swamiji’s group received a little book of thoughts and affirmations.
On Friday, September 11th, there will be a Symposium entitled Wanam: Traditions in Conversation. The book launch is hosted by the Dept. of Behavioural Sciences at UWI. There will be three panels each of four members and a moderator. The first panel represents the voice of academics and the second panel represents the voice of women. The third panel represents the voice of religious practitioners. The book launch for Wanam will be on Saturday 12th September. These events have been widely publicized in the local newspapers. Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo and a group of 16 arrived from Guyana for the Book Launch today. Swamiji was very pleased that Guyana is represented.
Everyone tries to ensure that Swamiji takes as much rest as possible. Today, Thursday is supposed to be a rest day but we are expecting two separate but short interviews from the press, and also for the Indian High Commissioner, who also served in Mauritius before, to visit, possibly for dinner. Tomorrow, it is planned that Swamiji would see the Bird Sanctuary so we are all looking forward to this.
Aunt Dolly is busy in the kitchen today making black eye soup (here it is called sancoach and has black eye peas but in Guyana it is called metagee), boiled corn and fresh vegetables. Yesterday she made dumplings from whole wheat flour and the day before she made the delectable ‘bake’ which Swamiji enjoyed very much. The milky drinks are the highlight of his day especially the soursop and babbadeen. The milk is so fresh that thick cream forms after being boiled
As always, this link should take you to the pictures.
Summer Sadhana at Kalimath
Before his departure from the Ashram in May, Swamiji asked all students and ashramites to visit three special places in the mountains to practice silence and deepen their sadhana. They were: Tarkeshwar, Vasishtha Cave and Kalimath.
The last group from the Ashram visited Kalimath from 3rd to 7th September. The mission was to maintain silence for three days, practicing the Ityukta mantra given by Swamiji in February 2007.
After a long and strenuous journey of eight hours on the difficult mountain roads, we finally reached Kalimath. We were all immediately enchanted by the beauty and the quietness of the area. Coming in the presence of those tall mountains surrounding the small village with the temple complex as its center was a deep spiritual experience in itself.
Even without anything else, the coolness of the fresh mountain air would also have been worth all the hardship of the travel, but we were fortunate enough to go for our sadhana after the end of the main tourist season. The only noises disturbing the silence were the occasional beats of the local traditional drums and the soft roaring of the Kali Ganga River flowing right behind our rooms.
Our three days of intense practice were very enjoyable and we will all treasure precious memories of this very special spiritual practice requested by Swamiji for many years to come.
Then we had to get back on the road again…
Submitted by Pierre
More photos are available from the following link: http://picasaweb.google.com/pyare.lefebvre/Kalimath#
Datuk Rajah Indran
Swami Veda (Spiritual Guide and Founder), Dr Mohan Swami (President of AHYMSIN) and Dave Hume (VP AHYMSIN) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rajah Indran as the new AHYMSIN International Managing Director.
Datuk Rajah Indran will relieve Swami Veda of all organisational matters, allowing Swamiji to focus on spiritual teaching, meditation and writing. Rajah Indran brings with him an enormous treasure of lifelong experience of international organizations. He is an initiate of Swami Rama, an authorised mantra-initiator, member of the AHYMSIN Board of Directors and Adhyatma Samiti, a teacher and guide.
The following is a message from Rajah Indran to all of the AHYMSIN Family:
Rajah Ji and his wife Judy will be moving to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in February 2010 in order to devote all his time and energy to his new position. At present he is winding up his duties and responsibilities in Malaysia. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Indran’s background, click on the following link to view his CV and a short biography.
AHYMSIN – ASIA August '09 Retreat Report
"Yoga in Daily Life" was the theme of the three day AHYMSIN-Asia retreat held August 23rd - 25th. The retreat was organized by The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It was led by Joseph Wong with guidance from Datuk Hiew Thien Choi, the President of AHYMSIN-Asia.
Sixty participants met at Kota Kinabalu and took a 2+ hours bus ride up to Kundasang, the closest village to Mount Kinabalu and the resort has a magnificent panoramic view of the mountain with cold refreshing climate. The beauty of the nature is most conducive for the purpose of sharing knowledge on yoga from our inspiring teachers.
The 60 participants comprised of 32 from Sabah (28 are from Kota Kinabalu and 4 from Keningau), 14 from Peninsula Malaysia (12 from Penang and 2 from Kuala Lumpur) and 14 foreign participants (11 from Taiwan, 2 from Japan and 1 from Singapore).
Pandit Vishnu Panigrahi from SRSG, Rishikesh, India, shared his knowledge of the practice of yoga in daily life and emotional purification. Other inspiring teachers were Datin Judy Rajah, Datuk Rajah Indran, Judy Chin, Wong Yoong Khiang, Fuku Iida, Joseph Wong and Datuk Hiew. All shared spiritual teachings of the Himalayan Tradition to the eager and attentive participants.
The retreat began with heart warming welcoming and introduction speech by Datuk Hiew in both English and Mandarin. During the retreat, the teachings of the Tradition were organized to provide an introduction of Yoga and its principles, its practical practices in our daily lives, variety of asanas in Hatha Yoga and joints and glands exercises, guided meditation, prayers, and relaxation methods. As we had diverse cultures in the retreat, most of the lectures were conducted in both English and Mandarin.
Participants responded well to the practical teachings of Yoga in Daily Life. The lectures and heart-felt chanting of Pandit Vishnu stirred many emotions and helped many to gain insights into spiritual aspects of Self as well as motivate them to incorporate regular personal practice of yoga meditation in their daily lives.
Datuk Rajah conducted 2 sessions on the Teachers Training Program and garnered numerous interests from participants. He described the course, explained what it takes to be a teacher and invited participants to consider being a teacher. One of the barriers identified is lack of materials in other languages, particularly Mandarin.
There was a wonderful selection of books written by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati from the ashram for the benefit of the participants. Sharing of knowledge and thoughts occur not just during the lectures but also informally among all participants as well as teachers.
Pandit Vishnu initiated the practice of silence during mealtimes. However, participants really enjoy each other’s company and find it hard to restrain themselves! On the last dinner, a final requested was made by Panditji to be silent and enjoy every taste and texture of our food. He sat with the Taiwanese group and had the most silent table in the retreat.
We have obtained positive feedback from the participants with more than 80% of the retreat program being met and exceeding participants’ expectations. Some have commented that they would prefer more Hatha Yoga sessions to facilitate meditation. Some of the participants would like to return to the next retreat in Sabah.
- From Pandit Vishnu
AHYMSIN-Asia would like to extend many thanks to the organizing committee from Kota Kinabalu’s center. Due to their commendable effort, it was a successful retreat to unite people from Asia in the path of spirituality. The next AHYMSIN-Asia retreat has yet to be confirmed but there is a good possibility of holding it in Japan.
OM May we surrender and offer the benefits gained from this retreat to Brahman.
Dr. Sharma Meets SVB and King Cobra
The only time I had the opportunity to meet Swami Rama was in 1996 at his Rishikesh ashram, Sadhana Mandir. He was not well but was kind to invite me and my friend, Dr. David Frawley (who was also accompanying me), for a brief “darshan.” After a few moments, he fixed his hypnotic gaze on me and said, “You should meet Swami Veda.” The meeting was over with these words. He asked someone to bring us both to Swami Veda.
Dr. David Frawley knew a lot about Swami Veda but I had no clue who this “guy” was. As usual Swami Veda was “eternally busy.” After a few moments we both realized that we needed to leave him alone, so we left. Even though the meeting was brief, I felt very drawn to him. I had “goose pumps” like some sort of electric currents were emanating from his body.
Around the same period I had purchased a piece of land in Rishikesh. Each time I would visit there, a powerful vision would come of many meditation cottages where people were doing sadhana. I had no clue about this vision. I also had no clue about the big king cobra who greeted me, standing eye to eye ten feet away, when I first went to see this land.
Due to personal finances, I sold the land a few years later and forgot about it. In 2005, when I was showing a visiting friend from Delhi around the Rishikesh area, I happened to pass in front of the same land. I decided to drive in to see who had purchased it and what was happening there.
It was a real shock. Rows of meditation cottages from my vision greeted me. Even the structure and color were the same.
To my great surprise, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, created by Swami Rama through Swami Veda, stood there in all peaceful, tranquil and serene grandeur. A few months later when I again visited SRSG, Swami Veda was there.
“Swami Ji is very busy but he can see you for a few minutes,” Dr. Prakash Dixit Ji very smilingly and humbly told us after informing Swami Veda about our visit.
The “few minutes” stretched to a couple of hours, and then a couple more hours at dinner that night. The next day I was blessed to receive my initiation. The connection from the past life was re-established. I again found my Lama.
For so long I was looking for someone to fix the noise of thousands of buzzing bees in my ears, which had taken away my sleep and peace of mind. Swami Veda said, “OK ! Now I know why you have come…!!”
The story continues in different shades on different levels since then.
For information about an Ayurvedic retreat in Mauritius with Dr. Sharma, go to upcoming events.
Children and Yoga Around the World
First ever Children’s Yoga Camp a huge success at The Meditation Center
This summer, for five days, three hours a day, ten excited young yogis and yoginis from across the Twin Cities attended the first TMC yoga camp in the Center’s stately brick building in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota (www.themeditationcenter.org). Camp staffers Lela Pierce, Kate Kinnich, Mary Bowman-Cline, Shushmi Aggarwal, and a passel of dedicated and talented volunteers led the kids in making art, playing warrior tag, practicing asanas, and learning the nuances of the neti pot, mantra and meditation. The children also had the chance to lead one another in hatha classes.
On the camp’s closing Friday, Swami Ritavan Bharati gave each participant a graduation certificate as well as a copy of Swami Veda’s Art of Beautification Journal. Staff and kids alike loved the experience, calling it “an AUMing success.” In fact, it was such a success that The Meditation Center will offer a children’s Yoga meditation class in October.
"Yoga in Daily Life" Retreat for Children in Malayasia
With the theme “Yoga in Daily Life for Children,” Judy Rajah assisted by Rajah Indran conducted a one day retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on 2nd August. Twenty children participated, and their parents were also there to support and see the progress of their children. This full day started at six in the morning and finished at six in the evening.
The children enjoyed the games, meditative walk, moral stories, preparing for the display to parents etc.
Their efforts were appreciated with simple gifts. The program ended with presentation of participation certificates and guided meditation.
Children's Yoga Class in Trinidad
HYT -TTP Report
Hello Dear Friends ,
The recently completed Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) conducted at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota was a wonderful success. It was a special two weeks of blissful events, showered with the blessings of Swami Veda. Thank you, Swamiji for your presence.
The theme of the month-long July programming sponsored by The Meditation Center was “The Song of Silence.” It included our own HYT-TTP and a Prana Vidya course. These courses allowed the Level 1 and the 200 hour students to complete their contact hours required for their certifications. Among the other events that the TTP students attended were the VERY well attended Yoga Nidra weekend with Swami Veda and the Interfaith Spiritual Weekend.
Our group of ten students hailed from across the Northern Hemisphere; from France and Turkey in Europe, and in North America from the New Jersey shores to Trinity Alps of California to our own St. Paul neighborhood. The students came from various professional backgrounds and some from other yoga traditions. For the first time, a mother and son participated together as a pair. Marlene Stenlund, married to Brian by Swami Veda in the 1970s, attended with their son, Kai.
The evening lectures contained many highlights including Swami Nityamuktananda’s very popular Five Elements, and Ma Radha’s sharing of stories about the Tradition and Swami Rama’s early days. Stoma conducted fascinating workshop on various subjects ranging from Sanskrit to Ethics. Maya brought her stillness of being to every word she breathed, and Peter gave us a complete experience of our individual bodies to enable us to sit straight during meditation
We were deeply touched by the poem Caroline Tomazeau wrote at the time of her initiation by Swami Ritavan.
Mantra Initiation with Swami Ritavan - July 26, 2009
May this Mantra
May its sound transform
May its love and compassion
With Joy and Reverence,
The Tradition is proud to have these students as part of The Himalayan Tradition. Please welcome our new group to the Lineage.
Students and Faculty
Top row L to R :
Caroline Tomazeau, Swami Nityamuktananda, David Alexander, Rob Diggins, Kai Stenlund, Maya (Margo Balog), Swami Ma Radha Bharati
Middle Row L to R :
Peter Fabian, Brian Buttler, Nic Klein, T.Tavita Martin, Barb Aschettino, Phyllis Newmark
Bottom Row L to R :
Esra Ergin Zynep, Dicle Sengoren, Mariella Silva, Marlene Stenlund, Maryon M
Yours in Loving Service,
Swami Veda at Rancho La Puerta
Comments from a participant at Rancho La Puerta
Dear Swami Veda,
I am so happy to send you these photos I took when we were at the ranch last week. I wanted very much to take more, but am wary of imposing myself. I am pleased the one of you came out so well. Thank you so very much for your wisdom and grace which you share. I feel I grew so much this last week. My new found ability to breath consciously and sit in meditation longer than I have done at home in the past will be two among many things I pledge to continue.
New AHYMSIN Centre Opens in Mauritius
Meet Geeta Currimjee, Centre Director:
I live on a small island called Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Madagascar and East Africa. The population of Mauritius is a melting pot of all the races and religions of the world.
The people live in harmony with their brethren of Indian (70% of the population), African, Chinese and European origins.
Born Hindu, I married Abbas who, as the name suggests, is Muslim. We live in total respect and harmony with each other’s faiths. I fast during the Ramadan and he does not! He meditates and recites the Mahamrityunjaya mantra.
My spiritual journey started as a child, and in my thirties I started taking philosophy lessons. In this quest for answers on the Reasons of our Being, I visited all the swamis and philosophers visiting
Mauritius. I even started going to Rishikesh to the Sivananda Ashram!
In 1986 Swami Rama came to spend two months in Mauritius to write the Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita. I found out about His visit only two days before He was due to leave......!
My first meeting with Gurudev is still fresh in my mind. He entered the room where I was waiting. I was spellbound by this very tall, handsome person with piercing and ever so love-filled eyes! The first thing he asked me was:"Where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you!" He knew everything about me. He had been at my restaurant and even played tennis at the family court.
Thus started my Himalayan Tradition journey. I am blessed to have been initiated by Gurudeva Swami Rama . I pay homage to Guru brother Swami Veda who has been there to follow my journey. Now I have taken up the responsibility to teach in Mauritius. I pray to the guruparampara to guide me in establishing the Himalayan Yoga Societies in Mauritius.
With great modesty, in service to the Guru Lineage
When you experience a beautiful spot as the abode of the sacred spirit, and by the process of experiencing it the sacred enters your soul, it is called insight-seeing. –Swami Veda Bharati
Experience the wonder and mystery of India through tours and pilgrimages arranged by SRSG staff. Trips include a stay at SRSG to learn about the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition, the practice and benefits of pilgrimage and cultural sensitivity. These journeys are designed to not only expose participants to new places and people but to create an opportunity for individual insights and spiritual experiences.
Make friends, have fun and learn!
The Travel Department at Sadhaka Grama clearly distinguishes itself from other travel –service providers by its association with the unbroken lineage of the Himalayan Tradition.
At the SRSG/India Ashram:
Where is Swami Veda?
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.
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