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Guru Purnima
Full Moon Meditation
July 27th

July 2018 Newsletter

This is a combined Full Moon announcement and Ahymsin newsletter, so it's going out to both lists at the same time. Upcoming full moon meditation dates can be viewed here.

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News

Full moon over SRSG ashramThis July we join together in celebration of Guru Purnima and in participation in Full Moon Meditation on 27 July 2018. Tap image to see original size. Photo by Stephen Parker (Stoma).

"At this time, we are reminded of a unique relationship that is so fulfilling and satisfying. At this time, our efforts now cease with the fruits of contentment from a sadhana well-performed and surrendered.

Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness & holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.

Please accept this gift of remembering: of being reminded to forgive our own faults – limitations and those of others; of aspiring to self-transformation; of receiving the love of the Lineage.”

— Swami Ritavan Bharati


“You are a wave in the universal mind, and you are also the wave that is the universal mind. Can you take a piece of chalk or pencil and draw a boundary line between two waves in a river? Can you draw a line between two waves in the sea and say, ‘Wave number one, you stay on this side, and wave number two, you stay on that side. This is my country and that is your country?’ Can you do that? You cannot do that.

The energy is not in the shape of the water. The energy is that, because of which, the water becomes the wave. So the wave of your mind, and the wave of another’s mind touch each other. When the one mind wave and the other mind wave touch each other, and know that they are loving and embracing a fellow mind wave; when they know that it is the light waves of the mind that are embracing each other – what is that called?

That touching of the minds, that hugging and embracing of the minds? What is the name for that embrace? It is called love.”

— Swami Veda Bharati


Click to listen to Contemplate This!, an interview with Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma) by Tom Bushlack. In this interview, Stoma talks about experiences he has had in his own life. Tom wrote, “I was introduced to Dr. Stephen Parker by a friend who suggested I reach out to him given my interests in psychology, yoga, and contemplative practices. We worked together for a brief time in therapy, but quickly moved into a spiritual friendship. I received initiation from him in 2013, and he remains one of my principle teachers of contemplation. I am grateful for his warmth and generosity, and he has helped me to understand how yoga as the science of spiritual practice can be fully integrated into my practice as a Christian.”

In August, there will be a Program for Non-Initiates at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Please see the Upcoming Events or contact [email protected] for more information about this and other programs at SRSG.

 


Share Your News!

We invite you to share what is happening in their centers and your experiences, insights, and questions. With such sharing, we can learn more about one another and strengthen one another in our sadhana, becoming a true “sangha”. We welcome your articles. You can write to [email protected]


The next several full moon meditations happen within a day or so of the normal Ahymsin newsletter end of the month mailing. So, we will be sending a single combined mailing.


This Month's Newsletter

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July Articles


Delete Death

by Swami Veda Bharati

[This passage has been taken from Mahabharata’s Bhishma: Death, Your Servant by Swami Veda Bharati (Veda, S., 2015. Mahabharata's Bhishma: Death, Your Servant: Examples from a World Classic. New Age Books.)]

Book cover of Death Your ServantWe fail to erase ‘death’ from the writings of our fate; we fail to delete it from the programmes in our minds.

The undying myth called ‘death’ revives itself, raises its fearsome hood - as though a reality - each time a creature makes (re-)appearance called birth.

Each time the Master Alchemist prepares plans to alter our wrinkles into freshness of a new infant’s smooth skin, we cry out – ‘death!’

Each time the Master Builder seeks to demolish an old decrepit chamber and make for us a new one with better amenities, we shout out – ‘death!’

Read More : Delete Death


 

Mind and Prana

by Swami Rama

Book cover: Science of Breath by Swami Rama[This passage has been taken from the book Science of Breath, pp 72 - 73, by Swami Rama (Rama, S., 1979. Science of Breath. Himalayan Institute Press.)].

The mind stands like a wall between us and reality. When the student comes in touch with the finer forces called prana he can learn to control his mind, for it is tightly fastened to prana like a kite to a string. When the string is held skillfully, the kite, which wants to fly here and there, is controlled and flied in the direction desired. All yogic breathing exercises, advanced or basic, enable the student to control his mind by understanding prana. Thus, the science of breath helps the student to bring prana under control in order to attain the higher rungs of spirituality. He who has controlled his breath and prana has also controlled his mind. He who had controlled his mind has also controlled his breath.

All aspects and principles that constituted the universe, or macrocosm, are embodied in all the microcosmic forms that constitute the universe, just as the mighty ocean is completely represented in a single, small drop of water from that ocean. The human body is sustained by the same prana that sustains the universe, and it is through the manifestation of prana that all body functions are possible and coordinated.

Read More : Mind and Prana


 

Guru Purnima Letter

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

Dear Initiates and Students,

Swami Rama30 years ago [in 1988] we were reminded of the purpose of life. Each of us can reflect on how life has unfolded, karmic debts paid, dharma fulfilled. And now set the course with renewed intention, sankalpa, living each day with that awakened spirit, and finding joy in a life well-lived and well-loved.

Swami Rama's address to the Meditation Center
by phone on Guru Purnima, July 29th, 1988

I pray to the Divinity in you.

This day, the day of Guru Purnima, is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime.

They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware [that] the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment; the state of mind, internal state, that makes one free from all pains and miseries.

As Gurudev reminds us: "As fire purifies the gold, unconscious mind, and entire reservoir, thus the storehouse can be purified by offering all that I have stored within to the fire of knowledge by saying:

"Om Guruve Namah"

Read More : Guru Purnima Letter


 

Swami Veda Bharati’s Third Mahasamadhi Anniversary

by Tarinee Awasthi

On July 10th, 2018, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama resonated with the sentiments and sacred resolve of each person in the ashram, expressed in the auspicious chanting of priests as they began the preliminaries of the five-day yajna which marked the third anniversary of the day our beloved Swami Veda cast off His physical shroud and His purely luminous being was unencumbered, no longer even nominally bound by the limitations of matter (for He never truly was).

Read More :
Third Mahasamadhi Anniversary


 

Welcome home dear Swami Ritavan

by Sofia Foteina

at the center “Café Ecole - Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas

[slideshow in full article]

Namaste ! Hari Om!

It was one of the happiest events that took place in our center in Athens. A center that was long prepared to embrace the messages that were to be given to our being. Swami Ritavan Bharati came to us in mid June 2018 with his abundant offerings and love. His being a mirror to us helped us to understand more than we would have acquired by words.

During his stay, he released the book Kundalini, Stilled or Stirred, by Swami Veda Bharati, translated in Greek and published by “Café Ecole Publications” in Athens, and we are greatly indebted to him.

During his stay the following events took place:

Read More:
Welcome home dear Swami Ritavan


 

Poster for Internation Day of YogaInternational Day of Yoga 2018

by Carolyn Hume

“Blessings of Gratitude for the Inspiration of our Spiritual Guides, awakening us to the source of peace, happiness and freedom. Each day a reminder, each year a celebration of progress, each lifetime dedicated to LOVE - SERVE - REMEMBER. OM,”

Swami Ritavan Bharati commented to those who planned events for the International Day of Yoga 2018 in accordance with Swami Veda’s request that “All our initiators, teachers, centres should plan something each year.”

Many centers did observe this day. 

Read More:
International Day of Yoga 2018


International Day of Yoga in Hungary

by Andrea Zsolnai

Summary of International Day of Yoga 2018 event in Hungary

The yoga day event went very well on Saturday. Many regular practitioners and sadhakas attended the program along with new visitors.

We have made a few pictures during the day, please find them in the full article below.

Our center, the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Center in Hungary is located in Budapest in the downtown area. In this beautiful place we are able to lock out the city noise and the practitioners can rest and enjoy the silence.

On the International Day of Yoga 2018 we have organized a whole day program in the Center. During the course of the day the people who attended could participate on various programs of their choices.

Read More:
International Day of Yoga in Hungary


 

International Yoga Day in Noida

by Prateek Panday

On June 21, 2018, the International Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal at Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Center, Noida. People from all walks of life with deep interest in Himalayan tradition congregated at the center and practiced Yoga as taught by Himalayan masters.

The celebrations started with Bhajans sung by Mrs. Naina Mathur after lighting the lamps. Mrs. Jaya Bhagat, lovingly called Guru Maa, rendered several beautiful devotional songs in her trademark melodious voice that held everyone spellbound. She also played harmonium dexterously while singing.

Read More:
International Yoga Day in Noida

 


 

Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.

Question:

I run a yoga center and 2 teachers are helping me voluntarily. They are good teachers of Hatha who are not from our tradition, and they do the relaxation exercises after the Hatha, starting relaxing from the toes going up.

During my class, being a certified Yoga Teacher I start from the forehead going down, as I have been taught.

I have asked them this morning to do it my way. But I am feeling bad. Was there a reason Swami Rama taught us to start relaxation from the crown to the toes? Please enlighten me. Aum, in service

Answer:

Four have answered this question: Stephen Parker (Stoma), Swami Radha Bharati, Lalita Arya (Ammaji), and Pat Layton.

Read More:
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

 


 

International Day of Yoga at SRSG

by Tarinee Awasthi

At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), the International Day of Yoga has been celebrated for four years now, in the spirit which Swami Veda Bharati enjoined in his message in 2015, the first year it was observed across the world.

In that message, Swamiji drew upon texts associated with ‘classical’ Yoga, Ayurveda, Virasaivas, as well as the Buddhist tradition to emphasize the ‘interior’ essence of Yoga, and wished all practitioners success in the Yoga described in these texts: ‘samadhi’, ‘moksa-pravartaka’, ‘His corporal sense decorporalised;/His will stilled in will-less-ness;/His eye held in fixity;/His sight blotted;/His lashes unblinking;/His consciousness steady…’

Reflecting the structure of Swamiji’s message, the programme on 21st June, 2018 began with Guru-puja—homage offered unto the lineage and the Guru-spirit, and two minutes’ silence, whose profundity was shared by more than two hundred people present in the Meditation Hall. This was followed by a brief discussion on the history and objectives of Yoga.

Read More:
International Day of Yoga at SRSG

 


 

The Dance of Transformation

by Ildikó Duna

The Dance of Transformation: A Soul-Warming Weekend with Prakriti Bhaskar

The first time I saw the words “dance and transformation” interlocked was in the newsletter of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Transformation has been a constant and natural part of the last nine years for me, and dance  –  as a hobby  –  has been an abundant source of joy for the last thirty. However, when I saw these two concepts linked together, side-by-side in a sentence, what’s more, as a title of a three-day workshop, I had no idea what would happen if I signed up, only that I had to: that my place was there.

The three days were a soul-warming flow. We all bathed in the love radiating from Prakriti, in her devotion, and in all the experience of forty-five years spent on the road of learning dance that she could share with us in three short days.

I had a great many epiphanies and moments of understanding. After years of meditation, I just discovered dance to be a wonderful form of meditation for me. We could get a taste of Prakriti’s tradition, Barata Natyam. This traditional Indian dance has a highly regulated structure, and it’s incredibly complex, requiring multiple layers of attention so it can be performed.

Read More:
The Dance of Transformation

 


 

Buddha birthday at Yongmunsa templeClass at Goeje islandA Month in South Korea

by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)

During the years I spent close to Swami Veda throughout my time in India, I heard him on numerous occasions speak about how an extraordinarily beautiful country Korea is and how wonderful its people are.  This spring, we had the unique opportunity to experience Swamiji’s words about this very special culture for ourselves and to witness firsthand that everything he used to tell us about Korea is more than true.

A perfectly planned month long programme throughout the entire country was masterfully organized by Hansa ji (Helen Choe).  We were fortunate to spend time and share the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition in Wonju, Seoul, Seo-Myeon, Icheon, Pyeongchang and Goeje, visiting the most amazing places and meeting very interesting and warm hearted people.

Read More:
A Month in South Korea

 


Share Your News!

We invite you to share what is happening in their centers and your experiences, insights, and questions. With such sharing, we can learn more about one another and strengthen one another in our sadhana, becoming a true “sangha”. We welcome your articles. You can write to [email protected]


The next several full moon meditations happen within a day or so of the normal Ahymsin newsletter end of the month mailing. So, we will be sending a single combined mailing.


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