Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Evening Lecture Series

July 9 - 20, 2012
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

by The Meditation Center

The Evening Lecture Series is part of the larger event “Transitions and Speaking in Silence” in Minnesota, USA, during the month of July.  This event will include Swami Veda's only US public appearances in 2012 and his last "Speaking/Silence" series in North America before he enters a 5-7 year vow of silence on 10th March 2013 in Rishikesh, India. The larger event will include three retreats lead by Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Ma Radha Bharati, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, and Swami Ma Gita Bharati and HYT-TTP retreats.  There will also be a Guru Purnima celebration, a Family Potluck Picnic, and an AHYMS-A meeting.

In keeping with the theme, “Transition: Preparing to Receive throughn Silence,” the evening lecture series will prepare us to receive the traditions teachings while Swamiji is in Silence.  Swami Veda Bharati will be the keynote speaker on July 9 and will set the stage for the other speakers which will include Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Dr. Rene David Alkalay, Sanjay Kumar, Salvatore Zambito, Ragani, Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, and others.

The evening lectures are open to the public for a fee and are included at no charge in the four retreats. 

  • Event Fee: $15 / Night, or $150 for entire Series (11 Lectures and Kirtan). 
  • Session Dates/Times: July 9th – July 20th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The lectures and kirtan will take place on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. All Lectures will be held at McNeely, Great Hall, Room 100.  The Kirtan will be held at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.   For a map of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus, please see: http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/stpaul/default.html 
July 9
Swami Veda Bharati, “Transitions: Preparing and Receiving from Silence.”

July 10
Dr. Rene David Alkalay, “Diet and Nutrition for Yogis”

July 11
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, “Purusharthas: The Four Purposes of Life”

July 12
Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, “Applying the Yamas and Niyamas in Daily Life”

July 13
Sanjay Kumar, “Chitta Prasadana: Emotional Purification”

July 14
Ragani, Kirtan

July 15
Salvatore Zambito, “The Roadmap of Consciousness: Overview of the Yoga-Sutras for Western Yogis”

July 16
Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, “Philosophy of Prana Vidya Hatha Yoga”

July 17
Salvatore Zambito, “Patañjali’s Paradigm and the Eight Limbs of Yoga”

July 18
Sanjay Kumar, “Sankhya-Yoga and Vedanta”

July 19
Salvatore Zambito, “Patañjali’s Paradigm and the Pathways to Samadhi”

July 20
Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, “Developing a Personal Philosophy of Life”

Links were given above for those who had their own websites.  (Click on the names in blue and underlined)

Sanjay Kumar is a Sanskrit scholar, a lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and will soon be coming to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama to work with Swami Veda while Swamiji is in silence and working on his writing.

Dr. Stephan Parker,Psy. D., L.P., ERYT-500, is a licensed psychologist in private practice at Northland Therapy Center in St. Paul, MN. An initiate of the Himalayan Tradition since 1971, he has been a yoga teacher since 1974 and is a principal faculty member of the international teacher training program of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International. He has taught workshops and seminars on yoga, meditation and spiritual practice worldwide. A Sanskrit scholar, he edited the second volume of Swami Veda Bharati's definitive translation and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali.

In addition, on July 11, Swami Veda will be speaking at the University of Minnesota 0n “Silence: The Deeper Dimension of Meditation,” 4:40 – 6:00 pm. See: http://www.csh.umn.edu/thi/Events/index.htm

The Four Retreats

July 1 to July 4, Guru Purnima Retreat This is a silence retreat guided by our Swamis with hatha, meditation, pranayama and subtle body workshops. Transportation is provided to our Guru Purnima Celebration.   Begins with dinner on July 1, ends with breakfast on July 4 

July 1 to July 10, Silence Retreat Treat yourself to 10 days of silence with our swamis' expert guidance.  A systematic approach is used to assist you in calming body and mind in order to reach profound levels of stillness and silence.  The retreat culminates with Swami Veda's talk on July 9th.

July 6 to July 10, Speaking in Silence Retreat Swami Veda tells us that his most profound teachings will be offered during his 5 years of silence. How do we prepare to take advantage of this great blessing? Discussions and workshops during this retreat will help with this question.  The retreat culminates with Swami Veda's talk on July 9.

July 8 to July 22, HYT-TTP Teacher Training and Continuing Education Retreats

  • Level One (200-Hour & 600-Hour): July 8 – July22
    Level Two (600-Hour): July 8 – July 22
  • Prana Vidya I for Hatha Yoga and Meditation Teachers: July 8 – July 13
  • Prana Vidya II for Hatha Yoga and Meditation Teachers: July 15 – July 20       
  • Prana Vidya I & II for Hatha Yoga and Meditation Teachers: July 8 - July 20

Guru Purnima

 July 3, Guru Purnima Celebration at St. Maron's Cedars Hall, 6:30 pm, followed by 9 pm Guru Purnima Meditation with Swami Veda at The Meditation Center.  This will be the July Full Moon Meditation.

AHYMS-A Meeting and Family Potluck Picnic

July 7, AHYMS-A Meeting
July 14, Family Potluck Picnic
Contact: The Meditation Center


For more information about Swami Veda in Minneapolis 2012, please visit:  http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=200&Itemid=180

For a more information about the summer retreats, see:  http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116&Itemid=184 

For the HYT Teacher Training and Continuing Education Retreats,  see http://www.hyt-ttp.com/stpaul.html 

For the Evening Lecture Series, see http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=207&Itemid=194

You can contact The Meditation Center at:  http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=24