Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi
  AHYMSIN Newsletter, Issue - April 2013  

Swami Veda's Silence Vow Ceremony

by Michelle Kinsey

10th March 2013, Shivaratri morning, Swami Veda Bharati sits in the Yagnashala for a fire ceremony to start his Five Year Vow of Silence. These are a few moments from this auspicious experience.


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Editor's Note:

On 10th March 2013, the Purna-ahuti of the 3 year practice from 2010 – 2013 also took place in the yagnashala.

Swami Veda Bharati’s last spoken words were “Om Sham.” (pronounced “shum”). Sham is the bija mantra of “peace.

In “Vows of a Swami, Translated by Swamiji” and previously published at http://www.swamivedablog.org one reads, "...all essence of knowledge is Sham, peace."

For an article on the Maha-Shivaratri events during the evening and after Swamiji’s vow of silence, please see the article “Maha-Shivaratri 2013”, also in this newsletter.