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

Happy Birthday!

Shankara Jayanti at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

“The Himalayan Mountains have been the home of sages for millennia. These great sages have lived and passed on knowledge of the yogic teachings to disciples who then became masters passing on the teachings in an unbroken lineage since the Vedic period. Twelve hundred years ago Shankaracharya organized his teaching into five centers of the Himalayan Tradition. As one of those five, our tradition is the Bharati lineage.” Swami Veda writes in The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation.

Shankara Jayanti is the annual celebration of the birth and life of Śri Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher and teacher of Advaita Vedānta.

“The yoga system of Patañjali is a preliminary step accepted by us for the higher practices in our tradition, but philosophically we follow the Advaita system of one Absolute without a second,” Swami Rama wrote when writing about “Our Tradition” in Living with the Himalayan Masters. He also wrote, “There is one thing unique to our tradition. It links itself to an unbroken lineage of sages even beyond Shankara. Our Himalayan tradition, through a tradition of Shankara, is purely ascetic, and is practiced in the Himalayan caves rather than being related with institutions established in the plains of India. In our tradition, learning of the Upanishads is very important, along with the special advanced practices taught by the sages. The Mandukya Upanishad is accepted as one of the authoritative scriptures.”

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on Panchami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month, which fell this year on 15th May 2013 and was celebrated at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama with a puja, which we share with you through the photos with this article.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Kinsey.

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Editor’s Note:

You may enjoy reading Hymn to Shiva by Shankaracharya translated by Swami Veda Bharati at http://www.hymla.com/index.php/43-blog/yoga-in-daily-life/306-i-am-shiva

There are two books written by Swami Rama on the Mandukya Upanishad: Enlightenment without God and Om the Eternal Witness: Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad. He has also written Book of Wisdom/ Ishopanishad and Wisdom of the Ancient Sages: Mundaka Upanishad.

Swami Rama can be seen lecturing on three Upanishads (click on title):

Swami Veda Bharati has written the book Subtler than the Subtle: The Upanishad of the White Horse. [Shvetashvatara Upanishad] Swami Veda also recorded Contemplations from the Upanishads.


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