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

Swami Hari on Kindle

by Daniel Hertz

The book SWAMI HARI: I AM A SIMPLE FOREST MONK by Daniel Hertz is now available world-wide on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EAC8QDM ) at a new low price. It is available on Kindle in India for only 99 Rs. All royalties from the book (70% of the purchase price) go directly to SRIVERM, the school in the remote Himalayas founded by Swami Hariharananda Bharati.

The book is a rare first-hand glimpse into the life and teachings of a Himalayan Yogi. Swami Hari was a direct disciple of Swami Rama. He spent many years at the remarkable holy Shiva shrine of Tarkeshwar, located in the high Himalayan foothills.

Please see the SWAMI HARI: I AM A SIMPLE FOREST MONK Facebook page for more information.

SWAMI HARI: I AM A SIMPLE FOREST MONK by Daniel Hertz is also available as a paperback book.

Here is the latest SRIVERM update:

The Swami Rama Institute of Vocational Education and Research, Malethi, India was established by Swami Hari in 2005.

One of the major objectives of SRIVERM School is the upliftment of the poverty stricken Himalayan Mountain Foothill population, including females and the physically challenged, through education.


Sriverm is situated at village Malethi in Pauri Garhwal region of Uttaranchal which is 7 km from Satpuli, 60 km before Pauri, 150 km from Rishikesh and 200 km from Dehradun. The Institute campus is called SRIVERM which is spread on a hilly terrain covering an area of about 30 acres providing a pollution free academic environment.


Some objectives of SRIVERM are:

  • To provide pollution free quality education: Children’s School consisting of nursery through 8th class, a Vocational/Polytechnical School and a Bachelor of Education College
  • To provide need based quality manpower development programs as per socio-economic requirements of the area
  • To promote self employment among the youth
  • To reduce the migration of youth from villages to the cities
  • To promote cultivation of herbal plants and their processing
  • To promote research in vocational education and herbal sector
  • To establish links with the world of work in India and abroad, sharing experiences for mutual growth and development
  • To promote income generation of village women group
  • To promote ecological balance and awareness towards health and safety
  • To promote yogic approaches to health and develop human values
  • To serve hot lunch for the poorest families whose children are at risk of malnutrition


In co-ordination with RDI, Rural Development Institute:

  1. Growth of roses, rosemary, lemon grass and other marketable plants.
  2. Provides education and training and employment to some of the area villagers in the cultivation of herbal plants and their processing. Marketing of herbal products produced by the community is one current challenge we face now.
  3. Research plans for the future


  • 30 acres pollution free
  • Five story academic block
  • Guest house for guests and visiting faculty, with three served meals
  • Meditation center for meditation, yoga and photo availability of spiritual leaders
  • Generator for times when regular power supply is not available
  • Two buses, and one jeep for transporting children


  • To provide proper protection to slopes,
  • Providing on site or nearby health services *
  • Expanding the present technical and vocational education facilities as per need and aspirations of mountain villagers
  • Maintain current operations in the midst of rising costs. Example: The cost of gas in 2008 was 25 cents. Now it is $6.75.
  • School repairs and updating

*Note: One weekend in August a first aide course was given to villagers in co-operation with the Rural Development Institute. Qualified, professional instructors were sent to Sriverm campus. Two people were chosen from each village to attend classes and service their village in the future. According to our Holland visitors, the training was excellent. They will be sending some photos.

There is more information on SRIVERM at www.SRIVERM.net .

Editor’s Note:

We invite you to read From Simple Forest Monk to World Traveler (click on title).

Another book about Swami Hari is The Laughing Swami, Teachings of Swami Hariharananda.  It is available at Yes International Publishers, the online bookstore of The Meditation Center, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores. “It is noteworthy that Yes International Publishers is donating all profits from this book to Swami Hari for his work building an educational center and spiritual retreat at Malethi, India.”


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