Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

My Experiences

by Dr. Dharmesh Tewari

My decision to try yoga was a gradual one. Suffering an enormous sum of stress after my separation, I started dhyana yoga at home on 3rd  January 2014, and in 2 months I experienced huge changes (emotional and physical), throbbing at the base of my spine and flow of energy throughout my body. I told this confrontation to my cousin sister who is a MSc Yoga and a student of AHYMSIN, and she advised me to join AHYMSIN and learn hatha yoga to correct my posture, to get spiritual retreat and to get my Guru Mantra.

It was a magnificent occurrence learning hatha yoga and meditation with mentors and staff so cooperative and affectionate.

On 25th February 2014, I arrived at AHYMSIN [Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India] and Mr. Adhikari took my orientation class; very calmly and affectionately he listened to me and accordingly arranged further classes for me. The cottage we have been provided was beautifully located with a gorgeous mountain view and the magnificent sight of the whole SRSG. More fortuitously in front of my cottage was the temple of my Bhole Nath. The cottage was equipped with all basic required amenities.

Our Basic Class started in the evening conducted by Mr. Pramod Sahu, a man with empathetic and joyful personality. He educated us on the basics of hatha yoga and dhyana yoga and gave philosophical lessons which were heart prickly. After the class we joined in the Meditation Hall and meditated for 1 hour. The discipline and convention of the ashram was well managed, and all the seekers were affable. After meditation the 7 o’clock bell rang in for enticement of dinner in the dining hall. We moved for dinner since we have to wake up early and prepare for 5 o’clock morning class of hatha yoga. The food was lusciously cooked with an essence of ambrosia.

The next morning at 5 o’clock we went to Meditation Hall for hatha yoga conducted by Mr. Adhikari. Being a gym guy, I went assertively in the hall started doing hatha yoga guided by him. My years of gym training had failed to warn me about how difficult hatha yoga is. The postures help develop strength, balance and flexibility, but when you're starting with poor balance and flexibility, as I was, it's much harder to do. The goal of all types of yoga is enlightenment, but hatha yoga focuses on physical discipline rather than the mind or emotions. The belief behind this is that the body has to be purified before higher stages of concentration, meditation, and ecstasy can be achieved.

My factual time started happening the next day 27th February morning when my mantra initiator Swami Prashant, a man with idyllic aura and balanced analytical personality, called me in for providing me a Guru Mantra. After receiving my Mantra, I started reciting it in mind. And I felt rapturous delight, my conscious level escalating, and my interaction with seekers and mentors started mounting. I met a western seeker Nikki (London), a precedent for other females, perfectly dressed in red saari, mehandi on her hands, anklet (payal) on her feet, jolly natured, singing bhakti songs and reciting mantras with outstanding elocution than any other being there.

The day surpassed while participating in different classes of nadi shodhanam, japa, brisk walking, contemplative walking, diaphragmatic breathing, digestive breathing, etc. In the night we started with auspicious revels of Shiva Ratri and Rudrabhishek (worship). At that time I interacted with many followers, and I met Mother Joanne Sullivan (Divya) with a pleasant aura; we had a chat while walking towards her cottage. And then we, the seekers and our mentors, enjoyed together the whole night gleefully worshiping God Shiva.

The next morning I woke up forlornly packing up my bags to leave. Before leaving the gate I met my mentors and friends waiting at the main office. I remember their last words "may God bless you" but I was not getting words except "thank you" and had to keep a check on my emotions since I have already budding love and attachments for them. But then I recalled Bhagavad Geeta's lesson of Shri Krishna "To Karma (action) alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction." and left the ashram with reconciliation.

Om Namah Shivaya.



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