Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

January 2016 Newsletter

Mauni Amavasya (Silence Day) falls on 8th February 2016. The observation of Silence Day is a practice that Swami Veda Bharati invited us to practice:

“...If you plan from now, you can arrange your worldly affairs in such a way that they do not interfere with your one-day vow of silence. On that day, no driving (except for emergencies), no TV, no conversation, just self-observation, contemplation, japa and learning (1) to give love in silence while (2) learning to love silence.” 

For more information, please see the article Mauni Amavasya (Silence Day), 8th February 2016 (click on title).

Dan Prideaux: 19 July 1931 - 14 January 2016

Swami Veda and Dan PrideauxWe salute the life, service, and sadhana of Daniel W. Prideaux, 19 July 1931 – 14 January 2016. Among other things, Dan was the webmaster of www.swamiveda.org and published Swami Veda’s Worldwide Newsletter. He served in many ways, including sharing teachings of our tradition, providing support for Swami Veda’s worldwide mission, and also providing a vital link between people and Swamiji. He will be missed by many. (Photo of Dan with Swami Veda was posted on Dan’s Facebook page by Prea Naraine.)

Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy Kanpur Logo

50 Year Aniversary

“The ‘HIMALAYAN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF YOGA SCIENCE & PHILOSOPHY’ in Kanpur, was established by our great Gurudev Swami Rama himself in 1966 for the first time in the world…And we have a pleasure to announce that in this coming year of 2016 we are completing 50-Golden Years of our Institute established by Swami Rama.” – Vijay Singh, General Secretary, HIIYSP,Kanpur.

Yoga Nidra Videos

Courtesy of Pandit Tejomaya, here are links to 2 videos of Swami Veda Bharati talking about yoga nidra (click on titles):

Ahymsin Office Coordinator

It is with pleasure that we share the news that Rabindra Sahu will be taking on the sewa and responsibility of being AHYMSIN Office Coordinator. We imagine we will hear more from Rabindra in the near future.

Cover image of Volume 6Inside Dedication of Volume 6


Volume 6 Published (click images for full size)

The book At the Feet of a Himalayan Master: Remembering Swami Rama, Volume 6, has been published. This book is edited by Prakash Keshaviah. The dedication at the beginning of the book is to Swami Veda Bharati. It is available at Amazon.com, Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust ([email protected]), Swami Rama Centre at HIHT, and other bookstores.

NOTE: As explained below, next issue will be in March. There will not be a February newsletter.



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January Newsletter Articles

  1. Guidelines for Spiritual Living by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Meditative Posture by Swami Rama
  3. Youth and Children's Retreat Slideshow
  4. 2015 Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat
  5. Children Coming Home by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  6. December AHYMSIN BoD Meeting by Rajini Prakash
  7. My Experience with TTP byFrancine Kuo (Sujata)
  8. Himalayan Yoga in Thailand by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. From Form to Formlessness
  11. Yoga Sutras in Taipei by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
  12. SVB – Last Conversation by Salvatore Zamibito
  13. The Wonder of Dhrupad by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  14. 2016 Events and Beyond
  15. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  16. Location of our SRSG ashram

Our next edition is planned for sometime near the middle or end of March, 2016, (due to Sangha Gathering at SRSG at th end of February). We hope everyone everywhere enjoys the holiday seasons and family time, both with close family and our world-wide family. Deadline Deadline for submissions to each month's issue is the first week of that month. Full Moon Meditation reminders generally come out 1-2 days before the full moon day. When full moon meditation reminders and newsletter timings are close, we try and send a single mailing to the combined list.

Full Moon Timings


7 AM

in India (IST), surrounding countries adjust the time accordingly, for example Iran is 5 AM.


8 PM

in East Asia, 8 PM Singapore time. Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand etc. adjust their times to coincide with Singapore time 8 PM.


8 PM

in U.K. (London Time).Those in all European, and all African time zones, please adjust your sitting time to coincide with 8 PM United Kingdom.

9 PM Toronto, Canada for those in the Toronto area. Other North American meditators, please follow the "10 PM" time (next row)

10 PM

in New York. Surrounding countries and regions of South, Central and North America and the Caribbean to match their time to 10 PM New York time.

Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office

Swami Veda in 'Namaste' pose

To Guru (not the body known as Swami Veda)



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