Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

April 2016 Newsletter

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“Let the Flowers Bloom; everyday this is our dharma; OM.” — Swami Ritavan Bharati

A photo of two smiling swamis, Swami Ritavan Bharati and Swami Ma Radha Bharati, to grace your email. (Photo taken by Jay Prakash Bahuguna)

We invite you to listen to Swami Veda speak on the subject of healing at this link: Perspective on Healing

June 21 will be International Yoga Day. Swami Veda requested, “All our initiators, teachers, centres should plan something each year.”  We wish you well in your planning!

In his 2015 International Yoga Day message, Swami Veda wrote:

What is this yoga? What is it? What are the signs of one practicing yoga?

On the very first sutra of the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, Vyasa, the first and foremost sage commentor, defines

Yogah samadhih : Yoga [means] samadhi.

“Yogah samadhih” is also in the logo of our organization AHYMSIN - the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International - with headquarters at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh.

The most authentic ancient text of yoga speaks of it in these terms.

The most authentic ancient text of Ayurveda, Charaka-samhita, states:

Yogo moksha-pravartakah

Yoga is that which impels and grants spiritual liberation (moksha)
Sharira-sthana 1.137

Do please memorize these two definitions and make them known to all who enter the path of yoga through whatever avenue.

Upcoming Netra Tantra Seminar by Bettina Bäumer, October 2016, is already filling up fast! (see article 12 below for full details)

Admissions Open for Fall 2016 for the Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam, Institute of Meditation, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). This is a 3 to 5 year program with the school year running from 1 October - 15 May. Deadline for applications: 15th August 2016. For more information, please see: www.dhyanagurukulam.org

In July, HYT-TTP (Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program) will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 teacher training retreats and Prana Vidya 1 and 2 Workshops at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  The next retreat at SRSG will be in November 2016. For more information, please visit their website: http://hyt-ttp.com/

Two videos have been shared by AHYMSIN Thailand; click on title to watch:


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Please Share Your News We invite you to share what is happening in their centers and your experiences, insights, and questions. With such sharing, we can learn more about one another and strengthen one another in our sadhana, becoming a true “sangha”. We welcome your articles. You can write to [email protected]

For Upcoming Events please click 2016 Events and Beyond. (http://ahymsin.org/main/events-maps-schedules/upcoming-events.html)

For Full Moon Meditations, please click Full Moon Meditation Calendar. (http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/full-moon-meditation.html)

April Newsletter Articles

  1. 14 Practices by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Forgiveness by Swami Rama
  3. Can I Have Samadhi? by Shi Hong
  4. TTP Program for Thailand and Taiwan by Thaniya Kevalee
  5. Navaratra (Poem & Slideshow) by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
  6. HYT-TTP Newsletter by Rabindra Sahu
  7. Pune Pranayama Camp by Dr. Shirin Venkat
  8. Sangha Gathering 2016 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. Swami Nijananda Bharati
  11. Cancer, No Easy Choices by Richard Parenti
  12. Netra Tantra Seminar, October 2016
  13. 2016 Events and Beyond
  14. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  15. Location of our SRSG ashram

Our next edition is planned for sometime near the middle or end of May, 2016. 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.


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.

Toronto "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members also meet at 9:00 pm.

Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office



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