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December 2018 Newsletter

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2019 Sangha Gathering at SRSG: February 25 - March 5, 2019

Love Serve Remember

Dear Pilgrim on the Path of Light,

As you finalize your plans for your pilgrimage to Deva-bhumi, the land of sages, please take a moment to center, let-go, breathe, and come in-touch with your saintly destiny and the path of light & love. Let the eternal spirit of love arise and guide you throughout the journey by way of grace of Mother Providence and Guru's light.  Maintain that connection with your sacred name and the ajapa-japa wherever you are. And as we gather in the sacred abode of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, we will re-dedicate ourselves to the meaningful goals of life, and renew the purpose of this lifetime. The havan, group meditation, inspirational sharing, and silence will nurture your mind and heart to reawaken the perennial light of love as kindness, compassion, and a contented peacefulness within. As you make your final arrangements, please see the reminder notes that follow from our program staff who are at the ashram preparing to receive you. And do contact them with any questions you may have.

"Resolve this year to reduce pain on earth through the power of meditation" as we are reminded by Swami Veda.

With all love and light of the Tradition,

Swami Ritavan Bharati

Please contact the AHYMSIN Office at [email protected] to register and request information. Also, for more information, please see An Invitation to Return Home – AHYMSIN Sangha Gathering 2019.

Marilou Hermens with Swami Veda BharatiMarilou Hermens

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“Healthy breathing is pure necessity. Healthy breathing is our birthright and the basis for our well-being!”
— Marilou Hermens

Marilou Hermens was a kalyana mitra, teacher, and mentor to many within the AHYMSIN family. She taught for more than 30 years, and since 1998 received training from Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Ritavan Bharati. In addition to having a center in Bilthoven, Netherlands, she was a senior teacher and mentor within the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TP), lectured, gave workshops, and also guided annual Science of Breath seminars at SRSG.

“Marilou passed away peacefully and without pain on Friday, 21 December, at 9 PM our time. Her last weeks were difficult, losing her sight and having epileptic insults due to brain tumors. She kept wanting to teach almost till the very end...,”
— wrote Beatrix Dekkers-Heezius.

“…She had informed us a few months ago about this departure due to an irreversible illness. Marilou accepted the physical reality and consciously went into the process that her Guru, Swami Veda Bharati, called the 'Art of Dying'. Not the sadness that many create around that process, but she chose to celebrate her life...Marilou embraced the process of dying as a process of living...Our gratitude for her contributions to the Sangha...” Atem Ramsundersingh informed the AHYMSIN Facebook group. To read Atem’s writing and to see the responses from within the group, please click here.

“It is my greatest wish to help as many people as possible to learn to breathe healthily. The effects of a healthy diaphragmatic breathing are unprecedented. Breath is affected by physical exertion and by emotions. The special thing is that the breath always continues. The trick is to learn to guide the breathing itself: the right spot with the diaphragm, slower, calmer, without fits and starts, silently, through the nose…Breathing is always central to all my classes of yoga and meditation as I have learned from real yogis of the age-old Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition. No difficult postures but bring profoundness in yoga through simplicity and very good observing and learning to observe, mindfulness at the top! It is important to apply it in daily operations. That is real yoga.” Marilou wrote on her website.

Some videos with Marilou can be seen on YouTube at Himalaya Adem Yoga Meditatie Marilou Hermens.

Mauni Amavasya

Mauni Amavasya is 4th February 2019.  Swami Veda Bharati invited us to observe this day with a “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.” – Swami Veda Bharati

Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats will be guided by Swami Ma Radha Bharati 26th January - 4th February and/or 4th - 13th February 2019 at SRSG.


A workshop on “Dance of Transformation”is scheduled for March 6 - 9, 2019, at SRSG.

Teacher Training with TTP

Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) offers two training sessions annually at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. The next session will be March 10-23, 2019.

December 2018 Childrens Retreat

Swami Ritavan gifting rudraksha malas to children

The youth and children’s retreat took place at SRSG 24 – 30 December 2018. We hope to have more about this in next month’s newsletter. In this picture, Swami Ritavan gifts the youthful sadhakas with rudrakshas.

Please see the Upcoming Events or contact [email protected] for more information about these and other programs at SRSG.

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Full Moon Timings

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

Also, Toronto "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members meet at 9:00 pm (local).



The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation

Purification of Thoughts     Dhyana    Mindfulness
Japa     Dharana     Shavasana
Breath Awareness     Qualified Preceptor
Guru Disciple Relationship     Unbroken Lineage
Yoga Nidra     Silence Retreats     Full Moon Meditation

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