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March 2019 Newsletter

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Three Year Mantra Practice

Swami Ritavan Bharati has guided the AHYMSIN Sangha into a new mantra practice for the next 3 years. The mantra given is the Saumyā mantra combined with a Tārā mantra.

सौम्या सौम्यतराशेष सौम्येभ्यस्त्वतिसुन्दरी ।
परापराणां परमा त्वमेव परमेश्वरी ॥
तारे तुत्तारे तुरे स्वाहा.

saumyā saumyātarāśeṣā saumyebhyas tvati sundari,
parāparāṇāṁ paramā tvameva parameshvarī.
tāre, tut tāre ture, swāhā.

Please read these articles in this newsletter for more information about the three year practice:

This newsletter is mainly transcripts from some of the session that took place during the 2019 Sangha Gathering. It may take more than one opening of the newsletter to read pertinent articles and to absorb them. There are also photos for your viewing pleasure. We will feature more transcripts and accounts of the 2019 Sangha Gathering in the next newsletter.

The article descriptions below are very short because we have 15 articles. Please give feedback if you think this is good/bad!

Events at SRSG for 2019 include the Guru Purnima Retreat, 4th Anniversary of Swami Veda’s Mahasamadhi, Retreat for Initiates, Sri Vidya Seminar, Breath Retreat, and more.

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

 


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March Articles


Book Cover: Silence Volume 2 Light Beyond the MindWays into Silence

by Swami Veda

[This passage has been taken from the upcoming book titled Silence Volume II, Light Beyond Mind, published by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust, which was released during the AHYMSIN 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh.]

Bring your awareness only to the space that your body is occupying. This space is devālaya, temple of God. Be aware of being. No names, no forms, no conditions, no associations. Dwell by the self within the Self. Un-wrinkle your mind. Feel the flow and the touch of the breath in your nostrils. Breathe gently, slowly and smoothly. No jerk in your breathing, no sound in your breathing. Maintain the flow of the feel of the breath; together with the flow of the Divine name [mantra thought] in the mind. Observe how the breath, the mind and the name are flowing together as a single stream. No break in your breathing. No break in the thought of the name. Observe how the breath, the mind and the name are flowing together as a single stream. Your entire mind becomes an even flowing stream.

Read More : Ways into Silence


Book title: Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad GitaJoy of Giving and Sacrificing

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama as part of the commentary on III:14.]

Those who are not aware of the law of expansion do not experience the joy of sacrificing and giving. But those who have practiced to strengthen the quality of giving cannot stop giving, for giving fills one with the highest of joys, whereas expecting and taking only lead to momentary pleasure that later results in disgust, disappointment, and a sorrowful state of mind. Those who do not learn to give or sacrifice the fruits of their actions do not know the art of living and being.

The essence of sacrifice is giving selflessly. It is a complete expression of love in the true sense.

Read More : Joy of Giving and Sacrificing


Sangha Practice for the Next 3 Years

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of a talk given by Swami Ritavan on 25th February 2019 during the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.]

This morning we have spoken how the Tradition is one of meditation; the Tradition is one of transformation of the mind. Those qualities of the Prakriti and its first devolutes as its gunas, sattvic guna, rajasic guna, tamasic guna, and in that sense the sattvic, the rajasic and the tamasic mature into further evolutes by which the mind and that mind as senses, perception and cognition the very essence of the ahamkara, the I maker, and the buddhi, the intelligence.

Read More : Sangha Practice the Next 3 Years


Saumya Mantra Explanation

[This is from a hard copy that was given to participants at the 2019 Sangha Gathering, 25 February – 5 March 2019, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh.]

सौम्या सौम्यतराशेष सौम्येभ्यस्त्वतिसुन्दरी ।
परापराणां परमा त्वमेव परमेश्वरी ॥
तारे तुत्तारे तुरे स्वाहा.

saumyā saumyātarāśeṣā saumyebhyas tvati sundari,
parāparāṇāṁ paramā tvameva parameshvarī.
tāre, tut tāre ture, swāhā.

From Swami Veda’s previous talks and writings:

The purpose of this observance is to establish and enhance the peacefulness in the hearts and minds of Gurudeva's disciples and thereby to strengthen a bond of good heartedness among all beings...only for the pleasure of Gurudeva.

Read More : Saumya Mantra …


Advancing Guidance in Yoga Sadhana

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of a talk given by Swami Ritavan on 1 March 2019 at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.]

Are your foreheads relaxed? What did you say the topic is tonight? Advancing guidance. Advanced practices. Our beloved Swamiji simply said again and again keep your foreheads relaxed, and being the naughty student that I was for so many years, such students take a long, long, long time to learn very simple practices, like keep your forehead relaxed. Even now I am looking at the mirror, the grooves are getting deeper, I am thinking, too much thinking. Haven’t I learned anything from my teacher? Haven’t I practiced what he has taught me?

Read More : Advancing Guidance


What is AHYMSIN

by Swami Ritavan Bharati and Shi Hong

[This is a transcript of the opening talk on 25th February 2019 at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India.]

We have just conducted the ritual, a sacrament, a reminder of a relationship where that presence of the very life force, that light, that love, is an embodied, is a blessed one.

Read More : What is AHYMSIN…


Vision for the Next Three Years, Part 1

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of a talk given by Swami Ritavan on 2nd March 2019 during the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.]

Saumyā saumyatarā śeṣa saumyebhyas-tvati-sundarī.
Parāparāṇām paramā tvameva parameśvarī.
Tāre tut-tare ture svāhā.
Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṁ vyāptaṁ yena carācaram,
tat-padaṁ darśitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ.

A very good morning, (phone rings) the nada, the sound comes in many forms. The question is are we listening or do we react into speech. To simply say, what is most dominant on those waves of your mind? So, it will be no doubt coloured with those emotions that you have had building up following those pathways of the habit patterns, but we as meditators have listened to that subtler nāda, that vibrates, that sings within us. So, we are not reactors to the situations around us, we are actors with an intention and that is the beauty of all of us as meditators.

Read More : Vision …


AHYMSIN Executive Committee
2019 – 2022

by Shi Hong

On March 2, 2019 an election of the Ahymsin Executive Committee and Office Bearers was held at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. The elected/appointed members of the full Executive Committee and Office Bearers for 2019 - 2022 are:

Read More : AHYMSIN Elections…


Mind Mirror

by Dr. Vijay Dhasmana

Thank you, Swamiji and all the guests here, for inviting us. When he was praising us, actually we do nothing there. Enjoying. We simply follow among the blessings which were taught by Gurudev. Whenever we had some difficulties, when he was in his physical body, we used to go and ask him and he would say, ‘Beta, do what is right.’ Beta means son. Do what is right. He was praising me that I am very good at administrating whatever. Good administrator should have, as much as what I have learned from, again, I learned so many things [lost audio] guidance from him. In my philosophy, nothing moves in that campus without his approval, even today. To be put administrator, you have to be a patient listener, you have to take quick decisions, you have to keep your door open, you have to sort out many issues, many problems, internal problem and external problem. Since morning I am a bit low and I know what is happening with me. I had very good sleep. I did not have fight with my wife in the morning. So, while coming back to my office, one thought came in my mind and that thought is still I’m trying to remove that thought. But still it is there and I can feel it.

Read More : Mind Mirror…


Guidelines for 3 Year Practice

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of the session on 4 March 2019 at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India.]

By way of Mother Divine’s grace for each and every one and the Guru’s blessings, the Ityukta [mantra] continues to be now our mission. When we have understood that mantra we become the listeners. Again it is a verse from the Caṇḍī. It simply says thus the Divine Mother spoke, but it doesn’t say what she says. So this is the way by which we are training our higher faculties and in that way serving the Mission.

Read More : Guidelines …


2019 Sangha Gathering Slideshow

by Jay Prakash Bahuguna

These pictures were taken during the AHYMSIN 2019 Sangha Gathering, which took place 25 February – 5 March 2019 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India.

Read More : Slideshow …


Working Groups Report

by Sonia Van Nispen

In two working group sessions, we were invited to seek answers to two questions:

Read More : Working Groups Report …


What Is a Sangha?

by Spiritual Committee Members

[This is a transcription of a session with some of the members of the Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee on 27th February 2019 at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.]

Yoong:

Your mind is now united in this attention on the spiritual forces with the collection of minds now gathered in one place making up a sangha. Now you may gently open your eyes and look around, look around you at all the bodies around you. Do they look any different? Are we merely physical bodies gathered here? Are we merely minds that have a habit of chattering? Would chattering minds make up a sangha? Or is it possible that when our minds are gathered together at one place, and what might that place be? The place where Guru is. If our minds are gathered together in that place that we call the Guru, or the Guru lineage, is that a sangha? You might say that all three are a sangha, but we do have a purpose here in the sangha.

Read More : What is a Sangha …


Shivaratri Manasa Puja

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript from Shivaratri, 4 March 2019, which took place during the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.]

Om tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam,
Urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyor-mukṣīya māmṛtāt.
Om namaḥ śivāya. Om namaḥ śivāya. Om namaḥ śivāya.
Om śivoham

I am Śiva, know yourself to be the everpure, everwise and everfree, nitya śuddha, nitya buddha, nitya mokṣa.

We now find in this matrix of time and space, find this Self,  the pure Self, that has taken on the ignorance, taken on the illusion as ignorance, and the samskara of many bodies again and again, where in this mandala of universe you now find yourself the bound and ignorant jīva as you sit here at this place, at this time, draw yourself to yourself and with the prayer, mukṣīya, mukṣīya, mukṣīya, you are searching through the layers and layers upon layers of that illusion. Now sit still in the very centre of the mandala that you know yourself to be. In that stillness a settling of the mind. A relaxation of the body. An intention to know yourself. Śivoham. I am Śiva.

Read More : Shivaratri …


What is Shivaratri?

by Pawan Mishra

Is there anyone who does not know anything about Shiva? So I will calibrate my introduction in that manner. Anyone here who does not know about Shiva at all, anyone? No.

My goal in this brief conversation that we will have, my goal is to arrive at a shared understanding of Shiva, so we understand something together and some commonality in that understanding. That would be my goal. Otherwise different people might have different understanding, might have read on the net, must have attended seminars. I am so overwhelmed to be sitting here and talking on this subject because on this seat have adorned many scholars on Shiva who really have academic and scholastic knowledge on the subject. I don’t have that.

Read More : What is Shivaratri …


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