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April 2019 Newsletter

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“In cultivating a saumya personality, we need to start working consciously and conscientiously on purification of the mind and emotions.” – Swami Veda Bharati in “Emotions – The Ethics of Emotions”

Three Year Mantra Practice


Sadhakas worldwide are starting the new 3 year mantra practice. We share these 2 pictures – one from California, USA, and one from Hungary. San Diego initiates celebrated the first day of Navaratri by receiving shawls, having satsang, and becoming oriented to the practice. On the birthday of Swami Veda, Frankó Csuba Dea told about experiences at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) and gave the Budapest sangha the new community mantra.

Swami Ritavan Bharati guided the AHYMSIN Sangha into a new mantra practice for the next 3 years during the 2019 Sangha Gathering. The mantra is the Saumyā mantra combined with a Tārā mantra. The first 2 lines of the mantra are the Saumyā mantra, and the third line is the Tārā mantra.

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

saumyā saumyātarāśeṣa saumyebhyas tvati sundarī ,
parāparāṇāṁ paramā tvameva parameśvarī.
tāre tut tāre ture svāhā.

Phonetic Pronunciation Guideline:

"A” is pronounced as in "mama" "papa" "la" "baba" "ha"
"AU" is pronounced as the "au's" in "saurkraut" or like in "cow" or "house"
"E" is pronounced like "ay" (long A) as in "day" or better yet "grey"
śeṣā = shay-sha
saumyebhyas = saum-yay-bhyas
eva = ay-va
parameśvarī = param-aysh-va-ree
"I" is pronounced like "ee' (long E)
"U" is prnounced like "oo" (long U), as in "loon" "raccoon" "moon" "noon"
sundari = soon-da-ree
The V is actually a combination of a V and a W, (VW), the way Russians would pronounce the V in “vodka,” or the way the French pronounce the V in “vois.”
An "ā" is held longer than an "a".
Both the "ś" and the "ṣ" are given a "sh" sound.

You can download the mantra pronunciation files in a compressed (ZIP) file here.

For more information about the three year practice, please see the March 2019 newsletter.

Energy of Consciousness in the Human Personality (part 2) by Swami Rama can be read by clicking on the title. Part 1 can be read by clicking here.

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

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


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]

This Month's Newsletter

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April Articles

Book Cover: Mantra and Meditation by Swami Veda BharatiThe Character of the Mantra

by Swami Veda

[This passage has been taken from the book titled Mantra and Meditation by Swami Veda Bharati, published in 1981 by The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A. Note: This book is sometimes sold with the author’s name listed as Usharbudh Arya, Swami Veda’s name before sanyas].

No doubt, many readers are going to try to guess the “meaning” of their mantra merely on the basis of the scanty and incomplete information provided here. The mind simply does not want to move out of the grooves of a coarse association between a word and an external object at best and a mere translated sentence at worst. Unless the philosophy of language and syllables as we have explained above is understood, the practice of mantra will be misunderstood.

Read More : Character of Mantra

Book Cover: Love and Family Life by Swami RamaJourney of Love

by Swami Rama

[This passage has been taken from the book Love and Family Life, pp 89 – 90, by Swami Rama, published by Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust.]

As love travels on its way it becomes increasingly powerful. In fact, love is the only force that can every really change the world or help people to grow. The greatest kind of strength that a human being can have is the gentle strength of love. Once, many years ago, in my travels in the Himalayas, I went to see a sage living far away from anyone else. As evening approached he told me that I should leave, because he needed to make dinner for his children, and I was very surprised to think that he had children there in the wilderness. But before I could leave I heard a low growl – the sound of tigers! I was somewhat alarmed until he explained that those were his “children”. He had tamed two wild tigers with the force of hi love, and they came every evening to take bread that he would make for them.

Read More :Journey of Love

Album Cover: Refining Negative Emotions by Swami VedaAudio Talk - Swami Veda

“Refining Negative Emotions” by Swami Veda Bharati is now available for purchase as an audio download. © Copyright - Swami Veda Bharati / Ahymsa Publishers (193428761841)

Audio download available on CD Baby; please click here.

Album Notes

Swami Veda begins with a review of the “four basic urges”, the “six negative emotions”, and problems that can arise from them. The mind field can become warped, the free flow of energy blocked, and all this can be reflected in our body language, our speech patterns, and the choices we make. When blockages persist, they lead to the development of unhelpful habit patterns.

Read More : Audio Talk - Swami Veda

Be a Flexible Rock

by Jim Fraser

Be a Flexible Rock: An Account of a Silence Practice

In a talk on the yamas and niyamas, Geeta, a resident teacher at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), quoted Swami Rama who said it was important in observing the yamas and niyamas to become grounded like a rock. Yet this rock must be flexible so it can bend and move to meet the infinite variety of situations and accord with these without losing contact with the cultivation of stillness and silence. The simple practice of breath awareness, smriti upasthāna¸ helps: following the flow of the breath provides rocklike firmness. Then with the testimony of the senses and the mind’s elastic awareness there is a bit more brightness than the average rock.

Swami Veda gives a different command: in the first essay in the first volume of his work ‘Silence,’ we read ‘All that touches you from the outside, leave it there.’ So I did, or tried to.

Read More : Be a Flexible Rock

Japa, Silence and Ātma-tattva-avalokanam

by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

[This is from a transcript of a session with Stephen Parker (Stoma) at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. This is Part 1 of 4 parts.]


It is interesting how long two minutes can be. When you really go into meditation, time is irrelevant. One second in samadhi is the same as a thousand years in samadhi. No difference. And so, give yourself those two-minute breaks during the day.

Our topic this evening is “Japa, Silence and Ātma-Tattva-Avalokanam.” All in fifty minutes. So, to make this manageable, we will just call it ‘Lazy Person’s Yoga’. It is all about lazy person’s yoga. Why? We are all so progress minded. We really want to make progress, and we work really hard at it. The problem is, every time you make an effort, you create an obstacle. Effort equals obstacle. This is the yoga of letting go of that. It is not that we do not make efforts. Obviously, you have to make an effort to learn a new posture or new breathing exercise, but ultimately, you have to let go of all of that, every bit of it, in order to really go deep.

Read More : Japa, Silence …

Sharing Experiences with Swami Rama

by Jyothi Pattabhiram

[This is from a transcript of a talk given by Jyothi Pattabhiram before a Bharatanatyam performance on 2nd March 2019 at the 2019 Sangha Gathering at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India. Jyothi is a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher and a disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She has trained hundreds of students in classical dance and has also choreographed many dance-dramas. She blends the art of dance and the science of yoga and teaches ways of evolving spiritual dimensions of one’s personality through art, dance and music.]

When the performance is going on, if the spectators are elevated to the equal level of the mood of the emotions that are invoked and evoked in the dance drama, and if they are able to, the spectators are able to elevate themselves to this level, then the ascetic enjoyment takes place. This is called rasanu bhava in Sanskrit and I am proud to say that this is the unique contribution of Indian culture and Indology to the world over. This ascetic joy or ascetic experience in the Nāṭya-śāstra is considered equal to the spiritual experiences or moksha or liberation or samadhi.

Read More : Sharing Experiences …

Sangha Gathering 2019

by Michael Kissener

Starting February 25th initiates from 26 countries joined in the 2019 Sangha Gathering in SRSG. We foundourselves in a very visibly improved ashram, among many other things with a new dining hall and kitchen, newly plastered pathways and much more.*

This nine days reunion of members of our spiritual family were filled with lectures, workshops and classes, meetings, discussions and guided and silent meditation practices. The event was especially marked by a 7 day yajna with Akhaṇḍa Maṇḍala Karam and Saumyā mantra.

On the first evening Swami Ritavan introduced and initiated into a combined Saumyā – Tārā mantra as the new community practice for the next 3 years:

Read More : Sangha Gathering 2019

My Panchakarma Retreat

by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

Before flying to India to attend the AHYMSIN Sangha meeting at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, I’d been experiencing a lot of stress, having just sold my business and my house too while also planning a move to a different state. Now I was at the ashram, attending the AHYMSIN Sangha gathering while recovering from the effects of jet lag, and I was feeling very tired.

One day it happened that I met Dr. Pratibha Mamgain, one of the two Ayurvedic Doctors Mamgain who are the main consultants of the Ayurvedic Centre at Swami Rama’s Himalayan Hospital complex. I talked with Dr. Pratibha about how I was feeling, and she very kindly offered to do a consultation with me. She met with me for about an hour, took my pulses, and made suggestions to help with my health. I was so impressed with the insight of her assessment that I asked if I might be able to do a one week in-residence Ayurvedic “pancha karma” retreat at the Ayurvedic Centre. She checked and let me know that although several people were already booked for pancha karma, they could accommodate one more person. So, when the Sangha Gathering finished, off I went to the Ayurvedic Centre.

Read More : My Panchakarma Retreat

Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


During my study of four Vedas, I could not find any mantra relating to Yoga as physical Exercise. Can any learned Vedic Scholar guide me to this subject in Vedas? In Patanjali Yoga Shastra relevant reference to Veda mantra is not quoted.

Vedas do refer to maximum life/age of a person up to 300 years if the individual strictly follows Rtam (eternal Laws of God).In Rtam there is no mention of Physical Yogas but if a person assists God in the maintenance of this Grand wondrous Brahmand by ensuring no physical, spiritual or social pollution in Brahmand, a person can live up to 300 years.

Read More : Dear Yoga Mentor …

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]

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