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June 2019 Newsletter

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“May we weave the fabric of spirituality in our lives, and within our spiritual family – AHYMSIN.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

Many of you are participating in the 2019 Spiritual Festival wherever you are, and for those of you who have not started, we invite you to review the material and participate from now to Guru Purnima, which is July 16th. “Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati. If you would like to come to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) for the observance of Guru Purnima or the anniversary of Swami Veda’s mahasamadhi, please write to [email protected].

Swami Ritavan guiding a meditation at the June 2019 Retreat at SRSG

On International Day of Yoga, 21 June 2019, the pictures of Swami Ritavan Bharati guiding meditation and of sadhakas sitting for meditation were taken at SRSG. More can be seen by clicking here. Events were also taking place in centers in Italy, Malaysia, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, the USA…

We remember Swami Veda Bharati’s Message for International Yoga Day:

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

Yogah samadhih
Yoga [means] samadh

'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.

Yogah samadhih (from the text on yoga)
Yogo moksha-pravartakah (from the text on ayurveda)"

To read Energy of Consciousness in the Human Personality (part 3) by Swami Rama, please click on title.  To read parts 1 and 2, please click on appropriate part: Part 1 and Part 2.

We invite centers and sadhakas to share with us. In so doing, we can learn more about one another and can strengthen one another in our sadhana. Please write to [email protected], attn: AHYMSIN Newsletter.

You may want to be active in a centre in the region of the world in which you live. There are centers that offer regularly scheduled classes, retreats, workshops, and satsangs. Please see AHYMSIN Affiliated Centers and also Websites, Newsletters, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter which has some listings in the “Other Links” section.

Upcoming Events

Our Upcoming Events web page has been updated with many new events and retreats. For more information, please check the link or contact [email protected] for more information about these and other programs. Links to listings to other websites are also provided there.

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

Please click here to view this month's Ahymsin June 2019 Newsletter in your browser or click one of the article "Read More" links below.

June Articles

Book Cover: Mahabharata's Bhishma by Swami Veda BharatiBlessing of a Death Conqueror

by Swami Veda

[This passage has been taken from the book titled Mahabharata’s Bhishma, Death Your Servant: Examples from a World Classic by Swami Veda Bharati, published by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust in cooperation with New Age Books. This book is to be released in Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) on the 14th of July 2019].

In those days, and up to very recently in the history of Indian civilisation, no hostile acts were permitted at night. Soldiers picked up weapons only after morning prayers, which was a daily duty, and laid them down for evening prayers. In the night, enemies might even feast with each other on occasion.

Doffing their armour, the five Pandavas and Krishna, weapon-less, go to Bhishma and honour him by placing their heads at his feet, as if entering a refuge.

"Welcome, welcome to each of you." Bhishma addresses each one by name. "What service can I give you today that would be pleasing to you? I will do even the most difficult task for you with my whole self."

Read More : Blessing of a Death Conqueror

Book Cover: Love and Family Life by Swami RamaThe One-Pointed Mind

by Swami Rama

[This passage has been taken from the book Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, pp 77- 78, by Swami Rama, published by Himalayan Institute Press.]

Merely knowing what to do without one-pointedness of mind will not lead one to perform his duty accurately. Therefore, the desired results will not be attained. Just as profound knowledge of what to do is essential, so having a one-pointed mind is equally essential. The modern student tends to know intellectually, but does not make sincere efforts to develop one-pointedness of mind. Thus, his mind remains scattered and all his actions result in disappointment. For lack of a one-pointed mind, the modern student jumps from one path to another because he does not understand that it is his scattered mind that is creating barriers for him. He thinks the barriers are outside. Assuming that another path or goal will be better is trickery played by the mind. One already knows what is right, but he does not know how to put it into practice. In childhood, the fundamentals of all great truths are taught to us. Then we spend energy in trying to apply those truths, but we fail. We do not realize that with systematic practice, we can succeed. The key point of practice as well as of success lies in one-pointedness of mind.

Read More : The One-Pointed Mind

Book Cover: The Ancient Traveler by Swami RamaSwami Rama Book Now Available

by Swami Rama Centre

Now Available: The Ancient Traveler: Writings on Love by Swami Rama

The Ancient Traveler is a compilation of Swami Rama’s poems and writings on love. His compact but profound perspectives on love extend from love in general, to the complexities of human love and finally to the ecstatic heights of divine love. Based on personal life experiences and ultimate spiritual attainment, Swami Rama has gifted us enlightened glimpses of the eternal wanderings of love, the ancient traveler. In these writings Swamiji, also an ancient traveler and extravagant vagabond (as he referred to himself), reveals his deep love for his master and for the mysterious divine force that is the source of all life in this universe.

Read More : The Ancient Traveler by Swami Rama

Sept 2019 Retreat PosterHimalayan Tradition Gathering in Chicago

by Anil Saigal and Swami Ritavan Bharati

Himalayan Tradition Gathering with Dr. Mark Sadashaya Dyczkowski 27-29 September 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. “Tantric Concentrations in Vijnana-Bhairava”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in The Tradition,

Namaste.  May the Himalayan sages shower their grace and light on you, your family, and your students.

Please see the invitation by our spiritual guide Swami Ritavan for the September retreat with Dr. Mark (Sadashaya) Dyczkowski of Varanasi, India.  For more information about Dr. Dyczkowski and his teachings on Shaivism, please click on the …excellent interview with him. [Mark Dyczkowski & Tantraloka: The Bible of Kashmiri Shaivism. ~ Ellen Jefferds]

For retreat information, please… go to this link: Himalayan Tradition Gathering (retreat registration requires you to complete a simple user sign-up.)

Read More : Himalayan Tradition Gathering…

Japa, Silence and Atma-tattva-avalokanam

Part 3

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 3 of 4 parts. To read Parts 1 or 2, please click on appropriate part: Part 1 and Part 2.]

I remember when I was for a few years on the board of The Meditation Center in Minneapolis. One of the things that is important to remember about Swami Veda’s organizations is that they always ran rough. Always. No such thing as a smoothly running organization with Swami Veda. There is always lots of back and forth and contention about stuff. Being a well-trained therapist for a long time and an organisational consultant, I ran around trying to fix it. Then one day I was sitting and watching some kind of conflict go on between two people and the thought suddenly came in my mind, “Stoma, it is not supposed to get fixed. It is supposed to be this way. This is how he facilitates emotional purification in people.” And if there wasn’t enough rough running going on, he would create it! He’d give a job to somebody and then two minutes later, after that person had left, he’d call in somebody else and give him the same job. And he usually picked two people who didn’t like each other. He’d set up a big conflict about it.

Read More : Atma-tattva-avalokanam Part 3…

Retreat at MeranoWorkshop with Swami Nitya and Sabina

by Marjan Overgaag

It is May 2019, and we are in Merano, Italy! Surrounded by the snowy mountains of the Alps, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati lectures us on fears and how to free ourselves. Where do fears come from? And why worry about the future?

Swami Nitya lets us look at fears from different angles; she shares insights and explains lovingly. For wisdom is living from the awareness of oneness. It is an intense and fascinating workshop, and we are all surrounded by the loving care of Sabina Cesaroni, Swami Nitya and each other.

Sabina accompanies the lectures with inspirational body work and yoga. She takes us contemplative walking in the beautiful garden of Casa Pallotti, we meditate under the big, ancient tree and dance on the music of ‘La Danza Della Vita’. And, of course, every day we do makka ho yoga.

Read More : Workshop with Swami Nitya and Sabina …

AHYMSIN Board Meeting June 2019

Reported by Rajini Prakash

The newly elected members of the AHYMSIN Board and Executive Committee came together this June for the first meeting in this financial year. With 18 members attending, it was one of the largest and most invigorating of meetings.

Swami Ritavan blessed the meeting with a rendition of the prayer on Abhayam – 'no fear'.

May the sky grant us abhayaṃ.
May the heaven and earth both grant us abhayaṃ.
May I have abhayaṃ from behind.
Abhayaṃ from the front.
From above and below, may there be abhayaṃ for us.
Abhayaṃ from the friend,
Abhayaṃ from the foe.
Abhayaṃ from what is known to me. 
Abhayaṃ from what is beyond the eyes.
Abhayaṃ in the night. Abhayaṃ in the day.
May all directions, all quarters, be friends unto me.

O Divine Mother, upholder of the universe, grant me strength that I may see all beings with the eyes of a friend.
May all beings look at me with the eyes of a friend.

May they all, all of us living beings, look at each other with the eyes of a friend.
For when all is friend, there is abhayaṃ.
Om. Peace. Peace. Peace.

Read More : AHYMSIN Board Meeting June 2019 …

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.


Does a long challenging and purifying the mind not subtly take you to an ego of the mind? Because you are still in the gross body/mind and extremely far from Brahman...nothingness. How much time and how many lives do we go through “neti, neti”?

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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