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July 2019 Newsletter

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“Are your acts inspired by, motivated and guided by this intense longing to reach the personal knowledge of infinity?  To live in the awareness that all spaces of the universe and beyond are immaculately filled with luminous waves of infinity and that ocean of infinity is sending its waves through you day and night so that these bondages no longer bind you.”– Swami Ritavan Bharati in “Guru Purnima Blessings from the Himalayan Sages”

Swami Veda Bharati Interview Transcript can be read by clicking on title. Shi Hong, AHYMSIN Senior Vice President, writes, “Yoong has pointed me to this transcript which I downloaded from the internet. He was there with Swami Veda when the interview took place in CNN's studio in Hong Kong.”

“Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation and how it flows through AHYMSIN…” prepared by Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah (HYSSS) in Malaysia can be seen by clicking on the title link.

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

At SRSG in August, there will be a Special Workshop: Mantra and Meditation, Retreat for Non-Initiates with Borim Whang (Murali) and a Himalayan Yoga Hindi Retreat. These programs will be followed in September and October with a Special Retreat: Mantra after Initiation with Raghavendra Adiga, a Navaratri Puja, and Spiritual and Meditative Approach to the Ramayana with Maithili Bhagavatula and Mrs. Lalita Arya (Ammaji). In addition, there are recurring Six-day Retreats of Maunam - Guided Silence Practice and Superconscious Meditation - Level 1.

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

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July Articles

The Three Shocks of the Buddha

by Swami Veda

From the lecture series: Unblocking Yourself

People are interested in finding out how we free ourselves; how we unbind ourselves from our state of bondage. It is easier to loosen the knots if you know the structure of the knot; then you don't have to spend hours unraveling it. In the process getting more knots and binding ourselves in new ways. If we understand the process by which we bind ourselves, two things will happen. First, it will be easier for us to loosen the existing knots, and second we'll avoid tying further knots in the future. The process of coming into bondage daily, every new bondage, each day, is a subtle and sinister one.

Read More : The Three Shocks of the Buddha

Book: Sadhana, The Path of EnlightenmentKundalini

by Swami Rama

(This is an excerpt from Sadhana, the Path of Enlightenment, Yoga the Sacred Science, Volume 2, by Swami Rama, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, 2011, pages 258 – 260.)

Kundalini is a word that is frequently used but seldom understood. It has a highly secret meaning according to the highest order of yoga and other branches of Indian philosophy and Tibetan and Chinese philosophies. You cannot understand the deeper spiritual aspects of hatha yoga if you do not understand kundalini.

Devatma Shakti is another term used for kundalini. Deva means bright being, and atma is the soul. Shakti means “power,” and is the power behind manifestation. There are various levels of powers, and not every power is kundalini. The individual soul or jivatman manifests and functions with the help of Devatma Shakti. Whereas the individual soul has individual Kundalini Shakti, the Cosmic Soul is Paramatman (the Absolute Self, Brahman). Qualitatively they are the same, but not quantitatively. As the power to burn cannot be separated from the fire, Shakti cannot be separated from the individual soul.

Read More : Kundalini

Guru Purnima Blessings
from the Himalayan Sages

From Swami Ritavan Bharati:

“Sacred goblet where full moon flooding soma forms sahasrara atop your skull. There the guru sprinkles inspired sweet streams of poetic speech, the voice of your soul, as divine sound - mantra. These streams are beyond the touch of death; These are the beautiful waves (sundarya-lahari), the waves of Infinity that touch the shores of your mind. Shreem, unto that Guru-Shri, my prostrations, my homage, my surrender, my ‘not mine’ is offered in love.”

So it is with the layers of the mantras that are granted to us by the lineage, by the Guru-parampara that constantly infuses into our minds the sparkling rays of intuitive wisdom, knowledge, awakening.

Read More : Guru Purnima Blessings

Commencing the 50-Year Celebration

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

Commencing the 50-Year Celebration of The Meditation Center:
Meditate and Awaken, The Time in Now

Celebrating the Spirit - Jayee!
by way of the Eternal and Omnipresent Spirit,
this perennial wisdom  illumines and love is born in the "golden-womb" of mind;
minds "in-joy" celebrates 50 years of Spirit in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition.
We gather together to share this journey, mindful of life, heartful of happiness, life lived with purpose.
The wholeness and holiness of life we celebrate,
now and in each will-filled breath;
now and in each chosen sentiment-filled emotion.
Meditate and Awaken, The Time in Now.

Read More : Commencing the 50-Year Celebration…

Japa, Silence and Atma-tattva-avalokanam

Part 4

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

Question: What is the distinction between atma-tattva-avalokanam and ishvara- pranidhana. Is it a matter of perspectives?

Stoma: The distinction is really just the words. Ishvara pranidhana is a particular aspect of it. If you are watching for the essence of atman everywhere around you, of course you are going to be placing your mind close to divinity which is the real definition of ishvara pranidhana. And in response to that meditation on your part, Patañjali says or Vyasa says ishvara does its abhidhyana, its responsive meditation, in your mind. So it isn’t that we do meditation, we prepare the seat, and then the Guru comes and meditates our mind. That is really how it goes most of the time, at least for me.

Question: You said something about going from vibration into pulsation into point and silence and beyond. How is that connected to this time lapse, this time sensation becoming very slow? How does the process of making japa subtle relate to the perception of time slowing down?

Read More : Atma-tattva-avalokanam Part 4…

3 Year Anniversary – Initiation

by Joe Garrison


Dear Family,

3 years ago we all went up to Randall's house in Los Angeles - Linda Billau came from Minnesota for the weekend: Day 1 - Yoga Nidra, Day 2 - Initiation. Mary Brown and I were talking, and we told both each other - "I've been looking for this all my life." I always remember us BOLTING out to go get coffee! It was so funny - we white knuckled it for the entire weekend - and the wonderful part was learning we were in the same space dealing with such similar things.

Read More : 3 Year Anniversary – Initiation …

World Yoga Day Celebrations in Pune

by Dr. Shirin Venkat

World Yoga Day Celebrations at the Swami Rama Yoga and Meditation Center Pune

Jai Gurudev!

It was a conscientious and compact group of seventeen that met at 7am on 23 June 2019 to celebrate the World Yoga Day and the 8th anniversary of the Swami Rama classes. It was held at the Cloudnine Hospital Pune. The hospital had provided the space as well as a sumptuous breakfast for the event. We are grateful.

The participants were from all walks of life and followed every instruction with attention and zeal. Dr. Shirin and Durgeshwari enjoyed sharing our rich and inspiring tradition. All felt the Grace of the Guru flowing during the meditation, and there was a palpable silence. The 40 minute meditation lead by our beloved Swami Veda Bharati seemed as though they passed in five minutes. “Was it really 40 minutes? It seemed more like 5 minutes” was the response.

Read More : Pune Yoga Day …

Yoga Day Program in Bangalore

by Namita Sinha

Yoga Day Program at the New Bangalore Centre

The International Day of Yoga was celebrated at the newly opened Bangalore centre - Urdhva Yoga over two days with different groups.

The centre opened its doors to students in March 2019 and has been slowly and steadily adding students to the daily hatha classes.

Swami Veda’s Message for International Yoga Daywas the inspiration behind this program, where we strived to learn deeper aspects of yoga according to ancient texts and what can yoga grant in the contemporary world.

Read More : Bangalore Yoga Day …

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.


I think, Kundalini yoga is all about tapping into your spiritual energy, raising awareness, and a whole lot of yogic breathing....Is it so ??


Swami Ritavan Bharati, Michael Smith, Stephen Parker (Stoma), and Wolfgang Bischoff have answered this question.

Read More : Dear Yoga Mentor …

International Day of Yoga, Sabah, Malaysia

by Henry Yap

Blessings of Gratitude

Blessings of gratitude to the Guest of Honour for his presence and support, along with many blessings of recognition and appreciation to the teachers and members of the “Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah” (HYSSS), (Persatuan Himalayan Yoga Sains Sabah), founded by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, providing adept yoga teaching for children and adults, as well as inspiring satsang sessions revealing the ancient knowledge of the Yoga tradition.

Yoga, a discipline for the fullest development of the soul, mind, and body is a scientific, holistic approach to life that helps to keep the body and mind fit.

This event though held in Sabah, in conjunction with the UN International Day of Yoga, is indeed very commendable.  The participation by those that you have trained, especially the children speaks for itself.
Blessings and congratulations on your continued celebration of this world wide United Nations International Day of Yoga since 2015.

Selected Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

It is general knowledge that the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the treatise on Yoga that is contained in 196 terse verses or aphorisms and divided into 4 chapters − samadhipada, sadhanapada, vibhutipada and kaivalyapada. Through the commentaries of scholars and researchers we are able to understand these verses.

In this brochure a few of the selected sutras are presented together with the commentaries.

Sutra 1.2        yogash chitta-vrtti-nirodhah
Yoga is the control or dissolution of the modifications (vrtti) of the mind-field.

Read More : International Day of Yoga, Sabah, Malaysia …

Mahasamadhi Anniversary and
Guru Purnima at SRSG

by Sofia Foteina

Swami Veda Bharati 4th Mahasamadhi Anniversary and
Guru Purnima at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).


And I said to myself: ‘What a wonderful world.’

Two big celebrations on the 14th and on the 16th of July 2019 and at the same time a metamorphosis  of the ashram to an even more beautiful place and for sure an even more powerful community of people. All these celebrations moved by love.

Love was and is the metamorphosis of the ashram.

Read More : Mahasamadhi Anniversary and
Guru Purnima …

Book: Mahabharata's Bhishma, Death Your Servant by Swami Veda BharatiNew Book –
Mahabharata’s Bhishma,
Death Your Servant

— Swami Veda Bharati

Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust is proud to announce the upcoming release of a beautiful new book by Swami Veda Bharati - Mahabharata’s Bhishma, Death Your Servant. Written by Swami Veda before his Mahasamadhi, this text contains the previously published translations and commentary of the Bhishma Stava Raja (Hymn of Kings from the Mahabharata) which is now presented as revised and expanded by Swami Veda. This volume also contains Swami Veda’s translation and commentary of Sanatsujätéyam (The Death of Death by Sanatsujäta). Swami Veda presents these two profound scriptures as expounding one progressive message regarding life and death from the perspective of the yogi.

Read More : Mahabharata’s Bhishma,
Death Your Servant

A Prayer

by Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami

[We were blessed with a special prayer and loving message from Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami Ji on the occasion of Swami Veda's Mahasamadhi Anniversary and Guru Purnima. We have received his permission to use the same with others for inspiration.]

Prayer to help all these lost and lovely souls who come to the Guru ashram

O Guru O Guru

May thee provide salvation in times of need
May thee prompt thy disciples of their duties to heed

May thee pry their eyes and hearts open
May thee polish their egos till unroughen

May thee, for those who come, give them light
May thee, for those who realise, make them right.

O Guru O Guru

Read : A Prayer

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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