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August 2019 Newsletter

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“Be a conqueror. Don’t be defeated by your desires, restlessness, by your angers, by your random speech. Be a conqueror. Don’t be a slave to your urges. That is power yoga. A true practitioner of yoga aspires to conquer his anger, conquer his desires, conquer his habit of gossip and random speech.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

To read Energy of Consciousness in the Human Personality (part 4) by Swami Rama, please click on title. To read parts 1, 2 and 3, please click on appropriate part: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Renovation Work at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) continues. Some of the work in progress can be seen in the photo. More photos and explanations can be seen here and here. Rabindra Sahu, General Manager of SRSG, has written, “It is only with the generous support of our extended family that the ashram can continue to serve the mission.” For more about this work, please see “A New Cycle of Construction and Restoration at SRSG” and “Updates on Renovation at SRSG.”

To learn more about Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), we invite you to read “Is an Ashram for Me?” Swami Ritavan writes, "This is the essence of the sacred space known as SRSG. All emphasis is placed on this intention as given by the Lineage and remains our mission through residents, students and many supportive persons."

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

Himalayan Tradition Gathering in Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Dr. Mark Sadashaya Dyczkowski - “Tantric Concentrations in Vijnana-Bhairava” – 27 – 29 September 2019. “Let us gather, remembering our tantric tradition as we immerse ourselves in a study of Vijnana-Bhairava with Mark Sadashaya Dyczkowski (a world-renowned teacher of Tantric texts). And practice our mantra tradition absorbed in the spanda of sound and deep silence.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati. To learn more, please click here.

“Meditate and Awaken, The Time in Now.”– Swami Ritavan brings our minds once more to The Meditation Center commencing the 50-Year Celebration.

At SRSG in September and October, there will be 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).

“Valmiki was the first poet on the face of the earth; he invented poetry, composing the Ramayana in a simple Sanskrit meter. The Ramayana is called ādi-kāvya, the first epic… The Ramayana has been an immortal and inexhaustible source of inspiration to poets throughout the ages and will continue to inspire. It is often called the ratna garbha, the ocean of gems. The more deeply one dives into this epic, the more one obtains.” - Swami Rama in the introduction to his book The Valmiki Ramayana Retold in Verse, Volume 1.

Note/Correction

The PDF download : “Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation and how it flows through AHYMSIN…” shared by Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah (HYSSS) in Malaysia for International Day of Yoga and shared last month in the AHYMSIN Newsletter contains material prepared by Namita Sinha of Bangalore, India, as well as by HYSSS.

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 August 2019 Newsletter in your browser or click one of the article "Read More" links below.


August Articles


Sanatsujata – The Child Saint

by Swami Veda

Book Cover: Death Your Servant by Swami Veda Bharati

[The following passage is taken from the book Death Your Servant, Mahabharata’s Bhishma: Examples from a World Classic by Swami Veda Bharati, published in 2019 by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust and New Age Books.]

It is in this tradition that we find saint-philosophers like Shankaracharya who began writing his commentaries at the age of sixteen.

Sanatsujata was another such saint. His date is lost in antiquity. Regarded as one of the twenty-four incarnations of God in orthodox Hinduism, he was one of four brothers who are equally venerated in the scriptural tradition and to whom have been ascribed the eternal purity of childhood and youth. Their names are Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara. Sanatsujata is another name of Sanatkumara. According to the Puranas, all four roamed about as adepts at the age of five, teaching their disciples.

Read More : Sanatsujata – The Child Saint


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

by Swami Rama

[This passage has been taken from the book Love and Family Life, pp 27- 29, by Swami Rama, published by Himalayan Institute India.]

From the beginning of history there have been two major paths that people have taken in life in order to seek the goal of a deeper happiness and peace. A few sincere souls have decided to genuinely renounce the world’s attractions in order to attain the highest wisdom. The path of renunciation actually means not keeping or possessing anything for oneself. Instead, these wise ones serve others, knowing that by doing so they are utilizing their time and energy in the best way. Living their lives in service to others is the characteristic by which you will recognize them.

Most people, however, still experience strong and compelling attractions to many things. They want to fulfil the desires for marriage, parenthood, and the conventional life. Thus, there is a second path, which is travelled by most people in the world, called the path of action. Throughout history, there has been confusion about which of these paths is superior.

Read More : The One-Pointed Mind


Paradise on Heart

by Daniela Citti

I lived for three years, almost continuously, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). I felt that as my home, and people there as my family. I was a Gurukulam student, and when the program was over, I left.

Then life takes its courses, back to my country, reorganize a life after three year spent only in yoga, meditation, studying philosophy… it took some time. Everything was different; any meaning of life was different. It took me quite some years to decide to come back to India (who knows who decides?). One’s own karma, fears, difficulties, insecurities…

Another strong desire: to visit Kashmir at least once in my life…. So this year everything fell into places (as did my will). First stage: Srinagar. Right out of the airport a shining light “Welcome to Paradise on Heart”.

Read More : Paradise on Heart


Guru Purnima Celebration in Bangalore

by Namita Sinha

akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram|
tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śrī gurave namah||

On 14th July 2019, the South India Sangha was blessed with a gathering for double celebrations of Swami Veda’s Mahasamadhi Day and Guru Purnima at the Bangalore center.

The celebrations felt blessed by the guru lineage in presence of two very senior teachers in the Himalayan Tradition - Chanchala Rao Ji and Raghavendra Adiga Ji.

Chanchala Mataji is a Sri Vidya initiate of Swami Veda Bharati and a respected Sri Vidya teacher; she lives in Bangalore. Her book titled SRUSHTI – The Playground of Cosmic Energies is a mesmerising account of her experiences with kundalini and Sri Vidya practices. The book recounts her captivating experiences with Swami Veda on her fascinating spiritual journey. The book is written in her spiritual name Vyomaa and is available at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).

Read More : Guru Purnima in Bangalore…


Why Do We Do Joints & Glands Exercises?

by Ashutosh Sharma

(This is a transcript of a talk by Ashutosh Sharma on 14 February 2019 in Thailand. The video of this talk was posted by Thaniya Kevalee and can be seen by clicking here.)

What we did this morning – three-quarters at the beginning when we did the leg stretches and the ankle rotations – this was not classical yoga asanas. This was known as Joints & Glands movements. These are the preparations for classical asanas. We were preparing. Three-quarters was preparation. And then we went into just a few postures: Spinal Twist, Sitting, the Cat, and the Sideways Stretch, etc. The rest was preparation which was needed; otherwise you suffer when you practice asanas. Why do we do it? I want to relate this to what we have practiced.

When we are practicing asanas, we are directing energy in different parts of the body; we are circulating the energy. If you are watering plants at a garden at home with a long hose, you connect the hose to a faucet, and then you open the tap to full power, and the water comes out. But, let’s say at some point in the hose, there is a kink.  You attach one end to the tap and open the tap full power, and the hose bursts because there is a lot of pressure coming, but it cannot go farther.

Read More : Why Joints & Glands?…


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.

Question:

I can only visit Rishikesh once or twice in a year, in that case how can I keep track of my practice?

Answer:

Lalita Arya (Ammaji) and Stephen Parker (Stoma) have answered this question.

From Lalita Arya (Ammaji):

I love to tell stories and lessons we learnt from Baba, Swami Rama, that may help others on the Path. Once when in the very early stage of Baba coming into our lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, my dear husband, who later became a swami, said to Baba that he wished to go to the Himalayas. So Baba queried -

"Why?".

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


Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office



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