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September 2019 Newsletter

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“In abhyasa follow three golden rules:

  1. Be aware of the goal and work toward it all the time.
  2. Make the best use of your time.
  3. Be happy in every situation in life."
  4. — Swami Rama, Sacred Journey

“Abhyasa means practice…” – Swami Rama, Sacred Journey

Swami Ritavan Bharati is scheduled to be in residence at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) all of October until November 16, 2019; then back December 7 until 29, 2019. He is scheduled to be in Americas January 2020; then back to SRSG February 7, 2020, and all of March and April 2020.

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.

At SRSG in October and November, there will be a Breath and Pranayama Intensive Workshop and a HYT-TTP teacher training retreat. In addition, there are recurring Six-day Retreats of Maunam - Guided Silence Practice and Superconscious Meditation - Level 1 as well as the ongoing sadhaka program.

Upcoming Events

Please see our Upcoming Events web page for these and other events or contact [email protected] for more information.


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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September Articles


Book Cover: Superconscious Meditation bu Pandit Usharbudh Arya (Swami Veda)Mastery of Meditation Method

by Swami Veda

[This is an excerpt from the book Superconscious Meditation by Pandit Usharbudh Arya (who became Swami Veda Bharati), 2nd edition 4th printing – 1989, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A., pages 112 – 113.)

The mastery of a particular method of meditation is judged in these ways:

  1. I can sit well and enjoy sitting, which I did not do in the beginning.
  2. When I am sitting still, my body, mind and nerves are relaxed.
  3. Fewer and fewer random thoughts, fantasies or false visions arise.
  4. When these thoughts, etcetera, do arise, they are of gradually shorter durations and weaker intensity.
  5. The mind is free of them for progressively longer and longer durations – to be counted initially not in hours but in minutes.
  6. Consequently, I have a greater feeling of quietness and stillness:
    1. during meditation, and
    2. after arising from meditation
  7. After arising from meditation, my feeling of calm and peace, as well as my awareness of my breath and repetition of the mantra continue deeper and longer through my daily activities.
  8. ...

Read More : Mastery of Meditation Method


Book Cover: Holistic Health by Swami RamaThree Categories of People

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from A Practical Guide to Holistic Health by Swami Rama, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, 2nd edition – 1980, pages 11 – 13.]

There are three categories of people traveling through the procession of life: time oriented, goal oriented, and purpose oriented. Time oriented people move in the world without understanding why they are moving. They do not have any true vision of the future. They spend their lives fantasizing some idyllic future or analyzing triumphs or defeats from the past. They lack a sense of discipline and purpose. Because they are continually living in their projections of the way things might have been, or could be, they fail to appreciate things the way they are, and are thus forever dissatisfied. For such people, staying healthy and finding success is difficult.

The second category of people is those who are goal oriented.

Read More : Three Categories of People

 


Self-Regulation and Stress Management

by Daniel Hertz

Last winter my wife Nikki Strong and I co-taught a Meditation 1 class at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis. As I glanced at the students on the first day of class, I could see tensed foreheads, clenched jaws and fists, elevated shoulders, rapid chest breathing, and fidgeting. The students were exhibiting common symptoms of stress. When I asked the students why they signed up for the class, most said they were looking for healthier ways to manage their stress. I remembered very clearly that I had said the same thing at my first meditation class. Later on, the practice of meditation became more of a spiritual endeavor for me. But in the beginning, it definitely started out as a desperate plea for help with stress management.

Stress is not all bad. We need a certain amount of it to respond to challenges in our environment. The ideal response to a stressor we encounter is that your adrenal gland gives you a shot of cortisol to increase your energy—but then your brain quickly and firmly shuts off the cortisol secretion when the stressful event is over. This is a healthy response. Stress becomes unhealthy when it doesn’t shut off after the stressful event is over. This is called chronic stress. Chronic stress is the grinding stress that wears people down day after day, year after year. Chronic stress destroys bodies, minds and lives. It wreaks havoc from such things as poverty, dysfunctional families, or being trapped in a despised job.

Read More : Self-Regulation and Stress Management…

 


AHYMSIN Board Meeting, September 2019

Reported by Rajini Prakash

“Please continue to work together honouring the motto of our beloved Swamiji - Collaboration, Co-operation and Consensus. Let the 3 Cs of commitment be the currency of community and contentment in your city [and throughout the globe].”
– Swami Ritavan Bharati

Although the AHYMSIN Board Meeting is a formal occasion, it was heart-warming to be with family members. In September, the deliberations were on various aspects that would enhance the mission of AHYMSIN, and deepen ties amongst members of our Sangha.

The meeting began with Swami Ritavan invoking the grace of the Divine Mother, and by the rendition of Akhanda Mandalakaram… Swami Ritavan said,

‘thus the Divine Mother who we all approach, who is difficult to reach, the blessed one with all benevolence who is the very embodiment of love with a deep interior smile, a smile that proceeds from Her voice – what did She say – She remained in silence for we must receive, we must hear, we must feel to receive the message of Her smile having from within dedicated our minds to that form of the Divine Mother in whatever form who takes us across as para, and with devotion a deep perfection, an allegiance of hope.

‘We gather here together, be it day or night, we are together as one, as Swami Veda has reminded us that when we look at our lives, whatever instabilities of the situations are not because of the circumstances themselves, but because our minds have reflected this instability – so how to stabilise? Stabilise such that the personal mind becomes a life that becomes stabilised, steady. When people stabilise their minds, it becomes part of the larger mind field. A mind field thus brought into equanimity, peacefulness, stability is called community, is our Sangha. Tonight, we gather as a Sangha, honouring the presence of each and every one of us as listeners – listeners of the divine message by way of Mother Divine.
Thank you and greetings to all of you.
We invite each and every one of us as listeners.
OM.’

Read More : AHYMSIN Board Meeting

 


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 have read this quote from Kundalini - Stilled or Stirred (p.75-76) by Swami Veda Bharati: "Spiritual experience narrated to others loses its power. If people know that you meditate, half the effect of the concentration of meditation is dissipated. The true meditation is that which is held secret. Let no one know, and hold it like a treasure, close to your chest and heart. The secret of meditation is secret meditation. The secret of successful meditation is secret meditation, for which you seek no recognition, no honour and no respect. Instead, seek insult and you will succeed."

Which means this message lost its power in the transmission?

Another swami shared this with me years ago as I related to him an extraordinary experience I had had. When deeper revelations come it is tempting to share with others. Such as the profound firsthand experience of being one with Brahman. I just want to know how Swamis do it without losing the import of the message. Or do they understand that no such oral representation could ever come close to even approximating the experience? This is how I understand Swami Rama's explanation with regards to the guru within.

Answer:

Swami Ritavan Bharati has answered this question.

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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Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office



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