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November 2019 Newsletter

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“Remember the first sutra of the Yoga Sutras. Everybody talks of yoga, yoga, yoga, but where is ‘yoga anushasanam’, the discipline of yoga. ‘Atha yoga anushasanam’—‘Now the discipline of yoga,’ is the very first sutra of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati in “Is an Ashram for Me?”

Swami Ritavan Bharati is scheduled to be in residence at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) 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.

Ongoing programs are offered at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, with the purpose to teach and make available the knowledge of yoga meditation within the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters, as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati. Individual and group study programs of meditation, hatha yoga, pranayama, relaxation, and yoga philosophy are taught within the Himalayan Tradition. Aspirants from all spiritual traditions and all walks of life are welcome. A daily schedule is provided. As the AHYMSIN Office staff writes, “You may come anytime during the year; come alone or with family and friends.” In addition, special retreats, seminars and workshops are offered throughout the year and can be seen at Upcoming Events.

At SRSG in December and January, there will be Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats with Swami Ma Radha Bharati as well as 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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November Articles

Wisdom Within Stories

by Swami Veda

[This is a transcript of recording #2474 from the series “Loving Meditations” (1984) by Pandit Usharbudh Arya (later Swami Veda Bharati).]

One who is world-weary often needs no other instruction. His world-weariness, called vairagya (dispassion, disinterest) itself pulls him to something ever more interesting. And his spaces become infinite. By abandoning the finite, he gains the infinite. By throwing away the limited, he becomes endowed with unlimited riches, as one fortunate enough who may exchange his glass bead for a diamond.  Such a one is truly blessed. And no one has to instruct him in the relative value of the glass bead and the diamond.

As he goes to this “Secret Grove” – remember the “Secret Grove” we found?1 – again, and again, he discovers more interesting things about it: which blossom came, which tree bore fruit, which leaf died, where a bird sat, what shoots are cropping up, how the fragrances change with the seasons, how the earth smells after a drizzle in that grove. What silly people of the city do not understand is why he goes and runs to the wilderness and cannot be found. They think he is lost. He says he has found! And his mind turns again and again and again to the same inward grove, that fragrant garden. And whatever he looks at, whatever he observes, whatever he tastes, touches, smells, sees, hears reminds him of that which he has discovered within himself.

Read More : Wisdom Within Stories

Self-reliance and Happiness

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from A Practical Guide to Holistic Health by Swami Rama, Himalayan Institute Press; Revised edition (February 8, 1999), Chapter "Self-Training", (pg 95).]

The first is to become self-reliant. If you are not happy, you should not expect others to give you happiness. Happiness can never be given by anyone. This is the only concept that can help you be happy in the world, and if you don't grasp it - if you don't really learn it - then you will never be happy. If anyone claims that they can give someone else happiness, it is not true. Nobody can give happiness to anyone; they can, at best, only create patches of happiness for them. It is just as if something should happen to your own house. A neighbor could come and help you patch it. But if you were to depend too much on others, after sometime you would be thanking everybody and those thanks would become a curse. You would realize that your whole house was nothing but patches and that it was no longer a sound structure. One day it would collapse. So you should do the rebuilding yourself and not depend on others; otherwise you will let yourself become a house of patches.

Read More : Self-reliance and Happiness

Construction Project at SRSG

by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)

The largest construction project at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in more than a decade

With the on-going growth of the ashram and the always increasing inflow of visiting sadhakas, many of them coming to the ashram in large size groups, it had become a necessity to explore avenues to be able to offer larger surface classroom space at Sadhaka Grama.

After in depth consultations with Swami Ritavan (the Ashram Pramukh), the trustees of the Dhyana Mandiram Trust, the AHYMSIN Board of Directors, government experts and structural engineers, the best and most practical way to proceed was identified as building a large hall on the second floor of the main building, above the Meditation Hall. This project also includes a plan to equip the main building with solar panels.

As those who have visited the ashram in the past can visualize, it is a major construction project.
An additional reason to add a second floor above the Meditation Hall was that the state of the existing roof had considerably deteriorated and that there was recurrent severe water infiltration in the Meditation Hall during the rainy season.

(Many photos in the article)

Read More : Construction Project at SRSG

November 2019 HYT-TTP retreat

by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)

“Abandon all claims to being a teacher… humility is the hallmark of a teacher.”
— Swami Veda Bharati

This November, the HYT-TTP, Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program, retreat was attended by a quite large group of students, comprising 31 Level One participants. Twelve countries were represented (India, Australia, China, Malaysia, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, New Zealand, Greece, Brazil, Bhutan, Aruba and the United States).

The students were engaged in a comprehensive roster of classes in all aspects of yoga science: hatha yoga, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, philosophy, psychology and all the other subject areas of the curriculum, as well as in refining their teaching skills through several practice teachings sessions with a highly qualified teaching faculty. Everyone also enjoyed chanting along during the regular Saturday night ashram kirtan.

(Many photos in the article)

Read More : November 2019 HYT-TTP retreat

Two Seminars in Italy in 2020

by Ilaria Sarri

There will be a Seminar of Yoga Psychology with Stephen Parker (Stoma) in February 2020 and an Intensive Residential Seminar of Hatha Yoga with Ashutosh Sharma in April 2020. Both seminars will be in Italy and will be in English with translation into Italian. Reserved to Italian and foreign yoga teachers.

"Ethics and psychology: essential principles in the relationship between teacher and students” - Seminar of Yoga Psychology

15 – 16 of February 2020 with Stephen Parker (Stoma)

Seminar in English, with translation in Italian. Reserved to Italian and foreign yoga teachers.

Location: Florence, Italy

"Progress in the practice of hatha yoga” - Intensive residential seminar of hatha yoga and philosophy of hatha yoga

17 – 19 of April 2020 with Ashutosh Sharma

Seminar in English, with translation in Italian. Reserved to Italian and foreign yoga teachers.

Location: Casole d'Elsa, Siena, Italy

Read More : Two Seminars in Italy in 2020

December Workshop in Greece

by Sofia Foteina

Superconscious Meditation Workshop Saturday and Sunday, 7 and 8 December 2019,
with Charles and Carol Crenshaw in Athens, Greece. Satsang with the Crenshaw’s on 5 December 2019.

This seminar, for new or experienced meditators, will go from basics to the means and methods of deepening and refining meditation. It will include both theory and practicum. Topics include: the benefits of meditation, in-depth work on relaxation and breathing techniques, the brain and meditation, models of the mind, the use of mantra, obstacles to practice and how to overcome them, and how to put this knowledge together.

The workshop will be in English with translation into Greek.

Location and Contact:

Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas (Non Profit Organism)
12, Thessalonikis Str. Chalandri 15234, Athens Greece
Website: https://www.cafecole.gr/en/
Email: [email protected]

Read More : December Workshop in Greece

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.


"Uncontrolled thoughts lead to the asylum, but controlled internal dialogue leads to an understanding of the nature of the mind and helps in the path of meditation and contemplation." -Swami Rama, Freedom from the Bondage of Karma (pg 19)

How about the many people I have encountered who control their thoughts to often achieve desirable outcomes that involve hurting and damaging other humans or animals or environment? They have spent years directing their thoughts and planning their actions successfully and they feel content with the results. Sometimes throughout generations.


Michael Smith and Stephen Parker (Stoma) have 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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