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December 2019 Newsletter

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Happy New Year!
Around the globe...
May Consciousness of Oneness unite,
and may Peace fill and fulfill All.
(Keep the full moon meditation connection.)


Mauni Amavasya is 24th January, 2020. Swami Veda Bharati invited us to observe this silence day:

“...I would like many of my friends to set aside at least one day to share the silence with me just as you have shared the full moon day for an hour each month for more than a decade now....If you plan from now, you can arrange your worldly affairs in such a way that they do not interfere with your one-day vow of silence. On that day, no driving (except for emergencies), no TV, no conversation, just self-observation, contemplation, japa and learning (1) to give love in silence while (2) learning to love silence.”
— Swami Veda Bharati

For more information, click on Mauni Amavasya.

To read Energy of Consciousness in the Human Personality (part 6) by Swami Rama, please click on title. To read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, please click on appropriate part:

Swami Ritavan is scheduled to be in North America January 2020; then back to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) February 7, 2020, and all of March and April 2020.

At SRSG in January and February, there will be

Upcoming Events

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There will be no AHYMSIN Newsletter at the end of February 2020.

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This Month's Newsletter

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December Articles


by Swami Veda

[This is an excerpt from Superconscious Meditation by Pandit Usharbudh Arya, 4th printing 1989, Chapter "Problem Thoughts in Meditation," pages 89 - 90. Pandit Usharbudh Arya became Swami Veda Bharati, and the author of the book is sometimes listed as Swami Veda Bharati.]

The thoughts arise in the mind not from the outside, but because they are present in the mind, both as potential in the raw material of memory and the subconscious, and on the conscious surfaces; whatever you have stored in the jar will be seen when you lift the lid. It is like a person who uses a large can to put his garbage in day and night. After many years of this, a visitor tells him that he has some precious diamonds at the bottom of the can. The person begins to search for these diamonds, and, as he puts in his hand, what he finds all the way through is garbage. He keeps his hand in the garbage for five minutes and, becoming despondent, withdraws the dirty arm and says, “I shall look for diamonds again tomorrow.”

Read More : Purgation

Seven Steps

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, and Alan Hymes, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, Honesdale, PA, 1979, pages 129 – 129.]

Breath awareness is an essential part of meditation. Authentic schools of meditation teach breath awareness before leading a student towards advance techniques of meditation, but some of the modern schools have failed to grasp its significance. That is why their teachers are unable to lead their students to deeper states of meditation.

The mind is in the habit of identifying itself with the objects of the world, and it does not become aware of internal states as long as it remains in this dissipated condition. With systematic discipline, however, the mind starts traveling inward toward the more subtle levels of consciousness, and when one attains a perfect stillness and tranquility, that which is beyond the mind reveals itself.

Read More : Seven Steps

Pranayama Week at SRSG

by Trix Dekkers- Heezius

What a warm welcome on Sunday morning November 1st and what a great joy to see all those familiar faces! Although my yearly visits are seldom longer than 2 or 3 weeks, it felt like coming home.

The ashram was very much alive and vibrant, not in the last place due to all the constructions going on. Outside the ashram approximately 3 or 4 buildings tend to block the sight towards the mountains, but it seems that also the noise from the traffic is blocked by them.

Even above our heads in the meditation hall was a lot of noise but for a good purpose. A new meditation hall is being built above the old one, which will be dedicated exclusively for meditation.

One would think that all that noise was a reason for complaining, but strangely enough I heard nobody about it. As for myself, I felt no irritation or disturbance, except for the one time 2 drills started their activity at the same time during meditation! Luckily Swami Ritavan also thought that here a limit was reached and stopped the meditation a bit earlier!

Read More : Pranayama Week at SRSG

Thank you!

by Sofia Foteina

Thank you Carol and Charles Crenshaw!!!

Thank you all brothers and sisters that were present to that feast of “Superconscious Meditation”, going deeper to the Science and Philosophy of Himalayan Yoga.

We already had feedback by

  1. PV- Carol helped me to understand why meditation is important for our everyday life. I already started meditation this morning, not the day after, not next Monday as I promised myself to do but did not …. And
  2. We saw SG, her body being full of pain and stiffness on Saturday and then on Sunday, we saw her moving her body in a more flexible way, after she had practiced some movements that Charles suggested on the spot and for later at home.

Read More : Thank you!

Something’s Brewing in Tucson

by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

The gathering reminded me of the old days in California, thirty years ago, when there was a fledgling center and Dr. Arya (more recently known as Swami Veda Bharati) would come and present introductory talks on meditation. This time it was in Tucson, Arizona, where some Himalayan Tradition old-timers, Gary and Cynthia Gran and myself, have recently moved. Another long-time Himalayan practitioner, Kathleen Kordich, already has lived in Tucson for some time. We’d managed to gather a little more than a dozen complete newcomers to meditation for an “Introduction to Meditation” talk with Swami Ritavan. Sitting before Swami Ritavan, as he began speaking, memories of those wonderful days with Dr. Arya filled my mind.

In his gentle, musical voice, Swami Ritavan began telling about yoga meditation. He led the group through joints and glands practices, breathing practices, and guided meditation, sprinkling jewels of wisdom here and there. His sweet, calm, friendly demeanor put the newcomers at ease. They followed his instructions and consciously moved their bodies, breath and mind. Time passed quickly and all too soon the two hour workshop ended.

Read More : Something’s Brewing in Tucson

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.


"You have no alternative but to learn to love your duty. Then it becomes easy. If you do not love something, and yet you do it, it creates division in your mind, and gives your stress. Learn to create love toward your duties. It can be done." - Swami Rama, Sadhana, The Essence of Spiritual Life, Pp. 53

So inspiring! Which duty do we have to learn to love? Maybe our miseries and misfortune or our choices in our life?


Michael Smith 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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