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January 2020 Newsletter

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"Master the fundamentals! The basics: correct sitting, correct breathing. Correct breathing, correct breathing! Relaxation of all muscles and nerves and mind. Emotional purification. That is, calming down, not going to extremes of depression and exhilaration and depression and exhilaration. Breath awareness. Unbroken breath awareness." - Swami Veda Bharati in "Marks of Spiritual Progress"

Contemplative Walking outside of the meditation hall

Mauni Amavasya, silence day, was observed on January 24th by sadhakas globally. Swami Veda had written, “…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.” At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), the schedule for Mauni Amavasya included meditation sessions, contemplative walking, stretching, diaphragmatic breathing, meals and tea, digestive breathing, guided relaxation, hatha, journaling, and prayers. These pictures from SRSG were taken by Medha.

“We are born from silence and at the end we re-enter that silence.” – Swami Veda Bharati in “Art of Silence”

Swami Ritavan is scheduled to be back to SRSG February 7, 2020, and all of March and April 2020.

At SRSG in February and March, there will be

Please see the Upcoming Events (below) for these and other events or contact [email protected] for more information.

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.

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

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December Articles

Guru Disciple Relationship

by Swami Veda

(This is a small excerpt from the series “The Guru-Disciple Relationship” by Swami Veda Bharati.)

Gurus look for disciples. And they take them up to the point that the disciple wants to go at that given time. Beyond that, you have to make yourself felt. Not by pestering. Not by writing six-page letters. There are certain things that you have to do, and then slowly that knowledge will open to you. You do your end. It is for you to figure out what.

The relationship from the guru's side can be total, but normally it is in the degree to which you feel the relationship. And "you feel" does not mean as an emotional need. It is something much purer than that. How much of your life can you give to the guru?  Go as far as you can go, and that is your relationship.

Do these things.  By doing these things you will be brought closer: Serve. I mean, helping, working in whatever you feel that the need is present. Fulfilling that need, and asking nothing in return. And sooner or later, if your service and your meditation both grow, then you will be noticed. Then you will be given further guidance.

Read More : Guru Disciple Relationship


by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Lectures on Yoga, Practical Lessons on Yoga by Swami Rama, Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA, 1976, pages 19 - 20. This book was later published with the title The Royal Path, Practical Lessons on Yoga.]

The Niyamas are observances for oneself and are five in number. They are Shaucha or purity, Santosha or contentment, Tapas or practices that lead to perfection of body and mind and senses, Svadhyaya or study that leads to knowledge of the Self and Ishwara Pranidhana or surrender to the Ultimate Reality.

Shaucha involves purity both of the body and the mind. Purity of the body is easily achieved but not purity of the mind. To achieve purity of the mind one should cultivate Smriti or mindfulness and Buddhi or discrimination. That is, one should always be aware of one’s thoughts and should learn to discriminate between pure and impure thoughts on the basis of whether they lead to greater freedom or greater bondage and ignorance. Sincerity and perseverance are essential in cultivating this Niyama.

Read More : Niyamas

December Workshop in Thailand

by little student

Kundalini & Chakra:  Pathway to Self Knowledge, Peace and Happiness, Yoga retreat with Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition, December 19-22, 2019, in Baan Phu Waan, Sampran, Thailand.

I remember that the first two words that aroused my interest in Yoga were “Kundalini and Chakra”, the title of a book that immediately caught my eyes when I arrived at philosophy/spiritual section in Kikokuniya book store. This happened in Singapore during 1999. I was based in Singapore at the time after my company closed down Thailand’s operation due to an Asian Financial Crisis that started in Thailand. To cut the story short, that book led me to explore yoga and finally guided me to Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition.

Kundalini and Chakra is thus always one of the most favorite yoga subjects to me, although because of its subtlety, I still know very little about this wonderful and vast spiritual science. But it has been in my mind for a long time that we should introduce this topic to Thai people at some point and we decided that 2019 retreat was a perfect time to carry out this call.

This time, we had three teachers to bless us: Stoma Parker (with whom many Thais are familiar), John Sellinger (who taught at Thailand’s retreat for the second time) and Wong Yoong Khiang (who gave us an honor as a special speaker). It was also the first public lecture Yoong has ever made so we were so lucky. Another significant thing about Yoong was that he was the first teacher that linked me with this wonderful tradition, and he was the one that gave me mantra initiation in 2000.

Read More : December Workshop in Thailand

Yoga Sutras in Malaysia

by Tang

Yoga Sutras Workshop in Malaysia December 2019 “Let’s learn and understand of Yoga Sutras”


I am glad to share my learning experience of 2 days Yoga Sutra Workshop (Topic: Let’s learn and understand Yoga Sutras), with Mr. Shi Hong, which was organized by The Seeds Iyengar Yoga Studio in Johor Bharu, Malaysia, on 21st and 22nd December 2019.

Special thanks to Mr. Shi Hong, for translating the Yoga Sutras into Chinese language:

  1. The Yoga Sutra Chapter One: Samadhi-pada Sutra 1-51: A compilation of the audio lectures given by Swami Veda in 2006 on the first chapter of the Yoga Sutra covering the first 51 sutras.
  2. The Yoga Sutra Chapter Two: Sadhana-pada Sutra 1-55: In 2006, Swami ji taught the first 55 sutras of the second chapter and explained how we can apply them in our day to day life.
  3. The Yoga Sutra Chapter Three: Vibhuti-pada Sutra 1-55: In the same year he further explained the next 55 sutras of the third chapter.

Read More :Yoga Sutras in Malaysia

AHYMSIN Board Meeting December 2019

Reported by Divya Gupta

AHYMSIN Board Meeting December 14, 2019

The focus of this board meeting was on ensuring continuity of our mission work from the global headquarters at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). We are grateful to all the AHYMSIN family members who have contributed towards the sustainability of SRSG through their generous donations for various on-going projects.

The SRSG operational and financial details were shared with many ongoing activities. The construction of a new meditation hall above the existing meditation hall will soon be completed.  We were also able to expand our charitable efforts in the field of education and empowerment of differently abled individuals during the year.

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.


In certain traditions, when one receives Initiation, the Guru is said to "burn" or "take on" the sanchita Karmas. The reserve Karmas stored far in the unconscious Mind.  Does something similar take place here, when we are connected to The Himalayan Tradition?


Michael Smith and Pandit Dabral 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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