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April 2020 Newsletter

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“Love is the real healer.” – Swami Rama

To read “Love as Healer” by Swami Rama, please click on title.

Sangha members have shared some ways that these current events have given them the opportunity for growth, including learning to surrender, finding their strength to be titiksha, resuming a purashcharana, learning through a conflict “to look at myself and question the part I played in the conflict.” Rabindra Sahu writes in “Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama during Lock-down” of support being given by SRSG to those who are in need.

New videos have been placed on the AHYMSIN channel on YouTube by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre). They include videos with Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and Adhikari Bhoi.  Those with Swami Ritavan and Adhikari concern this time of Covid-19 and can be watched by clicking on the title:

"When we accept a calamity as a blessing, it turns into one." This is a quotation from Dr. Shirin Venkat in a video regarding this pandemic, which you can watch by clicking here. Winthrop Harewood, a member of the AHYMSIN Executive Committee, wrote, “I would like to suggest and request that AHYMSIN give some consideration to sending out this timely video to members of our AHYMSIN family.  It’s, in my honest opinion, one of the most relevant videos which speaks to the present crisis.” Shirin is center leader of the affiliate center in Pune, India.

Videos taken during online classes have been placed on Vimeo by The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Click on The Meditation Center channel to see these.

The next Full Moon Meditation will be on 7 May 2020, and you are invited to participate wherever you are.

Questions on Spiritual Practice can be sent to the Adhyatma Samiti by clicking here.

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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April Articles

Seeking God

by Swami Veda

[This is an excerpt from God by Pandit Usharbudh Arya, 1979, Chapter "Seeking God," pages 3 - 5. Pandit Usharbudh Arya became Swami Veda Bharati, and the author of the book is sometimes listed as Swami Veda Bharati.]

The God of the atheist is one for whom the atheist does not know he is searching, though he is indeed searching. When you take to a bottle of alcohol, you are searching for God. When you are angry and frustrated, you are worshipping God. When you buy a Superman comic, you are looking for someone who is greater than you – which is God. When you go into a brooding silence alone to nurse your suffering and self-pity, there is something within you that is calling you to your God. When you go out looking for a dancing crowd in whose collective movement you can merge the movement of your body, you are looking for that collective spirit that is God. When you merge the sound of your flute into the entire orchestra around you, you are merging your individual consciousness into the total consciousness, the superconsciousness that is God. That is the God of the atheist who has not yet acknowledged his search for God.

Read More : Seeking God

You Are the Architect of Your Life

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Sadhana, the Path of Enlightenment: Yoga the Sacred Science, Volume 2, by Swami Rama. Chapter “If the Cause Is Imperfect, the Effect Will Be Imperfect,” page 130.]

You are the architect of your life and thus have the capacity to change and shape your destiny. You choose what you want to be. One way to understand this is to think of yourself as an archer. The arrows you have previously shot are the past, and you cannot take them back. They are gone and will not be returned to you. You cannot undo the karma you have performed and you will have to reap the fruits of that karma. Even though you have no control over your past actions, you can have perfect control over the arrows that you have in your quiver and that you are shooting now. These represent the present. The arrows you are holding on your back and intend to shoot toward the target later correspond to the future. The past is gone, but what you do now and in the future is in your hands. The present is the link between the past and the future. If you keep thinking only of the past or imagining the future, you are missing the link of the present.

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A Willful Event of Purification

by Swami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of the video “Swami Ritavan’s Guidance”. Moni Ambrus provided the transcript.]

Om tat sad brahmārpaṇam astu.
Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

I've shared with the community, as you know, a short message that has come through me in some way. Initially by way of a few weeks ago when certain experiences of people's suffering were manifesting in various parts of the globe. At that time, I had written that the knots of your heart should remain open to hope, to a sense of fullness. Only in coming to the moment, in resting in the infinite moment, does one come in touch with the power that emanates as you gather these forces of stillness and silence as the source of the eternal, and let them well up within you, a fountain that grows within you, and thereby fears and worries of limitations will disappear if, only if you are allowing the spiritual forces to rise up. This is our teaching.

Read More : A Willful Event

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
during Lock-down

by Rabindra Sahu

March being a busy time at the ashram, we were expecting a large number of people on campus, including many groups. As the news of worldwide pandemic started pouring in from all corners of the world, our visiting sadhakas during March were worried about their loved ones and about their safe return to their homes. We were forced to cancel all future registrations as their safety and wellbeing became our top-most priority.

The Indian Government had wisely and unexpectedly announced a nationwide lockdown on all forms of travel from March 22, 2020, and we rushed to rebook travel arrangements for the sadhakas on campus.

During this time, as people from all nationalities realized that both domestic and international flights were being cancelled on short notices, most had to rebook flights multiple times and our Mandala Office turned into a makeshift travel advisory office.

Read More : During Lock-down

Karuna – Compassion

by Lalita Arya (Ammaji)

Karuna – Compassion: What It Means in Today’s World 

Buddha in Oil Painting

Buddham sharanam gachhami…
I come seeking your protection, O Buddha.

Karuna: The feeling that we have to experience the pain or distress of another as if it is our own. The English equivalent, compassion, is derived from the Latin com meaning with, and passio meaning suffering. Karuna is not just sympathy (anukampa) or feeling sorry for another, but rather empathy (annudayana), actually feeling the sorrow of another.

According to Buddhist and Jain philosophies, karuna is one of the main emotions of humans that must be felt in a practical way.  In Bharat Muni’s Natya Shastra, the volume on Performing Arts, one of the best texts that lists human emotions, compassion (karuna) is marked as one of nine rasas (literally meaning flavor) interpreting emotions. The others are devotion (bhakti) pleasure (rati), sorrow (shoke), anger (krodha), courage (utsaha), fear (bhaya), disgust (jugutpsa), and awe or surprise(vishmaya).

Read More : Karuna – Compassion

Choosing Tranquility

by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

Today is all I have. It’s all anyone has. But my mind has had the habit of imagining the future. Now, the COVID -19 pandemic has shown me the folly of this mental habit. In the midst of this crisis, my imagination fabricated terrifying possibilities causing me extreme anxiety and distress.

Not wanting to live this way, and realizing what my mind was doing, I began to practice staying out of my imagination and attending to the present moment. Doing so led to feeling peaceful, even happy, again.

Read More : Choosing Tranquility

Concern for Humanity

by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati

For me, Swami Rama again and again stresses concern for humanity.

The point that Swami Rama emphasises is important:

"We have to transcend our racial vanity, and we have to search for a lifestyle to restructure a new, reformed society." (A Call to Humanity, page 112)

"Today, humanity needs a moral and intellectual revitalization." (A Call to Humanity, page 114)

"Today, we cannot live in seclusion and cannot separate ourselves from the problems and concerns of the rest of society. How is it possible to disregard the problems of our neighbors? There is no way to be happy if our fellow beings are suffering from disease and poverty." (A Call to Humanity, page 115).

Inspired by his call, looking at the present dilemma of the world, I see very complex issues humanity is facing; it's not just the virus. Silence and acquiescence are not helpful.

Read More : Concern for Humanity

The Burden of I

by Shirin Venkat

5 April 2020

At meditation today the burden of I came home.

The burden of I

I is the burden I carries
Fears and resentment it marries
Stress and tension it worries
I is the burden i carries.

I must preach I must teach
It’s after all my responsibility
And I crumbles as it tries to reach
I is the burden I carries

… …

Continued at : The Burden of I

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.


I suffered from mental anxiety and heart palpitation from the year 2009. From then I tried different yoga and meditations. I get benefit from that for some time but after some time like 6 months I again suffer from the same mental problems and heart palpitation which does not allow me to practice meditation. For that I was thinking to take mantra initiation so that by practising mantra meditation I can change my personality. I have been practising some mantras but I am not able to find out that which mantra will be suited to me. Please help me and guide me.


Stephen Parker (Stoma) and Carolyn Hume 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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