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May 2020 Newsletter

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“As you experience hardships and challenges, remain aware of your spiritual strength, through your disciplines of ahimsa, satya, santosha. Let your mind smile.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

Swami Ritavan Bharati

Annual Festival of the Spirit, 40 day period of Spiritual Renewal started on 27th May and will continue until the Full Moon of Guru Purnima, which this year is on the 5th of July. You are each invited to participate wherever you are.  Swami Ritavan’s message and guidelines can be read by clicking on 2020 Festival of the Spirit.  If you have already started, you may want to review these, and if you have not started yet, you are welcome to start now.

“During the festival, we are reminded to renew the spiritual focus of our life.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

Three videos you may enjoy. Please click on video titles to watch. These videos are each between 5 and 6 ½ minutes long.

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 5 June 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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May Articles


Meditation Makes Time for Itself

by Swami Veda

In response to the frequently heard comment, "I don't have time for meditation," I say, first, meditation makes time for itself: it pierces the fortress of time to create fresh temporality. Second, meditation facilitates and hastens the tasks which previously seemed difficult and a time-consuming uphill struggle. Meditation creates time for itself.

What is time? Time is not the movement of a hand on the clock. It is a state of mind, a consciousness, and our time-consciousness depends entirely upon our view of life and our view of the universe. As we grow, our concept of time changes. Time, which is very long for a child, as from Christmas to Christmas, is very short for an adult. Time, which is like five hours when we stand for five minutes at a bus stop, reverses itself. When we are engaged for five hours in some highly pleasant activity, we are surprised because it passes like five minutes.

The greater beings, whose consciousness is not tied down to the human body, to human limitations, view time from an entirely different perspective. Meditation makes time for itself. It does so by increasing one's energy level so that less time is required for sleeping. It purifies the emotions so that less time is required for dreaming, day-dreaming, and fantasy. Fantasy includes reading stories and watching movies. This is not to say that one should stop reading stories – now, this minute! Meditation will change your inclinations. You will need less emotional outlets. Meditation makes time for itself by purifying your emotions so that less time is spent in that angry, vengeful, depressed, self-pitying, internal dialogue that we all carry on.

Read More : Meditation Makes Time


Digging for the Treasure of Life

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Gracefully by Swami Rama. Chapter “Digging for the Treasure of Life,” pages 19-21.]

The goal of life is not the drama being played, but the lesson that it offers.

Out of the tumult of human life comes the decision to look for lasting peace and joy. Where is one to look for this treasure, and how can it be found? Going back to the story of the angel who was given the job of hiding life's meaning, this treasure is hidden within. It also might be said that the treasure is buried under layers of ego, desires, emotions, habits, and other embedded thought patterns. Atman, the individual’s real identity, is waiting there. It takes nothing more than realization of this fact to truly know it — just be awake to it, as the Buddha taught. It is as simple as flicking on a light.

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The Importance of the
AHYMSIN Community Saumya Practice

bySwami Ritavan Bharati

[This is a transcript of the video “The importance of the AHYMSIN community Saumya practice”. Moni Ambrus provided the transcript.]

Once again let us come back to our practices. The practices that no doubt each of us have by way of those daily routines of sadhana, but by way of having time, making time, honouring time to intensify, to deepen, to nurture another part of our spiritual life that we have always hoped for - the opportunity to address in addition to our daily meditation for spiritual renewal, for that rejuvenation of the spirit by way of our own mantras, also knowing yourself to be not the meditator, but the very way in which the meditation can flow, a flow that actually is arising from the samasti citta, from the universal mindfield where those saintly minds, the Masters in their bodiless forms remain as mind and thereby extending their blessing honouring that role that they continue playing in blessing humanity and thus bringing grace toward for us by way of our meditations to receive.

Read More : Saumya Practice


The Story of Sai Om

by Shi Hong

Many of you might have heard of this story already.

A wise old man in ancient China lost his horse which ran off into wilderness. Friends and neighbors came to comfort him. The old man just said, “How does one know it is not a lucky omen?” Indeed, a few days later the horse returned, and brought a herd of wild horses with it. People gathered to congratulate the old man. He just said, “How does one know it is not a bad omen?” One day his son fell off from the wild horse’s back while trying to tame it. He broke his thigh and became crippled. Once again, the old man said to those who came to show sympathy, “How does one know it is not a good omen?” Soon a war broke out and all the young men were drafted into the army and sent to the battlefield. Many of the young men never made it back but the wise old man’s son was spared because of his physical handicap.

The story is from an ancient book titled Huai Nan Zi attributed to a prince named Liu An of the Han Dynasty at around 139 B.C.  It has a very strong Taoist flavor, reflecting the prevalent philosophical mainstream at the time. The wise old man in the story was not named. He was referred on only as Sai Om (pronounced in today’s Chinese Mandarin). “Sai” is a military fortress or a stronghold. “Om” means elder. The wise old man lived around one of the fortresses in northern China and hence was referred to as Sai Om in the book. We may therefore call him the Chinese Sai Baba!

Read More : Story of Sai Om


Infinity Is Six Years Old

by Jim Fraser

We were sitting around a table en famille when my six-year old grandson piped up: Granddad what’s infinity plus three?

The wee fellow is fond of numbers.  The bigger the better.  We talked round it a bit and got on to other things.  I knew I had an answer, it just wasn’t there yet.

I could see he had grasped ‘infinity’ as an idea and ‘three’ as another similar idea.  Logically then, it is possible to add to infinity.  His mistake was to relegate infinity to an idea the same as an idea of three, which kind of subtracts from infinity.  I could hardly tell him that. Children will readily dismiss an adult when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Later I realised we chant the answer every morning at SRSG.

Read More : Infinity


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 am practising yoga and meditation taught by Gurudev Swami Rama. I am getting angry. Please help me so that I may control it.

Answer:

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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