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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.

  • The importance of the AHYMSIN community Saumya practice. Swami Ritavan Bharati talks of the importance of the Saumya mantra practice observed by the AHYMSIN Sangha during this period of uncertainty. There is a transcript of this video as an article in this newsletter..
  • The role of Mahamrityunjaya mantra and of daily meditation practice. Swami Ritavan Bharati addresses the AHYMSIN Sangha about the importance of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra and about the need of a regular meditation practice during these difficult times. Please click on Announcement for Covid-19 to see the practice given by Swami Ritavan. There a links within the article to more about the mantras, including audio files of the mantras.
  • The importance of doing good. Adhikari Bhoi, a member of the AHYMSIN Spiritual Committee, talks about the importance of maintaining an attitude of equanimity and about the need to perform good actions. This video is in Hindi with English subtitles.

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.

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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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Full Moon Timings

  • 10 PM in New York. Surrounding countries and regions of South, Central and North America and the Caribbean to match their time to 10 PM New York time.
  • 8 PM in U.K. (London Time).Those in all European, and all African time zones, please adjust your sitting time to coincide with 8 PM United Kingdom.
  • 8 PM in East Asia, 8 PM Singapore time. Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand etc. adjust their times to coincide with Singapore time 8 PM.
  • 7 AM in India (IST), surrounding countries adjust the time accordingly, for example Iran is 5 AM.

Also, Toronto "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members meet at 9:00 pm (local).



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