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June 2020 Newsletter

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“O Beloved Guru
Thou who art my very self
As the full moon reflects the sun’s light
This body should reflect thy glory,
Thy light should shine out from every pore
And thy fire should burn away any obstruction.
Thy will be done.”
— Swami Rama


Guru Purnima and the next Full Moon Meditation will be on 5 July 2020, and you are invited to participate wherever you are.

“Guru” by Swami Rama may be read by clicking on title.

“Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.” — Swami Ritavan Bharati

The Spiritual Festival has been taking place during these 40 days preceding Guru Purnima. We invite to review the guidelines. “On Guru Purnima day you may decide to continue with certain observances to strengthen your resolve and establish a habit, or undertake further observances of self-purification for next year.”

A video with Swami Ritavan Bharati can be seen by clicking on this title: “An Evening with Swami Ritavan, 18 June 2020”. This video is almost 1 hour long.

AHYMSIN around the Globe

How fortunate we are to belong to a sangha with brothers and sisters from around the globe. Affiliate centers were invited to share about their centers, and we invite you to visit them via these articles in this newsletter. The Australian sangha not long ago had an article, which can be read here. We hope to be able to share articles from more centers in future newsletters.

Photo: Nina JohnsonMrtyunjaya mantra for Nina Johnson

- Swami Ritavan Bharati has requested that the AHYMSIN family do a collective Mrtyunjaya mantra for Nina Johnson. Nina is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center, formerly called The Yoga Society, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Nina began studying yoga in 1965 at the downtown YWCA. In the spring of 1971, she met Swami Rama during one of his first visits to the United States. Soon after their first meeting, Nina was initiated by Swami Rama and asked to open a center for Himalayan yoga and meditation in Milwaukee.  The Center opened in 1971 and began offering classes in this tradition.  In 1974, Swami Rama instructed Nina to begin giving mantras on his behalf. Nina now lives in the village of Malethi, in Uttaranchal, India, the site of SRIVERM (Swami Rama Institute of Vocational Education and Research, Malethi), a project started by Swami Hariharananda. Nina returns to Milwaukee twice a year and continues to teach and initiate new students into the Himalayan Yoga Meditation tradition. Nina is 95 years old and is in critical care in the HIHT hospital.

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.

Questions on Spiritual Practice can be sent to the Adhyatma Samiti [spiritual committee] by clicking here.


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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June Articles

Non-Violence and Spiritual Strength

by Swami Veda

Holland (2009)

[This is a transcript. The audio can be downloaded at this link: Non-Violence and Spiritual Strength.zip. The transcription was done by Michael Smith.]

The best answer to that question is: Let spiritual experience become personal. The more you go into your personal spiritual questions, the more answers come. It’s not answers to questions. Simply guidance comes. If I had never met you and read a book about you, and friends had told me about you, I would have all sorts of questions about you. The best answer to that is to meet you. The best answer is to meet God. Until such time, the questions will remain. Some answers will come. Those answers will raise more questions, and the process goes on.

The answer is silence of the mind — clearing your emotions – clearing your emotions so that they do not become obstacles in the way of your spiritual experience.

Read More : Non-Violence and Spiritual Strength


by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama contained in the commentary of II:52-53. 1985.]

Discipline should be practiced on three levels: mind, action, and speech. The human being knows everything that he ought to know about how to live in the world and how to relate to others. He has been taught, for example, the importance of being kind and gentle. But one does not know how to put those principles into practice. The emphasis of this commentary is therefore on practice. As our gurudeva used to say, “Do not waste your time thinking and planning to follow the path. Decide and just follow.”

Read More: Discipline

AHYMSIN Board Meeting June 2020

reported by Rajini Prakash

The AHYMSIN Board Meeting in June brought together a group of eighteen family members to share thoughts and contributions of duties towards the Guru and the Sangha. Swami Ritavan blessed the meeting with a rendition of – Hiranya-garbhad arabdham, and the Saumya-Tara mantra.

Referring to the pandemic and the acts of violence in various parts of the world today, Swami Ritavan reminded us “that our voice as meditators is a voice that speaks in a very subtle way, our entire being becomes like a voice. Our meditation becomes a voice of our mind, by way of reflection and in a dialogue that gives to the Pure Witness knowing that in our meditation we return to the very source and in that way, we replenish and, in that way, we are blessed. No matter what the challenges have been for you, personally with your family and friends, you are reminded to go back to the spiritual source of abundance. See with your entire being. Express that with your thoughts.”

Read More : Board Meeting June 2020

A New Book from Daniel Hertz

by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

Everything is A Little Bit Alright—Yoga, Meditation, and a Dog Named Roy by Daniel Hertz

Swami Hariharananda Bharati (Swami Hari) lived for more than a decade in the holy shrine of Tarkeshwara, high in the Garhwal mountains. He had received a rare advanced initiation by Swami Rama and was a fount of spiritual wisdom. When I first came across him, Swami Hari could barely speak English, and yet he joked and laughed incessantly. It was infectious. He had a way of relating deep spiritual truths in simple and usually funny ways. Swami Hari often spoke of Daniel Hertz with great affection. It was clear that they were very close. Reading Daniel’s book brought back memories of that wonderful time.

The book opens with a harrowing experience Daniel and his wife Nikki had in Panama when there for Nikki’s work as a researcher. The clarity of Daniel’s descriptions brought me right into the scenes with him. I felt the intensity and danger they encountered and had great admiration for Nikki when she handled the situation with calm

Read More : A New Book

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Republic of Croatia

by Patricija Kos Pešut

Hrvatski Centar Himalajske Tradicije – HCHT (Croatian Center of the Himalayan Tradition)

As I have a specific situation, the center is still on standby. I'm still the only one initiate in the country, so it's impossible for me to get some help. After two years with the broken leg and three surgeries and pregnancy in the meantime, I am graduating in Milan in the school of homeopathy; after the fractures of the spine, pelvis and one leg working as a dentist is not for me anymore, so I'm in the process of changing profession and also being at home 24 hours with my little daughter. The center has to wait.

Read More : Croatia

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Orissa, India

by Sudhir Chaitanya


Hope everything is going well with the Ahymsin family.

We had daily yoga classes with students and the public before March 2020. Because of Coronavirus, we are now doing personal practices. I will send news of the Ashram in future. I am including some pictures of yoga class.

Read More : Orissa …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Pune, India

by Dr. Shirin Venkatramani

Swami Rama Yoga and Meditation Center Pune

What is most predictable about life is that it is unpredictable, sounds paradoxical but true, like saying that the most constant is change!

So, early in the lockdown period when Dr. Leela George, my classmate who resides in Bangalaru, asked me if we could do online classes on pranayama, which she had had a glimpse of at our class reunion, I readily agreed. Just one week into the sessions and Dr. Neela Desai joined us and then we had a class going what with my school classmate Dr. Rashmi Madan, my dear husband Dr. Venkat, and our loving neighbors Smt. Pratibha and Shri Harish Mehta. Then one day Smt. Vinita Mohoni, who is also an initiate in our tradition and used to regularly attend our classes, asked could we start them online? I said we were already doing it and she joined.

The Bhagavad Gita classes were halted as I had travelled, and then the lockdown started. Then Durgeshwari, our ardent initiate and one who is doing level one TTP, asked if we could restart online, so we had that going with Smt. Suhasini Mishra, Smt. Sunita Lalwani, and our dear Smt. Sarita Khetan and the above group all joining together.

Read More : Pune …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Florence, Italy

by Ilaria Sarra

Himalayan Yoga Institute - Italia

The Himalayan Yoga Institute was founded in Florence in 1991 by its founder Swami Rama of the Himalayas. The aim of the Association is to spread the science of Yoga and its benefits.

Established on the basis of the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga, the Institute organizes its activity mainly through meetings, oriented to the knowledge of Yoga through the direct experience of Hatha Yoga and Meditation techniques, according to the Himalayan Tradition.

The main goal of the Institute is to let the Lineage Teachings flow, encouraging the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures in reaching a common vision of Global Health.

The Institute is also a place for studying the most significant Yoga texts, in order to deepen the theoretical knowledge of Yoga Philosophy, Psychology and Ethics, which has as direct consequences: education to peace, non-violence practice, respect for the environment and ethical and conscious feeding.

Read More : Florence …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Milan, Italy

by Daniele Belloni and Susi Stefanini

Strange (and Blessed) Days in Milan

Strange days we are living in these pandemic times as yoga teachers - mixed feelings of threat, danger and discovery. Somehow lost in the pessimistic arena of bad news, and still the rise of hope taking care of all the wounds. And although you deliver your classes through Zoom and the magnificence of the technology is there - reaching you from some remote place nowhere in the digital sphere - you always feel some strange ancient connection that links your body to the body of knowledge of those who are the presiding forces of the higher truth. The experience of being in the tornado-pandemic as in the midst of a prayer celebrating the Grace which places you in the field of Love, Serve, Remember. Surrounded again and again by the eternal mantra whispered by the victorious ones: Love, Serve, Remember. (Daniele)

Read More : Milan …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Republic of Korea (South Korea)

by Heejung Lee

List of centers in Korea

Contacts & Websites

Details of Centers (and photos) …

Read More : South Korean Centers …

AHYMSIN around the Globe

by Little student of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition

Ahymsin Thailand

The meditation center in Thailand associated with AHYMSIN was established in January 2011 just in time for Swami Veda Bharati’s visit to the country (this was his second last visit to Thailand). It was a small apartment room being converted into a meditation place, with 25 people being able to sit together and which can fit 8 people at a time for hatha yoga and relaxation practices. Swami Veda Bharati kindly paid a visit to the center to bless the place and a group of Thai people. He named the center “Himalayan Yoga Jhana Kendra (Thailand)”

Read More : Thailand …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Trinidad and Tobago

by Tricia Lai Tan

Yoga Meditation Society of Trinidad and Tobago (YMSTT).

The YMSTT has been a member of the AHYMSIN family since its inception. We are a registered non-profit organization, incorporated since 1989 under the Act of Parliament no.7; and attained charitable status in February 2016. Lead by our Administrator and Initiator, Alexander Benjamin, (Alex Bhai) we have been in existence for over 40 years.

The Society has been teaching integrated hatha yoga at approximately twenty (20) venues across the country for over 25 years. With almost 50 % of our tutors being certified and comprising of over 100 initiates who have been practicing disciplines, prescribed by the tradition, such as Surya Sadhana and the Purification Festival since 1987.

Read More : Trinidada & Tobago …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
United Kingdom

by Rajini Prakash

UK Initiate Sangha

“A person who has set herself or himself such a goal [of personal spiritual growth] looks for a company where he can share that goal, looks for those of like mind, goes to what we call a satsanga, a company of the like-minded, kindred souls who are going for reality, who are searching for reality. When he sits down in the company of others, he has no other thing to talk about but this luminous light. He sits, she sits down in that company and talks about the beauty of God and what would it be like to be so liberated. ‘Don’t you think so?  What are your views on it?  Have you come ever close enough to say that you have experienced a minute or two, or half a minute, or a few seconds of such luminosity?  Tell me of you.’  He’s reluctant to talk of his own light but he’s anxious to hear of other’s light.” 1 – Swami Veda Bharati

With the Grace of our beloved Swami Veda, and blessings from Swami Ritavan, initiates of the Himalayan Tradition in the UK came together in June 2019 for our first satsang. In the past year, there have been several satsangs – physical gatherings and, more recently, online.

Read More : United Kingdom …

AHYMSIN around the Globe
Palatine, Illinois, USA

by Anil Saigal

Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Center
109 W Slade St, Palatine, IL 60067

Our center was inaugurated by Swami Veda in September 2005.  We offer hatha yoga, meditation classes, and YA registered 200 Hr and 300 Hr teacher training programs.  We have 10 teachers who are actively teaching yoga and meditation classes.  Our TTP programs offer both local and traveling teachers from within our tradition.  We offer teachings of the Himalayan Tradition with the grace of Swami Rama and Swami Veda, and with spiritual guidance from Swami Ritavan.  Our mission is to alleviate human suffering and to help individuals achieve their potential with teaching of yoga and meditation within our community.

Read More : Palatine …

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.


If a mantra is given by an initiator, rather than by an enlightened Master, I do not understand how a person, just a normal human being, can give something to another normal human being that will be effective.


Randall Krause (Mokshadeva), Lalita Arya (Ammaji), and Michael Smith 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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Also, Toronto "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members meet at 9:00 pm (local).

Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office

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