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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]

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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).



The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation

Purification of Thoughts     Dhyana    Mindfulness
Japa     Dharana     Shavasana
Breath Awareness     Qualified Preceptor
Guru Disciple Relationship     Unbroken Lineage
Yoga Nidra     Silence Retreats     Full Moon Meditation

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