August 2020 Newsletter
Full Moon Meditation September 2nd
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"You have been listening to everybody else throughout your life.
Now decide to seek advice only from your conscience.
Do an experiment for one week and listen to your conscience, not your ego.
During that time do not consult anyone else or depend on anyone external.
Stop living your life according to the opinions of others.
Instead, sit down quietly, and analyze what is wrong with your actions or speech.
Consider what you have been doing, decide what has not been helpful for you
and then simply do not repeat it.
You can easily do this.
Work with yourself slowly and gently."
— Swami Rama in Sadhana, the Path to Enlightenment
"Divine Love" by Swami Rama can be read by clicking on the title.
The video “Light Thy Own Lamp” with Swami Ritavan Bharati can be watched by clicking on the title. This video is a recording of Thursday satsang via Zoom by The Meditation Center. The talk took place before a virtual silence retreat was scheduled to begin. It is almost one hour long and starts with Swami Ma Radha Bharati. Swami Ritavan comes on the screen at about 4 minutes into the video.
“Here in Sadhaka Grama we had the extensive month long fire offerings for both Guru Purnima and mahasamadhi. We enjoyed them though it was a bit of a trial in the heat indexes of 120 and 130. You have that blazing fire in front of us for hours and hours yet that tapas is simply bringing the nuggets out of the flames and the furnace to make them shine. Even though we had minimal attendance by way of the lockdowns that were in place at the ashram, we were able to embrace that message - asato mā sad gamaya, that it is the real that we are seeking. It is the truth that is the true message, and it is immortality that reminds us of our true nature.” – Swami Ritavan speaking of the month of July
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“We are happy to share that we are in the process of upgrading the AHYMSIN and SRSG websites. We would like to request all our global family members to share any photographs of Gurudeva Swami Rama, our beloved Swami Veda Bharati, the ashram, or the Himalayas, that you may have stored in your cherished memories with us, possibly to be reused on the updated websites. Original (preferably high) resolution photos may be sent to Divya at [email protected] via a Google Drive or WeTransfer link. We will look forward to 'seeing' your beautiful memories of the Himalayan Tradition.” – Divya Gupta
Online Classes (conducted in Hindi) with Adhikari Bhoi, a mantra initiator and member of the AHYMSIN Adhyatma Samiti (Spiritual Committee), every Wednesday during September 2020. These classes will be on the subject of chitta prasadanam. Inquire at [email protected]
Patricia Layton passed on August 1, 2020. In her years of sadhana, she served as office manager of The Meditation Center, taught hatha and ayurveda, facilitated silence retreats and teacher training program retreats, and more. This picture was taken on 9 March 2013, when Pat took a 3 year vanaprastha vow, and when asked about this, she responded: “I just feel that at my age I want to construct my life in one direction to intensify my practices. SVB said earlier ‘how are you people preparing for death?’ I felt that to make a vow in front of the whole sangha, it would always remind me of the vow that I took.
At one point in the ceremony he asked each of us to make an individual sankalpa. I cried in my room beforehand and was afraid I would cry the whole time. As soon as I sat down at the havan, it felt like I stepped into an environment of purity and clarity. The idea of anxiety or awkwardness never entered my mind. As soon as I sat down, it was a feeling of total equanimity. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that before in my life. It was such an atmosphere of purity. I think vanaprastha is important, especially for many of us who are getting older. It was transforming. My sankalpa had to do with my speech and it has made me very conscious of how I communicate with and about other people. I want my words to be sweet. I don’t care anymore about being witty or sounding intelligent. Chitta prasaadanam is what is important now.”
The next Full Moon Meditation will be 2 September 2020, and you are invited to participate wherever you are.
Questions on Spiritual Practice can be sent to the Adhyatma Samiti [Spiritual Committee] by clicking here.
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- 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).