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October 2020 Newsletter
Full Moon Meditation October 31st

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"We are seekers of svaatantrya. This word has no exact English equivalent. It may roughly be translated as free volition and conscience coming from the laws and voice of one’s own atman, the spiritual self (not psychological conditionings nor as reactions to and from other factors external to us). True meaning of freedom. This is the true non-dependence, independence, not arising as a reaction to external surroundings, situations or others’ reactions. We are not reactive but independently active." - Swami Veda Bharati, Sadhana in Applied Spirituality


“Contemplation, Prayer and Repentance” by Swami Rama can be read by clicking on the title.

A Navaratra Devi-Puja was observed at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in October. A live stream of the pujas at Maa Tara temple on Facebook can be seen by clicking here.

"May we all learn to invoke peace in our own minds and thereby evoke it in the hearts of even those who are resisting or our opponents. May we all learn to forgive. May the minds, prone to fear and violence in so many forms, learn the art of solving problems through non-violence and may there be mutual understanding amongst people of divergent views and interests everywhere. May the Saintly-minds of humanity continue to guide us in this direction." - Swami Ritavan Bharati

A Navaratri Silence Retreat in Taiwan took place in October, and there is an article about and photos of this retreat in this newsletter. “The final reality is silence.” – Swami Rama

2 Minute Meditation: Swami Veda Bharati suggested doing a 2 minute meditation every two to three hours. Have you been doing this? How to do this? Please see “2 Minute Meditation.”

Reopening of SRSG: “We are happy to share with you that we are now reopening Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) slowly after having been closed due to the situations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.” – Divya Gupta. For more information and details, please click here.

We invite you to share ways that current events have given you the opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding, for a greater understanding of the teachings and of yourself. Please send to [email protected] attn. AHYMSIN newsletter.

The next Full Moon Meditation will be 31 October 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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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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October Articles

Sacred Activism

by Swami Veda

[This is a transcription of Swami Veda speaking 9 December 2009 at the 2009  Copenhagen Symposium “Working Collectively Through Inner Transformation: Transforming Our World View” during which monks, clergy and nuns from many religions, along with leaders on climate and world issues, met in Copenhagen on December 8-10, 2009.]

All questions arise in the mind. All problems arise from the mind.

(Sanskrit) “It is in the mind that we see. It is in the mind that we hear.”

(Sanskrit) “All attributes and natures are preceded by the nature and action of the mind.”

It is, therefore, in the minds that the solutions to our problems, to our challenges – [to the] answers to our questions – reside.

There is call for action. The title for this morning is not pure and simple “activism,” but “sacred activism.”

How can we define “sacred activism?” The actions that arise from our mindfulness, or awareness of ourselves.

Read More : Sacred Activism

Action and Inaction

by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama. 1985 edition. The translation of the Sanskrit verse into English was done by Pandit Usharbudh Arya. The commentary is by Swami Rama.]

4:16: What is action, what is inaction? Even the wise are confused in this matter. Therefore I shall teach you concerning action, knowing which you will be freed from the foul world.

4:17: One should learn of action; one should learn of action that is opposed to right action; one should learn of inaction. The reality of action is deep.

4:18: He who sees inaction in action and who sees action in inaction, he is the one endowed with wisdom among human beings. He is joined in yoga, a performer of complete action.

Read More: Action and Inaction

8 Qualities of Yogic Breathing

by Michael Smith

These “8 Qualities of Yogic Breathing” are sequenced according to the progression in which they are generally taught in Himalayan Yoga Tradition (HYT) classes:

        1. Diaphragmatic
        2. Nasal
        3. Silent
        4. Smooth
        5. Relaxed
        6. Deep/Slow
        7. Continuous
        8. Even

Read More : Yogic Breathing

2020 Navaratri Silence Retreat in Taiwan

by Francine Kuo (Sujata)

2020 Navaratri Silence Retreat in Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China (October 19~23, 2020)

This year is very special in many ways, good or bad; we try to observe in neutrality. Swamiji taught us that in order to attain world peace, we need to find the peace within. What better practice can it be other than silence to find the peace within? By the grace of the Guru lineage, we are very fortune to be able to practice silence together in one beautiful venue in Taichung. This is the fifth year since this center started hosting silence retreats under the Guru’s blessing, and this year is especially meaningful for each one of us.

Read More : Silence Retreat Taiwan

I am.

by Rachna Arora

I am.
I am not.

I am the breath.
I am the breather.

I am the reflections.
I am the mirrors.

I am the thoughts.
I am the thinker.

I am the dream.
I am the dreamer.

Read More : Poem 'I am.'

A Little Ditty

by Veena Haasl-Blilie

I am in secluded silence for several months again. A little ditty did come.

Need not say
Anything at all,
Arrived the season
Of the Fall.

All goes quiet,
All goes still.
Excuse me now,
While I fulfill.

Read More : Poem: A Little Ditty

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.


"Not till your aspiration reaches the level of desperation will it be fully realized."
— Swami Veda Bharati

This point is made over and over in the scriptures. But why is it so? What is the inner logic behind such a construct? Thank you in advance...


Carolyn Hume, Stephen Parker (Stoma), Lalita Arya (Ammaji) and Swami Ritavan Bharati have responded to 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).

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