November 2020 Newsletter
Full Moon Meditation November 30th
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With a deep breath of fullness, exhaled as gratitude;
with mudra-hands filled with flower-petals of appreciation;
with dedicated action to serve,
may we be enlightened with opportunities to relieve the suffering of others
through this immense generosity of the spirit - our true nature of
"Purna" Wholeness and Completeness.
May your meditations reveal the way, the truth and the light.
Om, Purnam adah, purnam idam, purnat purna mudacyate,
purnasya purnam adaya, purnam eva vashisyate.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”
- Swami Ritavan Bharati in A Thanksgiving Message
Online Learning Option Available: Sadhana Mandir is providing an online learning option. If you click here, you will come to a webpage that has a link to a study guide for Meditation and Its Practice by Swami Rama. “This online study guide is designed to supplement and support the method of meditation as taught by Swami Rama in his book Meditation and Its Practice. Audio files of guided meditations by Swami Rama are included. Video clips of Swami Rama teaching some of the basic practices mentioned in the book are also included. Audio files from Practices of the Himalayan Tradition, volume 1: Breathing and Relaxation by Dr. Prakash Keshaviah are also included.”
AHYMSIN Taiwan Online Courses December 2020 – “The Path of Light and Fire”:
December 5-6: Teacher: Ashutosh Sharma
December 18-20: Teachers: Swami Ritavan Bharati, Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma), Yoong, Shi Hong, and Rabindra Sahu.
Courses will be in English with Chinese interpretation.
Three more programmes will be offered soon with Rabindra Sahu via Zoom. Kindly see the below details for your reference:
1) "Sadhana Panchakam - 40 Steps towards Liberation"
Dates: 12/13/19/20 December 2020 (2 weekends – Saturday & Sunday) at 6 pm IST.
2) "Atma Bodha - Insights into the Nature of Self"
Dates: 5 weekends (Saturday & Sunday) in January 2021, beginning 2 Jan at 6 pm IST
3) "Narada Bhakti Sutras - Treatise on Love and Surrender"
Dates: 6 weekends (sat & sun) beginning 20 February 2021 at 6 pm IST.
All the sessions will be one hour each and in English. Contact the AHYMSIN Office: [email protected].
Online Resources: A listing of some online resources within AHYMSIN, including online courses provided by some centers, can be read at Online Resources during the Covid-19 Time.
The Mahasamadhi of Swami Rama was 13 November 1996. In November, this event was remembered at Swami Rama Himalayan University, at some centers, and by sadhakas around the world.
“You are the architect of your life and thus have the capacity to change and shape your destiny.”
– Swami Rama, Sadhana: The Path to Enlightenment
Diwali was celebrated at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, during November. The photos in this email were taken by Medhawati; more photos can be seen by clicking here.
“‘Let Light alone be your delight.’ Purification is the pre-requisite to reduce the totality of the world's pains with the light of kindness, compassion, and love.
Free yourself from these opaque wrappings of mind with:
Peacefulness of temperament;
Control over the sensual attractions and attachments;
Cultivate bhava, positive sentiments that guide your inclinations;
Patience and forbearance to withstand the pull & push of dualities;
Gentle and humble faith;
Evenness of character and temperament; dispassion means compassion, clarity of life's purpose and harmony of mind in resolving all questions.”
– Swami Ritavan Bharati in “Diwali Message – 2020”
Announcement for Covid-19: Swami Ritavan Bharati, Spiritual Guide of AHYMSIN, earlier made an “Announcement for Covid-19” which includes a “Spiritual Action Plan for the Sangha.” You can read this by clicking on “Announcement for Covid-19.” Within this article, you will find links to the Saumyā-Tārā mantra and the Mrityunjaya mantra; the links will take you to articles about the mantras as well as to audio sound files.
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 30 November 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).