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March 2021 Newsletter
Full Moon Meditation March 28th

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"The power of emotion arises from desires, and desires arise from the four primitive fountains, but there is another basic urge in human beings. This is the drive to know the Truth, the desire to love the Truth. This dormant inborn desire within does not arise from one of the four fountains. It is the source of positive emotions – joy, forgiveness, peace. It is not possible for a human being to be free from desire, because it is the nature of the mind and the senses to be attracted to objects and ideas. This is not bad; it is a fact that can be used. Even that desire which is one´s greatest burden can be a means for his liberation if he learns to direct it properly. When that force is directed toward the divine instead of toward the external charms and temptations of the world, then one’s journey is propelled by the power of love, for love is the strongest force. One can use that natural tendency to desire something as a means for attaining the highest goal in life. When one does not allow his mind to be dissipated and agitated by the senses and the ego, then he finds that centre of love within. When that spark is ignited, it becomes a burning desire to reside always in union with the Divinity. Then that great conflagration burns away all little desires, and there is only one perennial flame burning in the altar of the heart." - Swami Rama, Choosing a Path


Two Audio downloads: 1000 Names of Shiva - Swami Veda Bharati 12 February 2010 and Shivaratri Manasa Puja - Swami Veda Bharati, 2010 can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Virtual Workshop organized by the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) for 20th March - 17th April 2021: Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) has written, “It is beyond all our expectations. It looks more like a virtual Himalayan congress or a virtual Sangha gathering, which brings a very beautiful atmosphere to the meetings. We are keeping registration open, as late registrants will have access to the previous sessions' recordings.” Please see www.himalayanyogatradition.com. Contact: [email protected].

New Dates: The Bhagavad Gita online sessions with Rabindra Sahu have now been rescheduled to two weekends of 3-4 and 10-11 April 2021. Please visit Urdhva Yoga website with updated information; contact [email protected].

Reopening of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) - “I am happy to share that we are now opening the ashram for visitors further. Now, all individuals carrying a valid negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report will be able to come to the ashram, irrespective of the mode of their travel.” – Divya Gupta. Contact: [email protected].

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Full Moon on Holi
Full Moon on Holi
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The next Full Moon Meditation will be 28 March 2021. You are invited to sit in meditation for an hour wherever you are. Total beginners and longtime practitioners, non-initiates and initiates are welcome. If you cannot sit for the entire hour, sit as long as you are able; as Swami Veda has said, "Let the quietness of the mind continue even after you rise...”

“The full moon meditations are an opportunity for us to come together in connecting with the universal mind-field bringing unity, harmony, peace and love. Go into your silence; exhale-release, inhale-accept, forgive & fulfil, with purified heart and mind receive the blessings of the Lineage.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

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

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March Articles

Yoga and Buddhism

by Swami Veda Bharati

[This is Part 1 of 3. This is a transcript of the first lecture by Swami Veda Bharati given in Bangkok, Thailand, 2012. Transcript provided by Shi Hong. A video of this lecture can be seen online by clicking here.]

namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsamBuddhassa
namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsamBuddhassa
namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsamBuddhassa

Sit comfortably as you would like to sit. Keep the mind at rest. Keep silence of the mind. Keep all the limbs and organs of your body relaxed. Sit comfortably. Be aware of the position in which you are sitting. With that relaxed mind listen.

akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṁ vyāptaṁ yena carācaram,
tat-padaṁ darśitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ.
śrī-gurave namaḥ
śrī-gurave namaḥ

Meditation is a path of silence which is a path of what we call in Pāli upasama, pacification. In the Bhagavad Gītā we read:.

Read More : Yoga and Buddhism…


by Swami Rama

[This is an excerpt from Sacred Journey, Living Purposefully and Dying Gracefully by Swami Rama, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, 2002. Chapter 3: “The Treasure.” Pages 17 – 18.]

There are two aspects within us all, the real Self and the mere self. The latter is but a reflection of the former. One is imperishable and beyond change, and the other is the enjoyer and the sufferer.

Yama told Nachiketa:

“The one (the Absolute) is like the self-effulgent sun, the other (the ego, or limited self) is like its image or reflection, bearing relations as between light and shade. The one is like a witness, while the other eats the fruits of its own thoughts and deeds.”

The witness is Atman. The great ninth century Indian saint and philosopher, Shankara stated:

“The nature of the Atman is pure consciousness. The Atman reveals this entire universe of mind and matter. It cannot be defined. In and through the various states of consciousness—waking, dreaming, and sleeping—it maintains our unbroken awareness of identity. It manifests itself as the witness of the intelligence.”


Read More: Atman …

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.


Can you tell me the number of repetitions as far as high anyone can go and brief procedure about of Ashwini mudra? Swami Rama said that no exercise compensates this (Ashwini mudra) exercise bladder muscle get exercised sphincter muscles exercised and by this practice alone you can get control over your autonomic nervous system. Can you explain how Ashwini mudra can lead me to get control over my automatic nervous system? I heard that someone who was practicing Ashwini mudra wrote his experience like that (I have practiced ashwini mudra quite often and hence now i'm constantly falling sick because of the increase in body heat , a couple of months back i was admitted because of the same reason, my body generates too much heat , the apana remains in my stomach it was trying to come out resulting in vomiting , excessive vomiting caused dehydration and i was admitted hence i need to know how to overcome this heat, i'm still facing the same problem even today ). So if it is true that Ashwini mudra generates so much heat if yes then how to cool down or overcome from it?


Stephen Parker (Stoma) and Carolyn Hume have responded to this question.

Read More : Dear Yoga Mentor …

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