A lesser known fact to me until last year was that our beloved Swami Rama, decades back, has started the service of donating food, grocery, vegetables, clothing etc to the sadhus, sadhakas living at Himalayas to survive the winter season as they don’t get access to these during this time. This service, with so much of love and care is still continued by the ashram with greater efforts in terms of planning and execution of the service. What an endeavour it is!
Over the more than 30 years that I’ve been an initiate in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition, at times I’ve ventured out and attended hatha yoga classes at commercial yoga outlets. Often at those classes, I encountered teachers who shouted instructions like circus barkers or gym instructors. Not only did I feel agitated by those teachers’ tense voices, but I also wondered if those classes were in circus training rather than yoga. People were literally jumping into headstands and very challenging postures without awareness. I thought of those classes as Ego-yoga: yoga to expand one’s ego.
Blessings of the Divine Mother and a New Beginning
7 October, 2022 @ 1:04 pm
With the auspicious celebrations and austere practices during the 9 days of the Navaratri, we invoked the Grace of the Mother Divine at the ashram [Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama] and sought Her loving guidance and blessings for the beginning of a new chapter in our lives – the Gurukulam.
So where does happiness come from? Swami Rama says, "It is impossible to attain happiness in the external world, for happiness is only found deep in the innermost chamber of one's being. The Self is the center of happiness. Those who are realized are always filled with the happiness of the Self, and they alone find real peace in their hearts" (Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, Pp. 219-220). Meditation is the path to find that center of happiness within.
It is with great relief and observance that the sadhakas of Ahymsin group of Quatre Bornes, Mauritius celebrated Guru Purnima on 13 July 2022. On that auspicious day, we performed the Vedic Yajna and paid homage to our great master, Swami Rama, to Swami Veda Bharati and to all the spiritual masters of the lineage -- the Guru Parampara. Under the guidance of our spiritual teacher, our beloved Bahenji Sarojini, we did the Yajna which culminated in chanting Akhandamandalākāram-mantras and 108 Ganesha Gayatri chanting with fire offerings. While doing the fire offerings with “Svaha” we are reminded of the fact that “this is not mine – it is thine!” By this way of surrendering our entire ego and our individuality, thus purifying our buddhi (upper mind), we pave the way to know the true nature of our being. The guidance of the Gurus is easing the way to connect with our inner Guru. We are always indebted towards our Gurus and we bow in reverence to the Gurudevas -- Tasmay Shri Guruwe Namaha.
Wisdom is different from information. A person can memorize the entire Oxford English Dictionary and still not have a clue as to how to live in a way that is fulfilling and life-enhancing. Wisdom is not about information, but about understanding how to live a fulfilling life.
"Those who wait for death to release them from their circumstances are merely fantasizing about something that never occurs. They should instead devote their energies to accomplishing their task on this earth." - Swami Rama; in Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, pg. 210.