AHYMSIN Full Moon Illuminations - July 2023

AHYMSIN Full Moon Illuminations - July 2023

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Guru Purnima Message 1984

~ Swami Rama


This day, Guru Purnima, is celebrated with great encouragement by aspirants who follow the spiritual path. No matter which path is followed, whether it is raja, bhakti, jnana, laya or any other path, all celebrate this day. This day of Guru Purnima reminds us of our spiritual awaking and to be on the path sincerely, regularly and making efforts to attain the goal.

Guru is a fountainhead of knowledge, spirituality, and wisdom through which flows the knowledge that is traditionally handed down from generation to generation. This day reminds one of his goals. Let us rejoice this day and make a firm resolution and obtain our goal, which is peace, happiness and bliss, and serve others selflessly, and love others selflessly.

Love all selflessly.

May you love all and exclude none.

OM. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

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Guru Purnima 2013

~ Swami Veda Bharati


These are sacred days in succession. Buddha-purnima, full moon celebrating Buddha’s enlightenment around June; guru-purnima, full moon celebrating and honouring the universal guru and the individual guru, around July; rishi-purnima, the full moon celebrating the rishis, the ancient sages of yore through whom the knowledge of the Vedas was revealed, around August.

The guru tradition is a universal in all ancient cultures. Buddha’s last teacher was celebrated Arada Kalama who taught him Sankhya-yoga. Jesus has St. John the Baptist. The Incarnation Rama has to be reminded of his divinity by the sage Vasishtha (read Yoga-vasishtha). Krishna the teacher of Bhagavad-gita had three gurus…

Even Gilgamesh of the Sumerian-Akkadian epic has Utnapishtim. The Sufi tradition pays homage to its peer-o-murshid masters. Anyone seeking to progress in any field seeks a mentor. Modern day Catholics have spiritual directors for study and contemplation of texts like Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. So in all ancient traditions of Africa, New Zealand, American Indians, and you name it.

Seeking a guru, therefore, is an innate part of our nature; part of our spiritual urges. Many resist this urge out of ego. They think ‘I can make it on my own’ and sooner or later they stumble or become disappointed or confused as to their path.

A guru may appear in an embodied form or in a disembodied form, for a guru is one who infuses into our individuated consciousness the divine consciousness. Consciousness has no form. Our Gurudeva continues to guide thousands from his bodiless state. The body-bound do not understand this.

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News from the Ashram

Dear AHYMSIN Family,

As Guru Purnima approaches, we share some news with our global spiritual family.

Guru Purnima celebrations at SRSG


The blessings of the Guru Lineage are evident during our Guru Purnima celebrations here at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. As you all know, Guru Purnima celebrations at the ashram span over 9 days with akhanda patha, 24 hours non-stop recitation of the Guru-Gita, daily pujas, and yajna with the Akhanda-manadalakam-mantra. This year, the Guru Purnima is on 3rd July, 2023, and we will have the purnahuti of the 9-days long akhanda patha and the yajna.

Swami Ameyaananda Bharati


On the auspicious day of the Devashayana Ekadashi, 29th June, 2023, our beloved mother Swami Ameyaananda Bharati left her body.
Some of our family members may also remember that Swami Hariharanand Bharati had also left his mortal body on the same date of 29th June in 2008.
Special prayers of Gayatri mantra have been offered at SRSG, Swami Ameya’s beloved spiritual home, as a prayer for her peaceful transition.
Within the customs of sanyasa parampara, the 16th day Shodashi celebration will be held on our beloved Swami Veda Bharati’s Mahasamadhi Day, 14th July. Continued prayers, patha of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and a bhandara for sadhus and all will be offered at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. Family members who wish to attend are warmly and lovingly welcome.

Swami Veda Bharati’s Mahasamadhi Celebrations


In timeless remembrance of our beloved Swami Veda Bharati on his 8th Mahasamadhi Anniversary, Swami Ritavan Bharati has lovingly guided us all to offer japa at our dear Master’s lotus feet as our homage to his eternal love and teachings. This is a very special time at SRSG, one brimming with our dearest Swamiji’s every loving presence. One can feel the Grace of the Lineage in the Meditation Hall, Initiation Room, and all around the ashram as we are moving closer to the conclusion of our 9-day long Guru Purnima celebrations and beginning of our Mahasamadhi day celebrations.

At the Ashram, we will be taking a collective sankalpa for a mahapurashacharana (counting the number of syllables in a given mantra and doing that many hundred thousand repetitions for each syllable) of the mantra—Om Shreem Gurave Namah on 3rd July¬. The practice includes 700,000 repetitions of the mantra, along with a daily one-hour long fire offering (yajna) offered by the ashram residents.

As we are coming together to pay our homage to our dearest Swamiji, we are also very grateful to Swami Ritavan for his continued guidance and blessings in all our practices.

We lovingly invite our international family members to also join us in this offering from their own centres and homes.

May these auspicious days deepen our connection with one another and strengthen our collective resolve to walk the Path of Love, Serve, Remember as guided by our Gurudeva Swami Rama of the Himalayas and our beloved Swami Veda Bharati.

Om Shreem Gurave Namah.

The Role of Guru in One’s Life

~ Dr Stephen Parker (Stoma)

Remember, it is the Guru’s presence in your mind that takes form as your mantra. Your mantra is not just a tool for meditation, even though everybody talks about it that way. Mantra is the vibration of the presence of the Guru-shakti in the core of your mind. At initiation, it is planted as a seed, a bija, which is what the word bija actually means. As the mantra-seed takes “root” it leads your awareness into subtle depths of the mind through the process of japa meditation to finally blossom as the fruits of meditation with samadhi. Your mantra is guiding you into those finer and finer experiences of Guru’s subtle presence.

In my meditation, as the process of mantra japa deepens, I stay focused on the nasagra point. Once sushumna is awakened then I just sit there and watch from where the iccha-shakti of my mind gives me an invitation. That subtle presence of the Guru tells me where to go in meditation, whether to go into a chakra, whether to work with the sushumna-stream in spinal meditation. I just wait for that inner guide that leads the meditation to where it is supposed to go, and that is perfect, just perfect. That’s what the mantra and the japa of mantra is intended to do for you. That “seed” grows as the relationship with Guru, with that inner guide and voice that is beyond words. It leads you to what you need to know and where you need to grow.

So, sooner or later the words are going to disappear and you will be left with just a feeling, you follow that feeling and it begins to become certain vibration, you follow that vibration, and gradually that refines down into a point, into a bindu. A point of both immanence and transcendence. So this is how the Guru leads us in our meditation practice, this is why the Guru doesn’t need to be a person in a physical body.

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The Teacher’s Scalpel

~ Mokshadeva (Randall Krause)

A spiritual teacher is like a physician, helping cure one of a disease. Sometimes, the physician must take a scalpel and cut out an abscess or use a hot needle to cauterize a wound to bring a person back to health. The job of a Yoga sage is to remove the scum of his disciples’ false identifications with their ego identities, so they can find the clear light of the Infinite within. Although Swami Veda was the kindest and gentlest of human beings, he would not spare the rod if that’s what his student needed.

One time, early in our relationship, I attended one of his talks. He was on a stage, outside, and everyone else was sitting down below on grass listening. At one point, he said something like “I am an anthill to my Master’s Himalayas. I have so far to go to become enlightened.“

After his talk, when he took questions, I raised my hand and he called on me. “You said that you have so far to go until you reach enlightenment. But what about me?” I said that last sentence almost with a whine.

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Zoom Workshops on
‘Mind, Meditation, and You’

~ with Mokshadeva (Randall Krause)

How to Energize Your Mind to Regain Your Divine Strength

A workshop based on the section “Strong Mind, Weak Mind,” from the soon-to-be-published book, Mind: The Playground of Gods, by Swami Veda Bharati.

Swami Rama said, “All of the body is in the mind but all of the mind is not in the body.” In the “modern” world we think of the mind as equivalent to the brain, which occupies only the small space within the skull. How can it be that all of the mind is not in the body when the brain is entirely in the body? What was that Swami thinking? The answer is that, according to yoga philosophy, the mind is a subtle energy field, whereas the body is gross. The mind field is subtler than prana, subtler than the body, subtler than your clothes, but is still considered to be material and this mind energy field is greater than the body. In other words, the body lives within the subtler mind field.

In this series of Zoom sessions, we will study this knowledge through the lens of Swami Veda’s writings and lectures. There will be talks by the leader, readings from Swami Veda’s upcoming book, introspection, group discussions, and group practice. This will be an opportunity to get a better understanding of the mind and a chance to strengthen your mind.

Dates: 29 July 2023 (Sat), 5 August 2023 (Sat), and 13 August 2023 (Sun)
Time: 7:30-8:30PM India Time.
Language: English
Medium: Zoom

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Online Guided Full Moon Meditations

~ with Swami Ritavan Bharati and other Mantra Initiators

To celebrate the global Full Moon Meditations, HYMNS (Himalaya Yoga Meditation Network Society) in the Netherlands has set up online guided meditations with Swami Ritavan Bharati and other mantra initiators via zoom. These guided meditation sessions are being held to bring closer together our family members from Europe and African regions and will be held at 9 – 10pm CET (Central European Time).

The first session will be on 1st August 2023, guided by Swami Ritavan Bharati. The other sessions will be guided by mantra initiators of the Global Sangha. The meditation will be guided for the first ten minutes or so. After that, we will continue in silence with our mantra.

You are all lovingly invited to sit in meditation for an hour wherever you are, in your home or with friends, and connect with the collective mind-field of the Guru Lineage and the Sangha, and thereby deepen your meditation.

Kindly Contact: info@yoga-hymns.nl for registration and more information.

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Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam
Last Chance to Apply for 2023-24


We are so delighted to bring this news to you all. We are now able to accept Gurukulam students from our entire global family. Applications are open for the one-year long Gurukulam program that begins on the Vijayadashami (Ashwina Shukla Dashami/Dusshera) 2023, which would be on the 24th October, 2023.

The ‘One-Year Residential Program in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition’ will harmoniously hold an integrated study and practice of all the paths of yoga, including bhakti, jnana, karma, and raja yoga. The students will be taught the philosophy, science, and practices of hatha yoga, breathing awareness and pranayamas, subtle body relaxations, and meditation. Ancient scriptures including selected Prakarana Granthas, selected sections of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, the Samkhya darshana, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will be taught. All students will also be taught Sanskrit and Vedic Chantings.

Medium of Instruction: English
Cost/Fees: A loving and committed heart. Donations/Dakshinas towards one’s stay are welcome.
Eligibility: All seekers, irrespective of religion, nationality, gender, caste, etc. who can commit to a year-long stay at the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ashram in Rishikesh, India.
Age Limit: 25-40 Years

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Global Meditation Reminder

Full Moon Meditation
is on 3 July 2023

New Moon Meditation
is on 17 July 2023

Full Moon New Moon

You are invited to sit in meditation for an hour wherever you are, in your home or with friends. 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...”

Global Meditations Schedule

Full Moon New Moon

Upcoming Events

~ Specialty Retreats with Senior Teachers

HYT-TTP Level 1 & 2 Retreats with Senior TTP Faculty

Sun Salutations as Worship with Pt Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)

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Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats at SRSG with Swami Ritavan Bharati

Intensive Meditation Retreat with Swami Ritavan Bharati

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Entrance to the Subtle Body Retreat with Swami Ritavan Bharati

HYT-TTP Level 1 & 3 Retreats with Senior TTP Faculty

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~ Dive Deeper into Philosophy with these Retreats

Guru Disciple Relationship with Rabindra Sahu

Art of Spiritual Learning with Rabindra Sahu

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Navaratri Retreat – Cultivating the Divine Feminine with Swami Ritavan Bharati and Rabindra Sahu

Choosing a Path with Rabindra Sahu

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Narada Bhakti Sutras - Treatise on Love and Surrender with Rabindra Sahu

Navaratri Retreat – Cultivating the Divine Feminine with Swami Ritavan Bharati and Rabindra Sahu

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~ Retreats for Beginning, Refining, and Advancing in your Practices

Hatha Yoga Retreat: From Movement to Stillness

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