Each summer, for the AHYMSIN community there is an invitation, with the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, to expand and refine one’s sadhana. This year the 40-Day Festival will begin on 22nd June and will end on 31st July, which is Guru Purnima. These 40 days are celebrated wherever you are.
International Day of Yoga takes place on 21st June and you may want to celebrate this as the beginning of the Spiritual Festival; Swami Veda’s message for International Day of Yoga can be read at Message for International Yoga Day, June 21 .
It is a time to contemplate (and talk with others about) the many ways you can participate.
Perhaps you would like to attend the Guru Purnima Retreat, 23rd – 31st July, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama or Sadhana Mandir. There will be akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) of Guru-Gita, the Song to the Guru.
You might review what Swami Veda’s suggestions and teachings have been in previous years, including Sadhana in Applied Spirituality and the practice given by Swami Veda on 9th March 2013. Continue with the 5 year homework that was given in 2013. If you have not yet started this practice, you may want to start now.
During these 40 days, yoga students can choose to intensify their yoga practice and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:
(Editor's Note: This written messsage first appears in English, followed by translations into Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.)
This is to the beloved manifestations of Divine Atman in Yoga,
My dear self,
I pay homage to the founders, the sages, the rishis of the Guru lineage by whose compassion, intuition and insight this eternal knowledge has come to bless and grant us beneficences at this time of our ongoing history of spiritual development in humanity.
One example, the most contemporary example…
Soon after Mr. Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India he addressed the United Nations and proposed that there should be an international yoga day. Unprecedentedly 177 nations favoured the proposal. It is thus that 21st June has been declared as the international yoga day every year.
Dear Members of the Ahymsin Sangha,
The Sangha Gathering for 2016 will take place during 21 – 26 of February at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Swamiji has purposely laid down the theme for the Gathering to be: “Can I have Samadhi? Can I have Samadhi by 2024? Can I have Samadhi now?” A short introduction on the theme, written by Swamiji, is at this link: http://ahymsin.org/main/misc/can-i-have-samadhi.html.