[This article was previously published in the June 2018 edition of the AHYMSIN Newletter.]
When we look to the future, we see the opportunities for change, for growth, for embracing a loving heart and a smiling mind. During these 40 days of spiritual peace, we deepen our commitment and accept our practices as discovery - a tapas of peace. We deepen our relationship with the source of inner light and knowledge through remembering our spiritual heritage, our guides, our inspirations of the past reborn in this deep innate desire for freedom, self-understanding and joy.
[This article has previously been published in the AHYMSIN Newsletter, May 2018.]
Through the living presence of Swami Veda here in Sadhaka Grama, we are inspired to return “home” to the theme of “Vasudeva”. This theme holds many gems of sadhana practiced as the Annual 40-Day Festival of Spiritual Peace.
For 2018, our theme of “Vasudeva” will focus on three kriyas [practices]: ahimsa, aparigraha, and Ishwara-pranidhana.
Please see the edited talk below by Swami Veda addressing these, plus the links and references given for details on the observances during the Festival. Enjoy this immersion in sadhana during the festival celebration of Spiritual Peace.
— Swami Ritavan Bharati
[The video “Interview with Swami Ritavan Bharati” can be watched on YouTube. This is a transcript from the video. The video was recorded and edited by Lo, whom Tinyu Chen brought to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in March 2018. This article has previously been published in the AHYMSIN Newsletter, April 2018. The 2019 Sangha Gathering is scheduled for 25th February - 5th March, 2019, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).]
When we look to the future, we look at how can we create opportunities for students to deepen their practice or to become familiar with, to be introduced to practices that they may feel that now they are ready for, now they would like to understand themselves through such unique ways of these prayers, contemplations, meditation, yoga practices, so we’re coming together with a special gathering next year.
We are honoring Swami Veda in the sense of his beautiful little book, booklet, that he created for the United Nations presentation some years ago. Also for the Parliament of World Religions he gave a talk. He gave a theme that was simply called “The Perennial in the Millennium” for it was the change of the millennium. And he took these sentiments of how would one want to create a beautiful future, a peaceful future. Not only for oneself or one’s family or even among a community, but for the whole world. So he presented this at the United Nations. He presented these beautiful tools of insight and guidance for humanity if they so choose.
(This is an excerpt from a transcript of the Sangha Talk February 1, 2018, by Swami Ritavan Bharati at The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. It was previously published in the February 2018 edition of the AHYMSIN Newsletter.)
Good evening and welcome on a cold evening. I’m sure you’ve brought your warm hearts and together such warmness will be enlightening. Welcome to those who have come from a distance – all the way from Chicago – as well as all of you, having ventured out on this cold evening to be another ember on this fire of illumination, the beauty of such a conflagration of consciousness that each and every one embraces as their own identity.