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Full Moon Meditations

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.." 

Swami Veda Bharati has written:

Yoga Philosophy views the mind as Universal field; its waves passing through us and becoming our individual minds. This Universal mind is a radiant force and is also known as a Universal Guru within.

When all sit together at the same time even in different parts of the world, they connect to the Universal Guru mind and generate a strong field, like so many magnets being joined together and forming a much stronger magnet; the strength of each then equals the combined strength of all.

Thus it is when we join together in meditation, and together enter the Guru-mind's Field. On certain days of the year the Wave of Beauty and the Wave of Bliss flows very strong. These are the sacred days.

Before his Mahasamadhi, Swamiji instructed that Full Moon Meditations should continue. 

Full Moon Meditation Dates

There are four "1 hour" meditation times within the 24 hour day.

2016

  JAN 23 FEB 22 MAR 23 APR 21 MAY 21 JUNE 20
  JUL 19 AUG 18 SEPT 16 OCT 16 NOV 14 DEC 13

2017

  JAN 12 FEB 10 MAR 12 APR 11 MAY 10 JUNE 09
  JUL 09 AUG 07 SEPT 06 OCT 05 NOV 04 DEC 03

2018

  JAN 02 JAN 31 MAR 01 MAR 31 APR 29 MAY 29 JUNE 28
  JUL 27 AUG 26 SEPT 24 OCT 24 NOV 23 DEC 22  

2019

  JAN 21 FEB 19 MAR 20 APR 19 MAY 18 JUNE 17
  JUL 16 AUG 15 SEPT 13 OCT 13 NOV 12 DEC 12

Calculating Your Time

There are only four "1 hour" periods with the 24 hours. We invite you to sit with others at your local time, as listed below. The times below are in local time. If your local time is observing a summer/winter switch (called "Daylight Savings Time in the USA, for example), then use that time. Basically, convert the time and time zone below to your local time. A good resource for calculating local times next to another time is http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.htmlhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

Local Timings

7 AM 

in India (IST), surrounding countries adjust the time accordingly, for example Iran is 5 AM.

8 PM 

in East Asia, 8 PM Singapore time. Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand etc. adjust their times to coincide with Singapore time 8 PM.

8 PM 

in U.K. (London Time).Those in all European, and all African time zones, please adjust your sitting time to coincide with 8 PM United Kingdom.

10 PM 

in New York. Surrounding countries and regions of South, Central and North America and the Caribbean to match their time to 10 PM New York time.

 

Toronto affiliate (hymso.com) meets at 9:00 pm

 

How is the full moon calculated?

The dates of the Full Moon Meditations are announced after our Ashram Pandits have worked out the exact hours and minutes of the full moon each month. The hours of the full moon span two calendar days in western time. By Swami Veda’s request, the date with the most full moon hours is chosen for the Full Moon Meditation.

Could you please explain the timetable of Full Moon Meditation

in several parts of the world and how it works? For example, we want to sit together with Swamiji the same time, correct? So, when Swami Veda sits in Rishikesh at 7am this would be 9:30am in Shanghai, 02:30am in London, etc. But the instructions say that China should sit at 8 pm, GMT at 8 pm, New York at 10 pm, and so on.?

Answer:

Swami Veda Bharati sat more than one time on the full moon meditation day. There are four "1 hour" meditation times within the 24 hour period of the full moon date. So, no, globally we do not all sit at the same time. However, sadhakas within various regions sit at the same time. Even though Swami Veda has left the body, the meditation times will stay the same. Swami Ritavan Bharati now sits at the appointed times just as Swami Veda did.

Original  Invitation from Swami Veda

Here is the link to the original "invitation" from Swamiji.

On the Full Moon, the Universal Mind and Love

Swami Veda Bharati was asked the question: "You encourage us to meditate on the full moon day. Through the meditation we are connected. You are in India and we are in Taiwan. What is the mechanism by which this happens?" 

To read his answer to this question, please click on On the Full Moon, the Universal Mind and Love

Software

* We recommend the freeware program "MoonphaseMoonphase" as a quick way to see when the full moon is in your area. Please note that occasionally, the announced Vedic date for the full moon meditation will differ from the "Moonphase" program's dates, due to the need to "balance" the dates around the entire world. The table above gives the actual dates for the full moon meditation.

Guidelines for Full Moon Meditation

"We need to convey the following to all those who participate in the full moon meditation and those who guide such groups.

"In our Tradition mantras are not chosen at random. They are conferred by those who have been initiated and authorised to do so.

"Those who have not received a mantra in the Tradition may use:

1. So Ham
2. The name of their favourite form of the deity.
3. If they do not believe in any of these they may use one of the different ways of counting the breath.

"Please do not pick up just any and every recording of Swami Rama or Swami Veda which has reference to a mantra. The non-initiates may use the recording that guides the meditation according to the above 3 options."


- Swami Veda Bharati

Sample Meditation

Those who have not learned to meditate before, but would like to join Swami Veda in his Worldwide Meditations may ask for his booklet title "Beginning Meditation" (Please see http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/beginning-meditation.html)  and a CD of Guided Meditation. Until then, and until you have had the opportunity to take some training in correct ways of sitting and breathing, the simple procedure to follow is:

1. Sit as straight as you can on an even, firm, but cushioned surface.

1. Relax your forehead.

3. Relax your facial and physical musculature.

4. Bring awareness to your breathing.

5. Breathe slowly, gently, smoothly, evenly; without jerk or sound in the breathing.

6. Now feel the touch and flow of the breath in the nostrils.

7. Let there be no pause between the breaths; as one breath is completed, begin to feel the next breath flowing and touching the nostrils.

8. After a few breaths, choose:

a. whichever name of God is your favorite according to your tradition or religion;

b. or a sacred but short phrase or prayer word from your scripture or tradition

c. If you do not believe in a form of divinity, or spiritual incarnation and so forth, exhaling, think Oooonnne (One in a long and drawn out way), inhaling think Twwwoooo (Two) without a break in this count with the breath.

9. Exhaling, mentally remember the word or phrase. Inhaling, mentally remember the word or phrase.

10. Let there be no break between the breaths, nor between the incessant flow of the thoughts of the same phrase.

11. As soon as you become aware that you have lost the flow and other thoughts have begun to arise, re-start the same procedure from the beginning with number 1.

12. Sit for as long as you wish.

13. Let the quietness of the mind continue even after you rise.

14. If you practice this even for 2-3 minutes at a time many times a day, you will notice subtle changes in yourself for the better.

15. Whatever you do repeatedly with the mind, that will become the mind's habit; calming the mind repeatedly will return your mind to its calm nature.