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New AHYMSIN 2010 Practices

 

OM Shreem Gurave Namah!   OM Shreem Gurave Namah!  OM Shreem Gurave Namah!

 

I worship the divinity that is within you.  From February 2007 to February 2010, for three years the entire AHYMSIN family undertook the observance of reciting a special mantra:

ity-uktā sā tadā devi

gambhīrāntah-smitā jagau

durgā bhagavatī bhadrā

yayedam dhāryate jagat

The meaning and the purpose of this mantra was explained at that time – to bring stability, to bring stability to our individual hearts and minds, stability in our spiritual practices; thereby stability in our emotions; thereby stability in our body language, verbal language (voice, tone), all manner of our communication, and through that, stability in our relationships, in our families, in our communities, and through that stability, expanding its circles, stability in our spiritual family.

I have been delighted and gratified that so many participated in this observance, and I have seen, witnessed the stability it has brought to our spiritual family, the results of which are visible in the satsanga, the gathering of the aspiring souls of the sangha, of the fraternity that came together here at Swami Rama's Sadhaka Grama from February 1 to February 12, 2010.

Now it is time for us to go further, to seek wisdom and the wisdom of enlightenment by the grace of the Guru.  Our next gathering of this kind will be from February 25 to March 11.  Part of that time, nine days, will be satsanga in total silence, the rest of the time for other contemplations and deliberations.  Imagine 300 people in silence on the sacred grounds for nine days, silently devoting their bodies, prana, hearts and minds to a merger with infinity, with the serenity of the Divine Being!  What energy it will generate, not only for the participants on location to feast upon, but what rays will go emanating from it to the entire sangha on all continents wherever our Gurudev's disciples meet in meditation!

The mantra for this time, for this period is two mantras:  The first part is the akhanda-mandalākāram mantra, to seek the grace of the Guru, to seek the awakening of the Guru Chakra so that we all may become linked with that endless chain of the lineage which may confer upon us an open door through which we may enter the portals of wisdom.  The second part will be an expanded version of the Gayatri mantra.

Do please listen closely to these instructions so that there is no confusion.  It is a long mantra.  In this Kali Yuga (the Dark Ages) there are many impediments.

We have to learn to overcome those impediments on our spiritual path.  But sometimes we have to make adjustments and not feel pressed, so I am not going to impose the full 108 recitations of the mantra every day because it is a long mantra.  Those who are not used to this mantra, those who have not yet understood what chakras are, those whose practice has not yet been well-grounded may choose to do the simple version which I will recite, and you may do 33 repetitions or 51 or 71, and if you can truly have a conversation with your dear friend, your mind, 108, if the mind will agree, each day.

I will recite the mantra.  It is also coming to you in a written form so that you may memorize it.  For the first part, the akhanda-mandalākāram, there is another CD which can be made available to you to help you memorize that if you do not already know that mantra.  And for the expanded version of the Gayatri, you may read the written portion, listen to this recitation, get your pronunciation clear in your mind, and then begin your practice.


Editor's note: Please see: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/2010-2013-practicetranscript.html and http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/akhanda-mandalkram-mantra.html