Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

March 2016 Newsletter

Guru PadukaA special time for you to come to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ~ Guru Purnima Retreat, 10th - 19th July 2016:

  • akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) of Guru-Gita, the Song to the Guru
  • 14th July, 1st Anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi
  • 19th July, Guru Purnima and Full Moon Meditation

“This day, the day of Guru Purnima, is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime. They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment; the state of mind, internal state, that makes one free from all pains and miseries.” - Swami Rama. To inquire about accommodations: http://ahymsin.org/main/accommodations-inquiry.html

Program for Initiates 10th to 17th April 2016 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). "You have been a guest at the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, perhaps once, perhaps many times, and have had basic lessons in sitting and breathing etc. I hope you have been able to keep up the practice for your physical health, peace of mind and a settled heart. You have also received mantra-diksha. Now the question remains : WHAT after mantra? How to refine it; where to go further? There is always need for (a) refreshing, (b) refining to subtler levels and (c) learning the next steps." - Swami Veda Bharati Contact: ahymsin@ahymsin.org

The 2016 Sangha Gathering took place at SRSG 21st – 26th February 2016, and we are happy to be able to share some photos and words from that event with you in this newsletter.

Courtesy of Sunil Trikha: videos of a lecture given by Swami Veda Bharati titled “Self Governance Is the Best Governance" which he delivered in Ludhiana, India, on 27th November 2006.  It is on YouTube in 3 parts of about 20 minutes each. Please click on title(s) to watch.

“I'm writing to thank you for the simple yet deeply impactful advice you shared last week regarding the importance of intention put into cooking food and diaphragmatic breathing.  I have become more aware of both over the last one week and it has made an immediate and significant difference to my mood, my energy level and my sleep. I am committed to keep going with both throughout pregnancy and thereafter as well.” Shweta Kulkarni-Lobo wrote to Dr. Shirin Venkat, centre leader in Pune, India, who had guided her into proper diaphragmatic breathing and also explained how the food should be cooked. Dr. Shirin said, “I told her the story of Swami Rama how he refused to eat a particular vegetable although it was his favourite simply because he knew it was cooked in anger. The dear lady who cooked it for him was astonished for indeed she had been angry with her children while she prepared that vegetable only!”


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Please Share Your News We invite you to share what is happening in their centers and your experiences, insights, and questions. With such sharing, we can learn more about one another and strengthen one another in our sadhana, becoming a true “sangha”. We welcome your articles. You can write to ahymsin@ahymsin.org

For Upcoming Events please click 2016 Events and Beyond. (http://ahymsin.org/main/events-maps-schedules/upcoming-events.html)

For Full Moon Meditations, please click Full Moon Meditation Calendar. (http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/full-moon-meditation.html)

March Newsletter Articles

  1. Spiritual Roots of Arts, Culture and Ethics by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Direct Experience by Swami Rama
  3. Dr. Mohan Swami´s Address to the Sangha
  4. 2016 Sangha Slideshow
  5. Coming Home by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
  6. Love by Miklós Zoltai
  7. News from Debrecen, Hungary by Miklós Zoltai
  8. Full Moon Meditation with Refugees by Marloes Vervaet)
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. Mauni Amavasya, Day of Silence by Joanne Sullivan (Divya))
  11. The Search for Eternal Truth by Amy Cui
  12. Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Yuko Metsugi
  13. 2016 Events and Beyond
  14. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  15. Location of our SRSG ashram

Our next edition is planned for sometime near the middle or end of April, 2016. Deadline Deadline for submissions to each month's issue is the first week of that month. Full Moon Meditation reminders generally come out 1-2 days before the full moon day. When full moon meditation reminders and newsletter timings are close, we try and send a single mailing to the combined list.

Full Moon 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 "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members also meet at 9:00 pm.

Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office



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