Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Aug-Sep 2016 Newsletter

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GeckhoDo any of you have fond memories of geckos at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG)? This picture of a gecko was taken by Michael Kissener when he was at SRSG for the 1st Anniversary of Swami Veda’s Mahasamadhi.

Swami Veda expressed the desire for a gathering of children at the first anniversary of his death. Ahymsin Youth shared the video of Swamiji speaking about this.  It is a pleasure to hear that sadhakas in the Netherlands and Belgium responded to this request. We invite you to read “Remembering Swami Veda Bharati” by Shailendra Bisseswar in this newsletter.

A reminder that there will be an International Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) 22 – 31 December 2016. Contact: childrensretreat@gmail.com

The AHYMSIN Facebook page now has more than 3,000 members.  If you are on Facebook, we invite you to join.

Swami Radha at Rancho Meditation Sanctuary in CaliforniaHimalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, wrote “Thanks to all who attended this weekend's workshop [August 6 -7] on The Art of Shavasana. Especially a big thanks to Ma Radha who laid out the subtle practices of our tradition systematically and with so much clarity. From Movement and Stillness to Yoga Nidra, not only do we have more of an intellectual understanding of the practices but we were able, under Ma Radha's gentle guidance, to experience the deep profoundness of many of these practices as well. Our deepest pranams.”

Randall Krause (Mokshadeva) shared this picture (right) : “Swami Ma Radha Bharati speaking at The Rancho Meditation Sanctuary yesterday [August 14] with Kinder [the dog] as understudy.” The Rancho Meditation Sanctuary is home for the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Society of Los Angeles, aka Hym-La.

Lithuanian silence family for 2016Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma) taught at the Sadhana Yoga Conference in Ecuador in August.  Click on the title “Doctor en psiquiatría explica la neurobiología del yoga y los beneficios de la meditación” to read an article with Stoma answering questions of an interviewer. The title is in English is “Doctor in psychiatry explains the neurobiology of yoga and the benefits of meditation.”

Stoma writes of the annual silent retreat near Vilnius, Lithuania: “This year Ashu and I followed a seminar by Swami Nityamuktananda and Sabina Cesaroni, so we got to spend some time with them as well. Being back in the long slanting light of the Northern summer was such a cooling influence after the warm close days at SRSG in India.” And shares this picture of “The Lithuanian silence family for 2016.” (Photo left)


In addition to the ongoing opportunity of spiritual retreats in the form of the guest programme, special retreats, seminars, pujas, and workshops are scheduled for 2016 and 2017 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. These include:

  • Initiate Programs
  • The Yoga of the Netra Tantra Retreat Seminar
  • Science of Breath Workshop
  • HYT-TTP teacher training retreats
  • Yoga Youth and Children's Retreats
  • Silence Retreats in association with Mauni Amavasya
  • The Dance of Transformation Workshop
  • Art of Shavasana: Subtleties of deep relaxation and meditation Retreat
  • Navaratri Devi-Pujas
  • Christian Meditation Retreat
  • Annual 40 Day Spiritual Festival Retreat
  • Guru Purnima Retreat
  • 2nd anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi Retreat
  • Application of Yoga Psychology in Daily Life Retreat
To help you plan your sadhana stay at SRSG, please check out the Upcoming Events.


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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)

August-September Newsletter Articles

  1. Tapas in Hatha Yoga by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Personal Philosophy of Life by Swami Rama
  3. Sadhaka Grama Awaits You by Swami Ritavan Bharati
  4. Guru Purnima 2016 at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  5. Remembering Swami Veda Bharati by Shailendra Bisseswar
  6. 1st Mahasamadhi Anniversary by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  7. North American Teachers Training Program by Chuck Linke
  8. Śrī-Vidyā by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. Research Publications by Manu (Dr. Manuel Fernandez)
  11. Ustad Kamal Sabri by Dr. Prakash Dixit
  12. 2016 Events and Beyond
  13. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  14. Location of our SRSG ashram

Our next edition is planned for sometime near the end of October, 2016. There is no newsletter in September this year. Deadline for submissions to each month's issue is the 10th of the 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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