Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

February 2017 Newsletter

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“Following the example of our Beloved Swamiji - Be the generator of enlightenment for others.”  - Swami Ritavan Bharati

24th March is the birthday of Usharbudh Arya (who became Swami Veda Bharati). At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), sadhakas will be celebrating with Akhanda Japa. In 2010, when replying to birthday wishes, Swamiji wrote:

Each day the sun is born anew
Each soul has a new dawn upon waking from sleep
Each mind is born to new realities every moment
Each turning of the atom is an infinite span in which
your consciousness has taken births as many times as
your atoms have turned in all bodies of all your incarnations – and mine.

“The inspiration in the manner and way he lived life, is a model for many more lifetimes,” Swami Ritavan has said.

On 9 March 2013 Swami Veda gave us a practice titled "The Next Five Years and the Rest of Your Life.” Those who have not yet started the practice may want to start. Those who have already started it may want to review it. Please see http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/practice-for-the-next-five-years-and-the-rest-of-your-life.html.

The 14th of July will be the 2nd anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi. There will be a Maha Samadhi Retreat 8th - 16th July at SRSG.

Shri Madhav Kamat

“With deep regret I would like to inform you that Shri Madhav Kamat peacefully left his body early morning on 20th February. He was a trusted friend of Swami Veda and a Life Member of DMT [Dhyana Mandiram Trust].  We will deeply miss his physical presence. May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers are with his family.” - Sadhana Mishra, AHYMSIN General Secretary.

Mr. Kamat, initiated by Swami Rama and guided by Swami Veda Bharati, also served as centre leader for Himalayan Yoga Meditation Association of Bangalore.  A successful businessman, he was a sadhaka, who authored the book Unfolding the Mindfield, a collection of experiences woven into a garland of thoughts and beliefs that have shaped his life, demonstrating the harmony that can exist between a business proposition and a quest for spiritual awareness. Among other things, he did a 90 day silence retreat at SRSG and wrote the article Pranams in August 2015 after the Mahasamadhi of Swami Veda.

Shri Madhav Kamat was also a founding member of the Kruger Foundation for Child Aid.

Maha Shivaratri

24 February was Maha Shivaratri. A live video was filmed at SRSG at that time.

Online Satsang

Sadhana in Applied Spirituality, Saturday, March 4, at 6 PM - 7 PM UTC+05:30. AHYMSIN Youth invites you to come together and share your thoughts, experiences and challenges with others. “Some of us had asked our beloved Ammaji's guidance on hurdles on the spiritual journey and she has responded with some very meaningful insights, which also we will share and discuss. We are keeping Swami Veda Bharati's book Sadhana in Applied Spirituality as a topic of discussion, for all practical applications are covered here. As Kalyana Mitras, we are ‘helpers of helpers’ – let’s come together.” Email for registrations and more information: ahymsinyouth@hotmail.com

Lab Publication Published

Manu (Dr. Manuel Fernandez), former manager of the Meditation Research Institute (MRI) at SRSG, previously shared with us publications by researchers at MRI, the lab, and now has written, “That unpublished article from the list of lab publications that appeared at the Ahymsin Newsletter has finally been published in the prestigious journal Plos One”: Increased Gamma Brainwave Amplitude Compared to Control in Three Different Meditation Traditions, Claire Braboszcz , B. Rael Cahn, Jonathan Levy, Manuel Fernandez, Arnaud Delorme. (Click on title to read.) Data collection took place at MRI.

Chair Yoga: Rob Diggins, who recently received “HYT-TTP 500 Hour” certification, has been teaching "Chair Yoga" which uses the Joints & Glands exercises as taught by Shri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. He now has placed some videos of "Chair Yoga" on YouTube. He wrote in 2014 about his experiences in the article Sage Yoga: Chair Yoga for One and All! and at the end of January, wrote, “Here it is now 2017, and several of the Chair Yogins are now 96 or older, with Charlotte about to celebrate her 101st birthday next month!”

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Upcoming Events at SRSG in 2017 include: ongoing guest programmes, silence retreats, teacher training retreats, Art of Shavasana Retreat, Navaratri Devi-Pujas, 40 Day Spiritual Festival Retreat, Guru Purnima Retreat, Mahasamadhi Anniversary Retreat (2nd Anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi), Application of Yoga Psychology in Daily Life Retreat, Breath Retreat, Christian Meditation Retreat, and the International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat.


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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 2017 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-meditations.html)

February Newsletter Articles

“Selflessness is an acquired taste.” – Swami Rama (from article #2 below)

Jump directly into any article:

  1. Himalayan Tradition in Polity and Economy by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Intellect, Sadhana and Wisdom by Swami Rama
  3. Like a Thriller-Action Movie by Patricija Kos
  4. Teaching Children by Mamta Nakoti
  5. In the Mind’s Garden by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
  6. A Weekend with Swami Tat Sat by Dirk Gysels
  7. Love Whispers by Little student of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition
  8. Thoughts on Vanaprastha by Pandit Tejomaya
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. Nataraja Murti Sanctified by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
  11. 2017 Events and Beyond
  12. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  13. Location of our SRSG ashram

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.

Also, Toronto "Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society of Ontario" members meet at 9:00 pm (local).

Yours in service,  — Ahymsin Office



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