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Full Moon Meditation December 3rd

November 2017 Newsletter

This is a combined Full Moon announcement and Ahymsin newsletter, so it's going out to both lists at the same time.

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“Childhood is something great. In childhood the mind is pure, tender and receptive. If we impart good education to our children, become selfless examples for them, and give them love, perhaps they will grow and become the best citizens of the world. Then, the whole universe will bloom like a flower.” - Swami Rama in Let the Bud of Life Bloom: A Guide to Raising Happy and Healthy Children

Children's Retreat 2017 DecemberIt is December, and the Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat will be taking place 24th - 30th December 2017 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. If you and your family would like to attend and have not signed up yet, please write to childrensretreat@gmail.com

Mauni Amavasya is 16 January 2018. In addition to observing a silence day wherever you are, you may want to attend either the Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats at SRSG in January or one of the three silence retreats in celebration of the purnahuti of Swami Veda’s silence vow.

The 21st anniversary of the Mahasamadhi of Swami Rama was 13 November 2017 and was observed in various centers and at Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) and Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU).  “This is not a sad time of remembrance but a time of serene reunion, and that is how the anniversaries of sacred beings should be observed and celebrated. Many people are still under the impression that a great being leaving his body means he has died. That is because we do not understand the meaning of life and death,” Swami Veda wrote on the 2nd anniversary.

Swami Ritavan’s 5th part in the continuing series “Is an Ashram for Me?” is in this edition.

An article entitled "Yoga Nidrā, An Opportunity for Collaboration to Extend the Science of Sleep States" by Stephen Parker (Stoma) was published in the PubMed journal Sleep and Vigilance on 10th November. Click on the title to read the article.

There will be a Yoga Nidra Retreat 26th - 31st March 2018 at SRSG.  For more information: http://ahymsin.org/main/ashram/yoga-nidra-retreat-in-2018.html.

Joanne receiving certificateIn November, Joanne Sullivan (Divya) returned to the USA. At a surprise party hosted by Mrs. Lalita Arya (Ammaji), Swami Ritavan honored Joanne with a shawl, and she was given a “Certificate of Affection and Appreciation” that read, “We the undersigned staff, faculty, residents, students and friends of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama express our gratitude for the more than twelve years that you have lived among us as assistant to Swami Veda Bharati, as a teacher, journalist, auntie, student, companion, friend—kalyana-mitra. You have told endless stories of the early days with Swami Rama and Swami Veda, you have helped us to find care when we were ill, you have made sure the drivers found us at the airport in the wee hours of the morning, you have tracked our lost luggage, found us foods that we could eat and sometimes cooked them for us, listened over cups of tea, and even in moments of friction and conflict you helped us learn about ourselves in the process of citta-prasadana, emotional purification. Most of all, you have made very sure that no one falls through the cracks here. Now we wish you all the best of every good thing in a new chapter of life in the United States and hope that these same qualities carry forward into that life.”

Upcoming Events at SRSG in 2017 and 2018

  • Ongoing Guest Programmes,
  • International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreats,
  • Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats,
  • Silence Retreats in 2018 in Celebration of the Finale of Swami Veda's 5-year Mauna Vrata (Silence Vow),
  • Purnahuti for Swami Veda's 5-year Mauna Vrata,
  • Yoga Nidra Retreat,
  • Spiritual Festival Retreat,
  • Guru Purnima Retreat,
  • Mahasamadhi Anniversary Retreat (3rd Anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi),
  • Programs for Non-Initiates,
  • Navaratri Devi-Pujas,
  • Breath Retreats, and
  • HYT-TTP Teacher Training Retreats

Child's photo from Jay Prakash Bahuguna, Joanne's photo from Stephen Parker (Stoma)..

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)

Too Many Mailings?

Please give us feedback!

The next 9 full moon meditations happen within a day or so of the normal Ahymsin newsletter end of the month mailing. So, we are considering whether to send a single combined mailing or perhaps shifting the newsletter mailing. Please let us know if you would prefer two emails instead, or, for those who have only signed up for one or the other list, if this is acceptable or not acceptable. Thanks! Full Moon dates: Dec 3, 2017, Jan 2, Jan 31, Mar 1, Mar 31, Apr 29, May 29, Jun 28, Jul 27 2018.

November Newsletter Articles

Please click here to view this month's Ahymsin Newsletter: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1711/index.html

Jump directly into any article:

  1. Skill in Action by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Here and Hereafter by Swami Rama
  3. Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
  4. HYT-TTP Newsletter by Rabindra Sahu
  5. Yoga Approved in Saudi Arabia by Swami Ritavan Bharati
  6. Thoughts on Breath Retreat by Ruby Hand
  7. Seminar with Bettina Bäumer by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
  8. New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Karma Yoga, by Swami Rama
  9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  10. Sadhana in Applied Spirituality
  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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