Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Full Moon Meditation January 31st

January 2018 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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“Serenade God with a song. The song is the Soul stilling her senses. Serenade God with silence.”
— Swami Veda Bharati (from his poem “Serenade God with a Song of Silence”)

Photo Mauni Amavasya MeditationWe started 2018 with a call to the practice of silence for one day, and at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), that silence took the forms of retreats with the silence retreats continuing now until March 10th - first with the annual Mauni Amavasya retreats and continuing with silence retreats in celebration of the finale of Swami Veda's 5-year Mauna Vrata (silence vow).  These will be followed in March by an HYT-TTP teacher training retreat , a Navaratri Puja, and a Yoga Nidra Retreat, and in April by a Program for Initiates, while February 12th – 14th Dr. Prakriti Bhaskar will present a Dance Workshop dedicated to Shiva Nataraja. Programs continue throughout the year at SRSG and can be found in the Upcoming Events.

There will be a South India Sangha Gathering and Retreat in Bangalore in April 2018; registrations will be taken 1 – 28 February. Please see the article in this newsletter.

2017 Childrens Retreat Group PhotoThe 2017 Youth and Children’s Retreat took place in December. Look for the articles with pictures - "Youth & Children’s Retreat" and "Holiday Celebrations at SRSG" - in this newsletter. Yuko Metsugi wrote, “Met so many new friends (仲間) again this time…I simply feel that we are connected under a great power, which is the tradition and the guru lineage.” And Pat Layton noted, “It was so joyful to share practice with children.”

We also share with you in this newsletter a transcript of possibly the last lecture given by Swami Veda before he dropped the body – “Beijing, May 18, 2015”.

Photo of Saraswati Namastubhyam

Saraswati, salutations to you. Saraswati Namastubhyam. There was a Saraswati puja, and the murti was installation on the first floor porch of the gurukulam building at SRSG on Vasant Panchami, 22 January 2018. For many, the festival is dedicated to Saraswati, Devi of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, learning, philosophy, creativity and nature. Some educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek blessing from Saraswati for accomplishment in study. If you put the words “Saraswati Namastubhyam” in a search engine, you can learn more about the Saraswati Shloka.

The full moon on 31st January 2018 will be the 2nd full moon in the month. It will occur when the moon is at perigee, which means the point in the 27 day orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earth. In addition, there will be a lunar eclipse; to see if the lunar eclipse will be visible in your area, please click here.

Picture of meditation on Mauni Amavasya by Divya Gupta, picture of the children on Christmas by Jay Prakash Bahuguna, and picture of “Saraswati Namastubhyam” from Pat Layton.

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This Month's Newsletter Articles

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  1. Beijing, May 18, 2015 by Swami Veda Bharati
  2. Progress in Meditation by Swami Rama
  3. South India Sangha Gathering 2018
  4. Dance Workshop 2018 February
  5. Youth & Children’s Retreat
  6. Holiday Celebrations at SRSG
  7. Letter from Minnesota
  8. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
  9. 2018 Events and Beyond
  10. Full Moon Meditation Dates
  11. 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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