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October 2018 Newsletter

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“Death does not touch the real Self. That is difficult to believe only because we so strongly identify ourselves with our bodies and the world around us. Just because we are not conscious of something does not mean it doesn’t exist.” – Swami Rama in Learning to Die

To read Learning to Die by Swami Rama, please click on the title link.


The 22nd anniversary of the Mahasamadhi of Swami Rama occurs on 13th November 2018. There will be events commemorating this.

Inauguration of the new dining hall at SRSGThe work at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) continues. The inauguration of the dining hall took place on 26 October 2018, and a new brick pathway from the Mandala Office towards the cottages is being built. More pictures can be seen on the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Facebook page. To learn how you can contribute to the work being done at SRSG, please see A New Cycle of Construction and Restoration at SRSG.

At SRSG, there will be

In January 2019, Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats with Swami Ma Radha Bharati will begin.

Please see the Upcoming Events or contact ahymsin@ahymsin.org for more information about these and other programs at SRSG.

Have you registered yet to attend the 2019 Sangha Gathering at SRSG February 25 - March 5, 2019? For more information, please see An Invitation to Return Home – AHYMSIN Sangha Gathering 2019. Swami Ritavan Bharati will guide the AHYMSIN Sangha into the next set of practices for the next 3 years at this gathering. Contact: ahymsin@ahymsin.org.


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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

This Month's Newsletter

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October Articles

Two Donkeys

by Swami Veda

Once upon a time there were two donkeys. The first one going in front was carrying a load of salt on its back. Crossing the river it lolled about in the water for a long time and would not leave despite all tail-twisting, ear-twisting and even a whack or two from the owner.

The other donkey at the river bank saw the tail-end of the event. He shouted at the first one why he had insisted on lingering so long in the water despite the pain inflicted by the owner.

Read More : Two Donkeys

Book Cover Enlilghtenment without God

Knowledge of Brahmavidyā

by Swami Rama

This is an excerpt from Mandukya Upanishad, Enlightenment without God by Sri Swami Rama, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A., 1982, pages 22 – 24.

In some of the Upanishads, the word Īśa or Īśvara, which is roughly translated as God, is used. But the concept of God as preached by religion is not found in the Upanishads. In the Upanishads, the word Īśvara is used to denote a state of collective consciousness. Thus, God is not a being that sits on a high pedestal beyond the sun, moon, and stars; God is actually the state of Ultimate Reality. But due to the lack of direct experience, God has been personified and given various names and forms by religions throughout the ages. When one expands one's individual consciousness to the Universal Consciousness, it is called Self-realization, for the individual self has realized the unity of diversity, the very underlying principle, or Universal Self, beneath all forms and names. The great sages of the Upanishads avoid the confusions related to conceptions of God and encourage students to be honest and sincere in their quests for Self-realization. Upanishadic philosophy provides various methods for unfolding higher levels of truth and helps students to be able to unravel the mysteries of the individual and the universe.

Read More : Knowledge of Brahmavidyā


Silence Retreats in 2019

Swami Radha BharatiMauni Amavasya Silence Retreats guided by Swami Radha Bharati will take place 26th January - 4th February and/or 4th - 13th February, 2019, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), Rishikesh, India.

Mauni Amavasya is 4th February 2019.

Please plan to arrive a couple of days before the starting date and plan to stay at least one day after the silence retreat.

This is with approval of the silence guide. Approval for the full 10 or 20 days of silence may be contingent upon prior systematic silence practice and/or experience in the basic practices of the Himalayan Tradition.


Read More : Silence Retreats in 2019


Silence in the Netherlands

by Marjan Overgaag

The Dutch went on a silence retreat. Well… also participants from Norway, Scotland and Belgium joined the annual silence retreat in Biezenmortel (the Netherlands), organized by the Himalaya Yoga Meditation Netherland Society (HYMNS). Around 60 participants gathered for five days, to withdraw their mind from all other places and become silent.

Read More : Silence in the Netherlands



Bhakti and Loving Meditation Retreat

by Amrita McKinney

This fall’s initiates retreat entitled “Bhakti and Loving Meditation” was held at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) during the sacred celebration of Navaratri, offering an auspicious backdrop to the theme of the retreat.

The nine-day retreat, led by Raghavendra Adiga, offered initiates an opportunity to learn new practices and delve deeper into their meditation. The group met daily for morning, afternoon and evening sessions. On most days (with variations), the morning session involved a guided meditation, a teaching, and instruction in various practices. During the afternoon, Raghavendra guided us in yoga nidra practices (such as 61 points), providing additional detail on the sweeping breath and the tensing of specific areas of the body.

Read More : Bhakti and Loving Meditation Retreat



Navaratri 2018

by Amrita McKinney

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) celebrated the nine days of Navaratri October 10-18, 2018. Navaratri is a special time of year for Hindus as they honor the feminine presence of Durga in her nine manifestations. One could feel the love and Divine Mother’s presence radiate throughout the ashram during this holy time.

Over the course of the nine days, the ashram provided talks on the meaning and significance of Navaratri. Morning and evening aartis brought together the ashram community to worship and give thanks to Divine Mother.

On the 13th, the SRSG community was invited to Sadhana Mandir for an evening of kirtans led by Ragani, a long time disciple of Swami Rama. Ashram staff provided transportation to the event, and a crowded room of participants enjoyed an evening of lively and soulful chanting to Divine Mother.

Read More : Navaratri 2018

Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda, Swami Ritavan, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice. This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


They say that as you practice your mantra repetition becomes faster, but mine is becoming slower.

Read More : Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…


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

The next several full moon meditations happen within a day or so of the normal Ahymsin newsletter end of the month mailing. So, we will be sending a single combined mailing.

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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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