|AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - September 2020|
AHYMSIN Board Meeting, September 2020
Reported by Rajini Prakash
It is a blessing that despite the ongoing challenging situation in the world today, eighteen members of the AHYMSIN Board and Executive Committee were able to meet online to discuss ways in which to support and take forward service to the Guru and the Sangha.
Family members based at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) shared everything is being done to keep the ashram safe at this time. The ashram is open to visiting sadhakas. However, sadhakas are required to carry a negative Covid-19 test result and follow relevant guidance.
SRSG celebrated the International Yoga Day on 21st June, during which discussions on “Application of Yoga in Daily Life during a Pandemic” was held. Guru Purnima was celebrated followed by Swami Veda Bharati’s Mahasamadhi observations on 14th July with Guru-gita and Guru-gayatri Akhanda Japa.
Unfortunately, under the current circumstances, the previously planned programs are cancelled. Some programs are planned online – a program on “Chitta prasadanam” by Adhikari Bhoi, programs on “Bhaja Govindam” and “Tattva Bodha” by Rabindra Sahu are offered. Other programs by Swami Ritavan, Pandit Priyadarshan, and others will be announced shortly.
It has also been a time for reflection, to ponder on possibilities to support our Sangha members who are unable to attend at SRSG and to consider programs to support their needs. A project to make available teachings of Swami Veda through audio-video recordings is being considered.
Good news for those awaiting Yogi in the Lab Vol II. It is ready for publication. The book release will be featured in the newsletter, as always.
Efforts to enhance the AHYMSIN website are progressing well. The website is a great resource of the wisdom of the Himalayan Tradition, and much care is taken to preserve the content while migrating to an enhanced user-friendly offering.
The Board will meet again in December this year to view the progress towards the mission of the Guru.
Swami Ritavan closed the meeting with a blessing:
“As you draw your mind’s awareness to this moment, once again come back to that name, that presence, that inner sanctum of peace, harmony, that source of beauty where the mind is a beautiful place, the mind and the heart, a beautiful place as an abode of that Divine One. As the name comes forward or the presence simply remains in that silence, treasure that as the expression of the being that you are. Amidst the actions, the speech, the emotions, the attractions, the attachments of our daily life, we come back to that holy presence of the inner sanctum of the inner peace in silence.
Gurur brahma, gurur viṣṇur, gurur devo maheśvaraḥ,
Some online resources during the time of Covid-19 can be seen by clicking here. There are practices, videos, as well as online classes by centers, etc.We hope to share information on any online classes developed on the Upcoming Events and the website www.ahymsin.org