“You need to set up a center in Taiwan, AHYMSIN Taiwan”. This was the loving request from Swami Veda Bharati in 2007. How could you say “No” to your dearest teacher and Guru? With Guru’s blessing, assistance and hard work of many students and friends, it happened. AHYMSIN Taiwan became a reality and was established and officially registered in 2009.
Listening to Swami Veda’s Recitation of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama
14 November, 2021 @ 12:59 pm
It is hard to believe that Swamiji recited Mother’s 1000 names so impeccably. Maybe a better word would be ‘infallibly’ — as the Pope in Rome is said to be infallible when speaking ex cathedra (‘from the chair’ [seat]). There was not the slightest miscue all the way through . . . for over 45 minutes — not even, it seemed, a pause to take a breath! Perfect flow and cadence, inflection and musicality — and tenderness. That in itself is miraculous — something transcendent. A person does need to know even a single word of Sanskrit to be ‘taken away.’
Once a year, as the winter begins to set in, comes the brightest festival of all – Deepavali (Diwali), the festival of lights. Celebrated to mark the return of Sri Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of fourteen years and having defeated Ravana, Diwali is a celebration of victory of dharma over adharma, of light over darkness. Sri Rama’s life is an ideal of dharma and sadhana, and inspires us to overcome our inner Ravana, the defiant ignorance and ego that urges within us. So that the true light of Deepavali can arise within us and never be extinguished.
The Meditation Center (TMC) was founded by Swami Rama and Swami Veda (then Dr. Usharbudh Arya) in 1972. TMC is located at 631 University Avenue, Minneapolis Minnesota 55070, and it was the first center of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition in the Western Hemisphere. There is a rich history of TMC going back over half a century which will take several articles to summarize. This is first article, describing TMC as a Sacred Site.
In India the festival of Navaratri is observed twice a year as the sacred nine nights of shakti, of the Divine Mother. As per the Hindu calendar, these days fall in the months of Chaitra and Ashwin māsa (month); the seasons of spring and autumn. Swami Veda wrote of these days, “These events are charged with special spiritual energy and a very special time to renew your silence and sadhana.”
Message for Full Moon Meditation – October 20, 2021
13 October, 2021 @ 5:22 pm
On 20.10.2021 the autumn full moon shines in the sky
Let us all be still together, each in her place, and think of all the people who enrich our lives and often demand that we confront our greatest weaknesses.
How My Meditation Journey Led Me to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
13 October, 2021 @ 5:15 pm
About 12 years ago I felt the need to start meditating. I didn't know why, and I really didn't know what meditation was, nor had ever heard about it, but I just felt the need to do it. As that need increased in me, opportunities began to emerge. Within a few months, I went to a Buddhist monastery and did my first meditation retreat. Since that time, meditation became my companion and the curiosity and the need to learn more about it also aroused more in me.
The Gems of Ancient Wisdom Series is a reflection of Swami Veda’s love expressed in simple words that manifest deep wisdom.
Our beloved Swami ji touched the lives of many. His captivating aura effortlessly drew countless numbers of those on the spiritual path who yearned for knowledge, who sought answers and comfort. Many simply wished to be in his luminous presence. “Let every person feel loved” was the message that was consistently demonstrated.
The fall workshop will be held during the month of November. Whereas the spring workshop touched on all ten subject areas of our teacher training, the fall workshop will focus on the primary practice of our tradition - meditation. Different aspects of meditation practice will be emphasized from a practical approach based on sadhana, by a group of teachers who have themselves delved deep in the practice. Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will once again be available for those registering to the workshop.
HYMC Noida celebrated the sacred Guru Purnima with all the initiates and devotees who are connected with our center. The program started with lighting of the lamp and group chanting of the Akhanda-mandalakaram Mantra and Ganesh Stuti.
Shashank, the founding member of the center, apprised everyone about the Himalayan Tradition and our great Lineage, which goes back to the Vedic period. He reminded us that Swami Veda has mentioned how many different traditions like those of Tibet, Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, Shankaracharya, Christianity and Patanjali tradition of Yoga and Meditation converged in Gurudeva, Swami Rama.