"Swami Veda's Guru Purnima celebration was broadcast live from Minneapolis - 26 July 2010 and via Skype to the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) Ashram in Rishikesh as well as simultaneously to the Milwaukee Center. The "Bharati Radio" broadcast was heard by many throughout North America." - svb
The 40-day Spiritual Festival in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition is a time period when sadhakas undertake special spiritual practices, such as more intense japa and increased implementing of the Yamas and Niyamas etc. There are many suggestions given in the articles cited below as to how to cultivate a more sattvic personality.
It was a very tumultuous time for me. One day I was at my wit's end. I did not know if I could make it through the day. Before I left for work, a little bird told me to open up Swami Rama's book, Sadhana. I opened the book, at random, to page 69, and read this passage:
Guided by my Guru, A Pilgrimage to take, Rugged hills and bustling towns, No impression make, In silence I sit wrapped in shawl, To hand out bananas, Our driver taking one, Here a boarder guard, With expression bland as he looks within, Driver not perturbed - both babble in a foreign tongue
In February 2007, we, the global family, gathered together at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, at the invitation of Swami Veda Bharati We met people we hadn’t known existed, strengthened relations with those we knew, and began to explore the relationship of kinship. In the process, the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International was formed, a constitution was passed, and the first Executive Committee and other organizational groups were put in place. SRSG is the world headquarters of AHYMSIN.
The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (http://www.hihtindia.org/) has carried on the admirable work of making available the teachings of the Himalayan Masters as interpreted by Swami Rama of the Himalayas in the publication of books, calendars, CDs and DVDs. These bring perennial wisdom to our lives. The HIHT link for information about these publications in English, Hindi, and Spanish is http://www.hihtindia.org/SRC%20publication.html