Index of AHYMSIN Newsletters with Table of Contents

Below is an index of the AHYMSIN Newsletters with their Tables of Contents. Also there is a link for each edition so you can access any edition. (Archive here). Note: A Number of the newsletters have the “Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…” column; to read a listing of those questions and questions, please click on Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

 

2021

April AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Yoga and Buddhism (Part 2 of 3) by Swami Veda Bharati
3 Prime Conditions by Swami Rama
Anniversary Celebration in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Online Seminar in May by Sofia Foteina
The Noose of Time by Shirin Venkat
HYT-TTP Virtual Workshop by HYT-TTP Administration Team
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Questions Is…

March AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Yoga and Buddhism (Part 1 of 3) by Swami Veda Bharati
Atman by Swami Rama
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

February AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Oneness in Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
30 Goals for 30 Days by Swami Rama
Full Moon Message by Wolfgang Bischoff
Upcoming HYT-TTP Virtual Workshop by HYT-TTP Admininstration
Online Workshop in March by Namita Sinha
Reflections on Sadhana Panchakam by Stephanie Robinson
Dear Yoga Mentors, My Question Is…

January AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Stories and Parables of Power by Swami Veda Bharati
Collective Happiness by Swami Rama
Full Moon Message by Wolfgang Bischoff
The “New Meditation Hall” is almost complete! by Rabindra Sahu
Narada Bhakti Sutras [study] submitted by Divya Gupta
Yoga and Family Life [workshop] by Sofia Foteina, John Sellinger, and Divya Gupta
New Online Workshops by Yuko Metsugi
New SRSG Organic Garden by Divya Gupta
Motto for All Future Silence Days by Swami Veda Bharati
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

2020

December AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Subtle Body and Karma by Swami Veda Bharati
The Treasure by Swami Rama
AHYMSIN Board Meeting December 2020 reported by Rajini Prakash
Zoom Class in January 2021 by Divya Gupta
Bhaja Govindam and Tattva Bodha by Berta Millas
Bhaja Govindam
In Praise of Thanksgiving by Randall Krause
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

November AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Reincarnation, Karma and Samskaras by Swami Veda Bharati
Understanding the Purpose of Life by Swami Rama
HYT-TTP Newsletter
Chitta Prasadanam by Keshav Rajgopal
Inspired on Bhaja Govindam by Igor Sampaio
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

October AHYMSIN Newsletter and Full Moon Meditation

News
Sacred Activism by Swami Veda Bharati
Action and Inaction by Swami Rama
8 Qualities of Yogic Breathing by Michael Smith
2020 Navaratri Silence Retreat in Taiwan by Francine Kuo (Sujata)
I am. by Rachna Arora
A Little Ditty by Veena Haasl-Blilie
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

September AHYMSIN Newsletter and October Full Moon Meditation

News
Compassion by Swami Veda Bharati
Prayer in Action by Swami Rama
Message from Swami Ritavan Bharati
AHYMSIN Board Meeting, September 2020 Reported by Rajini Prakash
Reopening of SRSG by Divya Gupta
Symbolism of Kamandalu & Kalasha by Michael Smith
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

August AHYMSIN Newsletter and September Full Moon Meditation

News
Sources of Energy by Swami Veda Bharati
Universal Brotherhood by SwamiRama
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Budapest, Hungary by Frankó Csuba Dea
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA by Daniel Hertz
Virtual Silence Retreat by Lori Beron
Appreciation for All Living Beings by Wolfgang Bischoff
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

July AHYMSIN Newsletter and August Full Moon Meditation

News
Heaven, Hell, Reincarnation? by Swami Veda Bharati
Raja Yoga – Meditation & Samadhi by Swami Rama
Remembering Nina Johnson by Wesley Van Linda
Guru Purnima and South India Sangha by Ashok Shanbhag
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Republic of China (Taiwan)by Tinyu Chen
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

June 2020

News
Non-Violence and Spiritual Strength by Swami Veda Bharati
Discipline by Swami Rama
AHYMSIN Board Meeting June 2020 reported by Rajini Prakash
A New Book from Daniel Hertz by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Republic of Croatia by Patricija Kos Pešut
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Orissa, India by Sudhir Chaitanya
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Pune, India by Dr. Shirin Venkatramani
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Florence, Italy by Ilaria Sarra
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Milan, Italy by Daniele Belloni and Susi Stefanini
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Republic of Korea (South Korea) by Heejung Lee
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Thailand by Little student of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Trinidad and Tobago by Tricia Lai Tan
AHYMSIN around the Globe – United Kingdom by Rajini Prakash
AHYMSIN around the Globe – Palatine, Illinois, USA by Anil Saigal
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

May 2020

News
Meditation Makes Time for Itself by Swami Veda Bharati
Digging for the Treasure of Life by Swami Rama
The Importance of the AHYMSIN Community Saumya Practice by Swami Ritavan Bharati
The Story of Sai Om by Shi Hong
Infinity Is Six Years Old by Jim Fraser
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is

April 2020

News
Seeking God by Swami Veda Bharati
You Are the Architect of Your Life by Swami Rama
A Willful Event of Purification by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama during Lock-down by Rabindra Sahu
Karuna – Compassion: What It Means in Today’s World by Lalita Arya (Ammaji)
Choosing Tranquility by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Concern for Humanity by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
The Burden of I by Shirin Venkatramani
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

March 2020

News
Two Blood Cells by Swami Veda Bharati
Living Beauty by Swami Rama
Prayers and Succour for Current Global Uncertainties by Dr. Mohan Swami
Dignity to Every Moment of Life by Wolfgang Bischoff
Covid-19 Updates from SRSG by Rabindra Sahu
AHYMSIN Board Meeting March 2020 Reported by Rajini Prakash
MahaShivaRatri 2020 at Sadhaka Grama by Riemke de Groot
Eternal Dedication to Swami Veda Bharatiji by Rashmi Bawa
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Luminosity by Anu Gupta
Italy before Covid-19 by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

January 2020

News
Guru Disciple Relationship by Swami Veda Bharati
Niyamas by Swami Rama
December Workshop in Thailand by little student
Yoga Sutras in Malayasia by Tang
AHYMSIN Board Meeting December 2019 reported by Divya Gupta
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…


2019

December 2019

News
Purgation by Swami Veda Bharati
Seven Steps by Swami Rama
Pranayama Week at SRSG by Trix Dekkers-Heezius
Thank You! by Sofia Foteina
Something’s Brewing in Tucson by Randall Krause (Mokshdeva)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

November 2019

News
Wisdom Within Stories by Swami Veda Bharati
Self-reliance and Happiness by Swami Rama
Construction Project at SRSG by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) (lots of photos)
November 2019 HYT-TTP retreat by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) (lots of photos)
Two Seminars in Italy in 2020 by Ilaria Sarri
December Workshop in Greece by Sofia Foteina
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

October 2019

News
Draw Yourself to Yourself by Swami Veda Bharati
To Sit Still by Swami Rama
The Beginning of a New Journey by Ilaria Sarri
Silent Retreat in the Netherlands by Nina Terpstra
AHYMSIN / HYMTA Retreat by Marylou Nunamaker
Swami Ma Radha Bharati in California by Silvia Baratta
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar Pilgimage by Francine Kuo (Sujata)
Silence.Stillness.Love. by Veena Haasl-Blilie
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

September 2019

News
Mastery of Meditation Method by Swami Veda Bharati
Three Categories of People by Swami Rama
Self-Regulation and Stress Management by Daniel Hertz
AHYMSIN Board Meeting, September 2019 Reported by Rajini Prakash
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

August 2019

News
Sanatsujata – The Child Saint by Swami Veda Bharati
The One-Pointed Mind by Swami Rama
Paradise on Heart by Daniela Citti
Guru Purnima Celebration in Bangalore by Namita Sinha
Why Do We Do Joints & Glands Exercises? by Ashutosh Sharma
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

July 2019

News
The Three Shocks of the Buddha by Swami Veda Bharati
Kundalini by Swami Rama
Guru Purnima Blessings from the Himalayan Sages, From Swami Ritavan Bharati
Commencing the 50-Year Celebration by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Japa, Silence and Atma-tattva-avalokanam, Part 4 by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
3 Year Anniversary – Initiation by Joe Garrison
World Yoga Day Celebrations in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Yoga Day Program in Bangalore by Namita Sinha
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
International Day of Yoga, Sabah, Malaysia, Submitted by Henry Yap
Mahasamadhi Anniversary and Guru Purnima at SRSG by Sofia Foteina
New Book – Mahabharata’s Bhishma, Death Your Servant
A Prayer by Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami

June 2019

News
Blessing of a Death Congueror by Swami Veda Bharati
The One-Pointed Mind by Swami Rama
Swami Rama Book Now Available by Swami Rama Centre
Himalayan Tradition Gathering in Chicago by Anil Saigal and Swami Ritavan Bharati
Japa, Silence and Atma-tattva-avalokanam, Part 3 by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Workshop with Swami Nitya and Sabina by Marjan Overgaag
AHYMSIN Board Meeting June 2019 Reported by Rajini Prakash
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

May 2019

News
The Fountainhead of Worship by Swami Veda Bharati
Samkalpa Shakti by Swami Rama
Audio Talk – Swami Veda
Japa, Silence and Atma-tattva-avalokanam (part 2) by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Silence, Svadhyaya and Steadiness of Mind by Jim Fraser
March 2019 HYT-TTP Retreat Summary by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

April 2019

News (includes audio files for the new mantra practice)
The Character of the Mantra by Swami Veda Bharati
Journey of Love by Swami Rama
Audio Talk – Swami Veda – “Refining Negative Emotions”
Be a Flexible Rock: An Account of a Silence Practice by Jim Fraser
Japa, Silence and Ātma-tattva-avalokanam by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Sharing Experiences with Swami Rama by Jyothi Pattabhiram
Sangha Gathering 2019 by Michael Kissener
My Panchakarma Retreat by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

March 2019

News – Three Year Mantra Practice given by Swami Ritavan
Ways into Silence by Swami Veda
Joy of Giving and Sacrificing by Swami Rama and Swami Ajaya
Sangha Practice for the Next 3 Years by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Saumya Mantra Explanation
Advancing Guidance in Yoga Sadhana by Swami Ritavan Bharati
What is AHYMSIN by Swami Ritavan Bharati and Shi Hong
Vision for the Next Three Years, Part 1, by Swami Ritavan Bharati
AHYMSIN Executive Committee 2019 – 2022 by Shi Hong
Mind Mirror by Dr. Vijay Dhasmana
Guidelines for 3 Year Practice by Swami Ritavan Bharati
2019 Sangha Gathering Slideshow by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Working Groups Report by Sonia Van Nispen
Shivaratri Manasa Puja by Swami Ritavan Bharati
What is Shivaratri? by Pawan Mishra

February 2019

News
Methods in Meditation by Swami Veda
Violence by Swami Rama
Mauni Amavasya 2019 by Riemke de Groot
First Stay at Ashram, First Return Home by Debora Ghiraldelli
The Australian Sangha by Nina Pulaska
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

January 2019

News
The Perennial in the Millennium by Swami Veda
Yamas by Swami Rama
November 2018 HYT-TTP retreat by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
Yoga of Life Retreat in Thailand by Little student of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition
Mauni Amavasya 4th February by Carolyn Hume
December Youth and Children’s Retreat by Tarinee Awasthi
Updates on Renovation at SRSG by Rabindra Sahu
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…


2018

December 2018

News
Diversity of Siddhis in the Yoga Sutras by Swami Veda Bharati
Christ and John the Baptist by Swami Rama
“What is a Disciple?” Audio by Swami Veda
TTP Level 3 Retreat by Marjan Overgaag
Holistic Health by Marjan Overgaag
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

November 2018

News
What to Do With Your Mind by Swami Veda
Concentration by Swami Rama
AHYMSIN Board Meeting October 2018, Reported by Rajini Prakash
Griha Pravesh for New Dining Hall by Amrita McKinney
Audio Lecture – Swami Rama
Audio Talk – Swami Veda
October Seminars in Greece by Sofia Foteina
Journey Within by Ajay and Charu Srivastava
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

October 2018

News
Two Donkeys by Swami Veda
Knowledge of Brahmavidyā by Swami Rama
Silence Retreats in 2019
Silence in the Netherlands by Marjan Overgaag
Bhakti and Loving Meditation Retreat by Amrita McKinney
Navaratri 2018 by Amrita McKinney
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

September 2018

News
A Child’s Insight by Swami Veda Bharati
The Cream of Yoga Science by Swami Rama
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
July Yoga Retreat, Czech Republic by Beatrix Dekkers-Heezius
Griha Pravesh for the New Ashram Kitchen by Amrita McKinney
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

August 2018

News
Observing the Vibration of Infinity Within by Swami Veda Bharati
Transforming Thought Patterns by Swami Rama
Guru Purnima at SRSG by Divya Gupta
Invitation to Children’s Retreat 2018 by Tarinee Awasthi and Divya Gupta
Initiates Retreat October 2018 by Divya Gupta
AHYMSIN Board Meeting July 2018 by Rajini Prakash
Silence Retreat in Italy by Ilaria Sarri
Guru Purnima Celebration in South India by Namita Sinha
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Guru Purnima, Minneapolis 2018 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Not Yet There, Not Yet by Solmaz Dabiri
The Forty-Day Spiritual Festival at SRSG by Tarinee Awasthi

July 2018

News
Delete Death by Swami Veda Bharati
Mind and Prana by Swami Rama
Guru Purnima Letter by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Swami Veda Bharati’s Third Mahasamadhi Anniversary by Tarinee Awasthi
Welcome home dear Swami Ritavan by Sofia Foteina
International Day of Yoga 2018 by Carolyn Hume
International Day of Yoga in Hungary by Andrea Zsolnai
International Yoga Day in Noida by Prateek Panday
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
International Day of Yoga at SRSG by Tarinee Awasthi
The Dance of Transformation by Ildikó Duna
A Month in South Korea by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)

June 2018

News
A Song of Compassion by Swami Veda Bharati
Do Not Lie by Swami Rama
2019 Sangha Gathering and Preparations by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Children’s Yoga Camp Gurgaon, 2018 by Sucheta Sabharwal and Anjali Misra
Ahymsin Thailand by John Sellinger
Himalayan Yoga Workshops by Atsuko Kiyoyoshi
A Small Offering by Shauna Tuttle
Retreat and Workshops in Japan by Yuko Metsugi
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

May 2018

News
What You Might Do by Swami Veda Bharati
God Is in You/Me by Swami Rama
Annual Festival of Spiritual Peace by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Ashram Pramukha Address to Residents by Swami Ritavan Bharati
AHYMSIN Board Meeting, April 2018 by Rajini Prakash
Blessings & Guidance from Swami Ritavan by Rajini Prakash
Nourished by the Tradition by Ines Tsai
What the HYM Center in Pune Is Doing by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
June Events in Greece by Sofia Foteina
Retreat “Yoga Sutras” by Nina Terpstra

April 2018

News
Significance of Yajna by Swami Veda Bharati
Death and Transition by Swami Rama
2019 Sangha Gathering by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Visit to Burkina Faso by Pandit Priyadarshan
HYT-TTP Newsletter March 2018 by Rabindra Sahu
AHYMSIN South India Sangha by Rabindra Sahu and Namita Sinha
Grace of Adi Shankaracharya by Swami Ritavan Bharati
The Words of My Master by Dev Kar
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Shankaracharya Jayanti at SRSG by Divya Gupta and Rabindra Sahu

March 2018

News
Gulliverian Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
Love and Forgiveness by Swami Rama
Celebration in Silence by Sofia Foteina
Culmination of 5 Year Silence Practice by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Prāna, Prāna-Vidya: What is it? by Jim Fraser
Dance Workshop Feedback
August Program for Non-Initiates
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

February 2018 News/1802/e-mail.html 

News
Psychology of Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
The Method for Inner Study by Swami Rama
Sangha Talk by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Deepening Your Sadhana by Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral
New Book! Silence: The Illuminated Mind by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust
Ten Days Silence in SRSG by Shunyaa Tsai
Retreat with Swami Tat Sat Bharati by Srila Devi
July Retreats at SRSG
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Meditation in Christianity by Beatrix Dekkers-Heezius
Dance Workshop & Maha Shivaratri by Carolyn Hume

January 2018 News/1801/index.html

News
Beijing, May 18, 2015 by Swami Veda Bharati
Progress in Meditation by Swami Rama
South India Sangha Gathering 2018 by Namita Sinha
Dance Workshop 2018 February
Youth & Children’s Retreat by Namita Sinha and Divya Gupta
Holiday Celebrations at SRSG by Divya Gupta
Letter from Minnesota by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…


2017

December 2017 News/1712/e-mail.html

Purification of Emotions by Swami Veda Bharati
Path of Love by Swami Rama
Mauni Amavasya
Teacher Training in March
April Program for Initiates
Yoga and Martial Arts October 2018 by Pandit Priyadarshan
December AHYMSIN BoD Meeting by Pandit Priyadarshan
Essence of Yoga by Thaniya Kevalee
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

November 2017 News/1711/e-mail.html

Skill in Action by Swami Veda Bharati
Here and Hereafter by Swami Rama
Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
HYT-TTP Newsletter by Rabindra Sahu
Yoga Approved in Saudi Arabia by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Thoughts on Breath Retreat by Ruby Hand
Seminar with Bettina Bäumer by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Karma Yoga, by Swami Rama
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Sadhana in Applied Spirituality (Back in Print)

October 2017 News/1710/index.html

Silent Prayer of the Heart by Swami Veda Bharati
Happiness in Marriage by Swami Rama
Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
2018 Yoga Nidra Retreat
Strength and Power of the Sangha by Ilaria Sarri
Ashram for a Weekend by Riemke de Groot
Talk with Nina Johnson
New Book Available by Swami Rama Centre
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
November Christian Meditation Retreat
Clearing the Path available in India by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust
A Sleep Science Conference by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

September 2017 News/1709/index.html

Mind, Economics and Anxieties by Swami Veda Bharati
Power of Determination by Swami Rama
Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
e-Books Now Available! by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust
September Board Meeting by Rajini Prakash
New AHYMSIN Managing Director by John Sellinger and Joanne Sullivan
The River of Crocodiles by Dev Kar
3 Events in Thailand by Thaniya Kevalee
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
A Silence Retreat by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Workshops in Japan by Yuko Metsugi
Ashram Life by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

August 2017 News/1708/index.html

Three Principles of Communication by Swami Veda Bharati
Discipline by Swami Rama
Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Christmas & Children at SRSG by Namita Sinha
2018 Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats
Teacher Training at SRSG
October Initiates’ Retreat
Travelling with Swamiji by Tejaswini
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Two Events with Swami Radha by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Human to Human, Heart to Heart by Daniel Hertz
Teaching Joints & Glands by Alice Coelho
Caught by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

July 2017 News/1707/index.html

On Leaving the Body by Swami Veda Bharati
Life and Karma by Swami Rama
Is an Ashram for Me? by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Silence Retreats in Celebration by Swami Ritavan Bharati
New SVB Videos on YouTube by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
Guru Purnima and Mahasamadhi by Divya Gupta
Guru Purnima and Mahasamadhi 2017 by Sofia Foteina
Celebration in Pune by Shirin Venkat
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Children Celebrate Yoga Day by Sofia Foteina
International Day of Yoga 2017 by Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah
Swami Rama Book Available by Swami Rama Centre
October Prana-Vidya Workshop by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

June 2017 News/1706/index.html

What is a Guru by Swami Veda Bharati
Guru Purnima Address by Swami Rama
New Book Releases by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust
My Experience with TTP by Geeta Sadhika
In Burkina Faso by Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo
108 Surya Namaskars by Dian Singh
International Yoga Day by Divya Gupta
International Day of Yoga, Noida by Divya Chauhan
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Global Ecumenism by Michael Smith

May 2017 News/1705/index.html

Meditation for Others’ Sake by Swami Veda Bharati
Spiritual Intimacy by Swami Rama
Breath Seminar in November
Initiates’ Retreat by Sandra de los Reyes Hernández Martínez
Shankaracharya Jayanti by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Teacher Training by Julia Lutz
Retreat in South Korea May 2017
Korea Retreat Slideshow by HeungMin Baik
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Mandukya Retreat by Manon van den Berge
August Program for Non-Initiates

April 2017 News/1704/index.html

What Is Knowledge by Swami Veda Bharati
Transformation of Thoughts by Swami Rama
October Seminar and Pilgrimage
Art of Shavasana by Svetlana Breus
TTP2 Retreat by Riemke de Groot
Online Satsangs by Namita Sinha
October Retreat with Bettina Bäumer
The Shavasana Retreat by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Mindfulness in Ayurveda & Yoga by Gary Gran
Joyful at Death’s Threshold by Randall Krause
A Week of Silence by Dirk Gysels

March 2017 News/1703/index.html

Rituals in the Modern World by Swami Veda Bharati
The Real and Un-real by Swami Rama
Ahymsin Board Meeting: March 2017 by Rajini Prakash
July Events
International Yoga Festival by Tarinee Awasthi
Rasasvada – Taste of Bliss by Dr. Prakriti Bhaskar
The Dance of Transformation by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Workshop with Swami Tat Sat by Manon van den Berge
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
HYT-TTP Newsletter, March 2017 by Rabindra Sahu
Dance Participant Feedback

February 2017 News/1702/index.html

Himalayan Tradition in Polity and Economy by Swami Veda Bharati
Intellect, Sadhana and Wisdom by Swami Rama
Like a Thriller-Action Movie by Patricija Kos
Teaching Children by Mamta Nakoti
In the Mind’s Garden by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
A Weekend with Swami Tat Sat by Dirk Gysels
Love Whispers by Little student of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition
Thoughts on Vanaprastha by Pandit Tejomaya
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Nataraja Murti Sanctified by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)

January 2017 News/1701/index.html

Self-Study by Swami Veda Bharati
Sadhana in Relationships by Swami Rama
Journey with a Himalayan Master Swami Rama by Dr. Prakash Keshaviah
Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Children’s Retreat, 2016 by Yuko Metsugi
Meditation in Action by Wolfgang Bischoff
Coming Home by Lea and John Sellinger
Back to the Origin of Yoga II
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Meditation and Art by Jim Fraser
Naked Before God by Richard Parenti
Concert with Pandit Mishra by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)


2016

December 2016 News/1612/index.html

What Really Is Pranayama? by Swami Veda Bharati
Art of Stillness by Swami Rama
Ahymsin Board Meeting: December 2016
CDbaby New Release!
Science of Breath Retreat by Sam Cook
Symposium in Shimla by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Teaching from the Source by Ilaria Sarri
HYT-TTP Newsletter, Nov 2016 by Rabinra Sahu
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Initiators’ Retreat by Yoong
Parenting Seminar in Athens by Sofia Foteina
Annual Sabah Retreat
Upeksha

November 2016 News/1611/index.html

Art of Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
The Journey of Love by Swami Rama
New Release! by Swami Rama Centre
An Ever Present Call by Michael Kissener
Little Light by Tamara Soru
The Dance of Life by Ahimsa Ishaya
Breaking Down the Walls by Daniel Hertz
The Choice by Barbara Murrell
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
The Yoga of the Netra Tantra
Around the Globe Facebook Sharings

October 2016 News/1610/index.html

Be the Dwelling Place of God by Swami Veda Bharati
Understanding the Mind by Swami Rama
Intensive Silence Retreat by Manon van den Berge
A New Center Is Born by Patricija Kos
Swami Ritavan in Budapest by Puskás Kata Szidónia
Shavasana Retreat in March
Dance Workshop in February
Two New Books
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
AHYMSIN Board: September 2016 by Rabindra Sahu
Stomaji’s Visit in Athens by Sofia Foteina
Jelle Grupstra’s Center by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
An Unexpected Blossoming by Joachim Volger
Northern California Silence Retreat by Maryon Maass
Workshops in Greece by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Around the Globe Facebook Sharing

August – September 2016 News/1608/index.html

Tapas in Hatha Yoga by Swami Veda Bharati
Personal Philosophy of Life by Swami Rama
Sadhaka Grama Awaits You by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Guru Purnima 2016 at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Remembering Swami Veda Bharati by Shailendra Bisseswar
1st Mahasamadhi Anniversary by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
North American Teachers Training Program by Chuck Linke
Śrī-Vidyā by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Research Publications by Manu (Dr. Manuel Fernandez)
Ustad Kamal Sabri by Dr. Prakash Dixit

July 2016 News/1607/index.html

The Touch of a Master Hand by Swami Veda Bharati
Guru Purnima Address, 1980 by Swami Rama
Guru Purnima Messages for 2016
Maha Samadhi Address by Swami Ritavan Bharati
1st Mahasamadhi Anniversary by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Celebration in Pune by Dr.Shirin Venkat
Polish International Yoga Festival by Elisa Parigi
New Books Released by John Sellinger
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
International Day of Yoga at SRSG By Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Silence in Hungary by Riemke de Groot
Guru Purnima, 19 July 2016 by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
School Life by Harsh Gupta
Yoga Sutra 2.33, Part 2 by Richard Parenti©

June 2016 News/1606/index.html

Make Yourself Small by Swami Veda Bharati
Working With Mind by Swami Rama
1st Mahasamadhi Anniversary by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Peaceable Emotions by Swami Ritavan Bharati
AHYMSIN Youth
Lucas, Bhishma, and Swami Veda’s Blessing by Gustavo Plaza
May at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Yoga Sutra 2.33, Part 1 by Richard Parenti ©
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Himalayas in the Maldives By Savitri Jugdeo and Rabindra Sahu
AHYMSIN Board Meeting: June 2016 by Rajini Prakash

May 2016 News/1605/index.html

Bhakti, Meditation and Guru by Swami Veda Bharati
Source of Positive Emotions by Swami Rama
40 Day Spiritual Festival
The Gurukulam Library by Elisa Parigi
Chariot of Sadhana by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Breath Seminar October 2016
Firewalking by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
International Day of Yoga
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

April 2016 News/1604/index.html

14 Practices by Swami Veda Bharati
Forgiveness by Swami Rama
Can I Have Samadhi? by Shi Hong
TTP Program for Thailand and Taiwan by Thaniya Kevalee
Navaratra (Poem & Slideshow) by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
HYT-TTP Newsletter by Rabindra Sahu
Pune Pranayama Camp by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Sangha Gathering 2016 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Swami Nijananda Bharati
Cancer, No Easy Choices by Richard Parenti
Netra Tantra Seminar, October 2016

March 2016 News/1603/index.html

Spiritual Roots of Arts, Culture and Ethics by Swami Veda Bharati
Direct Experience by Swami Rama
Dr. Mohan Swami´s Address to the Sangha
2016 Sangha Slideshow by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Coming Home by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Love by Miklós Zoltai
News from Debrecen, Hungary by Miklós Zoltai
Full Moon Meditation with Refugees by Marloes Vervaet)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Mauni Amavasya, Day of Silence by Joanne Sullivan (Divya))
The Search for Eternal Truth by Amy Cui
Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Yuko Metsugi

January 2016 News/1601/index.html

Guidelines for Spiritual Living by Swami Veda Bharati
Meditative Posture by Swami Rama
Youth and Children’s Retreat Slideshow
2015 Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat
Children Coming Home by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
December AHYMSIN BoD Meeting by Rajini Prakash
My Experience with TTP byFrancine Kuo (Sujata)
Himalayan Yoga in Thailand by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
From Form to Formlessness by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Yoga Sutras in Taipei by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
SVB – Last Conversation by Salvatore Zamibito
The Wonder of Dhrupad by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)


2015

December 2015 News/1512Dec/index.html

Half a Halo by Swami Veda Bharati
Fearlessness by Swami Rama
HYT- TTP Newsletter by Rabindra Sahu
Annual Initiators Retreat by Michael Kissener
A Stay at SRSG by Jim Fraser
Holistic Motherhood by Dr. Shirin Venkatramani
Wish List 2015 by YYCR Organizers
In Homage to Swami Veda by Swami Jaidev Bharati
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Dharma in the World Today by Sabina Cesaroni
Finding a True Teacher by Randall Krause
March Retreat at SRSG 2016

November 2015 News/1511Nov/index.html

How to Counsel Yourself by Swami Veda Bharati
A Liberating Reality by Swami Rama
Swami Ritavan Interview, Part 2
Deepening Meditation Course by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Blog Invitation
Yoga and Marital Arts Seminar by Nina Pulaska
Wish List 2015 by YYCR Organizers
On Guidance by Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Life Experience and Bliss by Françoise Paradot
Whole Hearted by Arlene Matthews
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
Because I Still Can by Roxanne Currie

September 2015 News/1509Sep/index.html

A Giant Roped by Swami Veda Bharati
Karma by Swami Rama
Swami Veda’s Intention for AHYMSIN from Swami Ritavan Bharati
Interview with Swami Ritavan Bharati
Interview with Dr. Mohan Swami
Jal Samadhi by Dr. Mohan Swami and Swami Ritavan Bharati
Preview of Upcoming Program at SRSG
Home from Home; Heart to Heart by Moni Ambrus
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
1000 Thoughts by Daniel Hertz
Lama Doboom Tulku Visits SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Delete Death! by Swami Veda Bharati
Unexpected Guest by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

August 2015 News/1508Aug/index.html

Letter to AHYMSIN Family
Who Am I? by Swami Rama
125,000 Gayatris by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
A Tribute to Swami Veda by Bhola Shanker Dabral and Joanne Sullivan
Meditation in the Labour Ward By Dr. Shirin Venkat
Yoga Camp in Moradabad by Rabindra Sahu
Lithuanian Silence Retreat by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Pranams by Madhav P Kamat
Brahmi Juice by Sopa Tamachotipong
In Memory of Swami Veda Bharati by Sudhansu Misra
An Open Letter to My Gurudev by Archana Ranjan
Nectar from Swamiji’s Words by Pat Layton
In Remembrance of Swamiji by Meeta Jagtap
Guru Purnima in Rishikesh by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Guru Purnima in Budapest by Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma)

July 2015 News/1507Jul/index.html

To That Guru
Guru Purnima Message by Swami Rama
Guru Purnima 2015 for AHYMSIN Sangha by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Swami Veda Lecture Given in April 2015
Gayatri Yajna By Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Mahasamadhi Satsang by Jagadananda Das
The Silent Teacher by Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
Eulogy for Swami Veda Bharati by Randall Krause
In Memory of Swami Veda Bharati by Nandini
Impermanence by Daniel Hertz
August Open House for Hym-LA’s New Home by Randall Krause
International Yoga Day Part 1
International Yoga Day Part 2

Swami Veda Special Edition July 2015 News/1507Svb/index.html

On Death by Swami Veda Bharati
Love Is Deathless by Swami Rama
Chronology of Events
Photos
Swami Veda Bharati Takes his Mahasamadhi by Dr. David Frawley
Swamiji’s Maha Samadhi July 17, 2015 by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Swami Veda – 14 July 2015 by Wolfgang Bischoff
Honouring That Which We Share by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Two Poems from Stoma
A Poem from Swami Veda from Paul Emerson
Jal Samadhi by Veronica M.T. Benjamin
Mahasamadhi of Swami Veda Bharati by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

June 2015 News/1506Jun/index.html

Natural Laws and God’s Hand by Swami Veda Bharati
Determination by Swami Rama
Taiwan Seminars 2015 by Stoma
Programme in Gurgaon by Veena Maitra
The Pilgrimages By Françoise Paradot
Pilgrimage by Anna Stromma
Heat Wave Diary by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
News from India by Swami Veda Bharati
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
Truly Historical Day in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Hazel Diaries IX by Roxanne Currie

May 2015 News/1505May/index.html

Pain and Ignorance by Swami Veda Bharati
Vairagya by Swami Rama
Pilgrimage to Sikkim by Lori Beron
Returning to my Spiritual Home by Little student of Himalayan Yoga Meditation
Full Moon Meditations in Toronto
Life in the Gurukulam by Ahimsa Ishaya
A Visit to AHYMSIN Korea by Dr. Stephen Parker
Practical Gains from Esoteric Practices by Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Swami Veda in Beijing by Shi Hong
Sometimes Words Diminish the Communication by Randall Krause
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap

April 2015 News/1504Apr/index.html

Variety of Dreams by Swami Veda Bharati
Unconscious Mind Stays with You by Swami Rama
HYT-TTP March 2015 by Maryon Maass
Annual Day Celebrations 2015 by HYMC Noida
Two Events Intertwine by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Navaratri (Slideshow) by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Story about Kashayp Goshal by Swami Veda Bharati
Gioco Yoga – Joyful Yoga for Kids by Costanza Viciani and Antonella Panzani
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Tarkeshwar and Dunagiri by Tacson Fernandez and Rajini Prakash
Story about Lala Babu by Swami Veda Bharati
Rural Development Initiatives by Sadhana Mishra
Dear Swamiji by Gabrielle Allen
Council on Yoga Accreditation International by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

March 2015 News/1503Mar/index.html

The Silent World by Swami Veda Bharati
Ten Commitments by Swami Rama
From Gurukulam Student to Pandit by Rajini Prakash
Yoga for Children by Rajah Indran
From Burkina Faso to India to Rwanda by Marie-Noëlle Grell
The Guru’s Shawl by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Conference at Mangalore University by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
Conference on Yoga for Wellness by Dr. Prabhu
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Peaceful Conflict Resolution by Daniel Hertz
New Book by Swami Veda by Dr. Mehrad Nazari
Yoga Tarangini by Swami Veda Bharati
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap

February 2015 News/1502Feb/index.html

The Ancient Traveler by Swami Rama
Silence Can Be Your Wishing Stone by Swami Veda Bharati
A Day Designed In Silence by Warren Garstecki
Now, let us share a day of silence. by Pandit Tejomaya
Silence Day in Enschede, Netherlands by Riemke de Groot
Mauni Amavasya: A Secret Enclosure by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Mauni Amavasya & the Purpose of Silence by Ahimsa Ishaya
Mauni Amavasya in Ludhiana by Sunil Trika
Last Desires by Swami Veda Bharati
Celebration in Pune! by Dr. Shirin Venkat, Manasi Vaidya, and Richa Bhansali
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Inspirations 3 by Meeta Jagtap
Addendum to Austerity of Speech by Michael Smith
Aspects of Effective Speaking by Michael Smith

January 2015 News/1501Jan/index.html

Pain and Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
The Preaching of the Plants by Swami Rama
Connecting to Mother Earth by Maria Miguel Ribeiro
Fun with Kids by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
2014 Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Joanne Sullivan
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
2015 Breath & Prana Seminar
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
Austerity of Speech by Michael Smith
Sabbatical by Swami Nitya
2015 Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Swami Veda Bharati
Shivaratri and Navaratra by Swami Veda Bharati


2014

December 2014 News/1412Dec/index.html

Yogis in the Snow by Swami Veda Bharati
Teaching Children by Swami Rama
HYT-TTP Newsletter, November 2014 by Maryon Maass
Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC) at Lakshmi Devi Academy by Bhola Shanker Dabral
Learning to Forgive by Daniel Hertz
Are You Prepared? by Randall Krause
Dear Yoga Mentor
Yoga and Martial Arts (1997 interview with Ingo Beardi [later Swami Tat Sat Bharati])
Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
The Recent Initiators’ Retreat by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Teaching Yoga to Children in Hungary by Mónika Bertalan

November 2014 News/1411Nov/index.html

Liquified Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
Contentment by Swami Rama
Dear Yoga Mentor
Sage Yoga: Chair Yoga by Rob Diggins
Yoga Sutra Skype Study Group by Randall Krause
The Castle with Nothing Inside by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra Glimpse by Jim Fraser
Breath Happens by Maria Miguel Ribeiro
Divali, 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

October 2014 News/1410Oct/index.html

Brain Damage in Modernity by Swami Veda Bharati
Conscience by Swami Rama
Navaratri, Autumn 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Workshop in Pune by Dr Shirin Venkat
Pilgrimage to Kailash Mountain by Susan Kuang
Silence Retreat in Italy by Sabina Cesaroni
From Mind to Consciousness by Trix Dekkers- Heezius
Yoga from My Experience by Cynthia Gran
Forests & Trees by Gary Gran CYT, DAy.
Hazel Diaries VIII by Roxanne Currie
Activities at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
2014 Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Lela, Surya, Namita and Nalini
Wish List by Surya, Namita, and Lela
13th Gathering of Grandmothers by Sabina Cesaroni

September 2014 News/1409Sep/index.html

Why Heartaches? by Swami Veda Bharati
Streams of Negative Emotion by Swami Rama
Thank You for Your Support
What I Wanted Was Inside All Along by Randall Krause
Basking in the Light of the Guru-Tattva by Dirk Gysels
Yoga from my Experience by Cynthia Gran
We Live in Two Worlds by Gary Gran, CYT, DAy.
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Future Attractions at SRSG

August 2014 News/1408Aug/index.html

Navel-Gazers and Lotus-Eaters by Swami Veda Bharati
Worrying by Swami Rama
Rural Development: Sewing Project
Guru Purnima Retreat 2014 – photos taken by Jay Prakash Bahuguna
Guru Purnima as Gateway to the Infinite by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Yoga-Tarangini by Swami Veda
When the Student Is Ready by Sarojini Bissessur-Asgarally
O’ World: Many Voices
Sadhana Yoga Conference by Cintamani Musello
Swami Hari Bandhu Bharati by Swami Prashant Bharati
Santosha – Happy to Breathe by Jim Fraser
Surya Namaskar and ‘More’by Sarojini Bissessur-Asgarally
My Commentary on the Yoga Sutras by Swami Veda Bharati
Nava-ratra 2014 by Swami Veda Bharati

July 2014 News/1407Jul/index.html

To That Guru
Guru Purnima Message by Swami Rama
Guru by Swami Rama
Mastering Yoga Nidra by Swami Veda Bharati
Anniversary Celebrations by Dr. Shirin Venkat
The End of Children’s School Year by Mónika Bertalan
The Grace of the Guru by Aditi M. Gaur
An Intangible Beauty by Daniele Belloni
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is …
Walk Up to Guru Purnima 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
What Is Mastery in Yoga? by Swami Veda Bharati
New Book Published: Anant Ki Khoj by AHYMSIN Publishers
Some Coming Attractions at SRSG

June 2014 News/1406Jun/index.html

SVB At Home
Karma by Swami Rama
Experiments with Yoga Nidra by Swami Veda
SVB and the Sunflower by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Beauty That No Cosmetic Can Imitate by Randall Krause
Technology & Kalyana Mitras? by Denise Martin-Harker
A Yoga Home Away From Home by Catherine Campion
Back to the Origin of Yoga by Little Student
Six Steps of Meditative Asanas by Swami Veda Bharati
Recognition Award by Tejaswini
Invitation to Meditate on 1st July, An Interfaith and Global Meditation

May 2014 News/1405May/index.html

Meditation through Sublime Emotions by Swami Veda Bharati
Ego by Swami Rama
Silence, Yoga Nidra Retreat in 2015
Breath by Sonia Van Nispen
A Journey to Inner Self by Sujata
The Connected Feeling by Peter Fabian
AHYMSIN Open House — Europe by Rajini Prakash
AHYMSIN Open House — Asia submitted by Tinyu Chen and written with the support of Thaniya Kevalee.
Silence by Michael Smith
Open House – Heart Experience! by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Hazel Diaries VII by Roxanne Currie
Paintings Lost and Found by Elli Rasmi
The Desire for Something Higher by Sabina Cesaroni
European Intensive Silence Retreat by Willem Meijer and Kries Mannie Sing
Full Moon Connection by Nandini (Grace) Bishop
Kashmir 2012 by Swami Veda Bharati

April 2014 News/1404Apr/index.html

Three Yogas by Swami Veda Bharati
Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas by Swami Rama
March 2014 TTP Newsletter by Maryon Maass
Meditation Research Institute [M.R.I] by M.R.I.team
Bio-Feedback in Meditation Sciences by Dr. Prabhu
Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah
Wilderness by Nic Klein
Breath Practicum and Silence Retreat By Carolyn Hume
Key Events in Thailand 2005-2013
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Walk and Dance … by Prasanna K. Pati
Not Just for Teachers in Training! by Jennifer Manion
Shri Anoop Misra, by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

March 2014 News/1403Mar/index.html

Yoga Psychology by Swami Veda Bharati
First Steps toward Self-Transformation by Swami Rama
Swami Veda Returns to SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
2014-15 Gurukulam — Register Now by David Rodrigo
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is … by Stoma
Let’s Meet Again by Sabina Cesaroni
Bhagavad Gita 18.66 by David Rodrigo
International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh By Sandeep Pandey
From Dusk to the Dawn of a New Life by Padmini Persaud
Jarasanda’s Boon by Sudhansu Misra
My Experiences by Dr. Dharmesh Tewari
Mahashivaratri Diary, 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Stoma’s Holland Seminars 2014 by Stoma
Gist of Life by Dr. Dharmesh Tewari
Pandit Shree Datt Sharma Has Left Us By Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

February 2014 News/1402Feb/index.html

Two Paths in Yoga by Swami Veda Bharati
Brahman and Brahma-Vihāra by Swami Rama
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
In Silence by Atem S. Ramsundersingh
Mauni Amavasya 30th January 2014 by Daniela Citti
Kalyana Mitra at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Origins of the Himalayan Tradition by Swami Veda Bharati
The SRSG Experience by Denise Martin-Harker
Rishikesh, February 17, 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Weekend with Swami Ritavan & Pandit Dabral by Lynnda Sharp
The Hazel Diaries VI by Roxanne Currie
Emotional Sobriety by Richard Parenti
Celebrations at SRSG by Swami Veda Bharati
July 2014 HYT-TTP Retreats by The HYT-TTP team

January 2014 News/1401Jan/index.html

Kalyana Mitra Lecture #1 by Swami Veda Bharati
Svadhyaya by Swami Rama
Cultural Activities by SRSG Children by Chandramani
Yoga and Science Retreat by Rajah Indran
TTP Students’ Sangha by Beatrix Dekkers and Jim Fraser
The Hazel Diaries V by Roxanne Currie
A Labour of Love by Michael Smith
Musing by Jyoti Gerlitz
The Gifts of Silence by Aditi M Gaur
Gayatri Marx, a Dear Friend Moves On by Randall Krause
Go-Shala at SRSG Campus by Swami Veda Bharati


2013

December 2013 News/1312Dec/index.html

Lecture #9 by Swami Veda Bharati
Selflessness by Swami Rama
HYT-TTP November 10-22, 2013 by Maryon Maass
Blessing on TTP Certification Day by Swami Veda Bharati
Excerpts from Yoga Sutra 1.7 by Swami Veda Bharati
To Be Rich by Emitai Rodrigo
Himalayan Yoga Institute Italia TTP by Castel Firentino
Shunyaa’s Life in Gurukulam by Shunyaa Tsai
Swami Rama Swadhyaya Goshthi by Dr. Sheelendra Rai Vidyarthi
Visiting Sadhaka Grama by Sudhansu Misra
Eleven Women and One Swami by Sabina Cesaroni
The Hazel Diaries IV by Roxanne Currie
Catching a Traveling Teacher by Stoma

November 2013 News/1311Nov/index.html

Lecture #8 by Swami Veda Bharati
Yoga Is Skillfulness in Actions by Swami Rama
Silence After 2013 by Swami Veda Bharati
Education Welfare Fund by Sadhana Mishra
Hazel Diaries III by Roxanne Currie
Sharing a Poem by Riemke de Groot
What Is a Master? by Randall Krause
Am I A Yogi? by Sudhansu Misra
Effect of Yoga on Health by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam New Year by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Thank you for… by Shunyaa Tsai
Divali 2013 at Rishikesh by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Lectures on Superconscious Meditation Summarized by Little Student of Himalayan Tradition

October 2013 News/1310Oct/index.html

Lecture #7 by Swami Veda Bharati
Ahimsa and Truth by Swami Rama
AHYMSIN Taiwan Center by Joanna Siauw
A Venture in Spiritual Communication
Open House Pilot Session by Rajini Prakash
Packets of Pain and Pleasure by Randall Krause
The Hazel Diaries II by Roxanne Currie
Travelling Teacher in East and South Asia by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Spaces by Suruchi Maitra
“Song of the Lord, Gita in Yoga-Vasishtha” — Book by Swami Veda by AHYMSIN Publishers
Official Photos of Swami Veda Bharati
Navaratri, Autumn 2013 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

September 2013 News/1309Sep/index.html

Lecture #6 by Swami Veda Bharati
Guru Purnima 22nd July – Rishikesh by HYMC Noida Sangha
Fear by Sopha Tamachotipong
“Superconscious Meditation (Audio)” by Swami Veda by Ahymsa Publishers
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Free Yoga in the Park by Marylou P. Nunamaker
The Hazel Diaries by Roxanne Currie
Meditation: What, Why and How by Nina Johnson
A Practical Meaning of the Tàijítú (Yin-Yang Symbol) by Ilyaz Nasrullah
Swami Nitya on the USA’s West Coast by Maryon Maass
“We Are Only Visitors”
You Needn’t Be Lonely by Swami Veda Bharati

August 2013 News/1308Aug/index.html

Lecture #5 by Swami Veda Bharati
Uttarakhand Disaster Relief
Inner Yatra (Pilgrimage) by Daniela Citti
Death, Inseparable Companion of Life By David Rodrigo Garcia
The Human Urge for Peace; What is Right with the World, 2nd Edition by Carol Weiler
Explore the Richness of Inner Life by Little Student of Himalayan Yoga Tradition
Experiences of a Student Teacher of TTP by Geeta Currimjee
How Is Your Silence Going? by Swami Veda Bharati
Destiny by Randall Krause
Mindful Musings by John David Wilson
Interview with Pandit Harshanand Uniyal by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Guru Purnima in Rishikesh by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
HYM Workshop at the Pune Center by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Swami Hari on Kindle by Daniel Hertz

July 2013 News/1307Jul/index.html

Homage to the Guru by Swami Rama
Lecture #4 by Swami Veda Bharati
2014 International Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Lela Pierce
Reflections on my Mantra Initiation by Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
First Scholarly Article Published by Dr. Manuel Fernandez
Silence Which Speaks Loudly about Body and Mind by Dr. Prabhu
2013 Spring Workshop in Taiwan by Kai-Fang Cheng
The Last Art Class with SRSG Kids by Shunya Tsai
Silence Retreat on Lake Balaton, Hungary by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Bundles of Joy! by Dr. Shirin Venkat
An Album of a Spiritual Journey by Maryon Maass
Swans by Stephen Parker (Stoma)

June 2013 News/1306Jun/index.html

Lecture #3 by Swami Veda Bharati
Cultivating Sankalpa Shakti by Swami Rama
A New Release from Swami Veda Bharati by Ahymsa Publishers
Happy Birthday! Shankara Jayanti at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Davood Azad Speaks through Music at SRSG: No Trance, No Dance by Swami Veda Bharati and That Beautiful Night by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Bocskai Award Given to Miklós Zoltai
Yoga for Children by Mónika Bertalan
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
“Sutra” Group Introduction by Veena Maitra and Shih Hung
Eyeful of Sky by Lalita Arya by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Dr. Sanjay Shastri on the Meaning of Havan, Yajña and Ritual by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Sewing Project by Sadhana Mishra
Barun Kumar Pal Concert and the Guru by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

May 2013 News/1305May/index.html

Lecture #2 by Swami Veda Bharati
Saving the World, One Breath at a Time by Jim Whiting
Audios for you! by Ahymsin Publishers
Our Place in the Tradition by Sandhya Matthews
Changing Loss into Learning by Fiza Mishra
Navaratri at SRSG by Daniela Citti, Silvia Baratta, and Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Meditate Your Way through Childbirth by Sweta Parikshit Dalmiya
Kumbha Mela (part 2) by Pierre Lefebvre
An Invitation to You to Become Kalyana-Mitras by Swami Veda Bharati
Can We Live in Silence in Everyday Life? by Denise Harker-Martin
Poems Written in India by John David Wilson
Children at Saksham School by Sadhana Mishra
2013 Sangha Gathering by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

April 2013 News/1304Apr/index.html

Lecture #1 by Swami Veda Bharati
How to Bring Spirituality into Family Life by Swami Veda Bharati
HYT-TTP Newsletter, March 2013 by Maryon Maass
Secret History of Teaching by Swami Veda Bharati
Summer Events at SRSG
Swami Veda’s Silence Vow Ceremony by Michelle Kinsey
Something Swamiji Said by Sunil Trikha
Vanaprastha Vows by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Maha-Shivaratri 2013 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Annual Day Celebration of HYMC Noida by the HYMC Noida Sangha
A Newborn Flower in the Blessed Garden of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama by David Rodrigo
Future Force Yoga Youth by Vikash Ramjanam
Gurukulam Admissions Open for 2013/2014 by David Rodrigo
Activities at the Himalayan Yoga Center Pune by Shirin Venkat

March 2013 News/1303Mar/index.html

If You Want to Live Positively and Joyfully by Swami Rama
Love in Stillness by Swami Veda Bharati
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Thai TTP Group by Little student of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation
Kumbha Mela by Pierre Lefebvre
An Interview with Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral
How to Practice Non-violence in a Violent World by Randall Krause
We Are Not the Body by Daniel Hertz
Two Wings to Fly by Ilyaz Nasrullah
Meditation in Embroidery by Swami Veda Bharati
Samadhi nai Ngan Pak by Gorapin Pangnakorn
Gratitude for Spoken Words
Introduction to Bali by Swami Veda Bharati
The Hour of The Goddess by Karin Fiedler
Brief Notes on the 2013 Sangha Gathering Program at SRSG by Rajini Prakash
Gendercide: Daughters of the Goddess by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati

January 2013 News/1301Jan/index.html

Resort to Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
Elaboration of Meditation as “Indwelling” by Wolfgang Bischoff
My Friend the Mantra by Randall Krause
Bali Comes to SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
Yoga for Inner Peace and Outer Strength by Rajah Indran
Homage to the Masters! by Suruchi Maitra
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
On a Festival Called Savitri… by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Speak to Me of Silence by Nandini Grace Bishop
Self and Non-Self
Sing like the Birds Sing by Ilyaz Nasrullah
SRSG Ashram News by Lalita Arya
Thunderstorm at SRSG
The Tunnel Inside by Daniel Hertz


2012

December 2012 News/1212Dec/index.html

Upaaya-Kaushala by Swami Veda Bharati
Chitta-Prasaadanam by Swami Veda Bharati
Imparting the Knowledge of Brahma Vidya by Swami Rama
November’s HYT-TTP Retreat by Maryon Maass
The Prince or the Pauper by Jyoti Gerlitz
A Weekend in Wales by Sabina Cesaroni
Shouting from the Roof Tops! by Denise Martin-Harker
Pilgrimage to Dev Bhumi by Dr. Advaita Manohar
“Nbr 15” Put Wrinkles 0n My Forehead! by Denise Martin-Harker
Bedridden at Cottage 18 by Karin Fiedler
Wandering Sages of the Himalayas by Dr. Tacson Fernandez and Rajini Prakash
Alone, Not Lonely by Ilyaz Nasrullah
It Started with a Whisper by Daniel Hertz
Shiva Meets Patañjali by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Understanding Human Personality by AHYMSA Publishers
Would You Rather Be or Do This or That by Veena
Swami Veda Returns to SRSG by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)

October – November 2012 News/1210OctNov/index.html

Three Festivals by Swami Veda Bharati
Swami Veda Visits Ecuador by Gustavo Plaza (Arjuna)
Yama and Niyama Kriya by Pandit Tejomaya
Cosmos within Cosmos within Cosmos by Denise Martin-Harker
Burkina Faso 2012 by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
Destiny Crossroads – Why Meditate by Wolfgang Bischoff
Yoga Alchemy by Joanna Siauw
Celebrate Silence by Dr. Divya Mittal and Mr. Sanjay Kath
Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
Yoga Nidra, A State of Consciousness by Tina Gatterman
Without Fear by Randal Persad
Celebrating Vimala Chaitanya – A Letter from Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Ritavan Bharati
With Gratitude by Daniel Hertz
Transitions in Self-Transformation by Swami Ritavan Bharati

September 2012 News/1209Sep/index.html

Sadhana in Applied Spirituality by Swami Veda Bharati
Breath by Wolfgang Bischoff
Purifying One’s Emotion with Yoga Asana by Ashutosh Sharma
Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Shibir by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Discover the Potential of Your True Nature, Explore the Five Elements by Marylou Nunamaker
How fortunate are we to be followers of the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation? by Joan Anundson-Ah
Home Study in HYT-TTP by Maryon Maass
Personal Retreats and Residential Programs at The Meditation Center by Lela Pierce
Silence Retreat in Northern California by Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society Northern California and the Awakening Retreat Center
Yoga Nidra for Making Mother’s Day Cards by Sopa Tamachotipong
Contemplative Walking by the Ocean by Stephen Parker (Stoma) and Dhimati (Elizabeth Procter)
Something Swamiji Said

August 2012 News/1208Aug/index.html

Therapy as Spiritual Liberation by Swami Veda Bharati
Guru Purnima Message 2012 by Swami Veda Bharati
Like a Tortoise Withdrawing His Limbs by Swami Rama
Practicing Greatness by Jennifer Manion
About the Children’s Program by Greg Hart
Himalayan Yoga Camp, September 2012 In Pune, India by Shirin Venkat
Reflections on a Sacred Thread byPandit Tejomaya/Tim Bruns
Silent Meditation Retreat by diane hunter
Purusharthas: The Four Purposes of Life by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Something Swamiji Said by Romy van der Pool
Prana Vidya Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers and Students by Carolyn Hodges
Guru’s Eyes by Emilio Bettaglio
200-hr Teacher Training in Chile by Manuel Fernandez

July 2012 News/1207Jul/index.html

Why Did He Not Heal Himself? by Swami Veda Bharati
Glory to All Saints, An Interview with Swami Veda Bharati
Parents, Children, and Spirituality by Swami Rama
50 Kids in a Memorable 4-day Program by David Rodrigo
Questions Can Save a Life
Yes! Yes! Yes! And Yes! by Divya (Joanne Sullivan)
To Be Born by Daniel Hertz
Shiva Country – Himalayan Pilgrimage 6th-9th November 2012 by Silvia Baratta
“Silence, the voice of the soul” by Sabina Cesaroni
2012 Taiwan Tour by Stoma
Guru Purnima, 2012 by Divya (Joanne Sullivan)
Silence by Bryan Stenlund
Listen to Your Inner Wisdom by Sabina Cesaroni
The One and Only Church of Universal Ice Cream by Steven J. Gold
Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas
Self-Study Readings, Recordings, Videos Of Swami Rama and Swami Veda

June 2012 News/1206Jun/index.html

Raising a Spiritual Child by Swami Veda Bharati
The Future Force Yoga Youth Conference 2013 by Lela Pierce
A Reflection on my Experience in the Gurukulam by Maurizio Teodoro
Yoga for the Little Ones by Noida Sadhakas
Ferry Meditation by Sarah
Something Swamiji Said by Roxanne Currie
Spring 2012 Korean Tour by Stoma
Lithuania 2012 by Stoma
One Year Anniversary in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Silent Retreat on the Shore with Ma Radha by Lauren Forney
God Speaking, Humans Hearing, and a Nice Jewish Boy Meets Rabbi Jesus by Steven J. Gold
Poem for Swamiji by Elizabeth Proctor
The Art of Joyful Living
Tattva Samasa by Swami Nityamuktananda Sarawati

May 2012 News/1205May/index.html

Swami Veda Talks about 2013
Chakra Puja by Swami Veda Bharati
A Discussion with a Wandering Monk by Joanne Sullivan
Tara Comes to Town by Dirk Gysels
My Experience as a Gurukulam Student by John Sellinger
The Art of Borobudur: Working with the 5 Dhyani Buddhas and the 5 Elements by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Meditation Classes in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
German Group Visits SRSG by Iris Stenzel
Three New Books by Swami Veda
Running on Empty by Jim Nelson
Pilgrimage to the Himalayas With Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral
Yoga at the University by Susi Stefanini
Stoma Visits California by Gabi Allen
Something Swamiji Said by Arianna Darshani
Evening Lecture Series by The Meditation Center
Opportunities for 2012 and 2013

April 2012 News/1204Apr/index.html

Ahimsa in the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Veda Bharati
Puroheeta-Diksha by Swami Veda Bharati
Kusum, Priestess of the New Devi Temple at SRSG by Dr. Vijaya Subramani, by Dr. Vijaya Subramani,and Joanne Sullivan
TTP News by Maryon Maass
Ecuador Yoga Retreats with Swami Veda Bharati by Gustavo Plaza
Inauguration of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center Noida, India by Jaya Bhagat and Arjun Banarjee
Sitting Lesson by Peter Fabian
News from Taiwan by Joanna Siauw
Swami Veda’s Lectures on Mantra Available
Something Swamiji Said by Two Sadhakas
Why Families are Important by Swami Rama
Admission Open for Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam by David Rodrigo
The Birth of The Lady of Compassion at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan with Pawan Mishra

March 2012 News/1203Mar/index.html

“Nurturing Spirituality in the Family”
Our Tradition by Swami Rama
Meditation, the Unifying Stream in Religions by Swami Veda Bharati
Religion as Re-Linking by Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker
Religious Perspective on Unity in Diversity by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Installation of Mount Kailash Murti At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Installation Photos
The Thousand Names of Shiva by Lalita Arya
Teacher Training Program in Chile by Manuel Fernandez
Swami Veda Bharati in Thailand by “little student of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation”
Transitions and Speaking in Silence, 1st – 22nd July 2012 Conference, Minnesota, USA
Something Swamiji Said by Rob Diggins
European Retreat – June 2012 by Christina Nobile
KHEL Annual Report 2011 by Lalita Arya, Stomya Arya Persaud, and Beni Bhatt
A Norway Family at SRSG by Lalita Arya

February 2012 News/1202Feb/index.html

First Initiation by Swami Veda Bharati
Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas
This Journey by Lucia
A Spiritual Retreat in Thailand by Stoma Parker
The Birth of Swami Prashant Bharati by Joanne Sullivan
Kamadeva & Valentine by Lalita Arya
Dr. George Mann
SRSG Impressions by Ian Stenlund
Back to the Himalayas by Gustavo Plaza (Arjuna)
Anatomy in Clay by Mary Bowman-Cline
Reeny Rowny Cookies by Margaret Woods

January 2012 News/1201Jan/index.html

The Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Joanne Sullivan
Wisdom of Ten Years Old by Swami Veda Bharati
To Serve Nature by Swami Veda Bharati
Seeds Were Planted by Sabina Cesaroni
An Experience of the Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Carolyn Hume
TTP for the Taiwanese: Reflections on the 2011 TTP by Joanna Siauw
A New Important Project by Giancarlo Colombo
Dr. Shirley Telles at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan
40 Days Silence at SRSG by Dave Downing
Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas
Three YMT Seminars in Italy by Danielle Belloni
Toronto News December 2011 by Shanta Sawh
Expanding Identity by Randall Krause
Perpetual Youth by Swami Rama
“Yoga in India”
Love is a Song of the Nightingale by Nandini


2011

December 2011 News/1112Dec/index.html

Fasting for Enlightenment by Swami Veda Bharati
“The Yoga Society” 40th Anniversary by John Barry Stutt
Largest HYT Teacher Training in Rishikesh EVER!! by Maryon Maass
TTP Graduation Talk by Swami Veda
Something Swamiji Said by Katie Stueve
Contemplative Walking in a Peace Garden by Lori Beron
Swami Nityamuktananda in Florence by Sabina Cesaroni
Something Stolen by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Only A Life: A Journey to the Vashishta Cave by Arlene Matthews
A Walk in the Winter Dawn by Joanne Sullivan
A Himalayan Blueprint by Joan Anundson-Ahr
February Retreat in Thailand by Thaniya Kevalee
Divine Mother at SRSG by Swami Veda
A Retreat to Re-Treat Yourself submitted by Rose Reindl
New Swami Rama Book
Download the Shiva Sutras Series! by Wesley Van Linda
The Children Are Here! by Carolyn Hume

November 2011 News/1111Nov/index.html

Virat-Atma Meditation by Swami Veda Bharati
Mt. Kailash by Swami Veda Bharati
Coming Home! by Swami Ritavan Bharati
Tinyu’s Mt. Kailash Trip by Tinyu Chen
The Parikrama, Circumambulation of Mt. Kailash by Yoong
The Human Being Is on a Pilgrimage by Swami Rama
New Center in Hungary by Anna Mezosi
Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas
Swami Veda Returns to SRSG by Joanne Sullivan
Divali 2011 at SRSG by Joanne Sullivan
New Children’s Room by Lela Pierce
Silence in Holland by Stoma
Catch Them Young! by Dr. Vishala
SVB’s One US Public Appearance in 2012
Audio Downloads Available

October 2011 News/1110Oct/index.html

Gods My only Kin by Swami Veda Bharati
30 Years – Himalayan Institute Germany by Wolfgang Bischoff
Something Swamiji Said by Lalita Arya
Pain-Teacher by Veena Haasl-Blilie
Marching Onwards by Dian Singh
To Give People a Daily Practice by Giancarlo Colombo
Surya Namaskar by Lori Beron
Biofeedback and Beyond by Daniel Hertz
Untying Emotional Knots on the Way to Joy by Randall Krause
Self Awareness – The Core of Yoga by Florentina Hausknotz
You Should Teach your Children through Example by Swami Rama
Swami Veda Recommends Two Books
2013: Are You Coming?

September 2011 News/1109Sep/index.html

How to Prevent Future September 11ths by Swami Veda Bharati
Hiking with Swami Ritavan in Jasper, Canada by Margaret Wood
The Gardener by Phil Paradis
Svaha: On Giving Up my Father by Saumya Arya Haas
Spartan Training Regimen Using Yogic Breathing Technique (Practical Use of Pranayama in Alleviation of Pain) by Peter Fabian
Teacher Training Program Retreat Through the Eyes of a Student by Jyoti Gerlitz
From Simple Forest Monk to World Traveler by Daniel Hertz
Five Elements, Human Emotions, and Love by Arlene Matthews
Manu in Chile and Ecuador
Strengthening the Ball of Light in the Heart by Marylou Nunamaker
Swami Nitya Visits Southern California by Randall Krause
Something Magic Happened in Kauai by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Important: Registrations for 2013

August 2011 News/1108Aug/index.html

Integration and Ecstasy by Swami Veda Bharati
Darshan with Swami Veda by Sharon Fruechte
Silence Retreat 2011, Tihany, Lake Balaton, Hungary by Dea Frankó Csuba
The Patañjali Course in Budapest, June 2011 by László Mészáros
The Guru Lineage and a Yoga Documentary on OHM TV By Daan De Lange and Kries Mannie Singh
600 Celebrate Guru Purnima in Orissa by Sudhir Chaitanya
After Silence: Full Moon of May 2010 by Steve Siegel
if you had just a minute or ten what would you do? by Valerio Gullì
Meditation, Mysticism, Poetry and Consciousness by John David Wilson
UK Retreat: 1st – 3rd July 2011, The Joy of Yoga by Denise Martin-Harker
Ware … A Fantastic 3 Days Workshop by Sabina Cesaroni
Thirty-One Graduate from Sewing School
A Dedicated Family Member Serves Soldiers by Swami Veda Bharati
World Peace and Prayer Day 2011 By Jim Feketa and Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
World Peace and Prayer Day, 21 June 2011 – Summer Solstice – Minneapolis By Sabina Cesaroni
Swami Veda’s Letter to Hungary
DunHuang Energy Dance By Jenny Lee
2011 Events and Beyond

July 2011 News/1107Jul/index.html

How to Pray for Someone by Swami Veda Bharati
‘Last Words of the Rishi’ by Dirk Gysels
Himalayan Neem Nursery by Sunil Trikha
Challenges on the Spiritual Path by Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral
Highlights from Korea
The Himalayan Tradition in Italy by Sabina Cesaroni
Surrender to the Wave of Silence by Jim Whiting
Lithuania Silence Retreat by Darius Plikynas
Health Camp for Virpur Khurd
A Contemplation on the GURU-Gita by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Life’s Twists and Turns by Marylou P. Nunamaker
New Magazine Announcement
2011 Events and Beyond

June 2011 News/1106Jun/index.html

Meditation, Love and Service by Swami Veda Bharati
Service To Our Elders As A Path Of Love and Spiritual Growth by Randall Krause
HYT-TTP Replacement, Rishikesh By Maryon Maass
Transitions in TTP by Chuck Linke
“I’m telling you of the joy I have experienced.” An Interview with Nina Johnson by John Barry Stutt
Emergency in the Cowshed! by Dr. Shirin Venkat
Buddha Purnima at SRSG with Lama Doboom Tulku Rinpoche by Jagadananda Das
Between Samadhi and Solar Science by Daniele Belloni
AHYMSIN Taiwan April Workshop by Joanna Siauw and Tinyu Chen
A Letting Be Concept by Denise
Yoga for Self Awareness, AHYMSIN-Asia Retreat 2011 by Jean Bibby
Inspiring Israel- Being Inspired by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
Register NOW! International Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Lela Pierce and Nalini Behari
2013 All Teachers and Sangha Gathering
The 2011 Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress
Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Programs (HYT-TTP)
New Jersey Satsang, July 9-10, 2011 by Janice Englund
2011 Events and Beyond

May 2011 News/1105May/index.html

International Study Programme
A Successful Yoga Nidra Retreat by Stephen (Stoma) Parker
After Years of Yoga Nidra I Am Moved from the Inside by Hélène
After 3 Years of Yoga Nidra by Riccardo Valdettaro
Use of Yoga Nidra for Creativity and for Enhancing Intuitive Faculty by Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati
News from the Land Down Under by Jean-Alain d’Argent & the Dharma Team, Dr Mihaela Ivan, Dr Daniel Jalba, Nina Pulaska
Insight Journey to Tiruvannamallai by Silvia Baratta
Children’s Yoga: Breath- Awareness by Nivedita Mishra
The Universal Soul is Hurt by Dr. Dinesh Sharma
The Children of KHEL Perform at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
2011 Events and Beyond

April 2011 News/1104Apr/index.html

My “su-hrd” — “beautiful-hearted” friend by Swami Veda Bharati
Teacher Training March 2011 by Dirk Gysels
Education of Children
AHYMSIN Annual Report – 2010 by Sadhana Mishra
What Sannyasa Means to Me by Swami Chetan Bharati
We are all his hands and feet by Joanne Sullivan
Full Moon with Swami Veda
Swami Veda’s SRSG Teaching Schedule
The Lawrence School Visits SRSG by Nalini Behari
2011 Events and Beyond

February 2011 News/11Feb/index.html

One Must Run One’s Life by a Spiritual Plan by Swami Veda Bharati
Swami Veda Visits Taiwan
TEDx-Taipei 2011 – Swami Veda Bharati
Intimacy by Swami Nitya
A Sufi – Yogi Dialog by Swami Chetan Bharati
Joyful Living with Yoga in Tokyo
Peter Fabian Receives His E-RYT 500! By Maryon Maass
Children’s Yoga Camp 2010 at Swami Rama Himalayan Yoga Ashram, Orissa, India
The Human Being Is Born Out of Selfless Love by Swami Rama
5th Keningau Annual Retreat By Judy Chin
Mind Your Mind by Mehrad Nazari
Great Spiritual Inspiration From the Himalayas to Bangkok
AN ODE Honoring Swami Veda
Offerings by Vijaya Subramani
Yoga Congress 2011

January 2011 News/11Jan/index.html

2013 All Teachers and Sangha Gathering
Maya Margo Balog By Keely Scott
Yoga Nidra Seminar 2011
Mysticism Beyond Bounds Conference
Friends Finding One Another
We are two birds of different branches by Chandramani
A Mantra for Freedom from Fear by Swami Veda Bharati
November 2010 TTP News from Rishikesh by Maryon Maass
Honoring Mr. & Mrs. Nijhawan
Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Swami Veda Bharati
2011 Events and Beyond
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe


2010

October 2010 News/10Oct/

Dive into the Depths of Your True Nature, “Svabhava and Svarupa” by Swami Veda Bharati
Personal Reflection of Semi-Silence by Thaniya Kevalee
Yoga Nidra Conference 2011
Divya Prem Sewa Mission Project by Adhikari Bhoi and Br.Sukru Chaitanya
Summer of Satsang 2010
Himalayan Tradition Retreat in Lithuania and Hungary
Canadian Students “Lived Traditions of India”
Upcoming Events
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

May 2010 News/0510/

No Silence Nor Non-Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
A Secret by Swami Veda Bharati
An Experiment To Try by Swami Rama
Practices For AHYMSIN Family 2010-2013
Svanta Sukaya, Because it Gives Me Satisfaction by Swami Veda Bharati
Just Released!! What is Right with the World, Human Urge for Peace By Swami Veda Bharati
Initiation by Carolyn Hume
AHYMSIN DVDS
600 Hour Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Retreat in Rishikesh 2010
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

April 2010 News/0410/

Pilgrimage, A Talk by Swami Veda Bharati
Four Poems by Elizabeth Procter
A Unique Yoga Approach in Helping People with Multiple Sclerosis Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes By Richard Parenti
Lord, Give Me the Strength by Michael Smith
Earthquakes and Mindquakes By Swami Veda
The First Himalayan Tradition Workshop in Australia by Dr Mihaela Ivan
New Center in Orissa India
TTP News March 2010 by Maryon Maass
Report on “The Holistic Health Through Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Workshop” 28th March-4th April 2010 in Pune, Maharashtra, India by Dr. Shirin Venkatramani
Samanvaya Vidya Dham by Jagadananda (Jagat)
Two New Booklets by Swami Veda Bharati by Lalita Arya
The Meditation Center’s Online Bookstore
Learn from Swami Rama! HIHT Publications
Dans Digital Bookstore » Dan’s Special Help Books
Swami Veda Article in “Yoga Journal”
Atma Tattva Avalokanam by Swami Veda Bharati
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

February – March 2010 News/0210/

Swami Veda, Mahamandaleshwar
GPIW Summary Report – Sufi Yogi Dialogue
Meet three of Swami Veda’s new friends from the Sufi-Yogi Dialogue
Gathering of the Sangha
Vows of a Swami: The Sanyasa Ceremony
Marriage of Atul and Klara at SRSG
Devotional Poems by John David Wilson
Holi Washes, Holi Wishes by Joanne Sullivan
Yoga-Yatra: The Inner Pilgrimage
The Meditation Center’s Online Bookstore
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

January 2010 News/0110/

The Essence of Sacrifice by Swami Rama
You Are Invited Wherever You Might Be To Be One with the Sangha
pūrṇa – āhuti by Swami Veda Bharati
AHYMSIN Three Year Report 2007 – 2009
Coming to One through the Many by Dena Merriam
Kindness, Health, Education & Laughter (KHEL) for Leprosy Families and the Poor by Lalita Arya, Beni Bhatt, and Stomya Persaud
Orrisa New Dawn Project by Wolfgang Bischoff
7 Days of Silence by Jim Waeffler
Peace on Earth Meditation by Veena Haasl-Blilie
www.dansdigitalbooks.com by Dan Prideaux
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe


2009

December 2009 e-mail/newyear.html

Consecration by Swami Veda Bharati
Gathering of the Sangha, 1-12 February, 2010
Sarva Yoga International Congress
International Yoga Week
Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program
Himalayan “Insight-Seeing” Tour from 21-25 March, 2010
European Retreat 27 – 30 June 2010 by Christina Nobile
Peace on Earth Meditation, 7 January 2010 by Veena Blilie
Human Fulfillment by Swami Veda Bharati
Heart Yoga Becomes a Best Seller in Taiwan by Shi Hong

October – November 2009  News/10_1109/

New Havan Kund at The Meditation Center by Lela Pierce
The cows are here! The cows are here!
Sitting with the Swami by Sheila Rampersad
October 2009 TTP Report by Maryon Maass
Planting the Precious Seed – Children and Yoga by Lela Pierce
An Insight – Seeing Tour Around Himalayan Temples By Allman Metten
Vedic Sacred Art
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

August – September 2009 News/08_0909/

Power of One 10.10.10,Washington, DC, Conference, Swami Veda Bharati’s Address to the Delegates, September, 2009
Swamiji in Trinidad, Personal Reflections by Priya
Summer Sadhana at Kalimath by Pierre Lefebvre
Datuk Rajah Indran, The New International Managing Director of AHYMSIN
AHYMSIN – ASIA August ’09 Retreat Report
Dr. Sharma Meets SVB and King Cobra
Children and Yoga Around the World
HYT -TTP Report by Maryon Maass
Swami Veda at Rancho La Puerta
New AHYMSIN Centre Opens in Mauritius by Geeta Currimjee
Insight Travel
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

June – July 2009 News/06_0709/

Swami Rama’s Address to the Meditation Center by phone on Guru Purnima, July 29th, 1988
To Everyone with Love, GURU PURNIMA MESSAGE FROM SWAMI VEDA BHARATI 2009
Our Lineage (Guru-Parampara)
“Live with Nature, Walk with Nature. .” by Rahul and Acharya Chandramani Shastri
SHING NING YOGA (HEART YOGA), Swami Veda visits Taiwan to celebrate publication of his first book in Chinese
Swami Veda Visits Scotland, Russia and Hungary by Tejaswini and Stoma
AHYMSIN-Asia to hold August Retreat by Rajah Indran
Peace on Earth Meditation – Summer 2009
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

April – May 2009 News/04_0509/

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
HIMALAYAN YOGA AND MEDITATION CAMP
Swami Veda’s early spring visit to Holland.
Visit of Gurukulam students to Devprayag and Chandrabadni by Rahul and Chandramani
SANSKRIT BHARATI YOGA MEDITATION CAMP AT SRSG by Adhikari
Call for Volunteers
TTP News
Yoga Nidra Workshop with Swami Ritavan Bharati
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

March 2009 News/0309/

Happy Holi!
Gurukulum Outreach
Stabilizing the Spiritual Mindfield
Remembering Raj Verma by Peter Fabian
HYT-TTP March 2009 by Maryon Maass
SRSG, “Little Hungary”
AHYMSIN-WorldWide
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates
Location of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama on the Globe

February 2009 News/0209/index.html

Vedic Sacred Art
Pain Teacher by Veena
On the Full Moon, the Universal Mind and Love by Swami Veda Bharati
My Visit to the SRSG Ashram by Rashmi Kaura
A Parting Reflection from the Korean TTPers by Mi Suk, Yoon
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates

January 2009 News/0109/index.html

Congratulations to AHYMS-Asia!
Invitation to 2010 Fire Offerings by Swami Veda Bharati
Lohri, Celebration of the New Year by Mr. Nijhawan
Makara Sankranti Festival – From Darkness to Light by Adhikari Bhoi
International Conference on Meditation for Pain Management
TTP NEWS
YOGA YOUTH AND CHILDREN!
Upcoming Events and Calendar
Full Moon Meditation Dates


2008

November – December 2008 News/NovDec2008/index.html

Meditation Research Institute (MRI)
SRSG Presents: “Insight Seeing ” March 16-21, 2009
News from the HYT-TTP Rishikesh office by Maryon Maass
HYT-TTP Rancho La Puerta Memories
Upcoming Events
CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH!

Something Swamiji Said

Swami Veda Bharati took to a vow of silence on 10th March 2013. The column “Something Swamiji Said” is to celebrate his many years of traveling and teaching and also to honor what he has given us through this. What is the Something Swamiji Said that has impacted your life?

Something Swamiji Said by Lalita Arya: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1110Oct/02.html

Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas (Charlotte Raasch, John Gage, Savitr Ishaya): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1111Nov/07.html

Something Swamiji Said by Katie Stueve: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1112Dec/04.html

Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas (Jim Nelson, Eryk Stacy, Patricia Layton, Susan Craig): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1201Jan/09.html

Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas (Joanne Sullivan, Maryon Maass, Randall Krause, Salvatore Zambito): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1202Feb/01.html

Something Swamiji Said by Rob Diggins: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1203Mar/11.html

Something Swamiji Said by Two Sadhakas (Sonia van Nispen, Dr. Shirin Venkat): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1204Apr/09.html

Something Swamiji Said by Arianna Darshani: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1205May/13.html

Something Swamiji Said by Roxanne Currie: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1206Jun/05.html

Something Swamiji Said by Four Sadhakas (Rose Getz, Indu Misra, John David Wilson, Nalini Behari): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1207Jul/14.html

Something Swamiji Said by Romy van der Pool: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1208Aug/09.html

Something Swamiji Said  (Jim Feketa, Carolyn Hume): http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1209Sep/11.html

Something Swamiji Said by Sunil Trikha: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1304Apr/06.html

 

The Annual 40-Day Spiritual Festival

Each summer during the 40 days that precede Guru Purnima, sadhakas are invited to participate in the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, to expand and refine one’s sadhana

In 2021, the 40-Day Spiritual Festival will being on 15th June and will end on 24th July, which is Guru Purnima.

These 40 days are celebrated wherever you are.

“We are all here for a purpose; it is an on-going spiritual process. We are all here for spiritual liberation and serving that mission. For that purpose we are purifying ourselves of our pride and ego. For these reasons we train ourselves in constant self-observation: to see oneself, to hear oneself to develop this internal dialogue. I have used one criterion for all my thoughts, my words, and my actions: ‘Is this conducive to spiritual liberation.’” – Swami Veda Bharati

It is a time to contemplate (and talk with others about) the many ways you can participate.

In reviewing the guidelines and making your own commitments, please keep in mind your own capacity. Success with a series of smaller goals will lead to greater purification and capacity for next year. Assess your own capacity and do not try to push to complete “on time.” Accommodate for your family responsibilities.

As Swami Ritavan has written, “Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.”

International Day of Yoga takes place on 21st June and you may want to celebrate this during the Spiritual Festival; Swami Veda’s message for International Day of Yoga can be read at Message for International Yoga Day, June 21 .

Perhaps you would like to attend the Guru Purnima Retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. There will be akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) of Guru-Gita, the Song to the Guru

You might review what Swami Veda’s suggestions and teachings have been in previous years, including Sadhana in Applied Spirituality and the practice given by Swami Veda on 9th March 2013 for “your next five years and for the rest of your life.” One can continue with the homework that was given.

Swami Ritavan Bharati guided the AHYMSIN Sangha into a new mantra practice for the next 3 years during the 2019 Sangha Gathering, which was held February 25 – March 5, 2019, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Please see Three Year Mantra Practice, 2019 to 2022.

During these 40 days, yoga students can choose to intensify their yoga practice and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:

1. Increasing one’s practice of meditation and japa.
2. Expanding some other aspect of one’s daily yoga practice with subtle relaxations or pranayamas.
3. Studying an inspiring book and applying a principle or practice in it.
4. Implementing an element of yoga, such as a particular Yama or Niyama. “These Yamas and Niyamas are the sure means of advancing spiritually. When your mind is clarified, purified, by the constant application and implementation of these principles, you’ll find that your problems will become less and less overwhelming.” – Pandit Usharbudh Arya (who became Swami Veda Bharati)
5. Cultivating positive aspects of mind through such practices as the Four Right Attitudes (brahma-viharas – friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked) or pleasant-mindedness (chitta-prasadana – clarity and purification of mind, making the mind pleasant and clear).
6. Making lifestyle changes so to honor the natural environment – reducing clutter, consuming less, planting trees, simplifying one’s way of living.
7. Making healthier choices in one’s daily schedule in terms of diet and nutrition, sleep and exercise habits and punctuality of meditations.
8. Refining one’s personal relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Suggestions from Swami Veda for stabilizing the spiritual mindfield include:

Let your selfless service increase, whether by one percent or five percent or whatever.  Increase the time and energy you spend in SELFLESS service of others. That is the first concrete action you can begin with.

Refine your personal practices including:

a) Concentrating more on exhalations. This will help you achieve 2:1 ratio of breathing without physical effort.
b) Review: Read Mind Field: The Playground of Gods at https://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/mind-field.html . And Marks of Spiritual Progress at https://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/marks-of-spiritual-progress.html

Keep your regular meditation time. In addition to that, you may sit at other times in the day.

Do not forget to take 2 minutes, 3 minutes breaks, for breath-awareness many, many times in the day.

Prepare a study and practice plan for yourself.

If there are instabilities in our lives, they exist, Swami Veda said, not because our circumstances are unstable, but because our minds are unstable. Stable minds, he said, are like soft, gentle ripples in the calm lake which can stabilize all external circumstances.

A group of spiritually-oriented people, thus stabilized, can become part of a larger, stabilized mind-field called a sangha. We are all part of a global network of spirituality in the Tradition, and we can continue to harmonize the mind-field of our community, through our own self-transformation, so that its mission work will be successful.

“We all dream,” Swami Veda has said, “of the possibility of living in a peaceful world. This aspiration can be realized only if we first provide to our very soul, the self, atman, a peaceful home in the mind inside which it lives. That is the essence of our spiritual journey; that is yoga; that is meditation; that is peace in the family, which, then, extends to becoming world peace. We need to keep a diligent vigil, to keep this mind pure and peaceful and clean, to make it progress towards becoming the environment suitable for an enlightened soul. There needs to be sense of continuous progress in us so the world may progress towards peace.”

Lokas samastas sukhino bhavantu
“May the whole world attain peace and harmony.”

“May we weave the fabric of spirituality in our lives, and within our spiritual family – AHYMSIN” – Swami Ritavan Bharati


Stabilizing the Spiritual Mindfield

Additional Spiritual Festival Guidelines

Prayash-chitta and Chitta Prasadana: through Self-Examination & Meditation

Self-Examination, Sadhana Practice, Meditation & Mantra Japa

• Maintain mindfulness and an attitude of self-examination throughout the day. Observe thoughts and emotions asking oneself, “What transgressions did I commit?”
• Where there was fearful or aggressive thoughts/words/actions ask, “What was it in me that evoked that response and reaction?”
• “What right thing that should have done have I omitted?” – replacing such negativity with kindness and compassion. (Refer to Swami Veda’s Yoga Sutra commentary of I:33 on Chitta prasadana.)
• Do Nadi Shodhana (channel purification) 3 times a day.
• Do one to three malas of your personal mantra japa daily.
• For any thought critical of anyone, do 11 recitations of Gayatri.
• At juncture points in your day (or about every 2 hours), sit for 2 minutes, observing the flow of breath in the nostrils and repeating your personal mantra.
• Recite the Gurur Brahma Prayer and the morning and evening prayers.
• Surrender samskaras & random thoughts to the inner Guru.
• Resolve to enter into non-self-centered meditation.
Om Tat Sat Brahmarpanam Astu – dedicate prayers to the enlightenment and happiness of others.
• Your last formal thought at night should be the Gurur Brahma prayer and entry into meditative mode as you fall asleep. Your sleep will become a meditation. Awaken with a Yoga Nidra practice or simply breath awareness in bed before rising.
• Participate in Full Moon Meditations. “The full moon meditations are an opportunity for us to come together in connecting with the universal mind-field bringing unity, harmony, peace and love. Go into your silence; exhale-release, inhale-accept, forgive & fulfil, with purified heart and mind receive the blessings of the Lineage.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

Hatha Yoga

• A practice of hatha yoga to purify the body, breath and mind. Consider undertaking a practice of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) during these 40 days. Please refer to the section in Swami Veda’s Philosophy of Hatha Yoga in which he writes about asana as worship. Do Joints & Glands Exercises. Use whatever asana practice you undertake as a way to strengthen your link with the lineage through whom all blessings flow.

Meals

• If possible do not eat alone. Take a small portion of food and give it to a companion or co-worker. If it is embarrassing and not socially acceptable, then surrender the first portion to the Great Prana of the Universe.
• Recite Grace.
• Eat 5 mouthfuls less than enough to fill the stomach at each meal.
• Eat no solid food after 9:00 p.m. A glass of liquid may be taken at night. Special health and medical situations are exempt. Total fasting is not suggested.
• Try to avoid eating meat or fish during the month although you may serve it to your family.

To further deepen your practice

• Consider taking a vow of one month’s celibacy, but only with the happy consent of your spouse.
• Keep a personal journal on subtle violence in personal life, e.g. an unjustified sharp tone of speech, or in using objects obtained by violence and disregard for the rights of other living beings.
• Dedicate 10 percent of your month’s income plus one dollar to a charity of your choice, in addition to your usual commitments. Through this ancient Western and Eastern tradition of tithing, one learns the way of giving sacrifice joyfully.
• Look for ways to reduce your possessions, acquisitions and energy consumption at least 10%.
• Conquer anger, laziness and selfish thoughts.
• Vow to give special love to your family and reach out to others, beyond your blocks and fears.
• Experiment with a practice of silence (see Swami Veda’s booklet Silence for more about silence). This could be through observing your speech in daily life to see if you are using more words than necessary, speaking louder than necessary and if your tone and voice evokes a positive response in the listener. You could undertake to practice a half day of silence or a longer period. “Silence should not merely be an absence of speech. If it is merely an abstinence from speech it can even be emotionally and spiritually damaging. Unless one has filled oneself within there is no silence. Fill yourself with meditation. Fill yourself with contemplation. Fill yourself with your mantra…” – Swami Veda Bharati
• Take a one or two-day, or longer, personal retreat.

Further Observances

On Guru Purnima day you may decide to undertake further observances of self-purification for next year.

Questions on Spiritual Practice

Questions on Spiritual Practice can be sent to the AHYMSIN Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee, at https://ahymsin.org/main/adhyatma-samiti-spiritual-committee.html

Science of Breath Seminar, 30th October – 5th November 2016

Science of Breath Seminar
30th October – 5th November 2016
at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India
with Marilou Hermens,
Senior Teachers and SRSG Teaching Staff

Subtleties of breath practices

“An intensive practice of Pranayama’s 3 times a day! It is a true gift to yourself…Complete breath, kapalabati (different levels for beginners and advanced), bhastrika (different levels for beginners and advanced), bhramari (different levels and beginners or advanced), ujjayi, nadi shodhanam (different types). This seminar can be done while remaining in silence to deepen your personal inner journey. Beginners and advanced practitioners are all welcome and will be guided according to their level.”

– Marilou Hermens


Open to all

Cost: Cost of SRSG hospitality plus goodwill offering for instruction

Marilou Hermens is a faculty member of HYT-TTP (Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program), teaches at the teacher training retreats at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, and serves as a mentor; she also has a center in the Netherlands (http://www.yogameditatie.nl/).

Contact: AHYMSIN Office

Interview with Dr. Mohan Swami

Dr. Mohan Swami, a disciple of Swami Rama, is the President of both the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) and Dhyana Mandiram Trust (DMT). He was appointed to these positions by Swami Veda Bharati.

Questions for this interview came from Carolyn Hodges. Answers are from Dr. Mohan Swami. Note: When Dr. Mohan Swami uses the term “Gurudeva” or “Gurudev” he is referring to Swami Rama. This interview appeared in the September 2015 edition of the AHYMSIN Newsletter.

Dr. Mohan Swami: Thank you for the opportunity to answer the questions for the newsletter. I shall endeavour to do my best.

Question: Would you share with the Ahymsin family a little bit about yourself and also how you came to this tradition?

I have been a seeker from a very early age. Initially I used to read books on the various religions. It led on to reading books on spiritualism and biographies of so many saints, sages and philosophers. Not being satisfied with the answers to my thousands of questions, I became very frustrated and read even more books.

Only in 1990, I was blessed with a copy of Living with the Himalayan Masters. I read the book for the second time the same night and packed my bags to go to Rishikesh to meet the Master. I arrived at Sadhana Mandir at about 2am ,was initiated by Gurudev Swami Rama a few hours later and began the journey abound with joy and love in this Tradition. It has been the journey of my life.

Question: Do you have any Swami Rama or Swami Veda stories you could tell us?

I have hundreds of stories, and there seems to be no end to them. I was introduced to Swami Veda Bharati a few weeks after I was taken in by Gurudev. We have remained very close Gurubhais ever since. Swamiji was such a loving soul. His smile and cheerfulness was the bait that one gets caught in the net so easily. I still remember when Gurudev and Swamiji interacted. It was such a sight to see the Guru and disciple in satsang.

Question: You are a well-respected medical doctor, a successful businessman, the Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University, a philanthropist and humanitarian, the President of Ahymsin and now President of the Dhyana Mandiram Trust as well, just to list some of your accomplishments. Could you tell us a little bit about these elements within your life?

I remember Gurudev chiding me the very first moment he saw me: “Ahh! You ran away from your practice to come here?”

I was surprised that this Guru knew about me. ‘Yes, I have come to renounce.’

“That you shall not for now “, he said. “I have other things for you to do.”

He agreed that I give up medical practice to go into business “for we need to build the hospital and the colleges”. Man decides, but God and Guru dispose. I gave up my practice, ventured into business, and it’s about 20 years now. Gurudev appointed me as a member of the Presidential Board of HIHT along with three others who manage the Trust; Swamiji appointed me to AHYMSIN and DMT. There is so much to be done. It is all about teamwork and the support of all the disciples. Of course, the infinite Grace of God and Guru is paramount.

I met Swamiji a few months before His Mahasamadhi and knew instantly that he was not the same. There was a certain seriousness about the meeting. After the meeting, I walked out very unsure about so many things

Question: You are President of both AHYMSIN since 2007 and now DMT? Could you help us understand what each of these organizations are? What are your roles and responsibilities in each position? How do the two organizations relate to each other?

You can say that I am a reluctant President. I tried convincing Swamiji when he first broached on the subject of leading Ahymsin. I pleaded that time was not in my favour as I had the businesses to manage which preoccupied my schedules. He gave me the reasons for this appointment. The same with DMT when he spoke of this several years ago, but it was as though his command was final.

I was extremely lucky that he appointed Brother Dave Hume to be Founding Vice President of Ahymsin from 2007. He carried the burden of the Presidentship for the full term. And now With Brother Shi Hong, Ahymsin is being managed even without my full presence. Of course, I feel guilty constantly, but Swamiji had plans.

Swamiji had views that Ahymsin will be the link between all the organisations that he helped create globally. Ahymsin was to spread the message and the teachings of the Himalayan Masters according to Swami Rama. Swamiji forged this link through all his disciples worldwide. His excitement of this creation knew no bounds. It took immense effort and he toiled for this to be a success. He did this out of love for his Gurudev. The great scholar in him was put aside to become a master organiser. He planned meticulously till the day Ahymsin was launched.

DMT was formed inevitably to be the Trust of SRSG and his other efforts including Ahymsin. Swami Ritavan Bharati being appointed as his spiritual successor was another important milestone for the continuity of both Ahymsin and SRSG. His appointment to DMT last month was a natural course and becomes pivotal to the foundations of all our organisations.

When Swamiji first discussed Ahymsin, he mentioned one very important statement. “Our Gurudev has placed you with a responsibility in HIHT as a Presidential Board Member. I need you to ensure that Ahymsin and HIHT work cohesively and as one. In years to come, the disciples must all know that there is only one Guru. That is Swami Rama. I need not be remembered. My work is for the Guru. That is important.”

There was some anxiety from both sides, i.e. HIHT and Ahymsin, that why is a Guru Brother being made the President and not Swamiji’s disciple?

Swamiji, in fact, was hopeful that someday, sooner than later, all of Gurudev’s missions in India, USA and all other countries work as one unit. He relentlessly pursued this goal till the end.

His final will and testament reflects truly why this done – Swami Veda Bharati lived for and served his Master Swami Rama , a true disciple to the core.

Question: What are the crucial tasks that need to be addressed now and in this first year after Swami Veda left his body?

Gurudev had a vision. Swamiji had a vision. All of us need to fulfil this whether we were Guru brother or Guru sister or their disciples. For me Swamiji embodied the same message that Gurudev carried to the world. There was no difference. They said it differently yet it was the same meaning. Swamiji added the extra scholarly sanskritised version. Gurudev described it in more simple terms.

I have been working tirelessly for the Lineage since I met Gurudev for the very first time. I believe they had been guiding me again ever since I was born this life time. That is how the Tradition works.

There is much to be done by all of us. But we must know only two points.

Firstly, we need to understand why we came into this Tradition. Why we were accepted into this Tradition. What is our role in this world vis-à-vis the Bharati Tradition.

Secondly, how we are going to help fulfil Swamiji’s vision for Ahymsin.

On the part of the leadership of these organisations, we ought to guide the members and reassure them that though Swamiji has cast his mortal remains, his philosophy is larger than life. The teachings tell us that we should not cling to the physical body of the Master for they are with us all the time.

We have to continue the work entrusted to us by Swamiji. There is no other way. Each one of us needs to ensure that the mission continues uninterrupted. Swamiji had a special interest in the TTP. I believe Swami Ritavan Bharati has similar ideals and love.

The leadership must provide to the disciples what Swamiji gave them with love.

When the Sangha convenes next year, this will be biggest test for the leadership to prove that Swamiji’s mission will continue with the same flow as our very breath.

Question: Would you share your vision for what Ahymsin and SRSG will look like in 10 years? Long term?

This is going to be a very bold answer to a bold question.

My vision is similar to what I saw through the eyes of Swamiji. He wished to see a bigger broader Ahymsin worldwide that carried Gurudev’s and His message.

The books that they published carry so much information. The texts that they translated will be used by many scholars the world over. Swamiji’s wishes to continue some of these works must be done by the leadership.

I am perfectly sure that He would be there in 10 years and more to see that his work is being carried forward with more vigour and zeal. His happiness must become our happiness.

He permeated love and through this love the work that he established will continue for centuries. Long after you and me are gone.

SRSG must become a centre of learning and sadhana for those come to imbibe the teachings of the Tradition. It must bloom to spread the fragrance that Gurudev and Swamiji sowed.

Question: How do we ensure the practices and teachings of meditation in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition as taught by Swami Rama will be available for future generations?

This is why Swamiji initiated the TTP. Through these cohorts of teachers the teachings should be kept alive. SRSG should become the centre to teach and send out thousands of these teachers worldwide who are well versed and well prepared to spread the Teachings. Along with Sadhana Mandir, both these centres should become premier centres of basic as well as advanced teaching programmes. Our tradition is quite unique in more than many ways. The leadership of both centres should plan to conduct courses and seva in cooperation for the betterment of society.

We cannot work in isolation. To become great centres we need to work with the current needs of the existing generation and the future generations.

Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the book you have written and when it will be available? Its title?

I commenced writing the yet untitled book in 2001. It is my experiences with Gurudev. Before I met him physically and beyond. For some good reason I stopped work as I was not ready to publish. I have recommenced work and am currently updating the facts to current.

It ought to be completed and ready for publication and release by November 13th, 2016 only with Gurudev’s Grace.

Question: Is there anything else you would like to share with the Ahymsin international family?

I have written too much. I am normally shy and quiet. And love silence!

My parting statement is that Gurudev and Swamiji are there with you always. You are blessed to be part of the Tradition that was the life of Swami Veda Bharati, Gurudev Swami Rama and before them Our Ancient Lineage and Now…

Swami Veda’s Intention for AHYMSIN

Swami Ritavan Bharati offered appreciation for the guidance and support he has received from his kalyana-mitra, Dr. Mohan Swami, President of AHYMSIN and DMT.

Please, do not miss, in the September 2015 newsletter, the interview with Dr. Mohan Swami. Everyone is encouraged to closely read, contemplate, and subscribe to this vision expressed by our President, Dr. Mohan Swami.

Swami Ritavan Bharati mentioned that it is teamwork that is needed now – more collaboration, coordination and communication. Key to our AHYMSIN-management through Shi Hong and others is the necessity of performing our duties as service (seva) for the betterment of society. It is important to work towards upliftment of humanity, relieving suffering, and fulfilling the mission of Gurudeva Swami Rama and Swami Veda, and in this way, engage in our duties our sadhana.

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) should be a centre of learning and sadhana to create a stable mind-field. Through stability within each mind, a spiritual community creates a stable mind-field, like the gentle ripples on a calm lake. Swami Veda himself mentioned that he had prolonged his life to allow further guidance of his students and disciples to take them to this next step: Personal lives become stabilized; mind fields become stabilized, and this becomes Sangha. We must carry it forward with greater zeal. To permeate with love all that we do will assure the continuity of AHYMSIN for many years-to-come, and this mission must be shared with our Youth Leaders.

We must remember that there is only one Guru-force; and Swami Rama is the Gurudeva of our tradition. Swami Veda mentioned that even if his works are not remembered, the works of his Gurudeva should be. His aspiration was “may I be able to serve”; and now, i take this as my personal aspiration, and with such faith, serve through my new role.’

We continue with the teacher training program. The teachings and practices offered by Swami Veda will be translated into many languages and serve the international mission of AHYMSIN. More literary and audio resources of Swami Veda will be available soon.

Swami Ritavan Bharati outlined a future plan base on the theme – “spirited presence, subtler vision”, referring to the fact that Swami Veda’s presence and vision remains the guiding light for all of us and for the AHYMSIN management.

Swami Ritavan Bharati reminded us of the 2013 Sangha in which Swami Veda encouraged the Sangha to keep their regular daily meditations, and to apply his teachings regarding “Sadhana in Applied Spirituality,” and listed the practices to follow for the next 5 years. These and many other guidelines for sadhana will be periodically offered to sangha members for their spiritual upliftment by the samiti – the initiators and spiritual guides.


Editor’s Note:

The September 2015 AHYMSIN newsletter can be read at this link http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1509Sep/index.html

The interview with Dr. Mohan Swami can be read at this link http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1509Sep/04.html

An interview with Swami Ritavan Bharati can be read at this link http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1509Sep/03.html

Sadhana in Applied Spirituality by Swami Veda Bharati can be read at this link https://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/sadhana-in-applied-spirituality.html

Practice for the Next Five Years and the Rest of Your Life by Swami Veda Bharati can be read at this link https://ahymsin.org/main/practice/practice-for-the-next-five-years-and-the-rest-of-your-life.html

For more about sangha and mind-field, you may enjoy reading Swami Veda Bharati’s remarks at https://ahymsin.org/main/ityuka-2010-conference/gathering-of-the-sangha-1-12-february-2010.html

 

Important Announcements following the Mahasamadhi of Swami Veda Bharati

Our beloved Spiritual Guide Swami Veda Bharati passed from his body on 14th July 2015. Please see below three important messages.


Dear Family Members,

The AHYMSIN family will continue to receive guidance that flows from the Sages in Himalayan Tradition.

As per Swamiji’s WILL,

Swami Ritavan Bharati has been appointed

To the position of Spiritual Head, i.e. Ashrama Pramukha, of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).

Dr. Mohan Swami, the beloved disciple of Gurudeva Swami Rama, has been appointed as

President of Dhyana Mandiram Trust.

With warm regards,
Sadhana Mishra
General Secretary – Ahymsin and DMT

(Dr. Mohan Swami is also the President of AHYMSIN and has been since the foundation of AHYMSIN in 2007.)


Dear Family Members,

It is indeed a great loss to all those who were touched by Swamiji. His calling ‎back by the Tradition is anticipated.

Swamiji did so much for so many all over the world. Swamiji embodied love and gentleness. His approach to any fundamental issue was wrapped with holistic ‎ingredients.

He stoically pursued the instructions of the Master Gurudev Swami Rama with utmost love, commitment and passion. His awe and respect of the Master and the Lineage remained consistent throughout ‎his lifetime. He never wished to waiver even a wee bit from the teachings of the Himalayan tradition according to his Master.

The Silence helped his body, but he was relentless in his views to do more. ‎’Rest Swamiji please. Your health is important,’ all used to say. ‘But how? There is so much more to be done’ was his usual reply.

Swamiji’s fragrance will continue to linger in SRSG. His laughter will continue to be heard. His love will continue to permeate each soul who passes through ‎his eye.

Swamiji had expressed his intention to complete a few more works on certain texts as instructed. This must be accomplished by his disciples. We request and invite continued dedication and participation of all AHYMSIN family members in taking forward Swami Veda’s Mission.

In service,
Swami Ritavan Bharati (Ashrama Pramukha)              Tan Shri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami (President)


Dear AHYMSIN Family,

On this day, 17th July 2015, our beloved Swami Veda Bharati took Jal-Samadhi in the holy river Ganga. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of family members from our global community. Well known religious leaders and followers also graced the occasion.

On 29th July, 2015,16 days after Swamiji left his body,  Shradhanjali will be held at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama at 10.30 am. Family members who wish to attend are warmly and lovingly welcome.

In Service,
Swami Ritavan Bharati

(Shradhanjali is a time for offering homage to the departed soul, a time to pay homage to Swami Veda Bharati. It will be followed by a feast wherein the Mahamandeleshwars, Dandi Dhaaris, sadhus and general public are fed, a bhandara.  The feast is indicative that the mourning period is now over.)

Gayatri Mantra Translations

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat


Om. In Earth, Sky and Heaven,
I do meditate on, and sustain in myself,
the beautiful brilliance of God
who shines in the splendor of the sun. (Swami Veda Bharati)

Om. Thou Supreme Lord, the Source of Existence, Intelligence and Bliss! The creator of the Universe! May we prove worthy of Thy choice and acceptance! May we meet Thy glorious grace! May Thou vouchsafe an unerring guidance to our intellects and may we follow Thy lead unto Righteousness. (Swami Rama’s Plaque)

Om. We meditate upon that Divine Light of that adorable Sun of Spiritual Consciousness which stimulates our power of Spiritual perception. (Taimni, Gayatri Mantra)

Om. We meditate upon that Ishvara’s Glory who has created the universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light, who is the remover of a sins and ignorance. May He enlighten our intellects. (Swami Sivananda, Japa Yoga)

Om. May we meditate on the effulgent Light of Him who is worshipful, and who has given birth to all worlds. May He direct the rays of the intelligence towards the path of good. (Christopher Isherwood, Vedanta)

Om. Let us contemplate the wondrous spirit of the Divine Creator of the earthly, atmospheric, and celestial spheres. May He direct our minds (towards the attainment of Moksha, Dharma).
(Arthur Avalon, Tantra of the Great Liberation)

Om. Supreme Divine, Thou art the Creator of this Universe, of Earth, Space and Heaven. We adore Savituh, that radiant splendor, Thy pure form – the Source of all Creation. We meditate upon Thy Divine Radiance. Thee we behold. Inspire all our thoughts, guide our soul, open our inner eye, the eye of Wisdom. (Satyavan, Gayatri Mantra)

Om. I meditate on the radiant and most venerable light of the Divine, from which issues forth the triple world (the bhuh, bhuvah, and svaha). May the Divine light illuminate and guide my intelligence.

Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

 

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice. These articles are “Question and Answer,” or Q&A. Below please find a listing of questions; to read the whole article please click on “Click here for the Q&A.” If you have a question related to Spiritual Practice, you can ask it at this link  AHYMSIN Spiritual Committee.

Question: I am reaching out in regard to the Hatha sequencing and warm-up stretching I did daily while at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). I really enjoyed the teaching and how the lessons were put together. While I do recall some of the general postures, I was wondering if someone might be able to share names of asanas that the lessons were structured around, so I can look into them in more depth, please? Any background on the yoga classes, postures, and sequencing would be greatly appreciated. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Can you tell me the number of repetitions as far as high anyone can go and brief procedure about of Ashwini mudra? Swami Rama said that no exercise compensates this (Ashwini mudra) exercise bladder muscle get exercised sphincter muscles exercised and by this practice alone you can get control over your autonomic nervous system. Can you explain how Ashwini mudra can lead me to get control over my automatic nervous system? I heard that someone who was practicing Ashwini mudra wrote his experience like that (I have practiced ashwini mudra quite often and hence now i’m constantly falling sick because of the increase in body heat , a couple of months back i was admitted because of the same reason, my body generates too much heat , the apana remains in my stomach it was trying to come out resulting in vomiting , excessive vomiting caused dehydration and i was admitted hence i need to know how to overcome this heat, i’m still facing the same problem even today ). So if it is true that Ashwini mudra generates so much heat if yes then how to cool down or overcome from it? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I am stuck with my thoughts. Please help me. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Mostly, I do not get distracted or waylaid by rose petals or mud slung at me…. except when my mother does it. I need advice! The three golden circles don’t work with her, either. What am i doing wrong? Why am i failing? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Kindly help me. Fear has made me not able to do my work. It has caused fatigue and tiredness. It’s been a few years like this. This anxiety has been very debilitating. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Does GOD judge us? Swami Rama wrote in The Essence of Spiritual Life, “Sit down and quietly think about what you have done in your life, because in the end, during the period of transition, you will have to face yourself. What have you done that is satisfying? Have you done anything selfless – totally selfless? You go on doing your work and reaping the fruit, and then you hoard. In this way there can be no liberation.”
I think that this is THE only yardstick for GOD to judge. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: “Not till your aspiration reaches the level of desperation will it be fully realized.” — Swami Veda Bharati This point is made over and over in the scriptures. But why is it so? What is the inner logic behind such a construct? Thank you in advance… Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have felt very little yogic guidance to deal with the deep historical trauma and violence of racial prejudice and racial division that our community is dealing with. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Two questions: 1) Could you please tell me if Gayatri mantra is connected to surya and therefore should be only recited during day time and avoided after sunset? And 2) I believe that we are not supposed to practice any special mantras (mantras apart from our diksha mantra) during 12 midnight to 3 am and 12 noon to 3 pm (6 hours in total). Is this correct? Click here for Q&A.

Question: Only one who has realized his true self who is free from ego and body mind breath identifications can understand and speak the truth and guide. All others are only speaking about concepts and second hand knowledge. That being the case, how can they guide others? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: If a mantra is given by an initiator, rather than by an enlightened Master, I do not understand how a person, just a normal human being, can give something to another normal human being that will be effective. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I am practising yoga and meditation taught by Gurudev Swami Rama. I am getting angry. Please help me so that I may control it. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I suffered from mental anxiety and heart palpitation from the year 2009. From then I tried different yoga and meditations. I get benefit from that for some time but after some time like 6 months I again suffer from the same mental problems and heart palpitation which does not allow me to practice meditation. For that I was thinking to take mantra initiation so that by practising mantra meditation I can change my personality. I have been practising some mantras but I am not able to find out that which mantra will be suited to me. Please help me and guide me. Click here for Q&A.

Question: My question is – Under the theory of karma, we understand that ego (ahamkara) is the root cause of the sense of doership, which in turn envelopes one in the karmic whirlpool. However, what is this ego? Where does it generate from? How does it generate? What is its source? What is the process? And finally, how does one get rid of this ego? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: In certain traditions, when one receives Initiation, the Guru is said to “burn” or “take on” the sanchita Karmas. The reserve Karmas stored far in the unconscious Mind. Does something similar take place here, when we are connected to The Himalayan Tradition? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: “You have no alternative but to learn to love your duty. Then it becomes easy. If you do not love something, and yet you do it, it creates division in your mind, and gives your stress. Learn to create love toward your duties. It can be done.” – Swami Rama, Sadhana, The Essence of Spiritual Life, Pp. 53. So inspiring! Which duty do we have to learn to love? Maybe our miseries and misfortune or our choices in our life? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: “Uncontrolled thoughts lead to the asylum, but controlled internal dialogue leads to an understanding of the nature of the mind and helps in the path of meditation and contemplation.” -Swami Rama, Freedom from the Bondage of Karma (pg 19). How about the many people I have encountered who control their thoughts to often achieve desirable outcomes that involve hurting and damaging other humans or animals or environment? They have spent years directing their thoughts and planning their actions successfully and they feel content with the results. Sometimes throughout generations. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I was wondering about what constituted bhakti. And is it necessary? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have read this quote from Kundalini – Stilled or Stirred (p.75-76) by Swami Veda Bharati: “Spiritual experience narrated to others loses its power. If people know that you meditate, half the effect of the concentration of meditation is dissipated. The true meditation is that which is held secret. Let no one know, and hold it like a treasure, close to your chest and heart. The secret of meditation is secret meditation. The secret of successful meditation is secret meditation, for which you seek no recognition, no honour and no respect. Instead, seek insult and you will succeed.”

Which means this message lost its power in the transmission?

Another swami shared this with me years ago as I related to him an extraordinary experience I had had. When deeper revelations come it is tempting to share with others. Such as the profound firsthand experience of being one with Brahman. I just want to know how Swamis do it without losing the import of the message. Or do they understand that no such oral representation could ever come close to even approximating the experience? This is how I understand Swami Rama’s explanation with regards to the guru within. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I can only visit Rishikesh once or twice in a year, in that case how can I keep track of my practice? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I think, Kundalini yoga is all about tapping into your spiritual energy, raising awareness, and a whole lot of yogic breathing….Is it so ?? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Does a long challenging and purifying the mind not subtly take you to an ego of the mind? Because you are still in the gross body/mind and extremely far from Brahman…nothingness. How much time and how many lives do we go through “neti, neti”? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: How many people do Agnisara and Ashwini mudra and 2:1 breathing? And its benefits? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: During my study of four Vedas, I could not find any mantra relating to Yoga as physical Exercise. Can any learned Vedic Scholar guide me to this subject in Vedas? In Patanjali Yoga Shastra relevant reference to Veda mantra is not quoted. Vedas do refer to maximum life/age of a person up to 300 years if the individual strictly follows Rtam (eternal Laws of God).In Rtam there is no mention of Physical Yogas but if a person assists God in the maintenance of this Grand wondrous Brahmand by ensuring no physical, spiritual or social pollution in Brahmand, a person can live up to 300 years. Click here for the Q&A.

QuestionSwami Rama stresses often on internal dialogue while I find it is a practice on which we (or at least myself) put enough time and effort. It is also hard for me to properly understand what really internal dialogue is. I hope someone will clarify… Click here for the Q&A.

Question: We feel sometimes that nothing is happening even after doing meditation….but actually we are clearing our past samskaras…is it right what I think? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have a few questions: That blissful feeling that comes from self-realization, is it permanent or breaks up? How does bliss feel? Can you describe it? Secondly, i take it that to achieve self-realization, one has to master the art of restraint and concentration. How does one go about doing this? Like what are the first steps as a starting point? Last but not least, what is your take on meat-eating and vegetarianism? Click here for Q&A.

Question: How are the Gunas and Karma related to each other? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: They say that as you practice your mantra repetition becomes faster, but mine is becoming slower. Click here for Q&A.

Question: Is a guru able to remove a person’s karma or transmit shakti to awaken the kundalini or accelerate one’s journey towards enlightenment? I think: There are unfortunately no short cuts to attaining Self-Realization. It has to be a personal practice to go within oneself and experience for oneself that awareness of the true nature of the self or the atman. It is not possible for anyone to transmit this experience to another. Click here for Q&A.

Question: Accidental awareness during general anesthesia and the devastating psychological effects the phenomenon can have on patients who experience it, especially those who are awake and paralyzed. Most incidents of anesthetic awareness occurred among patients who had received paralytics as part of their anesthetic cocktail. Patients described a range of sensations, including choking, paralysis, pain, hallucinations, and near-death experiences. Most episodes were short-lived, with 75% of them lasting under five minutes. Despite this, nearly half of all patients who were conscious during surgery had long-term psychological consequences such as PTSD and depression. Is there a yogic perspective on this phenomena? Can this ‘fear’ for awakening be converted into something without fear? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I run a yoga center and 2 teachers are helping me voluntarily. They are good teachers of Hatha who are not from our tradition, and they do the relaxation exercises after the Hatha, starting relaxing from the toes going up. During my class, being a certified Yoga Teacher I start from the forehead going down, as I have been taught. I have asked them this morning to do it my way. But I am feeling bad. Was there a reason Swami Rama taught us to start relaxation from the crown to the toes? Please enlighten me. Aum, in service. Click here for Q&A.

Question: Today I finished reading Living with the Himalayan Masters. For me, it was like reading a number of fairy-tales, though I don’t deny the possibility of such “miracles” to happen.
My questions are:
1. Do these powers still exist in your tradition? Or are they things from the past?
2. In your tradition, are there practices that can be thought for attaining such abilities? If yes, will I have access to this advanced science?
3. As for the power of healing in particular, is there someone in your tradition who can heal chronic illnesses? I am asking this because I do have a chronic disease that is incurable by current medicine. Is there anyone that I can go to for healing, or any practice that I can do to heal myself?
Click here for Q&A.

Question: How is it that a Swami is practicing external rituals? Click here for Q&A.

Question: What is the role that the personal mantra (the mantra that is received during initiation) plays in yoga? Click here for Q&A.

Question: I am lost. I believe meditation can heal. I fear I am too lost. Click here for Q&A.

Question: Could you shower your guidance on Asana perfection??? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: What is Khechari? (Apart from the lingual frenulum cutting metaphor) Click here for Q&A.

Question: “When the sun and moon meet at the muladhara chakra that is called amavashya, the new moon day. Close by, kundalini sleeps in adharakunda. The aspirant who wishes to rouse kundalini seeks to control his mind and to confine the moon to its place and the sun to its place, so that the moon cannot shed its nectar nor can the sun dry it. When this occurs and when at the same time the place of nectar becomes dried by the svadhishthana fire with the help of vayu, then kundalini awakens herself.” ~SWAMI RAMA, Path of Fire and Light, Vol 1 (pg 77)

Too mystical and esoteric. Those who know what has been expressed and experienced the same, may [you] please shed more Light on the above post? How to make the energies of the sun and moon meet at the muladhara? How to find if the nectar is really flowing into the chakras or is it another whims and fancies of the hallucinating mind or is it another vikalpa ? Any lectures by Gurudev Swami Rama on the same? Also, How to know at what level one has reached in the various energy centres? How to know the right vayu is flowing and dried up in the swa-adhishthana? Any pointers to the mystical poetry and different sutras with simple and practical explanation would be really much appreciated. In, reverence and gratitude. Om jai gurudev. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Can anyone give me more knowledge on the Vishuddha chakra, the ether element…space energy…communications?? What is the Vishuddha chakra? I know its place in the body, the throat; it’s especially important in the psychic breath of the Ujjayi pranayama. To me it is a mystery. Click here for Q&A.

Question: What should one do of s/he wants to meditate but while meditating s/he is disturbed by the disturbing thoughts that are uncontrollable? And what if during the attempt of meditation the mind is invaded by obscene thoughts or images of the revered beings like saints and/or God? The fact that more we prohibit a thought from coming to mind, more forcefully it enters in, makes the thing more difficult! In that condition should one continue meditation-attempt or leave it or keep on take small gaps in between? Click here for Q&A.

Question: How do we break the bonds of karma, what is the method? And is there a method to break or erase the bonds of Prarabdha karma, or “destiny” as it understood? Click here for Q&A.

Question: I want to know the procedure to increase the energy level of mind field or soul. Click here for Q&A.

Question: In “Five Pillars of Sadhana,” Swami Veda writes “Eat five mouthfuls less than enough to fill the stomach.” How can we know when it is 5 mouthfuls less than enough to fill the stomach? Click here for Q&A.

Question: I have a question about sex and lust. Are these considered to be sinful? What if we are constantly surrounded by beautiful women? Is it wrong to have lust for them? Is lust a natural feeling? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Can anyone teach Sri Vidya to us since Swami Veda has left his body? Click here for Q&A.

Question: If I am not feeling a devotional state of mind or devotional emotions, is there any point in me sitting for meditation or doing japa? Click here for Q&A.

Question: I noticed in many readings that there is a focus on practicing nadi-shodhana. It is almost practiced before any kind of important practice. Is it really very essential? I do practice it before meditation and sometimes during the day. I learned that this will help open sushumna which will calm the mind, but I don’t feel any direct effect of it on me, any thought in this regard? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: What can I do to stop falling asleep when I try to meditate? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I am a member of a centre. Activities such as meditation and yoga some centre members see as private activities. At the moment we have some members who never have time to support with anything. They don’t see that being in service for the centre is an extension of your practice and never have time to support with anything. We have suggested they meditate over the availability of time for our tradition. The situation presents a challenge in the group’s ability in being able to serve the mission. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I suffer from obesity and even though I know that controlling what I eat is solely in my hands, I still can’t eat less. I have struggled with my weight and self-image problem since childhood. I got into yoga because of this, to lose weight, but somehow it never left me. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I really want to learn yoga and fulfill my purpose in this life time. I really do not want to be reborn again. This is where my doubts come in: I really like finance as a subject. I also like yoga, spirituality, philosophy and nutrition. Is it normal to want to do both yoga as well as finance/business? Can I fulfill my purpose? Also I love my family and would like to live with them. I would like to get married and have children myself. Is it possible to go on the journey of self-realization by being with your family, being married to the one u love and having a family? Is it necessary to give up family life to focus totally on spirituality and self-realization? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Swami Veda Bharati has written, “When you will have exhaled inwards and inhaled outwards twelve breaths without pause, you will have entered the Great Reservoir.” Anyone would like to explain please? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: We recently experienced psychic attack from ___, after attending a chanting session from two of his students.  We have taken action to remove all connections to the chanting and have nothing from ____ in our homes.  Is there anything further that we can do to remove any remaining blockage from this event? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have seen all popular Sannyasis getting referred to as taken Mahasamadhi. Is it a word used to refer to the death of a Sannyasi?… When it comes to Sannyasis, use of Samadhi appears to be a fashion. Those who die in surgery in USA are also brought back to India and put in a sitting posture to declare Samadhi. Why such a thing of dishonesty is happening with the spiritually luminous Sannyasis? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Is it possible for a human being who is absolutely full of determination, will power and patience, who is willing to dedicate his entire life, and who meditates using the right technique to attain Samadhi without having any guru? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Why full moon meditation is given so much importance??? If possible can you explain to me please. Then how does one manage the terrible mood swings during the full moon … why do most of us go little off balance during the full moon … i have been noticing the effects on me … And i am most angered during the eve of the full moon … i sit n Meditate every full moon sangha … but it’s not helping me. .. and i conveniently blame the full moon. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: It is said that the touch of the grace of the Guru (shaktipata) is given through physical presence. For many years, Padmasambhava had guided me though i was aware of it, but not totally in the comprehension of the real Self. Then, a few years ago, in a library, i found, (or he found me) the books of Swami Rama, and later i met once Swami Veda Bharati in Rishikesh who was already in his silence. We exchanged some mails but He is no more in his physical presence now. So, to which Guru am I linked? Do we need a physical presence to be guided, to receive eventually shaktipata when, of course we are ready? I had been initiated on July 31, 2015, by Swami Ritavan Bharati and received a mantra initiation. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Please tell me about sun gazing in the morning/evening as a practice of Tratak to improve steadiness of mind. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: “smera smera stimita” is very lovely. But how will you differentiate between a spiritual condition and say some psychosis states? Seeing the misery around and the compassion, can a spiritually illumined man in his awareness go on smiling? How can a realized soul escape the empirical realities before him to be in a smiling condition? How can it be different from psychosis where the people loss the touch with reality? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have encountered a problem when I meditate: I generate too much saliva. I focus too much on the position of my tongue which eventually makes me tense unconsciously the muscles of my jaw. I would like to know the right position of the tongue when meditating and also how to approach this problem to solve it. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I need your advice and guidance regarding attending a three day spiritual retreat in Bodhgaya in Buddhist Mahayana Tradition. I am an initiate in our Himalayan Yoga Tradition, and soon planning to start my TTP. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I’ve recently started studying the tradition after a few years of various Buddhist meditation techniques. I’ve been to the center in Minneapolis and plan to take more detailed instruction. My question is I just cannot get the So Ham mantra out of my head. After practicing the other day I had an experience that can only be described as my skin just shimmering or vibrating. Just curious if this kind of thing is normal. I really enjoy the tradition and I am learning so much. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I would like to know which possibilities in education there are in continuing education / spiritual practice. I have done teacher trainings in the Sivananda organization (500 hr) and regularly follow courses, but I would like to go deeper into spiritual practice. Are there possibilities when you already have done teacher training courses? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Where does the soul live?  Click here for the Q&A.

Question:‘managing pain’. Any suggestions on this topic from a yogic perspective? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I had an illness that recurred, and the doctor has given me medical advice. I don’t know what to do. What is the sense of this illness? I know the physical way is not the spiritual way, but I don’t understand why this is coming again. Click here for the Q&A.

QuestionI know that death is part of life, that the price of living is death, but we prepare for life, the successes and joys, but for death we are never prepared. How can I reduce periods of depression and anxiety, what can I do to overcome this loss of my loved one, what is the best way to handle the grief? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: What is there in the hands of a human? What should we do, for which we are free to do, with which we can liberate ourselves from all kinds of sorrows? The power to do that thing or not to do that thing should be with us. Is there anything which is outside the Will of God, and for which God has given us power and responsibility to do, which will liberate us from all sorrows? What is that step, for which God has given us independence to take and for which God is waiting that we may take that step and he may liberate us from all sorrows and he may unite us with Him? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I had attended many classes, but I am unable to get controlled meditation; always it occupies with thoughts. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Is it okay to take initiation into two different traditions? The reason why I was asking was because I am attracted to Bhakti Yoga and there are traditions which I am attracted to as well. I was wondering if it was necessary to pick one tradition out of the myriad traditions that exist. I’m definitely most attracted to bhakti yoga but I am also attracted to raja yoga and jnana yoga. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: If one has an injury to the backbone could it affect the Sushumna stream as it rises through the Chakras? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: As a Chinese I have limited access to the English language. How would you advise that I follow the teachings of the tradition? Click here for the Q&A.

This question came from a long time sadhakaI’m doing a headstand for 25 minutes–is that OK and what frequency should I be doing it? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I have some questions about kundalini awakening. Since 5-6 weeks my body strongly moves back and forth during meditation and feelings like waves of electricity and pressure in the Ajna Chakra arise. And sometimes I wake up at night and have a feeling as if the whole body is full of electricity. I guess kundalini starts to awaken – should I do any particular practice now? And if kundalini is awakening, isn’t she supposed to awaken in the lowest cakra and move upward through the other cakras? Click here for the Q&A.

QuestionHow can I deal with the memories of intense suffering that I experienced in childhood and in my past? Click here for the Q&A.

Question: I recently read your thought provoking and heart touching book “meditation the art and science“. i am a novice in the path of spirituality and meditation. I want to know one thing which I missed in the book is experiences, visions, miracles in meditation .what are the inner experiences while meditating i want to know it earnestly from you. i don’t know why but the void will be filled when I receive your reply swami ji. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Yesterday my student asked me about the difference between yoga nidra and meditation. I’m afraid I could not give a full answer to this. Can you help me with this? Click here for the Q&A.

An initiate asked this question:I’ve been wanting to ask you something for a while now. Everywhere around us we see people doing wrong, crimes have increased tenfold, people have no morals, they are doing anything without thinking. Simple things that are righteous also, people can’t understand anymore. So many atrocities on women, children and animals are increasing. What can we do to heal the world? Can we help others through our meditation? Baba used to say we should keep praying for the world, for world peace. Since childhood I’ve been saying one line every night till date before sleeping, “please give world peace and a good day to all tomorrow.” Should I keep praying for that? I really want to do so much but don’t know how to. Please guide me. Click here for the Q&A.

Question: Every morning I practice Kapalabhati, bellows breath and nadi shodhana. Yesterday found out that am having irregular heartbeat with premature ventricular contractions. At this point it’s not dangerous but could be if gets worse. Want to check with you whether the kapalabhati and bellows could be aggravating this? Click here for the Q&A.

A student who calls himself an “advancing student” writes: Swami Rama in the lecture on mandukyopanishath (in youtube) teaches the pratice of 2-to-1 breathing. He describes the method and says that one should go up to 60:30; of course, slowly which takes 6 months or even one year. I have started this practice some months ago, and now doing 12:24. I am doing this after my morning meditation, asanas, nadi-shodhana and then the 2:1 breathing. I want your guidance on this practice and to know whether this sequence is alright? What care I should take as the length of ratio increases?. I will be very slow and have a lot of patience. Kindly guide me on this. Click here for the Q&A.

Morning and Evening Prayers in the Himalayan Tradition

These prayers are from the Ashram Handbook of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.

MORNING PRAYERS

GURU PRAYER

Verses 1 and 2 are from the Guru Gītā in the Skanda-Purāṇa and verse 3 was composed by Swami Veda Bharati for the frontispiece to his Yoga¬sῡtras. (Volume I: Samādhi-pāda)

ॐ ॐ ॐ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुः साक्षात्परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः॥१॥

Om Om Om gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇur gurur devo maheśvaraḥ,
guruḥ sākṣāt paraṁ brahma tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ. (1)

Om, Om, Om. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru who is Brahmā, the Creator, Viṣṇu, the Maintainer, and Śiva, the Great Lord through whom all things return to their origin. To that Guru who is the direct experience of Brahman, salutations.

अखण्डमण्डलाकारं व्याप्तं येन चराचरम्।
तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः॥२॥

akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṁ vyāptaṁ yena carācaram,
tat-padaṁ darśitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ. (2)

(Which) pervades the entire unbroken form of the circle (of creation), moving and unmoving. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru through whom that state was revealed (to me), salutations.

हिरण्यगर्भादारब्धां शेषव्यासादिमध्यमाम्।
स्वामिश्रीरामपादान्तां वन्दे गुरुपरम्पराम्॥३॥

hiraṇya-garbhād ārabdhāṁ śeṣa-vyāsādi-madhyamām,
svāmi-śrī-rāma-pādāntāṁ vande guru-paramparām. (3)

Originating from the Golden Womb (of light, the guru-spirit), and (flowing) down through the medium of gurus like Śeṣa (Patañjali), Vyāsa and the rest, ending at the feet of Śrī Swāmī Rāma, that (unbroken stream of) succession, I worship.

PEACE PRAYER

This Śānti Pāṭha is a traditional introduction to several of the Upaniṣads.

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय। तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥

Om asato mā sad gamaya,
tamaso mā jyotir gamaya,
mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. Lead me from the unreal and the untrue to the Real and True. Lead me from darkness (of ignorance) unto light (of consciousness). Lead me from mortality to immortality. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

Prayer at dawn by Śankarācārya
(Prātaḥ-smaraṇa-stotram)

प्रातःस्मरामि हृदि संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं सच्चित्सुखं परमहंसगतिं तुरीयम्।
यत् स्वप्नजागरसुषुप्तिमवैति नित्यं तद् ब्रह्म निष्कलमहं न च भूतसङ्घः॥१॥

prātaḥ smarāmi hṛdi saṁsphurad-ātma-tattvaṁ
sac-cit-sukhaṁ parama-haṁsa-gatiṁ turīyam,
yat svapna-jāgara-suṣuptim avaiti nityaṁ
tad brahma niṣkalam ahaṁ na ca bhῡta-saṅghaḥ. (1)

At dawn I remember the true Self, shining in the heart, the fourth state, Turéya, existence – consciousness – supreme joy, the goal of the supreme sages, That which eternally pervades the three (other states), waking, dream and deep sleep. I am That eternal Brahman, not this aggregate of elements.

प्रातर्भजामि मनसां वचसामगम्यं वाचो विभान्ति निखिला यदनुग्रहेण।
यन्नेति नेति वचनैर्निगमा अवोचंस्तं देवदेवमजमच्युतमाहुरग्र्यम्॥२॥

prātar bhajāmi manasāṁ vacasām agamyaṁ
vāco vibhānti nikhilā yadanu graheṇa,
yan neti neti vacanair nigamā avocaṁs
taṁ deva-devam ajam acyutam āhur agryam. (2)

At dawn I sing the praise of that which is unreachable for the mind and words, That by whose grace all words shine, That which the scriptures describe with the words, “neither this nor that,” That unborn, eternal foremost Divinity of divinities.

प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम्।
यस्मिन्निदं जगदशेषमशेषमूर्तौ रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै॥३॥

prātar namāmi tamasaḥ param arka-varṇaṁ
pῡrṇaṁ sanātana-padaṁ puruṣottamākhyam,
yasminn idaṁ jagad aśeṣam aśeṣa-mῡrtau
rajjvāṁ bhujaṅgama iva prati-bhāsitaṁ vai. (3)

At dawn, I bow to That whose color is a flash beyond darkness (of the void, śῡnya, or of ignorance), the Plenum, the ancient goal (or eternal state), which is called the ultimate person(hood), That in which the remainderless (whole of the) Universe is revealed as the rope instead of the serpent.

श्लोकत्रयमिदं पुण्यं लोकत्रयविभूषणम्।
प्रातःकाले पठेद्यस्तु स गच्छेत् परमं पदम्॥४॥

śloka-trayam idaṁ puṇyaṁ loka-traya-vibhῡṣaṇam,
prātaḥ-kāle paṭhed yas tu sa gacchet paramaṁ padam. (4)

Who so ever at the dawning hour recites this auspicious triad of verses, an ornament to the three worlds, goes to the supreme station, mokṣa, liberation.

PRAYER FOR HARMONY BETWEEN TEACHER AND STUDENT

This Śanti-Pāṭha is a traditional introduction to several of the Upaniṣads.

ॐ सह नाववतु। सह नौ भुनक्तु। सह वीर्यं करवावहै।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु। मा विद्विषावहै॥

Om saha nāv avatu, saha nau bhunaktu, saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai,
tejasvi nāv adhītam astu, mā vidviṣāvahai.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. May It (Brahman) protect us both together. May It (Brahman) enjoy/ feed us both together. May we create spiritual power together. May what we have studied together be possessed of brilliance. May we not hate one another. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

PRAYER OF COMPLETION

This Śanti-Pāṭha is a traditional introduction to the Iśā Upaniṣad.

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते॥

Om pῡrṇam adaḥ pῡrṇam idaṁ pῡrṇāt pῡrṇam udacyate,
pῡrṇasya pῡrṇam ādāya pῡrṇam evāva-śiṣyate.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. That is full/ complete/ perfect. This is full/ complete/ perfect. Perfection arises from the Perfect. Taking the Perfect of the perfect, It remains as the Perfect alone. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

EVENING PRAYERS

Download two versions of the evening prayers: (1) by Sanjay Shastri, (2) by Stoma Parker

Śiva-Saṅkalpa-Sῡktam
(Yajur Veda)

ॐ यज्जाग्रतो दूरमुदैति दैवं तदु सुप्तस्य तथैवैति।
दूरङ्गमं ज्योतिषां ज्योतिरेकं तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥१॥

Om yaj jāgrato dῡram udaiti daivaṁ tadu suptasya tathaivaiti,
dῡraṅgamaṁ jyotiṣāṁ jyotir ekaṁ tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (1)

Om. That divine shining force which travels far as one is awake and also travels far and wide, the same way, when one is asleep, this far going, far travelling, one light of many lights, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.

येन कर्माण्यपसो मनीषिणो यज्ञे कृण्वन्ति विदथेषु धीराः।
यदपूर्वं यक्षमन्तः प्रजानां तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥२॥

yena karmāṇyapaso manīṣiṇo
yajñe kṛṇvanti vidatheṣu dhīrāḥ,
yad apūrvaṁ yakṣaṁ antaḥ prajānāṁ
tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (2)

That wherewith all the wise ones, intuitive ones, perform their acts, all the patient spiritually practicing ones perform all duties in the battles of life, that which is the mysterious personality inside all beings, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.

यत्प्रज्ञानमुत चेतो धृतिश्च यज्ज्योतिरन्तरमृतं प्रजासु।
यस्मान्न ऋते किञ्चन कर्म क्रियते तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥३॥

yat prajñānam uta ceto dhṛtiś ca
yaj jyotir antar amṛtaṁ prajāsu,
yasmān na ṛte kiñcana karma kriyate
tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (3)

That which is awareness, that which is the mind field, that which is the holding, sustaining power, that which is the immortal light hidden in the interior of all beings, that without which no action is ever performed, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.

येनेदं भूतं भुवनं भविष्यत् परिगृहीतममृतेन सर्वम्।
येन यज्ञस्तायते सप्त होता तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥४॥

yenedaṁ bhūtaṁ bhuvanaṁ bhaviṣyat
pari-gṛhītam amṛtena sarvam,
yena yajñas tāyate sapta hotā
tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (4)

That by which all that is the past, that immortal force by which is held in his grip all that is past, all that is present, all that is future, that by which the sacrament of seven priests is performed, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.

यस्मिन्नृचः साम यजूंषि यस्मिन् प्रतिष्ठिता रथनाभाविवाराः।
यस्मिंश्चित्तँ सर्वमोतं प्रजानां तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥५॥

yasminn ṛcaḥ sāma yajūṁṣi yasmin
pratiṣṭhitā ratha-nābhāvivārāḥ,
yasmiṁś cittaṁ sarvam otaṁ prajānāṁ
tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (5)

That in which the hymns of praise, as in the Rig Veda, the hymns that can be sung, as in the Sama Veda, they hymns that are recited in all sacraments, as in the Yajur Veda, all this knowledge is established as the arrays of spokes in the central navel of the chariot’s wheel. That in which the mind field of all living beings is woven and interwoven, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.

सुषारथिरश्वानिव यन्मनुष्यान् नेनीयतेऽभीशुभिर्वाजिन इव।
हृत्प्रतिष्ठं यदजिरं जविष्ठं तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥६॥

suṣārathir aśvān iva yan manuṣyān
nenīyate ‘bhīśubhir vājina iva,
hṛt-pratiṣṭhaṁ yad ajiraṁ javiṣṭhaṁ
tan me manaḥ śiva-saṅkalpam astu. (6)

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

As a good charioteer controls and leads the horses with the reins held fast, in the same way, that which leads all the human beings with the reins of senses in its grip, that heart dwelling, most agile, speediest force in the universe, may that my mind be filled with beautiful and benevolent thoughts.
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

GURU PRAYER

This verse is from the Guru Gītā in the Skanda-Purāṇa.

ॐ ॐ ॐ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुः साक्षात्परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः॥

Om Om Om gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇur gurur devo maheśvaraḥ,
Guruḥ sākṣāt paraṁ brahma tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ.

Om, Om, Om. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru who is Brahmā, the Creator, Viṣṇu, the Maintainer, and Śiva, the Great Lord through whom all things return to their origin. To that Guru who is the direct experience of Brahman, Salutations.

PEACE PRAYER

This Śānti Pāṭha is a traditional introduction to several of the Upaniṣads.

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय। तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥

Om asato mā sad gamaya,
tamaso mā jyotir gamaya,
mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. Lead me from the unreal and the untrue to the Real and True. Lead me from darkness (of ignorance) unto light (of consciousness). Lead me from mortality to immortality. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

PRAYER FOR HARMONY BETWEEN TEACHER AND STUDENT

This Śanti-Pāṭha is a traditional introduction to several of the Upaniṣads.

ॐ सह नाववतु। सह नौ भुनक्तु। सह वीर्यं करवावहै।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु। मा विद्विषावहै॥

Om saha nāv avatu, saha nau bhunaktu, saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai,
tejasvi nāv adhītam astu, mā vidviṣāvahai.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. May It (Brahman) protect us both together. May It (Brahman) enjoy/ feed us both together. May we create spiritual power together. May what we have studied together be possessed of brilliance. May we not hate one another. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

VERSES FROM ŚANKARĀCĀRYA’S SAUNDARYA LAHARĪ (1,3,8)

Download the Shiva Shakti verses.

शिवः शक्त्या युक्तो यदि भवति शक्तः प्रभवितुं
न चेदेवं देवो न खलु कुशलः स्पन्दितुमपि ।
अतस्त्वामाराध्यां हरिहरविरिञ्च्यादिभिरपि
प्रणन्तुं स्तोतुं वा कथमकृतपुण्यः प्रभवति ॥१॥

śivaḥ śaktyā yukto yadi bhavati śaktaḥ pra-bhavituṁ
na ced evaṁ devo na khalu kuśalaḥ spanditum api,
atas tvām ārādhyāṁ hari-hara-viriñcy-ādibhir api
praṇantuṁ stotuṁ vā katham akṛta-punyaḥ prabhavati. (1)

If Śiva is united with Śakti, he is able to exert his powers as Lord. If not, the god is not able to stir. How can one who has not acquired merit be fit to offer reverence and praise to You, who must be propitiated by Hari, Hara, Viriñci and the other (gods, the divine powers of creation, maintenance and dissolution)?

अविद्यानामन्तस्तिमिरिमिहिरोद्दीपनकरी
जडानां चैतन्यस्तबकमकरन्दश्रुतिसृतिः ।
दरिद्राणां चिन्तामणिगुणनिका जन्मजलधौ
निमग्नानां दंष्ट्रा मुररिपुवराहस्य भवती ॥३॥

avidyānām antas timiri-mihirod dīpana-karī
jaḍānāṁ caitanya-stabaka-makaranda-śruti-sṛtiḥ,
daridrāṇāṁ cintā-maṇi-guṇanikā janma-jaladhau
nimagnānāṁ daṁṣṭrā mura-ripu-varāhasya bhavatī. (3)

You are the island city of the sun, (dispelling) the darkness of the ignorant. For the mentally stagnant, You are a waterfall of streams of nectar (flowing) from streams of Consciousness. For the poor, You are the (duplicate of Indra’s) wishing jewel, for those submerged in the ocean of birth (and death) You are the tusk of that boar (Viṣṇu as the Boar incarnation) who was the enemy of Murā.

सुधासिन्धोर्मध्ये सुरविटपिवाटीपरिवृते
मणिद्वीपे नीपोपवनवति चिन्तामणिगृहे
शिवाकारे मञ्चे परमशिवपर्यङ्कनिलयां
भजन्ति त्वां धन्याः कतिचन चिदानन्दलहरीम् ॥८॥

sudhā-sindhor madhye sura-viṭapi-vāṭī-parivṛte
maṇi-dvīpe nīpopavanavati cintā-maṇi-gṛhe
śivākāre mañce parama-śiva-paryaṅka-nilayāṁ
bhajanti tvāṁ dhanyāḥ katicana cid-ānanda-laharīm. (8)

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Some few lucky ones worship You, a flood of consciousness and supreme bliss, Your seat a mattress which is Parama Śiva, on a couch composed of the four gods, Śiva (and the others), in the mansion of wishing jewels with its grove of Nīpa trees, in the Isle of Gems, covered with groves of heavenly wish-fulfilling trees, in the midst of the Ocean of Nectar. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

MEAL PRAYERS

The 3nd verse of this prayer is verse 24 of the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gītā. The last line of the prayer (starting with “Om viśvātmā prīyatām, Om tat sad brahmārpaṇam astu”) may also be used at the end of a practice to dedicate the fruits of one’s meditation to the welfare of All.

ॐ अन्नपूर्णे सदापूर्णे शङ्करप्राणवल्लभे।
ज्ञानवैराग्यसिद्ध्यर्थं भिक्षां देहि च पार्वती॥

Om anna-pūrṇe sadā-pūrṇe śaṅkara-prāṇa-vallabhe,
jñāna-vairāgya-siddhyarthaṁ bhikṣāṁ dehi ca pārvatī.

O Pārvatī, source of all that is nourishing, source of never-ending abundance, and Śankara’s beloved Consort, bestow upon us your blessing that will lead us into perfect knowledge and wisdom.

माता तु पार्वती देवी पिता देवो महेश्वरः।
बान्धवाः शिवभक्ताश्च स्वदेशो भुवनत्रयम्॥

mātā tu pārvatī devī pitā devo maheśvaraḥ,
bāndhavāḥ śiva-bhaktāś ca sva-deśo bhuvana-trayam.

O Pārvatī, you are our Divine Mother, as Śiva is our Divine Father, and as fellow worshippers of Śiva, inhabiting the three worlds, are our brothers.

ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविर्ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणा हुतम् ।
ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्मकर्मसमाधिना ॥

brahmārpaṇaṁ brahma havir brahmāgnau brahmaṇā hutam,
brahmaiva tena gantavyaṁ brahma-karma-samādhinā.

Brahman [is] the offering. Brahman [is] the oblation. By Brahman poured into the fire of Brahman, Brahman is attained by one alone whose meditation is focused on action in Brahman.

ॐ विश्वात्मा प्रीयताम् ॥

Om viśvātmā prīyatām.

ॐ तत्सद् ब्रह्मार्पणम् अस्तु ॥
Om tat sad brahmārpaṇam astu.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

Om. May the Universal Self be satisfied. Om, That (Brahman) is Truth, Existence. May this be an offering to (That) Brahman. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.