From this moment to the next, a step from past to future, a firmness of tapas, a gentleness of devotion. A collection of pearls connecting sankalpas over time, month to month, year to year, decades of sadhana, and service now compressed in a micro-moment of heartfelt tribute. To have everything is to leave with nothing, and do so pleasantly and joyfully.
It is to be free, to create, to surrender the fruits, and move on.
At this time, in the rarified atmosphere of crisis and health challenges, it gives me great pleasure to share our collective appreciation and gratitude to these disciples of the tradition. It is about them, and it is about each of us. To give memorials is a reminder of our fleeting mortal-life. But to share life-long experiences of dedicated sadhakas is to acknowledge our immortal self.
We are happy to announce that the SRSG Ashram teachers – Adhikari Bhoi, Ramprakash Das, Jay Prakash Bahuguna, and Pandit Deepak Chandra are coming together to offer our Indian community a number of insightful programmes in Hindi. As India battles the covid-19 pandemic, these programmes are curtailed to provide inspiration and support to our fellow Hindi speaking brothers and sisters over the next several months.
ॐ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुः साक्षात्परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः
Om gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇur gurur devo maheśvaraḥ,
guruḥ sākṣāt paraṁ brahma tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ.
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.
Let us delve deep into the meaning of the Guru Prayer on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. Our Gurudeva Swami Rama has written, “This day of Guru Purnima is a great day of delight, celebrated with reverence to the noble heritage of spiritual knowledge. It is the day that makes the aspirant aware that the light of knowledge is everflowing and overflowing internally and externally both.”
In this satsanga with Rabindra Sahu, let us get together on this special occasion and pay homage to the Guru Lineage.
Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is a powerful six-verse hymn from the Shukla Yajurveda that leads the mind “to dwell on the auspicious will of the Divine”.
The Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is part of the daily evening prayers at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. Our Master, Swami Veda Bharati has said, “I grew up as a child reciting them with the family before going to sleep every night.”
He has further said that this is a prayer “to make the mind one in which, not by effort but naturally, [what was that word for ‘naturally’? ‘Sahaja’!], in the sahaja way, only the beneficent, benevolent, peaceful, meditative, godly Shiva-like divine thoughts, sentiments, emotions, and resolves arise.”
In this satsanga with Rabindra Sahu, we would learn this beautiful prayer in Sanskrit, while trying to understand and explore the practical, modern-day applications of the same in our individual lives.
How does a man of steady wisdom live in this world?
How does the person of steady wisdom speak?
How does he sit? How does he walk?
In this intensive study with Rabindra Sahu, we would try to learn and explore the characteristics of a person whose wisdom is steady in matters of both worldly affairs and spiritual life.
As our Master Swami Veda Bharati would often remind us that it is not possible to put a price on the teachings received, there is no course fee for this course. Loving donations from the heart may be offered and will support the ashram during the pandemic.
Teacher: Rabindra Sahu
Begins: 15 May 2021 (Saturday)
The ten sessions will be organized over five weekends (Saturday and Sunday) at 6-7 PM IST (Indian Standard Time) from May 15 – June 13, 2021.
Kindly convert to your country's time-zone accordingly.
Medium: Online through Zoom