In July 2017, July 9th will be Guru Purnima, and July 14th will be the 2nd Anniversary of Swami Veda’s Mahasamadhi. There will be a Guru Purnima Retreat 30th June - 9th July and a Maha Samadhi Anniversary Retreat 10th - 14th July. Both events will take place at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India.
We have scheduled three silence retreats in 2018 in celebration of the finale of Swami Veda's 5-year Mauna Vrata (silence vow), which was taken March 10, 2013. The continuity has been maintained here at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) and through various individuals who Swamiji blessed with the same/or similar vow at the 2013 Sangha Gathering. We are planning now for the silence as 40-day, 21-day or 7-day retreats. More will be said on the silence vow and what it means.
"So that the grace and the practices and teachings of meditation in our lineage may continue into next generations and meditation may become a family-centered experience.”
– Swami Veda Bharati
People of all ancient cultures have the concept of ‘food as a worship offering’. It is one of the commonest expressions of ‘sacredness’ in India. It is known by different names in different parts of the country. It comes under the category of punya-arjana, ‘earning good karma’. In a country like Thailand where thousands of monks may be fed, the English translation for this category of acts is ‘merit-making’. Not merry-making but ‘merit-making’.