[This letter was published in the July 2018 edition of the AHYMSIN Newsletter.]
Dear Initiates and Students,
30 years ago [in 1988] we were reminded of the purpose of life. Each of us can reflect on how life has unfolded, karmic debts paid, dharma fulfilled. And now set the course with renewed intention, sankalpa, living each day with that awakened spirit, and finding joy in a life well-lived and well-loved.
Swami Rama's address to The Meditation Center by phone on Guru Purnima, July 29th, 1988:
I pray to the Divinity in you.
This day, the day of Guru Purnima, is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime.
They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware [that] the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment; the state of mind, internal state, that makes one free from all pains and miseries.
As Gurudev reminds us: "As fire purifies the gold, unconscious mind, and entire reservoir, thus the storehouse can be purified by offering all that I have stored within to the fire of knowledge by saying: 'Om Guruve Namah.' Everything belongs to the Light of Light. When nothing belongs to me … I am free."
Please again read through the daily inspirations for the 40-day Spiritual Festival of Peace and choose your top 10; then select the three that you will commit to practice for the next six months. At that time (February 2019), we will gather for our special AHYMSIN Sangha in Rishikesh, with prayer and contemplation to discover and apply the steps of Spiritual Peace, within, and for our global family. Further details are upcoming.
Om Shanti, May Peace fill your hearts.
Swami Ritavan Bharati,
on behalf of the spiritual guides of AHYMSIN
For more about the 2019 Sangha Gathering that will take place at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) 25th February - 5th March 2019, please read these two articles written by Swami Ritavan Bharati:
Daily inspirations were put out on social media by Divya Gupta – Facebook AHYMSIN Group, Facebook AHYMSIN, Twitter, and Instagram.
More about the Spiritual Festival can be read at: Annual Festival of Spiritual Peace.