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You are warmly invited to participate in the AHYMSIN “Open House” initiative scheduled on 26th April, 2014. The pilot Open House session held in Oct last year was inspirational, which motivated participants to request for another session.
There are many websites associated with AHYMSIN, and you are invited to visit them regularly. In addition to the websites that are to be found on the Affiliate Centers listing, there are additional websites, some of which are listed below. If you know of any that we have missed, please inform the AHYMSIN Office.
It is that time of the year when Jainas celebrate Paryushana. This is the most holy celebration in the Jain calendar. It is the time when Jain laity take on vows of study and fasting with spiritual intensity similar to temporary monasticism.
I belong to the Shvetaambar (meaning white-clad, so nuns and monks dress in white) sect of Jainas and we will celebrate this occasion from 2nd September to 9th September this year, and Ksamavani will be celebrated on 9th. Other sects (Digambar – sky clad monks do not wear clothes and Sthanakvasi – who do not worship idols) may celebrate on different dates in the same month. For more information on Jainism you may wish to check this link https://www.india-religion.net/jainism.html
Swamiji wrote about the festival last year, and I have included this below:
This is from the glossary in Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama, published by Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A., 1985.
SAKSHATKARA. Direct realization of Truth from within. In contrast to perceptual, interential, and any other kind of ordinary knowledge, it signifies the inner, intuitive, spontaneous revelation of the Truth in its totality and purity.
This is from the glossary of Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: With the Exposition of Vyāsa: A Translation and Commentary, Volume I, Samādhi Pāda by Pandit Usharbudh Arya, 1986.
sākṣhāt-kāra Realization; perfect or full realization; come face-to-face. The fourth and highest of the four stages of gaining knowledge.
Swami Veda Bharati ('Swamiji') brings the world together. Teachers, Initiates, Meditators and Students gathered to celebrate and learn from Swami Veda Bharati as he gave his last spoken teachings to the group before entering into a 5 year silence.
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