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— Swami Veda Bharati’s last spoken words on 10th March 2013, the day he took his 5 year vow of silence. Sham [pronounced shum, vowel sound like the 'a' in "ah"], the bija mantra of peace, about which Swamiji had written:
"...all essence of knowledge is Sham, peace."
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Sadhakas are coming to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) at this time celebrating the completion of the 5 years that have passed since Swami Ji’s vow by participating in silence retreats. The purnahuti for Swami Veda's 5-year Mauna Vrata will be March 10, 2018.
Also Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust announces publication of a new book by Swami Veda, Silence: The Illuminated Mind. Please see the article about the new book in this newsletter.
Registrations for the South India Sangha Gathering and Retreat, which will take place in Bangalore on April 7 – 8, are being taken through the month of February, so there is still time to register!
There will also be a Pilgrimage from Bangalore to Sringeri with Swami Ritavan Bharati April 9 – 10 immediately following the sangha gathering. Contact: email@example.com with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org
At SRSG, an HYT-TTP teacher training retreat, a Navaratri Puja, and a Yoga Nidra Retreat will be offered in March, while in April there will be a Program for Initiates. Please check out our Upcoming Events for more about these programs and others.
In addition, affiliate centers offer regular programming; to learn if there is an affiliate center in your area, please write to email@example.com
To read The Teacher Within (excerpt) by Swami Rama, please click on title.
Four short videos with Swami Veda Bharati have been posted on Facebook:
[From the book Silence, the Illuminated Mind by Swami Veda Bharati, published by Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust 2018].
When we contemplate silence and begin to talk about it, would we find ourselves at a loss for words? We want to reach the point of silence where words would be fully lost and the silence of mind that ensues alone would be our communication.
[From the book Choosing a Path,pp 13 – 17, by Swami Rama, published 1982 by the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA].
Human beings are always disappointed in the external world, yet they have not turned inward to understand anything about the internal world. Those who begin to search the other dimensions of life come in contact with subtleties that are puzzling to them, and they do not know what to do next.
(This is an excerpt from a transcript of the Sangha Talk February 1, 2018, by Swami Ritavan Bharati at The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.)
Good evening and welcome on a cold evening. I’m sure you’ve brought your warm hearts and together such warmness will be enlightening. Welcome to those who have come from a distance – all the way from Chicago – as well as all of you, having ventured out on this cold evening to be another ember on this fire of illumination, the beauty of such a conflagration of consciousness that each and every one embraces as their own identity.
I am reminded of Swami Veda’s beautiful meditation on this relationship of a stream of awareness, an illumination of consciousness as the very Being – and each of us as that Presence imbued with the life-force from our Divine Mother who has enwombed us in her grace.
The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – USA. January 25, 2018
Let’s pay homage to the Guru Lineage. Let’s connect with their minds. Take the awareness through the presence of the Guru by the Guru Mantra, your personal mantra, your personal mantra reciting in your mind for a moment. Then join me for Guru Shanti and then we’ll begin:
gurur brahmā gurur viṣhṇur gurur devo maheśhvaraḥ
guruḥ sākṣhāt param brahmā tasmai śhrī-gurave namaḥ
Om! Śhāntiḥ! Śhāntiḥ! Śhāntiḥ!
Thank you! Namaste!
First of all I would like to thank Rajnikant who initiated this thought that I should do a Skype session. At the beginning I resisted it. Somehow I said “no” in my mind, but to him I always say “yes,” and I like this idea. It’s a great way to connect, and I would be happy to do more and more satsang this way – whatever you guys need. Whenever there is a need for me to speak, please me know. And I am so grateful and thankful to Rajnikant, and so “Thank you, Rajnikant!”
It’s always good to be with the Center and with all those who are here. This evening what I would like to share with you is what I was told when I asked a certain question to Swami Veda and also Swami Rama of the Himalayas. The question was: “How can we deepen our own practice, which is known as sadhana?”
Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust is proud do announce the upcoming release of a beautiful new book by Swami Veda Bharati. Collected and arranged from lectures given by Swami Veda over the course of many years, Silence: The Illuminated Mind contains a wealth of inspiration and guidance in the practice and experience of silence.
Thanks for the great teaching of the Himalayas masters.
Silence does not just shut up, but is more about the peace within you.
This ten days silence retreat for me was a prayer of my 2018.
The most powerful experiences of this retreat are walks in our contemplative Garden and every afternoon relaxation guide by SVBji’s recording.
Weekend Retreat on Inner Silence and Mudras with Swami Tat Sat Bharati
From 26-28 January 2018 Swami Tat Sat from Berlin guided a weekend workshop on the practices that lead to inner silence at The Beukenhof monastery in Holland. Around sixty people, mainly from Holland and Belgium, attended, although some participants from Germany, Estonia and Poland were present as well.
The workshop started on Friday afternoon in the monastery’s library.
In July 2018, 14th July will be the 3rd Anniversary of Swami Veda’s Mahasamadhi and 27th July will be Guru Purnima and Full Moon Meditation. There will be a Maha Samadhi Anniversary Retreat 8th - 16th July immediately followed by a Guru Purnima Retreat 17th – 27th July. Both events will take place at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India.
The 14th of July 2018 will be the 3rd anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi.
There will be a Maha Samadhi Anniversary Retreat 8th - 16th July 2018 at SRSG.
“Here, we are not adoring the physical body… we are present to embrace the subtlety of his example, the beauty of his teaching, and faith in his mandate – ‘share with the world the pure form of meditation and only initiate into the same,’" Swami Ritavan said on the occasion of the 1st anniversary.
Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice. This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.
Could you shower your guidance on Asana perfection???
Three have answered this question: Mrs. Lalita Arya (Ammaji), Michael Smith, and Carolyn Hume.
Study week “Meditation in Christianity” 21 November-24 November 2017 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).
Some time has passed since this study week was offered, but as the content was timeless I hope that this resume of the talks is of interest to you. I have followed the chronological order of the talks but for sake of clarity I have combined the 3 presentations of Sister Corona.
Understanding of God in Vedanta - Stephan Parker (Stoma), PsyD, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Traveling Teacher
Stomaji began by stating that there is only one reality “Ekam sat”. Although Hinduism is often regarded as polytheistic (many Gods), it is actually polymorphic (many forms of one reality). Advaita says that there is “not two”. He spoke about the 6 different Indian philosophies and pointed out the ideas that are in common with Christianity and Islam. Also Kashmir Shaivism was mentioned where the Sanskrit alphabet is described as a paradigm for the manifestation of the universe. A very similar system exists in Judaism, in Kabbalah, a mystical system of practice dating back to Abraham.
Maha Shivaratri is observed annually at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) with an all night practice and vigil, including the chanting of the thousand names of Shiva. Sometimes the vigil takes place also at Sadhana Mandir and the Virbhadra Temple.
Jay Prakash Bahuguna took photos of this year’s observations, both the preceding dance workshop and the all night vigil, some of which can be seen in this article, and through them provides a visual record of these days in 2018.
I did not have the privilege of attending the observances this year, but still carry in my mind an all night vigil with Swami Veda Bharati and other sadhakas, which was spiritually charged and permeated with silence. Swamiji chanted the "Nirvana Shatakam" or "Atma Shatakam" by Adi Shankara; this had been heart-held by me even before I physically met Swami Rama and Swami Veda in this lifetime. This is Swami Veda’s translation:
I am not mind, intellect, thought, or ego;
Not hearing, taste, smelling or sight;
Not ether or earth, fire or air,
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
We invite you to share what is happening in their centers and your experiences, insights, and questions. With such sharing, we can learn more about one another and strengthen one another in our sadhana, becoming a true “sangha”. We welcome your articles. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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