This is a combined Full Moon announcement and Ahymsin newsletter, so it's going out to both lists at the same time.
“The next thousand years will be whatever you have chosen today to make of them. Uproot the thorn bushes now; plant the lilies instead and the time paths of your generations will be paved with soft fragrant petals, each petal an achievement from your labor at interior purifications.”
— Swami Veda Bharati
In the article “On the 2019 Sangha Gathering” in this newsletter, Swami Ritavan Bharati brings to our mind “The Perennial in the Millennium” by Swami Veda and other elements in the path of yoga, and he also informs us about the 2019 Sangha Gathering, which is scheduled to take place 25th February - 5th March 2019 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. The article contains a link to the YouTube video “Interview with Swami Ritavan Bharati” and the transcript of what he says in the video.
In the article “Significance of Yajna,” Swami Veda mentions the concept of life as an offering [yajna].We would be interesting in hearing comments/observations from those who have embraced this idea on what it means to you and how it has impacted your life and practice. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn. Carolyn Hume.
“We are looking for long-term volunteers at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram in Rishikesh,” Divya Gupta writes. If anyone is interested, please write to Divya at the AHYMSIN Office: email@example.com.
To read “Practice, Practice, Practice" by Swami Rama, please click on title.
Two videos on YouTube with Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma):
[This is an article that was written by Swami Veda Bharati, and it has also been published as a chapter in the book Yajña, published by Ahymsin Publishers, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India].
The first word of Rigveda is agni (Cp. ignes, igneous, ignite, ignition). It was due to the Buddhist influence that the Hindus began to sculpt images 1. The Vedic religion was primarily that of worshipping divinities through the medium of fire. Very complex fire altars with geometric precision were built. What is now known as Pythagoras’ theorem is called Bodhayana’s theorem by many Hindus as it appears in Bodhayana’s text (14th century BC) on the construction of fire altars.
[This passage has been taken from the book Path of Fire and Light Vol 2, pp 19 – 21, by Swami Rama, published 1976 by the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA].
The fear of death is one of our most prominent fears. We are all afraid of the word “death” and do not want to face the truth that we all have to die. Why do we fear dying? Death itself is not painful; only the fear of death is painful. When we take off an old shirt to put on a new one, we do not feel fear or pain; we are only pleased to have a new shirt. But the thought of taking off our body brings fear.
This is the way of the world.
[The video “Interview with Swami Ritavan Bharati” can be watched on YouTube. This is a transcript from the video. The video was recorded and edited by Lo, whom Tinyu Chen brought to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in March 2018.]
When we look to the future, we look at how can we create opportunities for students to deepen their practice or to become familiar with, to be introduced to practices that they may feel that now they are ready for, now they would like to understand themselves through such unique ways of these prayers, contemplations, meditation, yoga practices, so we’re coming together with a special gathering next year.
It was such a wonderful surprise to receive an invitation to share the wisdom of the Himalayan Sages in West Africa from my dear brother Idriss Ouedraogo. The scale of his work and all the efforts he puts in spreading the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition and in support and promotion Swami Veda’s mission in Burkina Faso is quite amazing, and I was very fortunate to witness it personally.
The international Teacher Training Program for Levels One and Two had 30 participants from 15 countries (Australia, Canada, China, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan, USA, UK, and Ukraine) during the March 11-24, 2018, retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Our Netherlands group joined the retreat with 6 participants for their “Special Teacher Training program” at SRSG. All these students had wonderful and fascinating ways in which they found about the tradition.
Veda Youth (youth wing of AHYMSIN) organized the very first South India Sangha Gathering in Bangalore. The retreat was conceptualized by the Veda Youth members, led by Namita Sinha. Older initiates and disciples – Jyothi Pattabhiram, Raghavendra Adiga, Dr. Krishnaveni, Dr. Mani, and Ashok Shanbhag – were instrumental in guiding and supporting the event.
As one would visit their long lost ancestral home that is how the pilgrimage to the sacred Sringeri Sharada Peetham felt to me—coming home to this ancient seat of the Bharati Lineage, dating back for more than 1200 years. It was a trip of a lifetime, a trip enough to savor a lifetime, this lifetime. Visiting this island of knowledge as the very source of Adi Shankaracharya’s teachings, paying obeisance to the great Guru Lineage...
God’s Providence, like the blue sky, is forever above us all. And so, after searching for two decades, it was Divine Providence that led me to my Guru, Sri Swami Rama. It all started after I read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi in the late 1960s. That book inspired me to join the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) program of the Yogoda Satsang Society founded by Yogananda. However, my search for a living Guru continued because SRF’s distance learning material could not fulfill my yearning for direct spiritual guidance.
Then in the mid-1980s, I had the good fortune to visit Sri Satya Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparathi, India...
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.
What is the role that the personal mantra (the mantra that is received during initiation) plays in yoga?
Three have answered this question: Mrs. Lalita Arya (Ammaji), Michael Smith, and Carolyn Hume.
Fresh with the memories of a fortunate and blessed trip to the ancient seat of the Bharati Lineage, established by the great Adi Shankaracharya, we decided to celebrate Shankaracharya Jayanti (his birthday on April 20) at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) by dedicating a whole day to remember him, his teachings, and his contributions. We gathered at the Shankaracharya temple to invoke the engage our senses in the meaningful rituals, invoking the sacred presence of the divine forces and Adi Shankaracharya.
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
The next several full moon meditations happen within a day or so of the normal Ahymsin newsletter end of the month mailing. So, we will be sending a single combined mailing.
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