Bindu - Gateway to Himalayan Wisdom
This website is for people who hunger for a real connection with the core of life, who want more joy and less stress and are ready to be the conscious designer of their destiny rather than victim of circumstances.
In this website you’ll find:
- The wisdom, philosophy, lifestyle and practices of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition;
- A calendar listing opportunities to connect with teachers in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition;
- News from the Tradition.
Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He is also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He has authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.
It is said in the spiritual traditions of India, as they are commonly practiced that
(1) Whatever one's last thoughts at the hour of death in this life.
(2) They will manifest themselves in the next life.
One's last thoughts are the sum total of all that one has desired, enjoyed and suffered during this life.
It is therefore always advised that one not have to die harbouring unfulfilled desires if they can be fulfilled harmlessly and ethically before one's death.
For this reason, the loving ones and relatives almost invariably ask a dying person questions like: (a) Is there anything you desire at this time? (b) Is there someone you want to see? (c) Is there something you want to eat?
Some years back in Chattisgarh state of India when the Naxalite Maoists stopped the caravan of a politician to kill him, they taunted : Anything you want to eat?!!
I believe similar is the case in Indian prisons where a prisoner about to be hanged is asked the same question and is provided whatever he wishes to eat in his last meal.
What determines the last desire(s) is a question full of complexity. Who knows why one wants to see only that one special child, or wants to eat papaya before dying. From when the seed of such desire lay hidden in him cannot be determined.
This also has another dimension. The Gurus are known to fulfill a disciple's remaining desires before making him enter Samadhi so that these desires would not frustrate his internal journey. A great deal can be written or said about this fact.
The last minute desires of a dying person are quite intense in spite of the body's feebleness. The unfulfilled desires will migrate as part of his intense samskaras and form themes for his next life. A child may be born with intense desire for some kinds of foods and so on.
The very verb for 'eating' in Sanskrit incorporates a whole order of mental connections. The same verb 'bhuj' is used for
(b) enjoying anything,
(c) sexual congress,
(d) any experience with the senses,
(e) making a food offering in worship (bhog lagaanaa),
(f)suffering or enjoying the results of an act (tum ne aisaa kiyaa, ab bhogo!) or karma (karma-bhoga).
I may be missing out on some connections here. Thus 'giving food' or 'eating' psychologically and karmically covers a whole wide range of mental and physical involvements.
There is a very solid base in the Indian custom in the realms of samskara-psychology. It is best not to bind the soul in this way before sending it on to its journey; hence the custom of asking.
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What good are our spiritual practices if the world is not benefiting from our spiritual work or progress?
When people ask Swami Veda Bharati, “Swamiji, am I progressing in my spiritual practice?” Swami Veda would answer: “Don’t ask me; ask your spouse, ask your children, ask your colleagues, and ask your neighbors.”
It does not matter how deep our meditation is if the world is not benefiting from it and if we are not creating a harmonious, peaceful planet.
Whole Hearted: Applied Spirituality for Everyday Life is a compilation of Swami Veda Bharati’s writings, which have been edited for today’s Western audience. It is a practical guide full of wisdom for daily interactions, communications, and behaviors in our personal or professional lives.
A must read for all…
Table of Contents
- The Silent World by Swami Veda Bharati
- Ten Commitments by Swami Rama
- From Gurukulam Student to Pandit by Rajini Prakash
- Yoga for Children by Raja Indran
- From Burkina Faso to India to Rwanda by Marie-Noëlle Grell
- The Guru's Shawl by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
- Conference at Mangalore University by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
- Conference on Yoga for Wellness by Dr. Prabhu
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- Peaceful Conflict Resolution by Daniel Hertz
- New Book by Swami Veda by Dr. Mehrad Nazari
- Yoga Tarangini by Swami Veda Bharati
- Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
“What is the principle of karate and kung fu? Attention, just attention. You don’t divert your mind elsewhere, just one-pointed mind.”
– Swami Rama
“The yogis invented all the martial arts of India, and still continue them. There was no greater martial arts expert than Swami Rama of the Himalayas.”
– Swami Veda Bharati
Swami Tat Sat Bharati will be teaching
a “Yoga and Martial Arts” workshop
at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India,
15th – 27th October 2015
Swami Tat Sat has practiced yoga since 1980 and is a student of HH Swami Rama of the Himalayas and Swami Veda Bharati. He is 7th Dan Aikido and has practiced aikido since 1973. A disciple of Master Tada Hiroshi, 9th Dan Aikido and other high-ranking Japanese Aikido masters. For more information about Swami Tat Sat Bharati, please see www.beardi.com. He is also an initiator and a member of the AHYMSIN Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee. He lives in the Berlin, Germany, area and is the founder and director of Institut für Yoga & Aikido where yoga is taught in the tradition of Swami Rama. Swami Tat Sat’s pre-sanyas name was Ingo Beardi.
The workshop will be in English.
Cost: Cost of SRSG hospitality plus goodwill offering for instruction
Guided by Swami Radha Bharati and Jim Nelson and the light of Swami Veda Bharati, the schedule will include daily meditations, hatha yoga, and contemplative walks. Subtle body sessions will add depth to your silence experience. Staff will provide every support to guide your experience of silence.
Where: Dunrovin Retreat Center
in the Beautiful St. Croix River Valley, Minnesota, USA
When: August 16 – August 27th, 2015
Full details and registration: http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=275&Itemid=258
Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam
Institute Of Meditation
Spiritual Guide — Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati
Disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas
Admissions Open for Fall 2015
A Program of Self-transformation for Self-realization in the Tradition of the Great Yogis of the Himalayas
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Three to Five year program
Come for no less than one year
School semester: 1st October – 15th May
Deadline for applications: 15th August 2015
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