Bindu - Gateway to Himalayan Wisdom
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.
In a recent speech to the United Nations India’s prime minister Narendra Modi suggested starting an International Yoga Day. India officially gave the proposal. 175 countries supported it.
21st June every year has been declared by United Nations as International Yoga Day.
Per Swami Veda Bharati, "all our initiators, teachers, centres should plan something each year."
Please share with others.
Here is a link to an article in the NY Times that includes a video of Prime Minister Modi giving his speech: http://www.nytimes.com/news/un-general-assembly/2014/09/27/narendra-modi-in-u-n-speech-inserts-india-into-terrorism-fight/?_r=0
And a link to an article "UN proclaims International Day of Yoga": http://news.yahoo.com/un-proclaims-international-day-yoga-223701111.html
Table of Contents
- Table of Contents
- Liquified Silence by Swami Veda Bharati
- Contentment by Swami Rama
- Dear Yoga Mentor
- Sage Yoga: Chair Yoga by Rob Diggins
- Yoga Sutra Skype Study Group
- The Castle with Nothing Inside by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
- Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra Glimpse by Jim Fraser
- Breath Happens by Maria Miguel Ribeiro
- Divali, 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
- 2014 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
- Location of our SRSG ashram
Tribute to Swami Rama of the Himalayas, one of the greatest teachers of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra in the twentieth century. Swami Rama was a master of the Himalayan tradition who taught throughout the world and founded the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and Swami Rama University near Dehradun, India, as well as Sadhana Mandir Ashram in Rishikesh, India, and several independent Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy teaching centers.
Swami Rama was a citizen of the world. He was a master of meditation who lectured, wrote books, established numerous teaching centers, and founded a hospital and medical school in the Himalayan foothills. With his unique abilities, he helped change the way science viewed the mind-body relationship, opening the door to the more holistic approach of modern medicine. This book, the fifth in a continuing series, contains the firsthand recollections of six people who, like me, came to Swami Rama as students and disciples, and whose lives were transformed. In these short narratives my fellow seekers write eloquently about their personal relationships and experiences with Swami Rama, generously sharing stories about their lives and aspirations, their struggles and inspirations. Through these memoirs we learn not only how Swami Rama individually guided these students but also how we all can live better lives. We learn that yoga meditation is not just a physical practice or an abstract philosophical tradition but a living, breathing, practical path that influences everything we do.
To purchase this book, please visit: http://www.lotuspress.com/item.php?item=990672
Table of Contents
- Brain Damage in Modernity by Swami Veda Bharati
- Conscience by Swami Rama
- Navaratri, Autumn 2014 by Joanne Sillivan (Divya)
- Workshop in Pune by Dr Shirin Venkat
- Pilgrimage to Kailash Mountain by Susan Kuang
- Silence Retreat in Italy by Sabina Cesaroni
- From Mind to Consciousness by Trix Dekkers- Heezius
- Yoga from My Experience by Cynthia Gran
- Forests & Trees by Gary Gran CYT, DAy.
- Hazel Diaries VIII by Roxanne Currie
- Activities at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
- 2014 Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat
- Wish List
- 13th Gathering of Grandmothers
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of the central texts of Yoga composed at least 2000 years ago. It is comprised of approximately 196 sutras, or aphorisms, which lay out the philosophy and practices of yoga. An understanding of this text is essential for both yoga teachers and aspirants. The Yoga Sutras are as relevant today as they were when they were written and they provide a roadmap for living skillfully and joyfully.
A year ago, while in India attending a seminar with Swami Veda Bharati, my preceptor in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition, he asked the crowd how many there had studied the Yoga Sutras, and very few people raised their hands. This surprised me, because Swami Veda Bharati is one of the foremost experts on the Yoga Sutras alive today, and so few of his students had studied the sutras.
So, with the permission of Swami Ritavan Bharati, who is in charge of the Ashram, I offered those present an opportunity to form a virtual Yoga Sutra study group via Skype. Several people, from all over the world, expressed an interest and gave me their email addresses. Out of this, two Yoga Sutra Skype study groups formed, one for Europe and one for India, and have been ongoing since. We meet approximately every other week for an hour, at a time convenient to all.
At our sessions, we chant the Sanskrit of each sutra we’re learning that day, and then I give an introduction to the sutra, followed by group discussion. The goal is not to memorize the sutra, but to understand it and consider how it can be applied in our own day to day lives. Several of the students have told me they really enjoy the sessions.
The European group moved all the way through the first Chapter of the Sutras, and is beginning the second, so this seemed like a good time to invite more people to join in. Carolyn Hume placed my announcement on the Ahymsin Facebook page and quite a few people expressed an interest and have been invited to join the upcoming sessions.
If you would like to join, please email me. You could join the groups already ongoing, or if there is enough interest, we might start a new group.