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.
In this lecture, Swami Rama discusses in simple and direct language the key to holistic health. By understanding life with all its currents and cross currents, a person can know the purpose of life. A human being should understand himself on all levels, and by knowing his own self, can understand the Self of all.
In this lecture, Swami Rama talks about different aspects of human life and how to organize those aspects: eating, sleeping, relationships, karma, breathing, nourishing and cleansing the body, and the thinking process.
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Each summer, for the AHYMSIN community there is an invitation, with the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, to expand and refine one’s sadhana. This year the 40-Day Festival will begin on 22ndJune and will end on 31stJuly, which is Guru Purnima. These 40 days are celebrated wherever you are.
International Day Yoga takes place on 21stJune and you may want to celebrate this as the beginning of the Spiritual Festival; Swami Veda’s message for International Day of Yoga can be read at http://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/message-for-international-yoga-day-june-21.html.
It is a time to contemplate (and possibly talk with others about) the many ways you can participate.
You might review what Swami Veda’s suggestions and teachings have been in previous years including Sadhana in Applied Spirituality at http://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/sadhana-in-applied-spirituality.html and the practice given by Swami Veda on 9thMarch 2013 at http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/practice-for-the-next-five-years-and-the-rest-of-your-life.html. Continue with the 5 year homework that was given in 2013. If you have not yet started this practice, you may want to start now.
Perhaps you would like to attend the Guru Purnima Retreat, 23rd– 31st July, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama or Sadhana Mandir. There will be akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) of Guru-Gita, the Song to the Guru.
During these 40 days, yoga students can choose to intensify their yoga practice and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:
1. Increasing one’s practice of meditation and japa.
2. Expanding some other aspect of one’s daily yoga practice with subtle relaxations or pranayamas.
3. Studying an inspiring book and applying a principle or practice in it.
4. Implementing an element of yoga, such as a particular Yama or Niyama. "These Yamas and Niyamas are the sure means of advancing spiritually. When your mind is clarified, purified, by the constant application and implementation of these principles, you’ll find that your problems will become less and less overwhelming.” – Pandit Usharbudh Arya (now Swami Veda Bharati)
5. Cultivating positive aspects of mind through such practices as the Four Right Attitudes (brahma-viharas - friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked) or pleasant-mindedness (chitta-prasadana - clarity and purification of mind, making the mind pleasant and clear).
6. Making lifestyle changes so to honor the natural environment – reducing clutter, consuming less, planting trees, simplifying one’s way of living.
7. Making healthier choices in one’s daily schedule in terms of diet and nutrition, sleep and exercise habits and punctuality of meditations.
8. Refining one’s personal relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
If there are instabilities in our lives, they exist, Swami Veda said, not because our circumstances are unstable, but because our minds are unstable. Stable minds, he said, are like soft, gentle ripples in the calm lake which can stabilize all external circumstances.
A group of spiritually-oriented people, thus stabilized, can become part of a larger, stabilized mind-field called a sangha. We are all part of a global network of spirituality in the Tradition, and we can continue to harmonize the mind-field of our community, through our own self-transformation, so that its mission work will be successful.
“We all dream,” Swami Veda has said, “of the possibility of living in a peaceful world. This aspiration can be realized only if we first provide to our very soul, the self, atman, a peaceful home in the mind inside which it lives. That is the essence of our spiritual journey; that is yoga; that is meditation; that is peace in the family, which, then, extends to becoming world peace. We need to keep a diligent vigil, to keep this mind pure and peaceful and clean, to make it progress towards becoming the environment suitable for an enlightened soul. There needs to be sense of continuous progress in us so the world may progress towards peace.”
Lokas samastas sukhino bhavantu
"May the whole world attain peace and harmony."
Table of Contents:
- Pain and Ignorance by Swami Veda Bharati
- Vairagya by Swami Rama
- Pilgrimage to Sikkim by Lori Beron
- Returning to my Spiritual Home
- Full Moon Meditations in Toronto
- Life in the Gurukulam by Ahimsa Ishaya
- A Visit to AHYMSIN Korea by Dr. Stephen Parker
- Practical Gains from Esoteric Practices
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- Swami Veda in Beijing by Shi Hong
- Sometimes Words Diminish the Communication
- Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
- 2015 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
Some news from India, selected by Swami Veda:
29th May was the annual day of fasting without water. This is the hottest season but millions undertook that fast.
One and a half million people took a holy dip in Ganga at Haridwar.
A Hindu owned company in Mumbai refused employment to a Muslim on religious grounds.
All India Muslim League made a response. They passed a resolution stating:
We will follow the Gandhian method. For every one Muslim who is refused a job on religious grounds the Muslim companies will give jobs to ten Hindus.
How is that for awakening conscience of those who discriminate!
As you must know by now that 21st June is International Yoga Day as declared by the United Nations with the approval of 177 nations.
In Delhi there is a sacred spot known as Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. On forthcoming 21st June, Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of one and a quarter billion Indians (one-sixth of the World’s population) will perform Yoga and Pranayama in a public gathering at Raj Ghat.
“We teach out of compassion. We teach because the world suffers and our teaching will reduce that suffering. We teach because we have received that compassion and want to share it with others who suffer. The cause of suffering, in the Yoga-sutras, is ignorance. Our teaching reduces the level of that ignorance. The student arrives because s/he is seeking help - our desire to teach arises directly out of our compassion for the student.”
- Swami Veda Bharati
A two week Himalayan Yoga Tradition - Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) training session. A comprehensive education in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition will be presented to the students.
8th– 21st November 2015
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
For more information:http://hyt-ttp.com/india.html
Guru Purnima Retreat
23rd– 31stJuly 2015
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
with akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) ofGuru-Gita, theSong to the Guru. The mantras (1)Gurur brahma gurur vishnur… and (2)akhanda-mandala…are two of the verses from Guru-gita. The recitation will be nonstop from 4th to 12th July, done by a team of Pandits.
Guru Purnima is 31st July 2015.
Cost: The cost of SRSG Hospitality plus as a devoted disciple you may think of what this practice would cost and help cover the expenses as a donation.
To book accommodations:http://ahymsin.org/main/accommodations-inquiry.html