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.
Himalayan Yoga Meditation – L.A. is getting a new home: The Rancho Meditation Sanctuary. It will be a place where people can learn the practices, wisdom, and lifestyle of the Himalayan Tradition and of complementary authentic disciplines.
Our opening event is being held on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Details are below. Space is limited. Please RSVP for more information and directions.
Beloved teacher Swami Veda Bharati left this world last night. Below is the message about this passing forwarded from AHYMSIN, the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International.
I've heard that Swami Veda served up until the end. Now it is our turn to put his wisdom into effect in ourselves and in how we related to the world.
The AHYMSIN message is beneath my signature.
Yours in service,
On this auspicious day of Monday 14th July 2015, our beloved Swami Veda Bharati passed from his body at 3 am (India time). Please keep his intention in your mind - "Let every person feel loved."
Special prayers of Gayatri mantra and/or Akhanda-mandala-karam...can now be offered on his behalf for this saintly intention while keeping a deepak/candle-flame lit.
Further details on the funeral arrangements in India and the 14-day shrad observation will be given later. Individual Centers will also be given instruction on sadhaka-japa for our beloved saint and teacher whose life was truly an example of his bodhisattva vow.
In loving service,
Swami Ritavan Bharati, Ashram Pramukh
on behalf of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, AHYMSIN and Dhyana Mandiram Trust
Below is a beautiful poem written by Swami Veda Bharati, with a story from Paul Emerson:
When my father died in 2006 Swami Veda gifted me with the following poem. With my mother's recent passing on Friday and Swami Veda's own passing this Monday it seems an especially appropriate sentiment.
The breath becomes one
With all the fragrant breezes,
One’s little earth joins the vast expanse.
Prana merges into lightning,
The eyes now dwell in the core of the sun.
Boundaries have been demolished
And the soul is no longer held fast, fettered.
The being now takes a walk in open cosmic fields,
A flight through obstacle-free skies.
Those who are left behind
Yet confined within the boundaries of tangibles;
Not knowing the pleasure of subtle intangibles,
Irrigate the fields of the past with liquid pearls.
But the one who has flown
Is now planting fresh crops into the fields of his future.
Do not bind him to your fetters now.
Rejoice if you cannot in his freedom,
Cherish the paths traversed through the flourishing greens,
Claim no more his future harvest.
He paid all his debts before leaving,
Now claim him no more.
May the flowers of his wisdom
Remain a treasure in your mind vase.
May your wisdom guide your ever flowing sentiment
Into an ocean-ward channel,
Into a God-ward flowing stream.
June 2015 Newsletter Contents
- Yoga Is A Science That Deals With Body, Mind, Soul, and Ultimately The Universe Itself by Swami Rama
- Food and Mind by Dr. Sharma
- Our Relationship With Mother Nature- by Swami Nitya
- Ammagi’s Corner
- KHEL News
- Silence Retreat (teaching proceedures)
- International Yoga Youth & Children’s Retreat
- Twitter Fan? See Swami Veda Quotes
- AHYMSIN e-mail directory
Table of Contents
- Natural Laws and God’s Hand by Swami Veda Bharati
- Determination by Swami Rama
- Taiwan Seminars 2015 by Stoma
- Programme in Gurgaon by Veena Maitra
- The Pilgrimages By Françoise Paradot
- Pilgrimage by Anna Stromma
- Heat Wave Diary by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
- News from India by Swami Veda Bharati
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- Inspirations by Meeta Jagtap
- Truly Historical Day in Pune by Dr. Shirin Venkat
- Hazel Diaries IX by Roxanne Currie
- 2015 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
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.
To purchase this CD, please visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/swamirama11
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."