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.
Since its inception in 2007, AHYMSIN, apart from making available the teachings of Himalayan Tradition, has gradually broadened the scope of its contribution towards the wellbeing of society. One of the key areas of focus is to build healthy families and organizations. Child education is a corner stone for success in this area.
Guided by the compassionate understanding of Swami Veda Bharati, AHYMSIN has set up an Education Welfare Fund for school-going children. The scope of the fund will extend to and cover school fees, textbooks & notebooks and school uniform.
Initially, the funding support will be made available for the children of Ashram-sahaayaks (staff) with a vision to support economically challenged families within larger communities. However, that will depend on the availability of funds.
Documented policy is available in the AHYMSIN office that clearly defines the eligibility criteria and the process for disbursement of education funds.
AHYMSIN shall also provide scholarship and education loan on the basis of merit and as approved by the AHYMSIN Board.
This is an opportunity to further contribute and serve. We shall humbly accept any support towards building the Education Welfare Fund. For the year 2013-2014, AHYMSIM Education Welfare fund is ready to support the education for 9 children.
Table of Contents, Nov. 2013 Newsletter
- Lecture #8 by Swami Veda Bharati
- Yoga Is Skillfulness in Actions by Swami Rama
- Silence After 2013 by Swami Veda Bharati
- Education Welfare Fund by Sadhana Mishra
- Hazel Diaries III by Roxanne Currie
- Sharing a Poem by Riemke de Groot
- What Is a Master? by Randall Krause
- Am I A Yogi? by Sudhansu Misra
- Effect of Yoga on Health by Dr. Shirin Venkat
- Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam New Year by Joanne (Divya)
- Thank you for... by Shunyaa Tsai
- Divali 2013 at Rishikesh by Joanne (Divya)
- Lectures on Superconscious Meditation Summarized
November 2013 Newsletter Contents:
- Stillness and Posture by Swami Rama
- The Beauty of Pain by Dr. Dinesh Sharma
- Yoga and Science II, by Swami Nitya
- Ammaji's Corner - Sticks And Stones "teen suicides bullying" by DHARANI PERSAUD
- Sindhi Bhairavi on Flute... Poem by Ammaji
- KHEL News
- Health Benefits of Indian Spices by Dr. Surya Pierce
Please see: http://www.swamiveda.org/html/newsletter.html
The same Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal also built the Red Fort (which you will pass by but will need a whole half day to see inside; and also its 'sound and light show' is very impressive - giving the whole history).
Delhi is said to have been built and shifted seven times. The 8th time by Luyens who built New Delhi for the British rule.
In front of Red Fort (laal quila) is what we now call Old Delhi, surrounded by a fort like wall. Some parts of that wall still remain.
The wall has many gates, named after the trunk road to the city to which each one leads; for example, Ajmeri Gate road goes to Ajmer. So there is Lahori Gate for Lahore; Kashmiri Gate and so on.
Right in front of the Red Fort is the main road of Delhi called Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk means Moonlight Square (Chowk is like circus as in Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus).
The street was built as main marketing centre. It can be called the oldest mall. It had trees on both sides and a canal in the centre. It ended at a pool of water in which moonlight would reflect. The British leveled the canal, cut down the trees and where the moonlight pool was they built a clock tower, ghantaa-ghar, to give the city a British character.
On both sides of the Chandni Chowk street are side streets and each side street has many sub-streets emanating from it. Each street and sub-street is specialized in a particular trade. For example, one street for jewelers and bankers. Shawl wali gali - specializing in shawls of all varieties. Parantha wali gali has now lost its real delicious variety of paranthas but it is still there.
The street foods even are specialized. There is a stall for extra large thick jalebis at an open air shop that has been there for several centuries.
If you started exploring the side streets, it will take days and weeks to explore everything. The large havelis (mansions) now dilapidated, unkempt, often with a water well in the courtyard, are now in dirty smelly streets, but still worth looking at.
I lived in Chandni Chowk area in an Arya-samaj building from 1949 to 1952 when I left India. I used to watch the daily hoisting and lowering of the national flag on the Red Fort from my upstairs room.
It is from the ramparts of the Red Fort that the prime minister of India gives his annual speech on Independence Day, 15th August. The Republic Day - 26th January - however is celebrated at India Gate, opposite the Parliament House.
I did a lot of naughty things in those teenage days: like letting Dhirendra (who shared the room with me) take me on his bike to Connaught Place for the first time taste of forbidden coffee. Did not like my first sip of coffee and could not then figure out why people drank such bitter brew!! - Until I tasted Cappuccino in Genoa a few years later.
EAST-WEST YOGA SOCIETY presents Reveal the Light Within: Your path to freedom with Swami Ritavan Bharati & Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral
January 25th & 26th, 2014, Edmonton, Canada
Please see: http://www.ewyoga.com/pages/Special.html