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.
Table of Contents
1. To That Guru
2. Guru Purnima Message by Swami Rama
3. Guru by Swami Rama
4. Mastering Yoga Nidra by Swami Veda Bharati
5. Anniversary Celebrations by Dr. Shirin Venkat
6. The End of Children's School Year by Mónika Bertalan
7. The Grace of the Guru by Aditi M. Gaur
8. An Intangible Beauty by Daniele Belloni
9. Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is ...
10. Walk Up to Guru Purnima 2014 by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
11. What Is Mastery in Yoga? by Swami Veda Bharati
12. New Book Published: Anant Ki Khoj by AHYMSIN Publishers
13. Some Coming Attractions at SRSG
Please join us for this very special Guru Purnima (July 12th, 2014) Full Moon Meditation.
For more information about Full Moon Meditations, please see http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/full-moon-meditation.html
Yoga Nidra Workshop with Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma) Sunday, July 27th, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota
Message from Swami Veda Bharati
My dearest kin in the mantra realms,
My prostrations to Gurudeva on this occasion of Full Moon dedicated to the Guru.
My ever loving greetings to those who are my kin in the Guru-granted mantra realm.
At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), we are going to have akhanda-patha (24 hour non-stop recitation) of Guru-Gita, the Song 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.
Many are still unclear on who or what the Guru is. Guru is a shakti, a transcendental force permeating the immanent world. It is the very Holy Spirit, the Teacher of All.
You have felt the presence of this shakti.
You have felt the shakti when sitting in a group meditation with a teacher whose meditation is deep enough for the shakti to descend through him/her.
You have felt the shakti when receiving a mantra from one who is linked.
You experience the shakti when the mantra goes on, on its own in your mind.
You experience the Guru-shakti when, in meditation, mantra goes on in high frequency without an effort of your own.
You experience the shakti when some special SATTVIC inspiration strikes you: Caution, if you are under guidance let your guide discern whether such ‘inspiration’ is from the shakti or just the confused and confusing waves of the subconscious mind.
When the cool breeze or wave of quietness and stillness touches your mind in meditation, know that you are in loving embrace of Guru-shakti.
On the occasions of the experience of the presence of Guru-shakti, do, in deepest of the mind, send your gratitude to the Guru Lineage.
At this sacred time of receiving the Guru-wave, the Guru-purnima, I send you my very special prayers that may the Guru-shakti guide you to yet higher consciousness.
In service of Gurudeva,
Swami Veda Bharati
People have asked for an update on Swami Veda's health. Swami Veda is now 81 years old and has lived a life of selfless service. His life can be seen as an example to us of what a life of sadhana can be. At this age, he has certain chronic physical health conditions, some of them progressive in nature, which will be with him the rest of his present lifetime. He has written about these photos, "Face is puffed up because of steroids" which is one of the medicines being used in treatment.
When his physical health allows, Swamiji sits with those at SRSG for the silent meditation. He has said that he will not be teaching classes anymore, but he has also told us "the regular programmes of teaching at our Rishikesh Ashram will continue through other advanced and experienced teachers, the guidance for your personal meditation will intensify, and this little teacher's silence will enhance your own silence and vibration." And he has reiterated that his silence will enhance your own silence and vibration.
We would request that you not flood Swamiji with emails. He needs time for the things that he feels he must do. Your prayers and remembrances touch the universal mind field when you are meditating.
Perhaps you would enjoy reading "Swami Veda Talks about his 2013 Vow of Silence" again at http://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/swami-veda-talks-about-his-2013-vow-of-silence.html
Questions about spiritual practice and things like that can be directed to the mantra initiators and senior teachers. Although we are not as advanced as Swamiji, we will try our best to serve you. Perhaps you do not know who the mantra initiators are; in addition to Swami Veda, those designated to give mantra initiation within the AHYMSIN family include: Alexander Benjamin, Carolyn Hume, Helen Choe, Lalita Arya, Linda Billau, Ma Radha Bharati, Michael Kissener, Nina Johnson, Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral, Rajah Indran, Raghavendra Adiga, Savitri Jugdeo, Shi Hong, Stephen (Stoma) Parker, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Swami Prashant Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Tat Sat Bharati, Wolfgang Bischoff, and Yoong.
Swami Veda has encouraged us to be kalyana mitras and to grow as a sangha. We can come together with open hearts and strengthen each other.
And he has also encouraged us to participate in events at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) or to come for spiritual retreats. He has also consistently invited us to participate in the Full Moon Meditations (http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/full-moon-meditation.html ) and to encourage others to participate.
During November's Kalyana Mitra Retreat, Swami Ritavan encouraged us to rely less on Swami Veda's physical presence - and to engage in our small groups and in the entire global community.
With our regularity of practice and sincerity of intent, the Guru Lineage does guide and help us, although we may not always be aware of it. We, including Swami Veda, are always held within this love.
If there are any initiates among you who have not started the practice given by Swami Veda on 9th March 2014, I would also like to encourage you to do this.
Information can be found here http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/practice-for-the-next-five-years-and-the-rest-of-your-life.html
If you would like to inquire about coming to SRSG, please use this link: http://ahymsin.org/main/accommodations-inquiry.html