Selflessness and Surrender


                                                         by Swami Rama


Sit down and quietly think about what you have done in your life, because in the end, during the period of transition, you will have to face yourself. What have you done that is satisfying? Have you done anything selfless”totally selfless?

You go on doing your work and reaping the fruit, and then you hoard. In this way there can be no liberation. All the misery and chaos in the world is because of this.  Somebody has an abundance; someone else doesn’t have even a square meal.  This disparity and the suffering that we find are created by ourselves.

How can you be peaceful  if your neighbor™s house is burning? How can you say you are at peace,  and you don’t feel any warmth? Those who understand life, understand the  ripples of life. We are like ripples in the vast ocean of bliss.

If you are suffering, I am suffering, though I am not aware of it. How can I live without suffering? If my foot is suffering, definitely my whole being is suffering. We are all limbs of one huge, one great prajapati (being) the whole universe. How can we live happily? Let us learn not to hoard, but just to give. To whom? Not to strangers. I’m not telling you something impractical. Give to those with whom you live.

Do not work for yourself; that is not the way of life. You will become selfish. Learn to work for others. If the wife learns to work for her husband, and the husband learns to work for his wife, they both will be happy. Problems come when they both become selfish, demanding, and expecting. Learn the path of selflessness. That is the only way of liberation.

Learn to give to each other, and then slowly that learning will expand to the whole universe.  One day you will feel that the whole universe is your family, and you  are one of the members of that family.

On the path of selflessness there is a great joy.

Selflessness is the singular expression of love.


True enjoyment can never be had through the satisfaction of greed, but only through the  surrender of the individual self to the universal Self.

When Christ was crucified, he never said, “Sorry, forgive me; release me from the cross.” Christ had conviction. He had faith in God. He had so much faith in God that he didn’t care what was happening to his body. This is something great. One can see the same thing in Buddha and Krishna.  Buddha was very calm, and Krishna played the flute. Why the flute, when there are so many good instruments? Why did he not play another  instrument, like the vina or the guitar?

A flute has many holes,  just as all human beings have many weaknesses. However, a flute has nothing inside; it’s empty. Christ said, “Empty thyself and I will fill thee.”

Having many holes, if you become an instrument of God, a beautiful melody will come through.  In all conditions, trust in God who is within you, witnessing your thoughts, speech, and actions. 

Dr Dinesh Sharma

 Forgiveness Heals The Soul

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
Mark Twain

Assigned with the difficult task to elect the most compassionate among the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, Sage Bhrigu decided to visit them all one by one. First he met Lord Brahma and enticed him by speaking rudely. Brahma quickly lost temper and asked him to immediately leave Brahma Loka.

Next he traveled all the way to the Kailash mountains, the abode of Lord Shiva. There he tried to enter Shiva’s cave at odd hours but his loyal guard Nandi blocked his way. Lord Shiva got highly enraged and shot his trident at him when despite Nandi’s protests, Sage Bhrigu forced entry into Lord Shiva’s private chamber. He saved his life with great difficulty by timely ducking and running away from Kailash.

By the time a very frustrated and angry Sage Bhrigu arrived in Baikunth Loka of Lord Vishnu, he had lost both - his mind and the objectivity of his assignment. Lord Vishnu’s two guards Jay and Vijay bore the first brunt of his salvo when they tried to stop him. Loudly he cursed both to be born as ordinary humans. They made no protest, stood humbly and let him enter in Lord Vishnu’s private quarter.

Lord Vishnu was lying in a sound meditative sleep. By now having lost his mind completely, Sage Bhrigu assumed that Lord Vishnu is pretending to sleep and is well aware of the all his scuffle with the guards. In a fit of anger he kicked Lord Vishnu hard on his chest. A dazed Lord Vishnu woke up and saw a fuming Sage Bhrigu cursing him all names. He at once understood the whole matter and started gently caressing Bhrigu’s foot saying, ‘O exalted sage ! Kindly forgive me to be ignorant of your arrival. Sure you must have hurt your soft foot by hitting my rock like chest, please allow me to take care of it’.

Sage Bhrigu realizing his incoherent behavior cooled down. He understood the whole divine conspiracy, sought exoneration for his impervious behavior and proclaimed Lord Vishnu to be the most compassionate of all.

‘If we can’t forgive others then we break the bridge over which we must pass our self since every man has need to be forgiven. Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another. Forgiveness is divine and final form of love.’ Such words of divine wisdom continue to echo through different enlightened souls everywhere on this planet.

Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves. Cultivating forgiveness is the highest form of non violence. Till we forgive others for what they did to us, we shall keep nurturing violent and negative thoughts. This harms only us as the other person may not even remember his or her action. Forgiving others may be easy but to seek forgiveness is the virtue of the brave. When we seek forgiveness we may not change the past but can sure change the future.

Till we remain pure and innocent like a child we remain unmindful to the guilt and permanent pain of hurt. Kids do fight each other all the time but soon reconcilate, holding no grudge. But when we grow as adults, our ego also grows and gets embedded very subtly in our subconscious, without us even being aware of it. Now it becomes a great hurdle in the process of reconciling or seeking forgiveness.

Forgiveness purges a karma constipated and guilt ridden soul and makes one feel clean and light as a newly born.

 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” – Only a compassionate and beautiful soul like Jesus Christ could seek forgiveness even for the oppressors and executioners, who were crucifying him.

In a Vedic prayer the Rishi says;

Done by hands or feet
Caused by body or deed
Indulged in by seeing or hearing
Or just lurking in thought
Known or unknown-
All my evils be pardoned by
O Mercy Ocean
My Lord



Love, Serve and Remember

 by Swami Nitya

Third contemplation: On universal Love


In the previous contemplation, we looked at Love from a personal point of view, what does it mean to love someone or something. But in Swami Rama’s teaching, love has yet another dimension, which in the world of today is of huge importance.

In fact he can be described as a visionary, for seeing the course of society, and giving us the tools to operate, in a society which is estranged from itself. A society which has carried separation to such an extreme, that it is about to destroy itself!

Let me start again with an unusual contemplation.

The Puranas tell us the story of Krishna and Radha. I am aware that this has many levels too, but looked at the simplest level, it means the love between two…(people/Gods or whatever..) just two, a relationship, between two.

Where there are two… there is duality, there is separation; or there is love in a direct relationship, one to one! Such love in “two-ness” is the start of dissolving isolation, between the TWO so that  there is no ‘otherness’.

The Krishna Leela, or story has also a different dimension; the love of the gopis, the cow-girls and Krishna. There are some stories that talk of Krishna’s 16000 wives – and 8 main ones.

I am not going into the likely- hood of this or the customary interpretations, but just want to just lift out  one point. Here love is not the relation between TWO, but between an enormous amount of people.

Therefore in this context, love can never be the manifest, possessiveness, or even lust ---associated with the term…but means something much wider, such as a shared global awareness of a special relationship; or even wider: Love of humanity and love of God.

What Swami Rama seems to teach is, that these are the same!

It’s not love between individuals, but love amongst/ between.. humanity as a whole, which matters.

And if we go one step further, and go back to the first talk, about all being One, - from that insight, Love becomes a shared energy.

Swami Rama writes in his book Love whispers: (p. 11) of love as a guiding principle of the universe, and even love as a guiding force of the universe.

(Ask yourselves, where is that principle now, with all the wars, pains, slavery, misuse of women, suffering on a big scale!)

In the teaching here love is referring being Divine, as everyone exists in Krishna, in Shiva, in Brahman… (again: never mind the word.. but the meaning.)

In this way there is ultimately only Love which  includes all and excludes none and nothing.

It is this level, that Swami Rama was focused in his book “Call to humanity!”

Love that includes all and excludes none, this is the level of talking about: Love, light and life”. What does it mean?

Swami Rama writes: “True joy flows from the center of love, and the purpose of life is to allow that flow - to flow throughout. When true love flows from the heart, one learns how to give and share without expectation.

Both the lover and the beloved are transformed through the force of love. In fact self-less love and dharma are one and the same, since love is the inherent quality of the soul.

We become true followers of dharma, when all our activities are determined by the force of truth and love.” Wow, that is an amazing sentence.

Yet we cannot, but ask ourselves: where has this power of transformation gone? In our world, in the big picture … or the small ?

In the spirit of self-inquiry, or self-awareness, let’s ask ourselves: How do we express love to all, excluding none? 

Where does our love stop? At our children, family, friends, community?  What about the rest? All our activities should be determined by the force of truth and love….HM?

Love is the awareness of “No otherness”….???

Sharing ourselves… with others….no boundaries, no limitations….

Why is it not happening…? Today humanity /we are suffering from a huge intellectual mistake, we think of individualism, our rights, our own choice… we live from the ego-born differences and inequality. Swami Rama writes: “Today people discriminate against their own brothers and sisters.. simply on the base of race, religion, cast or complexion…” (106) 

What does it actually mean, that love includes all…. Excludes none…

How does that translate in my behavior? Try to think out of the box, our mind is conditioned to work in frames, with limits… that is not freedom!!!

Freedom is the ability to get out of our individual cages and open our heart to everyone, open our arms, our mind, our caring…to everyone we come across in our path of life!

No limitations of me and mine, no limitations of my culture? My religion, my tradition, my rites and rights! Swami Rama writes:

Instead of identifying with a certain group or community…. (we and them…i.e. otherness) we need to  identify all as human beings, then they will (we will) love all as  their (our ) own family members…. People will respect the feelings and rights of others…more than their own.

I remember the story: Wolfgang Bishop told about the school in Orissa.

A boy’s school. So one day a young girl, holding a baby, stood by the fence, weeping. He asked: why do you weep?

The child answered: “I wish I was born a boy, then I could go to school here.”

How do we contribute to changing this, i.e. to make it possible that girls in India, even in the rural districts, get the same education, the same chance than boys?

 One humanity, means:. that girl, in rags, in tears. ..with no future… that so wishes to go to school, is your daughter, your child…. And there are many cases like this; thousands, in India alone…. What do we do about it… they are our family members?

If we know what Love is, we cannot exclude….

Swami  Rama writes:

A human being can attain his goal of life (whatever it is) “without getting in the way of the welfare of others, if he keeps love as his central focus. By loving all, a human being practices all the other great principals such as non-violence, truthfulness - , - non possessiveness, contentment and so on. Love and negativity cannot co-exist.

Love for all human beings purifies the heart….

And then he continues, that is not really enough, one needs to …:

 “ … re-defines one’s conception of love and instead of loving human beings alone , all of creation  falls within the range  of one’s love. The thread of love unites all the diversities into one non-dual, unitarian consciousness.

By loving all, one loves the universal soul, GOD.

As supreme love unfolds conflicts, differences, hatred, jealousy and selfishness disappear once and for all. “

Love for all, means what? Love for the earth, its animals, its plants….

How do we each express our love, our respect, our care for the earth… and all on it?

Great statements - we think: but I am only human, what can I do, with my limited means….and abilities?

First of all: Realize when you were just thinking this.. you were making excuses!

Open your heart…That’s all. Look around you, see who needs your love, your support, your ability to listen…. Without Love, there is nothing! For love is life… is light, is God!

In the book “Love-whispers”, Swami Rama writes: p. 29

Love is the Lord of life. Life without love is like an infertile, barren field. No matter how much it is tilled, nothing grows.

… The Wise one knows: that a human being is the shrine of the Lord and he indweller in him is the Lord of Life and Love. ….Nothing can survive without Love. Therefore Life is Love…..

Love is the most ancient traveler, which engulfs the beauty of the universe, and assumes its form.

…..Love is giving without expecting any reward. If there is total surrender to it, it showers happiness and bliss.”(29)….

“There is no language that can convey the true meaning of love. It is the language a newborn fawn speaks to her mother. It’s the language of the heart that can be felt but not painted on a canvas. One can sing the songs of life, but the true songs of love are unsung….” How, how, how - can we open to this love….? Turn within, observe your inner one way; looking at Beauty seems another way… the old Greeks like Plotinus said: it’s easier for the human mind to look into Beauty and see the Divine… than it is to look within. Beauty is the Divine.

 We know this from many Indian scriptures such as the LalitaSahasranam etc. 

Again in his book: Love Whispers, Swami Rama too contemplates the beauty, the beauty of a flower as a dharana.. a door to turn within. Use these examples, start there, then give up desire for outer objects and expectations… love will finds its way into us.

So to turn within “for love is the same within and without!  Unfortunately this inward awareness is more difficult, in our modern times than ever. As Swami Rama said (p.114; Call to humanity).

 In this age of high technology, no community or race (or group or tradition…) can maintain its existence without associating with other communities and races. So there must be a better understanding among human beings. We have to share one an other’s losses, and gains (and pains) . We have to learn from each other’s experiences for our own growth… groups must work together for common goals…

We must understand that we are born as humans and all other identifications are superimposed on us later. Loving others and receiving love from others is our birth-right.True freedom, means loving all- and hating no-one,   including all, excluding NONE.

For cultivating the true human being within, to fulfil the potential we have to become truly human - we have to reach out to the hearts of fellow beings.

Removing differences, and moving from diversity to unity are the essence of real spiritual practices… That’s practicing LOVE! And with it… we change.

“By loving all and excluding none, we develop freedom from fear of hell and the desire for heaven. We can have our heaven on earth”

Our perception of love is limited by our experience, because our brain… works that way, it compares everything to the a past stored memory.

So our perception of love, in our mind too is compared to past, stored memory.

But the real love, the higher form that Swami Rama talks about is not love that jearns to repeat a memory, not love for some shadow forms of the mind, - but almost the opposite… the “total expansion of the mind, where lover and beloved become inseparably one.”

But now not on an individual level, but on the level of humanity and existence as a whole, and ultimately the Divine… which of course is  in All as ALL.

In fact he says: “Love for a mortal is incomplete it separates us from the whole…” (Love whispers; 37p.

Where as the love he talks about is total expansion, of mind and heart, on the gross and subtle level. In fact he almost prays when he writes:

“I do not want to be part of this society that remains under the law of contraction and knows not the law of expansion. Every individual is meant to radiate this love from individuality to universality. An individual is a nucleus and the universe is its expansion. Are they not qualitatively the same?

When every human being lights his lamp, there will be illumination all around and darkness will disappear. Every human being will walk on light and all miseries and pains will be annihilated. Then the whole universe will be one solid conglomerate and the entire humanity will celebrate a grand festival, that will be the day when the purpose of human life will be fulfilled.”

Means what..? When all human beings will be filled with love….existence is fulfilled.

Right, great image… but…Our great big BUT…..

Because we realize we are far from it….on the human scale and even on the individual scale…What to do…

As we always need to do, putting what we understand into action, into practice… or better into Sadhana! Without claiming ownership.

Acct we must…,its life… but rightly so….

One way is to look how we can do Sadhana , that helps to open heart and mind, to love,  to exclude no-one include all.

Second way is how to live in the world; participate into the world from the open heart and mind; knowing your inners energies, (Atman we may call it) is knowing life, is knowing the love that resides inside you. But there is a problem with this, it is hidden after under many layers of conditioning.

So all great teachers including Swami Rama advocate to find that love within, ultimately there is only one technique and that is to Meditate.

We all do, or try to, but  as Swami Rama in his book on Sadhana explains, we often fall prey to fantasy, to imaginations and even hallucinations, - many things we take for meditation, that are actually products of our subconscious minds. (p.80)

Furthermore, meditation cannot be limited to sitting time for formal meditation…

Meditation is a state of awareness from which to live! Unfortunately nobody has trained us to chop carrots win a meditative state, to clean toilets in a meditative state… if we could, then life itself, would become meditation, then life becomes filled with that special love, that arises from inside. But its our mind that stops us. It is a great trickster.

Swami Rama writes in “Sadhana”…

“If you really want to know who you are, you have to take off all the masks (what we call persona), one after the other. You have to be totally naked.

You have to be in the fire. If you are prepared to do that, you can learn to tread the path of meditation.”  Why such hard work…why such hard words!!!!

Because every snipped of conditioning, of believing in our individual personality, our ego-self, knowingly or unknowingly is a limiting wall, that separates us from the expansion into LOVE!

He continues to say” if you have everlasting joy…then you’ll be free”. It’s for that freedom and for that great joy that you live”… Joy, love, Divine energy….

Life, light, love….

But now do not fall back into thinking he is talking about your individual salvation..

Remember he is talking of a love that is shared with the rest of humanity, with the rest of existence!

Swami Rama writes:

“Love is the only self-existent reality!... with object or without object, The highest of  all loves is love without an object.”

Once we start seeing this expanded vision of love, it will call us to behave different in the world.  Swami Rama was absolutely clear, that we need to act in this world, but from the perspective of love, inside and out,

Out of spiritual awareness, out of love… love without an object…. we live in this world, we act in this world,  and that means : to serve.



The Elderly Human

©Lalita Arya




©Lalita Arya

Being touched by one's (grand) children is the body's delight, and listening to their chatters is joy to the ear.

“Sweet are the sounds of the flute and the lute," say those who have not heard the prattle of their own (grand) children.

What pleasure it is to human beings everywhere when their (grand) children possess knowledge surpassing their own! 

These verses are from Saint Tiruvalluvar a famous South Indian, quoted in an email my sweet daughter-in-law sent to her father on Father’s day.  Though the quotes refer to the joy of having grandchildren, they show the depth of relationship in the generational gaps.

A friend asked me to write about the Elderly. He referred me to an article on Senior Care home somewhere in south India and some of the comments of those who now lived there mainly about neglect from their children, lost love and despair over having to lead lives away from their families. This is not something we can write about in one article. This concerns a whole generation of family and it takes a lot of thinking about what is involved. It has to do with belief systems, with cultural norms, geographical locations, economics and the whole gamut of life. It is not just about the elderly or senior citizens in a nursing home.

However, my first thought as I read the relevant article was about the ancient Indian traditional approach to the elders.  I knew somewhat about this as I was brought up in an Indian atmosphere of religious, spiritual and cultural attitudes.  Even though it was in the Indian diaspora, we retained some of the heritage handed down in the 2- 3 generational remove from the actual sources in India. I remembered well what we were taught in our approach to the elders. In my own maternal home I knew my grandmother only.  We never knew our grandfather although we had seen his pictures, but on our father’s side we did not know much about them as they lived in a different country from ours and in those days travel was almost impossible, especially across the seas.  But I am very grateful for the time, the lessons, the language (she spoke a mixture of Bhojpuri/Hindi – a dialect of Hindi spoken in East India, Dutch and a smattering of English).  Somehow just from her presence I learnt about the past, the present and the future of relationships.

My Nani as we called her had her own home about half an hour’s walk from ours.  As we grew we were a family of 7 siblings who would argue about whose turn it was to spend the weekend at Nani’s home.  Eventually my Mom worked out a system so the quarrels stopped and we each had our turn.  As I write this I can vividly recall her home.  It was a lovely 3 bedroom wooden house with an open downstairs as was typical of houses not far from the seashore of the mighty Atlantic, whose roars we could hear in the wee hours of morning silence.  She had boarded up 3 sides of the downstairs that had a mud floor and made part of it her kitchen with a mud “chulhaa” (stove) on which she made the most delicious pancakes.  There was the usual hammock strung there and with a rope tied she would pull us to and fro, singing sweet lullabies as we were lulled to sleep.

She lived in one room upstairs and rented out the other two rooms. When we went to spend the weekend with her she shared her bedroom with us – it was cozy and well lit with windows and lanterns.  There she would tell us stories about Nana, her husband and our grandfather, her own siblings two of whom I met and had died during my childhood, giving me my first experience of death in the family.  And from their being with her (she was the eldest) I observed the relationship between older and younger siblings even though well advanced in age – her love, their expectations – while she played out the roles of sister, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother with an ease that we did not realize then.  

I recall her well laid out vegetable garden with the stream running through the middle with an empty cowshed in the back. She did not keep any cattle as it would have been too much work for a lone widow.  But she let her neighbors occasionally keep theirs when they needed extra space.  In return they gave her free milk.  I did not know when I helped her work in that green garden how much I learnt about plants, vegetables, flowers, fruits, bees, bugs and water.  I suppose I inherited a “green” thumb from her and it seemed it was passed on to my son who has a keen sense of gardening…from my Nani’s Guyana backyard to his American Princeton garden where he has planted not only herbs, but roses for me and fragrant lilac bushes for his wife on Mother’s Day.  His own young daughters can recognize the differences between regular mint and chocolate mint plants.  If my elderly grandmother was alive how happy she would have been to know that so far down the generation a love of nature, of plants, of the earth was handed  down by her. 

This is why I wrote before, that talking about the elderly cannot be done in one article.  My grandmother was elderly I learnt a lot from her just being near her, spending time with her, and now that I am a grandmother I can understand what it must have meant to her to be able to spend such precious moments, days,  years with her own grandchildren.  Imagine what is being missed out in the generations when we cart off our elders to care-givers and nursing homes.

This is not an accusation it is a reality that we have to deal with because on all sides we are missing out on a very important issue of family lives.  Society is made of families – as they become more and more nuclear due to several reasons – break up of the joint family system, development of urban culture,  erosion of villages, economic compulsions – we lose more and more of what makes for stable family systems to sustain a friendly neighborhood,  a coherent society, a happy nation and an empathetic global world. 

Every generation has something to offer to each other. In this way we learn about the old, develop the ability to go forward with understanding and make our way into newer generations adapting to the technology and other advancements that are supposed to make our lives easier.  Recollecting what the older generations have offered and continue to offer is important for this thread of remembrance to continue.  We do not only inherit DNA we inherit the sources that make the DNA what it is.

(To be continued)


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KHEL NEWS June 2014



Pic 1.

Sarita Ruchi Bhadri, a former student of KHEL took marriage vows earlier this year. Here Ammaji blesses her during the Haldi Ceremony, a pre-wedding ritual at her home in Dehradun. Sarita is employed as the Floor Manager at a 5star hotel the Ramada Inn in Varanasi. We send our congratulations and blessings for wedded bliss to her and her bridegroom.

Pic 2.

Mrs. Sharon McDonough from the USA visited Khel School LDA and expressed her greetings to staff and students. She is related to the Bhadri family and was visiting to attend Sarita’s wedding. In the Pic she is with Beni our manager.

Pic 3.

Saraswati Bhadri-Means, sister of Sarita was also visiting from Minneapolis, Minn, where she lives with her husband Dr.Aaron and son Soma. She was in Dehradun to attend the marriage of her younger sister and took the opportunity to visit and later speak to the students of our school. Saraswati, was a former teacher of Khel and is now studying for her Ph.D in psychology and social sciences. We wish her all the best.  In this pic she is being welcomed by one of our students.

Submitted by Lalita Arya (Ammaji)

Photo credits Beni Bhatt & Bhagvat Prasad

Silence, Shavasana Practices and Yoga-Nidra Retreat

22nd March - 5th April 2015

at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

Rishikesh, India


Yoga Nidra
“For decades we have guided the shavasana practices and yoga-nidra in sessions where the teacher does the ‘recital’ and others listen and follow. But we have not TAUGHT the procedures.”
  • Swami Veda Bharati

The purpose of this retreat is for participants to learn the procedures.

Printouts will be given for each segment taught. Each segment will be guided separately and then students will practice that segment. There will be homework practice between lessons.

Segments will include:

  • Makarasana
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Shavasana, correct position
  • Exercise without Movement
  • Relaxation by first tensing each limb then relaxing
  • Simple relaxation
  • Subtler relaxations: right side, left side, finer tissues, internal organs
  • 31 points
  • 61 points
  • 61 points with blue star
  • 61 points with blue star with one’s mantra
  • Whole body breaths: the feeling of movement, vayu, during these exercises is of pranamaya kosha.
  • 4 different patterns of whole body breaths
  • Short version of quick conscious rest
  • OM kriya
  • Whole body breaths as taught in Path of Fire and Light under Yoga-Nidra
  • Yoga-nidra proper
  • Explanations of the delta brain wave
  • How to come out of yoga-nidra




Guest Programmes at SRSG

Individual Spiritual Retreats, Silence Retreats and Group Retreats 

Foundational Instructions of the guest programmes:

          To experience some level of calm mind, relaxation, or stillness while at the ashram

          To know how to sit properly and how to meditate

          To know about the “Himalayan Tradition”: foundation, history, and basic theory etc.

          To understand the meaning of “YOGA” and “MEDITATION” fully

          To apply yoga and meditation into daily life.

          To deepen their practice

          To keep the connection via full moon meditations and/or home centers


Individual Spiritual Retreats :

Guests are offered a daily schedule of instruction in meditation, pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga philosophy in accordance with their individual goals. With the welcome interview, the programme is tailored for an individual. Every guest can experience of one day silence retreat through ashram official silence day (every Thursday).


Silence Retreats :

SRSG is the perfect setting for a guided period of silence, whether for three days or for three months.

Silence is not merely an absence of speech. It is a fullness of the mind; the mind filled with the flow of energy from within. For such a silence one needs guidance, because there is a science to practicing silence that many are not aware of. A systematic series of practices is given under the guidance of Swami Veda.


Group Retreats :

The SRSG staff will also help design programs for groups to meet their specific needs. The campus can accommodate up to 100 participants.



Participants in all the programmes follow the daily ashram schedule which begins at 5:00 AM and runs until 9:30 PM. Time for reading, journaling, and reflection is always available.

Classes on the basic yoga practices are regularly scheduled as well as lecture courses for Gurukulam which guests may attend as appropriate. Guests also attend Swami Veda’s classes when he is in residence.

Video recordings of Swami Rama lecture series on topics such Yoga Sutras and Upanishads are featured on a regular basis.

Programmes are available all year; however, since Gurukulam is on holiday from June to August, no regular classes are scheduled.


Daily Ashram Schedulethat includes individual programs—classes to meet needs


04:15  Bell Ring

05:00  Morning Prayer

05:15  Joints & Glands Exercise / Asanas

07:00  Breathing Practices / Nadi-Shodhanam

07:30  Meditation

08:30  Breakfast

10:00  Class 1

11:30  Class 2

12:30  Breathing Practices / Nadi-Shodhanam

01:00  Lunch

02:00  Digestive Breathing

04:00  Tea

04:15  Hatha Yoga

05:30  Guided Relaxation

06:00 Meditation with Swami Veda

06:30  Japa & Breathing Practices

07:00  Dinner

08:00  Night program (Lecture/Satsang)

09:00  Evening Prayer


Service Opportunities

All campus residents participate in service for the Ashram. Service includes a variety of tasks from meal service and cleaning to transcribing lectures, helping with mailings and so forth. Inquire at the Mandala Office(Reception Office).



Participants live in one of 35 spacious double or triple occupancy guest cottages, each with kitchenette and bathroom with hot shower.


For Fees and other information

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