Self Transformation

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For a genuine and everlasting transformation, one must practice a systematic method of self-discipline and self-training. Mere philosophy and intellectual knowledge cannot stand in time of need, if one does not know how to use the essentials of that philosophy in one’s daily life. Applying theoretical knowledge and living with it in daily life is called practice.

Practice requires discipline. Discipline should not be rigidly imposed, but students should learn to commit themselves and accept discipline as essential for self-growth. Imposing rigidity and following it is not helpful at all.

On the way to self-transformation, self-discipline is indispensable to both those who live in the world and those who renounce the world and resort to monasteries. Even those who renounce their homes and duties still carry with them the deep-rooted samskaras sown in earlier lives. It takes a long time to become free of those samskaras.

Becoming a swami or monk is not so important. What is important is to accept a self-disciplined life. There needs to be a bridge between life within and without. Discipline is the foundation of that bridge. People should not be tempted by mere techniques, but should learn to cultivate discipline within themselves.

People have formed a habit of leaning on others. They always want others to help and tell them what to do and what not to do. This is a bad habit. You are a human being; you should take charge of yourself. If you become too dependant on a therapist, a preacher, or a healer, then what’s the difference between you and an animal? It means you are allowing your life to be governed by your trainer. By becoming dependent on such therapies and therapists, your power of self-motivation and self-guidance will never be allowed to unfold. The scriptures, the treasure house of the sages’ experiences, clearly state that self-help alone helps. For such self-help we need a sound method of self-training.

Among all the methods for training and therapies, the highest of all is self-training in which one remains conscious of one’s thoughts, speech, and actions. When you work with yourself you will notice that whenever you calm down your conscious mind, bubbles of thoughts will suddenly come up from the unconscious mind.

In learning to control the mind and its modifications, it is essential to go through the process of self-observation, self-analysis, and meditation. Learning to control the mind, and careful study of the relationship between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind, take a long time. Many times you may think that you have conquered your thoughts and your mind is under your control. After a few days, some unknown bubble arises from the unconscious and disturbs your conscious mind, thus changing your attitudes and behavior.

The process of transformation requires regularity and vigilance. Without regularity it is not possible to transcend one’s habit patterns or transform one’s personality. Patience helps one maintain regularity, whereas self-analysis and observation help one remain vigilant.

At times you may find yourself disappointed and depressed, but if you are determined and committed to self-training and self-transformation, you will certainly find help in one way or another. Do not worry about success, failure is a part of success. However, not to make an effort is wrong.

The kicks and blows and constant battles that I had to go through, I alone know. I am giving you loving advice and I hope you follow it with full determination.

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Kathopanishad

A Series of Contemplations

On Life and Death - #2


                                                                                                                                             by Swami Nitya

To remove the fear of death, one way is to contemplate, why we are alive? What is the “purpose” of our life?

We imagine we have been given a purpose by a designer, just like a tin opener has been designed for a purpose. We ask, because we want to be assured that what is happening is appropriate, is right - right for whatever we have been designed for. Many times during our life, and especially when we get near the time of death… we want to know, that we have “done our Job, fulfilled our purpose, our destiny, our potential?”

But really what is behind this, is our ego who imagines, that our individual life must have a purpose. We are trained, have learned - to ask such technical questions. We forget, that whatever purpose we imagine, is also learned – i.e. merely a “child of our mind’ and to fulfil it… is equally subjective to our own mind!

Understanding this, the question changes. It naturally becomes much wider…a more open question, as to what is the purpose of life, life which expresses as me, through me! How do I fit in and fulfil my potential as an expression of life –itself?                                                                               

With this, the question changes: What is my duty…towards life!

“Hold it”…my duty towards life.?

We are used to ask, what does life owe me, what do people owe me?  But, we don’t like to hear of our duty. Duty towards whom or what?

Yoga and much of philosophy, as well as Swami Rama - would say: as human beings our duty is simply to become fully human?

It’s like other life forms… if they could speak and ask  - what would the flower say, or the tree?                                                                              

It’s the duty of the tree… “to tree” – to unfold as a tree; the duty of the flower is to be fragrant.  The flower and its fragrance are one and the same. So what does it mean for a human being, like me – to be “fully human”? What can it mean?

There hides a distinction behind this: in some ways we are  a human -animal; Like any animal we need food, shelter, sleep and continuity/ reproduction and if this is all we live for - yes we are human animals. But this is not all… What makes a human being special, is that part of our mind, which becomes aware of itself!

Swami Rama says, there are three steps in evolution: First is the animalistic human who knows only the fulfilment of its base drives;

Then there is the next stage: of becoming truly human.                                                                              

Then there is the third stage to evolve to a Divine Human.

All these three place us in the context of life, the universe, the world we live in, but the latter two lift us out, through our ability to become aware/ conscious.

Now we start to see… what fulfilling our life’s purpose might mean. How have we used the gift of ‘Awareness”, how conscious have we become of our true nature, of being consciousness?  How have we lived, how can we live from that point and contribute freely to that which we share with all existence? Have we given freely, have we shared the gifts we have received - to the whole, the All, the world.     

From this insight, automatically our own needs diminish. “Material life becomes simpler and less burdensome” (SR.) From here, we can easily give up our possessive attachment to material goods. It implies to give up our self-obsessed concern for the small “I” and beginning to see the bigger picture! The fact that we simply share existence with all other. Give….

We don’t expect a flower/ or a planet to ask, what’ is “my purpose” . It simply exists as one aspect of the universe, in harmony with the universe.  And they give… without expectation of something in return: the flower simply gives its beauty, its fragrance; the planet, the earth simply gives support and holds us without judgement… no matter what we do to her. 

Knowing our shared existence, we just give, without question, from what we have to  “ALL”.                   

The ancient Wise Ones talked about themselves, as though they were one cell in the body of the cosmic “person”; comparing individual existence to one blood-cell fulfilling its task, within one large, cosmic universal body!

The small “I” has a place within the cosmic “I”, but so are all 7 billion people of this planet. With this our perception of “community” changes.  Co-operation is the name of the game.  How do we fulfil our part in this web of co-operation? By using the gift life has given you – for the good of “ALL”.

 For fulfilling our dharma, our “duty to life…” each person has his/her  special path on this journey towards higher evolution ; a special path that suits him/her which leads towards the universal goal. No path, no religion - is better than another; “they merely reflect cultures, times and needs…. its priestly wisdom and churchianity that have created confusion ” (SR)

It’s our job to take responsibility for our path through life. If we do, we cannot blame anymore parents, churches, teachers, society… others.

Life happens, but how we respond to the things that happen, that is our choice. Once we see this, we are able to forgive, release people -  we can relax about human relationship, forgive and loosen “the ties that bind”.

In this way loosen your ties, “understand and forgive your relationships, your government and your history “. Accept the responsibility for your life and do not consider yourself as a victim of circumstances.  Which also means FORGIVE YOURSELF .

In the Kathopanishad -  Nachiketa, forgave his father and took initiative for something tremendous - for his own life; he took charge… of his spiritual path. Now is the time for all of us, to do the same! (That “Now” which is not limited to time… but always is!)

Life lives, your own personal version of life has been full of opportunities to learn and to grow – see your life in this light… then you see that it is an opportunity to learn, to evolve – always in every moment.             

Human life is simply that, it’s an opportunity to grow, but actually not “you” growing as a separate entity - but life; the essence that you are, is growing through you; life as conscious energy growing to be conscious. So all of your life’s experience, contributes to Life‘s experience.

Relax,… all your actions and thoughts contribute to life evolving. Because the whole thing is not about YOU, it’s about Life - who’s form, who’s expression you are.

As a “person learns to accept with equanimity his or her circumstances, whether pleasant or unpleasant, they can look forward with joy and courage (to how ever long this span of life lasts). They rise above their (individual) karma. …the way to do that is to live skilfully and purposefully “ (SR)

 How to do that?

 Toward the end of the great Indian story, the Mahabharata, Bishma, the ageing king, describes the noble life, the life of virtue:

  • ...be truthful and above reproach, self-restrained, humble and righteous...                                         
  • ...he should surround himself with men who share his noble qualities...
  • …Malice should have no place in his heart... Self-restrained is sacred.
  • Its fruit are nobility, calmness, contentment, faith, forgiveness, simplicity, humility, reverence for superiors, benevolence, compassion for all creatures, frankness...
  • It is said, with this we break the bonds of our individual karma. It is the responsibility of the individual, (meaning getting to know the habitual patterns, that we have, their motivation and addiction and letting go of them) to gain freedom. We can continue to either live a noble life or die a noble death… whatever the point in existence you have reached.

Life is a school, a training ground….once you learned your lessons… you can let go, with ease… ; job done.

Again what does it mean living a noble life? It is being consistently truthful and honest; is seeing to issues as they arise promptly and appropriately; is giving the right quality time to those who need it. It is allowing ourselves time for our own spiritual practices and rest; is tending to the needs of our bodies with food and sleep in the best way possible. 

We exist, that’s a fact, doing it well, is fulfilling our existence; not our purpose!                                         

A noble life – is living from the point of love for All, including all, excluding none (SR); a life of freedom, wide vision, a life of joy and giving, self-less giving, and a life of fearlessness.

As we advance in age, our needs get automatically less… life gets simpler, yet never forget the goal of life for the individual is spiritual; do your duties then let go “and leave the rest up to the timeless process of spiritual unfoldment… then everything will be in harmony”.

This also means when we live a noble life it does not matter whether we are a writer, shoemaker, mother, or husband. It is irrelevant whether we are a teacher, a poet, a president , a nurse or a Guru; it is not the roles that are important, it is not the achievements we gain which is our purpose, but the awareness of who we are,  and how we are; both rest on the realisation:  that we are …..SAT….Chit (Conscious existence) .  Both of these address our existence within the universe without our self-important Ego-fixation.

How absolutely wonderful! We are one extremely amazing part of life in this fantastic creation! To realise that, is divine bliss, is Ananda. 

Let’s celebrate!!! Be glad that you are part of life, not separate… this makes you free; a great weight can lift of your shoulders. No more worries about whether you fulfilled your life’s purpose.  See that you are free; you exist only, to realise your original nature and enjoy the miracle of life

Enjoy the miracle of being alive aware of the many forms of the One existence.

Existence, Consciousness, Joy (Sat-Chit-Ananda) - that is the fibre of the universe; that is the nature of your life. Cultivate awareness within yourself and awareness of your surrounding; awareness of the earth, the universe even - and then live in harmony with that. Lose your small self within Existence, Consciousness, Joy!                               

   Om Tat Sat

   Don’t Destroy,

Live and Love Life!


Dr Dinesh Sharma

Yesterday morning, when the news of a young girl of twenty five hanging herself in our neighborhood came, we all became sad. She was also friend with our daughter and would often exchange pleasantries with us. Her marriage, with the boy she was dating for almost a year, was planned for the middle of next month. All arrangements were made, marriage hall was booked and gifts too were purchased. Her parents have no clue about the cause of her deciding to end her life. ‘Shattered’ would be a very small and insufficient word to describe their state. She was the youngest of the three kids. It’s almost impossible for anyone to console them. Since she hasn’t left any suicide note, the police are working on many different theories. Thankfully the door was forced open in the presence of police constables otherwise because of the investigation hassles her parents would have been in more trouble.

Three days back when after a year and half I re-visited a friend, whose son of sixteen had committed suicide in November 2010 after being cold shouldered by his girlfriend, I came back very sad and depressed. It was so difficult to see both parents desperately missing the boy’s presence and convulsing through his memories in silent pain. The mother, who once was very bubbly and all the time sparkling with life and energy, had lost half her weight and tried hard to bring faint smile on her dried and perched lips. Father, whose spontaneity to crack jokes and entertain all friends was always highly sought, appeared totally lost, depressed and incoherent.

According to WHO almost one million people commit suicide every year. Each year these suicides leave another three to five million people to grieve and languish in pain for rest of their lives. People who commit suicide are the ones who could not negotiate and deal with their sufferings, pains or failure but they transferred them many more times on their loved ones for the rest of their lives.

Suicide may not be cowardly but definitely is a very selfish act. I strongly feel that anyone who truly loves, cares and respects others and other’s feelings and emotions will never take one’s life. One has no right to destroy one’s body by committing suicide? One should not destroy something which one has not created?

The assumption, that it’s my life and I can do whatever I feel like doing with it, is totally wrong. This life is not ours. This body is not ours. This life is the energy of the nature which lives, breathes and pulsates in this body. This body is given by a mother, who allowed the sperm of a father to get fertilized with her egg and then nurtured it in her womb for nine months and then delivered it to the world. She breastfed it, nourished it with her love and took care of it till it became independent to realize the ‘I’ , ‘me’ and ‘mine’.

This is the body we live in. It has been given to us by the nature and our parents. The body we live in is not created by us. This body is also connected with different people in different ways. For some it is son or daughter. For some it is father or mother. For some it is a sibling and so on. Likewise other bodies also relate and connect with it. When someone destroys this body by committing suicide, one destroys everyone related with this body and causes immeasurable pain to everyone around. Is it not selfish to only think of one’s own pain, failure and suffering and not of the loved ones, who will suffer huge trauma after this person ends his or her life.

The right approach to deal with pain, suffering and failure is to open eyes and look around to observe others. There are people who may be in much worse and pathetic situation. In everyone’s life there are always more reasons to be happy, joyful and positive than sulking in an isolated deep hole of depression. If one is blessed with an able and healthy body to see, experience and work than the scope of achievements is enormous.

Trust yourself and never shy away from rejections, failures and sufferings since all achievements without them lack real juice and taste of life. Never be apologetic of your looks and background. Do your best to look attractive and remain positive. Always keep growing through reading inspiring books and contemplation.

There is no night which doesn’t end at a beautiful dawn. There is no problem which doesn’t have a solution. Before prematurely deciding to checkout of this life shouldn’t one think of paying back the obligations of nature and parents, who gave this body ?

Life is precious and beautiful. Love it and live it till you breathe last..

Ammaji

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FASTING & SILENCE

 

© Lalita Arya

 

January 20th this year of 2015 has been assigned as the Dark Night of the Moon Silence day. Everybody is supposed to practice silence on that day. Not a good day for business, but still a good day for many.

This silence is meant to be not only abstinence from speech but an effort to silence the mind. I link this kind of silence to fasting as this also is a kind of abstinence (from food). 

The real meaning of silence is more than not talking. It carries internally to the idea of silencing the mind – one of the most impossible tasks to attempt.  We can easily stop talking, and in fact we do sometimes with some people with whom we might have quarreled or are irritated with. But this is not the kind of silence that the yogis envisage. The silence they mean is the one which draws one into oneself increasing the state of internal awareness while withdrawing from daily activity.

In yoga the mind is likened to the behavior of monkeys that cannot stay still – it is restless always in search of something either inside or soaring away to distant problems. This restlessness can decrease with the practice of silence when the person is really sincere in withdrawing from speech and dwelling internally.  Even science says that silencing the mind is good for the body, and if you want proof just try being silent for half a day and see the difference in muscle behavior. 

In my practice of silence the first result that I become aware of is how relaxed my chest becomes because the organs of speech including the breath necessary are not in use and the muscles relax. 

One has to be careful, however, that in this practice the suppressed thoughts as they come up are not ignored, but given some attention, dealt with and then released.  Many anxieties, problems – personal, familial or social – arise because the attention is withdrawn from the outside and the problems have a chance to surface.  All the emotions rise and need to be dealt with before we can really silence the mind. After unloading the mind we can then fill it with our chosen mantras so that the focus and concentration may increase leading to one-pointedness advocated in the meditation circles.

The Bhagvada Gita points out – manah prasadah saumyatvam, maunamatmavinigrahah…..manasamucyate.  Satisfaction, peace of mind, silence, self-restraint, purity of thought are the austerities of the mind. (Chap 17:16)

When thus the mind is silent it has a better chance of connecting with the Supreme Reality of the Cosmic Field. We gain a self-confidence and atma-shakti (self-power) which help in realization of the real self.

If we continue to believe that just restraining the tongue from speaking is silence then every person born without speech or being speech handicapped in life may be considered an enlightened being. But we know that is not the case. The speech- handicapped persons develop other senses to communicate with the outer world. Their minds might still be occupied with disturbing thoughts like anyone else. 

In the world of today’s technological advances, it has become even more difficult to be silent. Everyone we go we see people on cell hones, internet, mobiles, in meetings, in social gatherings. Even the professionals are busy with clients, customers, patients where speech is not only automatic but compulsory. When can all these people get the opportunity to stop this outward connection and just be themselves?  Sometimes even when this happens internal dialog takes over and one gets wrapped up in the challenges and anxieties of daily life. Sometimes these internal dialogs confuse us more.

The practice of silence is a branch of the yoga system of philosophy – just like the other systems of hatha, kriya, bhakti, jnana, dhyana and so on.  Students in many ashrams in India have to undergo silence as one of the common practices engendered in any yoga programs.  In many cases mantra diksha (initiation) is given only after several weeks or months of silence practice.

When the silent mind has developed a one-pointedness, increased focus and concentration, is enveloped in peace then only is it ready to receive the pure thoughts and vibrations of mantra diksha.  With this inner conquest the mind becomes accepting and open to the mantra sounds that many students have explained as mind-blowing or going beyond words. Words which mean speech, beyond words – fasting the mind into Silence.

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TEA PARTY for our ITALIAN FRIENDS

 

A lovely lively tea party was enjoyed by our Italian friends and donors at the ashram home of KHEL founder, Mrs. Lalita Arya (Ammaji). This group of Italians was visiting the SRSG ashram to attend a retreat organized for families interested in training and bringing up their children in an atmosphere of global understanding and spiritual lifestyles.  They were happy to meet with the KHEL children who did performances and some also attended the retreat.

Many of our Italian friends are frequent visitors and are familiar with KHEL, our staff and the work of KHEL in Dehradun. This was a wonderful opportunity to renew our friendship and share with updated information.

 KHEL PROGRAM AT SRSG ASHRAM

DEC 27th 2014.

This program was organized by Khel School LDA staff – choreographed  by Art & Music teacher Mr. Mukesh Rawat, and assisted by Ms. Alka Johari, Ms. Asha Rawat.  There were 36 students and several teachers.

The audience comprised of Italian, Korean, American, and Indian families attending the Family Retreat held in Dec 23 – 30th, 2014.  There were also ashram residents, guests, visitors and teachers.

The children arrived very excitedly by bus from Dehradun. The teachers said they all had a very lively time in the almost 2hrs bus drive, singing all the way to the ashram.

Mataji welcomed them on her spacious lawns with juice, tea and snacks. They then rested a while, had a tour of the ashram grounds, had lunch in the ashram dining room, then went to the Meditation Hall to get changed for their program.  Changing rooms, good lighting and a PA system were provided by the ashram.

After the program ended they all went upstairs to meet Swami Veda and were well received with sweets and blessings.

They then had tea and snacks and finally left for Dehradun.

In spite of there being shows by other groups, many compliments were received for their performances.

Details of the Program

  • Welcome & Introduction by Mrs. Lalita Arya. Ammaji welcomed the audience and introduced the Management Staff, the Headmistress and the LDA teachers.
  • Ms. Asha Stephens compered the program in both Hindi and English with occasional help from Ammaji.
  • Saraswati Vandana – Offering prayers to the Goddess of Wisdom and Learning.
  • Garhwali Nature Dance:  This dance was about preserving the nature of the Himalayan settlements. The villagers teach that their children, animals and birds need the forests for food and shelter.  The dance is based on the practice on hugging the trees when they were being threatened by big business to cut them down for profit making ventures that do not help the villages.
  • Punjabi Harvest Dance:  This dance is based in the state of Punjab where the harvest is eagerly welcomed with boisterous song and dance. Since our school is located in an area with mixed communities from all over India, the students love to perform these varieties of dances.
  • Rajasthani Dance: The students wear the colorful dress and special bangles typical of the dress of the women of the state of Rajasthan.
  • Mr. Bhola Shankar Dabral spoke on the ARC program recently inaugurated at LDA. He asked the audience to spread the word of this program so that all young people may benefit from the training given.
  • Kumauni Song & Dance: This song is well known in the province of Kumau, part of Uttarakhand. Beru Pako bara maasaa – means I love the fruit that grows plentifully through the year in these mountains.  It is sort of the national song of that area.
  • Flute recital by Mr. Mukesh and Dholak played by 10 year old Shiva who accompanies the music arrangements.
  • Play based on the Friendship of Krishna, a Prince and Sudama, a poor villager who became friends while attending the same gurukula.
  • Mr. Beni Bhatt, Khel Gen Manager thanked everyone for their support and co-operation.
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“Nurturing Spirituality in the Family” Conference

to preserve the knowledge and teachings of the ancient lineage of the Himalayan Masters in order to develop and promote spirituality within ourselves, our children, and the world

20th – 25th February 2013

At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG)

How have sadhakas managed to create spiritual families in these modern times? And what guidelines can emerge from mutual exchange and discussion with others?

Join us for five days of  learning simple philosophy of living and practical guidelines to develop and cultivate a healthy and happy family life. Topics will include:

        Sattvic Diet: Shifting from a Rajasic diet into a nutritional food regimen that supports a balanced mind and peaceful nature.

        Indian Cuisine and the health benefits of Indian Spices

        The art of joyful living techniques for children: Practical spirituality in raising happy and healthy children

        An Intercultural panel discussion: How to successfully cultivate a spiritual family during modern times

For further information, please contact: spiritualfamilyretreatfeb2013@gmail.com

 

Editor's Note:

Courtesy of Lela Pierce, "Parents who wish to stay in touch with each other and lead their own virtual discussions on any topic can join the new ‘Ahymsin: Yogic Parenting group’ on Facebook."  Please see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/346742485366079/  

Suggested reading:

Love and Family Life by Swami Rama and Let the Bud of Life Bloom by Swami Rama.  The books are available from The Meditation Center's online bookstore that ships nationally and internationally  http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php?    In Europe, you can inquire at http://www.yogaineurope.eu/contact/ .  In India, inquire at AHYMSIN Publishers http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Book-and-DVD-Orders.html. They are also available through Amazon.com.

Educating and Parenting for Peace booklet by Swami Veda Bharati is available through The Meditation Center and at AHYMSIN Publishers. It is also available at Dan’s Digital Bookstore http://dansdigitalbooks.com/products-page/swami-vedas-complete-books

Diet and Nutrition, A Holistic Approach and Transition to Vegetarianism: An Evolutionary Step by Dr. Rudolph Ballentine.

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.

 

Schedule

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).

 

Accommodations

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

Please write to sadhakagrama@gmail.com

DEPARTMENTAL EMAIL DIRECTORY:

ASSOCIATION OF HIMALAYAN YOGA MEDITATION SOCIETIES INTERNATIONAL (AHYMSIN):

ahymsin@ahymsin.org (Email)

www.ahymsin.org(Website)

AHYMSIN Introduction Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrxLZw3z24s

SRSG MANDALA RECEPTION AND FRONT OFFICE:

Dr. Manju Talekar, Managing Director of SRSG

sadhakagrama@gmail.com (Guest information, reservations & bookings: Silvia Baratta)

dhyanamandiram@gmail.com (Accounts & book keeping, D.M.T. Office: Bhupendra)

SWAMI RAMA DHYANA GURUKULAM: vidyamandiram@gmail.com

AHYMSIN PUBLISHERS:

Bhola Shankar Dabral, Director

ahymsinpublishers@gmail.com (Publications and bookstore: Deepti)

HIMALAYAN YOGA TRADITION - TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM (HYT-TTP):

Chuck Linke, Director

Carolyn Hodges and Maryon Maass, HYT-TTP Office

www.himalayanyogatradition.com (Website)

info@himalayanyogatradition.com (Email)

hyt.ttp@gmail.com(Email)

Himalayan Yoga Tradition - Teacher Training Program:

Chuck Linke – Director

Stephanie Sulpy: US Office Manager and Treasurer

www.himalayanyogatradition.com (Website)

info@himalayanyogatradition.com   (Email)

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