Guru and the Light Within


                                                                                            by Swami Rama

If you prepare yourself to know the higher knowledge, then you will deserve. To deserve means to increase your capacity. You want to put the entire ocean in a bucket. The ocean is there. You can have it, but you do not have the capacity. When you deserve, you will have the capacity. The Lord, the Reality, the Truth, is always within you. You simply have to become aware. You can make sincere efforts to work with yourself.

The light itself will guide you.

Don’t be disappointed with failures. When you start to make sincere efforts and start to practice, you will find light on the path. The light itself will guide you. The light of consciousness is within you. If you ignore that light, the guide outside you, the external teacher, will be of no use to you. He will make you a slave. Every individual has certain notions. He also lives with his notions. He creates a following and millions of people are swayed and misguided.

Do not depend much on guides.
It is better for you to
prepare yourself and remain awake.

Do you know what a guide means? The word guru has been vulgarized. Such a pious word is being misused. I call it guide. Do not depend much on guides. It is better for you to prepare yourself and remain awake. The scriptures say to wake up from the deep sleep of ignorance. Remain fully awake, remain conscious, and go on learning. Never close the door of learning. The day you close the door of learning you become ego, ego, ego.

In the Himalayas the teacher examines the student and the student examines the teacher. When my master sent me to various teachers he told me, “The teacher who can sit still for a long time is a good teacher because he has practiced something. Listen to him. If the teacher changes his posture many times in five minutes, do not waste your time there.” There are certain signs and symptoms that have been explained by the great scriptures. The scriptures help the student to know who is a good teacher so he does not waste much time. Otherwise, what are we teachers doing?

Suppose you want to go to New York. You come to Swami Rama for directions and Swami Rama says to go this way. You meet a different Rama on the way and he says, “Oh, come on! He does not know anything. Go this way.” And the student is very sincere. Then another teacher says, “Both Ramas are fools. Better go this way.” By that time the poor fellow has wasted twelve years and he is nowhere.

The knowledge should be followed,
not the individual personality of the teacher.

The word teacher means “knowledge.” The knowledge should be followed, not the individual personality of the teacher. The subject should be given prime importance, not the individual. Teachers have complicated things. Yoga science has suffered because of this. One teacher says, “This is my method.” Another teacher says, “This is my method.” The poor student is confused. After some time he finds that his mind, his individuality, and his pocket have been robbed.

From your external teacher
just pick up that which is useful for you
and leave that which is not useful.

When you become aware of the light within, and that light reveals the Truth to you, there are no chances of being misguided. Teachers come and go. From your external teacher just pick up that which is useful for you and leave that which is not useful. No doubt you need a teacher, a guide. I will never tell you that you should not seek and you should not learn from other people, or that you should not study books. Teachers only inspire you and make you aware of that Self-existence that you have forgotten. Their role is to make you aware of the Reality.

You do not need any new form. Christians should not become Hindu, Hindus should not become Buddhist, and Buddhists should not become anything else. They should remain as they are and not create any serious new problems for themselves. A known devil is better than an unknown devil. Remember this. Try to make your life happy wherever you are.

Go to the inner levels of your being
and be guided by the light
that is already within you.

Yoga science tells you to go to the inner levels of your being and be guided by the light that is already within you, that leads you in the darkness. If you understand the light within, when you are introduced to that light, you will not crave for any outer guidance. Learn to make your abode in darkness so that you can see the light, but not the superficial light. Superficial light creates problems for you and does not allow you to see the light within.

When you start treading the path you will never find any difficulty, for the light is already within you. The light within you is coming out. When I look at your faces I find that they are different because of the light that has the power of discrimination. That light can correctly judge and understand and know. That light is higher than any other light of the sun, the moon, and the stars. That is why human beings are superior to all these lights that you see outside yourself.

The purpose of a guide, guru, or teacher
is to introduce you to that light.

In the light of the sun, in the light of the moon, and in the light of the stars there is no discrimination. The light within you has the power of discrimination. You can use that light to see the darkest corners of your inner chamber. For that you do not need outer guidance. The purpose of a guide, guru, or teacher is to introduce you to that ligh

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My dear Ashram family,

In the current big ocean of commotion and noise this ashram, by the participation of you all, is known as an island of peace and silence.

In order to continue to maintain it that way, do please contemplate and assimilate the following story from the Hindi newspaper ‘Amar Ujala’ (16th April 2015)  translated here for you. 

It is a story from long ago.

  • On the banks of the Ganga river near the holy city of Varanasi there lived a certain person in a colony.  His name was Kashyap Goshal.  People used to say that anger never visits him.  Truly, no one had ever seen him getting angry.
  • In the same colony some people conspired:  let us get him angry. 
  • They organized a small group.  Someone from that group offered to Kashyap’s servant:  If you can get Kashyap angry you will receive a big prize from us. 
  • The servant agreed to the offer.  He knew that his employer did not like a crumpled bed.  So, that night he did not make the bed.  Next morning Kashyap only said to his servant:  the bed was not well done last night. 
  • The servant replied:  Oh, sorry,  I forgot.   I will remember in future.
  • But next day and the next day and the 4th day also he did not make the bed.
  • Then Kashyap said to the servant:
    • “It seems like you have become bored with the task of making my bed.  It doesn’t matter, I have now become used to sleeping on an unmade bed.  No need to make the bed every night any more.”
  • Hearing this the servant was stunned.  He stood in front of his employer with joined hands, asking for forgiveness.
  • He also told the members of the conspiring group as to what had transpired.  He also told them what Kashyap said to him:
    • “Whenever something unpleasant happens or is done by someone I begin to think what worse could have happened or could have been done in the case.”

Story written by Bhikshu Dharma-rakshita.  (He was a leading Buddhist monk and leader in India in the last century).

I pray that you would see the episodes like the above as the true teaching of yoga and not be content with postures and philosophy notes.  I pray that you thus continue to help maintain this island of peace.

Beloved child of the goddesses of affection, pacification, non-anger and forgiveness.


Swami Veda Bharati

18 April 2015


Dr Dinesh Sharma

 “Nature Worship”
A Well Planned Strategy


‘May there be tranquility and peace on the horizon of our universe, in the space around us, on this planet Earth where we live, in all the sources of the healing and nourishing water which sustains us. May all the herbs, flora and fauna, the vegetation, plants and trees be in peaceful harmony. May all the creations and their creators have a peaceful purpose. May all the elements of nature help us sustain in a total peaceful harmony.
May the Universal soul eternally remain in the peace and harmony.’

Today this peace prayer from the ten thousands years plus old Vedic civilization is much more relevant than ever. The purity of Earth and water is being violated by fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, genetic manipulation of plants, fruits and vegetables, cloning of animals and even human beings. The greed to produce more for higher profits is getting worse. Mother Earth’s natural capacity to produce balanced food is being dangerously compromised. ‘Seasonal fruits and vegetables’ are available in all seasons. Animals are being subjected to cruel manipulations in big industrialized farms to produce more eggs, milk and meat. Even the poor and helpless honey bees are being fooled to work more and produce perfumed variety of honey not for their sustainable energy but for overfed and over weight human race.

The rivers and other sources of water have been contaminated not only by chemicals and industrial waste but even by the female progesterone hormones, which majority of women secrete through their urine because of the oral contraceptives, they regularly consume. As a result the study on many birds – who feed on the fish of such contaminated waters- has revealed that both male and female birds are loosing their fertility. Study on many captured male birds show shrunken penises and their inability to mate. Already the clean drinking water which was a free commodity, is costing us more than we imagined. The future would be worse as we can already feel.

We have polluted the clean life giving atmospheric air into poisonous substance loaded with lead and carbon monoxide. Many life threatening diseases including cancer is the inevitable outcome. Glamorous advertisements tempt people to smoke and consume tobacco in different forms, even when their bad affect on health is imminent. The Governments look other way since high taxes on such products fill their coffers. Toxic fumes – which continuously emanate from industries, vehicles and air conditioners are choking our planet and adding to global warming.

The space has been severely polluted by noise and electromagnetic waves from computers, electronic gadgets, cell phones, satellite signals. Our brain is under onslaught of so many electronic waves and beams that we can no more concentrate or focus on anything and have lost our peace of mind.

In Indian villages there was a tradition to worship Bhoo devi or mother Earth and its energy symbol Vastu Purusha before starting any construction. In some parts of the country people still follow that tradition. We still worship our rivers as mothers and goddesses for their healing and life giving water, even though it has now become just a superficial religious ritual. The tradition of fire ceremonies or Yajnas to worship the sacred fire or Agni Devta, was to respect the energy in nature. Devotional fire offerings of food, fruits with sacred chants and mantras was to thank it as the primary metabolic force in the body as well in the nature. Since the divine powers don’t accept food and offerings in their matter form, Agni devta converts the food offerings into energy.

The tradition of Sun worship as Surya devta has the same logic of respecting Sun as the primal source of energy on our planet. There is a huge Sun temple in Orissa , where every day thousands of pilgrims visit to pay their most respectful thanks to the Sun god for its life sustaining energy. In many part of India people start their day by worshipping Surya devta - chanting Surya mantra.

Maruti the wind god or Vayu devta signifying air element is worshipped for the most important pranik source of breath and life. Respecting the space element through most Vedic chants, mantras and energetic recitation has the specific purpose to connect with the divine energy field. We connect with that to get the charge for our own energy field or aura. Unfortunately our planet’s aura or energy field, signified by the ozone layer is developing holes, posing a serious threat to our own aura or energy field. The catastrophic natural disasters such as Tsunami are examples of the injury to Vishvadeva or the Universal soul.

The tradition of respecting trees by tying a wish thread around them and worshipping them by offering milk, flowers etc with reverence -  was a well thought strategy by our ancestors for forest conservation. The faith that plants and trees are also living organisms have been now proved true through the most advanced experiments. All the ancient texts including Ayurveda suggest that for the optimum medicinal virility - herbs, shrubs etc should be plucked only after praying and thanking them in an elementally balanced time frame.

The purpose of such spiritual devotion towards nature’s elements was to establish their importance for the future generations so they abstain from polluting or abusing them. Giving it a religious or spiritual color was a well thought strategy.


Relationship With Mother Nature
... a new series

 by Swami Nitya


Relationship with Mother Nature (to be continued)

Our world  is in the danger of destroying itself.

It is almost impossible to not see this, whether we look at pollution of the environment, the destruction of the earth and its resources,  the economic  injustice, the overpopulation, the raise of violence, the increase in disease… etc. etc. There hardly is any aspect of life, which is not threatened.. by the way humanity has lived in the last 100 years until today!

We need to turn the tide, or we drown. For that we need to proceed twofold:                                      a) understand what happened, so we can recognize deeply what needs to change.                                                     b) to find our way back to balance.

The first issue is too complex to address here in detail, but let me try to sum it up quickly.          

Everything we know off is made up of intelligent energy, which expresses in two principles that interact, bringing forth energy-types, energy-fields…. That are totally inter-connected. Now what has happened in our world in the last 500 years is that one of these energy-fields has gone totally into an extreme, totally overriding all others. As a result, we live in a time where Materialism rains supremely. We are told “only matter matters”.

With that kind of “logic’, all other aspects of life are excluded. This one-sided approach brings extreme imbalance. With this insight we focus on the second aspect.

One thing is sure, balance cannot be achieved through the emphasis of one religion or other, one culture or other… one philosophy or other, --- or one energy or other, or even “one gender” or other, because that is the very thing, that caused the life-threatening imbalance.  

A more holistic perception, would mean in the first instance to turn around, away from the extreme pursued in the moment.

 A more positive, peaceful, just world can only come from balancing energies and for that be need the reawakening of the feminine principle, an energetic principle that has been neglected… dare I say it: since the Bronze Age, but more so in “recent history” (whatever that means).

We need to turn away from the power crazy, destructive perception, which in our global society has gone to extreme, and that by necessity means to unearth and redirect focus into the opposite direction…

That means, even though the goal is balance, there first has to happen a turning, in this case from a materialistic society dominated by the masculine principle to rekindling of the values inherent in the feminine principle.

We are talking about principles, not gender.

We are talking of duality, of energetic principles, but as long as we stay in duality, we have a problem, so by necessity, we have to move up to the next level up... where both energies (the masculine and the feminine) contribute to a society of harmony and peace…where co-operation in love and respect, is the goal; not the survival of the strongest, most scrupulous and ruthless.

Again, remember when I talk about the feminine principles (or the masculine principle) I am not referring to gender, but to sort of energy-fields, that yes, eventually become manifest – but they do so in both genders.

In this way the materialistic, out-ward,… matter orientated… society is a manifestation of the masculine principle.

Now let me go to the next level: Both masculine and feminine energetic principle have there root in a common source. A “ground of Being….” This ground of being, which brings forth all of existence, has many names, but  the most widely accepted through time and geographical Space is : “Mother”

Again: when I talk about “the Mother” this also does not refer to biological or social roles of a mother (or your mother) but refers to the vast cosmic energy-field beyond our ken from which all creation emerges, like a child being born from its mother.

Using the words “the Great Mother” or “the Cosmic Mother … “ are words that I, of limited mind,  use, to describe that vast energetic field that is “beyond” (Sanskrit: para; or Latin: divine ).

When I write, I move my fingers, in order to do so my brain gives the instructions to move the fingers, in order to do so my brain is infused by intelligent energy called mind, or consciousness, which in order to work through me is “fuelled” by some power, call it prana, call it “life-force”… which is in essence beyond understanding –yet possibly not beyond our experience.

Our capacity to put into words what we know, experience, feel is limited; language is limited.. so we choose words… that describe, paint a picture in our minds. You know the story of Creation in Christianity, that is only one way of looking at the mystery of existence.

Another way is, to talk in the picture of a cosmic Womb…(Hiranyagarbha) or “God in who’s mind, all exist already.” Creation is simply an expression of what is potentially already there and that includes ever new creation and ever dissolving, there is a constant process of “bringing force” and dissolving.                                                                                                           

For other cultures  at the “root” is indefinable, empty space which  however holds all potential- this space then is compared to ‘the womb’ as a collective noun. Yes, nothing new can come into existence… without a “womb” a space – however subtle that contains the potential. Here “womb” takes on a wider meaning than the physical womb, yet it retains it’s link to, or even identity with the feminine (or even the female).

Hence people like Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee   (The return of the feminine and the world soul; p.49) can say: Without the feminine nothing can be born, nothing can come into existence.

Since ancient times this “Space beyond” has been given various names and we as humans have tried to understand ‘IT’ with our limited perceptions, and made all sorts of models and systems, and pictures….of what we “think” or “experience” as these forces beyond.    

The most ancient and most widely spread throughout the globe and all times, is - to call this  “ground of existing”: Mother. Why “Mother’?        

At the root of the human experience (then and now) is that individual life, yours, mine – everyone’s life has its roots in something bigger than us; i.e. life-giving and life sustaining, loving and caring, which is originally and even now - expressed in the word: ‘mother’….. hence through tens of thousands of years human-kind  talked of that life-giving power, when inclusive to all that is born (all that has ever come into existence)  as the Great Mother, or the Cosmic Mother… and this knowing  survived into our days.

Yet at some time, under some circumstances, in some cultures, at a much, much later date, and - for whatever reason (we can’t go into that now) people started to see the cosmic energy-field, that brought forward all existence,  as different -  and thus they designated male gods as being the originators of life.

The root of this trend, is probably in what is called the “solar science “.. nomadic tribes, that travelled by the sun. They understood the sun, the sky, the light as the originator of life.. not the earth.. as others did. So God – in the sky – was moved away from humanity and earthly analogies. There was division between God and the rest!

And yet others, from earliest times in human history referred to that final Absolute as a dimension, that is totally beyond us: incomprehensible and indescribable; neither male nor female. And they tell us, that from that Indescribable ONE (Brahman or Parabrahm, Paramashiva) when it “stirs” - the first that evolves are two energetic forces/principles/fields with certain characteristics – which we then can talk about and describe. This is how we began our contemplation.

All three perspectives are still there today.

In India all three versions are alive: There what was called above the “Great Cosmic Mother” is especially associated with the feminine principle and as such called Maha-Shakti . There the focus lies on the permanent process, the permanent movement of bringing force; the name refers more to an intangible spiritual energy, which in Sufism is more like a “spiritual substance” “ a divine essence “ ; and even connected to “ blood and breath “ . we may simply  call IT “prana”- life-energy?

Swami Rama, writes: ‘Shakti the power of Brahman is the cause of the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the universe. The universe originates from Shakti, resides in Shakti and is ultimately reabsorb in Shakti. The one single non-dual Shakti transforms herself into the vast universe. There is no Brahman apart from Shakti and no Shakti apart from Brahman..” ( Call to humanity; p. 13)

But why do we call ‘That’ great fem. Energy -  “Mother”  in the first place?

As said above, humans learn through experiencing, and communicating their experience in language.

The first experience the human Being has – as we become conscious of ourselves, whether as embryo, or as small child – in total connection with mother… As an embryo, mother surrounds us...completely. There is total fusion – total containment… within her body. In fact we feed of her substance, we are her.

The fetus in the womb has no separate existence; just so, we have no separate existence!

In the wider perspective, we, all life exists in Her; like a blood-cell lives in our body… in total dependency and co-operation with the rest of the body. In fact this is an analogy that has been drawn in many scriptures of various traditions.

The experience of the first people, of becoming aware of their surroundings, of their total embedded-ness and dependency with Nature – was just this: they were totally surrounded, embedded, had their existence received from: The Great Mother Nature. Hence there was total respect for Her and life was lived in total harmony with her. This means: individuals or humanity as a whole lived from the awareness of “One-ness within the source” –  one-ness with Nature, oneness in the cosmic Womb, totally embedded  in Mother… in Nature!

And again,  please understand: when referring to the source, or ‘the cosmic’ womb,  it has little or nothing to do with the gender specific term ‘woman’… in fact some describe this ‘source’ as “Mother-Father” . It’s not gender we talk about, but a state of being totally connected with…Like: a child in her Mother’s womb!

In many cultures, were the connection between physical mother and child is understood as parallel to the connection between life-forms and ‘cosmic mother’,  the uncorrupted shared Space between Mother and Child,  is then seen as continuing as the spiritual journey throughout life, and that for every life-form.                                                                          

The use of the term ‘ Great Mother’, for many ancient and some contemporary traditions, (such as Tibetan Buddhism) immediately makes clear, that we are all connected, all held like children in the womb, or in the arms of our mother as brothers and sisters; being totally connected and unable to be living without her juice, her life-blood… And this brings us to “Mother Nature”.

It is interesting to note, that the word Nature, seems to touch on two meanings, both Latin:. “nat” which is related to water and swimming….”natal”….which is connected with birth….

Born from her waters… is life (we still are up to 75 % water). We are creatures totally dependent on Her water. Now see what we do with water: putting hormones in it, chloride, fluoride and all sorts…that kill fish, make man infertile and cause a multitude of illnesses and mental conditions, so that some scientists say: we cannot think clearly anymore, because our brains are constantly drugged! Polluted, clouded.

How can we as people, how can plants and animals be “clean”, be healthy.. if… water is not? Impossible!

The problem arose and continuous to rise… because, we think we know better than nature, than Mother Nature. We have changed and mistreat and misuse Her for hundreds of years.. when will She stamp her foot and shake her hips and say :enough.. and throw us of Her hips… is anyone’s guess… but it doesn’t seem far away.

How did things get so bad? A major part in the story, I am afraid, started with the Judeo-Christian conquest of the globe. The old story of the OT, i.e. right from the beginning.. God was above the primal waters…. He the Lord over…the living waters that became earth.  HE , removed.. in the sky –God tells the human that he has to make “the earth his dominion”. Man has to conquer earth, nature… and with it women of course! Or so the manipulators want us to believe.

Let me tell you a different story:   Stories are told, to express some truth through cultural symbols and language. With this understanding lets look at the OT and Creation story:

Adam short for adamah (Hebrew) meaning dust or Earth

Eva from Esha (Hebrew) referring to the inner fire or spirit.

So the human form (manifest, made of earth) has a fire inside (spirit/rib) which when taken out becomes self-existing. Spirit exists independent of form.

Now we add the other two symbols used:                                                                                     Apple: at the time indicated.. there were no apples growing in the region; (only figs, grapes and pomegranates). Apple originate in Northern Europe, it’s a borrowed symbol. Apples were the fruit in Celtic (and before) tradition of the Divine Mother. Not only that, they stood in the alphabet for the letter Q.. which was the symbol for the spiritual Warrior, or divine madness (associated with enlightenment.)                                                                                                                           Snake…universally recognized for two things, since the beginning of time: shedding the skin ( continuous time/infinity).. and the wriggle….of the snake, was seen as the reoccurring patterns of life and death (i.e. rhythm of time/reincarnation. Both these were associated with the worship of the Divine Fem. i.e. the Great Mother…

So now see the story: Spirit is originally inherent in Life form (human existence.) The life-affirming, ever birthing and renewing, en-souled existence… however gets emptied (as matter and spirit are separated ) and the independent spirit, the spirit that knows about time, about life and death, (the feminine wisdom per se), is made to look evil; forbidden , judged and punished by the sky God.. which only deals with what is seen in the light of day!!!

No unknown, no potential , no womb-space…. Only Matter/ facts… visible manipulation…is allowed,  only matter ..matters….

Indeed, the fire within, the spirit and potencia…. Is driven out!

Truth, life is distorted to such an extreme, that it cannot sustain itself anymore in many places. We are the inheritors of this legacy: desertification, melting Ice-sheets, starving refugees, combat for survival that ends in genocide and … femicide, of course… as life .. has to be sacrificed for matter….

 And we obey: we fill our lives more and more with matter… so we do not feel the emptiness….

Turn around!!!!! Bring back the awareness of nature, of life, turn to life affirming, essence affirming, sharing….see the Oneness…. See Mother Nature in all her beauty and richness…

In India another image for her is Bhuvaneshvari…..The goddess of Bhu… the elements of life, of existence…


This month our feature guest writer is non other that respected Swami VedaHis take on Dreams.


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                   Variety of Dreams

Swami Veda Bharati


Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama,10th April 2015

  • These days often following the silent evening group meditations from 5.30 p.m to 6.45 p.m. Swami Veda Bharati sometimes feels inspired to say a few words, or to answer a question or two that seekers have sent. Below is one of such presentations by him, edited and somewhat expanded.
  • A seeker has sent me a question about the nature of dreams.

It is a long topic and will take a whole book to explain. You may inquire about my recordings from the 1970s at the Meditation Center in Minneapolis. It was a series on  philosophy of sleep or art of sleep. You may listen to that series. That comprises very old material.

As you will read more of our Gurudeva Swami Rama’s literature and whatever I have written and spoken many of these questions will be answered slowly.

I am not one of those who try to find future by looking at my dreams. There is a variety of different kinds of dreams.

  • Some very rare ones, very very rare ones are divine dreams.
    • These may come from God and from one of His/Her manifestations or Incarnations. An example of these is to be found in the description given by Vachaspati Mishra in his commentary on Yoga-sutra 1.38 (see Swami Veda Bharati’s commentary on the Yoga-sutras, vol.1). Or, Jacob’s dream of a ladder to heaven (Genesis 28.10-19).
    • Some dreams may be messages from one’s own Guru.
  • Such dreams are extremely rare and are received by (a) very pure minds or (b) the minds that have paid off some of their karmas, burnt off their heavier samskaras (imprints from past life that constitute the ‘store house of karma’ --karmashaya) and are at a place where they can respond to the divine call.
  • But many people in their ego like to think that every dream is a divine message - it is not so!
  • In the second category are the dreams wherein a divine message is mixed up with one’s own emotions, samskaras, impressions in the unconscious mind. One does not know which part is which. It can be so very misleading as one starts looking for answers to one’s questions and problems in these dreams. These all create many confusions.
  • Then there are dreams that come purely from unconscious mind. There the brain is working out the stuff of emotions that it has not completed during the wakeful state so during the dream state the mind tries to work them out; the brain tries to work them out. It is done in symbols and not in language.
  • It is not being done in a conscious state specially during the REM sleep (rapid eyes movement phase of sleep). Just lights and shades are received by the eyes and then go into the brain. The brain interprets those according to its emotional states.
  • To Freud, who developed the modern science of dream analysis, dreams of snakes are sexual.
  • To me dreams of snakes are of kundalini.
  • To some Buddhists, the dream of a snake may be that of Naga Muchalinda who coiled himself under the Buddha when a flood threatened to dislodge Buddha from his meditation seat under the bodhi tree.
  • For a Christian, dreams of snakes are of the devil. But then there are the descriptions of (a) Moses’ staff becoming a serpent (Exodus. 4. 3-4) and Aaron’s staff becoming a snake as part of a miracle (Exodus 7.8-13).
  • For a Hindu, dreams of snakes are of the naga-devata, serpentine demi-gods, the divine in the forms of serpents and the kundalini.
  • So we cannot have one set interpretation.  Then at some point Freud said: “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” which is often misquoted as "and sometimes a snake is just a snake".
  • Allow me to share something I have discovered in my experimentations with sleep and dream. Please understand that the image of the entire body of all its cells, all its vessels, all its nerves, the image of this entire personality and its constituents, like a somato-sensory homunculus, is maintained  somewhere in the brain. There are places in the brain that maintain the consciousness and awareness of this entire system. That is a very active part of the brain and of the mind.
  • Then, in sleep when the external influences are not being fed into us through the senses (so there is no disturbance from outside), the mind scans the whole body. It scans for what is happening in the body and then according to what is happening in the body, it creates an image. Because it does not work in our scientifically descriptive and definitive language, it works in visualizations of symbols.
  • So, you are dreaming that you are flowing down a river. It is probably the mind scanning a blood vessel. Now, while flowing down the river you have come across a log. Maybe it is a clot you are encountering. On the other hand it may just be symbolic of some obstacles in the fulfilment of some of your wishes.
  • I am diabetic and have to be very careful about my high and low blood sugar level. I dream that I am giving by self a blood sugar test. Then I wake up and I know it is a message: "Check your blood sugar". I check it and it turns out to be low.
  • Or, I am dreaming that I am buying food. I wake up and I check my blood sugar level. Yes, indeed, I am in need of food.
  • These kinds of dreams have saved me so many times from the fatal effects of hypoglycemia.
  • So there is this scanning of the whole body that the mind undertakes nightly, and likewise the scanning of the whole mind that the mind does. It scans the whole brain: what are the unfinished emotional businesses, and all these other things in the unconscious that the mind has to catch up on, sort out, to un-tire and dis-fatigue itself.
  • So a dream is not always a divine message or a prophetic indication of the future. There are many many types of dreams.
  • Here I have not included the philosophy of wakefulness, sleep and dreams as taught by our Gurudeva Swami Rama, nor the many ancient texts like the Brahma-sutras (3.2.1-6) or lyrical chapters after chapters in Yoga-vasishtha.  Of these at some other time.
  • So it is the best to practice stillness. Samadhi is the state above what? Above jagrat, svapna and sushupti - wakefulness, dream and sleep. A yogi aspires to rise above these three and have all three under his control.
  • God bless you that you may wake up from the dream of this worldly existence (samsara).
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Our 8th class students finally got to write their exams and are now anxiously awaiting their results. Before graduating from LDA, KHEL School, the 8th graders were felicitated by their 7th class friends to a special party, organized solely by the 7th graders. There was much fun, food and partying.

The staff and management then arranged a Picnic for both classes. They drove in a bus through the state of Uttarakhand to the border with Himachal Pradesh. Visited Poanta Sahib and Rampur Mandir Park.

We wish them good luck on the results of their exams.




Lea's mehendi

It’s been a few months since John and Lea were married here at the Ashram with Vedic rites. Before the wedding following the excitement that prevails there was the usual Mehendi Party. Here is a picture of Lea showing off her henna designs done by the ashram ladies and girls.

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

Please write to



AHYMSIN Introduction Video:


Dr. Manju Talekar, Managing Director of SRSG (Guest information, reservations & bookings: Silvia Baratta) (Accounts & book keeping, D.M.T. Office: Bhupendra)



Bhola Shankar Dabral, Director (Publications and bookstore: Deepti)


Chuck Linke, Director

Carolyn Hodges and Maryon Maass, HYT-TTP Office (Website) (Email)

Himalayan Yoga Tradition - Teacher Training Program:

Chuck Linke – Director

Stephanie Sulpy: US Office Manager and Treasurer (Website)   (Email)

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