Bindu - Gateway to Himalayan Wisdom
This website is for people who hunger for a real connection with the core of life, who want more joy and less stress and are ready to be the conscious designer of their destiny rather than victim of circumstances.
In this website you’ll find:
- The wisdom, philosophy, lifestyle and practices of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition;
- A calendar listing opportunities to connect with teachers in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition;
- News from the Tradition.
More than 36 years ago I wrote in one of my books that there are three brands of yoga:
- Hollywood yoga. This is yoga for beauty of face and body for only a youthful look. Spiritual purpose of having a body is completely ignored. Millions of people worldwide are now attracted to this brand of yoga.
- Harvard yoga. This is yoga of intellectual studies undertaken by scholars and scientists ( such as academic translations of Yoga yexts, and medical and scientific papers published about the effects of yoga)
- Himalayan yoga. This is our path. It is the yoga of serenity, self-purification, meditation and final self-realization. It is the yoga of the ancient tradition of the Vedas and Upanishads and of the great Masters.
The Future Force Yoga Youth Conference 2013
20th - 25th February 2013
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
"So that the Grace and the practices and teachings of meditation in our lineage may continue into next generations..." - Swami Veda Bharati
by Lela Pierce
Dear Ahymsin Community,
As many of you know. Swami Veda recently formed a "Future Leaders" youth committee this past December - toward the end of the International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat. At that time, approximately 30 or so youths, ages 11-33 ish from all over the world, came together to discuss the future of AHYMSIN and how we can start preparing ourselves to serve the Tradition better in the future.
Since then, approximately 10 of us have been meeting somewhat regularly (once a month) via skype to discuss various topics. Active meeting attendees so far have included: Vikash Ramjanam (Netherlands) - recently elected to the AHYMSIN executive Committee, Apoorva Pal (India), Surya and Astra Kundan (Trinidad and Tobago), Nalini Behari (Netherlands), Tarik Hindi, and Surya Pierce (USA), Sakhi Kulkarni (India), and Isaac Sullivan (USA).
There are countless others connected to our youth group from around the world in other ways though they are not actively participating with us at this time. We would like to encourage all young people in the Himalayan Tradition to please step up and join us in our conversations in the future (whether they were present during the recent children's retreat or not, we would like to welcome you all and make our committee as inclusive of a group as possible).
Dear Swamiji, smiles,
Looks on at his children,
with a glint in his eyes.
Mischief in his gaze.
In the blink of an eye,
he spies our discombobulate
gazes that told it all.
Weight lifting two books,
Swamiji moves from Vasishtha
to a modern story
we all adore.
Still musing, confusing,
tells stories of old.
Ancient words, to us,
like liquid gold drips,
off his tongue.
Love in those words
ancient wisdom stirred.
From Swamiji's heart,
all in that room.
And nature sang in
of love sublime
in Vasishtha song.
To Swami Veda,
From Elizabeth Proctor
Contemplations on the Essence of Sankhya
by Swami Nityamuktananda
Today, Yoga is practiced on many different levels and has, in many respects, become disconnected from its basic philosophical roots. This commentary by Swami Nityamuktananda, is meant to raise aware-ness and allow the growth of a deeper wisdom in all who are serious students of Yoga and Sankhya.
I attended Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama as a guest in late 2010 and had the great privilege to attend Swamiji's lectures on the Shiva Sutras. I was so inspired by listening to Swamiji speak that I made the decision to return as a Gurukulam student the following year.
I returned home and spent the majority of one year arranging my finances and settling my affairs. I decided that I should attend the Gurukulam program for at least three years and arrived back in the ashram in October 2011 to begin.
The year began with a fairly gruelling schedule of classes. I remember being told at one stage that we would be very busy with the upcoming TTP and then finding (somewhat to my relief) that it was a little quieter than our usual routine. However, despite the hours, I immensely enjoyed the routine, especially the Sanskrit class and the philosophy class covering the text Tattva Bodha. I found the teaching methods in these classes to be wonderfully precise as well as challenging. I had spent years working full time and always wishing for more time to spend on my sadhana (both study and practice) so I was exactly where I wanted to be.
During the first few months, my greatest difficulty with the schedule (predictably) was sleep. Although I had maintained a fairly steady habit of rising around 4 am after my time as a guest in the ashram, I found that as a Gurukulam student, I was getting a little less sleep every night than I was accustomed to. This had the early effect of wearing down my mental fortitude. However, after persevering with the same hours for about three months, I found that I was regularly waking up before my alarm and feeling more and more energized each day. For me, this small result was a wonderful incentive for future effort.
Now that I am coming to the end of my first year in the Gurukulam program I realise that, although the routine of study and practice have been useful, I have benefitted from my time here most in more subtle ways. Having the chance to serve Swamiji, in as much as my limited capacity allows, has been my happiest and most rewarding experience. Also, the sense of good fellowship amongst sincere sadhakas is not something that was available to me in my life outside the ashram and I have made a few very strong friendships here.
As my first Gurukulam year draws to a close, I feel certain about where I am.
We would like to remind people of / invite people to sit for / the upcoming full moon mediations. You can review all of the dates and times at http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Index-of-Practices/full-moon-meditation.html
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