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.
Swami Veda shares this letter of Diane "as an example of egoless reaction to one's spiritual accomplishment of silence -- something to aspire for" and writes that it would be beneficial for those who undertake periods of silence with us to look at themselves in the way Diane has done -- candidly and without fear.
Thank you for your wonderful teaching during the days of the silent retreat at Minneapolis.
On the first day of class of the ten day retreat, Swami Ritavan asked if each might share what we hoped to achieve by attending this retreat. My reply was, "Would like to become aware of impediments that keep me from living fully through my Divine Soul."
Through not being mindful, my careless misdeed of speaking when professing silence has made me acutely aware of one of my defilements. A momentary lapse in mindfulness may easily bring undesirable consequences to what has been achieved.
Only a fool speaks words that do not come from the stillness of mind--a mind whose team of wild horses and raging elephants are at bay. This person admits to being a fool; she freely states what others may merely think or whisper. My prideful overly active mind wishes to be my master and resents being my servant.
For more information about a yoga sutra course that Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswatiwill be teaching in London http://stillpointyogalondon.com/looking-at-the-philosophy-of-yoga-a-yoga-sutra-study-course-with-swami-nityamuktanada-autumn-2012/
European Intensive Silence Retreat, 19-24 October 2012, with Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Nityamuktananda,and Pandit Ashutosh Sharma. Details here: http://www.himalaya-yoga.nl/workshops/89-intensive-silence-retreat.html
The Guru Purnima video was taken in Minneapolis at St. Marion's Church across the street from The Meditation Center. Click link to view: http://dansvideos.s3.amazonaws.com/SVB%20Lectures/GuruPurnima2012.mp4 [Please forgive the technical difficulties that occurred due to equipment failure a few moments into the talk by Swami Veda and the rest of the Swamis at the Ashram.]
Dan & Tom Prideaux, Editors, Publishers, & Videographers [Dan Prideaux is the webmaster of http://www.swamiveda.org and Tom Prideaux is the webmaster of http://www.swamiveda.com ]
Please click here to view your Ahymsin June 2012 Newsletter: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1206Jun/index.html
An index of the June Newsletter article:
1. Raising a Spiritual Child by Swami Veda Bharati
2. The Future Force Yoga Youth Conference 2013
3. In the Gurukulam by Maurizio Teodoro
4. Yoga for the Little Ones by Noida Sadhakas
5. Ferry Meditation by Sarah
6. Something Swamiji Said by Roxanne Currie
7. Spring 2012 Korean Tour by Stoma
8. Lithuania 2012 by Stoma
9. One Year Anniversary in Pune
10. Silent Retreat on the Shore with Ma Radha by Lauren Forney
11. God Speaking, Humans Hearing, and a Nice Jewish Boy Meets Rabbi Jesus
12. Poem for Swamiji by Elizabeth Proctor
13. The Art of Joyful Living
14. Tattva Samasa by Swami Nityamuktananda
Our next edition is planned for end of July.
We continue to encourage you to please register in Swami Veda's database at this link:
http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php?option=com_civicrm&;view=Profiles&Itemid=175 It will really help us and Swami Veda to keep in contact with you directly.
All who are initiated in any genuine tradition gravitate towards Guru Purnima - the celebration of the Full Moon dedicated to honouring the Guru. It is the Guru's gravity pull towards which we gravitate, for even the word 'great' is derived from the same original verb root from which the word 'Guru' is derived.
The greatness of the Guru is in that he, like a mother, gestates us in the womb of his knowledge. The First Guru, HIranyagarhba, is the Golden Womb of the universe in that all knowledge dwells in that cosmic womb.
When the Guru takes our foetus-like, undeveloped consciousness, and keeps it in the spacious womb of his own consciousness, thereby we become his offspring.
This relationship in the Tradition is the most sacred. We may pay our debt to our physical parents by honouring and serving them. From the Guru, there is no such expectation because the value of knowledge can never be assessed.
The purpose of this knowledge in the spiritual traditions is simply moksha, liberation. Further, the purpose of passing on the knowledge is for the compassion towards all living beings, to liberate them from their suffering, to provide them with a boat to cross the rivers of sorrow.
Every time we recite the 'tryambakam'...mantra, the central prayer in that mantra is a single word
May I be liberated.
This should be our aspiration and longing day and night, muksheeya!
When we have such aspiration, the Guru himself will gravitate towards us and draw us into the field of his gravity pull. He will keep us there until our wish 'muksheeya' has been fulfilled.
At the celebration of this Guru Purnima, I wish to assure you that those who are initiated in our Tradition do remain thus enwombed. May these foetuses grow to full maturity of liberation.
Swami Veda Bharati
Guru Purnima, 3 July 2012