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.
Photo courtesy of Dan Prideaux
One of a series of Contemplations guided at the Meditaiton Center, Minneapolis, USA.
Let me but once still myself. When I am still, will my senses become inoperative? Will my activity all cease? Is that a state, something, to aspire for? Only that stillness, which at present lies occluded, will be experienced and it will become known that stillness is not absence of activity, it is the only source of activity. That, silence is not an absence of speech; Silence is the source of speech. It will be known that non-violence, is not an absence of violent action, it is overflowing love in which there is no other.
Love ceases when love exists. There shall be no more love, for another. There shall be no more love towards an alien. When I have ceased the otherness, I cannot love another. When there is no alien, there is no hate. When love is, love ceases. When love ceases, then love is. If love is between two, the 'two' ceases, so love ceases. God, give me that love, that by its very existence ceases and I fail to say 'I love another'. For, I look around and I find no other. Whom shall I love? Then love becomes my own Self, filled with the Self to the brim.
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.