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.
A friend has written me asking the following question:
In the Patanjali sutras, he gives us the yama of ahimsa. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna that he must fight and slaughter a lot of soldiers. While Krishna tells him that the atman cannot be harmed since it's eternal, immutable, etc., Arjuna still must harm a whole lot of people in battle. How do I reconcile these two things? If Patanjali is saying that we shouldn't harm anybody's atman, that doesn't really make sense since it cannot be harmed. So he must be talking about the body. If he's talking about the body this seems a direct contradiction to what Krishna is telling Arjuna. I've been struggling with this for awhile and can not make the two things come together.
Here is a brief reply...
At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG)
20th – 25th February 2013
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
February newsletter table of contents:
- Meditation, Love and Service by Swami Veda
- Swami Nitya Contemplates Prashnopanishad III
- New SRSG Video
- Spirituality and When It Dawns by Swami Rama
- Ammaji's Corner
- European Retreat
- Thailand Retreat Invitation
- Twitter Fan? See Swami Veda Quotes
- AHYMSIN e-mail directory
Read the newsletter HERE
Whether in ancient or modern times,
Peace comes from our state of mind.
We will study stories from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Vasistha which provide messages to stabilise the mind and help us cultivate a beautiful mind (chitta prasadanam)
A workshop with Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Nityamuktananda
1-3 JUNE 2012, The Ware Priory, Herts. UK
The last opportunity to study in the UK with Swami Veda Bharati before he enters 5yrs of Silence in 2013.
Swami Veda Bharati has a unique ability to translate ancient text into a modern context that is understandable to all listeners, all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. He is recognised globally as one of the foremost teachers of yoga and meditation.
FRIDAY 1st , SATURDAY 2nd and SUNDAY 3rd JUNE
8am – 9.30am chants, hatha yoga, relaxation
9.30am – 1030am BREAKFAST
10.30am – 12.30pm Swami Nityamuktananda: lecture and meditation
1.30pm – 3pm : Swami Rama DVD showing/Book Shop/ Walking
3pm – 4.30pm: Swami Veda Bharati: lecture and meditation
(on Saturday the afternoon lecture will be Swami Nityamuktananda, followed by Kirtan – music and chanting celebration)
COSTS £20 non-refundable deposit, balance due END APRIL.
(Cancellation policy: monies refunded if your space is filled minus £20 deposit)
1 day £85, 2 days £160, 3 days £210
(PLEASE NOTE: this retreat is non residential, download accommodation list)
VEGETARIAN BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED
PLEASE BRING YOGA MAT, BLANKET and CUSHION
A new important project has begun in Ahymsin. A group of people from all over the world has been selected and invited to SRSG by Swami Veda Bharati with the purpose of translating and recording numerous meditations in the respective languages.
As Swamiji said during the course, our Tradition is probably a unique reality all over the world; the amount of recorded meditations at all different levels is a treasure that no other schools possess. So a desire to make such a patrimony available for all humanity is now the driving purpose of this project: to translate and record the selected meditations in all the different languages so that the barrier of language would be overcome allowing the teachings and guidance of the Masters to achieve anybody in need.
Since I was a little kid, I dreamed about going to India and the Himalayas, and when I first heard about Rishikesh, it just caught my attention. That was more than 25 years ago.
I heard people talk about this quiet and little town, painted with Mother Nature's colors, surrounded by mountains and trees, filled with fresh air and prana, blessed with the Ganges' white waters that come down from the Himalayan peaks to purify us with its sacred spiritual current.
This place was chosen long ago by the great perspicacious sages from Vedic times to be their place of retreat, fit for its silence and quiet environment to practice the mystic science of yoga.
This little town sheltered Swami Sivananda, Yogi Gupta, Brahmacharya Ram, Swami Chidananda, Swami Rama and so many other sages, yogis and sadhus that lived and practiced sadhana in this particular place.