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.
One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.
In the scriptures, three bindus are described. A bindu means a dot, circle, or hole. A bindu can become a circle, a center – or a hell-hole. You can interpret it in whichever way you think of it. Of the three bindus, one is blue, one is red, and one is white. These three bindus – the upper, middle, and lower – are focal points for the mind in meditation. These bindus are related to the chakras; they connect one region with another. The knowledge of the bindus is imparted by the yogis when the student is ready to receive it. The bindus are called rakta, sveta, and nila. Teachers understand the mental conditions of their students and thus prescribe one of the bindus. Finally the teacher leads the student to pierce the pearl of wisdom and go beyond to the Limitless.
- Swami Rama in Path of Fire and Light, Volume 2, page 146
Table of Contents
- What Is Knowledge by Swami Veda Bharati
- Transformation of Thoughts by Swami Rama
- October Seminar and Pilgrimage
- Art of Shavasana by Svetlana Breus
- TTP2 Retreat by Riemke de Groot
- Online Satsangs by Namita Sinha
- October Retreat with Bettina Bäumer
- The Shavasana Retreat by Joanne Sullivan (Divya)
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- Mindfulness in Ayurveda & Yoga by Gary Gran
- Joyful at Death’s Threshold by Randall Krause
- A Week of Silence by Dirk Gysels
- 2017 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
- Location of our SRSG ashram
May 31st to July 9th, 2017
Each summer during the 40 days that precede Guru Purnima, sadhakas are invited to participate in the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, to expand and refine one’s sadhana.
During these 40 days, yoga students can choose to intensify their yoga practice and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of ways.
The satsang will be the first in a series of online satsangs on Yamas and Niyamas. Mokshadeva Ji (Randall Krause) will be giving self-reflective homework to all participants, which he will review in the next satsang on "Satya."
The online satsang is open for all spiritual aspirants in the Himalayan Tradition.
July 14, 2017 will be the 2nd Anniversary of Swami Veda Bharati's Mahasamadhi.
“We gather as a celebration on this first anniversary of our beloved Swami Veda's samadhi. Here, we are not adoring the physical body which was placed in this space one year ago; we are present to embrace the subtlety of his example, the beauty of his teaching, and faith in his mandate – ‘share with the world the pure form of meditation and only initiate into the same.’" - Swami Ritavan Bharati at the 1st anniversary of Swami Veda's mahasamadhi
There will be a Maha Samadhi Anniversary Retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) July 8 – 16, 2017.