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.
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.
In 2016, the 40-Day Festival will begin on 10th June and will end on 19th July, which is Guru Purnima.
These 40 days are celebrated wherever you are.
There will be a 40-Day Spiritual Festival Retreat under the guidance of senior teachers/initiators at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, during these dates.
Art of Shavasana: Subtleties of Deep Relaxation and Meditation Retreat 20th - 25th March 2017 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India.
Table of Contents
- Spiritual Roots of Arts, Culture and Ethics by Swami Veda Bharati
- Direct Experience by Swami Rama
- Dr. Mohan Swami´s Address to the Sangha
- 2016 Sangha Slideshow
- Coming Home by Randall Krause (Mokshadeva)
- Love by Miklós Zoltai
- News from Debrecen, Hungary by Miklós Zoltai
- Full Moon Meditation with Refugees by Marloes Vervaet)
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- Mauni Amavasya, Day of Silence by Joanne Sullivan (Divya))
- The Search for Eternal Truth by Amy Cui
- Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat by Yuko Metsugi
- 2016 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
- Location of our SRSG ashram
Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He was also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.
Yoga is not merely a matter of learning a system or a technique; it is something in which your whole personality is reconstituted.
A meditation that is an escape from life's problems is not meditation. A meditation that solves life's problems by itself, a meditation that is not self-centered, is the true meditation — self-aware yet not self-centered. The non-self-centered meditation has certain features to it. It is dedicated entirely to the will of God, and to the grace of the guru lineage.
To learn how to calm down, how to be still, how not to keep wavering, how to sit long in meditation. One cannot sit in meditation long. Why not? Because one cannot settle on anything in life for long. The spine is not straight because the pranic energy is not flowing straight.
There are two paths: from inside outwards, and from outside inwards. The two are one and the same. Being aware of your spiritual being. And that spiritual being, that Atman, that Self, is ever steady.
Spine straight, shoulders relaxed, face calm. Even the movement of the hand made with awareness Not like the leaves of a tree in a storm. To learn to move and to sit with that awareness. There is disturbance, because, you have not permitted the effects of that meditation to permeate your body, to make your prana stream flow steady.
In the beginning, whenever one is trying to change a habit, it becomes an effort!
Whatever you do repeatedly becomes your habit. And a sattvic habit will evoke from inside you your sattvic divine nature
Be aware that you are looking. Be aware that you are reading/breathing. Be aware that you are moving. Be aware that you are breathing. Be aware that you are feeling, sensing, observing. Be aware that you are sitting, or reclining, or lying down, or kneeling, or standing. That is spiritual practice.
As a candle flame, dipak flame, in a windless, breezeless spot burns steadily, that is how the yogi's body remains steady. When the mind is performing certain acts, interior mental acts, with the higher mind as a witness, observing the lower mind — at all times, even in sleep, the higher mind is observing that the lower mind is resting in sleep — then you are on the path.
Two or three minute meditations, every two and a half hours, or every three hours. Before falling asleep, before starting your hatha practice, before breakfast, before leaving your room, before going for a walk, upon returning from a walk, repeatedly, 2-minute, 3-minute meditations, undertaken many times in the day, help you to break down the process of imprinting from the outside. The imprints from the outside become weaker, and the samskara and the nirodha samskara, the imprint of internal control becomes more deeply etched.
Meditation, starting with breath awareness in nostrils. Resolve in your mind that again and again throughout the day, that you will bring the mind to this calm state.
Read the original article: http://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/marks-of-spiritual-progress.html
As a young man Swami Rama was known as Bhole Prabu. He was an accomplished musician who played the veena and loved to sing. The first song on this recording, Guru Vandana, was sung by Bhole Prabu on All India Radio. All of India wept when they heard it.
Available for download at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/swamirama2