People have asked for an update on Swami Veda's health. Swami Veda is now 81 years old and has lived a life of selfless service. His life can be seen as an example to us of what a life of sadhana can be. At this age, he has certain chronic physical health conditions, some of them progressive in nature, which will be with him the rest of his present lifetime. He has written about these photos, "Face is puffed up because of steroids" which is one of the medicines being used in treatment.
When his physical health allows, Swamiji sits with those at SRSG for the silent meditation. He has said that he will not be teaching classes anymore, but he has also told us "the regular programmes of teaching at our Rishikesh Ashram will continue through other advanced and experienced teachers, the guidance for your personal meditation will intensify, and this little teacher's silence will enhance your own silence and vibration." And he has reiterated that his silence will enhance your own silence and vibration.
We would request that you not flood Swamiji with emails. He needs time for the things that he feels he must do. Your prayers and remembrances touch the universal mind field when you are meditating.
Perhaps you would enjoy reading "Swami Veda Talks about his 2013 Vow of Silence" again at http://ahymsin.org/main/swami-veda-bharati/swami-veda-talks-about-his-2013-vow-of-silence.html
Questions about spiritual practice and things like that can be directed to the mantra initiators and senior teachers. Although we are not as advanced as Swamiji, we will try our best to serve you. Perhaps you do not know who the mantra initiators are; in addition to Swami Veda, those designated to give mantra initiation within the AHYMSIN family include: Alexander Benjamin, Carolyn Hume, Helen Choe, Lalita Arya, Linda Billau, Ma Radha Bharati, Michael Kissener, Nina Johnson, Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral, Rajah Indran, Raghavendra Adiga, Savitri Jugdeo, Shi Hong, Stephen (Stoma) Parker, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Swami Prashant Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Tat Sat Bharati, Wolfgang Bischoff, and Yoong.
Swami Veda has encouraged us to be kalyana mitras and to grow as a sangha. We can come together with open hearts and strengthen each other.
And he has also encouraged us to participate in events at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) or to come for spiritual retreats. He has also consistently invited us to participate in the Full Moon Meditations (http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/full-moon-meditation.html ) and to encourage others to participate.
During November's Kalyana Mitra Retreat, Swami Ritavan encouraged us to rely less on Swami Veda's physical presence - and to engage in our small groups and in the entire global community.
With our regularity of practice and sincerity of intent, the Guru Lineage does guide and help us, although we may not always be aware of it. We, including Swami Veda, are always held within this love.
If there are any initiates among you who have not started the practice given by Swami Veda on 9th March 2014, I would also like to encourage you to do this.
Information can be found here http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/practice-for-the-next-five-years-and-the-rest-of-your-life.html
If you would like to inquire about coming to SRSG, please use this link: http://ahymsin.org/main/accommodations-inquiry.html