Mauni Amavasya (Silence Day) is an annual observance. The observation of Silence Day is a practice that Swami Veda Bharati invited us to practice. In 2017, Mauni Amavasya is January 27. More information can be found at http://ahymsin.org/main/practice/mauni-amavasya-silence-day.html
Swami Veda Bharati took his Mahasamadhi July 14, 2015. He holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. Swami Veda 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.
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 this lecture Swami Rama discusses Kriya Yoga. He explains that the three basic practices of Kriya Yoga--tapas, svadhyaya and ishwara pranidhana (self-discipline, self-study and surrender of the ego)--should be practiced by all students of Yoga meditation, and that they are practiced in order to create a balanced mind and to establish a state of inner tranquility.
He further states that Kriya Yoga helps remove the obstacles that hinder our progress in meditation and by removing these obstacles we can obtain a state of samadhi.
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Table of Contents
- Be the Dwelling Place of God by Swami Veda Bharati
- Understanding the Mind by Swami Rama
- Intensive Silence Retreat by Manon van den Berge
- A New Center Is Born by Patricija Kos
- Swami Ritavan in Budapest by Puskás Kata Szidónia
- Shavasana Retreat in March
- Dance Workshop in February
- Two New Books
- Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…
- AHYMSIN Board: September 2016 by Rabindra Sahu
- Stomaji’s Visit in Athens by Sofia Foteina
- Jelle Grupstra’s Center by Stephen Parker (Stoma)t
- An Unexpected Blossoming by Joachim Volger
- Northern California Silence Retreat by Maryon Maass
- Workshops in Greece by Stephen Parker (Stoma)
- Around the Globe Facebook Sharings
- 2016 Events and Beyond
- Full Moon Meditation Dates
- Location of our SRSG ashram