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Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

The Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) is an ashram and spiritual retreat center situated in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) is dedicated to:
  1. Restoring yoga and meditation to their ancient and traditional purity,
  2. yet teaching the same in a modern scientific framework,
  3. exploring their application to the modern world, and
  4. fulfilling these purposes by training spiritual guides and teachers of international stature (Gurukulam programme).

Location
SRSG sits outside the city of Rishikesh in the region known as Dev Bhumi, land of the Gods.    Rishikesh is one of India’s major centres of spiritual and scriptural heritage, home of 200 ashrams.  It is accessible directly from New Delhi (250 kilometers away) by road, rail and air.  Haridwar station is the main train junction from Rishikesh, a 25 minute drive from SRSG ashram and daily flights from Delhi are available at the Dehradun, Jolly Grant airport (a 30 minute drive from the ashram).


SRSG is within walking distance, 300 metres to the Ganges River, and about 250 meters from the famous sacred shrine of Virbhadra. The Little Kali River flows along side the campus, and the scenic Shivalik Hills surround the area.


SRSG CAMPUS EDUCATION/RESIDENCE

 PROGRAMMES


There are thousands of paths and methods of meditation known to the yogis.  Nowadays, a few of these have become popular.  Our Tradition preserves the totality from which these few are borrowed.  SRSG offers training into such a comprehensive Tradition wherein all the thousands of methods – a different one suitable for each different personality type at different stages of development – are seen as a whole in their interconnected sequences of practices.  Persons from all spiritual traditions and all walks of life are welcome to come and participate.


GURUKULAM PROGRAMME:

Institute of Meditation and Interfaith Studies – 3 to 5 years

“…the goal is to produce graduates who excel in both scholarship
and the practical disciplines.”

This programme is our primary effort.  Its purpose is to prepare people to speak to different cultures and guide them in meditation in its totality, in the context of all cultures.  It envisions personal spiritual experience to be the foundation of education in all academic areas. Hence the goal is to produce graduates who excel in both scholarship and the practical disciplines.
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Ancient texts and their languages are taught not merely as works of philosophical theory; they are explained in the light of the spiritual experiences from which they have originated. They are taught so that students who are being led through those levels of spiritual experience may understand. At the same time, students develop scholarly understanding of a text by accessing it through the language in which it was written—Sanskrit, for example.  
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Students:  This program is suitable for persons who are interested in long-term intense study while carrying out spiritual practices given by the spiritual preceptor.  Students commit to a 3 to 5 year (up to10 year) of study and training on campus.

Study and Practice Schedule:  The class schedule includes classes in Sanskrit, the Yoga Sutras and other areas of philosophy and hatha yoga.  Physical aspects of yoga are taught in their meditational context—having meditation as the true experience.   Other courses such as Ayurveda , science and yoga, and yoga psychology are also available.

In addition to coursework, students have practices in inner awareness, self-purification and individualized practice

Tuition is $300 monthly in addition to a one time registration fee of $500.  Summer residency is $100 monthly.  Different fees apply to Indian students and others from low economy countries.

Faculty:  Full and part-time faculty members are international, holding the highest academic qualifications and are scientifically trained.  They have integrated the profound teaching of meditation with their academic and scientific learning.  Most faculty members are in residence one to two months each year. Swami Veda lectures daily when in residence.

Interested?  If you are interested in this program, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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REGULAR ASHRAM PROGRAMMES


SRSG, through its many unique aspects, offers programmes
 that are not available elsewhere…

    
Spiritual Retreats  
  • Individualized Retreat – Come anytime during the year. Stay for a few days or a few months; come alone or with family or friends.  Individualized study programmes of hatha yoga, relaxation, breathing, meditation, yoga philosophy and karma yoga as taught by the Himalayan Tradition, are developed for participants.
  • Silence Retreat – With the approval of the spiritual director, guided silence periods of 3,  7, 10 days, or-- for those with prior silence experience-- 40 days can be arranged.  A systematic series of practices is given under the guidance of Swami Veda.  For those who are ready, a three-month practice of silence and solitude may be given.
  • Intensive Sadhana Retreat - Longer and more intensive periods of sadhana may be assigned for prepared seekers by the spiritual director.

Special Seminars - From time to time special seminars are organized for visiting groups. See website or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for dates and topics of upcoming seminars.  

IHYTA - Teachers Training (recurrent) – The Teacher Training Program of the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association includes a period of study, training and practices in Rishikesh.  For course dates and topics see the websites or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Transformation Through Pilgrimmage – Conducted in conjunction with one of the above programs, excursions to sacred sites can be planned.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who may enroll:  The variety of programmes listed below makes it possible for seekers to find the one that best suits their spiritual interests, time constraints and resources.  Persons from all spiritual traditions and all walks of life are welcome.

Schedule:  Participants in all the programmes follow the daily ashram schedule which begins at 6:00 a.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m.  Time for reading, journaling, reflection is always available.
 Classes on the basic yoga practices are regularly scheduled as well as lecture courses for gurukulam which guests may attend, as appropriate.    
 Guests also attend Swami Veda’s classes when he is in residence.  
 Video recordings of Swami Rama lecture series on topics such as Yoga Sutras and Upanishads are featured on a regular basis.
 Programmes are available all year; however, since gurukulam is on holiday June- August, no regular classes are scheduled.

Service Opportunities:  All campus residents participate in service for the ashram.  Service includes a variety of tasks from meal service and cleaning to transcribing lectures, helping with mailings and so forth.

Accommodations:  Participants live in one of 35 spacious double or triple occupancy guest cottages, each with kitchenette and bathroom hot shower.

Residential Fees:  $30 (for those from countries with strong economies) per day per person includes meals, lodging and instruction. For one month or longer,  cost is $475 dollars per month per person.  The tradition of dakshina (voluntary offering to the teacher for the teaching) is also encouraged.
 
 
Facilities
There are 33 fully furnished comfortable cottages of single/double and family size occupancy. Each cottage features one or two bedrooms, meditation room (that can be used as a bedroom), kitchenette, dining area, bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet. Guests are provided excellent, balanced vegetarian meals that are cooked and served at a common dining hall.

SRSG’s large meditation hall seats 200 and is adaptable for a variety of group activities including Yoga classes, conferences, lectures, and seminars,. SRSG includes meeting rooms, a video room and book store. Accommodations are available for up to 100 guests. An additional 50 guests can be accommodated at nearby Sadhana Mandir, the mother ashram, founded by H.H. Swami Rama.

Consecrated representations of the divine force in the forms of a statue of the Buddha and the venerable Shankaryacharya as well as a crystal shiva linga within a small shiva temple, are found about the campus, inspiring and uplifting all.

Internet access is available to guests, and telephone access is a 5-minute walk away.

Due to the SRSG’s spiritual origin and affiliations, no meat or alcohol consumption is permitted. In addition, no smoking is allowed on the grounds.

Sister Centres
Sadhana Mandir, Swami Rama’s Ashram, a four-minute drive from Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama,  is an international centre for the teachings of H.H. Swami Rama. This is Swami Rama's original ashram, and the inspiration for the establishment of SRSG.


Himalayan Hospital and Medical College
Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, another sister organization, is associated with SRSG and is reachable by road from the ashram within one hour. It is a leading institution in India for the integration of western medicine and holistic disciplines. It offers a wealth of educational opportunities for those interested in complementary and integrated medicine.

 Contact:
 
Phone: +91 135-2450093 and 2453447
E-Mail: WAIT ON EMAILS, WE ARE GETTING A DOMAIN NAME
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Virpur Khurd, Virbhadra Road
P.O. Pashulok, Rishikesh
Uttaranchal 249203

Websites:
www.bindu.org
www.swamiveda.org                             
www.themeditationcenter.org

Swami Veda Bharati, Spiritual Director
 
Swami Veda Bharati's teachings have traveled to over 33 countries, touching people on six continents. He has led meditations in 17 languages.  His ability to unite those from such differing backgrounds lies in the practice of a spirituality that is beyond religion, culture, language, status, and education.
 
Swami Veda Bharati is recognized as a scholar of extraordinary depths and author of many books, including the comprehensive commentary The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Volumes I and II.  He received his B.A. (Honours, London), M.A. (London), and Doctorate (Holland) and, while a professor at the University of Minnesota, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Since then, he has been guiding thousands worldwide in the purest and most ancient path of subtler, lesser known aspects of the Himalayan tradition of meditation.
 
Swami Veda Bharati is a close disciple of H.H. Swami Rama, who demonstrated delta brain waves while conscious to scientists at the Menninger Foundation, which Swami Veda has replicated in a scientific laboratory.
 
For over half a century, Swami Veda has also dedicated himself to various humanitarian efforts, including education, creating self-sustaining villages for people with leprosy and their families, and, most recently, opening an institute for meditation and interfaith studies.

His work with the World Parliament of Religions and the United Nations World Council of Religious Leaders has led to presentations on both practical and timely topics, such as education and parenting for peace and spirituality in business.
 
His openness, depth of calm, and insight are rare. His way of teaching is personal, practical, and direct. His deep joy and spontaneity make him an engaging speaker.

See Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Mission Statement.

Sadhana Mandir Ashram

Sadhana Mandir is a flower-filled island of peace, seated on the banks of the Holy River Ganga in Rishikesh-one of the Holy cities of India-surrounded by the Himalayan foothills. The Ashram serves as an international center for the teachings of The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and Meditation; providing a living experience of the systematic practice, study and lifestyle of yoga and meditation.

It's mission is to re-link yoga to the ancient spiritual lineage through the process of initiation and to re-establish the spiritual context and content of yoga in its original purity. The attendant sciences, texts and philosophies, such as those of the Vedas and Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, are taught in an experiential-meditative context.
The Ashram still vibrates with the peaceful energy created by its founder Swami Rama. Coming to his Ashram even for the first time, one experiences the special energy, inspiration and pull to a mental silence.

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