Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

International Day of Yoga 2017

IDY logoOn December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 21st of June every year to be International Yoga Day. India officially gave the proposal. 175 countries supported the resolution.

To read Swami Veda Bharati's Message for International Yoga Day, please use this link: 

To learn more about International Yoga Day, see:

Many areas are holding events the weekend before. Check your local listings for the date and time of a public celebration near you.

Three Bindus

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


Annual 40 Day Spiritual Festival Retreat

40 Day Spiritual Retreat 2017

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.

Sadhakas will be under the guidance of senior teachers/initiators at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, during these dates. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Online Satsang on "Ahimsa"

Online Satsang April 30 2017

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.

The medium of the online satsang is Skype. Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate.