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Swamiji's Medical Situation

30th December 2013

As many of you have known for some time, Swami Veda Bharati has some physical health issues, and many of you have expressed your concern and your love during the years regarding this. We know that many of you have given prayers. Below you will find an update shared with us on 30th December 2013 by John Sellinger, who has been serving as an assistant to Swamiji. John has also written "Swamiji wants to reach out to his well-wishers and let them know how he is doing."

Please note in the email below: "please kindly refrain from sending personal inquiries at this time" to Swamiji directly.

Sent: Monday, December 30, 2013 2:55 AM
Subject: Swamiji's Situation

Dear Friends,

I am writing on behalf of Swami Veda to communicate to you all the present situation as regards Swamiji's health.

Yesterday, in the late morning, Swamiji had an episode of fainting. Fortunately, Surendra was with him at the time and called for help immediately. Within minutes, he was given the necessary first aid and was taken to HIHT Hospital by ambulance shortly afterwards. From HIHT, he was transferred by air ambulance to Medanta Hospital in Delhi where he has been undergoing tests and receiving the best possible care.

Swamiji has just now finished undergoing a cardio-angiogram and, having just met with the cardiologist, we have been told that the results of this are not significantly different from the last angiogram performed some time ago. We took this as relatively good news in terms of his heart condition.

Swamiji will be staying as an inpatient for some time more to undergo further tests related to his other existing medical concerns.

Swamiji was anxious to know that his spiritual family are being kept informed of his situation. As we know, even in these circumstances, his thoughts and concerns are with his beloved sangha.

We request that all those concerned for Swamiji's health, please kindly refrain from sending personal inquiries at this time. Be well assured that those here with Swamiji will keep you informed of all updates to the situation.

With much Love on behalf of Swamiji.

In service,
John

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Attitudes Towards Illness

Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He is also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He has 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.

The subject of yoga attitude towards illness is of interest to both the ill and the well. How to maintain a right attitude at times and seasons that affect us adversely also forms an essential part of the topic of, let us say, the yoga attitude to the body. Quite often when we speak of the immortality of the spirit, and the cycles of incarnations, freedom from the bondage of karma, final liberation from the cycles, and the ultimate goal in human life being spiritual, a false impression is created as though in the tradition of meditation we consider the physical body to be somewhat unimportant. That is certainly not the case. Because if the physical body was unimportant, why would we talk so much about posture, breathing, health, diet, nutrition, and psychosomatic factors, which actually is the association most people have of Yoga in U.S.A. So the body is certainly very important; though it is not the end, it is the means to the higher realization. And if you do not have a positive attitude to the body, you develop all kinds of complexes.

I must admit that for a long period of my life, I personally considered the body to be unimportant and paid no attention to its needs or its health. But that is a personal confession of failure rather than a statement of the yoga attitude. I said to myself, as many others might also do: well, if I practice my meditation I'll keep generating my prana; the body will stay healthy. In my travels I paid no attention to my mealtimes and other requirements like a necessary rest period and so on. Then came a time when it hit me, and I learned my lesson and have considered the body to be somewhat more important than I thought at first.

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Education Welfare Fund

Since its inception in 2007, AHYMSIN, apart from making available the teachings of Himalayan Tradition, has gradually broadened the scope of its contribution towards the wellbeing of society. One of the key areas of focus is to build healthy families and organizations. Child education is a corner stone for success in this area.

Guided by the compassionate understanding of Swami Veda Bharati, AHYMSIN has set up an Education Welfare Fund for school-going children. The scope of the fund will extend to and cover school fees, textbooks & notebooks and school uniform.

Initially, the funding support will be made available for the children of Ashram-sahaayaks (staff) with a vision to support economically challenged families within larger communities. However, that will depend on the availability of funds.

Documented policy is available in the AHYMSIN office that clearly defines the eligibility criteria and the process for disbursement of education funds.

AHYMSIN shall also provide scholarship and education loan on the basis of merit and as approved by the AHYMSIN Board.

This is an opportunity to further contribute and serve. We shall humbly accept any support towards building the Education Welfare Fund. For the year 2013-2014, AHYMSIM Education Welfare fund is ready to support the education for 9 children.

For further details of the policy and your generous contributions towards the Fund please contact Sadhana Mishra, General Secretary for AHYMSIN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What can we do to heal the world?

An initiate asked this question:
I've been wanting to ask you something for a while now. Everywhere around us we see people doing wrong, crimes have increased ten fold, people have no morals, they are doing anything without thinking. Simple things that are righteous also, people can't understand anymore. So many atrocities on women, children and animals are increasing.

What can we do to heal the world? Can we help others through our meditation? Baba used to say we should keep praying for the world, for world peace. Since childhood I've been saying one line every night till date before sleeping, "please give world peace and a good day to all tomorrow." Should I keep praying for that? I really want to do so much but don't know how to. Please guide me.

Answer:
I am so happy to know someone who has these thoughts of concern for the world and actually does a prayer for the world peace everyday.
In order for our aspirations for this sattvic nature require for us

  1. Learning the art of making our prayers effective.
  2. Learning to merge the individual mind into samashti-chitta, universal mind through which alone we can radiate sattvic thoughts in many people.
  3. A deep sankalpa to serve and purify the world selflessly and to undertake whatever internal or external, personal or social tasks to which one might need to make a lifelong dedication.
  4. For all this we require (a) intensifying our spiritual energies and (b) improving ourselves, our thoughts, words and actions, to serve as models and sources of inspiration for a large number of people.

Those who have mastered the above paths have always succeeded in bringing major changes in the world even though, to my knowledge, no one has ever succeeded in making the entire world sattvic; this is because each mind has its own samskaras and the effects on the free will.