"Basic Yoga Practices of the Himalayan Tradition"

Do you love Yoga?
Do you want to become a teacher of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition-and follow the teacher training program (hyt-ttp) certified by AHYMSIN together with Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy (Kanpur) and Dhyana Mandiram Trust and hyt-ttp?

We are pleased to announce that for the first time in Greece we prepared an amazing training program.

AHYMSIN (Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies INternational) represented in Greece by 'Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas' is launching a “Himalayan Yoga Tradition-Teacher Training Program” (hyt-ttp) with an Introductory Sangha Workshop on:

"Basic Yoga Practices of the Himalayan Tradition" in person or online, at our Center*.

The Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition combines the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, philosophy and Tantric practices, as well as special oral instructions and initiatory experiences, handed down by a long line of sages and Yoga Teachers whose names are or are not known.

Tradition is not a mental combination of three unrelated elements, but a unified system whose parts are inextricably linked.

This hands-on workshop will explore the foundational practices and supporting teachings of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition as developed by Himalayan Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati.

If you want to enrich your knowledge, deepen the connection with your inner self, explore the beneficial effects of Yoga on your body and mind and also help other people achieve it, we are waiting for you!

On Friday 11 August, from 17.30 to 19.30 there will be an introduction by Swami Ritavan Bharati and on the weekend of 12&13 August, from 10.00 to 13.00 we will continue with Swami Ritavan Bharati and Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre).

The unique Himalayan Yoga practice is based on ancient techniques originating in the Himalayan caves and focuses on balancing the body and spirit!

In this Workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the deeper aspects and deepen your knowledge and practice. Expert teachers will guide you through various lessons, case studies and discussions that will enrich your understanding.

Having attended this workshop:
# You will learn more about Himalayan Yoga and decide whether to continue your training to the 200 hour level certification, and then to the 500 hour level certification. (More details will be given during the Seminar)
# You will explore your posture
# You will observe and follow your breath
# You will learn how to calm the mind for inner peace
# You will get to know your inner self better
# You will develop your self-awareness
# You will develop the flexibility, strength and balance of your body.
# You will reduce your anxiety and stress.
# You will improve your concentration

Don't miss this opportunity to be close to the Teachers who will be in Greece to inaugurate, in addition to the Yoga Teacher Training Program, the International Camp for Families organized in Greece by AHYMSIN, at the campsite of Agios Andreas, Nea Makri, from August 3-10.

If you want to explore the world of Himalayan Yoga Meditation, register in person or online at

The Workshop will be held in English with translation into Greek.

Suggested Donation €120 (on registration you will be given the account number for your deposit and the zoom link if needed).

Contact phone +30 210 8670424, 8661553, mobile +30 6937122768 (Sofia Foteina)

*Our center is located in Chalandri, 12,Thessalonikis Str., 15234, Athens (near Ag. Paraskevi metro)

A Seminar on Pranayama (Breath is your life) - [ONLINE]
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2022, from 10.00-14.00 and 15.00-18.00 By Pandit Priyadarshan
The practice of Pranayama is a central aspect of traditional Hatha Yoga. A practice of expanding and controlling vital energy through breath, pranayama energizes, cleanses, relaxes and helps us to concentrate (go to our center) to improve decision making, to face all facts of life in calmness, let go of our fears and to help people around us.

In this workshop, Pt. Priyadarshana will address the essential aspects of breathing and pranayama exercises, including the foundation and progression of the practice as well as counter indications, as they are taught in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition.

Suggested donation: 120euro (early bird up to 20th of November, 100euro)

For further information and registration please contact us
+30 210 8670424, 8661550, 6937122768 and

Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) has been serving Swami Veda’s mission, AHYMSIN and Sadhaka Grama in several ways over the years. He was the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) director from the creation of AHYMSIN in 2007 and continues to serve HYT-TTP until today. He is currently a member of AHYMSIN’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Swami Veda granted him the title of pandit in 2014, naming him Priyadarshan.

Pierre is certified as Yoga Acharya by the “Fédération Francophone de Yoga” and holds the ERYT-500 recognition by Yoga Alliance.
Deepavali Blessings 2021
by Swami Ritavan Bharati
From my three homes of Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah,
I awaken to That – Sat, Chit, Ananda.

The rising Sun and the setting Moon stirring Agni within.

A festival of Effulgence, Wisdom, and Beauty,
Music of the Morning Dawn as prayer-offering,
Dance in circumambulation as pilgrimage to my meditation seat,
Dew-drop pearl of light illuminating above, below, and all sides in radiant contemplation.

Mantra-consecrated mind, my offering on the Festive Night of Peace to Thee.

May these three lights of consciousness, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness grace you on this festival night.

Each and every day, light the three lamps of prayer, meditation, and contemplation as a reminder of the perennial Light of Love that you are, your true Being.

With Love of the Luminous Guru Lineage,
Swami Ritavan

Philosophy of Daily Life from the Bhagavad Gita
An online Workshop to celebrate the International Yoga Day on the 21st of June 2021 from 4.00 to 6.00 pm By John Sellinger of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Translated in Greek
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most famous and important texts of Indian philosophy. In its verses, one may find every aspect of Yoga philosophy, in a very brief, essential and distilled form.

In this class, the essential concepts of yoga sadhana will be outlined and discussed in the context of daily life and life within the family.

Proposed Donation: 25 euros. Your love offerings will be donated to the ashram.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 0913 6417

When you register, kindly ask for our bank account number and the zoom code.

When this life ends, the Mystery of L0ve begins - Living Purposefully, Dying Gracefully
Online Workshop by Swami Radha Bharati of the Himalayan Tradition, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of May 2021, from 14.00 - 20.00
Swami Rama believed that he was sent to this world to teach about love. (Love Whispers 39). His life was a demonstration of selfless service and love for all. Love, he said, is the living force of the universe. Nothing can survive without love; therefore, Life is Love. (Love Whispers 28). This mystery is unveiled only to those who truly learn to love others and make love the goal of life. (The Ancient Traveler 85)

Both Swami Rama and Swami Veda wrote and lectured extensively on how to apply teachings on love in everyday life. In this workshop we will focus on how to live purposefully with love as the goal of life and also how this endeavor prepares one for the end of life. Various practical questions are addressed: How does one practice love? What are the obstacles that stand in the way of love? What are the karmic implications? What are the primary methods and means for achieving one’s goal?

This workshop will include lectures by Swami Radha; some textual excerpts for contemplation and reflection; as well as discussion of ideas and questions. The workshop is based on lectures and books by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati, especially three books by Swami Rama-- Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully, Dying Gracefully; Love Whispers; and The Ancient Traveler: Writings on Love—and one by Dr. Usharbudh Arya (Swami Veda Bharati) Meditation and the Art of Dying.

# The workshop will be translated in Greek.
# Between the lectures there will be relaxations for yoga nidra, please have by you your yoga mat, a blanket and a firm pillow.
# Suggested Donation: 100 euro. Kindly register before the 30th of April, we will then send you our center’s account number and the zoom link.
We are at your disposal for any other information.

Swami Radha Bharati: Disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas since 1970 and initiated into sannyasa (renunciation) by Swami Veda Bharati in 2007. Most recently she has been serving as Academic Director of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Swami Radha has been designated a mantra initiator and serves on the AHYMSIN Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee.
She holds an MA and has done further studies in Comparative Philosophy and also has an MA in Public Affairs from Humphrey Institute. She was a lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Hawaii and other colleges and worked in Policy Development in Minnesota state government. Currently Swami Radha is teaching internationally in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Yoga and Family Life
The dual purpose of life, as taught in the ancient tradition of yoga, is the experience and enjoyment of the limited manifest reality; and the realization of the infinite in moksha (spiritual liberation). Family serves as a core foundation of both of these purposes and is the first experience, as well as the training ground, of relationships. The roles we play in the family (spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, etc) then become foundational elements of our personality.

This workshop is offered to all who are interested in gaining and exchanging inspiration in the spiritual purpose of family life as taught by the Himalayan Yoga Tradition as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati.

Dates: Five consecutive Saturday workshops, beginning on the 6th of February and concluding on the 6th of March 2021.

Time: All workshops consisting of two hours of both lecture and group discussion, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM New Delhi time.

Medium: All sessions will be run online via Zoom. Persons from all countries are invited to join.

As our Master Swami Veda Bharati would often remind us that it is not possible to put a price on the teachings received, there is no course fee for this course. Loving donations from the heart may be offered and will support the ashram during the pandemic.

Programme Outline: Session 1: The Spiritual Purpose of Family – From ancient traditions into the modern day. (Practicum of diaphragmatic breath).

Session 2: Education and Parenting for Peace – Raising children to be healthy, joyful and courageous. (Practicum of nadi shodhanam pranayama).

Session 3: Family as a Pool of Shared Karma – Samskaras (sacraments or sacred rites) of children and parents, ideas of discipline, cooperation and conflict-resolution.

Session 4: Family as the Means for Both Worldly Joy and Spiritual Liberation – Refining the married relationship, material life and spiritual sadhana.

Session 5: Questions and answers, open group discussion and expansion on points of interest.


Sofia Foteina has been studying in SRSG since 2010 the Teacher Training Program and continues to be a student learning from the experienced teachers of the Himalayan Tradition. Today she is a yoga instructor for adults and children (RYT 600 from the TTP of the Himalayan Tradition, accredited by Yoga Alliance and CYAI (Council of Yoga Accreditation International).

She studied the Montessori Method at St. Nicholas Training Centre in London and then founded, coordinated and taught at the Kindergarten “Our School” that functioned according to the Montessori Method for 8 years in Athens, Greece, during which she also helped primary school children with so called “learning difficulties”. Then, as she understood that the parents are the greatest teachers for their children, she created a “Parents’ School”, being qualified as a family psychotherapist.

She taught in France, Italy and India (SRSG)

Today she coordinates the non-profit organism “Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas”, translates and publishes Swami Veda Bharati’s books. Also teaches, at a kindergarten school and a primary school, “Relationships”, for teachers, parents and children.

John Sellinger has been involved in yoga since early childhood, having practiced first under the guidance of his parents. While travelling the world continuously with his family from the age of one-year, yoga meditation and philosophy became a unifying force for them. In his late teens, he began serious and regular practice of meditation, which had a great impact on his life as a student in the medical field.

From 2010 until recently, he lived in Rishikesh, India, in the ashram of his family’s spiritual guide, Swami Veda Bharati. During this time, he had the privilege of practicing under the guidance of many renowned teachers, with a focus on meditation and silence. He began teaching early on in India and continues to share practices and philosophy of the Himalayan Tradition with students in many countries.

John serves as an editor in Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust, which publishes books on yoga meditation, philosophy and silence.

He now lives with his wife and baby son and spends much time with family in both Switzerland and Australia.

Emotional Purification
Two lectures online by Pandit Priyadarsan (Pierre Lefebvre) Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th November 2020, from 17:00 to 20:00
Since the dawn of time, yoga has strived to understand the mind and its functioning. In these sessions, we will analyze and understand the functions of the mind so we can learn to bring it under control as stated in Patanjali's second sutra of the Yoga Sutra "Yoga is the control of the modifications of the mind field". Through that, we will lay out the time-tested methods to help bringing pleasantness of mind and emotional purification that were developed by yoga science and passed down in the Himalayan Tradition by Swami Rama of the Himalayas and Swami Veda Bharati. The lectures will be followed by breathing and pranayama practices.

The lectures will be translated into Greek.
For further information and registration please contact us
+30 210 8670424, 8661550, 6937122768 and

Proposed donation: 45 euros
Message from Swami Ritavan Bharati
Annual Festival of the Spirit
40 day period of Spiritual Renewal:
27th May till the Full Moon of Guru Purnima, which this year is on the 5th of July, 2020.

We are reminded that since this annual event began in 1983, we have accrued an abundance of wealth for every beautiful thought is worth saving. We have saved a small treasure enhancing the treasures of non-violent, beautiful, and beneficial sentiments. During the festival, we are reminded to renew the spiritual focus of our life. And with the challenges we have all experience through the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is of utmost importance to again cultivate the soil of mind to become abundant in with the fruits of kindness and compassion for all. What we have done together as sangha and kalyana-mitras in the past years have awakened the transforming energies of emotional purification and pure spirituality to remind us of our goal and purpose of life.

First, is our purification of lifestyle: thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and how they influence our actions in thought word and deed. Purification means Beautifying, making the mind a beautiful, gentle and loving place, a harmonious, peaceful place. A place of solitude in the simple, the humble, and in the truthful. And in so doing, practice willfully selecting beautiful sentiments for ourselves and cultivating them, thereby enriching ourselves and those around us.

And second, we practice the pure spirituality in meditation, mantra-japa, and ajapa-japa.
For your practice of japa, I would again recommend 125,000 repetitions of your own mantra or combine it with a specialty mantra such as Saumya, Gayatri or Maha-Mrityunjaya. Those who want to do it a little more intensely need not limit themselves to the period of 40 days. They may complete the practice over a longer period. (Refer to the 40-day Guidelines below.)

Keep the habit of same place, same time for these 40-days, and, when you sit for the practice begin with a few recitations (3-11-21) of Gayatri (or extended Gayatri) at the beginning and at the end of your daily meditations. Also, increase your Saumya mantra recitations and include these in your daily japa. These are the basics of the japa, along with practices from previous years that you may also adopt.

For this year, let us also return to two themes we have spoken of in the past. First, the Vasudeva principle. (Refer to the article: Vasudeva-Toronto-2004). And, second is Sthita-Prajna, the theme of Steady Wisdom given by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita II:54-72. This Spiritual Festival is an invitation to continue living the vasudeva principle, the principle of the in-dweller, the in-dwelling spirit, in-dwelling consciousness force; and the steady wisdom of a sadhaka who has matured in his practices of purification and meditation. (Refer to the booklet: Stita-Prajna).

Allow me to share a para-phrased and highlight what Swami Veda previously shared on this theme:
“All these years, we have prepared, encouraged and practiced this step. And what is that step? - the very first step in yoga, the first one is yama , the interior spiritual disciplines. And the very first one of the five yamas is ahimsa, or non-violence. We come back to this principle as a center-point in our lives. When we live by the in-dweller principle, we know that spirit in all beings is One, and we live with a spiritual center to our lives.

We must live by it in our relationships with all beings. Not the ecology of saving the earth’s bio-diversity for the commercial benefit of human beings, but for the well-being, the unity, and harmony of all life. Why is that? It is because we know we live by fear. We are shaken with fear at all times in our lives. The Yoga Sutras define fear as violence. It is not fear of violence committed by others towards us; it is the recognition of the violence within us: I know within me that I have hurt living beings, not just human beings. I have hurt living beings. I have visited death upon them. We are living in this fear at all times. While you are asleep, thousands of living beings are being killed so that you may eat them for breakfast. And the sigh that goes out of those living beings when they face extinction is the same fear that makes you tremble at the thought of death, and the way this instinctual urge remains so dominant in your life. Your fears are merely creating blocks and barriers and separating you from the whole. You forget that you are part of this very fabric that includes all life living together in harmony as one-spirit.

So for these 40 days extend your non-violence to all living beings, and according to your capacity, refrain from partaking from anything as food that has been killed. Remember, it is not an act of compassion towards them, it is a recognition of the oneness of the in-dwelling spirit. Every act of murder is a suicide because that other is also I, the Universal Self. Please remember that. Experiment with it. Read once again the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi.

The second step along with that is that all anger is anger at yourself. Frustration at one's own inadequacy in love is fear and fear invites anger. Where you find excuses or justification let this sentiment mature. Let us start working on the periphery, and not solve all the moral dilemmas right now. Let us make an experiment in life for these forty days. Cultivate sweet sentiments, cheerful and kind sentiments. Again, it is not an act of compassion, nor is it a repression; it is an act of cultivating a beautiful sentiment. For if the in-dwelling spirit is one, at whom am I being angry? Ask yourself that question, and that would help you to overcome the strong urge towards violence. Violence of speech, for instance, violence that exhibits itself in a loud voice, in a screaming and a stamping of feet. Recognize this urge to use other living beings for your pleasure, to use others as your emotion-releasing valves. Both are violations of the principle of the one, indwelling spirit. Just begin curbing it for this period in your life. I am simply recommending cultivating the thought of the one, in-dwelling spirit.

Contemplate, and let your contemplations become your sentiments, and let your spirit soar to realize the unity that is the uni-verse. I think of this world at times as one single poem, and that is how I think of the word uni-verse. Let your life be a poem. Let your world be a poem to you. In this way, the level of relationship you feel with the guru lineage will become more clear. And, I have observed in my own life, that unless this relationship deepens, all these practices will lead you nowhere. Please find your own path and ways of deepening this relationship as the period will end on Guru Purnima.

Finally, I suggest that each day during these forty days that you take a walk for about ten minutes and watch where you are stepping. And then when you come upon an ant or a bug, know the oneness of the in-dwelling spirit. Let your heart be filled with love and compassion. Carry some sugar in your packet and bend down and feed the ants. Walk for ten minutes, watching so that you are not crushing any living being. Not only that, but you are seeing every living being as your kith and kin - lovable. And after you have thrown some sugar to the ants, you will have such a sense of satisfaction. Think over it. Let this be an experiment in your life. Yet, let-go of the strict self-judgements you have a tendency to make toward others and yourself. Get in the spirit of it. Absorb and assimilate the sentiment and attitude. You know what it will do you if you practice this non-violence? It will help you to conquer the fear of death; for fear of death, as I said, is nothing but the unconscious recognition of the fact of "how many times I have visited death upon others; may it not rebound to me."

If you have at any time any questions about your spiritual practices, please talk with your spiritual mentor in our AHYMSIN centers, or write to me, address an email to Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is... I pray for you, pray for your serenity and love in your life. Srb

The Annual 40-Day Spiritual Festival
May 27 till Guru Purnima, July 5, 2020

Each summer during the 40 days that precede Guru Purnima, students in the Himalayan tradition are invited to participate in the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, to expand and refine their sadhanas. This year the 40-Day Festival will begin on 27th May and will end on 5th July, which is Guru Purnima.1

It is a time to contemplate (and talk with others about) the ways you can participate.

“We are all here for a purpose; it is an on-going spiritual process. We are all here for spiritual liberation and serving that mission. For that purpose we are purifying ourselves of our pride and ego. For these reasons we train ourselves in constant self-observation: to see oneself, to hear oneself to develop this internal dialogue. I have used one criterion for all my thoughts, my words, and my actions: ‘Is this conducive to spiritual liberation.’” – Swami Veda

The many presentations2, sacred ceremonies3 and scriptural contemplations in recent years have pointed to the main focus of this year’s Spiritual Festival, which is the japa of the Saumya-Tara Mantra and the celebration of the Divine Mother in the universe and in ourselves. Saumya Mantra was given to us in past years by Swami Veda, and now again, in 2019, by Swami Ritavan to bring loving peace to the collective mind-field: “Saumya Mantra can be a means for expiation and purification and lead to pacification, a peace that is necessary now and at all times.”
At the 2019 Sangha Gathering (February 25 to March 5, 2019) at SRSG, Swami Ritavan guided the AHYMSIN Sangha into the Saumya Mantra practice for the next three years. Please see Three Year Mantra Practice, 2019 to 2022 and follow the many links which are included.

The Saumya Mantra practice is especially propitious, as it reconnects us with Swami Veda’s love for this mantra and the immersion in the energies of the Divine Feminine, as when Swamiji first introduced Saumya Mantra to the Himalayan community in 1999, when he further expanded it in 2012 by joining it to it to the Tara Mantra4, and when he prescribed this mantra for the Spiritual Festival in 2014.

In February of 2002 Swami Veda spoke these words:

“The swift, yet soft current in the middle of the river is that of Soma – in the whole universe all that brings peacefulness. In the common spoken languages of India we often refer to a person who is very Saumya person. That gentleness shows on his or her face. That gentleness and softness is exuded from his body and from his voice. Such a one does not need to make an effort to ascend, to rise. Such a one simply floats like water filling all the holes and making everything even. Wherever there is disharmony such a one’s presence creates harmony. Where there is strife, such a one’s speech, glance, thought establishes symphony. We seek to be such for in these times there is enough of the exhibition of fire in the world. If each one of us – even one single one of us – becomes a Saumya person, his very presence on this planet can bring about a mildness in the flames of fire...

If you want to know what a Saumya feature is like, [remember] the face of your mother when she was suckling you on her breast and looking down at you. That was a Saumya face. Pray that your face may be seen like that face by all living beings – not only by your family and friends and neighbors and your co-nationals, but all human beings and all living beings. [Let them seek you out] …as hungry children come and crowd around their mother...

So each time you utter the word 'Saumya,' let that quality of personality be invoked in you so that slowly, slowly, gradually you may become the source of Saumya forces flowing swiftly, softly. Gently like a breeze made fragrant by flowers . . . [may] others who pass by you smell that fragrance and may their minds become Saumya...

The great divine Mother’s presence has to be invoked and invited to dwell in your body, speech, mind, eyes, even more intensely manifesting…a clear presence at all times. 'Saumya, Saumyatara.' Each time we recite these words let these qualities, let these attributes be invoked in you and may the mother who is ever Saumya – suckling all her children, the entire universe after universe – may she descend and dwell in you and look out to the world through your eyes. Saumya, Saumyatara. Hari Om. Hari Om. Hari OM.” (from “Saumya, Yajna and Yajmin” by Swami Veda on February 10, 2002)


In addition to the practice of Saumya Mantra, during these 40 days students can choose to intensify their yoga sadhanas and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of other ways. Please review what Swami Veda’s suggestions and teachings have been in previous years, including Sadhana in Applied Spirituality and the practice given by Swami Veda on 9th March 2013 for “your next five years and for the rest of your life.”

Prepare a study and practice plan for yourself. If there are instabilities in our lives, they exist, Swami Veda said, not because our circumstances are unstable, but because our minds are unstable. Stable minds, he said, are like soft, gentle ripples in the calm lake which can stabilize all external circumstances.

Some possible undertakings for the 40-day Spiritual Festival:

1. Increasing one’s practice of meditation and japa.

2. Expanding some other aspect of one’s daily yoga practice with subtle relaxations or pranayamas.

3. Studying an inspiring book and applying a principle or practice in it.

4. Implementing an element of yoga, such as a particular Yama or Niyama. “These Yamas and Niyamas are the sure means of advancing spiritually. When your mind is clarified, purified, by the constant application and implementation of these principles, you’ll find that your problems will become less and less overwhelming.” (Swami Veda Bharati)

5. Cultivating positive aspects of mind through such practices as the Four Right Attitudes (brahma-viharas – friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked) or pleasant-mindedness (chitta-prasadana - clarity and purification of mind, making the mind pleasant and clear).

6. Making lifestyle changes so to honor the natural environment – reducing clutter, consuming less, planting trees, simplifying one’s way of living.

7. Making healthier choices in one’s daily schedule in terms of diet and nutrition, sleep and exercise habits and punctuality of meditations.

8. Refining one’s personal relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

In reviewing the guidelines and making your own commitments, please keep in mind your own capacity. Success with a series of smaller goals will lead to greater purification and capacity for next year. Assess your own capacity and do not try to push to complete "on time." Accommodate for your family responsibilities.

Some further suggestions from Swami Veda for stabilizing the spiritual mind-field include:

1. Let your selfless service increase, whether by one percent or five percent or whatever. Increase the time and energy you spend in SELFLESS service of others. That is the first concrete action you can begin with.

2. Refine your personal practices including concentrating more on exhalations. This will help you achieve 2:1 ratio of breathing without physical effort.

3. Review: Read Mind Field: The Playground of Gods and Marks of Spiritual Progress.

4. Keep your regular meditation time. In addition to that, you may sit at other times in the day. Do not forget to take 2 minutes, 3 minutes breaks, for breath-awareness many, many times in the day.

A group of spiritually-oriented people, thus stabilized, can become part of a larger, stabilized mind-field called a sangha. We are all part of a global network of spirituality in the Tradition, and we can continue to harmonize the mind-field of our community, through our own self-transformation, so that its mission work will be successful.

“We all dream,” Swami Veda has said, “of the possibility of living in a peaceful world. This aspiration can be realized only if we first provide to our very soul, the self, atman, a peaceful home in the mind inside which it lives. That is the essence of our spiritual journey; that is yoga; that is meditation; that is peace in the family, which, then, extends to becoming world peace. We need to keep a diligent vigil, to keep this mind pure and peaceful and clean, to make it progress towards becoming the environment suitable for an enlightened soul. There needs to be sense of continuous progress in us so the world may progress towards peace.”

Lokas samastas sukhino bhavantu
"May the whole world attain peace and harmony."

“May we weave the fabric of spirituality in our lives,
and within our spiritual family – AHYMSIN” (Swami Ritavan)


Stabilizing the Spiritual Mindfield
Additional Spiritual Festival Guidelines
Prayash-chitta and Chitta Prasadana: through Self-Examination & Meditation

Self-Examination, Sadhana Practice, Meditation & Mantra Japa

• Maintain mindfulness and an attitude of self-examination throughout the day. Observe thoughts and emotions asking oneself, “What transgressions did I commit?”
• Where there was fearful or aggressive thoughts/words/actions ask, “What was it in me that evoked that response and reaction?”
• “What right thing that should have done have I omitted?” – replacing such negativity with kindness and compassion. (Refer to Swami Veda’s Yoga Sutra commentary of I:33 on Chitta prasadana.)
• Do Nadi Shodhana (channel purification) 3 times a day.
• Do one to three malas of your personal mantra japa daily.
• For any thought critical of anyone, do 11 recitations of Gayatri.
• At juncture points in your day (or about every 2 hours), sit for 2 minutes, observing the flow of breath in the nostrils and repeating your personal mantra.
• Recite the Gurur Brahma Prayer and the morning and evening prayers.
• Surrender samskaras & random thoughts to the inner Guru.
• Resolve to enter into non-self-centered meditation.
• Om Tat Sat Brahmarpanam Astu – dedicate prayers to the enlightenment and happiness of others.
• Your last formal thought at night should be the Gurur Brahma Prayer and entry into meditative mode as you fall asleep. Your sleep will become a meditation. Awaken with a Yoga Nidra practice or simply breath awareness in bed before rising.
• Participate in Full Moon Meditations. "The full moon meditations are an opportunity for us to come together in connecting with the universal mind-field bringing unity, harmony, peace and love. Go into your silence; exhale-release, inhale-accept, forgive & fulfil, with purified heart and mind receive the blessings of the Lineage." - Swami Ritavan Bharati

Hatha Yoga

• A practice of hatha yoga to purify the body, breath and mind. Consider undertaking a practice of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) during these 40 days. Please refer to the section in Swami Veda’s Philosophy of Hatha Yoga in which he writes about asana as worship. Do Joints & Glands Exercises. Use whatever asana practice you undertake as a way to strengthen your link with the lineage through whom all blessings flow.


• If possible do not eat alone. Take a small portion of food and give it to a companion or co-worker. If it is embarrassing and not socially acceptable, then surrender the first portion to the Great Prana of the Universe.
• Recite Grace.
• Eat 5 mouthfuls less than enough to fill the stomach at each meal.
• Eat no solid food after 9:00 p.m. A glass of liquid may be taken at night. Special health and medical situations are exempt. Total fasting is not suggested.
• Try to avoid eating meat or fish during the month although you may serve it to your family.

To further deepen your practice

• Consider taking a vow of one month's celibacy, but only with the happy consent of your spouse.
• Keep a personal journal on subtle violence in personal life, e.g. an unjustified sharp tone of speech, or in using objects obtained by violence and disregard for the rights of other living beings.
• Dedicate 10 percent of your month's income plus one dollar to a charity of your choice, in addition to your usual commitments. Through this ancient Western and Eastern tradition of tithing, one learns the way of giving sacrifice joyfully.
• Look for ways to reduce your possessions, acquisitions and energy consumption at least 10%.
• Conquer anger, laziness and selfish thoughts.
• Vow to give special love to your family and reach out to others, beyond your blocks and fears.
• Experiment with a practice of silence (see Swami Veda's booklet Silence for more about silence). This could be through observing your speech in daily life to see if you are using more words than necessary, speaking louder than necessary and if your tone and voice evokes a positive response in the listener. You could undertake to practice a half day of silence or a longer period. “Silence should not merely be an absence of speech. If it is merely an abstinence from speech it can even be emotionally and spiritually damaging. Unless one has filled oneself within there is no silence. Fill yourself with meditation. Fill yourself with contemplation. Fill yourself with your mantra…” – Swami Veda Bharati
• Take a one or two-day, or longer, personal retreat.

Further Observances

On Guru Purnima day you may decide to continue with certain observances to strengthen your resolve and establish a habit, or undertake further observances of self-purification for next year.

Do please proceed, and may the Guru Spirit
thereby be pleased and confer its grace upon all of us.

Om Sham

1 As Swami Ritavan has written, “Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.”

2 “Sangha Practice for the Next 3 Years” by Swami Ritavan
“Advancing Guidance in Yoga Sadhana” by Swami Ritavan
“Saumya Mantra Explanations”

3 SAUNDARYA LAHARI, VERSE 3 by Shankaracharya

avidyānāṁ antas-timira-mihirod dvīpana-karī
jaḍānāṁ chaitanya-stabaka-makaranda-śhruti sṛtiḥ
daridrāṇāṁ chintā-maṇi-guṇanikā janma-jaladhau
nimagnānāṁ daṁṣṭrā mura-ripu varāhasya bhavatī.

Thou art the sun that dispels the darkness of the ignorant; to the unknowing Thou art a spiritual flower overflowing with honey; to the needy Thou art the gem which bestows one’s heart’s desires; and to those who are drowned in the ocean of births and deaths, Thou art the Rescuer.

SAUNDARYA LAHARI, VERSE 27 by Shankaracharya

japo jalpaḥ śhilpam sakalam api mudrā virachanam
gatiḥ prādakśhiṇya-kramaṇam aśhan ādyāhuti-vidhiḥ
praṇāmas-saṃveśhas-sukham akhilam ātmārpaṇa-daśhā
saparyā-paryāyas tava bhavatu yan me vilasitam

“Oh, Supreme Divine Mother,
Whatever action of mine, may it be intended for and dedicated to Your worship:
As Swami Ritavan has written, “Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.”

4The installation of the Tara Shrine took place on March 31st & April 1st, 2012. To appreciate the profundity of this event and its relationship to the Saumya-Tara Mantra, please read the article “The Birth of The Lady of Compassion at SRSG.”

We cordially invite you for a seminar by Swami Radha Bharati, Living Purposefully, Dying Gracefully
on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of May 2020, from 10:00 to 17:00 --- POSTPONED ---
Between lectures there will be guided shavasana practices.

The title of this seminar implies having a ‘purpose’ in life. All of us have immediate purposes because we must satisfy our needs for food, shelter and self-preservation. Typically, we have many desires in relation to these needs that go well beyond the basics. Our efforts to satisfy such desires take up most of our time and attention. But we live in a world of change: relationships change, jobs end; there are various losses, plus health issues or death of a loved one. Each change threatens our sense of well-being and puts our emotions on a roller coaster.

At some point we think: “There must be more to life than this!” We ask ourselves: “What’s the point? Where does this lead?” Not finding answers in the usual places, we start looking within for answers to life’s questions.

For guidance on this inward quest, we turn to Swami Rama’s teachings in his book Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully, Dying Gracefully. We will discuss the need for self-examination and contemplation of the teachings in order to understand what we must change or practice in life if we want to progress toward inner peace. We will consider how living purposefully in this way relates to dying gracefully.

The seminar will be given in English and will be translated in Greek.
Suggested donation: 120 euro
Vegetarian meals and juices, tea and cakes are included.

On Thursday the 7th of May do come for a satsang evening from 19:00 to 21:00 to meet and discuss about “The Important Part of your Behavior is how Loving you are*”, with one of the wise teachers of the Himalayan Tradition, dearest Swami Radha Bharati, and taste a light dinner with us.

Free participation, donations accepted

Swami Radha said:
We have all learned that we should love one another and we have taught our children the same. But what are we actually telling ourselves to do? What do you understand love to be? And why should we love others?

For answers we turn to Swami Rama and Swami Veda who each in almost every lecture and book included teachings about love. They not only taught how to practice love in our thoughts, actions and speech but also how to understand and work on the various obstacles and resistances that we encounter in ourselves. The evening includes discussion and lecture.

* The title of this talk is a quote from Swami Rama.

Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati will give a Workshop about "Relationships" at "Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas"
12, Thessalonikis Str. 15234 Chalandri, Athens, Greece on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of February 2020, from 10:00 to 17:30
Swami Nitya said:

"We are totally connected in an infinite web of relationships; no one exists, can live in isolation... We are: ‘relational beings.’
So, we will look at the wider picture through many aspects, i.e. our relationship with nature, with the community, and closer to our daily life, i.e. our relationship with family and partners, but most of all our relationship with the young ones.
Only if we take care of that, is there a chance for the future of the human race!"

The topics of the lectures will be:

1) Contemplation of “relationship”.
2) We exist only in relationship. How?
3) Relationship with focus on the community
4) Relationship with focus to the Young
5) Relationship focussing on the family
6) Relationship with our Self

We will meditate in-between

The workshop will be given in English and will be translated in Greek.

Suggested donation 120 euro.

This covers all expenses, lunch and tea with cake, included.
To reserve your participation kindly ask for the bank account to deposit 70 euro per person BEFORE THE 30TH OF JANUARY.


Superconscious Meditation Workshop
by Carol and Charles Crenshaw
This seminar, for new or experienced meditators, will go from basics to the means and methods of deepening and refining meditation.

It will include both theory and practicum.

Topics include: the benefits of meditation, in-depth work on relaxation and breathing techniques, the brain and meditation, models of the mind, the use of mantra, obstacles to practice and how to overcome them, and how to put this knowledge together.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8, December 2019, 10:00-18:00

Dress comfortably
Tea and light meals will be offered
Suggested Donation 120 euro

Superconscious Meditation Schedule

10:00-11:15:   What is meditation? /What are its benefits? / Hesychasm and Mysticism
11:30-12:45:   The Five Koshas / Levels of Relaxation / Meditation Practice
12:45-13:45:   Lunch
13:45-15:00:   The Power of the Breath: Breathing Basics / Stress and the Breath / Benefits of Breathing/ Breathing Practicum
15:15-16:30:   Models of Mind / Breathing-Relaxation-Meditation Practice / Nadi Shodhanam
16:45-18:00:   Five Grounds of the Mind / Breath Awareness Meditation


10:00-11:15:   Asana for Meditation
11:30-12:45:   Mantra Meditation – Theory and Practice / What is Initiation?
12:45-13:45:   Lunch
13:45-15:00:   Obstacles to Meditation and Their Effects
15:15-16:30:   Swara Yoga
16:45-18:00:   Methods to Deepen Your Meditation / Setting Up a Daily Practice / Final Questions

On Thursday evening the 5th of December, 18:00-20:00 a sangha will be held, during which Carol and Charles Crenshaw will present the seminar on "Superconscious Meditation" and their background, as well as memories from their life with Swami Rama.

As usual, we will end up with a light dinner.
Free participation, donations accepted.

Indian cooking workshop
Mina Lefebvre, born in India, living in Canada for some years now, will share with us her Indian cooking experience on

Thursday the 11th October 2018, from 18:00 to 20:00.

In this traditional Indian cooking workshop, she will share with us the basics of North Indian home-made vegetarian dishes and how to adapt simple recipes to integrate our favorite vegetables.

Ladies and gentlemen, come and try your imagination and exotic taste

This workshop will be given in English and will be translated into Greek

Suggested donation: 25 euro

After the end of the previous workshop, you are most welcome to stay from 20:00 to 22:00 for a satsang (meeting with Pandit Priyadarsan) and tasting Indian and Greek-Mediterranean specialties.
Kindly invite your friends.

Free participation, donations accepted.

Fulfilling the purpose of our Life
We cordially invite you to Swami Nitya Muktananda Saraswati’s* Workshop,
"Fulfilling the purpose of our Life" that will take place at our premises on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th of May 2018, from 18:00 to 21:00. On Friday the 25th we will meet from 18:00 to 20:00 for questions, ideas and the pleasure of exchanging.

"Every one of us, at one time or other asks the question: why we are born, why we are alive, what have we to do in this life? These basic human questions can only be answered with self-reflection. Societies and Religions have their answers; the Indian tradition has found their answers; but to find our own answer is becoming very important.
Yoga is a science that uses inner research to find answers. So we will reflect, search, meditate... to come closer to our own answer of how to fulfil our Life."

Short CV. For details click here

The workshop will be given in English and translated into Greek.
Proposed donation to cover the expenses: 110 euro
Advanced payment of 60 euro is necessary for the reservation of your participation before the 20th of April.
For more information and registration please call: Sofia Foteina +30 210 8670424, 8661553 and mob.6937122768

Swami Ritavan Bharati, appointed by Swami Veda Bharati as the Ashram Pramukh, invited by "Café Ecole - Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas", a non-profit organism, will honor us by his presence in June 2018, and will inaugurate the publication of "Kundalini, Stilled or Stirred" by Swami Veda Bharati, translated in Greek, the weekend 16 and 17 of June 2018. During the next weekend, 23 and 24 of June 2018, he will also give a Seminar titled "Kundalini".