Om Namah Sivaya
One of the greatest strengths of Swami Vishnudevanandaji was that he saw positivity, even under the most trying of conditions. He always taught us how to stand up and move forward in life.
The importance of this teaching is now more evident than ever before. The world has undergone a once in a lifetime pandemic that stalled all our activities and offered a completely different meaning and perspective on life to many. As we emerge from the pandemic we are faced with worldwide recessions and inflation. These are difficult times, for certain, but what inspires all the sadhakas here in India is the number of guests and students coming to our ashrams and centres. When times are tough, one place people take refuge in is the ancient teachings of Yoga and Meditation. All four of our ashrams have a good number of seekers visiting for Yoga Vacation, Teachers’ Training Courses, Ayurvedic Massage and Wellness courses, regular Panchakarma and Special weeklong Vedanta and Scriptural teachings. Our city centres are also receiving many students and now are at 60 to 70% pre-pandemic capacity. All of this encourages the staff to do their sadhana and service with more enthusiasm.
The Sivananda Free Rural Medical Hospital in Madurai is in its finishing stages, and once we receive the second large donation from our Donor, we will begin operations. The facility will serve 40 villages surrounding the Madurai ashram, and will provide free medical services, specialised care, and medicines for an estimated 2000 patients each week. We are eternally grateful to Mr. Mazur and family from Toronto for this noble donation.
Another great addition to Swamiji’s mission is a new Teachers Training Program conducted for the first time in beautiful Himachal from April 16, while our high season in Netala Ashram begins in the first week of April. This year we are introducing Swamiji’s vision of conducting Yoga Vacation also in the Netala Ashram, which will run simultaneously with the Teachers’ Training courses from May until October, enabling students and seekers to visit that ashram for shorter visits.
All of this expansion and imparting of the teachings in their purity is possible only through your continued support, and for that we are most grateful. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings be with us always.
Pranams to all,
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India