Om Namah Sivaya
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Yoga Sandesha from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India, the new monthly newsletter, direct from India. Each month we’ll present a curated collection of news, events, photos, teachings, scholarship, practice and nutrition tips, travel, book reviews and inspired information for yoga practitioners around the world. We hope you enjoy and we welcome your thoughts and feedback at [email protected]
Swami Vishnudevanandaji’s teaching was always, “change has to come from within”. The pandemic time provided a lot of challenges to all of us around the world, but from these challenges we learned and transformed ourselves to see good in people and to develop more compassion and understanding for others. During this time Swamiji’s mission inspired us to continue to look for opportunities to connect to people around the world in meaningful ways.
Transformation is defined as a marked change in form, nature, or appearance. Master Swami Sivananda’s teaching is all about the potential for difficulties and sorrows to transform the human being. With this in mind, our Ashrams and Centres continue to follow the pure teachings from the scriptures. These traditional teachings have helped many students facing mental health issues and many profound changes in life. Change can be frightening. Watching things that we had depended upon crumble, we may wish for things to stay the same, to remain comfortable. For a yogi, changes in the body are easy to observe, however, changes in the mind are often harder to detect. The pandemic has presented many questions for us to consider, primarily, have we changed, and in which ways?
We are launching the Yoga Sandesha newsletter to mark Swami Vishnudevanadaji’s Mahasamadhi day on November 9th. As we write these words a large gathering of Swamis and Sadhus have assembled at our Netala Ashram for our annual bandhara where satsang is conducted, a feast provided, and blankets and a supply of provisions are given to each one in order to help them through the Himalayan winter. We are grateful to be able to serve the community and to spend time in company with such devoted spiritual seekers.
May Master and Swamiji’s blessings be with us all always.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India