During a recent visit to New Jersey by Swami Veda Bharati, a new Yoga Meditation center in the Himalayan Tradition was inaugurated. A wonderful group, initiated into the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation by Swami Veda, came together to form this new center and plan to purchase a home for the center near Phillipsburg NJ. The Chairman, Sri Mahesh Mangalick and members of the Board of Directors expressed how excited they were by this opportunity to follow the teachings of a long line of Himalayan sages and Rishis (seers ) under the loving guidance of Swami Veda Bharati.
Swami Veda Bharati was pleased to support the formation of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey. Members felt truly blessed by the grace of Swami Rama and their teacher, Swami Veda, and would like to introduce everyone to the dedicated members of the Board, and to share the activities of this center.
Mission of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey
The Mission of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey is to serve the community by alleviating human suffering through Yoga Meditation teachings.
The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation
Swami Rama of the Himalayas introduced the Himalayan Tradition to the western world about thirty years ago. A vast collection of knowledge was handed down from one generation to the next by the Himalayan sages and rishis of ancient times. This tradition is now being passed on to the current generation.
The human goal of accomplishing eternal joy in Realization of SELF is achieved in this tradition, while allowing practitioners to optimize mundane pursuits in this world. A student in this tradition strives to gain mastery over body, breath, senses and the mind as an integral system. The Guru (spiritual master) in this tradition starts the flame in the mind of the student through initiation.
The Himalayan tradition includes the wisdom of Patanjali_s Yoga Sutras and the various Tantra philosophy and practices. Internal growth through meditation is the major technique in this tradition.
The Himalayan techniques of deep internal exploration through meditation are universally applicable. Instead of interfering with or attempting to convert the student_s personal religious beliefs, the Himalayan Tradition meditation techniques strengthen them with meaningful experiential knowledge.
Swami Veda's visit to Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of NewJersey
Swami Veda Bharati visited the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey from May 12 through 16, 2001. Yoga and Meditation students from New Jersey and surrounding states as far as Vermont in the North and Maryland in the South attended a wonderful weekend retreat.
The retreat was held at a center in Saylorsburg PA, on a 156 acres farm with couple of lakes. The students had the rare opportunity to learn Yoga Techniques of smooth and calm breathing without pauses, use of mantra and meditation from Swamiji. These teachings were well received especially with the serene atmosphere prevailing. The Yoga Room had large windows overlooking the lake in which swans and ducks glided about.
During the retreat Swamiji talked about Time and Timelessness, Most Fragrant and Peaceful Divine Power Shakti, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Guru Tradition in his lectures.
During one of the lectures, Swamiji showed a video movie of the Kumbh Mela, the largest ever gathering of all saints and pilgrims that was held in India during the months of January and February this year. Swamiji also commented on the deeper underlying spiritual implications of the various happenings at the Kumbh Mela. As a recently appointed Maha Mandaleshwara, Swamiji had attended the Kumbh Mela with his 175 devotees from 24 different countries around the world.
Swami Veda also initiated several new students into the Himalayan Tradition at the retreat. Each initiate was given an audiotape cassette with the recording of the personal Mantra for private listening and practice. Ellen Blum, a member of the newly formed Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey wrote to Mahesh about her meeting with Swamiji.
"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting Swamiji this weekend. It was a great honor to have a private audience with him--and of course, the initiation was extra special.
The most amazing thing to me, is the many levels of consciousness available to a Great Being. Seeing Swamiji function at the most mundane level; then hearing him talk to the group and listening to him recite by heart from the Upanishads; all the way up to seeing him in the super conscious meditative state! The spaciousness of his consciousness is the most amazing thing--he has all the lower levels available to him, and then he has the higher levels as well-- and he glides between them so effortlessly.
Thanks for making this happen for me. I feel really blessed. "
All of us at the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey are so fortunate to have had Swamiji during this retreat. Swamiji was quite happy to feel the enthusiasm of the students in the area. We are happy that Swamiji plans to visit this center during the Christmas/Hannukkah holiday season and also during the Spring Season every year.
For further information, contact:
Chairman, Board of Directors
Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center of New Jersey
6 Ivanhoe Avenue, Bridgewater NJ 08807 (Mailing address)