IN ADDITION TO THE REPEAT OF SOME OF THE SAME
SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE GIVEN IN 2007, HERE ARE FURTHER
STEPS IN OUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESS
(Note: Please see
for practices from 2007).
1. [A] Read Swami Rama’s ART
OF JOYFUL LIVING. Keep track of what progress you
are making in the paths shown there. [B] Go over the
(a) papers on WEAK MIND/STRONG MIND and (b)
recordings or transcripts of MARKS OF SPIRITUAL
PROGRESS. (Note: Weak Mind/Strong Mind qualities can
be found at
2. Form some new habits in
life: “He who eats alone, eats only sin.”---says
Rg-veda. “Those who cook for themselves alone, eat
only sin.” Do not eat alone. Share your food, and
all other pleasures.
3. Put aside some pots for
this purpose. Every time you cook, or once every
day, put aside handful of rice, or flour, daal, a
spoonful of oil, or whatever. Save EVERY DAY, yes,
EACH day. Gather them over a time. Then find someone
hungry, an orphan, a homeless person. Give them
personally. Do so PERSONALLY. Do the same with your
clothes and other items of personal use. A bar of
soap, even. When you buy a pair of socks, buy two,
one to give away to the very needy.
4. Secret of prosperity is in
tithing. Every month take out 1% to 10% of your
income. DO SO ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FEELING
FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES (this is the antidote to
those). Give this away to where it brings you no
personal benefit or recognition. Having given forget
about it. What you give will come back to you
tenfold from unexpected sources -- especially if you
have truly forgotten that you gave.
5. [A] If you have been
irregular with your meditations, become regular now.
[B] Increase your sitting time even by five minutes.
6. Ask guidance to undertake a
purash-charana. (Please read svb’s booklet SPECIAL
MANTRAS on this). (Note: “Special Mantras” can be
7. How many trees can you
plant this year and watch over them like your own
8. Make plans for a period of
silence [A] in AHYMSIN regional silence retreats and
[B] then at SRSG.
9. Prepare children and youths
to participate in the YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S RETREAT
Dec.22-31 2011. (Save for it from now).
10. Prepare (save for it from
now) to attend the tri-yearly fire offerings
starting 25th February, ending on 11th March 2013.
This will include
Three hundred people
doing nine days of silence. Imagine what power and
energy will be generated at SRSG. It will be
The mantra for the next three years is both of the
sections [A] and [B] done together, one after the other.
These two parts together count as "one" repetition. See
the "Sankalpa" section below to decide how many
repetitions to practice each day. Note the
"pronunciation guide" is to be followed (3rd part) for
the Gayatri section. The pronunciation spelling of
"bhoor" (final "R") is correct, due to rules of Sanskrit
grammar. (I.E. it's not a typo)
yena carācaram |
yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ
akhanda-mandalaakaaram vyaaptam yena
tatpadam darshitam yena tasmaai shree gurave
ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ
āpo jyotīraso amṛtaṁ
Om Bhooh Om bhuvah Om Svah Om mahah Om janah Om
tapah Om satyam.
Om tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dheemahi
dhiyo yo nah pra-chodayaat.
Om aapo jyotee raso amrtam brahma bhoor bhuvah
You do need the CD of the above as it has some
instructions. Please ask.
You can order a CD of the above pronunciation. The
CD has comments about the previous 3 years of practice
as well as some additional instructions. You can also
download the two tracks of the CD
There is a video of Swami Veda Bharati's
introduction to the Sangha for the new practice,
available on YouTube here:
Do a sankalpa (resolve) of how many repetitions
you will do daily. Minimum 3 or 7 or better 11; middling
33; 51,71, 91 or maximum 108.
ASK FOR CD of HOW TO DO LONG
CDs are being made available,
Please see below the list of those who can give
you spiritual guidance and answer questions. These are
delegated and authorized by Swami Veda. Ask
firstname.lastname@example.org for their e-mail addresses.
Swami Ritavan Bharati (everywhere)
Swami Ma Radha Bharati (Lady Swami), SRSG
Dr. Swami Nityamuktananda (Lady Swami), SRSG
Swami Ma Sewa Bharati (Lady Swami), Sadhana
Mandir, SRSG, USA
Swami Tat Sat Bharati, Berlin
Dr. Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral, Calgary, Canada
Dr. Stoma Parker, Minneapolis
Wolfgang Bischoff, Hamburg
Carolyn Hume, USA
Linda Billau. Rochester/Minneapolis
Helen Choe. Korea
Rajah Indran, SRSG
Savitri Jugdeo, Toronto
Alexander Benjamin, Trinidad
Michael Kissener, Austria
Wong Yoong Khiang, Singapore
Raghavendra Adiga, Tumkur, India
Idriss Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso (ambassador to
India; too busy)
Shi Hong, Hong Kong
Many of these are authorized as mantra initiators.
There are others who can be added to this list.
Your questions will be passed on to the appropriate
Many of these, and many others (not listed here),
are available to travel and teach. Please benefit from
Swami Veda Bharati