It was one of the first things I noticed when I returned to the USA after becoming a swami – my great delight at feeding you. Never having been a particularly-talented cook, nor an enthusiastic baker or even a great sandwich maker, all of this was a charming surprise. My mind and heart seemed to have grown a new capacity. It was as if you walked into your same old home and discovered a new wing had been added onto it while you were at work. I still laugh with delight when I get to feed a crowd!
Of course, I have the wonderful help of skilled chefs, now both at Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram and our campus, The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. I love working with people who know more about it than me. We plan and serve your meals according to Ayurvedic principles, while using organic and local produce as much as possible, and providing all six tastes in your meal.
The tie between feeding you with food and feeding you the teachings is direct and clear. There’s even a sutra about it:
J~naana.m annam. – “Siva Sutras 2.9
Knowledge is food.
I’m working with our teaching and administrative staff to organize the teachings flow for this year – so you get a smooth and integrated flow in this river of Grace. Our contemplation theme for the year is “Body, Mind & More.” I will be exploring this in both the Ashram and the Master Yoga publications and programs, and our free Daily E-Quotes will also continue the flow.
We have consolidated some of our communications, so you get timely information at a comfortable pace. And we have a newly consolidated calendar! Our full year of programming is listed at www.svaroopa.org – completely searchable, by location, by teacher, by title or program type, whatever way makes it easiest for you to figure out when you can do more yoga. And you can let us feed you.
OM svaroopa svasvabhava.h namo nama.h